23 Feb 2017

Taking Risks

When someone mentions an eagle, what do you think of in your mind?  Would you rather be a chicken in the folk or an eagle catching thermals in the heavens? What is the church being called to do?
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21 Feb 2017

What's the Deal with Pancake Day?

Pancake Day, also known as Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, is the day before the first day of Lent, known as Ash Wednesday.  Shrove Tuesday is always 47 days before Easter Sunday so Pancake Day falls sometime between February and March every year.  Pancake Day is also known as Mardi Gras, a French name meaning Fat Tuesday.  This year Pancake Day is on Tuesday, February 28.

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14 Feb 2017

Try a Little Kindness

Lately I've been thinking about kindness.  I've noticed a distinct edginess in the air.  It cannot simply be attributed to recent political events  or "he who must not be named" in the United States of America.  The general tenor of public discourse has taken a turn toward coarse intolerance and impatience with one another that makes life more difficult than it needs to be.  Next week February 17-24 is Kindness Week and this is one voluntary day of recognition that I am going to celebrate.   

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6 Jul 2016

Sir John A. McDonald – A Dubious Beginning

July 1 is Canada Day, a day during which many Canadians celebrate the achievements of the founding fathers of this country. Sir John Alexander Macdonald, as the first Prime Minister of Canada, July 1, 1867 – November 5, 1873, (and again October 17, 1878 – June 6 1891) will be one of those whose achievements will be celebrated.
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5 Jul 2016

I Lost A Friend Today – Abruptly and Again

I lost a friend today – abruptly and again. This friend and I were a team for a few years when we worked together in ministry. Then in a moment of great need on my part, she abruptly stopped supporting me. It has been three years, and yet, my heart lurched when I heard of her passing.
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11 Jan 2016

Thinking about Vulnerability

Yesterday I had surgery.  It wasn’t a big deal – the procedure was easy…due to the miracle of modern pharmacopeia I slept through it.  The next day, today, is a lot worse.  As I stumble around the house I’ve been thinking a lot about vulnerability.  It’s interesting that there is hardly a soul alive that likes being vulnerable.  Yet, as Christians, we follow one who, like us, came into the world as a babe – one who was completely dependent on others for everything.
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9 Nov 2015

The Seasons, They are A-Changin'

I love this time of year.  This morning air is crisp and cool, the sky is a brilliant blue, the vibrant and varied fall foliage transform our landscape with hues of red, orange, and yellow.  And change is afoot, not only in nature.  In various ways, our corner of the world is preparing for a changing season.  It means closing up the cottage, settling back into the school routine, preparing our gardens for the snow, putting on our winter tires.  We are right in the midst of a season of transition and change.
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9 Nov 2015

What are we Remembering?

Remembrance Day is a challenge for Christian preachers.  For most of us our permanent default is to be peacemakers.  And that makes it difficult to stand before a congregation and praise the work of soldiers.  At first glance, Remembrance Day is all about war…and thus is presumed to be the opposite of peace,  But I’ve never met a soldier who hasn’t been all about peace.  They, who have seen the worst humanity can do to one another, are passionate about ending the violence of war even as they know that sometimes war is inevitable.  Albert Camus once wrote:  “peace is the only battle worth waging.”  The soldiers I’ve known understand that and have committed their bodies to following it up.
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16 Aug 2015

Whatever Happened to the Comprehensive Review at General Council?

After several days of discussion, the General Council has passed a reworked version of the Comprehensive Review Task Group (CRTG) recommendations.

The omnibus proposal passed with 95 percent of commissioners voting in favour and 4 percent against. The omnibus motion was moved by Cathy Hamilton, who chaired the CRTG, and seconded by Larry Doyle, who co-chaired the CRTG Sessional Committee.
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11 Jun 2015

New Ministry, New Challenges

Hello Friends,

I’ve moved from native ministry on Christian Island to a wonderful congregation in the heart of Ottawa – Glebe-St. James United Church.  GSJ is an Affirming Congregation in the United Church of Canada – which means that they are deliberate in welcoming everyone who comes in the doors.  What particularly interested me was their commitment to social justice and, in particular, their desire to understand and support the neighbouring First Nations communities.
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