Rising Oak Newsletter - Summer 2009
June 17, 2009 • By Jeanette M. Davis-Loeb
|Rising Oak Foundation Newsletter|
|"Never underestimate the power of a seed." - Max Lucado||Summer 2009|
Summer is finally here...
and we at ROF are GLAD! We see summer as our time to rest (work smarter instead of harder), reconnect (meet new friends while loving on the old) and rejuvenate (breathe new life into existing modes of communication).
To help us reach our "seasonal"aspirations (especially the breathing new life into antiquated things piece), Rising Oak Foundation has started using Twitter (RisingOakFndn).
Click on the corresponding "QuickLink" below and begin Tweeting today!
|What Are You Bringing To The Party?|
A Model For Success
In our fluxing spiritual world, we must be prepared to walk in our greatness. But, before we can do that we have to know what it is and cultivate it. It's crucial we understand that "what we are bringing to the party" is the frequently overlooked first-step, and the key component to our receiving the fruit of favor and substantial economic support.
By focusing on what you can give instead of what you can receive, this book will help you reignite your passion, uncover the uniqueness of your vision, and strategically walk your calling out step by step.
If you are ready to transform your ministry from good to great or from great to exceptional, and to literally be chased down by your infinite blessings, this book is definitely for you.
|Seeds of Change|
The Young Leaders' Academy of Baton Rouge, Inc.
"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Young Leaders' Academy of Baton Rouge, Inc. exists to nurture the development of leadership abilities of young African-American males, empowering them to improve the quality of their lives and assist them in becoming productive citizens.
|I Am A Man!|
What Makes a Black Man?
by Garlin Gilchrist II
Part I: Two Principles of Manhood
Where are all the Black men? Where are all the good Black men? These questions are asked so often today that we don't even think about what they really mean or why they're being asked. Everybody's wondering though:Black women seeking companions, Black children seeking fathers, Black men seeking friendships. In fact, the only people not asking where the Black men are the people who don't care if they ever find another one.
Whenever a question like this is asked, it really is a search for a definition: in order to find something, you have to know what it is you're searching for. A proverb from Zimbabwe says "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."Similarly, if you don't know what you're asking for, you won't know if you've found it.
|Jeanette's Selection of the Month|
Something for the Soul
This month Jeanette is listening to the trumpet(er)'s call (as well as the melodious sounds of his kin).
The Marsalis Family - A Jazz Celebration
|In Our Next Issue...|
Here's what we're working on for Fall!
- Giving to Receive
- The Dragonfly Fund
- MentorING: Bringing Action to Advice
Manhood as defined by a Black man in search of knowledge, wisdom and truth.
So divinely simple, yet so humanly obscure, love is the fertile field in which our capacity to forgive, experience reconciliation and move forward together in grace, will grow.
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