We there are as many perspectives as there are individuals participating in this book discussion. As United Methodists we are committed to "engage each other in love and grace as we deal with issues upon which we disagree." [United Methodist Book of Resolutions 2004, "Being the Church Amid Disagreement" p. 142] That resolution invites us to: --ground our discussion in scripture, tradition, reason and experience --share where we agree --remember to honor our relationships to each other as children of God --listen for feelings as well as ideas, give feedback reflecting that a position has been heard --Do not attack the messenger when discussing the message --pray for and practice patience. Forging new understandings and agreements will take intentional effort.
After graduation, Tom moved to Bend, in Central Oregon, where he owned and managed movie theatres and a family video business. He served on the Bend City Council from 1993-96, and on the Deschutes County Commission from 1999-2005. Oregon’s governor appointed Tom to serve on the Oregon Arts Commission from 1996-2005. From 1995 until 2004, he served as chair of the Tower Theatre Foundation, which successfully raised $4.2 million to renovate a historic downtown theatre that is now Central Oregon’s “center stage” for local and international performances.
Tom began writing Inheriting the Trade in 2001, during the summer in which he joined Katrina Browne and eight distant cousins on their life-altering journey to Rhode Island, Ghana, and Cuba, to make the Emmy-nominated film Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. He has been writing full time since 2005. Tom and his wife, Lindi, live in Oregon. They have four grown children and six grandchildren.
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