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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  

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Why do we do it?

                          People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. Have a look at the Ted Talks video...the hyperlink is here. http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html Simon Sinek is an advertising... Read More  

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Song of the People

Song of the People When I heard John Bell* sing last Tuesday, I knew I would be blogging about the experience. I was at a workshop that Bell led about enlivening congregational singing.  My first reaction when I heard him sing was, O my gosh, John Bell is out of tune.  Two minutes later, I decided... Read More  

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Breathe, Sing and Live!

I read this morning in the Sun an article about several school districts adopting a curriculum that teaches students self-regulation.  There wasn't any information on what the curriculum would look like.  However, we do know that when we are in a stable (regulated) state, we are better able to... Read More  

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Singing together; its bigger than us all

Lynn Valley Light - it will be a show choir As I was rehearsing with Matt Grinke yesterday for my guest appearance at Friday Night Live, tonight, I was reminded of how much fun singing can be, especially in a group. As a budding, 19-year-old superstar (I had visions of singing and dancing my way into the hearts of... Read More  

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"All" means ALL!

You'll discover that the Rev. Dr. Gary Paterson was elected 41st Moderator of the United Church of Canada. Prior to his election at the General Council in Ottawa this week, he served St. Andrew's Wesley United Church in downtown Vancouver.  WooHoo! Some of us in the church will make a huge deal over the... Read More  

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Myth, Legend, History?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZgT1SRcrKE A friend sent to me a link to this YouTube video.  The video is not new  (produced, it seems, in 2007), and that doesn't matter.  It raises some challenges about the Christian tradition which I find compelling.  The video cites other ancient... Read More