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With a deacon;s heart

Posted by Dave Griffith on November 7, 2018 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I spend a lot of time thinking about how to communicate the work that we do at ECS and the need for our wider community to both understand the issues of intergenerational poverty and the solutions that deliver real impact and effect change with the individuals who experience poverty.

I have used numbers, but they are both overwhelming and can be numbing.

I have used stories, but they can be lost quickly in the mind of the listener.

I have used video and onsite visits and ...

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Vote

Posted by Dave Griffith on October 27, 2018 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)


So America, are we looking in the mirror this morning?

Do we like what we see in our country?

Do we like what we hear from our leaders and the media?

Can you name the real values of America?

Can you name yours?

What the hell happened to the “us” in America, versus the “we” and the “them”?

What happened to the American Dream lifting all boats?

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Poverty, Privilege, and Race

Posted by Dave Griffith on August 9, 2018 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)


I was recently invited to speakat Westminster where I am an Alumnus. Given our work they asked me to talk about Poverty, Privilege, and Race. The following are my prepared remarks. 

Good Morning. My name is Dave Griffith, and I graduated in 1972 and served as a trustee from 2004 to 2012. Our 2 children are among the 12 Griffith’s who have graduated from here sinc...

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We hold these truths to be self-evident

Posted by Dave Griffith on July 7, 2018 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (1)



I recently had the opportunity to attend a function at Independence Hall. Three individuals, incredibly well done, reenacted Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and some of their interaction around the Deceleration of Independence.


Reread the document. Some excerpts.


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men ...

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The Work Bench

Posted by Dave Griffith on June 23, 2018 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)



It is a point of honor in the book of guys that when something breaks, you have the tools and necessary replacement parts on hand to address the matter. This explains my workbench and storage cabinets. Claw hammers of different weights, rubber mallets, somewhere around 40 screwdrivers of various lengths, sizes, and tip configurations, same for pliers, brushes, spackle blades...

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Faith Flows Freely,Trinity June 10, 2018 Remarks

Posted by Dave Griffith on June 10, 2018 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

With our rector on sabbatical I was asked to speak this Sunday. What follows are my remarks. Several of us have been asked to witness our experiences at Trinity and I was delighted to do so. 


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. I am delighted to be with you this morning and participate in the time-honored tradition of being a witness. While I know most of ...

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On the water

Posted by Dave Griffith on May 28, 2018 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I am up to my wader belt in sixty-degree water. The sun is dancing on the surface, and the ripples are in and out of shade from the overhanging trees. A short waterfall is on my left, and a deep pool is in front of me and runs along the far bank on my right. I am casting a six weight rod and line with a caddis and sinking grees nymph set up. For me, this is about as good as it gets.

I get a rise in front of me at about 35 feet. Then a second. I cast and lay the fly about a foot in front...

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The Summer Job Lift

Posted by Dave Griffith on April 30, 2018 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Across the region, a time-honored transition is occurring. The school year is ending, and summer vacation begins. For many young adults, this is also the time for early resume building to occur in the form of a summer job, summer internship, summer camps or travel that provides exposure and experience.

In large parts of our region, such a transition holds no such sets of experienc...

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My Prayer

Posted by Dave Griffith on April 11, 2018 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

My Prayer

Lord watch over family, guide, and protect them.

Watch over the people and animals that we love and those we do not know.

Look over and bestow your blessing on the good people of ECS.

Lift up the individuals we serve and give them the strength and courage to overcome all that is before them.

Given me the heart and wisdom to do your will and to lead with humbleness, humor, grit, and grace.

When we are called Lord, guide us and show us the way.

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A Call in the Night

Posted by Dave Griffith on March 25, 2018 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)


It is rarely good news when the phone rings late at night. The same when your text reads “ Call, it’s urgent.” Such was the case last week.


ECS is made up of some 150 individuals focused on the issues of intergenerational poverty in the Philadelphia region. The work is challenging, but one thing that makes it less so are the individuals we work with, as they a...

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Snow Day

Posted by Dave Griffith on March 21, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)


For the fourth time in March, a Nor'easters have come through Philadelphia. I have not had this many snow days since I was a kid growing up in Connecticut. I have been fortunate in that I have been able to adjust my schedule; I did not have major travel disrupted, I could get work down with technology. My biggest project was getting my chainsaw to start so I could clean up some limbs that broke off from our white pines.

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Innovation

Posted by Dave Griffith on March 10, 2018 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Innovation



The challenge with any system built on processes and best practices is that once designed and implemented they immediately start to become obsolete. The cause is not necessarily inferior design or execution. The reason is that the market, technology, and knowledge changes with every minute in every day.


The tension is systems, with the associated processes, training...

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We are at War,let's act like it

Posted by Dave Griffith on February 17, 2018 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (1)


Despite recent events, I am cynical about our political will or our ability to enact effective gun control or fund essential mental health programs and processes that can efficiently prevent another child or citizen being killed by an unstable individual with an automatic weapon.


So while I am not happy about that reality, I have been doing some executive math lately s...

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A Pin Drop

Posted by Dave Griffith on January 30, 2018 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

My brother recently sent me the following:

“Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when

DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO.

DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of

France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded,

"Does that include those who are buried here?"

DeGaulle

did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop.”


I share this snippet because it is a useful reminder that al...

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Leadership Thoughts

Posted by Dave Griffith on January 23, 2018 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Every time I read another tweet, read a newspaper or listen to the news, regardless of the station I find myself needing to reset my definition of leadership. To do so I turn to a guiding, bedrock quote. Perhaps Congress could take note.


"Leadership is hard, and it is rewarding. It is about doing the right thing, not the popular thing. It is about being confident in yourself and wise enough to take the advice of those you trust. It is about understanding the facts, not the e...

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A Day of Service vs. A Life of Service

Posted by Dave Griffith on January 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (1)


Across America today in many communities individuals and organizations have gathered to give a day of service. They do so in honor of Dr. King's legacy. In my part of the country, the day comes in cold weather, and the needs of the homeless and hungry are particularly significant.


As I wrote last month, this work on a holiday is always appreciated and always needed, but perhaps the highest value is highl...

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Is the curve dead ?

Posted by Dave Griffith on January 6, 2018 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)


"The Phillips curve given by A.W. Phillips shows that there exists an inverse relationship between the rate of unemployment and the rate of increase in nominal wages. A lower rate of unemployment is associated with higher wage rate or inflation, and vice versa.”


42 years ago I graduated with a joint History and Economics degree from Kenyon. The Phillips curve w...

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Leadership in the New Year

Posted by Dave Griffith on January 1, 2018 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)



As we enter into 2018, I have been reflecting on leadership. Upon review, I have concluded that organizations crave leadership; the good ones get it from every member.

When I look at high functioning organizations, they focus on talent, and they focus on their mission, vision, and values. What is it that you do? What does it look like when it is right, and how do you roll as you go about your work. Mis...

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