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Joy to the World

By Talks

       December 17

This morning was over the top. Joy Benson Green led the teaching time by sharing 4 short videos she made last week in the children’s ministry. She had given children a nativity scene and allowed them to play freely. Then she gave each video to a different adult to think about. Today, with the children watching, we looked at the videos and then listened to the thoughts that the adults drew from them. Joy summed it all up in the end. Here are links to the videos: Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, Video 4

Here is a link to Cold Play, A Sky Full of Stars

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

By Talks

       December 10

Walter Thiessen walks through ten steps along the journey of becoming peacemakers.

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Blessed are the Merciful

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       December 3

Peter Fitch continues talks on the Beatitudes. This times he speaks about the merciful and the pure in heart. He shares a few ideas about each one and then focuses on some of the great ideas in Martin Buber’s classic, I and Thou, to show a way that they could be seen to work together.

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Longing for Righteousness

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       November 26

Peter Fitch continues his look at the Beatitudes by examining Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Near the beginning, he asks Leland Maerz, a narrative therapist from Nova Scotia who works with victims and perpetrators of sexual violence, to share a little about his work. Then Peter returns to speak about his hope for a new paradigm that might be called Beyond Supremacy. Along the way he draws from a skit on Saturday Night Live, a few of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last words and, especially, from Bryan Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy.

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Morning Prayer 5.6

By Talks

       November 19

Walter Thiessen describes how various parts of SCV’s Celtic (or “Early”) Service, which began ten years ago guided largely by Joel Mason and Katie Gorrie, has been a great example of being “anchored with wings.” At the end, several folks shared their own examples of how the early service has helped them.

Link to Celtic Service

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Blessed are the Meek

By Talks

       November 12

Discontent with many of the messages that come from churches these days, Peter Fitch decides to focus on teachings that come from Jesus Himself. Here he looks at the first few Beatitudes from Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. This talk includes ideas about poverty of spirit, the importance of suffering and, especially, the quality of gentleness or meekness. Other voices that are presented come from Aristotle, William Barclay, Desmond Tutu, Khalil Gibran, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Pirke Avot (the core of Judaic wisdom). Of course, there are also thoughtful ideas from people who were in attendance.

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Voices from Exile

By Talks

 

       November 5

David Moore listed 7 different groups that he sees as having been marginalized in our society. He concentrated this talk on the first one: Women. David gave historical insight regarding women’s rights and wondered about how to make the world more just for women. Gradually this talk opened the door for people to share some of their “#Me too” experiences. This resulted in one of the most authentic and meaning-filled discussion times in recent memory.

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Anchored with Wings

By Talks

Anchored with Wings/ Atlantic Vineyard Gathering November 3-4, 2017

David Moore, Peter Fitch, and David Ruis gave talks at a conference we hosted over this past weekend (November 3 & 4). David Moore spoke about the importance of hearing and learning from minority voices, and the need to let our own voices be heard. Peter Fitch spoke about imagining a vision of non-exclusionary Christianity, and David Ruis gave a talk from Colossians about how he hopes the Canadian Vineyard can posture itself.

Links to talks and powerpoints:

David Moore –

      Speaking for the Other
powerpoint

Peter Fitch – 

      Imagining a Vision for Non-exclusive Christianity
powerpoint

David Ruis  –

      V-Tribe
  – pdf  – keynote

Lion and Lamb

By Talks

 

       October 29

Peter Fitch revisits a concept that meant a great deal to him some time ago. He still values the earlier meanings but he sees additional ideas to explore. This talk includes two incredible songs by Madi Smith. The second one, in the midst of the talk about the Canaanite Woman that Jesus seems to treat harshly, is particularly poignant for people who feel judged and left out.

The painting here was done by Rik Berry during worship at SCV years ago.


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Celebrating Community

By Talks

 

       October 22

Today we highlighted some wonderful things that have grown out of or around our community. Matt Balcarras talked about his new book on hidden stories of peace-making in the lower mainland of BC. Then we featured our main event, a description of The Gathering by Geordie Hull. This involves a monthly meal with music and fun for lower income folks in our area that has been going on for about 17 years. It also has a store with excellent items at fractional prices. After this, Haydn Wiebe shared some of the vision that led him to start the monthly Coffee House and he sang a song as a sample of what happens there. Then Raymond Funk spoke about the community garden and Alex Henderson described a new initiative in post-service, non-crazy, healing prayer. Walter Thiessen finished the time with a Brendan prayer that is sometimes used in the Celtic service. Somehow it all flowed together, and everything seemed full of life.

Here is a link to the picture powerpoint of The Gathering.


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