Affirm United – Workshops & Reflections

So many GREAT workshops and opportunities for engagement, it was hard to choose. Iridesce, the Living Apology was the first one I chose, Aaron Miechkota led the workshop. She is the project coordinator for Iridesce. The most powerful part for me was reading some of the stories from the Iridesce website, check them out! Some of…

Affirm United – Annual Meeting

Who knew that an annual meeting would inspire a blog post! One of the privileges of being the President of Maritime Conference is attending the Affirm United Conference which took place in Toronto this year.  The theme of the event this year was Many Voices – One Song. I arrived at Royal York Road United Church…

Denial Is My Spiritual Practice Too!

An unsolicited book review! Denial Is My Spiritual Practice by Rachel Hackenberg and Martha Spong  is a book that everyone needs to read! I received it on Thursday and finished it Sunday afternoon. Their courage and vulnerability in sharing such hard parts of their personal stories, stories that we often only share with our closest…

All My Life’s a Circle

Or a spiral or something… Fourteen years ago, about this time of year, I left my home in Nova Scotia to head to Ontario. Ordained for a little over a month, I was on my way to my settlement charge in Claremont, a ‘hamlet’ about an hour northeast of Toronto. I spent the first night…

Preaching, Teaching, Healing

I came in from the back with a shawl draped around me. I was so excited when I heard that my son Jesus was coming home for a visit. I had missed him since he started traveling around the countryside. His brothers and sisters were excited as well… after all, they hadn’t travelled much further…

Legends and Heroes

This is a copy of the letter I wrote to Jennie King, Managing Director of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo:  Dear Ms King, I have been a big fan of the Tattoo for many years; attended at least 15 performances and have  always admired how the show skillfully navigates the challenge between glorifying war…

Friday Five – Prayer

‘Thoughts and prayers’ is often the glib response to any sort of tragedy these days. Yet  intentionally turning  my mind and heart towards the horrible and beautiful things of the world connects, comforts and challenges me. RevGals asks the question: What prayer practices anchor me? I often fail at prayer… I have good intentions… take…