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It’s been a very Zoomy day.  4x so far, with one more to go.  Put another way, despite physical distancing, it’s been a day of meeting with others to listen, discuss, pray, and plan.

1) This morning was the monthly gathering for faith leaders through the Interfaith Justice Table, organized by Faith in Public Life.  I counted 33 participants – more than one 5×5 screen could hold.  The bulk of our time was spent discussing “defund the police” efforts.  Those who have been working a long time on police reform remarked how much things...

I am not a fan of online education and haven’t been for a long time, long before it became how we had to deliver classes during this pandemic.

Years ago, I was disparaging a school that provided primarily online classes.  A friend laughed and said, “You’re just worried you’ll lose your job.”  (I’m a Communication professor at Otterbein University.)  I shook my head and replied, “Nope.  People will take courses...

When I consider what has sustained me during this difficult time, what comes to mind are moments of beauty in nature.  When Gary and I decided several years ago to spend the wintertime near my family in Arizona, one of the things that excited us was exploring the west.   As native Buckeyes neither of us had lived more than two hundred miles from where we were born.  Early in the pandemic, when a month felt like a long isolation, we took a drive to see the desert spring. It was a beautiful day and I recall it often when feeling pent up.  It gives me comfort to know that...

I've really appreciated everyone's sharing and all the work that has gone into the Daily Connector and weekly worship services. Although I've never responded to someone's Daily Connector, I've really enjoyed reading about your lives and am so thankful that you shared. It takes a village, people! And it's one amazing village that I'm happy to be a part of.

My routine since the pandemic started has not actually changed much. I'm still working full time at OSU Dodd Hall Admissions. I did not choose to work from home. I'm sort of command central...

At first I thought I would "use" the quarantine to clean out some cupboards and do a lot of writing, but that's not what happened. Instead, we adopted a kitty, I taught him how to meow (he was voiceless when we first got him) and I mastered the art of sourdough creation and baking. I thought I would find a way to resolve my relationship with MTSO but all my efforts met dead ends. Instead, some lovely, caring CMCers offered to hold a healing service and that made a big difference. I thought we might never be able to go camping again, but they belatedly opened our members...

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