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Baptismal: Water of Life

Helms Jarrell Baptismal: Water of Life Revelation 22:17 26 x 30’ Medium: clay, coffee stain, wood, glass jars, water from neighborhood...

Cultural Organizing: What and Why

What is Cultural Organizing? Cultural Organizing is the strategic use of art and culture to make social impact and change. It integrates...

Fail Better Soon: Getting it Right

I interviewed for a job in 2015. I thought I was doing great. There were questions about race and power. I answered the questions. ...

20 years ago, I graduated from college

I graduated from college in May of 2000. Twenty years ago! This morning, I pulled out the photo albums from college and made the boys...

Racial Equity Training with NBA part 3

The last document we spent time on was one that helped us to think about a systems approach to racial equity. The document helped us to...

Racial Equity Training with NBA part 2

The next day was a mixture of super practical and helpful and also very uncomfortable. I was so very grateful for the practical tools...

Racial Equity Training with NBA- Part 1

Part 1 Last week I was supposed to be in St. Louis. This would have been my first All Staff days with National Benevolent Association...

Kairos Moments

I've seen a different snake every day for three days. I'm not a fan of snakes. I don't know what seeing snakes regularly means. I do...

Bits and Pieces

I don't really have a full blog post to share. Just bits and pieces. Nights have been so loud in the neighborhood. I'm looking forward...

Muddy mind

I have had a few straight days of clear thinking and things getting done. It felt good. That time has passed. I'm back to the muddy...

[pantomimed tear]

We're all wearing masks inside the house because the HVAC service guy is here. My oldest son couldn't find his mask, so he's wearing a...

"He's just like his mother" ~Greg

We now have a new morning tradition- Rolly Bat. Rolly bat is a Jarrell family game that reaches back to before Grandaddy Jarrell. It is...

Fail Better Soon- planning ahead

We, at QC Family Tree, started talking about what the summer looks like. The first gut instinct is to remember what we'd already planned...

Visitation

Today, K asked, "How much longer are yall going to be doing this?" I automatically answered, "as long as we can!" I walked away with an...

This is what a pastor looks like?

I've been thinking a lot about my role and identity as pastor. What makes a pastor a pastor? Is it the church? Is it serving the...