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Disturbing the Geese (peace)

July 8, 2020 | By | One Comment

In 2019, Denver was given express permission from state and federal agencies to mitigate the growing nuisance of a pest. They started a round up and euthanize program and were able to rid the city of over 2000 geese.They then donated the meat to nonprofits serving the poor around the city. This is what it looks like to treat a pest. When you have a moth infestation in your home, or an animal living in your attic, you call someone and remove the issue. There are a lot of hoops to jump through to deal with a pest like the Canadian Goose. It is a protected species meaning it maintains rights that other pests don’t. There is a city to convince that this is a problem. There is also a group of people who believe that the goose has the right to be here just like we do and that maybe we should find better ways to accommodate them and all the issues they carry with them. This is a big and costly job; PR campaigns, legal work, and coming up with a good enough reason to deal with the issue. It’s no joke. In the end the parks are more welcoming without so much poop and the Geese seem less crowded. Who knows, they might all be enjoying some greater quality of life? Read More

Welcoming God Within

June 29, 2020 | By | No Comments

By Joyce Buteyn-Garrett

One of the many things that I have appreciated throughout my career with Dry Bones Denver is the way the organization has created sacred space for “being” in intentional quiet at our Tuesday staff meetings. We begin each meeting with an extended time of silence. As staff, filled with together-ness and gratitude, we give quiet opportunity to each individual’s possibility. It is also a time where we each have a choice to connect with God within. Often this brings clarity and understanding to the “doing” of the week ahead and the space to share how we perceive and give meaning to both our individual and collective mission vision for the work before us. Next to my Sunday morning Quaker meeting, I’d have to say that this weekly devotional time is a sacred cornerstone that nourishes and fuels the “being” and the “doing” of my life. Read More

Words from a Safe Distance

June 15, 2020 | By | No Comments

By Robbie Goldman

We walked up and down 16th Street, keeping our conversation pretty light. My friend needed to focus on those passing by as he asked them for spare change. We moved quickly as he found it less awkward for people when they could either lower their gaze and move along or decide to help him out with some change.  

I noticed we seemed to have some powers similar to Moses as the red sea of humanity parted upon our approach. What was it that we were doing to cause such a reaction?  

My friend, aware of the situation, started announcing as we walked, “What if I told you this is my pastor I am walking with? Would that help!?” He loudly stated this phrase over and over for several blocks. Still, it only seemed to increase the  biblical power of  our sea parting ability, because now, people were moving completely to the other side of the street.  Read More

Do not forget in the Light what you learned in the Darkness ….

June 9, 2020 | By | No Comments

American author, Joseph Bayly wrote, “Don’t forget in the darkness what you learned in the light.” A statement intended to give us courage in hard times, reminding us that the truths we knew in the light still hold true in the darkest of times when they are harder to see and feel. Words to give hope.

But what if we shifted that sentiment?   

We are halfway through 2020. January came with its usual somber chill. But we knew spring was just around the corner and with it would come warmth and growth and gathering. This spring however, brought us a different picture. Rather than the welcome we had become accustomed to, spring came rolling in with a global pandemic. Instead of excitement for the new and warm and beautiful, we were met with fear and isolation. Darkness.  

And then, while we were captured in our homes, unable to move away from the social media and news outlets that had kept us company these past months, we watched in horror and sorrow as a human life was snuffed out. Right before our eyes. As the days since have unfolded, the devastation of systemic racism that has long plagued our land exploded. Darkness.   Read More

Living in the Essential

May 26, 2020 | By | No Comments

In the past two months, I think I’ve heard, read, and said the word essential more times than I did in all my pre-COVID-19 years combined. It will be interesting to see if and how the word essential will occupy a more everyday place in our lexicon after all this is over.

For the time being, we seem to have gained a new appreciation and respect for that which is essential and for those who have been deemed essential. As we witness an economy long supported by the consumption of nonessential commodities begin to crumble after only a few weeks of pressure, we question the value of the nonessential.

And perhaps rightly so. Our society and our very lives feel as if they’re being stripped down to the essentials, and it at times feels like a very good thing.

And yet, those of us who have the privilege of riding out stay-at-home and safer-at-home orders from the comfort of our own homes are also recognizing that we deeply crave the nonessential. We deeply desire to go get our hair cut and perhaps try Read More

The Contagion of Joy

April 30, 2020 | By | No Comments

It had been a long couple of years.  Honestly, Nikki and I were tired.  Our family had been growing (up) and the weight of needs just kept flowing as Dry Bones had been growing too.  The world felt chaotic and overwhelmingly fast-paced.  I know you can relate.  Read More

At the Gas Station Intersection

April 17, 2020 | By | 2 Comments

Friends keep graciously reaching out to me asking how our friends experiencing homelessness are faring during these difficult times. Each time I respond, I am taken aback by my own answer. “Some of them are understandably anxious about it all; some of them are having a harder time finding safe and welcoming places to spend their day, reliable sources of food, places to charge their phones, things like that; and others don’t seem to be bothered by it, being used to living simply and on the edges of society.” I am taken aback by my own answer because on one hand this global pandemic has made people on the margins’ lives even more difficult, and on the other hand it has simply shifted the suffering they experienced on a daily basis in our pre-pandemic world. In some sense, those on the margins are able to turn to those of us who are more privileged in society and say, “Welcome to our world.” Read More

Vulnerability

April 1, 2020 | By | One Comment

by Robbie Goldman

Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.” – Brene Brown

This week I have seen the valley of Dry Bones Denver being brilliantly vulnerable; embracing the created vulnerability in each of us by trusting it, acknowledging it, and utilizing its contagious qualities.  

Last night I turned on the local news to see one of my long time friends in an interview about his life on the streets of Denver during Denver’s Stay At Home Order. He, being brilliantly vulnerable, spoke truth about his life during this crazy moment in history. His words Read More

Social Distancing :: A Preexisting Condition

March 20, 2020 | By | 10 Comments

To many of us, social distancing is new.  We’ve never been told to not hug, not hang out, not say yes to an invitation to dinner, and basically to not be warm-hearted.  We have been disrupted, haven’t we? I, for one, don’t like it and I’m an introvert.

For many in the Dry Bones community, social distancing is not so new.  That’s not to say that our friends don’t love hanging out like any other human. It’s just that many people that experience homelessness are socially distanced by default. Social distancing is a virus that has affected our world for years.

Through the years, I’ve asked my friends on the streets these questions: “What’s the hardest part about living on the streets? About experiencing homelessness?”  They have responded Read More

COVID-19 – A Letter from Dry Bones

March 11, 2020 | By | No Comments

The letter linked below was written on March 10th.  As you all know, things are changing quickly! Please visit THIS PAGE to keep up to date with Dry Bones regarding COVID-19 and our response.
Read our letter filled with thoughts, questions, updates, and info here:

Dry Bones COVID-19 Letter