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About Rev. Dr. Steven Koski

I am at First Presbyterian because I am crazy blessed to get to serve an extraordinary, loving, compassionate, brave, creative, mission-hearted, curious, and fun community of faith. And for some reason they put up with me.

Before serving here, I was cheering loudly for the Chicago Blackhawks as Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, IL, a western suburb of Chicago.

I love being constantly reminded that I am one lucky guy to have married “up” to Laurie and to be blessed to be dad to two amazing young men, Jacob and Jonah. I love yoga. Although, the people next to me in yoga class look like pretzels while I look and move like a block of cement. I love walking the many beautiful trails of Bend. I love, love, love, love sports. My dream job would be a sports talk show host sharing my limitless sports wisdom with the rest of the world. I love Scrabble, a good book, U2, single malt scotch, theater, and ballet (not necessarily in that order).

You can reach Steven at [email protected], and follow him on Instagram: @stevenkoski.

The 20th century was the century of getting ahead. In our race to get ahead, far too many have been left behind, left out and left alone.
The 21st century must be the century of healing. We are the healers we are waiting for. The most important question is, “How can my life be used in service for the healing of the world?”
David Orr wrote, “The world does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.”
What can you do? Something.
What should you do? Something.
It’s easy to be paralyzed by the magnitude of suffering and brokenness in this world. The question what I should do with my life is too large and overwhelming. Better and more empowering questions might be, “What do I do next? What is the work of love that is mine to do today?”
The people who seek to be important will not heal the world. The world will be healed by ordinary people, like you and me, who show up each day and inhabit our place in the world doing what’s most important. The world will be healed by those, like you and me, who know we can’t do everything but are faithful to the one next thing we can do.
Edwin Hale said, “I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
What is the work of love that is yours to do today? What is the next thing? You may not be able to care for the whole garden but what seeds of goodness can you plant today?
The 20th century was the century of getting ahead. In our race to get ahead, far too many have been left behind, left out and left alone. The 21st century must be the century of healing. We are the healers we are waiting for. The most important question is, “How can my life be used in service for the healing of the world?” David Orr wrote, “The world does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” What can you do? Something. What should you do? Something. It’s easy to be paralyzed by the magnitude of suffering and brokenness in this world. The question what I should do with my life is too large and overwhelming. Better and more empowering questions might be, “What do I do next? What is the work of love that is mine to do today?” The people who seek to be important will not heal the world. The world will be healed by ordinary people, like you and me, who show up each day and inhabit our place in the world doing what’s most important. The world will be healed by those, like you and me, who know we can’t do everything but are faithful to the one next thing we can do. Edwin Hale said, “I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” What is the work of love that is yours to do today? What is the next thing? You may not be able to care for the whole garden but what seeds of goodness can you plant today?
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    Posted: Sun, Nov 17, 2019
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    Posted: Sun, Nov 17, 2019
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