Month: December 2012

Once Burned Twice Shy

  There has only been one article written about The Gathering since we began in 1985 – and that one had a negative slant.  It was titled “Hush-Hush: What Makes Christian Philanthropy Christian?”  This was the opening paragraph: “Two years ago they gathered at the swank Four Seasons in Seattle. Last year they gathered in Cancun. Next week to the Ritz-Carlton P ...[Read More]

Scrooge Repents

  I know you may be expecting me to write about the true meaning of Christmas today – but I'm not. Instead I am thinking about something more personal because I have never liked Christmas. For whatever reasons ” I have never found myself in the "Christmas spirit.” While I would not say I have been Scrooge” I have come close. In fact the whole period between Th ...[Read More]

The Place Where Young People Go To Retire – Portland

  Every year we take small groups of Gathering participants on trips outside the country to visit work being done by people who are involved with The Gathering. Earlier this year we went to Cuba and decided we would do something inside the United States in December.  We had read about Portland through a series of articles in Christianity Today titled "This Is Your City" that ha ...[Read More]

The Second Act

  Some friends who have seen Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” have come away disappointed that the film did not emphasize his faith as much as they had hoped. To that objection Stephen Mansfield wrote an insightful review in USA Today: “The challenge is that Lincoln lived through widely differing stages in his journey of faith. There is always the temptation to see his ent ...[Read More]