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August 11th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

As a component of your summertime respite, I invite you to try a small discipline each day for the next week. (I strongly recommend doing this seven days in a row.) It will require 10 minutes of quiet time (or more, if you’re able, but no less) – that’s the hard part.  Well, that, and… Read More

Actuarial tables…

August 4th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

Turning 65 this month, I’ve been checking actuarial tables. My 95-year-old father told me at his recent birthday celebration that when he retired at 62, his retirement advisors were working with something close to an endgame around 82 or so and planned accordingly. Well, he blew past that marker with aplomb, but it underscores my… Read More

On mentors

July 28th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

I promise I won’t indulge in this too often, but I feel the need to comment on the state of the national political scene, and in particular, the astonishing conduct of our president. Oddly, you might think, it was Mr. Trump’s performance at the national Boy Scout Jamboree that proved the proverbial straw that broke… Read More

Family Reunion

July 21st, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

I happen to be attending a seaside family reunion celebrating my father’s 95th birthday. Though not an especially large family (e.g. my 2 brothers and I only have one cousin) every member and significant other has managed to make it here with kids, grandkids, or as this occasion emphasizes, great-grandkids (7 of those, btw)—several of… Read More

A Fourth of July Holiday Meditation…

June 30th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

Do you believe you have an unalienable right to happiness? – A question that comes to mind for the 4th of July given the famous phrase from our Declaration of Independence. You remember: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain… Read More

Several quick things…

June 23rd, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

First, a reminder that our summer worship schedule begins this Sunday with services at 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. through Labor Day weekend. We return to our normal schedule September 10th. Second, there are still a few spaces left for our pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine in the latter half of October. Click here for detailed information and… Read More

A shout out to fatherhood…

June 16th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

This year I can’t resist joining the Hallmark marketing moment courtesy of fathers. Likely I’m motivated by grandfather-hood, and by observing how my daughter and son-in-law are managing the early parenthood years. (They’re doing great, btw.) I well remember receiving my firstborn at the age of 29 immediately following his debut into the world. Holding… Read More

It will be hard…

June 2nd, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

It will be hard, I know.  But you owe it to yourself, your well-being, and the well-being of those you love, too.  I don’t know why it’s so hard, really, given the positive payoffs.  It’s likened to stepping away from an addiction.  I know what it means to fight the compulsive pull of the miserable… Read More

Abounding Grace and Gratitude

May 19th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

One response to our current national malaise has us throwing up our hands in frustration believing there’s nothing to be done to move our national program forward. Another has us finding our tribe on social media and ratcheting up the ranting in an echo chamber bubble. But a third response might be this: actually deciding… Read More


April 28th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

In 1905, Albert Schweitzer turned from his well-established and highly accomplished career in philosophy, music, and theology to medicine so that he could work in Africa on behalf of the Paris Missionary Society. Explaining his decision, he wrote, “For years I have been giving of myself in words;” he no longer wished to talk a… Read More