The 30-year reunion

When I showed up at Allegheny College at the beginning of June for my 30th reunion, I was excited to spend a few days with my friends in the place where we first met. Michelle, Ann, Terri, Lori, and I were barely 18 years old in 1984, our freshman year. We hadn’t declared our majors…

The day after Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day 2018

I sat in church last night, awaiting the imposition of ashes on my forehead and contemplating my mortality. From dust you came, and to dust you shall return. Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust. I sat in silence, trying to examine my own heart and my need for forgiveness and redemption, and my thoughts inevitably…

The Wrong Answer

I had the honor of participating in the CCO’s first-ever online Advent Devotional this month. Here is my contribution,, published today, on the Winter Solstice: Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw…

Make a difference with your life

The coffee hadn’t quite kicked in when I arrived at CCO headquarters a couple weeks ago. As I passed by our recruiting team’s office, I registered something out of the corner of my eye that caused me to double back and take a second look. Apparently, as my colleagues Alycia and Sam sorted through the…

Ash Wednesday

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” —Ecclesiastes 3:20 We repent in ashes. We receive God’s mercy. We retell Jesus’ story. We rise in hope.

All My Favorite People

The theme at You Are Here Stories for December is Hope & Place, and I could think of no more hopeful place for me than Friendship Community Presbyterian Church. *** “Good morning, Friendship!” “Good morning, Darryl!” And so begins the weekly ritual of Friendship Community Church congregation members sharing praises and prayer requests, joys and…

O come, Desire of Nations: Reflections on 2016

O come, Desire of Nations, bind In one the hearts of all mankind; Oh, bid our sad divisions cease, And be Yourself our King of Peace. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to you, O Israel! When we sang this verse in church this past Sunday, I heard it with fresh ears. If nothing else can be…