Our little island was ground zero for Irma

Until yesterday, most people had never heard of Marco Island, a quiet little island town on the edge of the Everglades in Southwest FL. It became famous yesterday as the site of Irma's mainland landfall. It was struck by 130 mph winds and storm surge of several feet.

We've lived there for 8 years, but I've been visiting there on family vacations since I was 5, when the island was undeveloped and wild. It holds a huge place in my life, and in the hearts of my family, from my 90 year old mom (who evacuated with us on Friday) to our youngest grandkids.

We were under mandatory evacuation, so Grace and I, along with my mother, left Friday morning. We haven't heard any news about our house. Photos and videos from nearby show a lot of roof damage, storm surge flooding, trees down, broken windows, wind- and rain-damaged interiors, power lines down, etc., but not catastrophic destruction. The coming days will be challenging. (Just getting back won't be easy - no flights, etc., etc.)

Thanks to all who have expressed concern for us. Every spare minute this weekend, I was checking the streaming video from local TV stations (funny how you come to love your local weather people!) - and I now understand how folks in Houston felt just days ago when they wanted to get back ASAP, not only to check on their homes, but simply to be there, in solidarity with their community. "We're in this together" and "We'll get through this together" become almost sacramental words.

We're in this together, and we'll get through this together - not just with Irma, but with so many of the storms we face.

Here are a few shots from our area during storm surge ... the waters have receded since these photos were taken yesterday.

 

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A retreat for women … led by my wife, Grace –

Grace is teaming up with some good friends to offer a special weekend for women (from any background). If you want to ...

Discover your gifts.

Empower your soul.

Love the world.

... join Grace and friends for a weekend of learning, discovery and connection. Learn a new way of listening to your heart & your stories, so you can experience empathy and courage during changing times.

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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Abraham Lincoln said …

"When any church will inscribe over its altar, as its sole qualification for membership, the Savior's condensed statement of the substance of both law and Gospel, 'Thou shalt love the lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and thy neighbor as thyself' that church will I join with all my heart and all my soul."

Congratulations to the United Church of Christ for becoming a denomination Abraham Lincoln could join ... Read more here.

If the primacy of love strikes a chord with you, check out my book, The Great Spiritual Migration.

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What I Shared with Methodist Clergy

I've had the pleasure and honor of sharing with Methodist clergy this week in California. Here are the slides from my talks - on heart health for clergy, on heart health for denominations, and heart health for congregations.

cal pac umc 2017

 

 

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You Won’t Regret Ten Minutes Spent Watching This

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=619&v=4RNlXXS1Ytk

More here: https://colemoreton.com/2017/08/29/greenbelt-has-found-its-way-and-ive-never-been-prouder-to-be-part-of-it/

Wishing for something like this in the US? Check out Wild Goose Festival.

 

 

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