Journal

Author: Bill Haley

Fall 2020: “Anchors in the Storm”

Fall 2020: “Anchors in the Storm”

Friends, it’s already been an intense year– severe storms of a pandemic and America’s racial reckoning have kicked up and are not done yet.  And here comes our election season, and this storm will be very intense for the next couple of months while the other two keep...
Being “Honest to God”

Being “Honest to God”

Recently, in a sermon at The Falls Church Anglican, I finally got the chance to spend some time unpacking quite a few years of thoughts about praying what we’re actually feeling versus what we think we should be feeling.  This is an intense time in our country and in...
Beyond Lament and Necessary for Action

Beyond Lament and Necessary for Action

These are remarkably intense days in an unprecedented year for America.  We’ve seen before some of the things we’re living in now, but never all at the same time like this.  One writer draws out “a fascinating breakdown of 2020 and its historical parallels (so far):...
What is Lament?

What is Lament?

What is it to lament? You make a lament when the pain you feel can’t be carried by mere words. You make a lament when you’re so sad about something that you’d rather cry than speak. You make a lament when you’re grieved so deeply that you want to throw-up. You make a...
When God Said “Yes”

When God Said “Yes”

We gathered to seek God’s will.  We gathered to discern. We were black and white Christians, about 15 of us, from Orlando, D.C., Richmond, Minneapolis, and Atlanta, from churches, non-profits, foundations, and the government.  We met at a small farm in Virginia’s...
Lamenting Racial Injustice

Lamenting Racial Injustice

I’m writing to invite you to a virtually-offered “Lament for Racial Injustice” from the Corhaven Graveyard on Juneteenth (June 19), considered the Independence Day for African Americans since 1865.  We will have brief reflections on the current state of race...
Self-Care for Leaders During COVID-19

Self-Care for Leaders During COVID-19

On April 16th, 2020, I had the opportunity to share 4 pillars of self-care for Christian leaders in a crisis with members of the Accord Network, an organization dedicated to unifying God’s people to serve the world’s poor with excellence. Please feel free...
During COVID-19, Go Deeper and Bless

During COVID-19, Go Deeper and Bless

Peace be with you, friends. One of my dear mentors, Gordon Cosby, would say, “In times of crisis, go deeper…” We are in a crisis, and I’m ready to go deeper and help you go deeper too.  Last week I wrote to our staff and board, “I’m feeling energized by the...
Redeeming “Shelter in Place”

Redeeming “Shelter in Place”

In this, our first “Simple Soundings” devotional of the 2020 pandemic, Bill Haley offers a stirring call to embrace God’s invitation to us in the midst of the difficulties of adjusting to pandemic life, specifically, living “sheltered in...

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