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Anne Dilenschneider
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Anne Dilenschneider has doctorates in clinical psychology and in spirituality & leadership. Her clinical psychology work is primarily with adolescents and women who have experienced trauma. As part of this work, she has helped develop restorative justice programs. For the last fourteen years she has also helped non-profits and faith communities build teams of leaders and create transformational programs. In addition, Anne is a published, award-winning writer. She lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Entries by Anne Dilenschneider

Christmas 1914: It Happened More Than Once

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 4:43 PM

Although World War I was one of the most horrific wars in history, it also included a famous spontaneous event known as the Christmas Truce of 1914.

The 475 mile-long Western Front was marked with lines of trenches only 30-70 yards apart. The soldiers stood for days...

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The Innkeeper Is the Hero

(6) Comments | Posted December 25, 2012 | 2:45 PM

Once, there was a little boy who was so excited one Sunday after practice for the church Christmas play that he practically jumped into the minivan when his mother came to pick him up. When he finally settled into the back seat, his mom called back to him, "So what...

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Title IX at Notre Dame: What Though the Odds be Great or Small

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 2:55 PM

This is truly a day to celebrate! For the past year, 230 women, primarily from the University of Notre Dame's Classes of 1977 and 1976, and their coaches have worked diligently to recreate the rosters of the first women's sports teams at the University.

The story of women's athletics...

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Natural Burial Featured at the 10th Annual New Life Expo in San Francisco

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2011 | 4:25 AM

This week, as I continued my conversations with Natural Burial advocates across the country, I learned about new developments in California and Pennsylvania.

Most immediately, this weekend Jane Hillhouse of Final Footprint will be a featured exhibitor at the 10th Annual New Living Expo at the Concourse Exhibition...

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Natural Burial Is Gaining Ground: Advocates Are Speaking Up Across North America

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 1:23 AM

Natural Burial is gaining ground all across the country. Sometimes it even gets media attention, as in the case of Lynn Redgrave's funeral. Two events featuring natural burial -- the Solar Living Institute's Solfest XIV in Ukiah, California on September 25th & 26th and the September 27th evening...

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Love Is the Real Legacy of 9/11

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 8:31 PM

If you had one last thing to say,
What would it be?
One more way to stand
before your liberty.
Would it be, could it be,
Would it be love?
Would it be, could it be,
Would it be love?
(©2001, Edward Dee)


I was listening to this...

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Soul Care and the Roots of Clergy Burnout

(84) Comments | Posted August 13, 2010 | 12:44 AM

There's been quite an interest lately in clergy burnout in the media. The New York Times has published several pieces on the subject: "Taking a Break from the Lord's Work" by Paul Vitello, and "Congregations Gone Wild" by G. Jeffrey MacDonald. The Clergy Health Initiative at...

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Natural Burial Is a Gentler Way to Leave

(54) Comments | Posted April 18, 2010 | 4:16 PM

Jane Hillhouse has been part of the movement to "green" the funeral industry since 1994. She learned about the natural burial movement when she was visiting her native England, and then brought that interest and commitment back to the United States.

I first heard of natural burial when a local...

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Natural Burial Expo 2010: Learn How to "Green" Your Farewell

(3) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 2:56 AM

The Natural Burial Expo 2010 is being held on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday April 25, 2010 at St. Paul's Christian Church in Raleigh, NC. Organizers report that this is the first event of its kind on the East Coast. It is being organized in response to the growing concern...

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Make A Hands-On Difference for Haiti: Student Update

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 10:08 PM

In January, I began following the 442 students of Charlotte Middle School in Charlotte, Tenn. who had decided to partner with UMCOR, one of the world's largest relief organizations, to provide "hands-on" support for Haiti by making 442 health kits.

Once they knew what each health kit needed to contain...

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Jesus Did Not Say 'Forgive and Forget'

(161) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 2:57 PM

Jesus did not say, "forgive and forget."

Yet, for twenty-three years, as a spiritual director, clergywoman and mental health director, I have heard women struggle with the advice they receive from family, friends, therapists and pastors to stop complaining, "forgive and forget," and move on. My current research shows...

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Help Send 120,000 Solar Lights to Health Teams in Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 11:36 AM

Two of the most highly regarded health care nonprofits in Haiti are making an urgent plea for 120,000 lights to assist them in delivering health care to persons who are now dispersed in the rural areas. These efforts to provide urgently-needed medical care to the hundreds of thousands of people...

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Notre Dame Offers Free Online Course in Haitian Language and Culture

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 2:46 PM

The University of Notre Dame is offering Professor Karen Richman's "Creole Language and Culture" class as a free online course. Dr. Richman recommends this course for anyone who is planning to participate in the ongoing disaster relief effort in Haiti or who works with Haitians in other countries....

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Send a Valentine to Haiti

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 12:07 PM

You can send a Valentine... or a Spring Festival/New Year's gift... to Haiti.

Through Community Coalition for Haiti, your gift can make a long-term difference for a rural Haitian community.

  • $25 = Heirloom seeds that can be planted in the coming rainy season (April...

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Make a Hands-On Difference for Haiti: Pa Za Pa

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2010 | 1:05 PM

There is an expression that is often used in Haiti: "pa za pa." It means "step by step."

That's how relief efforts are right now -- both in Haiti and here in the United States. Friends in Haiti say that it can take up to two hours to travel...

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Join in Global Prayer for Haiti

(4) Comments | Posted January 31, 2010 | 11:32 PM

People all over the world are praying for the people of Haiti, for those involved in relief efforts, and for the leaders of all the governments who are working with the government of Haiti.

Here are a variety of ways you can join in the global prayers for Haiti:

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Help Light Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 10:54 AM

Something we often take for granted -- lighting - is essential for safety and security, self-empowerment and self-sufficiency. Even before the earthquake, 85% of Haitians did not have electricity. Now the situation is even worse. You can help. For $10, you can empower a group of 10 people in Haiti...

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Make a Hands-On Difference for Haiti: Charlotte Tigers Update

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 11:25 AM

Last week I began following the 442 students of Charlotte Middle School in Charlotte, Tenn. who are partnering with UMCOR, one of the world's largest relief organizations, to provide "hands-on" support for Haiti.

The Charlotte Tigers were already focusing on the positive character trait of generosity for the month of...

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Haiti: Landing 149 Flights Without Electricity, Phones, Computers or Radar

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 10:51 AM

I am overwhelmed with gratitude when I hear about the miracles that are going on in Haiti. I want to share one of those with you.

Just this morning, the U.S. State Department shared an interview with Air Force Colonel Buck Elton, the Commander of the Joint Special Operations in...

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Make a Hands-On Difference: Katrina Volunteers Still Needed

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 12:55 PM

Today I learned that only one major relief agency is still on the ground rebuilding Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Over 1,100 families are relying on this group to help them rebuild their homes by the end of 2010 -- and anyone over the age of 14 can help!

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