The New Crew is Here!

Harrisburg has been home for just over three weeks, yet I’ve caught myself in shock that more time hasn’t passed. With August fading into September, that rainy afternoon when I unloaded my car in the parking lot and shuffled through the new house feels distant. Walks along the river now seem normal, routine in the…

Make Us Ready

When the weather is nice and I don’t have too much to transport, I hop on my bike and ride along the riverfront path to get to my office in the Chapter House at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Despite the forecast for rain later (which has now come to fruition), this morning was one of those…

Who is my neighbor? (Part 1)

When considering the concept of community at the Sycamore House, we generally think about 3 main communities that we are a part of: the house itself, the Cathedral, and the city of Harrisburg. Sounds simple enough. But if we think about it more deeply, those 3 communities encompass a lot. Our immediate neighbors here on…

Holy Saturday

Today, on Holy Saturday, I have been reflecting on the in-between times of life. The times when we are waiting, when we are hoping for something more that we cannot yet see. The times when we are stuck in a season of life that we don’t love, when we are working on a problem that…

Building Community

  In my last post, I wrote about doing “small things with great love.” Each of us are only given so much time, energy, and gifts to do these seemingly “small things,” and yet, when we work together we know that we can make big changes in our community and world. Consider the current Sycamore…

Hello Harrisburg and Beyond!

As the new Director for the Sycamore House, I’d like to introduce myself on the blog. I’ll start by sharing a bit of my own story: It was 2006, and I was about to graduate from college. I applied to one program to spend a year working in France, where I had spent a semester…

Guest Blogger – Sarah Raymond

Read Corps Member Sarah Raymond’s tribute to her site placement at CONTACT Helpline: http://acertainslantoflight.fidele.net/?p=406   —

Guest Blogger: Jonathan Barry Wolf

Reflections on Rick and Morty: Finding Meaning in Chaotic, Purposeless Times This has been a challenging year for me. Relationship difficulties, stressful grad school applications, and unceasing political turmoil have all forced me to ask a lot of difficult existential questions. Why am I here? What is my purpose? And so on. One of my favorite…