A Deacon’s Musing|Camelot

As I reflect on my own story, I realise that my growing up in Ottawa (during the 70s and 80s) was part of a larger story that I have come to call my Camelot years. A time in which the multicultural ideal, the entrenchment of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canadian Blue Berets Read more…

Draft Executive Meeting Minutes – September 29, 2015

Draft Executive Meeting Minutes – September 29, 2015

A Deacon’s Musing|Campus Chaplaincy

In my most charming and playful way – of course – I have the great privilege to walk into congregational ministries and ask: So, am I here because you’re tired? Because you want more bums in the pews & more coin in the coffer? And, is it possible, I am also here because you want Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing|Politic(al)s 02

For those involved in the not-for-profit sector, who work in non-governmental-agencies and especially those involved in advocacy work, it is no surprise to hear that over the last several years there has been a palpable experience of a chilling relationship with the Canadian federal government. Regardless of which spectrum or political stripe with which you Read more…

Approved Executive Minutes – August 25, 2015

Approved Executive Meeting Minutes – August 25, 2015

A Deacon’s Musing: Vignette|A Basement

It’s nice to see – I must admit – that even though you continue to care for me (as the years have proceeded) that your Property peeps are more representative of your diversity. In other words, not all men! Oh how I remember one Fall Supper – now when was that? Maybe ’63? – and Read more…

Draft Executive Meeting Minutes – August 25, 2015

Draft Executive Meeting Minutes – August 25, 2015

A Deacon’s Musing|Syria

It has been an interesting last few weeks as I have transitioned back from time away to work and blogging. One of the gifts and challenges, which I have received from more than one regular reader of A Deacon’s Musing, has been about the Syrian refugee crisis. Particularly, whether or not I would be musing Read more…

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Workshop – October 30, 2015

Affirming Ministry

What is AI? AI offers an alternative to the deficit based ‘problem solving’ paradigm that is so widely used in our churches and organisations.  The AI paradigm sees the church as a mystery that should be embraced as a community of believers with infinite imagination, infinite capacity and potential.  This makes all the difference as Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing|Trust & Hope

Hope can exist without trust, but trust cannot exist without hope. I think this leads to a very difficult set of assumptions and – especially in context of change –reveals a stark set of implications. Most of which are too often life-draining and – in respect to faith communities – can be soul-devouring. As many Read more…

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