“Grace and Friends” Retreat in Florida still on …

My wife, Grace, is teaming up with some good friends to offer a special weekend for women (from any background). Because of Hurricane Irma, they've changed the venue and reduced the price. Whatever your background (religious, spiritual but not religious, etc.), Grace and friends have planned a beautiful weekend of rest, learning, and relationships. You'll learn a new way of listening to your heart & your stories, so you can experience empathy and courage during changing times ... in the company of some amazing women like you.

October 26 - 29, 2017. Marco Island, Florida

Spouses, family members, and friends: this could be a great gift to a woman you love!

For more information and to register, click here.

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Kansas City, North Carolina

Friends - I'll be at Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City this weekend, and then at Davidson College in North Carolina on the 24th-25th. Click on the links for more information. Hope to see you there!

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Change Your Story!

The sun is setting on our old stories.

Some of us believe that six primary stories shape our lives, claiming to bring about peace and security - domination, revolution, purification, isolation, victimization, and accumulation. In naming them, we begin to notice something: these stories do not work.

They serve to drive us apart, create more suffering, and fail to answer the question of how to make a better world. But there is a Seventh Story, misunderstood and hidden, but available to everyone.

This story upends what we think we know about religion, politics, economics, art, and even storytelling itself.

The Seventh Story Experience is a special event taking place 13th and 14th October 2017, bringing together a community imagining a new story, a conversation about a different way of living that could change the way you see yourself.

I'm co-hosting the event with my friend Irish writer and peace activist Gareth Higgins.

It's an exploration of how humans relate to each other that could end war.

It's 27 hours in a new world. 

And you're invited.

Click here for more information and to register, or go to www.theseventhstory.com

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Here’s what I shared in Pennsylvania

While Irma was bearing down on my house in Florida, I was speaking near Philadelphia at the 300th anniversary of Salford Mennonite Church (if you're looking for a church in the north suburbs, you should check it out!). I based my comments around the theme, "A church will be what its adherents make of it." Here are my slides.

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Personal Update, Post-Irma …

We evacuated Friday, Irma hit Saturday and Sunday, and we returned Tuesday. It was a long day/night of travel ... heavy traffic, closed roads, hard-to-find gas, etc. Our little island was a mess. Downed trees everywhere ... debris everywhere ... but amazingly resilient houses and people. Based on the damage to trees, it's hard to believe any houses are standing, but thanks to smart/strict building codes (that people complain about - until a storm shows how necessary they are), very few houses were destroyed. A neighbor who stayed said that he saw lots of small tornadoes quickly touch down, do damage and then disappear ... which may explain why one block has severely damaged or destroyed homes and snapped trees, and the next one has more typical damage.

The mood here is relief. Sooner or later, almost everyone says, "We were lucky." Forecasters Saturday started talking about "worst case scenarios" of 10-15 feet of storm surge, which would have been catastrophic. When the eye went over, there were 100-130 mph winds, and we ended up with 3-6 feet of storm surge, which is bad enough, but survivable.

Our house ended up with the lots of downed branches and trees (including a huge beloved mango), minor roof damage, more significant damage to a lanai (pool cage), and damage to a solar heater, but no broken windows and no water in the house. So we are also saying, "We were lucky." We feel especially grateful to all the first responders and utility workers (who have arrived from around the country) - our electricity is back, and even internet. Many of our neighbors aren't so fortunate. The assisted living facility where my mom lives anticipates no electricity until the 22nd, so they're making due with a generator, which means reduced lights and air conditioning. We're glad my mother can stay with my brother's family until electricity is fully restored.

I leave tomorrow to speak in Kansas City, and then North Carolina the week after that, and then Idaho. So life goes on. In between, we'll be cutting fallen trees, hauling debris, and appreciating each "normal" moment in a new way. Thanks to all for your concern and prayers.






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