Resolution vs Intention – DRE Corinna Whiteaker-Lewis

Lose Weight….Exercise More….Save More Money: these all sound familiar, right? New Year’s resolutions often revolve around banishing poor habits and establishing better ones. But one resolution that has gained traction in recent years (according to nation-wide polls) is a bit more complex: Be A Better Person.* How to be a better person? And is that … Continued

Minister’s Mind – What Does It Mean To Be A People of Intention?

For more than 25 years, I participated a couple times a month in a Men’s Group consisting of 5 ordinary men who gathered to co-create a safe and sacred space in order to evolve. These were real guys with real issues and challenges that we expressed, listened to and supported in moving through. One of … Continued

Minister’s Mind – ‘Tis the Season of Giving and Receiving

I was raised by parents, teachers and others who were all born before the Great Depression and if they had a common piece of advice it was that “it’s better to give than to receive.” While I’m grateful for their modeling and lives dedicated to giving, I also find merit in receiving. I’m not discounting … Continued

Where Hope Comes From – DRE Corinna Whiteaker-Lewis

For some strange reason, unbeknownst to me or anyone else, I have decided that now, in the middle of the busy holiday season, is a good time to clean out the garage. And my garage has a 10×12 storage space at the back of it. Which is full. Soooo……while it feels good in many ways … Continued

Minister’s Mind – Rev. Mark Skrabacz

I got a call from my brother today asking if I could remind him of the punch line from a story about the great sage Krishnamurti. He lived at the Ojai Foundation in California, where lunch with the Master was a well-attended regular event by those who sought some wisdom and insights of how to … Continued

Holiday Food Drive = Faith Development – Corinna Whiteaker Lewis DRE

“I know, we can put on a puppet show to raise money!” “How about knitting scarves so people who are cold can stay warm?” “I’ve heard that homeless people need things like toothpaste and toothbrushes.” “Let’s pick up trash to take care of the earth, and make bird feeders for hungry birds!” Everyone was gathered … Continued

We Are Family – Corinna Whiteaker-Lewis

Just a week or so ago I was asked to share a perk of my job. And I responded “children who sit in my lap” and showed this picture. As my own children age out of our home, this is a definite perk for me! It is a wonderful feeling, to be trusted and needed … Continued

Counter-Balance: ATX Harvey Relief

Counter Balance: ATX is working directly with various local organizations to provide relief and restoration to all those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey for the next weeks to come. There are five ways for you to help evacuees: 1. Gofundme: 2. You can drop off donations (CLOTHES NOT NEEDED) at the following Austin area … Continued

Faith In Action – Corinna Whiteaker-Lewis

I enjoy singing the Seven Principles song with our children so much. During Children’s Chapel this past Sunday, it was especially meaningful. After singing the song, we talked about Hurricane Harvey. We talked about people who had to leave their homes, people whose homes had been flooded and damaged, people who were scared. We were … Continued

Minister’s Mind – Water is Life

As we prepare for our annual In-Gathering Water Communion on September 10, we are invited to experience life in terms of the metaphor of water. Let’s imagine life is like riding on a watery surface which is sometimes smooth, sometimes rough. Sometimes the water is shallow, other times deep. In riding on the water, like surfers, … Continued