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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute No Catholic is likely to have failed to notice the polarization that has infected the church in recent decades – and especially in the last five years. The gap has grown since 2016 when Donald Trump campaigned for and was elected Presid...

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By Dave Coe Master Facilitator There are times when true friendship requires us to go the extra mile -- serving one another as we bring a friend(s) to Christ. Such was the case with the men in the story Jesus shares with us in the Gospel of Luke (5:18-19). Some men came carrying on a s...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute It’s hard to accomplish anything positive if you’re trying to do it in a hostile culture. Don’t believe me? Ask General Custer. Of course, building a healthy culture – at work or at home, in your parish or in your c...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute It’s not often that I recommend to a Catholic audience a book about leadership that isn’t my own. If you’re a Catholic of any kind – including catholic with a small “c” – I heartily recommend The Cath...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Recently I had a dream. The U.S. bishops were meeting at a conference, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), over Zoom. They were gathered for their semiannual meeting, always held in June. Initially, these spring meetings wer...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Back in my days as publisher of a small community newspaper group, we got a new electronic typesetter machine. It was amazing. It could spit out justified type in any of several different fonts, each in four versions -- regular, bold, italic ...

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By Dick Kunnert Yeshua Board Member, Master Facilitator I am having a dialogue with my daughter about how annoyed I am by a local practice of saying the Prayer to St. Michael at the end of Mass. Her position, as I hear it, is: “What’s the big deal?” To me it is a big deal ...

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By David Coe Master Facilitator When I first heard the expression “Find a friend, be a friend, bring a friend to Christ” it was Saturday, Oct. 19, 1974, as I was making my Cursillo weekend. That expression has stuck with me ever since. As the Covid19 pandemic begins to wind d...

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Organizations require good communications to accomplish anything. And that means they need good communicators at their helms.  As a general rule, the better the communications, the better the organization. And the better the communicator, the better the communications. It’s a virtuous ...

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Organizations of many types, both for-profit and not-for-profit, have been talking about developing healthy cultures for many years. Not so much church organizations, especially parishes and dioceses. But building and sustaining a healthy, vibrant parish culture is an important consideration. Thi...

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