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What’s Not To Love?

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Rachael dives into our new theme, “Being Rooted in Love Together,” with some thoughts on our barriers to love and how to approach them, a guided reflection with Psalm 139, and an invitation to adopt the phrase, “What’s not to love?” as a love-barrier-melting tool!

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More on Loving Enemies

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At our 2nd Breakfast service, Walter followed up on his fall workshops by inviting discussion of how we can stay in good relationships with those whose views differ greatly from our own on many issues of the day. We concluded that we’re tired of referring to these folks (often family members, co-workers and neighbours) as ‘enemies.’

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Being Rooted in Love Together

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Jess introduces our new teaching theme for the season ahead, ‘Being Rooted in Love Together’ and reflects on some of the ways she’s experienced this happening at SCC over the last year. She also shares some verses from Ephesians 3&4 that the Leadership Collective have spent time contemplating as we work on putting new language to our values, and nods to Epiphany and what it could mean for us today.

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Our Chronic Existential Waiting Crisis

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On the final week of Advent – the week of Love – Mark Groleau helped us to face our CHRONIC EXISTENTIAL WAITING CRISES by addressing the ways humanity, and Christians in particular, are always waiting for the next best thing that promises salvation. But what if what we’re waiting for never comes? And what if that’s because it’s already here? God -aka Love- is with us. If

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Joy with Eyes Open

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Walter explores the theme for the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Joy), emphasizing that joy must remain aware of the suffering and hardship around us and that trust enables us to respond to the moments when joy arises in us. When his notes ran out of steam, the congregation’s wisdom rose to the challenge!

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Reclaiming Peace

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Following a warm and festive Second Breakfast potluck, Lorna Jones shared some wise words of her own and others on reclaiming peace in our interior lives. She invited us to consider what keeps us from peace and what we might do to reclaim, recreate, and cultivate peace in ourselves and in the world

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Confessions of Hope

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With an invitation to an Honest Advent, Jess shares some confessions that begin with her own reluctance to welcome advent this year. She reflects on how speaking the truth in this way can help clear the air, and perhaps even make a little room in our hearts to welcome a Saviour. Then she considers why advent begins with apocalyptic passages about the end of the world, and connects this to our current context and how we might stay awake in this season — as we watch  and wait for Christ’s arrival today.

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From Fear to Love

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Reflecting on today’s lectionary readings and her father’s life and legacy, Wendy shares a vulnerable and compelling message on the extravagance of God’s love, and how messed up theological assertions of a God who elects some and rejects others really is. Weaving together stories and experiences from her own life, and her commitment to a gospel that centers on our belovedness above all else, Wendy offers a powerful alternative to passages in scripture that would suggest anything else.

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Taking Your Shadow To Church

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Walter continues in the theme of “Being Human Together” by sharing thoughts from Jung, Romans 7-8, and 1 John on the importance of our getting to know our Shadow so it can be transformed by love and grace and grow up to be a part of our whole personality.

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Movember, Men’s Mental Health & More

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During today’s Second Breakfast service, Jacob Rose shared about his participation in Movember, and opened up a beautiful, vulnerable conversation about masculinity and men’s mental health. Together, we discussed societal pressures placed on men/masculinity, and the negative impact this has on everyone.

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