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Grandchildren over Greed

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on June 27, 2021 at 8:10 PM Comments comments ()


 

I spent a late afternoon in the pool with my grandson. It is June, and it is hot. However, the water is still cool, and the contrast to the humid and sticky air is delightful. He is learning to swim, and while he uses a noodle to float, it is way more fun to use it to redirect the return jets and shoot water at his Grandfather. So we take a break and, sitting on the pool steps, half in and half out, have a Popsicle. We debate which is better, ice cream or frozen Popsi...

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Sunday Morning

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 16, 2021 at 4:15 PM Comments comments ()

May 15, 2021 is a Sunday. For the first time in 14 months we went to an indoor worship service with fellow parish members. Yes we are vaccinated and yes we wore masks and yes communion was bread only. But it was a gathering of fellow souls for whom in service worship is the bedrock and foundation of the rhythm of our lives. While we have a ways to go and much of the world will not be the same, it was good to return to the simple rituals of faith and to reflect that that same faith is what has...

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Verdict

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on April 23, 2021 at 10:10 AM Comments comments ()

The following message went to the ECS community last night.

The longest day must have its close—the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning.

An eternal, inexorable lapse of moments is ever hurrying the day of the evil to an eternal night,

and the night of the just to an eternal day.

-Harriet Beecher Stowe

The verdict for Derek Chauvin reminds us how often the system has failed Black Americans, how many times the oppressor has gone Scot free. Tamir Ric...

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March 2021 Punch List

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on March 21, 2021 at 3:10 PM Comments comments ()

As we make the turn to a time post-Covid, some things I suggest we think about and a call to action.

 

1.Organizational North Star. What is it, and does everyone in your organization know it and where they fit?

2. Talent. New rules, new challenges, the hybrid experience makes communications, travel, and interaction different. You need to adapt.

3. How good is the team at giving and getting feedback, crucial conversations, and being able to name the elephant in ...

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Managing in a time of Covid, Economic Chaos, and Racial Inequity

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on February 19, 2021 at 9:00 PM Comments comments ()


 

This week as I attended virtually staff meetings, board meetings, committee meetings, check-ins, and zoom with friends and family, I heard a common comment. “Our people are exhausted!”

The next question is, “ What action can we take?” I have heard a range of suggestions. No meeting days, shut the business for a day, listening sessions, send snacks, put off non-essential tasks, set hours for email and work, lower expectations. You could...

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Human Services

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on December 17, 2020 at 9:20 PM Comments comments ()

 

“We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before, and others will stand on ours. Let our shared legacy be that even in the darkest of days, ECS gave light to the darkness and answered with our full measure the call to service. There will always be fires, and we will always respond.” (150th remarks)

 

One of my favorite quotes with attribution to St Francis is “Preach the gospel and sometimes use words.” As I reflect on the year th...

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"Our Nation turns its lonely eyes to you"

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on November 8, 2020 at 8:50 PM Comments comments ()

2020 has been dark, even in the bright days of summer.


But even amid darkness, we have seen rays of light and hope.


Shift changes at medical centers at the height of Covid. Horns honking and individuals cheering and clapping as doctors and nurses came and went about their round changes. With 220,000 deaths and climbing, we see births, marriages, virtual graduations. With record unemployment and shutdowns, we see businesses reinventing and finding new ways t...

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11.3.2020

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on September 15, 2020 at 10:50 AM Comments comments ()

With a few weeks until 11.3.2020, I thought it appropriate to frame the issues and what is at stake against one of my go-to bedrock quotes.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort w...

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Will we do more?

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on August 16, 2020 at 10:40 AM Comments comments ()

My daughter takes about CV19 in terms of the “before” time, the “now” time, and the “after” time. The “now” time has all of our attention, frustration, and hope. At ECS, we are working to deliver essential services at our shelter and emergency housing, and getting ready to staff our Out of School Time program in the Fall to support the City and School District as Philadelphia children go back to school virtually. Plans are underway to provide po...

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On the Water

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on July 7, 2020 at 7:35 PM Comments comments ()

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 green 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 ...

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