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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.


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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."



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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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Merry Christmas all year....

Posted by Dave Griffith on December 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

An old Welsh blessing that comes to mind every Christmas season is:

In this season of Peace we pray for Peace.

In this season of Joy may you find it.

In this season of Hope may you have it and give it.


I would like to think that not only at Christmas, but throughout the year this blessing sums up the work that we do and look to grow at Episcopal Community Services.

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Facts not Myths

Posted by Dave Griffith on October 23, 2015 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I thought that retirement would be different. The fact of the matter is when I stepped away from the day to day at Modern I thought I would be spending more time traveling, warmer winters than PA experiences, and getting to know my partner of 38 years on a new level that time allows. Well it did not work out that way. As you may know from my muddy boots blog I took an assignment with a nonprofit in Center C...

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The Philadelphia Faith Based Alliance

Posted by Dave Griffith on June 27, 2015 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)


In a week filled with events of historical scale a small one took place in Philadelphia. As many of you know I came out of retirement to lead Episcopal Community Services in Philadelphia. Our focus is on the Regions most vulnerable and we look to provide the tools and services that enable individuals to lift themselves up and out of poverty, and where not possible to provide stability; with a clear goal to restore the dignity of choice.

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Posted by Dave Griffith on June 18, 2015 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

In the late 1980’s my family lived in Newtown Connecticut. Our kids were little, the same age as the youngster who several years later were killed by an individual with semi-automatic weapons and clearly impacted by mental illness. I thought then that the only good that could come out of such an unspeakable tragedy and crime would be that the nation would rise up as one and say e...

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The Power of Choice

Posted by Dave Griffith on May 10, 2015 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

You are born into this life, you live, and then you die.

Two of these events you have no control over, one you do.

When I teach leadership, especially to young people ( a bigger and bigger group these days), my central theme is how do you spend your time? My premise is that an essential trait of leadership, both personal and beyond, is that the ...

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A People of Mission

Posted by Dave Griffith on May 8, 2015 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we hosted a group from Church of the Redeemer. They wanted to see firsthand our work at St. Barnabas Mission, our shelter in West Philadelphia for woman with children and our youth center at Third Street in Old City Philadelphia, work that they actively support.


I deeply appreciate our relationship with the parishes of the Diocese with whom we have a strong affil...

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Last week in April

Posted by Dave Griffith on April 30, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Friday, May 1st I will mark my second year as a member of the Episcopal Community Services team.

For 145 years the agency has served the most vulnerable. Our focus is to provide the tools and services to individuals to lift themselves up and out of poverty and restore the dignity of choice.

What I have learned in these two years is that ...

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