Jim’s Holidays

I will be on holidays from July 24 until August 7, coming back to the office on August 8.  I will also be on holidays from August 28 to September 2.  Tom will be available for any pastoral emergencies between July 24 and August 7.  I will be available for pastoral...

Permaculture 5 Fungi Faith and Community

In workshops on Urban Permaculture, fungi and living soil, I learned more about the importance of soil fungi to plant communities.  When certain fungi are added to the soil around plants, they become much more productive as the fungi team with the plant roots in...

Summer Stewardship 3: Goals

An important part for me with stewardship campaigns and programs is ensuring members of the congregation are able to provide their priorities for the church, to identify their goals for the church and see that these goals will be supported by the stewardship program. ...

Permaculture 4: BHAG

Right livelihood fits best when we have a BHAG, a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal.  When a goal drives our living, a goal that fits what we believe and value, it pushes us through fear of rejection or disdain and past distractions, complacency, and laziness. From 8...
Scripture Story Message for July 16

Scripture Story Message for July 16

   Dare to be a Sower  Matthew 13:1-9 13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.  Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.  Then he told them many things in parables,...

Summer Stewardship 2 Expressing Gratitude

Consider your life at St. Andrew’s.  Which parts make you grateful to be part of this community?  Remind yourself of these parts and why they make you thankful frequently.  Then share this information with your friends and families. “I am glad for the...

Permaculture Church Part 3 More Right Livelihood

Javan identified right livelihood as hard work, and changing how we decide what to do and how to do it challenges us on many levels.  He started by sharing a bit of the history of Erik Ohlsen who started Permaculture Artisans and Permaculture Skills Center, and earns...

Permaculture Report Part 2 Right Livelihood

On Friday evening, Javan Bernakevitch, the keynote speaker, spoke on Right Livelihood.  This blog links Right Livelihood and the church;  the next blog explores many of his key points in his presentation. The heart of right livelihood is living free from cognitive...

Permaculture: a spiritual movement

Report on the Southern Alberta Permaculture Convergence Part 1:  Permaculture, Spirituality, and the Church “The market for something to believe in is infinite.”  Hugh McLeod On Friday and Saturday, I attended the Southern Alberta Permaculture Convergence in Turner...
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