Blog Posts

The Importance of Experience

February 22, 2024

Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to catch up with some alumni of past interfaith programs I have directed. It is such a joy to see these young people flourishing in the world, and I am continually struck by the deep wisdom that they continue to bring to our shared world.…

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Grit, Guts, and Prayer

February 13, 2024

PTU is deepening its partnership with the Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement at Seattle University. We are looking forward to co-creating a series of events about how wisdom communities can strengthen democracy. More about that soon. In my conversations with the center’s director Michael Trice the words “grit” and “guts” have come up. Michael…

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It’s Happening

February 6, 2024

Last Sunday, we held a facilitation training to prepare local leaders in Skagit Valley for the first big event in our Let’s Go Together (LGT) program. The LGT program brings people of diverse cultures, traditions, and life circumstances into relationship with each other. This year’s events will be both a powerful experience for those participating…

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All We Can Do

January 30, 2024

On Sunday I spoke to a leader of a wisdom community who is a dear friend of mine. He shared something that so many of us are feeling: Despair. I told him that I feel that sometimes, too. We discussed the challenge of exclusive in-grouping in the form of ethnic nationalism. We wondered if what…

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Announcing Youth Engagement Program

January 24, 2024

A few years ago, I sat down at a coffee shop with some disgruntled high school students. When I asked them what was wrong, they informed me that they were tired of being called “cute.” I smiled quietly and listened to their frustrations.   There is a deep truth to what they were sharing. For…

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This Is the Year

January 16, 2024

My first day as executive director of PTU was almost exactly six years ago. The board and I knew we had a lot of work ahead of us. The key issues at hand: We started with educational engagements to help groups listen deeply to each other. With the leadership of Jeff Renner, we established our…

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Burning Passion

January 10, 2024

In 2015 I felt a burning passion in my heart, my bones, my soul. I saw increasing divisions in our society. I saw the dehumanization of Muslims, Jews, Indigenous and so many more. I knew that we were on a path that leads to fear and violence. We are still on that path now. Many…

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Go and Do Likewise

January 3, 2024

Go and Do Likewise: Following Jesus into our Common Humanity By Terry B. Kyllo Executive Director, Paths to Understanding Formats: Print, eBook, and Audio Book Available: Wherever books are sold Schedule a conversation with the author for your congregation or organization: together@pathstounderstanding.org Description: We don’t have to live divided! We are living in a time…

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Faith Leaders: Time to Get in the Game

January 2, 2024

I was ordained 32 years ago and have since heard many conversations about the diminishing influence of wisdom traditions in the US. There are numerous reasons for this, which I won’t list here. While some find ancient traditions less relevant, many others still yearn for meaning, mystery, and community—feelings sometimes found at concerts or sporting…

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