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Shirley Ann Freed

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COMMUNITY AND LEADERSHIP

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I grew up in a small farming community in western canada. Living in this community meant i was surrounded by people who cared for one another and worked together for the best of the community. For example, if one farmer wasn’t able to get his wheat harvested i... More »

TREASURES IN DIVERSITY

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    As this issue of JACL, Journal of Applied Christian Leadership, came together and the various authors submitted their papers, one thing became clear. The issue you are holding in your hands is fundamentally about diversity. But before we talk abo... More »

LEADERS EAT LAST

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  My guess is that every one of us has experienced the invitation to go to the front of the line for dinner at various events. We wince a little and remember something about the “one who wants to be first will be last.” But our position as pastor or teach... More »

NEW LIFE

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  As I write this, it is May in Michigan. Usually, I have my garden planted by now, but this year it is different. Daytime temperatures linger in the 50s and 60s F, and night temperatures stay close to freezing. We’ve had a long, hard winter, with the tot... More »

CREATIVITY AND FORGIVENESS

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  I often think about creation. James Weldon Johnson’s poem “The Creation” has been a favorite of mine for years. I especially like the part where he describes the creation of man. Then God walked around, And God looked around On all that He had made. He ... More »