Trying to spare the congregation from the pain of honest dialogue about a UMC split will actually make it more likely that things will explode into a battle of wills later, so start talking now, says the Rev. Jack Shitama.
In his vote to convict President Donald Trump of abuse of power, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney show the kind of self-differentiation that can resist peer pressure, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama.
Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re incompetent, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. It means you recognize the value of collaborating with others whose strengths differ from yours.
The Rev. Jack Shitama offers a word of reassurance and encouragement in the face of the world’s chaos.
When it comes to time management, the most important skill is to prioritize what needs to be done, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama.
We rarely know what’s going on in the lives of others. When someone starts acting out or unleashing their anxiety, it’s always good to pause before reacting, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama.
Like grandparenting, when we’re able to be with those we care about without placing our expectations on them, we can help them deal with their own anxieties, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama.
When we are defining ourselves in comparison to another person, we are not self-differentiating. They can make us feel mistakenly superior or irrationally inferior to another, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama.
It seems counter-intuitive, but creating and maintaining connections to individuals and groups are important facets of developing self-differentiation, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama.
At times of significance in life such as weddings, births and funerals, an opportunity arises for reconciling broken relationships, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama.