Soul Food: Stephen Ministry Blog

By Diana Laskaris, Stephen Ministry LeaderThere are times when we feel like we’re out of control. We want to do whatever we can to keep our world together. And the more we try to control things ourselves the more they seem to slip out...

By Diana Laskaris, Stephen Ministry LeaderAs I go through my paces at home, hoping for miracles to solve my many little problems, I read a note from a journalist friend who was visiting the wilds of Colombia.  Rather than reading a...

By Diana Laskaris, Stephen Ministry Leader

Life can be frustrating. We work hard, play by the rules, try to be the caring people we know we were meant to be. And yet, nothing works. The toast falls butter side down. There’s an...

by Stephen Ministry Leader Diana Laskaris

It’s that frosty time of year in Chicagoland. It recently became even frostier with a dump of snow that got most of us off our comfortable spot on the sofa. The glistening white outside...

By Diana Laskaris, Stephen Ministry LeaderAt St. Pauls we have A Statement Of Faith we recite during Sunday services. This is one part of the service I look forward to every time. The reason is that, not only is there an opportunity for...

By Diana Laskaris, Stephen Ministry LeaderThere are times when I feel as though none of my education, experience, knowledge or skills has prepared me for what life throws my way. Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience in your own life...

By Stephen Ministry Leader Diana Laskaris

It’s said that if you fail to plan you’re planning to fail. I do like the idea of setting a plan for the new year in major areas of your life. For me that means looking at goals for...

by Diana Laskaris, Stephen Minister Leader

Once in awhile you get a flash of self-knowledge. This learning can be empowering and useful or paralyzing and depressing. It really is up to you how you take it and what you do with it...

by Diana Laskaris, Stephen Ministry Leader

Everyone knows I’m a terrible singer. I do my best to sing softly or even lip synch when surrounded by others who might have to hear my croaking. I have many blessings in my life, but a...

By Diana Laskaris, Stephen Minister Leader

Sometimes we need a wake up call. We can slog through life tolerating all kinds of indignities, injustices, insults and intolerance. We may build up a resistance to everyday evils, turn...

By Stephen Minsitry Leader Diana Laskaris

There are times when I feel like all I do is work and sleep and work and sleep and slog it out just to keep my head above water. I can read about someone who’s gotten a rave review on...

by Stephen Minister Kirk Chernansky

The “yud” is the tiniest of marks but a powerful representation of the presence of God.  It looks like a mere dot, but this little Hebrew apostrophe represents the sublime unknowable at the...

Stephen Minister Deon Fayhee shares what being a Stephen Minsiter has meant to him personally.

Being a Stephen Minister has been a great gift to me.  The training, study and preparation allows for a clear understanding of a very...

By Stephen Ministry Leader, Diana Laskaris.

When I was working at a technology business many moons ago, my supervisor was the head of sales. He was from the old school of sales where you built relationships, played golf, bought...

By Diana Laskaris, Stephen Ministry LeaderI’m tempted to write a book. I have already chosen the title. It’s “Me First, Me Only: The Ethics of New American Manners. Not very uplifting is it? Well, if you’re like me, you’ve probably...

How do you help parents who have lost a child? A mother and father in Jana O'Brien's community shared this practical list from their own experience of losing their son.

Doug and I were cracked open today when we learned another teenage...

Let Go and Let God

By Diana Laskaris, Stephen Ministry Leader There are times when, I confess, the world confounds me. With raging wildfires, devastating hurricanes, huge earthquakes and threats of nuclear war, this is one of those...

By Diana Laskaris, Stephen Ministry Leader

As I took the last step off the back porch and began to walk down the path I heard it. A kind of soft groaning followed by a long, slow whooshing sound, like a last gasp. I turned to see...

Yesterday, September 10th, was World Suicide Prevention Day. Please take 2 minutes to view this video from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

So Hard To Say Goodbye  

By Diana Laskaris, Stephen Ministry Leader...

Not Always What It Seems by Diana Laskaris, Stephen Ministry Leader

 The voice on the other end of the phone was familiar to me but sounded so different I hardly recognized it. The caller was someone I had known for a very long time,...

Welcome To Soul Food

Hello and welcome to this blog from the St. Pauls Stephen Ministry. We’re calling it Soul Food because we hope that’s just what it provides to you, nourishment for your spirit. We want to share some thoughts...