Spirited Reflections

Spirited Reflection: Coming down from the mountain

February 14, 2018

Have you ever been to a conference, retreat or gathering of like-minded souls, and wanted it to go on and on? A place where you felt understood, where you were with “your people”? A moment when you hear a speaker, a greater leader, that inspires and challenges…

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Spirited Reflection: Good News – Black History

February 14, 2018

Peter Haresnape has written a Bible Study Resource for Black History Month 2018 for those who, like him, are seeking to be allies to people of African descent. It is part of the materials created by the United Church of…

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Spirited Reflection: The gift of flexibility and softness in the face of injustice

February 1, 2018

When I think of my experience when it comes to generational wisdom, I feel slightly at a crossroad. In one sense, I can see that I have many people in my life who are mentors, whose wisdom I am still learning to recognize and appreciate. I…

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Spirited Reflection: Bearing witness to the light

January 30, 2018

I returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the spring of 2013, 17 years after my arrival in Canada as a refugee. The goal of my trip was to see my mother, whom I hadn’t seen in 21 years. I also wanted to…

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Spirited Reflection: Knowledge and love

January 25, 2018

God does not care what we eat! This seems to be Paul’s message to the Corinthian church; a shocking statement from an ex-Pharisee! Paul begins his discussion of the food laws, an incredibly sensitive topic at the time, by contrasting knowledge and love. “Knowledge puffs up, but…

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Spirited Reflection: Embracing Change

January 19, 2018

One of the gifts that the Magi present to us, which unfolds in the stories of Epiphany, is the willingness to embrace change. Their journey to the Christ Child explores the significance of a mysterious new birth, a change sure…

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Spirited Reflection: Speaking up and listening

January 14, 2018

As a young Indigenous male, who does not at all look the part, I have heard the words, “What good can come from there?” many times in my life. In our reading from John, Nathanael speaks of Nazareth as a…

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Spirited Reflection: Witnesses and water

January 11, 2018

The Biblical event when Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist in the Jordan River was witnessed by a lot of people including God, his Father. Someone remembered the event and eventually wrote this down on paper so that we could read about what had taken place…

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Spirited Reflection: Becoming Displaced for Christ

January 9, 2018

The term ‘epiphany’ comes from the Greek word έπιφάνεια [epiphainein] meaning ‘appearing’, ‘manifestation’ or ‘glorious display.’ In the New Testament, we find that the term appears six times, all having to do with Christ’s coming. In part it encapsulates the…

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Spirited Reflection: KAIROS in 2018

January 2, 2018

As we live into the early days of 2018, we know that these are perilous times that challenge us to risk speaking truth to power. They call us to be more determined than ever to be alert to opportunities for…

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KAIROS Christmas video for sharing

December 15, 2017

“Solidarity seeks partnership and mutuality…giving and receiving.” Dear Friends, Below is the KAIROS Christmas video. I invite you to take a moment to watch it, share it with your family and friends, post it on Facebook and tweet it. Share…

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Reflection on pilgrimage of justice and peace: We are not alone

December 13, 2017

Sometimes the advice I give my children is the same advice I most need to remember – and the hardest to follow. I have a toddler and a teenager, and at times of frustration and challenge I feel compelled to…

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Spirited Reflection: The Solstice Gifts

December 13, 2017

When my father was five years of age near the time of the winter solstice, his grandfather awoke one night in the cabin that he had built. At the time, it was considered an honour to bequeath the education of…

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Spirited Reflection: Liberation that disturbs­-December 2 is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 1, 2017

I met Ada in the sanctuary of the small chapel on Geneva Street in St Catharines, Ontario. I was the only white person, and I’ve already learned so much from this group comprised mostly of people of African descent living…

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NEW RESOURCE for Epiphany 2018: Gifts for Another Way

November 24, 2017

Looking for a new perspective?  Wanting Christian reflections to inspire your own justice work, the discussion in your small group or the worship in your congregation? Gifts for Another Way is a worship and devotional resource for the Season of…

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Spirited Reflection on Social Justice

November 13, 2017

Social justice and the protection of the weak and the powerless are central in Jesus’ identity and mission. Luke 4:16ff tells us that Jesus chose the text from Isaiah to reveal both his identity and his mission (to proclaim good…

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Spirited Reflection: What Would Jesus Forward?

November 7, 2017

In politically charged times it may be tempting to forward email containing nostalgic, sentimental or violent content. For guidance, Christians have asked, “What would Jesus do?” (WWJD). This is a simpler question than others we could ask, such as: What…

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Living Justice: Reformation 500 in Toronto

October 31, 2017

Sermon: In Truth, With Love, For Justice St James Cathedral, October 29, 2017, by Jennifer Henry Creation, Human Beings, Salvation–Not for Sale Texts: Isaiah 42: 5-9, Psalm 36: 5-10, James 2: 14-18, John 13: 33-35 I am so grateful to be…

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New Epiphany worship resource coming soon

October 25, 2017

Today we are announcing a coming Epiphany worship resource that includes reflections from newcomers and Indigenous peoples in our midst. It is called Gifts for Another Way, remembering the gifts of the Magi and the many other gifts offered in…

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Reflection on pilgrimage of justice and peace: Welcoming Refugees

October 18, 2017

  This article is a contribution from Canadian Quakers to the WCC call to journey in justice and peace. Friends in Canada have been welcoming refugees since the 19th C., when work was done to bring Doukhobors living under persecution…

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Spirited Reflection: The values of food

October 10, 2017

The month of October brings many opportunities to reflect on the place of food in our lives. For those of us in the Christian tradition, it opens with Worldwide Communion Sunday — a day when our sisters and brothers in…

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KAIROS UN Declaration Video: Please Share

October 5, 2017

Dear Friends, This Thanksgiving I want to share with you a short video about persistent advocacy and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. I invite you to take a moment to watch it, share it with your…

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Spirited Reflection: Walking with our Sisters

October 3, 2017

On October 4 vigils across the country remember and honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and in Toronto, October 15-29,  the Walking With Our Sisters commemoration will be held at the Aboriginal Education Centre.  Here are two prayers…

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Spirited Reflection: Everyone Belongs

September 19, 2017

“Everyone Belongs in the Kitchen” is a theme that raises a few questions. What kitchen? And, who is ‘everyone’? The phrase comes from a joke that exists in multiple memes online, which takes the tired sexist dismissal ‘Women belong in…

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Spirited Reflection: Peacebuilding, an ever present opportunity

September 15, 2017

Peace is often misunderstood as an absence, a state of tranquil stillness where nothing is happening, there’s no conflict or change. The world we live in isn’t like that, and seeking to enforce an ideal onto the world can itself…

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Walking right off the map: from Old Montreal to Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory

September 14, 2017

Maps of Montreal, Canada, usually show the neighbouring Mohawk Nation as an empty space. It appears as a grey block, sectioned off from everything around it. Nothing could be more symbolic of the relationship between the Montreal urban community, which…

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Spirited Reflection: Forgiving our debtors

September 12, 2017

Matthew 18:21-35 Living in Scotland was my first time praying in ecumenical groups. You might imagine, despite theological differences, that we always had the Lord’s Prayer in common, but I encountered differences between the English and Scottish versions, especially the…

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Spirited Reflection: Honouring the Stranger 

September 1, 2017

A friend was travelling across Western Canada and stopped at a service station to use the rest room. There he encountered a four year old boy washing his hands. The child studied my friend for a moment. “Are you a…

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