Category Archives: Peace and justice

5 Things I learned about Creating Safe Places for Abuse Survivors at Communion

This was the focus of a day long workshop I attended at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary on Jan 25, 2015. I’ve often thought about the difficulties this amazing ritual has for children and others who are not yet baptized, but … Continue reading

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A light to the nations

Here’s a reblog from the MCC Ottawa office, edited by one member of my congregation and written by another, who is serving MCC in the troubled Middle East.  May reading it help you be a light in whatever circumstance you … Continue reading

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Looking for Peace

Two millenia ago, many people who were longing for peace came to the Jordan River to hear John the Baptist. The longing for peace continues at the Jordan, even as many pray for the peace of Jerusalem, of Syria, of … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

This Sunday brings us to the end of the church year. We will light candles in memory of loved ones who have died. We will acknowledge that their memories still shape and bless us. Like this dead old tree which … Continue reading

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Remember and confess!

On November 11, Canadians remember and reflect. When I remember it doesn’t take long until I realize I need to confess.  So, on this day I offer a prayer of confession, out of the amazing pictured resource, with thanks to … Continue reading

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Recognition at Emmaus

I travelled the road to Emmaus as part of a learning tour in the Holy Land some time ago. Like the disciples in Luke 24, I too was confused and discouraged—in this case by the complexities of the deep fear, … Continue reading

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Encountering God in our Temptations?

This plate of sweets tempts me. So do many other things. Temptation abounds for all of us. I rarely think of those temptations as potential God encounters. But that is this week’s worship theme in Leader, where seasonal worship resources … Continue reading

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