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The service in which I was ordained a priest in Winnipeg, Manitoba 38 years ago serves as a fitting symbol of the shattering changes that were about to shake the church in which I and those with whom I was ordained would be called to minister.

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I know little about the complex political situation in Myanmar and particularly the country’s painful relationship with their armed forces, the Tatmadaw who are accused of genocidal crimes against humanity, and utilizing weapons of torture, arson and rape as instruments of warfare.

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My father died thirty-five years ago today. He was seventy-three, which to me at the time seemed a ripe old age, but today seems sadly young for death to arrive.

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The qualities that govern our life together as a church community may in many cases seem to run counter to the qualities that predominate in most of the organizational structures that are taken for granted as normative in the world outside the church.

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Churches are living beings (“the body of Christ” I Corinthians 12:27). Living beings are not tidy or predictable. At times they inevitably operate in ways that may seem poorly planned. This slightly anarchic quality in churches makes it vital that the leadership hold firm adherence to the underlying principles that guide the life of the community.

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Yeshua says: The Pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge
and hidden them away.
They did not go in themselves,
nor did they allow to enter those who wish to.

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Every years, around this time, many churches find themselves beginning to work under the guidance of a new Parish Council/Church Board/Board of Elders.

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The soul searching in the Democratic Party of the United States has begun.  It will be a painful process.

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John Ibbitson, in his opinion piece at the Globe and Mail yesterday, called Donald Trump America’s “final warning”.

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I have three other core values I hold in my heart that influence my vision of what I believe church is intended to be.

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