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Facilitating Unlikely Intersections: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

November 13, 2014 | By | No Comments

It is easy to love people who are different than us from a distance, but to intersect in a very direct and personal way can be quite scary for some of us.  My first experience with Dry Bones showed me exactly that: it is not terribly difficult to love people from a distance, but it takes commitment and a certain vulnerability to really pursue a person that lives differently or thinks differently than I do.  A desire to be in community with others, regardless of where you’ve come from in life, is at the core of what Dry Bones is all about. Read More

Hospitality Series (#2)

October 9, 2014 | By | No Comments

My last post was about the way that fear can keep us from welcoming strangers. This post is similar. I’m interested in looking briefly at the history and current reality of the United States as it relates to hospitality. This is the place that has formed me and that I am participating in forming.


We often hear about “southern hospitality” as a kind of archetype Read More

Hospitality Series (#1)

September 30, 2014 | By | One Comment

by Annie Dimond
Dry Bones’ Resource Navigator

Our fundraising event, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” is coming up soon. We are excitedly working and planning (buy your tickets here)! With a hospitality-themed event in our near future, I’ve been reflecting on what hospitality is, how we encounter it, what keeps us from it, and what it can create in us. What you’ll see below is the first part in a series on hospitality that will be up on the blog soon.


When I was a little girl, I hated locked doors. Read More

Compassion

September 9, 2014 | By | No Comments

co-written by Annie & Robbie

The story of the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37 invites the question, “Can these bones live?” We hear these words today in Denver.

On many days, the dried up bones feel like Denver’s lack of safe and sustainable housing opportunities. (For this reason, we are currently exploring options for DB sponsored housing.) What is the solution? Can “these bones” live? 

The struggle of finding a place to live, heal, and sleep creates dramatic scenarios. For Dry Bones, these stories almost always involve that big question and they always require compassion. Allow me to share six scenes of an actual day-in-the-life: Read More

The Kingdom

July 9, 2014 | By | One Comment

A Few Thoughts
by Rebekah Duke, staff member

Jesus often preached that “the kingdom of God is near.” When I was growing up, for some reason, I always thought that the kingdom of God meant “going to heaven after we die.” As a kid, the thought of waiting to experience heaven until I die was literally a lifetime away. It seemed as though we were supposed to be good people (you know….don’t cuss, be nice, stay pure, etc.) and basically just wait to get to heaven once we die. Read More

Candace Bolz – 2013-14 intern

May 22, 2014 | By | No Comments

We are grateful for Candace and her commitment to Dry Bones this year. She has now graduated and is beginning a master’s program at the University of Kansas. Candace is a hard worker, a compassionate listener, a tender-hearted servant, and a fun person to spend time with. We will miss you and we wish you all the best! 

Here are some thoughts from Candace on the power of story. Read More

The City: Classroom, Parish, and Playground

May 1, 2014 | By | No Comments

Our good friends at the Center For Transforming Mission once challenged us to experience and engage the City in three creative ways: as classroom, parish, and playground.

This concept has become so meaningful to us through the years. Below, we’ve taken these three words and written just a few thoughts about each.  We hope that the following three concepts will allow you to begin to consider seeing, engaging, and experiencing your own city in some new ways. Read More

The Day It Felt Like Church

April 9, 2014 | By | No Comments

Follow the link below as one of our former interns, Chris Morton, reflects on his experience as a Dry Bones intern in 2002.

We’re super proud of the man Chris has become and the way he continues to live his life among others. His entire blog is worth your time, and his reflections about Dry Bones 12 years later are profound.

This thing called Dry Bones continues to shape all of us.

READ CHRIS’ BLOG HERE:
The Day It Felt Like Church

“Never offer a homeless person a sandwich. Sit down and ask them to share half of your sandwich. Read More

Got My Keys!

February 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

by Robbie Goldman

I met “Bella” as she was sitting with a group of friends several years ago.  She was a little above the average age of the group. Still, she was accepted and seemed comfortable in the surroundings of younger street kids.  Her careful attention to her makeup and hair, along with her huge red patent-leather purse, caused her to stand out to me. Read More

Human Trafficking and the Familiar Quest for Love

February 25, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

by Rebekah Duke, staff member

Several of the DB team were able to attend a workshop focused on human trafficking this week. As I sat down in my seat at the beginning of the day, I suddenly realized how heavy the weight of the topic would be. We heard from FBI agents and leaders of the police task force who are fighting human trafficking right here, in our own city. The discussion was not about Thailand or India. Right here, right now, people are slaves. It’s happening in our neighborhoods and American cities. And you might guess who is at the highest risk — homeless youth. My friends. Read More