A Special Edition on Childhood Poverty

Six Steps Toward More Leadership on Childhood Poverty                                                      Step 1: Work to more deeply understand the issue. Step 2: Build relationships with those in need and immerse yourself in their perspectives. Step 3: Explore...

Case Study Epilogue: When the Door Slams Shut

Editor’s note: You can read Parts A and B of this case study in the Summer 2014 issue of The Journal. The story of Charlie Schwarz and his church’s work in Wichita’s Planeview neighborhood Summoning the will to continue With his personal connections, he hadn’t found...

Sharing the Pain

July 23, 2014 by Brian Whepley Editor’s note: A version of this article will appear in the Summer issue of The Journal, which focuses on the issue of childhood poverty in Kansas. The edition will be published in August.  Taped, torn, thumbed and now appallingly...

People-Whittling

The work of counseling, coaching and teaching people – asking them to take ownership of their growth and calling them to become more for the world – could be likened to the art of whittling wood. Yes, wood carving. It is work that requires patience,...

Parade Route

There I stood waiting in my dad’s oversized starched white shirt worn like a dress with the tiny buttons in the back. A foam five-point crown on my head and large flashlight gripped in my tiny right hand. Our family parade was about to begin and this year I landed the...