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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  

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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  

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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  

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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