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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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Dog People

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on April 24, 2021 at 4:10 PM Comments comments ()

We are dog people.

I can separate the world into people who are dog people and those who are not.

We have friends in both camps, and we even have friends who are cat people.

Our current fur ball is a two-year-old West Highland Terrier female named Clover. As in four-leaf.

Perhaps because of Covid quarantine, she and I have learned to talk, well she speaks, and I understand, when I talk, she does what she wants. After all, she is a Westie.

 

A short ...

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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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Events of 1/6/21

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on January 6, 2021 at 8:55 PM Comments comments ()

Tonight I hold in prayer the nation.

Tonight I hold in prayer the people of the nation.

Freedom, Equality, Justice, Democracy are not idle concepts.

They are bedrock fundamental values.

When we behave this way we put these values at risk and

in turn our families, our neighbors, and ourselves.

We also put at risk the stranger we do not know who could be family, neighbor, or us but for the grace of God.

The time for silence is over, the time for ac...

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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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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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"There is no try, only do or do not"

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on July 5, 2020 at 9:40 AM Comments comments ()

I have not posted for a while.

Like many, I find myself caught in the arc of history and the times.

Our plans and preparation for the future now requiring a redrafting.

We are not a “remote” culture, but Teams and Zoom are our new office.

In my current work in nonprofit social services, the rules are changing. Some because they have too and some because they can. I know it is not just our sector.

None of us can sit and watch. We must do. Moreover,...

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Week 10

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 17, 2020 at 4:15 PM Comments comments ()

So today starts week ten of stay at home for Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. At this point, we are all beginning to realize that we are never going back to pre-March 13th.

We have some choices. We can move into our darkest places and shut down, or we make our new future state work—some choices.

1. Leadership, we have an election coming up. I suggest you vote. Think about the proper role of government in our lives.

2. Health, I appreciate the thought behind ...

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