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Before You Send That Tweet…

Dear Twitter User: Before you hit “send,” please consider:  What’s urging you to send this tweet? (a) anger/rage; (b) contribution to the national dialogue on a topic; (c) fun; (d) gaining notoriety.  What requires that you send it now?  (a) I’m shocked and I want people to I know it; (b) if I don’t send […]

Mediation Fees are Taxable Cost

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that mediation fees may be a taxable cost of a lawsuit. In a published decision (meaning the case sets precedent state-wide), the Court determined in Patel v Patel, 324 Mich App 631 (2018) that MCR 2.411(D)(4) permits a court to order a party to pay the mediator’s fee. […]

Ministry Apologizes

The Christian Community Development Association has a “vision for restored communities” and now it has an opportunity to restore its own community. Its leader of ten years stepped down this past November, amid allegations of mismanagement by several former employees. The board commissioned a “Reconciliation Task Force” to help them assess their past, including “instances where we […]

Kill Them With Kindness

Here’s a sweet peacemaking story: A Republican sent a nasty tweet to an actor-comedian who had posted comments critical of President Trump. You’d expect the comedian to retort in kind, and for the downward spiral to continue, right? Especially because these men don’t know one another. But the comedian, Patton Oswalt, did the unexpected. Apparently he decided […]

Peacemaking at Harvest Bible Chapel

Prayers going out to my Peacemaker colleagues who are helping heal wounds within the congregation and leadership at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago. May the God of peace be with you!

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