Guest minister Rev. Grant Dawson shares on coming to terms with a transforming world, when all we really want is stability.
What do we do with crazy? Generally we're taught to do one of two things: either gaslight it or tame it. But our tradition offers a third option: embrace it. When it comes to the crazy ideas Jesus offers us like safe spaces for everyone, looking after the poor, and trusting we are all loved our job isn't to laugh it off or rationalize it away but to say 'yes' and embrace the crazy.
Rev. Nick talks with us about the most important word in that story of Jesus feeding the 5000 and how that one word unlocks how we can be the compassionate and generous people God calls us to be.
Our Worship Arts Director, Jesse, talks to us about the fine print, Pentecost, and systemic racism.
Part of what it means to be the church is to be the "repeating witness" - people who share about how God has moved in their lives and world and who try to help others experience the same. Rev Nick talks about that and what that means for us as a church community.
Why does Jesus show up as a stranger? Its a good question and one that asks us some questions of its own: 'how can we be strangers to others' and 'what do we do with the strangers in our own lives and worlds?'
Rev Nick shares with us that story of Jesus appearing to the disciples in a locked room and how that story can help us understand what we do with our fear.
Our friend Rev Tracy, a former chaplain of a youth correctional center, shared with us about justice being a responsibility and what a criminal system based on God's restorative and healing justice could look like.
In 2017 there were 65 million people displaced in our world. That's 1 in 113 people. As we have conversations about what to do with immigration and refugees, we need to know how to have that conversation as people of faith and spirituality. We need to ask: 'What is God saying to us about this?". Turns out, God is saying something we need to hear.
What's the one thing you never talk about in church? Sex. But why is that? Registered psychologist and sexual health educator, Jillian Thompson, shares the why behind why we actually should talk about sex in church: belonging.
What does justice look like in our relationships with our indigenous neighbours? Rev. Phipps spoke to us about the challenge of owning the moment and stepping forward to love our neighbours by taking responsibility for the spiritual, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse residential schools have caused and listening to how we can make things right.
This Lent we're exploring something central to our faith and spirituality: justice.
This Sunday Rev Nick talks about why God is a God of justice and what that means for us as the church.
This week we look at a story about the movement of grace: a story about the God who comes into our sickness, our brokenness, and deaths, and takes us by the hand and lifts us up out of it, bringing us back into health, back into wholeness, and back into life as it was meant to be. The question it leaves us with is 'how will you be a steward of that life and love?'
We all have power. Whether its our words, actions, presence, or how we spend our money, we all have the ability to influence the people and world around us. The question is: how do we use that power? Do we use it for our own benefit or do we use it for the benefit of the people and world around us?
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