I like to lift heavy things, lightly. Thus the wheel barrow fits as a great symbol. Maybe it is how I think about God too. Without spirit, things stay heavy. They don’t lift. I can’t lift them. With spirit, I am able to move more than I can. Matter and spirit may be connected -- And spirit takes the lead.



Thanks for visiting me here.  On this site, you can learn about the books I have written, the dreams I have, the courses I teach -- and how I like to make bricks without straw.  That is the name of my consulting service.

In "Bricks without Straw," I help not for profits figure out how to become their best selves, organizationally, financially, spiritually and emotionally.

The title comes from the biblical story of the exodus, where the slaves learned to do what they could with what they had.


“I like to kick hope into high gear.”

— Donna schaper, spiritual entrepreneur


Latest Book

Everyone is paying attention to Pope Francis, and that includes the most unlikely of admirers: a female Baptist pastor. Veteran minister and social justice advocate Donna Schaper has become a fan of the pope, covering him for Religion Dispatches, traveling to see him speak, and taking up many of his issues. Schaper says that Francis is a pope for all of us, and she has written him a series of letters—love letters, of a sort. She agrees with him on the environment, climate change, love of animals, and concern for the poor. But she has a lovers' quarrel with him on the issues of women's ordination and GLBT rights. Schaper's letters to Pope Francis are intimate and ornery, affirming and challenging. She has high hopes that he can heal the church and the globe, and she prods him to be even more inclusive than he already is. In the end, in spite of their disagreements, Pastor Donna loves Pope Francis, and she calls us all to join him in loving the world.

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His Holiness asked me to convey to you his heartfelt gratitude. He prays that God may continue to bless and guide you in your ministry in Judson Memorial Church.
— Archbishop Christophe Pierre