A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Giving Up Superiority

This Lenten blog journey about “Giving Up” or “Letting Go” has been interesting. Part of that interest arises from the nature in which the practice has been paired with the worshipping community at Little Britain United Church. The variations of the paths explored, whether that is on Sunday or during faith explorations, reminds me that Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Giving Up Expectations

I marvel about the story of Abram and Sarai … I always have. I would like to say that they must have resisted this new development into which God was calling them. Yet, there are enough examples in the Sacred Stories of the Jewish and Christian traditions that clearly illustrate people who resist when God Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Giving Up Control

The beginning of Jesus’ time in the desert, those 40 days of trial and test, hold meaning that is deep and rich, difficult and awkward for the listeners who have since followed. Those who endeavour to follow Jesus and continue his work hear this story in different ways depending on our context, which ranges from Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Awareness

“Listen!” and “See!” were central instructions that Jesus, in his ministry, left to his disciples and those of us who have followed. “Discipleship,” in secular language, can be paralleled with “leadership.” For those called to leadership, whether willingly embraced or begrudgingly accepted, listening and seeing are extremely important, if not key, components that determine thriving Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: #MicroPoetry|January ’18 Verses

As solar dance spirals from old to new pause As solstice retreats and sol’s warmth tenderly renews breathe In resolutions tempting simply Be Inspired by new year’s unfolding …

A Deacon’s Musing: Vignette|Font

It spread … it spread really fast. There, in the middle of the church, well if you could recognise it as such, the Font stood. Seared and scorched, every wall, floorboard and all that still resembled the mundane and intimate, the structural and the decorative body of a building cried out in sooted, water-soaked scars. Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing|Community Connexions

What does community mean to you? How has it shaped you? How have you shaped it? Has it been soul-devouring? Has it been a life-giving experience?

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…

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