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Living within the systems and spheres of operation

I believe that God, present in this world, informs many human beings in diverse ways. I do not hold on to notions that God only speaks through the Christian voice. I give thanks for the myriad operating systems and spheres in which people operate, that gives life to the reality that the divine is present and active in this world which we inhabit. Continue reading

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Take, O Take Me As I Am

I believe we are called to live and respond as spiritual people in this world, and for me that means living my life according to the baptismal promises. This at times requires me to respond as a mirror, and reflect the faith of the church community back to the world. Other times this requires me to respond as a window, so that others can see through me, the presence of Jesus. Continue reading

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Dear lifelong Anglican:

Who was it that helped you know that the church was really home? Be that person for some child next Sunday. Continue reading

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Highlights from CoGS

I’m presently at the meeting of CoGS (the Council of General Synod, the body that meets face-to-face twice per year between General Synod years). Continue reading

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Outing Santa

Yet what disturbs me about this article, and in truth what disturbs me about the whole dynamic of a Santa-focused Holiday, is the complaint that in some manner Tatton-Brown ‘ruined Christmas. Continue reading

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The Spirit Is Moving

Reflecting on my first meeting at the Council of General Synod, I believe that the church will continue to thrive in its mission because we are here in faithful response to the movement of the Spirit amongst us. Continue reading

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Symbols of Position and Power: Authority Masks or a Just Life?

I hold a position of authority, respect and influence. It is held in the name of others: spouse, children, friends, bishop, parish, colleagues, community. No matter what symbols may be present in my life and ministry, I must breathe justice, love, and humility. Continue reading

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Silence… whispers… tales

I have always been fascinated with ancient history. One of the most intriguing bits of research I explored while completing my undergraduate degree was examining whether people in ancient societies had the abilities to read silently. Did all texts have to be read aloud? Continue reading

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Saying Thank You

Today I’m blogging with a personal expression of gratitude. It’s nice sometimes to have a forum – like this blog – to be able to share things like this. So today I say thank you as I experience, profoundly, the presence of the living Christ in my life. And I pray that you find something to say thank you for. Continue reading

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Bless me, father

This week I read with interest the article in The Telegram concerning the annual celebrations commemorating St. Francis of Assisi at the Anglican Cathedral, incorporating the blessing of the animals. While reading the article, my youngest daughter asked why we did not attend and have our dog, Brodie, blessed. I paused for a moment, reflecting upon my reasoning for our absence at this annual occasion. Continue reading

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