The Problem with Self-Improvement

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Apr 19, 2018 4:26:17 PM

I am highly susceptible to self-improvement plans, especially those that lay out steps to success: Do these 5 things and you will be a better wife, mother, employee, friend, Christian. I desperately want someone to show me the way to be the best me I can be.

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Learning about Grace and Truth

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Nov 23, 2016 2:49:53 PM


Almost exactly two years ago, I came to Union Gospel Mission at a time when I was learning what felt like extremely hard (but extravagantly important) lessons. Lessons about God and about myself.

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What Is a "Grace-Based" Environment?

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Mar 29, 2016 4:28:08 PM

By John Dunne, former UGM Recovery Counselor

“Hey, I hear they got this thing called ‘grace’ down at the Mission, so I guess you can get away with doing anything you want down there now.”

This is a conclusion that frequently surfaces when we begin a discussion of our grace-based environment at UGM. It is the natural result of the fact that in our everyday culture, the word “grace” is usually synonymous with license—when we fail to hold someone accountable for his actions, we say we are giving him “grace.”

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UGM Camp: Treasuring At-Risk Kids

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jul 10, 2015 2:43:00 PM

Two weeks into camp and amazing things are already taking place. The following are two incredible stories written by UGM Camp Photographer/Blogger Clare Pursch.

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The Beauty of God's Love

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Feb 16, 2015 4:17:56 PM

By Merrily Brast, former Staff Writer

“You are worse than you think you are, but also far more loved than you feel you are.”

–Timothy Keller

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The Resolution to Change

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Jan 8, 2015 9:54:00 AM

By Merrily Brast, Former Staff Writer

Making ambitious resolutions is a New Year’s tradition for many of us. And while the end of January marks the end of those resolutions for many of us, UGM resident Tim O’Brien has chosen to stick to his on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

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