two smiling poatoes

Lumpy Together

By Talks

On the second Sunday of Lent, Renate Gritter shares some reflections on death and mortality grounded in her recent experience of finding a lump on her neck. She tells the story of what it was like to contemplate going through cancer and even death and invites all of us to consider “giving up” going through struggles with mortality with only our own powers to aid us and tell our friends about the “lumps” in our lives, whatever they may be.

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Jesus alone in desert

Give Up Like Jesus (And Do It Together)

By Talks

On the first Sunday of Lent, Mark Groleau walks us through the temptations of Jesus and asks us to consider the things Jesus “gave up” and why. He points out that each response Jesus gives “the satan” links to Old Testament Jewish teachings and to what was happening in the cultural landscape of that time. Mark recognizes that we continue to face the same challenges the early church faced. He encourages that following The Way of Jesus still means giving up on power and doing “small things with great love”  to care for our neighbours and the world

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Lessons in Love

By Talks

In today’s homily, Jess expands on our theme “Being Rooted in Love Together” as she reflects on some lessons in love she’s picked up from her former self, (90’s evangelical teenage Jess) her current self, the apostle Paul, and everyone else. She suggests that greeting our differences with a loving embrace (instead of trying to convert each other) might be the only way to melt our barriers away.

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Suckers with different emotion-faces

What’s Not To Love?

By Talks

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

By Talks

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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The adoration of the Magi - google art project

Being Rooted in Love Together

By Talks

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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Christ ascending

Our Chronic Existential Waiting Crisis

By Talks

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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figure of baby Jesus in the rubble

Joy with Eyes Open

By Talks

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

By Talks

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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