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Last summer Andrea Palpant Dilley offered a cautionary tale for churches trying to find new ways to attract young people into their communities. Her advice? “Change wisely, dude”.

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Yesterday I was sent  an intriguing quote taken from the book Psychology and Religion: West and East by C.G. Jung.

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There are two remaining challenges David Perlich identifies in his “5 challenges Pope Francis will face“. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/03/13/f-pope-issues.html):

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In the face of dying paradigms, it is tempting to try to reassert the old ways of doing things and demand allegiance to what were once the normative patterns for governing our life together.

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We live in a time of extraordinary change. Everything is shifting so quickly, it feels impossible to keep up.
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How does healthy organizational change take place?
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In the series of six addresses presented as part of this past Lent’s Noon Forum series at the Church of St. John the Divine on Quadra in Victoria, there was a frequent call for the church to move in radically new directions. The specifics of what that new direction might look like were never clearly articulated. This is perhaps inevitable as the thing we are becoming has yet to emerge.
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The question about the under 50 voices at the end of my “The Future of the Church” post (see March 10, 2011) has generated some interesting comment. Check the comment section at the bottom of that post.

I find myself wondering what it is we need to do to really hear one another. The conversation gap seems almost unbridgeable.
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For those of us who are hardwired for guilt and judgment, the beginning of a new year can be a troubling time.

The media is filled with stories of people making grand New Year’s resolutions. Everyone has a list of things they want to improve in the coming year: exercise more, eat less, be more disciplined, more frugal, less angry, more loving, or perhaps just a little bit kinder.
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Part IV in the “Globe and Mail’s” series of articles on the state of religion in Canada makes gloomy reading for those of us who labour bravely in the vineyards of institutional religion.
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