New Name Day

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New Name Day/ March 15, 2020

Today was the day we had chosen to step away from the Vineyard and we had many friends from this area that wanted to join us. In the end we decided that it was wiser to postpone this (but still have a regular service for those who could make it) so that we could follow the guidelines for social distancing. We did go ahead with the PIE (Public, Intentional and Explicit about being Affirming) Day celebration last night. Madi Smith and Keara Hannan came from Minnesota to lead the vocals for that event. This morning they joined Zoe Fitch and Dave Warne from Colourful Language, along with Rick Coates and Gary Soucoup, to provide incredible music. Then Walter Thiessen led a discussion about what our community ought to do during the virus crisis. After that Peter Fitch gave a short devotional on being real and being transformed by Love. Finally, Walter and Peter revealed the new name of our church. Here’s a video about that part.

Other fast links to parts of the service:

      Audio
to just the talking parts with Walter and Peter.

      Audio
and video to COVID-19 song.

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International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day/ March 8, 2020

Amanda de Gruchy organized a remarkable chorus of voices to speak about women’s perspectives and issues. This was a great service with music and poetry and stories from women of various ages. It was often overwhelming. The first part of the service, before the official presentations, also had some beautiful moments so we included that part, too.

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Affirming Spaces: A Queer Eye Perspective

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Affirming Spaces: A Queer Eye Perspective/ March 1, 2020

Stel Raven gives a brilliant talk about the difference between a safe space and a brave space from his perspective as an Indigenous, 2 Spirit trans therapist. This talk presents historical awareness and contemporary story in a way that shows the harmful effects of colonialism and the resultant fear and sense of displacement in many marginalized voices.
Here is a

      short clip
from earlier part of the service with a song by Peter Fitch and an impromptu word from Peter Greenier.

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Why I Need MCC

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Why I Need MCC/ February 23, 2020

Walter shares about his history with MCC (which is celebrating its centennial year) and why he feels that this kind of engagement is necessary in order for us not to harden ourselves against the suffering in the world. You’re invited to find a way for you to engage:

Links: “Share Your Table”

MCC History (Stories)

MCC story (graphic novel style)

Syria Relief

MCC Advocacy

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By Prayer and Petition

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By Prayer and Petition / February 16, 2020

Lindsay McKay gives an unusually beautiful talk about her growing up years in Yellowknife. Her family took in many foster children and one of them, Keona, stayed forever. She had extreme medical needs and the family prayed about each and every one. Gradually, she flourished and outgrew many of the dire predictions about her life. But not everything was healed. Lindsay uses this story as a magnificent entry into the complexities of prayer. She thinks that attention to life and people, loving others, and walking forward into mystery, actually is prayer. If possible, it’s worth it to look at the power point as you are listening.

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***Special Gathering***

By Talks

Sunday, February 16 at 8:00 pm in the ‘Vineyard’ Cafe

Come join in our ongoing conversations about how we respond to the Vineyard Canada decision. We have been hearing broad support and enthusiasm about inviting “honourary membership” so that others can ‘stand with us as we step away.’ 

We’ve also secured the altvineyard.ca domain to host a website for this – and Jackets Creative has graciously offered to set this up pro bono for us!

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Rain and Snow

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Rain and Snow / February 2, 2020

 We had a full weekend with SSU’s first annual Rain & Snow: A Winter Festival of Story and Song. Saturday night, our space was beautifully arranged for an evening of song and story. Sunday morning, we continued that theme with music and poetry. There was no recording made but for a taste of the beautiful spirit of Pádraig Ó Tuama, here is a video of him sharing some of his story. 

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Shine

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Shine / January 26, 2020

Peter Fitch compares a thought from the Letter to the Romans with an idea that he found in the Talmud. Everyone is loved but love is greater in those to whom it has been revealed. He gets people to share their own thoughts about this concept and then he brings ideas from John Joseph Powell, a Jesuit priest and scholar who wrote a book called The Secret of Staying in Love. We can all play a part in helping other people to have love revealed in them.

The talk starts with Jonelle Martin beginning to share her story. Here is the transcript.

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Anger and Forgiveness

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Anger and Forgiveness / January 19, 2020

Vic Thiessen looks to Jesus’s anger on the day he cursed the fig tree and cleansed the temple (offering three different readings) for clues on dealing with the anger that is so prevalent in the world today (starting with our own). To exemplify this learning, Vic draws on what some have called the angriest film ever made: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).

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Pray It Forward

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Pray It Forward / January 5, 2020

Peter Fitch wrestles with the meaning and practice of prayer. Is it something we do for ourselves or does it help to change the world? He draws upon a Victorian poet, several Medieval saints, a Buddhist master, a couple of Jewish thinkers, and several portions of Scripture as he tries to make room for past experiences in the thinking that makes the most sense to him today. He finds himself longing for a synthesis where prayer as both “attention” and “intention” meet.

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