Donald Jordan is a social worker by trade, and a wanna-be activist by heart.
Graphic design supports both, and following Christ guides all.
Donald currently has a clinical practice for counseling with children and adults at Pathways, Jackson as a Licensed Master Social Worker. He leads and co-facilitates mental health and grief support groups through Pathways as well as the Trauma, Faith & Resilience Initiative of the School of Social Work at Union University for whom he also serves as adjunct faculty, teaching courses on issues of faith, church, mission and justice. In the State of Tennessee he is listed as a Rule 31 General Civil Mediator. He works part-time as a contracted employee of Area Relief Ministries in Jackson in the areas of program and practice development, and community/church education and training. He serves on the boards of both local and international non-profits working to challenge and advance issues of faith, justice and community through the local church.
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Donald Jordan, LMSW
The words below were written when the blog began in August of 2011. After incredibly painful experiences at church, pushed against learning to balance jobs and stay afloat, the blog began as an effort to remain both hopeful and accountable.
The time has come for me to do the work of being most hopeful.
At this moment, I find myself at the worst of times, and also the best. I’m at a juncture where the reality of sadness, stress, joy, excitement, anger, anticipation, thankfulness, and grief are all whirling together with their corresponding stories and corresponding colors. As a friend of mine has said, of all the things I am and feel right now, above all, I am most hopeful.
Day to day, I am likely to be most things other than hopeful. At least by default.
So this is, for me, a call to accountability. A call to be, above all, most hopeful.
Most hopeful about the future.
Most hopeful about the stories that will be told about the past.
Most hopeful about what God is doing in the world.
Most hopeful about how God will bring his church to life to join him.
Most hopeful for the way the stories of pain and sadness will resolve.
Most hopeful about the way the stories of excitement and anticipation will continue.
Most hopeful about the coming of God’s great kingdom. Of God’s great work through Christ in the world.
Above all, I am most hopeful.
And when I am not, I will wait to notice a flicker of hope.
On earth, as in heaven.
We cannot walk alone.
Pine Tree, August 2011