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Ten Steps Toward Unity

"A new option I give unto you, that you love one another."

"By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, that, when things are going well, you are nice to one another."

"Now abide faith, hope, love, but greater than these is winning the argument."

What is this all about? No, these are not quotations from Scripture, at least, not exactly. Actions speak louder than words; these little sayings simply put into words some all-too-common actions and attitudes. We all know the theory, that love is a command (not an option). We admit that mutual love is evidence that the world can demand of us to show that we warrant the name Christian. And we give mental assent to the notion that loving one another is more important than getting our own way. These are things that we believe.

Something gets lost in the transition from belief to practice.

The theme of this Troubador series is preparation for life. Part of life, no matter what your vocation may be, is working together with other people. Organizations exist to coordinate efforts toward shared objectives. Here is bad news and good news. The bad news is that the all-too-common state of organizational life is "snafu" -- a Marine acronym for "situation normal, all fouled up". The good news is that we can do something about it.

Here are ten practical steps you can take toward unity. These steps don't guarantee smooth sailing. But they can help in any setting, whether secular or religious.

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