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Adventures in Faith & Family

Reflections on growing together in faith, exploring typical situations that we face in families and the many adventures that make up family life, these articles offer support to parents and grandparents as they mentor and care for their children.

17
Apr

Celebrating On Easter Morning as a Family

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Waiting. Watching. Praying.    That is what Holy Week is about.  I just can’t bring myself to do anything that is celebratory or fun on these days, especially on Good Friday.  Even if the sun is shining, Good Friday always seems a sombre day to me.   It may be called “Good” – which is actually derived from “God’s” Friday, in the same way that “God be with you” became “good-bye.”  But though it is called “good,” God’s Friday always feels just like that – a day that I need to give to God, in worship, in prayer, in waiting.   But...
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17
Apr

Talking Good Friday & Death with Our Children

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We can’t avoid talking about death when we get to Good Friday.  We might want to.  We might want to protect our children from conversations about death.  But that, ultimately, isn’t helpful.  Death will be part of each of our lives, from the death of a pet, to the death of a grandparent, to our own death at some point, even though we maybe don’t want to think about that.  Protecting our children from conversations about death is no protection at all.   Instead, Good Friday provides one opportunity to show our children how to walk through the death of a...
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17
Apr

Valuing Compassion, Diversity, Respect & Courage

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Courage
  I pulled up in the “Diversity” parking stall at the church this morning (created by our children), and couldn’t help but reflect that valuing diversity is something so needed in our society today. A few years ago, our congregation reflected on our values as followers of the Way of Jesus, and the four values that we named as most important to us in living together as a faith community are: Compassion, Diversity, Respect & Courage.   I believe that we, as faithful people, whatever faith group to which we belong, are called to live these values more than ever...
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09
Apr

I Don't Take the Bible Literally - No One Really Does!

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I don’t take the Bible literally. I take it seriously. No Christian really takes the Bible literally, if they are honest. If they did, books such as “A Year of Living Biblically” (A.J. Jacobs) wouldn’t become bestsellers, because all Christians would be living that way.   Every Christian interprets scripture. John Wesley of Methodism said that we bring the faith tradition, our God-given reasoning ability and our personal experience to the reading of scripture, then we consider it humbly in community so that we have checks and balances on our personal interpretations.   If we are honest with ourselves, that is...
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08
Apr

As a Christian, I'm Happy To Pay the Carbon Tax

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As a Christian, I am happy to pay the carbon tax. As a woman of faith, I know that it is a responsibility given to us by God, a responsibility of which Jesus reminded us, to care for our earth. And our earth is in trouble right now. Forget the debates about whether this is fully human-caused or a natural environmental cycle, humans have had a part in making climate change worse, and we can have a part in lessening the effects.   I was driving to work this morning and watching the children bicycling and walking to school. I thought...
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27
Mar

What's the Point of Prayer? Why Teach our Kids to Pray?

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What is the point of prayer?  Why spend time in prayer? Why teach my children to pray?  Those are key questions that I am pondering these days.   I believe in prayer.  I believe that prayer is essential to my living.  But I think that there are many false assumptions made about prayer.  First of all, I don’t believe that just because I pray for something, as good and wonderful as that thing might be (like the healing of a loved one), that I am going to get what I pray for.  God is not my servant.  I don’t present God...
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18
Mar

Enough is Enough - Say No to Islamophobia & other Hate Speech

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Enough is enough!  As Christians, we must start speaking clearly and loudly against hate speech of any kind, whether it is directed at our Muslim or Jewish neighbours, at LGBTQ2 or neighbors of any particular cultural background, or immigrants, refugees, women or any other group that is targeted because they are deemed to be in some way different.  Hate speech gives permission, for those who will take it, to carry out violent actions against those groups – such as the shootings at the mosques in New Zealand this past week.   It is time to say, Enough is enough!  We as...
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05
Mar

So Why Don't You Come to Church? I Shouted at the Radio.

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So often lately I’ve found myself shouting at the radio, “Why don’t you come to church?”  No, it is not the radio that I want to come to church.  It is the people behind a certain news item I’ve heard.   A recent study showed that loneliness is as detrimental to the health as smoking.  It also showed that loneliness was of epidemic proportions, especially among those in their late 20s, mid 50s, and late 80s.  It was as I listened to the report of this study that I started shouting, “Come to church!”   Another report talked about the benefits...
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25
Feb

Why I Refuse to Use the ME Rewards at Co-op Stores

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I have decided that I will NOT use the ME Rewards sent to me weekly by the Co-op Stores. ME Rewards is their new promotion, standing for Member Experience.  But when I opened up the first ME Rewards e-mail and scrolled down, what jumped off the page for me was ME, ME, ME, ME!    And what I thought was – we teach our pre-schoolers not to say, ME, ME, ME, ME!  But here are these awards that are saying, ME, ME, ME, ME!  And this from a cooperative store that was founded on the principle that everyone benefits when we...
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19
Feb

I'm Feeling Sad Today - And That's Okay!

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I am not so happy today – and that’s okay. We all have our days – frustrated days, sad days, dull days, lonely days, and happy days. But they are not all happy days. Yet, that is the message we get in advertising and over social media. It can appear that everyone is having HAPPY days – great parties, wonderful dinners, fabulous vacations, exiting adventures – everyone except us!   The truth, however, is a very different story. Loneliness, anxiety, and depression are on the rise in our society. Behind the masks and smiles and fancy parties lies the reality that...
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