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Eric H. F. Law
Kaleidoscope Institute
Founder and Executive Director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, the mission of which is to provide resources to equip church leaders to create sustainable churches and communities. For more than 25 years, he has provided transformative and comprehensive training and resources for churches and ministries in all the major church denominations in the United States and Canada. He is the author of 9 books including The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb, and his latest, Holy Currency Exchange: 101 Stories, Songs, Actions and Visions of Missional and Sustainable Ministries.
Interests: Eric is a playwright, photographer and composer of church music.
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It’s Easter. For Christians, we respond to this happy season by living resurrected lives. We push our “reset” buttons and start anew with new hope and new actions for realizing God’s vision for a gracious and just world. In that effort, the Kaleidoscope Institute are offering a number of continuing education events this Spring and Summer to empower faithful people with skills, knowledge and processes for transformational Easter living. May 15-17, 2017 – Wisconsin Gracious Leadership for Building Bridges Holy Currencies July 17-18, 2017 – Los Angeles Stewardship365 Orientation July 19-20, 2017 – Los Angeles Building Bridges- Dialogue on Race... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Sustainist
When darkness overcomes this land And I can hardly see to reach for your hand, I need your light; I need your light. When gloomy shadows shroud our hearts Dividing friends with fears, to tear us apart, I need your light; I need your light. I need your light to shine and burst through the clouds of fears and lies. I need your light to light a rainbow of truth across the skies. I need your light; I need your light. When bullying supplants debate, When patriotic means to advocate hate, I need your light; I need your light. When... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at The Sustainist
All the talks about travel ban, exclusion of refugees from certain countries, extra vetting of refugees, and building the wall, all in the name of protecting U.S. citizens – our safety and our jobs – remind me of the ugly history of Chinese immigration to the U.S. Here is a chronology of what happened, with some of my comments and family’s immigration history in parenthesis: 1882, The Chinese Exclusion Act was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Chester A. Arthur. This was the first significant federal law that restricted immigration into the United States of an ethnic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at The Sustainist
The week after the presidential inauguration, I started the #3MillionTruth “movement.” Here is the reason why: 3 million people were accused of voting illegally by Trump who claimed that this was why he lost the popular vote. I know this is a detraction tactic that he uses so well to polarize us and to divert us from working together to challenge the real destructive things he and his administration was/is doing to our country. The greatest damage he is doing to our country includes chipping away our rights to free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, separation of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at The Sustainist
Ever since the tragic shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas last year, I have been praying and discerning ways to respond that can be impactful, gracious and long lasting in the midst of our polarized communities. With the election and the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the need for gracious dialogue among people with different perspectives, passions and experiences is even more urgent, not just on race but also other issues such as women’s rights, human rights, health, immigrant, freedom of press, religion, speech and to assembly, and many others. Here is my big idea: Imagine every church and ministry... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at The Sustainist
As the United States moves towards the transition of a new administration this coming week, I thought it would be appropriate to study what previous presidents have done during this transition time. President George Washington left the presidency and the nation's then capital city of Philadelphia in September 1796. He used his departure to publicize a major final statement of his political philosophy which is known as WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL ADDRESS. This document has long been recognized as a towering statement of American political purpose and until the 1970s, was read annually in the U.S. Congress as part of the national... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at The Sustainist
There are signs of HOPE all over Texas City and here is how it happened. On Saturday, November 19, 2016, the Rev. Robin Reeves of St. George’s Episcopal Church charged cub and boy scout troops, members and visitors to their Annual Bazaar, to take a couple of Signs of HOPE and put them where there seemed to be HOPELESSNESS in their city. The scout group took it upon themselves to help make her dream of creating a field of 500 signs of HOPE a reality. Along the way they were caught up in the joy of this simple word and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at The Sustainist
Thanksgiving is next week! After that, we are also facing many more occasions (Christmas, New Year) where we might be talking to friends and relatives who had voted for the other candidate on November 8. When politics come up in conversations, how can we not end up in a yelling match generating more hurt and fear? Here are steps you can take to have a reasonable, civil and even productive conversation with those who voted differently than you: Preparation: Take some time to reflect on your experience on why you voted the way you did (or if you didn’t vote,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at The Sustainist
When we win, our instinct is to celebrate, to announce the good news to others or even gloat about it. In a political election, like the one that the United States just completed this week, the winners usually received the most votes. With the majority support, the winner and the winning party might be tempted to do whatever they want discounting the needs of the losers – the minorities? Throughout history in the world, the winners of a political battle not only ignored the needs of the losers, they often went further in persecuting the losers in order to suppress... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at The Sustainist
For the people of the United States of America, we are only days away from the day of the presidential election. My interpretation of the fluctuation of the polls this week is that people are still changing their minds. I am also puzzled by the number of people who still have not made up their minds. So, in this blog post, I am providing a way to help people decide or to be a little more sure of their decision. I admit this method is a little brainy but this is a very important decision and using our brain in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at The Sustainist
In this presidential election year for the United States, what is truth became a daily question as I reluctantly watch and listen to all the election coverage – the ads, the debates, the spins on the debates. It became clear to me that I needed to do some exploring on the subject of truth so that I can get a stronger bearing for what I will do on election day. At the end of the first Presidential debate, Donald Trump, on national TV, praised Lester Holt, the moderator, for a job well done. But then the next day, he complained... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at The Sustainist
In the last Sustainist post, I shared aspects of “fear-exploiters” and how they use fear to get people to do things for their own benefit. As the people of the United States get closer to the November election, both campaigns will use fear-exploitation to get you to vote their way. I would like to give some suggestions on how to deal with these fear-projections and hopefully help you arrive at a sound decision for yourselves as to how you will vote. Gavin de Becker in The Gift of Fear wrote, “What you fear is rarely what you think you fear... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at The Sustainist
In this election season, I, once again, am puzzled by the U.S. presidential candidates’ rhetoric. I was not able to understand them until I assumed a mindset of fear and scarcity. If I believed that the world is a fearful place and that there is not enough of anything for everyone, then the candidates’ words made sense. If you vote for me, I will help you with your fear and keep you safe. Whether what they promised is actually going to address my fear constructively is not even relevant here. The goal is to trigger our fears and then promise... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at The Sustainist
Guest Blogger: Pastor Jennifer Burns of Community UMC in Brookville, OH Community UMC in Brookville, OH, has gone through dramatic changes in the last five years. Located in a rural/commuter community, the congregation has about 70-80 in worship on Sunday mornings. While the previous pastor at Community UMC was going through Crucible (clergy leadership training), the church got excited about structuring their leadership differently to empower rather than approve ministry. In the midst of this transformation, the imaginations of leaders were further captivated by the idea of Holy Currencies. While empowering ministry, we look toward all of our resources and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at The Sustainist
On July 18, 2016, the highest ranking Baltimore police officer was found not guilty of all charges in the death of Freddie Gray in April last year. The judge said, “This court does not find that the state has proven that the defendant was aware that the failure to seatbelt created a risk of death or serious physical injury to Mr. Gray under the facts presented.” In an earlier trial of another officer involved in the death of Gray, the same judge said, “There has been no credible evidence presented at this trial that the defendant intended for any crime... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at The Sustainist
In my July 8 post, I called upon all Kaleidoscope Institute Associates, Catalysts and trained facilitators to intentionally start interracial dialogue processes wherever they are. Pastor Mark Smutny did just that and here is his report to me about the first dialogue session he facilitated at Altadena Community Church. Notice the simplicity of the design that uses the basic Kaleidoscope Institute tools with some slight modifications. Dear Eric, I invited the congregation where Barbara has worshipped for years, the Altadena Community Church (UCC) to a two Sunday gracious dialogue called, "Race, Racism and Gun Violence: From Paralysis to Hope." The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at The Sustainist
Ever since the string of shootings in the last couple of weeks in the U.S., I have been in conversations with many leaders in my church denomination, The Episcopal Church, exploring ways to respond that would be meaningful and impactful. One of those conversations bore fruit! This week, Bishop J. Jon Bruno of the Episcopal Diocese wrote an article for the diocesan newsletter laying out an approach that can engage our communities across southern California to enter into constructive and gracious dialogue on race relationship. This project will be co-sponsored by the various groups in the diocese that have been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at The Sustainist
In light of the shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas this week, race is once again the hot topic of the day. Some of us are called to go out on the street and protest. Some of us are called to prayers. Some of us are called to do the grieving and healing work. Some of us are called to do the legal work as these cases will most likely go to trial. The people of the United States tend to have a short attention span; so I invite you to do something that will make a lasting impact in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at The Sustainist
For the last two years, I have been doing training programs for the Officers of the Midland Division of the Salvation and got to know about their innovative approach to end homelessness. So I was excited to finally get to take a tour of their housing and homeless services. Colonel Neal Richardson picked me up at the hotel where I was staying. We stopped at a red light where there was a homeless person holding a sign asking for help. Colonel Neal lowered the window and called the man to come over. “Are you local?” he asked. “Yes. I grew... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at The Sustainist
In this presidential election year for the U.S., I thought it would be appropriate to examine and learn from what past presidents did using their power in the form of the executive order. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War to prescribe certain areas as military zones, clearing the way for the deportation of Japanese Americans to internment camps. As a result, approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were evicted from the West Coast of the United States and held in internment camps across the country. Over... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at The Sustainist
So many of my friends expressed a deep sense of weariness since the horrific shooting at Pulse, the gay nightclub in Orlando. I think this weariness might have come from the feeling of powerlessness to change the U.S. society to make it more sustainable. The massacre in Orlando was extremely troubling because it is the work of four deeply divisive principality and powers: gun violence, homophobia, racism and terrorism. For those of us who have been working for change for a very long time dating back to the Civil Rights movement, we are tired and weary and we feel the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at The Sustainist
In 1951, a class action suit was filed against the Board of Education of the City of Topeka, Kansas in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. The plaintiffs were thirteen Topeka parents on behalf of their twenty children. The suit called for the school district to reverse its policy of racial segregation. Separate elementary schools were operated by the Topeka Board of Education under an 1879 Kansas law, which permitted (but did not require) districts to maintain separate elementary school facilities for black and white students in twelve communities with populations over 15,000. Brown v. Board of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at The Sustainist
The ability to recapture our core values resulting in constructive change is an essential skill that all sustainable community leaders should have. The United States of America is not a perfect nation, but it has demonstrated, through its democratic process, its ability to change over its short history of being a nation. The amendments to our Constitution were evidence of this power to change and to correct the course of our nation toward realizing our founding vision—“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal...”—in spite of resistance and power struggles. The Fourteenth Amendment to the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at The Sustainist
Guest Blogger: The Rev. Canon John Burruss ( The main focus of my work with the [Episcopal] Diocese [of West Tennessee] is to lead congregations through a formation process that helps the church build relationships with the community and work to shift their ministries to be both missional and sustainable. Sustainability is about making sure that ministry is infused with different currencies: truth, relationships, wellness, gracious leadership, time and space, and money. It is a shift away from fixing what are perceived as problems of others, and learning how to be in relationship and work together towards holistic transformation. It’s... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at The Sustainist
A team of leaders of Forest Hill United Church took a look at a map of their church and noticed that the largest portion of the property was the parking lot. Through a year-long Holy Currencies workshop, they had learned about the currency of time and place and began to explore how they could exchange this parking lot space for more than just parking of cars. They wanted to exchange it for currencies of relationship with the neighborhood folks, and currency of money because they noticed that the roof of their church was in need of repair and would cost... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at The Sustainist