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...

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. ...