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Meeting Place

I have just come back from two full week vacation... the first time in all the years I have worked at Lynn Valley United that I have taken two weeks in a row away from church.  My time away from work was fantastic with the first half being a smorgasbord of family activities- from special birthday... Read More  

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Responsibility: the nexus of possibility

I'm capitvated by Peter Block's writing in "Community; the struture of belonging."  Thank you to Deborah Bowman at Ryerson United Church for introducing me, and all the participants at the most recent United Church Leadership Development Program - Sowing Promise, Growing Leaders. It's not a book about... Read More  

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A Word Spoken, a Hope Revealed

Last Saturday, I was part of a group of folks from all over the Lower Mainland who met up at the Hilton at Metrotown in Burnaby to get a small taste of the “Greenbelt” experience. For those who don’t know, Greenbelt began in 1974 as a “Christian Music Festival” in England attended by... Read More  

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A momentary glimpse

Thinking of what to say and actually saying it are sometimes worlds of understanding apart.  Our Children Youth and Family Coordinator, Sophia, is a pro at "going with the flow" and throwing out what doesn't serve... and sometimes that is the best message we can learn. Read More  

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Where is the "new" "emerging" "evolving"

"When I came among you it was in weakness and fear, and with much trepidation."  1 Corinthians 2:3 Paul puts the truth before us.  It's a glimpse of the future.  It's not that Paul says we need to be weak and fearful.  That was Paul's experience when he went to Corinth to be part of a faith... Read More  

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Leadership Emerging

I spent the last three days participating on the BC Conference Candidacy and Admissions Board, interviewing candidates for ministry.  Some were seeking an invitation to embark on a time of education and formation, responding to a call to ministry.  Others were at the end of their time of formation... Read More  

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Church Life

I marvel at the beauty of a crisp clear early autumn day- there really is nothing like it! To witness a tangible shift in the spectrum from greens and golds to reds and browns; an annual visual cue that everything in nature is preparing for the slumber of winter. This is echoed in people- the frenetic pace of... Read More  

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Dusty Angels

I was walking Bella (the church office dog) through the parking lot to the woods at the back of the church before heading into work this morning when I noticed something shiny in the gravel.  My brain conjured up possibilities of what the object was in the instant I happened upon it, trying to make sense of... Read More  

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Sharing the Stories of Our Lives

So, as a member of the promotions team I was asked to attend a communications workshop that was facilitated by the webhost provider we use.  I'm never sure what these kind of events are going to be like and almost certainly went to "that place" where I simply worried about what I would get out of it.  ... Read More  

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Leading or Mending Nets?

I was at a meeting of the church's next level of governance on Tuesday (Vancouver Burrard Presbytery).  It was held at a colleague church in West Point Grey. The meeting began with a self-directed worship in which participants could choose one of five stations of spiritual practice. I chose Lectio... Read More