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Why I am Anglican | Dream project blog: part six

What I personally need in my walk with Jesus would seem to have very little to do with church merger conversations. Yet I am going to say that unless such a conversation is not ultimately about being better able to share the love and Good News of Jesus, then I’m simply not interested. Continue reading

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Good grief! The range of reactions to considering a church merger. | Dream project blog: part five

Grief is good when we come through it better than before. Continue reading

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Sacred stuff and deal breakers | Dream project blog: part four

At the beginning of July, an announcement was made in two of our St. Catharines Anglican churches. In this fourth blog in a series that considers the possibility of a parish merge, The Rev. Martha Tatarnic reflects: “It is an enormous task to imagine uprooting this community and to not just bring two complementary ministries together to make both stronger and more vital, but to actually try and fit together two unique characters and histories.” Continue reading

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Formal conversation begins | Dream project blog: part three

At the beginning of July, an announcement was made in two of our St. Catharines Anglican churches. In this third blog in a series that considers the possibility of a parish merge, The Rev. Martha Tatarnic reflects: “You know that saying about, “the best-laid plans?” Sometimes despite our best-laid plans, things go off track anyway. But in the economy of God’s grace, sometimes despite our best-laid plans, God’s grace emerges doing more than we could ask or imagine.” Continue reading

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Michael Mondloch | Dream project blog: part two

At the beginning of July, an announcement was made in two of our St. Catharines Anglican churches. In this second blog in a series that considers the possibility of a parish merge, The Rev. Dr. Michael Mondloch outlines five “universal truths” observed in “The Great Reveal.” Continue reading

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Stranger dynamics | Dream project blog: part one

At the beginning of July, an announcement was made in two of our St. Catharines Anglican churches. Whatever the eventual outcome, at the start we know that there would be a painful goodbye, a move, and a need for one community to make space and welcome for another. Continue reading

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The story of P***ed-off Pat: channelling the anger of parishioners into missional transformation

In a moment of reactionary anger, I made the mistake of saying: “How can you talk to a priest in this way?” The moment the words left my mouth I knew the mistake I had made. Pissed-off Pat wasn’t going to let me hide behind my title or the respect that I assumed I should have, because the truth of the situation was that I had done nothing to earn this respect in his eyes. Continue reading

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Our Secret Treasure: Intergenerational Worship

Our intergenerational communities are a treasure not found in many other places today. Where else might we watch a wealthy business woman caring for the child of a single mom, a homeless man sitting with suburban teenagers, or a surgeon serving a clerk from Giant Tiger? Continue reading

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Top Notch tips from Vancouver

As we talked about ministry from music to Facebook, Randy pulled up a document that he provides to New Westminster parishes as they compose or revise their websites. Below, you’ll find Randy Murray’s “top notch tips.” Do you find them helpful? Let us know! Continue reading

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Quick link: Five principles of Church website design

Why the why matters most when it comes to your parish website. Continue reading

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