President's Monthly Reflection

View More
April 2015 - <i>Trouble and Joy</i>

April 2015 - Trouble and Joy

“When I’m in trouble with a painting, I know there is something to be learned. In fact, I sometimes actually enjoy getting myself into trouble for that reason.” This statement came in the course of a casual conversation with alumnus artist Ben Frank Moss as he ...
View More
March 2015 - <i>A Privilege and Responsibility</i>

March 2015 - A Privilege and Responsibility

I came to the United States as a “landed immigrant” on June 25th, 1966. After living in this country for nearly 49 years as a “resident alien,” I finally became an American citizen on February 19th of this year. As with many of life’s decisions, the meaning and implications have become larger than I had imagined ...
View More

February 2015 - Worth It All

Last week, Paul and I braved blinding snow and slippery roads to join the 2015 Class of Wesley Service Corps for their monthly dinner meeting in downtown Buffalo. (Wesley Service Corps is our formal partnership with Western New York AmeriCorps ...
View More
January 2015 - <i>Becoming New</i>

January 2015 - Becoming New

For many people, the "newness" of 2015 is already over. It happened as soon as the first New Year's resolution was broken—if there were resolutions in the first place! Newness is a fairly thin concept in our culture at large.
View More
November 2014 - <i>The Community of Saints</i>

November 2014 - The Community of Saints

November begins with All Saints’ Day. As I get older, I am much more interested in celebrating this often neglected holiday of the church calendar than the more popular eve of All Saints’ Day that our culture knows as Halloween. Maybe it is simply that I am not as interested in dressing up as ...
View More
October 2014 - <i>Thick Souls</i>

October 2014 - Thick Souls

My mother recently reminded me of a conversation between my sister Barbara and me when we were about 5 or 6 years old. Following a funeral, we were discussing how souls get to heaven. Barb suggested that they might get sent in envelopes. According to my mother, I responded quite definitively that this would be impossible since souls were too thick to fit into envelopes.
View More
September 2014 - <i>The Captain</i>

September 2014 - The Captain

Some loyalties we are born into. (I will always be partial to four seasons.) Some loyalties are part of our history. (I will probably always prefer turning pages to scrolling screens.) Some loyalties we acquire through relationship. That is how I became a New York Yankees fan. It was not mentioned in my marriage vows four years ago ...
View More
August 2014 - <i>Taken In</i>

August 2014 - Taken In

I returned to the office recently from my vacation in New Brunswick – one of Canada’s eastern provinces and also my childhood home. While the sense of responsibility and the awareness of the outside world never fully departs ...
Back To Top