Posts by mandi


Are we entering an age of authoritarianism in American politics? Are sentiments of white nationalism – that seemed to always be on the fringe – now ever-popular and creating an opening for fascism to gain a foothold? Having never lived under a fascist, authoritarian government before I can’t be sure of the signs. But we can learn from our global allies. Strategic Dialogue with Global Leaders I recently had the privilege of...

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So to sum up my previous posts, year one in DC was about gaining confidence and rebuilding my emotional health. Year two was about building a strong financial foundation and gaining professional health. As I look forward to year three I’m hoping to build on my mind (creative) and body (physical) health. I feel like I finally have enough of a routine in DC that I can dedicate my extra time to creative and physical pursuits. Physical...

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It’s been far too long since I’ve updated this site. On the one hand I was so busy getting my feet under me that I didn’t have much time to process all of the changes in my life. On the other hand so many great things were happening that I didn’t want to sit down at a computer and try to sift out what I should write. Suffice it to say that my first two years in Washington, DC have been awesome and tiring and exciting and...

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If my first year in DC was about strengthening my emotional health, then my second year was building on my professional and financial health. As I said previously, it’s been a great boost to my confidence to have a job I can excel at while also making a difference (bleeding heart over here) and paving my own way. “But DC is SO EXPENSIVE!!!” They Said When I first moved to DC from the Midwest, the most common refrain I...

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Is Despair a Sin?

Is Despair a Sin?


Posted By on Oct 26, 2015

I’m not going to get into a theological discussion here. I’m not going to compare and contrast every Bible verse I can find and try to discern the Spirit to interpret meaning. That’s another post. Another day. For now, suffice it to say that lately I’ve been feeling some despair. I have endless personal experience with God’s answer to my prayers. I even have countless examples of God answering prayers I didn’t even know I had prayed....

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Does your congregation include many single adults? Or is your church membership comprised mainly of married couples and families? Or maybe you’re facing an ever-aging population and wonder how you can get young adults (many of whom are single) integrated into your church membership. This infographic provides a scale of immersion singles may or may not be experiencing in your church. Depending upon where your church’s culture falls on...

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What Are We Doing?


Posted By on May 14, 2015

Two times in my life I’ve gotten star struck. I got sweaty. My words tripped over my tongue. I was too shy to maintain eye contact. In short, I looked like a fool. The first time was when I met Jennifer Buffett. She was speaking at a Greater Milwaukee Foundation event and I was working at a non-profit at the time. I attended the luncheon with my Executive Director, who knew Jennifer, and introduced us after her speech. I was struck...

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Don’t You Ever Get Lonely?

Don’t You Ever Get Lonely?


Posted By on Mar 27, 2015

I just spent a few days in heaven, a.k.a. Camp Luther in Three Lakes, Wisconsin, cottaging with friends. We spent our days kayaking, swimming, hiking, frisbee golfing, and eating. We spent our evenings playing board games, glow-in-the-dark bocce ball, and staying up way longer than is smart. My friends and I usually find a few hours each day to get deep into conversation about our lives and our faith. It was during one of these...

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