Originally from Arizona, I moved to Boston to attend Andover Newton Theological School.  During my first year living there, I fell into an opportunity: to study at Andover Newton’s sister school in Wuppertal, Germany.  This blog is my attempt to reflect on, and articulate, what another culture can teach me about God and faith.  What do these learnings mean for my life?  How do they help me engage in the work to which God calls?  When I am removed from the familiar boundaries of home, who do I find myself to be?  Are American sitcoms equally funny in German?  All this and more on Als Grenzen mich ueberschreiten!


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  1. Hi Brian,
    I have just read all your blog entries (from last to first because I didn’t know there was more when I first started – computer nonsavvy). I envy you the experiences and enlightenments you are having as a younger person on a grand adventure. You are a marvelous writer and thinker. Thank you so much for the effort you are putting into this blog. Sharing yourself in writing is very intimate and can be intimidating. Your writing is so fluid and easy to read that I feel I am right there with you having a chat!
    Traveling, experiencing other cultures and people, and living the ordinary day in that location are all great ways to become more empathetic with mankind. Dewey and I have a saying we picked up somewhere, “Wherever you go, there you are.” It’s true, but you also become changed by the total immersion.
    We don’t watch much TV, but I have decided we must watch “Malcolm in the Middle” to see what Dewey is up to!
    Grace, Peace and Love,

    • Hey Sharon! Thanks so much for saying hi! I’m sorry I didn’t see this comment sooner, it is sooooo good to hear from you. How’s everything in Phoenix? Sounds like there are lots of exciting things going on at Shadow Rock. I’m hoping that, eventually, some of the things I write here can be of use to the conversation going on over there. Thanks for the wonderful compliments. I hope all is well with you and the family. Give Dewey a big bear hug for me! 🙂

  2. Hi Brian! Great blog (though I only read the last few…ran out of time!) I tried to blog when I went to Berkeley…but quickly my paper writing and book reading usurped my discipline. Good for you. And…totally awesome spending last week at Synod with you! What a blast! Have a great last month on your journeys!

    • Yay Barb! It was wonderful seeing you last week, I can’t even tell you! Thanks for reading! 🙂 I found that the best way for me to have the discipline to update on a regular basis was to be removed from everything I’ve ever known. … Not the best model, I think. Hopefully it’s now a habit I can continue when I’m back in the states. 🙂 I hope all is well back home! Say hi to Rich!

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