Other Writing

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I’ve been a professional writer and editor since my first reporting job back in 1981 for The Bridgeport Post, where we wrote our stories on Royal manual typewriters. Here are links to some of the articles I’ve written more recently. In most cases it’s the publication, not I, who owns the copyright.

A rare treasure, indeed
January 2020 issue of Living Lutheran. Nothing compares to the priceless relationships we enjoy with faithful friends who accompany us in our lifelong journey.

One congregation, six future ministers
August 2019 issue of Living Lutheran. It’s an achievement when a congregation inspires just one person to go into ministry, but Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Decorah, Iowa, has six in process. What’s going on?

God is present every day
August 2019 issue of Living Lutheran. Mystics and sages tell us that God is everywhere at all times for those who simply open their hearts and senses.

Led by the Spirit: Congregations energized by what God is doing in their midst
February 2019 issue of Living Lutheran. The Holy spirit calls, gathers, sustains and leads our churches in mission and ministry for the sake of their neighbors and the world. Congregations that listen prayerfully and respond faithfully often find that their communities become more vital and robust.

Mission Support: The Lifeblood of the ELCA
October 2018 issue of Living Lutheran. This article and study guide explores why congregational contributions are essential to for the ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Staying safe in church
June 2018 issue of Living Lutheran. With all-too-frequent reports of crazed shooters rampaging public places, what’s a congregation to do? This article looks at ways to keep sacred space safe.

Stronger Together: Ecumenical relationships enrich congregations
July 2018 issue of Living Lutheran. This magazine cover story and study guide look at how ELCA congregations are finding strength in partnership with churches in other denominations.

The ‘e’ word: Why does the ELCA have the word ‘evangelical’ in its name?
April 2018 issue of Living Lutheran. This cover story and study guide explore the sometimes-confusing identity of our Mainline Church as “Evangelical” in a culture where the term has lots of baggage.

It’s all about death — and life!
February 2018 issue of Living Lutheran. Death is not an ending, but rather a transition. This is what we know as followers of Jesus. This cover story and study guide look at how Lutherans are helping others see and experience death as a gateway to life.

Pillow fights, wild hogs, and more!
December 2017 issue of Living Lutheran. Christmas pageants are a staple at Lutheran congregations, but you never know what may happen! This article shares readers’ funniest experiences.

‘We don’t use that language anymore’
Spring 2003 issue of Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. This article looks at a program in a Maine high school that helped stem a culture of verbal abuse.

It takes a man
Fall 2002 issue of Teaching Tolerance. Even years before the me-too movement, a number of men and advocacy groups were working to teach boys and young men to respect women and fight against rape culture.

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