Random acts of kindness

Someone at church last week pointed out that it was Random Acts of Kindness Day and shared some of the ways she had been doing those random acts here in New York City. So I thought of that when someone in one of my online courses, did an act of kindness for me the other day.

He told me the name of a bush that had been in my grandmother’s yard when I was a child. She just called it “the shrub,” and when it was blooming, she would let me take a single blossom, crush it in my fist, and then breathe in the most intoxicating smell! I can remember the bush like it was yesterday but never had a name for it nor could I ever find the search phrase that brought up a picture of it.

But as soon as I described it, I got a response: “Was it a Carolina Spice?” And after a quick Google search, there were dozens of pictures of one of my childhood traditions!

carolina spice bush

I hope there are some random acts of kindness waiting for you these days – and maybe some from you to others!

Blessings,

Beth

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Happy New-ish Year!

Well, a new year means some changes to the website – hopefully a little easier to see what you need to see! Let me know if anything is missing…

And as I’m here for a few minutes, let me add a hope for your new year: That it might be blessed, healthy, productive, and restful! They are what I long for so I imagine that you might, too. And if I, or my courses and trainings, can help you to be more of that, let me know!

Blessings,

Beth

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Winter Newsletter

I looked at the dating on my winter newsletter and this is the 21st edition I’ve sent! At 4 a year, one each season, that’s more than five years! And I have enjoyed writing every one of them – I hope you have enjoyed reading them!

You’ll most likely receive your copy tomorrow morning but if you are anxious to see what I’m Enjoying this winter, here’s the link.

And if you aren’t already on my mailing list, here’s where you can sign up!

Meanwhile, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Blessings,

Beth

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Fall arrives!

Hello, everyone! Fall is finally here and my fall newsletter just went out. There’s a lot going on this fall, including two new courses on a new campus for a new college!

I’m teaching two religion courses in the fall semester at The College of New Rochelle. It’s a traditional college with an interesting history and a great community of faculty, staff, and students.

Coming right after being recognized as the Distinguished Faculty of the Year for UOPX’s Jersey City Campus, its a humbling experience to learn a whole new system and process – to say nothing of 45 student names and the countless faculty and administration that I’ve met!

But like most of our humbling experiences, it is a great space for growth and learning – I hope your fall is starting off just as well as mine!

Blessings,

Beth

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Labor Day?

How’d it get to be Labor Day weekend already?!?!?!?! Sigh…

Well, at least I have updated my schedule page so you have the latest links to online courses and my last preaching date for the summer!

See you in the fall!

Blessings,

Beth

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Tech/training Interview!

On August 6th, I’ll be interviewed on Bruce Hurwitz Presents about Technology and Training for Non-Profits. We’ll be talking about the free or almost-free ways religious groups or non-profits can use technology to help train their volunteers!

The interview happens at 5pm and will be recorded for those who want to listen later!

If you have more interest in how to use technology in your congregation, you might also want to check out my BeADisciple course on Creating a Digital Ministry, particularly the one that is running in October in conjunction with The Study: Spiritual Action in Daily Life.

Hoping to see you at either or both of these opportunities!

Blessings,

Beth

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Changes, always changes!

With today’s edition of my seasonal newsletter, a change is happening on this website. I’ve come to realize that the two tools work together – you can hear about my work once every three months when the newsletter arrives in your inbox or you can come here between editions to check out current, updated possibilities.

However, ego carefully tucked away, I have to admit that very few people come here to read my blog! So this blog page is going to morph into something else. A place I can post some extra pictures that didn’t make it into the newsletter, a place to add a little more to what I couldn’t fit into the newsletter, and maybe once in awhile a bigger plug for a special event that’s coming up.

If you want to hear about those additions and updates between newsletters,  you can subscribe to this blog on the upper right side of this screen!

Blessings,

Beth

 

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