Assuming Good Intentions

In order to bring out the best in others (and thus in ourselves), we need to believe that the others HAVE a best to bring out! One of the first steps towards this, in any relationship, is to assume good intentions on the part of that person. Yes, there are those who...

Telling the Story of This Time

This last year or so, our life experiences have been so very different from all the years before.  Pandemic, protests, politics — it’s been quite a time, starting in January 2020 through whenever we can meet each other in person and interact in a way that feels more...

Ethical Relationships

~ Jone Johnson Lewis I’ve been looking over pieces I wrote near the beginning of my Leadership career.  I often come across things where I’ve changed my mind substantially.  And I often come across things where I am surprised by the insights I had! Some...

Granfalloons and Pseudo-Community

In this month when we’re thinking about “beloved community” as a theme, RYSEC Leader Jone Lewis will reflect on groups that do not really “gel” as community, though they may look like community on the surface.  Kurt Vonnegut gifted us with the term “granfalloon” to...

Saying YES and Saying NO

In this month when we’re thinking about “commitment” as a theme, RYSEC Leader Jone Lewis will reflect on the choices we have to make in our lives. When do we say “yes” and when do we say “no”?  How do we take an active part in...

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