Taking Heart in the Midst of Storms

One of the things that I loved about moving back to Nova Scotia 12 years ago from Ontario that all the water illustrations and metaphors are embedded in our culture. The ocean has been a constant backdrop to life through most of my time in Nova Scotia. I have almost always lived within sight and…

What Memes Are You Sharing?

One of my ministry practices is to post a meme on the church’s Facebook page every day. I follow the pattern of Mindful Monday, Trusting Tuesday, Wisdom Wednesday, Thankful Thursday, and Friday Funday. Saturdays have been used to highlight community events and fundraisers and then it’s Sermon Sunday. I take advantage of the scheduling function…

The Currency of Gracious Leadership

As we continue with our series based on the book Holy Currencies, the author Rev. Eric Law, says this about the Currency of Gracious Leadership: Gracious leadership does not accept the linear, top-down, and static leadership style that assumes: “The first shall be first, and last shall be last.” In this kind of leadership, the…

The Currency of Wellness

Continuing with the series on Holy Currencies, the book that the Transition Team is exploring and discussing as part of our continued work of this Intentionally Interim Ministry time. It’s written by Eric Law, an Episcopal priest. We are accustomed to think of ‘currency’ as money. He redefines currency in this way: The word currency…

Will the Truth Set Us Free?

The truth will set you free, but first it’s going to hurt like hell! Anyone recognize that quote? It’s a quote by Dr. Brené Brown; she is a research professor at the University of Houston; she has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame. Her Ted Talk on The Power of…

Morning Motivation

Do you struggle with motivation? I don’t  usually, the joys and challenges of ministry and particularly Intentional Interim Ministry are usually enough to get me out of bed ready to meet the day with energy and enthusiasm. But not lately. Nova Scotia experienced a number of tragedies during the Covid-19 pandemic: the largest mass murder in…

Vine and Jesus

It’s Father’s Day in Canada and many other places around the world. It’s one of two relationships that we all have. Whether or not your father is living, whether or not you know who your father is, no matter what kind of relationship you have with your father, we ALL have a father. It’s one…

Woeful Wednesday

It’s Wednesday, again! Mondays and Tuesdays I am usually fine, but come Wednesday afternoon, I am often in a funk. This confused me for quite a few weeks. After all, Wednesdays are the days that I see people face to face! I spend some time at the community Food Bank that is housed in my congregation,…

Cracking Open

Like many others, I’m a first time vegetable gardener this year. Covid-19 and the enforced isolation at home, along with concerns about local food security, has many of us venturing into the new world of vegetable gardening. I planted a variety of veggies last Friday, including radishes. Each morning, I eagerly searched for signs of…

Are We on Fire?

Pentecost is one of my favourite Sundays in the church year. Sixteen years ago, I was ordained on Pentecost, wearing the stole you can see as a backdrop. Pentecost… the wind of the Holy Spirit swirling and dancing… tongues of fire touching each one, empowering the frightened disciples. Pentecost… passion, excitement and commitment unleashed upon…