“…Once, for instance, my father asked me a series of questions that suddenly made me wonder if I understood even my father, whom I felt closer to than any man I have ever known. “You like to tell true stories?” he asked and I answered, “Yes, I like to tell stories that are true.” Then he asked, “After you have finished your true stories sometime, why don’t you make up a story and the people to go with it? Only then will you understand what happened and why…”Norman Maclean, “A River Runs Through It”
I started online curating of local and global “stories of need” in 2009. As I’ve lived into my ministry of presence, justice and memory, this site has evolved into more of a blog. It highlights my work and commentary on the urgent needs in Broomfield and the North Denver Metro area and on the past and present undersides of our collective “American” story. It also summarizes ways to integrate into our daily lives our essential human vocation to care for the world and for each other.
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I earned my degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1997. I’m an Enneagram One, which explains a lot about me, but not everything. I love the Rocky Mountains, off-the-beaten-path travel, pickup basketball and good books. I’m also a student of the history of the West, reconstructive postmodernity and prepositional theology.
I’ve had a pretty variegated faith journey. I was baptized Catholic, raised Charismatic and trained as an Evangelical. “Progressive” probably fits me best these days, although I’m not a big fan of labels. I am still, as I have been since childhood, a follower of Jesus the Christ. If there is a unity within the diversity of my personal past and present, my imperfect and unfinished pilgrimage on the Jesus Way is it.
I settled on the name “Everyday Epics” for this blog because it sounded catchy. I promise I chose it before I knew how misused/overused the word “epic” would become in pop culture!
The word “epic” can be used as an adjective or a noun:
“…Pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero [or heroine, I would add], in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style.”
“Heroic; majestic; impressively great.”
“Of unusually great size or extent.”Dictionary.com
While “Epic” certainly refers to the great, sweeping myths of civilizations, I believe it also applies to the everyday lives of “ordinary” people, places and projects, past and present, in my hometown of Broomfield and beyond, all around the world.
May your time here prove worthwhile for you and for the world around you!
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