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A Christmas Wish

Posted by Dave Griffith on December 11, 2017 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)



Across the region this month hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals will give time and treasure to assist individuals and families in need. As someone who works in social services in Philadelphia, I am thankful for these good and kind acts.

But an uncomfortable truth persists in this season of Peace, Hope, and Joy. Philadelphia has the highest poverty level of any major city in America, upwards of...

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A Good Sermon

Posted by Dave Griffith on December 7, 2017 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

A few weeks ago I listened to a sermon, and one phrase has been rattling around in my brain since:

“There is right, and there is wrong, and there is no in-between.”

I will grant a combination perhaps of the Gospel and Yoda. I am good with that as I am an equal opportunity listener and enjoy a strong, solid sound bite regardless of source. Especially one that grows from a soundbite to a full meal.

The lesson here hits on a few levels.

One the simple, a con...

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Privilege and Poverty

Posted by Dave Griffith on October 17, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)



“I know a few folks who were born on third base and think they hit a triple.”


“ People in poverty just don’t want to work.”


In the work that we do I hear the above all the time. The issue is the very uncomfortable topic of privilege. Privilege defined as a condition afforded to one set of individuals and not another. Th...

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Values

Posted by Dave Griffith on September 29, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Over the last several years much has been written about values. To the point where one could grow numb. Perhaps this is a function of individuals giving speeches about their values and then living a life inconsistent with their words. Substitute the word faith for values, and the same comments are accurate.

I am not saying, in fact, few of us would say, that our own accountability to our v...

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Thoughts

Posted by Dave Griffith on September 21, 2017 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Values Matter.

Dignity

Community

Justice

Impact

Wear Muddy Boots.

Go into the field and listen.

You can be in the maintenance business or the change business.

Choose change

It is all about talent.

Your goal as a leader should be to be the dumbest person in your organization.

Scar Tissue is the best teacher.

Just make sure it is not repetitive.

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All Rise

Posted by Dave Griffith on June 7, 2017 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (1)


I went to a New England boarding school in that late 1960’s. Part of that experience is the instilling of traditions that become imprinted. Class room dress, Chapel dress, mandatory sports, mandatory study hall, and lights out. One that has a particular memory for me is the tradition of standing when the headmaster and his wife entered the dining room for family style dinner. A prefect woul...

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Lobsterfest

Posted by Dave Griffith on May 29, 2017 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)


For 22 years our church Trinity Episcopal Solebury has been hosting Lobsterfest. Originally created as a fund raiser for our youth group, it has evolved into a fundraiser for Mission Philadelphia and other outreach efforts of the parish. I have cooked lobsters for 21 of the 22 years the event has been held and have done so with many of the same individuals. Traditions have taken hold, fri...

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Four Year's In

Posted by Dave Griffith on May 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (1)


May 1st marked my 4th year as Head Coach at Episcopal Community Services after a 38 year run in the for profit world. I thought I would share a few observations and top 10 thoughts:

1. Poverty if not addressed will consume us as a society.

2. That for many, the way out of Poverty is a real job.

3. That the current and historical methodology of dealing with Poverty is on...

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Easter in Waders

Posted by Dave Griffith on April 15, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Tomorrow is the end of lent. By tradition and practice one gives up something for lent. I tried something different this year. I decided that I would give up sitting on my backside and try things that I have wanted to do and had put off. Given the season and on reflection, I wanted them to be events or activities that would lead to changes, and with focus, positive change.


So...

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We all come to look for America

Posted by Dave Griffith on February 21, 2017 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)


The iconic final to verses of Simon and Garfunkel’s “America”

So I looked at the scenery,

She read her magazine;

And the moon rose over an open field.

"Kathy, I'm lost", I said,

Though I knew she was sleeping.

"I'm empty and aching and

I don't know why."

 

Count...

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A Change Pivot

Posted by Dave Griffith on February 10, 2017 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)


I remember clearly the first time I was told that change is constant and that if you don’t adapt, you die, and that change is what happens. On reflection that was harsh advice for a 5 year old on the passing of his dog, but setting that aside, the observation has, as we all know, proved out. The evidence is overwhelming. No comment on the parenting skills.

So why do we fight it?

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The Dignity of Choice

Posted by Dave Griffith on July 30, 2016 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)


I have been working with a number of young adults as they go about seeking employment. Some are in our programs at ECS where I work and some are individuals I know from our church, community, or through my network.


I am struck by just how much the job market has changed since I was looking 40 years ago. What also struck me is how many of the fundamentals then and t...

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A Question for November 8th

Posted by Dave Griffith on July 5, 2016 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (1)


This month both of the major political parties will nominate their candidate for President of the United States. If all goes as indicated we will have our first woman nominee and we will have our first candidate of the modern era to never of held public office or significant military service prior to running.


This is not a commentary on the quality of candidates or how we got here as a country. Nor do I wa...

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A long line of towns.......

Posted by Dave Griffith on June 14, 2016 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Remarks to the staff and stakeholders of ECS where I am an employee:


The events this weekend in Orlando catch all of us. I fear that we grow numb to the violence and note that would be a great danger because it is all around us. In Orlando now and in communities across our country 50 dead or 1 dead due to gun violence or any violence is one too many. At ECS our work is about building bridges and not walls between communities. It is about leaning into the work of inclusion an...

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Remarks from St Mary's

Posted by Dave Griffith on May 10, 2016 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Good Morning. My name is Dave Griffith and I am honored to be with you this morning here at Saint Mary’s and I thank you and Father Mike for the invitation.

Before I share with you my prepared remarks I need as an Episcopalian to comment on events this week. I have never been prouder to be a member of the US Episcopal Church and with our new Presiding...

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Time as an Asset

Posted by Dave Griffith on April 23, 2016 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)



I have been thinking about leadership these days. I give an annual lecture on leadership at both Penn and The Fox School at Temple and have done some for many years. It is based on the premise that time and where one spends time is one of the defining attributes of good leadership.

Time is an asset that you as an individual have some control over. How you spend it, on ...

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A life well lived... is a life lived well

Posted by Dave Griffith on February 20, 2016 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)



News arrived Monday that Ray Welsh suddenly passed away over the weekend. We had been with Ray the week before at an investment committee meeting for ECS where he had served with distinction for many years. Reading the obituaries this week one note’s that not only did ECS lose a mentor and good friend, but so did The Bancroft School, The University of Pennsylvania, the Salvation Army, and the community at large....

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Jonas Storm 1.23.2016

Posted by Dave Griffith on January 24, 2016 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)



I am sitting in my New Hope home office watching the “Jonas” blizzard drop 18 inches or so of snow. Who picks these names? I have been instructed by state officials to stay off the roads and stay indoors. I do couch really well.


Unlike other years and other storms I have some new things on my mind these days. First, it has been six weeks since our friend...

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