Monthly Archives: March 2008

Poem on youth and Old Age

Light is sweet! and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun. However many years a may may live, let him, as he enjoys them all, remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that is to come is vanity.

Rejoice, O young man, while you are young and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth.

Follow the ways of your heart, the vision of your eyes; Yet Understand that as regards all this God will bring you to judgement.

Ward off grief from your heart and put away trouble from your presence, though the dawn of youth is fleeting.

Ecclesiastes 11: 7-10

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Leadership and Religion Part 4

Conclusion

In conclusion, the “Living System” of the Church is an organization that builds the community and identity by the way of constellations that are generalized to the church and allow individual contribution and benefit. This organization also translates passions into something useful, using the community, networking, and common knowledge needs.

References
Holt, D.T., Armenakis, A.A., Feild, H.S., & Harris,S.G., (2007). Readiness for Orgainzational Change The Systematic Development of a Scale. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Vol. 43 No. 2, June, 232-255.
Klenier, A., (2007). Organizational Ciculary System An Inquiry. OD Practitioner, Vol 39, No. 3.
Milton, L.P. & Westphal, J.D., (2005). Identity Confirmation Networks and Cooperation in Work Groups. Academy of Management Journal. Vol. 48, No. 2, 191-212.
Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of Practice, Learning, Meaning, and Identity. Cambridge University Press.
Wenger, E., McDermott, R., & Snyder, W. (2002). Cultivating Communities of Practice. Harvard Business School Press.

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Leadership and Religion Part 3

Holt, Armenakis, Feild, & Harris (2007), discuss the readiness for multidimensional organizational change. The Church may say “What Change?” How we interact with people, “The World”. We are in the world and “not of the world”, the way we interact with youth guides the future leadership of the world. They youth now are more mature, have more knowledge due to the Internet and other media access, and want people to explain issues and concepts that most do  not want to talk about.

 An example is when “sex education” entered the school system. Parents did not want to discuss this so local government put it in the schools. These youth will one day become adults. I would like them to become “responsible adults”.

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Leadership and Religion Part 2

The Building Up Of Identity

Milton and Westphal (2005) see a positive association between identity confirmation – based networks and cooperation and performance in work groups. Identity confirmation is the extent that others in a group support them, whether personal (based on individual characteristics or abilities) or social (based on membership in categories of people or roles) (Milton and Westphal, 2005).

The church has a social identity that allows members to bring personal identity (freewill). As members of the social church identity, how well do we promote the development of positive associations for personal and social confirmation.

There are three dimensions of translating passions into something useful:

The Key Domain

  1. The Community
  2. The Issue it faces is defining the scope of the domain in a way that elicits the heartfelt interests of members and aligns with important issues for the organization as a whole.

The Key Community

  1. Networking
  2. The Issue is finding people who already network on the topic and helping them to imagine how increased networking and knowledge sharing could be valuable

The Key Practice

  1. Common Knowledge Needs
  2. The Issue is identifying common knowledge needs (Wenger, 2002).

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Leadership and Religion Part 1

Introduction

Gareth Morgan, Peter Senge, and Eric Trist have an idea that organizations are “Living Systems” (KLeiner, 2007). The Church is an organization and “A Living System” for the “Living God”.

The Building Up of Community

Many religions have practices. The term constellation refers to a grouping of stellar objects that are seen as a configuration even though they may not be particularly close to one another, of the same kind or of the same size (Wenger, 1998). This concept can be seen as multiculturalism for people. The reasons for forming constellations by communities of practice are:

The Reasons For Constellations

  1. Sharing Historical Roots,
  2. Having Related Enterprises,
  3. Serving a Cause or Belonging to an Institution, and
  4. Facing Similar Conditions.
  5. Having Members In Common,
  6. Sharing Artifacts,
  7. Having Geographical Relations Of Proximity Or Interaction,
  8. Having Overlapping Styles Or Discourses, and
  9. Competing For The Same Resources.

Generalized To The Church

  1. Jesus Christ,
  2. Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
  3. The Church, and
  4. The Faith.
  5. Church Members,
  6. Sacred Writings and Art,
  7. Building Locations,
  8. Church Rule, and
  9. Souls For God.

Individual’s Contribution Or Benefit

  1. Common Good,
  2. Community Interaction,
  3. Leadership Opportunity, and
  4. Knowing We Are Not Alone.
  5. Support,
  6. Education and Culture
  7. Opportunities For Support,
  8. Order, and
  9. Missionary Work (Wenger, 1998)

This causes a single community of practice. An example is the United States of America and “The Melting Pot” theory turning into “The Mosaic” theory. The “sharing”, “having”, “serving”, “facing”, and “competing”. We no longer give up our old heritage to belong. With our interactions we now bring culture with us, to “share” with others, “serve” in charity, “facing” our differences, and “competing” through economics.

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Racial Identity

I did not wake up “Black” today, I have been Black my whole life.

Did you wake up today?

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For The Traveling Persons

A Prayer Before A Journey, from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels:

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, the true and living way, be thou, O Master, my companion, guide and guardian during my journey; deliver and protect me from all danger, misfortune and temptation;

That being so defended by thy divine power, I may have a peaceful and successful journey and arrive safely at my destination.

For in thee I put my trust and hope, and to thee, together with thy Eternal Father, and the All-holy Spirit, I ascribe all praise, honor and glory: now and ever and unto ages of ages: Amen

Patron  of Travelers: St. Christopher-Pray for Us

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The First Insitution to Study ESP and PK in the USA

Stanford University was the first university to study Extrasensory Perception (ESP) and Psychokinesis (PK) in the United States of America in 1911.

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Torture

Reported Human Rights Violations by Nigerian Police Departments and the Los Angeles Times had an article about Pope Benedict XVI asking for prayer for torture victims means something is very wrong with the world.

The Pulitzer Center reports under-reported or non-reported issues. for torture to make the Los Angeles Times something is terribly wrong. It is 2008!

May the Almighty God shower Supernatural Blessings on the World, torture victims, the Human Rights Organizations that help stop these things and may the Almighty God shower Supernatural Courage to deal with these situations.

http://www.latimes.com

Tres

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The Holy Bible and Psychic Ability

The Holy Bible is a “History Book” that is a collection of works sent by God. It has every field, profession, and vocation in it and it describes every situation.

If you read the Holy Bible you will see the concepts of the world. An Example is Astral Projection:

  • The silver cord
  • The golden bowl
  • Ecclesiastes 12:6-8——-“Before the silver cord is snapped and the golden bowl is broken, and the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the broken pulley falls into the well, and the dust returns to the earth as it once was, and the life breath returns to God who gave it. Vanity of Vanities, says Qoheleth,all things are vanity!”

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