January 2017

Greetings friends.
January is almost done and it has been quite a month.  I used the early part of the month to ‘settle,’ to ‘decompress,’ and to ‘open’ myself, to a new way of being. Funnily, it was hard not to work! I have to admit I began sabbatical ex...

Yesterday we looked at risk in good religion - with the awareness that risk in middle class Calgary is different than Syria, Congo, or places on reserves in northern Canada.

I selected the topic risk when i saw the USA election landing near this Sunday.

So, we explored...

Yesterday we considered Reason as a necessary part of Good Religion.

That is, we need to engage our brain when we enter church, we need people know that checking their brain at the door is not good idea.

I suggested that we often approach our journey in pieces and that '...

Yesterday was a ridiculous day!

A quieter 9:05 and the fullest we've had at10:45!

My guess is that we had 500 folks in HUC yesterday - which is "ridiculous" when you hear religion is dead and church attendance is declining.

I only spoke at 9:05 due to a health incident wi...

We are people of ritual. If we didn't have them, we would make them! Ritual is in our bones. The morning coffee, the yoga stretches, the quiet, the walk, the run, the ride, the reading... things we do that lead us to transformation of self.

We each have 'things we do' t...

Yesterday we explored "ruckus" as a necessary word for good religion. We were racing the clock at 9...it was an express sermon! 

At 10:45 we settled into it more. The concept  I was trying to get across was that ruckus is a natural part of our spiritual journey.

We canno...

REAL was the word on Sunday for our series on "what if...good religion happened?"

I was suggesting that what makes it real is authenticity and a deeper truth that grabs us and connects us. We explored the fact that people seeking church out these days look for that kind...

Yesterday we began our new series “WHAT IF… we had good religion?” It's about reflection on what matters, and what are the ingredients of a "good" experience of religion. In many ways, as you heard from Pam the week before, there is an excess of bad religion… of religi...

Yesterday was quite a day. I was whimpering through my "man-cold" and I tried to wrestle with a few points which may have gotten lost in the Kleenex!

First as the memes I shared suggested - - Jesus didn't say a lot of what seems to be attributed to him!

Second - curi...

Yesterday I looked at the spiritually of walking.

Spirituality "is seeing the sacred connections in all of life" and when we walk we connect to our deeper self.

I suggested that we walk for many reasons: health and healing, justice, connection and for perspective.

A si...

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