General Council

General Council

Risking Faith. Daring Hope. This is the theme for the 43rd General Council of The United Church of Canada. Over the course of July 21-27, 2018 hundreds of folks from The United Church are gathering together in Oshawa Ontario to worship, pray, discern, discuss and make...
Yahoo!

Yahoo!

YAHOOO! What a wonderful opportunity to engage in the Western culture as we celebrated a week of Stampede here in Calgary. Sure, I have attended lots of small town fairs which have various agricultural aspects, last fall attended the International Ploughing Match; an...
Just the beginning…

Just the beginning…

The boxes are unpacked, the books are on the shelf, and I am beginning to settle in as the new Coordinating Team Minister here at St. Andrews. Kevin and I were both overwhelmed by the welcome, love and warmth we received our first Sunday and throughout the first 2...
Saying Good Bye

Saying Good Bye

As I finish packing up my stuff in the office and putting everything else in order, it is time for me to say my Good Bye on our website.  I will probably be using Thursday to get ready for the trip to Milk River, and will be on the trip from Friday morning to Sunday...
Mark’s Revolutionary Jesus

Mark’s Revolutionary Jesus

In chapters 2 and 3 of the Gospel of Mark, we read about a revolutionary Jesus. In Mark 2:1-12, he challenges the belief that people can only be forgiven by the intervention of the religious institution.  Jesus casually tells a paralyzed man that he is forgiven, then,...

Church Change Challenges

Churches face many change challenges in being faithful to our calling.  Yesterday, Mark Tremblay, minister at Knox Presbyterian, was the guest preacher at Evening Grace and his message surprised me as it was given in the cathedral church for the Presbyterians in...

Wow! and Oh! Futures for Churches

In conversation with a member of the congregation yesterday, I went off on a bit of a rant about what churches are doing and could be doing in response to changes in society and technology. The Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell, in her message on May 13, mentioned a...

Managing Change

Change is essential to anything that is alive, including  faith communities.  Managing change is the challenge and essential task of faith communities that put faith first.  As followers of Jesus, our faith calls us to grow our relationship with God and with others...

What Love Looks Like (Pam Rocker)

A friend sent me a link to an interview of Pam Rocker by Illuminate at the Conference for Youth in London Conference.  it is an excellent interview worth listening to. The link to her website is http://www.pamrocker.com/media/.  Go towards the bottom of that page to...
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