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Entries for November 2017

Advent: Are you serious?

Posted on November 28, 2017 in: Articles

By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute   At what is arguably the busiest time of the year for us, our church comes up with one more thing for which we’re told we must be mindful. Advent. This year it begins this Sunday, Dec. 3, and continues right up through Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve, for God’s sake. As if we had time for anything else this time of the year, our church asks us to put aside four whole weeks to prepare for the birth of our savior. For many of us, putting aside four minutes may seem to be asking too much. I know. I was one of these people not so long ago. I pretty much ignored A...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 When each of my parents died, I had a choice to make. But when the news of their deaths came, what happened next didn’t seem like a choice at all. Neither passing was a total surprise. Both were ill. Yet when death came it was like a punch to my heart. People can hover on the brink of death for months, even years. We think we are ready for the ultimate transition. Then we learn – painfully -- that we’re not. The event is so final, the loss seemingly so complete....

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After a lengthy process involving almost 5,000 employees, Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle came up with 10 rules for fostering human dignity and mutual respect among its staff and patients. Now they’re yours to implement at home or work, thanks to Kathy Shingleton, Vice-President of Human Resources at the medical center. 1. Listen to Understand Good listening means giving the speaker your full attention. Nonverbal cues like eye contact and nodding let others know you are paying attention and are fully present for the conversation. Avoid interrupting or cutting others off when they are speaking. 2....

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute If you want your organization to thrive, treat your people – all your people – well. That’s not the whole story of organizational success, of course. But it’s clear that organizations reach their peak performance only when they take good care of their people. Study after study shows that organizations which are great to work for also perform much better than their peers in terms of growth and profits. False dichotomies Research shows, time and again, that taking care of profits or taking care of people are not polar opposites. The...

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By Owen Phelps Director, Yeshua Institute Recently we sent our fourth and last contribution to obtain water service for a new Mission House in Kampala, Uganda – which prompted me to reflect on the power of our partnership with our donors. It’s really amazing! Javis Mugagga, our partner in Uganda, is also amazing. God has abundantly blessed him with vision, tenacity, an incredible work ethic and a network of remarkable people to help him achieve his mission. With these graces he managed to obtain the resources to build the Mission House. When I saw what it would look like when it was done (see ...

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Modern communications technology is a two-edged sword. It has coarsened our social interaction with porn, fake news and personal assault attacks so cruel it has led some of its victims to take their own lives. It has made it possible for helpful and uplifting materials to be sent almost without cost to people all over the world. We are connected to one another in ways no one dared possible a few decades ago. That explains why at the Yeshua Institute we’re exploring ways we can take advantage of modern communications technology to help priests, religious and laity all over the world be Jesus-like S3 Le...

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Institute adds new board member

Posted on November 14, 2017 in: Articles

By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute We are honored and pleased to announce that John P. Sentovich, 57, has joined the Board of Directors of the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute. John brings to the board more than 20 years of experience in foundation and gift planning for nonprofit organizations, including both faith-based and academic entities. Until recently he was Director of Gift Planning at Northern Illinois University, and before that he served as the Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Rockford. He recently joined Savant Capital Management in Roc...

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