Things I Learned from my First Year of Being a Pastor

(Ordination Day) I started working as a pastor and as a university chaplain last year. Officially 28 hours per week. Ended up being between 32-40 almost every week. The jobs are a mix of a lot of meetings, lots of leading, public speaking, organizing, and a lot of alone time, reading and writing and praying.... Continue Reading →

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Truth and Reconciliation at The Road Church

As you may know, yesterday The Road Church participated in The Blanket Exercise.  It is a learning tool to help non-indigenous Canadians know more of the history of Indigenous people’s in Canada and what the effects of those stories that are still being felt and dealt with today.   I was surprised at the level of... Continue Reading →

Once There Was A Girl….

So, the rumors are true – this girl is getting ordained!  It seems like a pretty simple sentence but behind it is a lifetime or two of wading through what it means to be a woman of faith, intellect, spirit and questioning.  And it’s at once a hard and good story.   But for now I... Continue Reading →

Conflict

Another excerpt from Jean Vanier   "Communities need tensions if they are to grow and deepen.  Tensions come from conflicts within each person--conflicts born out of a refusal of personal and community growth, conflicts between individual egoisms, conflicts arising from a diminishing gratuite (giving freely generously of oneself), from a clash of temperaments, and from individual psychological... Continue Reading →

Idealism

Here is another of our community readings, this one from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Life Together.  It was originally published in 1939, in Germany, in the midst of the fever rise of Nazism and the Christian Community's deep lack of response to the manufactured divide of human against human running through their nation.  He's got a few... Continue Reading →

A Visible Reality

  "A truth, a doctrine, or a religion needs no space for itself.  They are disembodied entities. They are heard, learned, and apprehended, and that is all.  But, the incarnate Son of God needs not only ears or hearts, but living people who will follow him.  That is why he called his disciples into a... Continue Reading →

Community – The Vision and the Call

Its been a fair while since I've posted on the blog.  Things have come up!  Unexpectedly, I've been preaching more.  So much has come up inside of me because of this process but mostly its been an eye-opening to see the astonishing amount of energy and focus that such a thing requires.  And I've loved... Continue Reading →

The Table

 - - I have been obsessively thinking about hospitality lately, which is part of the reason why I chose to focus on it for our women's retreat.  It started when a whole bunch of families started to bring me food to help with the crazy hardness of mom's illness -- my good friends but also... Continue Reading →

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