A Deacon’s Musing: #MicroPoetry|November ’17 Verses

Every month I tweet #MicroPoetry! In 140 characters, they are part prayer, thought, reflection, challenge or something in-between. I look forward to sharing them with you and hope that they may lead to reflection, musing and perhaps even discussion!

A Deacon’s Musing|Change #2

The first blog that shared this title – Change – was written about four and half years ago. I wrote it is as I walked into my current role with the United Church of Canada. Since then, I’ve certainly mused a significant amount about change. As I was reflecting on this body of work, I recognised two things: Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Free Choice

Working on this eighth addition to the Appreciative Principles series was filled with distractions. They arose because of my hope to find what I call a “third thing.” Usually that includes a video, whether musical or something akin to a TEDTalks, in order to invite another voice into the conversation. This feels important, in order Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing|The Struggle

I recently attended an ecumenical ministerial gathering (which means Christian clergy from different traditions) for fellowship and discussion. During our meal, we were discussing the reality that we live in a time in which fear is feeding shadows of discord. In these places of us/them, right/wrong, it can feel difficult to make space to listen Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: #MicroPoetry|October ’17 Verses

Every month I tweet #MicroPoetry! In 140 characters, they are part prayer, thought, reflection, challenge or something in-between. I look forward to sharing them with you and hope that they may lead to reflection, musing and perhaps even discussion!  

A Deacon’s Musing|#MeToo

I am the child of a survivor. When I called my parent to share what I was considering writing about for this week’s musing, I did so with a deep respect and awareness of what a survivor walks with every and each day. I remember the nightmares waking me and the moments of extreme fragility Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Enactment

Sure, maybe it was slogan-like, though I admit I am not sure if my mother said it after the Nike campaign or if she coined it and they stole it! Regardless, there I was 16, not wanting to do the homework that was assigned. It was a long weekend and I just wanted to get Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Vignette|The Cat

I never liked your inside places. I think I was in one for less than seven of your days, after being removed from my pride. I liked the open spaces and freedom to be what I am. I liked mice chasing and bird watching. I liked deciding when I wanted to eat and when I Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing|Motive

How do we make sense of this last week? The violence caused by a “Lone Wolf” in Las Vegas and a “Terrorist” in Edmonton once again highlights the growing reality and sense of collective dis-ease. As I pen this musing, in both cases, law enforcement and the media are keenly focused on unearthing the motive, Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Wholeness

This unfolding series about how Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and a Christianity, which is expansive in nature, can be conversation partners has been exciting to explore. One of the things that AI brings to Christianity is the reminder that things are always unfolding. That such a reminder is necessary may surprise some. The reality is that Read more…

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