One Way of Being Christian Today

One Way of Being Christian Today

I subscribe to Kolbe Times, and the most recent issue had an intriguing interview with Shane Claibourne.  This interview is a powerful expression of Christian witness.  You may want to go to www.kolbetimes.com to read the interview, listen to the audio tape, and read...

Israelites and Canaanites: Anglo Saxons and First Nations

The story about Jesus and the Canaanite woman prompted me to reflect on the history between the Israelites and the Canaanites.  That reflection led me to seeing a parallel with the relations between settlers and indigenous peoples in North America and elsewhere. The...

Pervasive Prejudice: Message for August 20, 2017

When I read the Gospel passage, the humanness of Jesus struck me.  Pervasive prejudice is part of our human condition.  Our challenge is to work past that prejudice.  What follows includes my original text plus revisions and additions. August 20, 2017 Pervasive...
An Invitation to Jim’s Birthday Party

An Invitation to Jim’s Birthday Party

Bonnie, my wife, likes to celebrate those life events where I hit important age milestones.  For my 70th, she wanted us to have a special party, and we decided to host a party on September 2 at the Calgary Horseshoe Club from 2 pm to 8 pm, with the pot-luck supper to...
11 Signs of Fully Affirming Congregations

11 Signs of Fully Affirming Congregations

I am currently on the Needs Assessment Committee regarding a potential position of Affirming Ministries Coordinator, and brought it to the Planning and Administration Commission meeting last evening.  Recent discussions and my past research and discussions prompted me...

Fall is coming and so is planning

I am still trying to remember the rhythm of meetings for St. Andrew’s.  I am currently working on my planning calendar for the fall and need to put in the dates for all the meetings which I usually or might attend as well as church events.  Please let Andrew or...
An Invitation to Messy Church

An Invitation to Messy Church

God willing, I will be attending the Messy Church Conference at Wycliff College in Toronto on October 26 and 27.  Messy Church is an international organization that promotes a kind of activity very similar to Pathways.  While I hope to apply some of what I will learn...
Developing a Sense of Home for St. Andrew’s

Developing a Sense of Home for St. Andrew’s

I arrived at St. Andrew’s determined to help develop new and expanded ministries for St. Andrew’s.  Reality, reflection on my experiences so far, helpful reading, and conversations with members and friends of St. Andrew’s brought my attention to more...

The Alt-Right and an Elite

“I first posted this on my Facebook page, and believe it is appropriate to post here.  While this post is not directly related to church, it does relate to the importance of relationships and the role of economic issues in social conflicts.  The Alt-Right is not...
Summer Reflections: pursuing peace and well-being

Summer Reflections: pursuing peace and well-being

As weekly routines start again, I reflected on holidays past and future hopes. The first week of my holidays was spent on yard projects, some being clean up, and some being working towards permaculture projects.  In some ways, gardening and yard work is like...