Browsing All posts tagged under »leadership«

Public Dissent and Private Responsibility

January 24, 2013


My oldest daughter couldn’t find a building for her young mothers group to practice volleyball anywhere last night, even though we live in the land of LDS chapels within every 8-block grid. The reason: their elders quorum had the building scheduled every Thursday night until the Second Coming from 6PM-10PM. Yes, you read that right. […]

Why I Think We’re Having the Wrong Conversation

January 11, 2013


Last year Neylan McBaine, founder of the Mormon Women Project, rocked the Bloggernacle by making a presentation at FAIR about equality between the sexes. While her data on “the crisis” (her words) in the Church regarding women and leadership opportunities is drawn from a narrow sampling of vocal agitators for change (analysis here), she made […]

The Third Redemption

April 8, 2012


In the dark betrayal of night the hotheaded Galilean followed his friend. He would have died for him, with him, in a bloodfight, and even still his sword rested sheathed against his leg, ready. He had proved his loyalty, striking boldly at the guard, inviting the battle, and his master had only healed the wound. […]

We Are ALL Enlisted

March 26, 2012


I sat in the pew, surrounded by women I barely knew and hardly understood, because that was where I was supposed to be. It was certainly not where I would have chosen to be. In a few minutes three eternally smiling, painfully sweet women would speak with pleading, wavery voices about the joy of being […]

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

February 20, 2012


I awakened this morning from a troubling dream, an occurrence that I find less troubling all the time. Troubling dreams are memorable, disruptive, and unsettling. It is good to be unsettled, stirred up, and focused anew on forgotten things. It creates innovation in our economy – forcing better products, increasing the efficiency of our lives, […]

The Servant’s Answer

February 8, 2012


Some time ago I published a post on a very intriguing question that comes up frequently in scripture. I’ve been thinking about an answer to that question that also comes up frequently, and that is equally instructive. Few words, lots of meaning – I’m really beginning to appreciate the Hebrew language. As a brief recursive, […]

The Parable of the Principals

January 20, 2012


The other day a friend, whose work life changed dramatically with a new boss along with the new year, sat across from me reborn, excited once again to be a teacher. She glowed and bounced as she talked about her day, laughed at the various trials of an overcrowded classroom, and grinned as I responded […]


January 7, 2012


We are a nation of underdogs. We champion the little guy, the small businessman, and the Horatio-Alger-couldn’t-win-but-does-with-grit types. It’s probably that scrapping history of people hewn as roughly from the wilderness as their log cabins were, chins turned up resolutely but glancing at the more elegant shores of Europe like a child with nose pressed […]