Tag: Youth

Giving Tuesday: An Ask

Giving Tuesday: An Ask

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Hi all! It's Giving Tuesday. I don't know if it is clear yet, but my entire subsistence is off of donations. Super exciting, I know. I sometimes feel like the world of non-profits and donation acquisition and grant acquisition is the most painful way to make a living. There are so many worthy organizations competing for so few dollars. And some organizations compete and bash one another until they are unrecognizable, one is bloodied, or they both walk away losers. That is not my way. In building the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition, a program of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, I have made collaboration, co-existing, and building one another up a cornerstone of my platform. (The writer in me wants a "c" word for building one another up--can you help me out?). The Youth Chaplain...
Time of Orphaning

Time of Orphaning

death, Grief, Short Story
It’s tough when you are orphaned at seventy. I say that without rancor or irony. I’d known Mrs. O’Donall and her daughter for fifteen years, which at the time of this story was the entire length of my life. The ladies - as everyone called them - were fixtures in our parish. Each morning they arrived at St. Anselm's at precisely six-fifty for daily Mass. Their consistency was such that my mom said she "could tell time by them." They generally made their way into church arm-in-arm and always sat in the first pew. While the younger lady was fragile, tentative and wide-eyed, the older one was stern, sturdy and quick-minded. With her daughter in tow, she worked on the Annual Church Carnival Planning Committee and in the Women’s Auxiliary as well, relied upon to help the nuns clean the sac
Daily Practice for August 20, 2016

Daily Practice for August 20, 2016

Word:  I definitely overdid it yesterday. Today, my intention is to be brief and then to attend to self-care. We'll see how that works out. :) Part of yesterday's over-doing it was to participate in a Peacemaking Circle*. The circle was called to interrupt the normal punitive process for a youth who committed "Rob 1." Rob 1 is: (1) A person is guilty of robbery in the first degree if: (a) In the commission of a robbery or of immediate flight therefrom, he or she: (i) Is armed with a deadly weapon; or (ii) Displays what appears to be a firearm or other deadly weapon; or (iii) Inflicts bodily injury; or (b) He or she commits a robbery within and against a financial institution as defined in RCW 7.88.010 or 35.38.060 (2) Robbery in the first degree is a class A felony. This youth,