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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  

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Think about What you Believe...

Having a laugh at this interpretation of Psalm 23... (see picture)   It gave me a hearty chuckle, and then the brain kicked in with a few 'aha's and 'hmm's.    For as long as people have had more than 2 seconds to think about the world, beyond mere survival, there has been a question of "what is the... Read More  

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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Brilliant Worship!  I have just seen one of the most compelling pieces of theatre I've seen in a long time relating to the Jesus story - The Last Days of Judas Iscariot presented by the Vancouver East Cultural Centre as part of Rumble Theatre's TREMORS festival.  One word:  BRILLIANT!  If you... Read More  

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Real Stories of Easter

Political Prisoner? Social justice protester? Humanitarian? Radical? Messiah? Was Jesus really the son of God? There are some huge questions I have in regard to the Easter story.  Believeability aside (faith blind to details - fodder for another blog), I choose to turn to the teachings of Jesus as the basis... Read More  

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Stay with us through the night.

"God became human so humans could become God." Irenaeus of Lyons. Isn't that the real nature of the incarnation? My friend the theologian and healer suggests that the problem of "evil" disappears when we remember what Irenaeus mused. Rather than write him off, perhaps we might re-visit this wisdom. I wonder if... Read More  

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Movies - The Mirrors of Our Lives

“That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. / And the whole city was gathered around the door. / And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew... Read More  

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A Story to Pass Along

Sometimes I get some interesting messages across my desk, and at Christmas we all get a little sentimental.  I invited folks in the congregation to send me things through the season of Advent (the four Sundays before Christmas Eve - Hope, Peace, Joy and Love - the kinds of themes we carry around all year!).... Read More  

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An Amazing Advent Story

For about 6 months now, the promotions team has struggled to find a "newsworthy" story that will launch us into media darling status... We've been dreaming, and wondering just what it is that makes us different from the 11 other churches within a 10-block radius.  What does the world need to know about us... Read More  

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Inclusivity

Blair's been away, and Christina is getting ready for the Evolve youth conference taking place this weekend, leaving me in the office alone... and thinking... (always a tad dangerous!!)... so I thought I'd share a story about something that happened at the Community Drumming Circle last week.     When... Read More