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Life-giving intentions serve as a kind of bridge between our lived reality and our values or ideals. Like a bridge, we’re on one side of a crossing; we can see the far side. Intentions offer solid support for steps forward.
Part 1 of 2 reflections on intentions for a committed spiritual life: A life centered in the Divine is like a planet in secure orbit, always oriented around the Spirit. Core intentions toward a life-centered in God will redirect us toward inner attentiveness, openness, trust, and letting go.
THE HAWAIIAN MISSION HOUSE MUSEUM is right there on South King Street, so if you’re taking the bus to the beach or to the shopping center, you’re going to pass it every time. Still—maybe because the signage is small, or maybe because tourists don’t come to Oahu to visit museums—I manage to be the only person who shows up for the 1pm guided tour.
OVERNIGHT, AN EYE-CATCHING CURLY WILLOW TREE in my front yard crashed to the ground. I’m thankful nothing else was damaged. My family had marveled at its corkscrew branches, but harsh cold, rain, and then wind in the Pacific Northwest finally toppled it. We’ve since learned that Curly Willows have a really shallow root system.
LIKE AN UMBRELLA AGAINST A STORM, this holiday season I wish my home to be a contempt-free zone. Over the feasting, covering evenings with friends and a glass of wine, shielding family Zoom conversations… I’d like us out of the acid fall of biting, caustic words about “others.”
GOOD NEWS Associates is a Christian, nonprofit, ministry organization supporting individuals who are called to non-institutional ministries.
Faithfulness to God’s call doesn’t always match the regular slots that life provides us. In fact, it appears that God is raising up a wonderful assortment of gifts and ministries that don’t fit into the regular institutional positions for ministry at all. People are finding themselves called to do work for which there is no job or paycheck attached.
GOOD NEWS Associates understands this challenge and supports people called to non-institutional Christian ministries in the fields of writing, speaking and teaching, art, music, drama, and dance; contemplative prayer, and service.
GOOD NEWS Associates walks with individuals as they are led by the Spirit of God, liberating them to be obedient to the unfolding shape of their calls. The organization also offers professional identity, ministry infrastructure, networking and synergy, discernment and accountability.
Associates are the heart of the organization. They are persons whose have affiliated their ministry with GOOD NEWS Associates. They are supported by a combination of contributions and ministry related income. They fully participate in the privileges and responsibilities of the organization.
GOOD NEWS Associates began under the vision and leadership of Jan Wood, Director and Associate, incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization in 1998. Board members include Marge Abbott, Julie Peyton, Jonathan Vogel-Borne, Lorraine Watson, and Becky Wood.
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