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Posts by Talitha Aho

The Enneagram: WHY we do what we do

Dear friends, I’ve been studying the Enneagram for a few years now, but am diving in to study yet again with a few new books and a couple of friends. As you may know if you’ve heard me geeking out about it, the enneagram is a fascinating kind of personality type system which focuses more on inner motivation rather than external behavior.…

A New Cultural Norm

Dear friends, Those of you who are friends with me on facebook may have seen the tribute I posted this week for my friend David who died. Some of you may have met him when he visited us in November, or sat with him at the Faith Trio Harvest Dinner. I got news of his death last week from his parents. And…

Is the World About to Turn?

As we get ready to come close to the mystery of Christmas, there are always some parts of the story that hit home. And it’s amazing how this can change from year to year. In recent years I remember grappling with refugee issues, as children around the world died (and continue to die) in humanitarian crises. The stories of King Herod  at…

Lessons learned . . .

Dear friends, At the beginning of the youth group retreat (a week and a half ago, now), it came to pass that we were stopping in our cars and vans, organizing a caravan, most-but-not-quite-all of the way to our cabins in Cazadero… when lo and behold, my own head and a car door met one another in mid-air, and each caught the…

Talitha’s Take on Time

Dear friends, It’s good to be back! Michael and I went on our honeymoon two weeks ago, and then last week I was at a conference. So I’m still settling back in and catching up at the office, as I’ve done so many times after one of my trips or retreats, but this time it feels different. I think I’ve gotten reoriented…

Tough times: emergency supply kits and cough drops

Dear friends, I wrote a sermon about getting through tough times this Sunday, but I didn’t know exactly how tough they were about to be. It was just about twelve hours after I preached that sermon, when firestorms started raging north of us. The smoke woke many of us up in the middle of that night. Our hearts ache for loved ones…

A Love Poem for YOU!

Dear friends,   I wrote you a poem about Love. It’s a little long and it doesn’t rhyme, and this isn’t the sort of thing I usually do so I feel a little out of my element… but more than one of you answered my sermon about Love this week by sending me poetry, so I thought I’d send another one back…

What’s your theodicy?

Dear friends, I’ve been out of the office with a cold and am just getting back into the swing of things, so today’s contact piece is brief. However, it is heavy on my heart to say something about the massive storms, earthquakes, and fires that have been devastating communities in our country and around the world. Natural disasters are faith-challenging experiences. A…

Are you a minister?

Dear friends, When I send reminders to our nursery volunteers or Godly Play teachers, I usually include a little sentence like “thank you for your ministry with our young ones.” We believe that Godly Play is as important as Celebration – that it is just another form of worshiping God – and though the nursery may fly under the radar it is…

Mission trip and mission month

Dear friends, I’m in LA with the youth group (pray for us!) on a mission trip. It’s been a busy 2 weeks with 2 trips in a row. Check out our evolving photo album from Tahoe on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/61582869@N04/albums/72157682606847883 I want to make sure everyone knows about an upcoming theme for the month of August. We will be focusing on local mission…