November 11, 2019

Yesterday we paused and experienced the gift of music and silence.

The past two months has been a lot of talk! WTF series plus Holy Shift... it was time.

If you add in a divisive election campaign and result - it felt

right to experience silence together.

In my brief refle...

October 28, 2019

Yesterday we explored McLaren’s final shift from institutional religion to movements.

Institutions fail, and disappoint us, often.

Movement is the origin of the Christian path, where Jesus said “Come follow me.”

Not “Build me a temple or organize a committee” but “Follow...

September 30, 2019

On this Orange Shirt Day, which is close to being commemorated as the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Parliament, we remember a large portion of the Indigenous community who have been impacted by the lasting effects of loss, grief, and trauma associated wit...

September 25, 2019

On Sunday, I dropped my prepared sermon on "Home"... it was soft and cuddly. I wanted to share a theological reflection on a recent public issue in the news on mistakes, apologies, and race - Justin Trudeau's brownface photos. It caused me to say WTF!

I addressed the th...

September 10, 2019

Yesterday I began the WTF series looking at "journey" - the banner out front at HUC.

We explored the different kinds of journeys and the overall theme of the biblical journey.

I was suggesting that we go along and at some point, we hit a wall - the bottom falls out - cri...

September 10, 2019

Wow! What a Sunday!

This may have been our biggest turnout of Hillhurstians yet at a Calgary Pride Parade! Thank you for showing up. It matters.

Yesterday was really special. It felt like a huge gift - a gift we all got to enjoy together.

I am grateful for the amazing per...

August 19, 2019

So what does hope look like for you? Yesterday’s sermon was a reflection on the children’s story, Butterflies Under Our Hats, by Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. This delightful story, written in a Jewish folklore tradition, is about how the people of the town of Chelm dis...

August 12, 2019

Yesterday in our worship service we explored Maurice Sendak’s wonderful children’s story Where the Wild Things Are. This story is an empowering, psychologically astute parable about a child learning that his anger, while sometimes overwhelming and scary, can be safely...

August 6, 2019

The lesson of the hummingbird is that at times we work diligently, but alone. By doing our part, and working toward the well-being of all, we can encourage others to join us in living out a better vision for the future.

For me, the 'Flight of the Hummingbird' story, fro...

July 30, 2019

Harlan Pruden, a First Nation Cree Two-Spirit community leader, PhD student at UBC, and educator, joined us for the 2019 Affirm United Conference this weekend and preached on the children's book, "47,000 beads." Thank you for your time with us Harlan!

I am humbled...

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