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Teena Brown

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Reflections on Loving God & Others

By Talks

Jess Williams offers some reflections on her own journey of deconstruction that grappled with suffering/theodicy and conflicting views of God. She shares how letting one view break apart helped her discover and cling to a guiding principle that spans faith traditions: loving your neighbour as yourself.

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Choosing the Jesus Way

By Talks

Bradley Jersak was with us this Sunday, and he shared the incredible example of Palestinian Christians who have chosen to walk the Jesus Way of choosing hope and peace instead of giving in to hatred and the inevitable cycles of violence that result.

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Gratitude & Celebration (2nd Breakfast)

By Talks

After enjoying a Second Breakfast potluck together, we turned our attention toward gratitude and celebration in recognition of SCC’s 31st birthday and Thanksgiving weekend. Jess and Walter reflected on some of the markers of SCC they’re grateful for, recognizing the work and growth/change that has transpired over the years.

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The Art of Kvetching

By Talks

Renate responded to this week’s lectionary passages with thoughts on complaining and lamenting in the spirit of “Being Human Together.” She touched on listening to the unspoken lament within our unfiltered grievances and the potential of kvetching to be artful, fun and meaningful when thoughtfully shared with friends.

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Listen to the Longings of Your Heart

By Talks

Jess Williams reflects on home and the longings of the heart that led her to St. Stephen. She talks about loving her heart for leading her well, and how her (sometimes messy!) life, and belonging to this community is teaching her to let go of perfectionism (fear!) and trust that our belovedness has nothing to do with what we are able to achieve or perform.

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