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Agatha Nolen
Works at Hospital Corporation of America
Attended Tennessee State University
Lives in Nashville, TN
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Start each day with thankfulness..it makes all the difference...
“Our whole life is a life of gratitude,” said Thomas Merton. I’ve been reminded recently how important it is to start each day from a place of gratitude. Two people are faced with the same situation. The first sees nothing but obstacles and oppression resulting in anxiety and fear. The second sees the same circumstance and instead gives thanks for the opportunity to participate in the work and trusts that God will provide the wisdom ...
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First, we must learned to be loved, before we can love.
I’m embarking on a study on PRAYER with a few friends this Fall. I had always longed for a real relationship and dialogue with God but for most of my life, my prayers were out of habit or obligation, and then usually went unanswered. I was too ashamed to reveal my true self and enter into a deep intimate relationship where I enjoyed a rich conversation with God. I admit that I was afraid of Him and His judgment. It wasn’t until my wo...
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God brings us along slowly so that our eyes don't get burned by the light. http://ow.ly/M6AH303xfra
As a member of the Fellowship of St. John, I am drawn to studying “the profound significance in what the fourth gospel tells us of the beloved disciple’s friendship with Jesus…Contemplating the closeness of the disciple to Jesus at the supper can deepen our awareness that the communion we have with Christ in the Eucharist is no mere abstract idea but a real and growing bond of personal love.” In reading the Gospel of John, we see sto...
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Childlike wonder but adult discernment
Like most people, I like it when things in my life are consistent and obvious, so that good things can be embraced and bad things avoided. But like most people, discernment in my life is rarely that simple. I’d enjoy Scripture that was easier to interpret, when Jesus didn’t talk in parables or verses didn’t seem to conflict. The more I listen and learn, I see that sometimes things that appear to be the opposite really aren’t. In Luk...
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We don't hear that Lazarus did any preaching, blasphemed, or committed any crimes. But still they wanted to kill him too.
We don’t know much about Lazarus, except that he was Mary and Martha’s brother. He must have been a close friend because Jesus wept when he arrived and found him dead. (John 11:1-18). Lazarus appears in the Gospel story, not because of any shining qualities in his personality nor because of any resounding achievement but because he was the recipient of a miracle that couldn’t be refuted: he was raised from the dead. Friends had come ...
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All relationships have challenges, but we shouldn't view them as failures.
As a member of the Fellowship of St. John, I often return to The Rule of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) for renewal and redirection. The SSJE is an Episcopal Monastery located in Cambridge, MA where I make silent retreats and participate in their daily internet ministry, Brother Give Us A Word. I find there much monastic wisdom that relates to my life today. Chapter 5 of the Rule is: The Challenges of Life in Communi...
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I kept him at arm's length out of fear. But when I realized He loved me, we started having real conversations. http://ow.ly/IoAG303YshS 
I’m embarking on a study on PRAYER with a few friends this Fall. I had always longed for a real relationship and dialogue with God but for most of my life, my prayers were out of habit or obligation, and then usually went unanswered. I was too ashamed to reveal my true self and enter into a deep intimate relationship where I enjoyed a rich conversation with God. I admit that I was afraid of Him and His judgment. It wasn’t until my wo...
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Jewish friends who are devoted keepers of the Sabbath, observe “Shabbat” from a few minutes before sunset on Friday until three stars appear in the sky on Saturday evening. One website explaining Jewish customs indicates that “Shabbat” is more than just a time on a calendar. Shabbat is observed on the seventh day of the week in fulfillment of the biblical commandment: "Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the ...
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Is John's Gospel a blueprint for becoming a disciple?
As a member of the Fellowship of St. John, I am drawn to studying “the profound significance in what the fourth gospel tells us of the beloved disciple’s friendship with Jesus…Contemplating the closeness of the disciple to Jesus at the supper can deepen our awareness that the communion we have with Christ in the Eucharist is no mere abstract idea but a real and growing bond of personal love.” In reading the Gospel of John, we see sto...
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We live in a discordant role, but there are explanations for the seeming discrepancies in Scripture.
Like most people, I like it when things in my life are consistent and obvious, so that good things can be embraced and bad things avoided. But like most people, discernment in my life is rarely that simple. I’d enjoy Scripture that was easier to interpret, when Jesus didn’t talk in parables or verses didn’t seem to conflict. The more I listen and learn, I see that sometimes things that appear to be the opposite really aren’t. In Luk...
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Tensions are part of our life together. We shouldn't count them as defeats.
As a member of the Fellowship of St. John, I often return to The Rule of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) for renewal and redirection. The SSJE is an Episcopal Monastery located in Cambridge, MA where I make silent retreats and participate in their daily internet ministry, Brother Give Us A Word. I find there much monastic wisdom that relates to my life today. Chapter 5 of the Rule is: The Challenges of Life in Communi...
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Writer, Photographer, Relationship Enthusiast
Introduction
I'm a free lance writer and photographer, a relationship enthusiast and a Christ Imitator.

I'm a religion writer for THE TENNESSEAN, contributing to the FAITH and VALUES page. I'm working on my next book (due September 2015): RECLAIMING TIME with 40 Daily Meditations, Photos, Prayers, and Scripture on THE HOLINESS OF TIME.

.My book CHASING MY FATHER was published in November 2013 and tells of my 6-year journey to find freedom and rest. It's available from Amazon.com, iTunes and autographed copies are available from my website. Information about the book and ordering links are available here: CHASING MY FATHER
My first book was on healthcare policy which I completed in my doctoral program at TSU in Nashville: SAILING INTO THE WIND on healthcare reform and patient safety. I
I've displayed photographs in ART SALONS including the 2nd and 3rd C3 Conferences in Nashville, TN in 2012 and 2013 and a private showing at St. George's Epsicopal Church in Germantown, TN.
I also am a Director in Regulatory Compliance Support at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in the Corporate Offices in Nashville, TN. Worked for them over 16 years; a great company!
Bragging rights
I've met the most amazing people in my life. God keeps sending me more of them! I am Blessed.
Education
  • Tennessee State University
    Ph.D., 2006 - 2011
    Public Administration- U.S. Health Policy
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
    Pharmacy, 1977 - 1986
    M.S. in Hospital Pharmacy
  • University of Oklahoma
    Pharmacy, 1974 - 1977
    B.S.
  • State University of New York at Geneseo
    Chemistry, 1972 - 1974
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Birthday
December 13
Other names
Gibney, Underhill, Nolan
Work
Occupation
Writer, Photographer, Relationship Enthusiast, Regulatory Compliance Support Specialist
Employment
  • Hospital Corporation of America
    Assistant Vice President, Pharmacy, Regulatory Compliance Support, 2016 - present
  • University of Tennessee
    Assistant Professor, 2003 - present
  • Mercy Health Center
    Director, 1989 - 1993
  • St. Anthony Hospital
    Pharmacist, 1981 - 1989
  • Hospital Corporation of America
    Director, Pharmacy, Regulatory Compliance Support, 2006 - 2016
Places
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Currently
Nashville, TN
Previously
Geneseo, NY - Oklahoma City, OK - San Antonio, TX
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Gratitude and Attitude
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“Our whole life is a life of gratitude,” said Thomas Merton. I’ve been reminded recently how important it is to start each day from a place

Healing, then Prayer
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I’m embarking on a study on PRAYER with a few friends this Fall. I had always longed for a real relationship and dialogue with God but for m

Mini-Sabbath
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Jewish friends who are devoted keepers of the Sabbath, observe “Shabbat” from a few minutes before sunset on Friday until three stars appear

Progress in Our Faith
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As a member of the Fellowship of St. John, I am drawn to studying “the profound significance in what the fourth gospel tells us of the belov

Incongruity: On Being a Child
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Like most people, I like it when things in my life are consistent and obvious, so that good things can be embraced and bad things avoided. B

Unfairness of the World
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We don’t know much about Lazarus, except that he was Mary and Martha’s brother. He must have been a close friend because Jesus wept when he

Daily Devotion
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In everything we do, in our troubles, difficulties and hardships we show we are God’s servants. By purity, patience and kindness, by the Spi

The Big Reveal
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With modern technology, little is left to the imagination. We know the gender of our baby long before it is born, but some parents choose to

People Without Love
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Written almost 2000 years ago, 2 Timothy 3:1-9 sounds pretty contemporary: But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. Peo

Prayer: For Our Country
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Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful

Approval of Human Beings
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Fr. Chad Jones spoke in his sermon yesterday on Galatians 1:1-12 at the early service at The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Frankli

The Power of Vulnerability
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It is rare that anyone aspires to be vulnerable. Success is measured by our abilities to command attention and always be in control. Anythin

Love and Thankfulness
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It has been a tough few weeks for me and people close to me. Challenges at work, personally, and spiritually that have rocked my community.

On Loaning Money
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Now that new friends are easy to find with Facebook, it is important to discern the harmonious relationships in our lives. It is unrealistic

Shepherds and Sheep
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The Good Shepherd, c. 300-350, at the Catacombs of Domitilla, Rome By Dnalor 01 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, under wiki common license We are c

On Loving
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As characterized in the Gospels, we have two great commandments that speak of how we are to love, Matthew 22:37-39 and John 13:34-35: Matthe

On Habit
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Habit has been in my thoughts lately. On Easter Sunday the Rev. R. Leigh Spruill preached on “Remembering the Resurrection”. He told the sto

Moving On from Guilty Obedience
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Much of my faithlife has been spent out of obedience, or more appropriately described as guilt. As a young girl I was faithful in attending

Not Just a Day, but a Lifetime
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Not Just a Day, but a Lifetime Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with Easter Sunday. After three days the tomb was empty a

Praying for 28 Friends
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Praying for 28 Friends As a Lenten discipline a few years ago, I started praying with Anglican prayer beads. Unlike the Roman Catholic versi

Had lunch there again today. I lived in San Antonio for 10 years and ate Mexican food every week. Guac is as good as the best. I'm partial to corn tortillas and the green chili enchiladas. Beer is always cold.
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