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The Blessing of Gifts Received

A few weeks ago I was leading Wednesday morning worship at General Council Office – the last time I will do so. (I wonder how many times over the next few months I’ll be saying that phrase – “the last time”?) The scripture reading for the day was one of those mysterious resurrection appearances, where …

Pilgrimage to “The Rock”

Youth Forum happened early this year… a new way of doing things. Each Conference of The United Church of Canada was invited to send five youth to a long-weekend gathering at Five Oaks (one of our church educational centres, near Paris, Ontario), where they would begin preparation for the 42nd General Council – “Behold I Make All Things New.” So, …

Gathering Around the Sacred Fire

It was a powerful moment when, in the middle of last month, the National Aboriginal Spiritual Gathering (NASG) began their opening ceremony gathered around the Sacred Fire. The NASG, a four-day celebration organized by the Aboriginal Ministry Council (AMC), occurs once every three years. Two representatives from all 52 Aboriginal congregations of the United Church …

Connecting in Colombia and Cuba

For two weeks in March, Tim and I travelled through Colombia and Cuba, meeting with our church’s partners in mission, trying to understand their context and challenges, searching for connections between their reality and that of The United Church in Canada. It was an opportunity to support our partners, affirming a relationship that goes much …