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    The Morning After Blog

    Welcome to the Morning After. Preaching is created and offered and it’s a little awkward because you 'bare your soul' and it’s like you stand there buck naked, share what’s important to you, people get to peek and then walk away! It’s hard because it feels 'one way'. That is, we speak, people listen, and then choose to walk away or wander back, often with little comment one way or the other. 

    So here is a chance for our Ministers or guest speakers to clarify, and for you to comment and for all of us to learn together! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, questions, or wonderings. This is a free space to engage!


    August 30 - Ordinary Time

    Yesterday we had a great service reflecting on Ordinary Time and how we can use this time to notice more - to see the sacred in our ordinary lives and be aware that we are upheld by the Midst (Barbara Brown Taylor).

    What are the things you have noticed in this Ordinary Time?

    When have you felt God's presence?

    What do you do to bring awareness to the sacred in the every day? 

    Here are two references and a link to  people/books I was quoting yesterday...
    Barbara Brown Taylor, "An Altar in the World." 
    Annie Dillard, "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek." 



    August 16 - Some Weather, eh?

    Summer weather, warm breezes, hail storms, fires, droughts, etc. Summer weather!

    Just like efforts to impact climate change.

    What would I change the morning after? Well to be clear, I support all efforts to heal, protect and cultivate and care for our planet. It is God’s body. I also affirm that we are all in the same boat, God too.

    It shifts our thinking when we imagine  that God is really among us in this boat called life, and God invites us to do something…to really do something. It is about salvation here and now, not some ‘there after’ event.

    I feel for those who are  personally impacted, through job loss and stress in our community.

    I support and applaud the provincial governments efforts on climate change and the HUC hosted initiative on Tuesday mornings.

    I feel we are living in a new day of change. What do you think?

    Great to be back at HUC…late summer….



    August 9 - Around the Campfire

    Yesterday, we talked about campfires and burning bushes and how we might remember the world’s sacredness, listen to the needs around us and act in new ways.

    I suggested that God invites us to participate in the healing of the world.

    I mentioned the hashtag yycgooddeeds.  I hope you will check it out to see what people are doing here in Calgary to tread lightly and to listen to the needs of others, and then act.

    Perhaps you are doing something you could post...

    I also mentioned the work of the World Council of Churches – their invitation to join the pilgrimage of peace and justice:  Here’s a link to the action the World Council of Churches is taking to mark the 70th Anniversary of the bombing of Nagaski and Hiroshima:

    I’d love to continue the conversation – what needs in our community or in our world are you hearing these days?  What action are you taking?




    August 2 - Garage Sales

    If you were to have a garage sale for your life, what would you let go of?
    That was a question we played with in this week’s worship and sermon.
    There is value in a spiritual life of letting go.  Letting go of fixed ideas, control, illusions,  hurry and worry, and clutter.  The Desert Mothers and Fathers instructed that the Way of Jesus is a path of subtraction more than addition.  Consider the teachings of relinquishing the ego, letting go so we might forgive, accepting the present and letting go of anxiety.
    “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”
    Havelock Ellis
    And in the process of letting go we clarify what we hold on to. What sparks joy for us and nourishes the way of Life?
    Three books were referenced this week:
    The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why - Phyllis Tickle
    The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go Of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who  You Are - Brene Brown
    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing -  Marie Kondo
    What are you being called to let go?
    Thanks for listening!
    Danielle Ayana



    July 26 - Water Ways

    July 26 - Water Ways
    Water is essential to life. We use it to harness energy, exercise power over others and share in acts of hospitality. Water is more ancient than life and can teach us about ways of living.
    The Taoist teacher Chuang Tzu instructs about a spiritual path often called “the watercourse way”. It is an invitation to learn from water and live our lives like water.  Consider the courage of a river to carve its course. The humility of water dwelling in lowly places. Water’s ability to communicate kindness and strength and be an instrument of justice and peace.  The persistence of water finding openings not before seen.
    What characteristic of water would you adopt in your life?
    What would be different in your life?
    Danielle Ayana