I Broke a Rule…. and That’s Not All

Rules. Guidelines. Values. Jennifer and I have been talking a lot lately about what the values, guidelines and rules are that structure the life of hospitality we live here in Uptown.  I am pretty sure the first time Jenn said the word “rule” I balked and got a very uncomfortable look on my face.  Rules… Read more »

Hand Me Downs

Tonight’s small group was special. It was our first official meal around the dining room table together.  We enjoyed donated homemade pasta from our landlord as well as Sher’s special pasta sauce made with donated can goods (and a few special ingredients!).  We sat around the table and I hadn’t planned to really study anything… Read more »

Freedom Icee Pops

A few hours ago I was really cranky.  I woke up cranky.  Who knew the secret to getting over myself was Icee Pops? See, outside my front door and on the curb, there are a dozen loiterers trying to catch any breeze or shade as they escape their single rooms with no air and indulge… Read more »

Basketball is Life

In high school I had a few t-shirts I loved and they revolved around the game of basketball.  Although I wasn’t good at all, I was on the team all four years of high school, getting deeply shaped (and maybe warped) by the physical discipline and team dynamics. One T-shirt I wore into rags said… Read more »

Footies and Bed Bugs

I kicked my dresser because I was angry. Now my foot is swollen and I’m exhausted from crying. I should be humiliated to admit that.  I can’t remember the last time I lost it like that. 9th grade maybe? It’s because I couldn’t find my footies. That shouldn’t make anyone mad.  But I was mad…. Read more »

His Gift.

Remember the Byrds’ hit?  “Turn, Turn, Turn!”  The lyrics go like this: To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven A time to be born, a time to die A time to plant, a time to reap A time to kill, a time to heal A time to plant,… Read more »

A Night Out with the Bulls – A view from our seats!

Well, we dropped the ball on this one, didn’t we! Our monthly foot clinic was today, thus a busy morning and afternoon took over, and we forgot to post the Bull tickets results! Hopefully no one was hanging on our words. Congratulations to Dave Frodin, a local Uptowner, who will be going to the Bulls… Read more »

Let’s Get Over Ourselves

Do you remember the last time your feet were REALLY dirty?  Was it the last time you wore open toed shoes on a rainy day?  Do you remember the last time you had to really scrub your callouses to make sure you got all the dirt off?  Dirty feet are universal.  All of us have them.  And… Read more »

Mightily and with Remarkable Subtlety

Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and the opportunity to take a peek at the incredible things that God is doing in and through you both. It is a joy and honor to witness such healing…  God is moving both mightily and with remarkable subtlety here. This is a quote from a note a friend left us… Read more »

Hopeless Joy

In case you somehow missed it, JUSTembrace officially launched with a large celebration on October 1st.  We celebrated with nearly 200 of our friends and family and set our mission in action to provide training, events and hospitality in order to remove social barriers that marginalize and divide communities.  It was a fabulous celebration that… Read more »