Change ...

Yesterday, as I watched the start of the demolition of the church, a mom said her little boy "'ll never see anything like this again in your life!"  This casual exchange has stuck with me. Possibly because I really hope I never see anything like this again. Watching the building come down is a flood of... Read More  


Going... Going... Going...

Demolition on the church began yesterday (January 29, 2015) with much attention from the community... and caught church members by surprise as there was no advance warning.   Much of the building has been brought down, and the work to sort and remove the debris (salvaging some) will continue through the week.... Read More  


Demolition Day!

I saw the gate open at the church today, so I went over to ask if the crew had any idea when demolition would begin... " oh, in about 15 minutes" says the gent, so seriously, I thought he was joking. But no joke.  I run to grab my camera and start recording (after calling and texting a few folk). Here's how I... Read More  


Day Four

The story we create... Someone once said that seeing is believing... and I know that what I think I see (and /or know) is not always what "is." People are amazing puzzle- solvers -the ability to see more than what is there is what has given us innovations galore: telecommunications, medical breakthroughs, space... Read More  


Day Three

A physical manifestation of change...  The construction fencing has appeared around the church property. The first real, visible sign that the property redevelopment might actually take place. The project has taken up so much energy in my life that it is hard to imagine that there is anyone within 1000kms who... Read More  


Day Two

When I was young, I loved those "What's Different" puzzles- sometimes the changes were so imperceptible, so subtle that even after seeing it I might not find it again. I have discovered that there is something different today. Of course, the angle of the photos might make it difficult to see, but there is... Read More  


Day One

Today I start a new regime- no, not a diet (although that does not mean I am not limiting intake of calories at this time), or cleanse or exercise routine, nor is it anything on the self-improvement spectrum... that is all far too "usual". Today I begin to document, via the camera in my iPhone, the redevelopment... Read More  


So Long Friends...

Lynn Valley United Church has been a strong advocate and support for many community groups over the years, but some relationships just stand out more because of the time involved. For almost 4 decades, LVUC has been home to a regular Saturday night Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step group meeting, and for over 25 years... Read More  


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  


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