The World Re-arranging Power of Joy

The brilliant core of Marie Kondon’s book (Marie Kondo, The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing) is the simple instruction to hold an object in your hand...
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Used to Be

I am almost tired of hearing the phrase “this used to be a very important city.” As we climb to the top of the Tel (high mound) at Megiddo we hear it. “Once this was a great city!” Archaeologists date...
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The Importance of the Guide

Our bus broke down during our visit to the aqueduct at Caesarea Maritime. While we marvelled at the 10 mile long construction that provided water for the Roman city of 125,000 and unfailingly drops on...
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Commitment

The first stop of the day was at the ancient site of Shiloh. As we headed north along the Road of the Patriarchs we passed the red roofs of many settlements. Since “peace negotiations” began 20 years ...
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Courage to Ask

For the most part I have been a second tier supporter of our congregation’s involvement in the Syrian Refugee situation. Many others do the heavy lifting. Currently, the congregation has brought one f...

Joy and Gratitude

I am not really a New Year’s resolution guy. Mostly because past attempts – of which I have a long record – involve weight and that has proved a dis-spiriting battle. I prefer to think of ...

Power of Stories

  Time again to turn to readings for the upcoming term for the Studio for Strategic Leadership at VST. The ability to recognize, tell and engage key stories from various dimensions of our life is...
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How Urgent is urgent?

Most of the BC folks straggled in last evening for the Future of Theological Education Consultation. The clock says 10 and the body says 7. As Brenda, Jim and (later) Janet gathered for a late supper ...

Heresy and Hospitality

One of the ways Emerging Spirit talked of the shift in the spiritual and generational foundations of our time was through a focus on the words believe, behave and belong. In times past, if one was cur...

Meetings Of Mass Interruption

If an apocalyptic meltdown of the national umbrella of the United Church does occur – as some predict – what will be the last things standing? The Pension Fund (I hope); the Standard Salary Schedule; ...