Monthly Archives: February 2012
OK – my first, ever blog on February 29th…!
We’re now in the season of Lent. With this extra day in 2012, and the forty days of Lent, I’m conscious of time.
One of my disciplines for the season of Lent has been a commitment to go for a walk every day. So, since February 22, I’ve gone out for about 45 minutes to walk along some local roads. It’s pretty easy to get sedentary, doing office and computer work. So, this clip also got me thinking about health and well-being, and my life-time.
Another part of the season of Lent has to do with ‘repentance.’ And, perhaps contrary to a common understanding of repentance being synonymous with ‘guilt,’ we might look at the word as ‘a turning.’ We are invited to reflect on our living, how it affects others, and consider changing our ways so that our living puts us in good relationship with people and planet. This is somewhat contrary to a more self-absorbed lifestyle many of us lead. So this clip is, both, funny and true.
For those who celebrate a birthday on leap-year, I send out a hearty ‘Happy Birthday‘ – since I read, recently, that occasionally their friends and relatives don’t feel they need a celebration on the years where there isn’t a February 29th on the calendar.
Life is a gift! Time is precious! Lent is a season to reflect on the precious gift we have.
Advisory Mtg, February 16, 2012
7:30pm at church-house
Present: Karen, Jesse, Paul, Tyler; regrets: Lynette
Follow-up from last meeting
-Lenten (World Religion) series update
-pledges from members – are people committing? discussion
-to congregation – make minutes/notes available on bulletin board and blog
-to community – No paper ads; put poster on board in IGA, post on Castanet.
Collaboration conversation (and future of mission)
-Tyler to meet with Bp Privett Friday (Anglican Diocese)
-Faith Lutheran discussion
-next Table Talk: Feb 26
-Congregational Meeting: March 25
-March 24 – Oscar Romero commemoration date
-reports for Annual Report due March 1
-Feb 19 – Economics of Happiness; soup – Mcintosh, Gingrich, Denney
-Jesse to bring buns, Paul cream & butter and cookies.
-March 18 (Lent 4); Marcus Borg vid (LTQ).
-April 15 (Easter 2)
-discussion re: cost of location for Souper Sunday
-Synod convention (May 10-13 in New West)
-Ascension Day (May 17): Tyler to contact music people.
-Campus Chaplains Gathering (June 3-5 in Cochrane, AB)
– YIG (United Way) grant: Coffeehouse with a conscience application not approved
– Faithlife matching grant: April SoupSun(Campus ministry),
Ascension Day (May-Kairos).
-Shrove Tuesday/ash Wednesday (on wed), Gingriches to provide pancakes. Attendees to
Next meeting: March 15 (Cong Mtg. March 25)
In an effort to convey more information about church-activity, I’ll be posting information from our monthly Advisory Council meetings on this blog (a print-out of the minutes will be posted on our bulletin-board at our church-house)…
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Advisory Council – Meeting, January 12, 2012 – 7:30pm at the church-house
Present: Tyler, Paul, Jesse, Lynette, Karen
Business arising from last meeting:
-web-site updates being done
-follow-up to Jack’s email – getting commitment from All Saints people for 2012 – Lynette to send out email to All Saints people
Relations with Faith Lutheran
-discussion of Dec 24 and Jan 8 services
-looking towards Jan 21 meeting
-Jan 15 – Curtis Aguirre presentation; soup – Sundmark/Stebner; buns/cream/butter – Karen; dessert – Paul/Myrle
-Feb 19 – discussion re: program; Tyler to plan it.
Dates in February
-RIC Sunday / OutWeek – Will do RIC Sunday on Feb. 5th to start up out week.
-Bishop’s Study Conference in Feb.12-15 Tyler to go.
-will do another faith [World Religions] exploration through Lent; Tyler is extending invitations to a couple of communities for conversation
Next meeting: February 16
Adjourned at 9:30pm
On Transfiguration Sunday – February 19, this year – we had our monthly ‘Souper Sunday’ gathering, since it was also the third Sunday of the month. We shared in a simple meal, with a program that followed, as is our format for these evening gatherings.
We watched a film called The Economics of Happiness. It’s a film that re-frames the trend towards globalization, which has sometimes been seen as a good or inevitable thing, as one where trade agreements have a corrosive effect on social connections and economy, and favour business interests. It features a number of intellectuals and politicians who speak for localized food, economy, and culture (but not to the exclusion of cross-cultural relations), and who see the decline in environment as a problem with a solution if we were to, collectively, change our systems so we were not producing and consuming at the rate we have in recent decades. Among the contributors to the program were Helena Norberg-Hodge, Vandana Shiva, and David Korten.
It seems to me that there are a couple of directions that people could go after viewing such a film. It’s possible to miss the opportunities for growth that are suggested – like living with less, living on less, and seeking out good relationship with neighbours near and far. So one might see such a film and say, “we’re sunk – our social and economic climate, along with the environmental crises everywhere, mean that there is no turning back”; alternatively, we might say, “we don’t need to feed into consumer-culture in the way we have for the past fifty years; let’s change how we live so all might have life!”
If we feel that there is no turning back, I think we might do well to ask ourselves how much of our living – and therefore our perceived happiness – is wrapped up in a culture and society where we’re told how to feel. That is, we’re told we need to look a certain way, own certain things, consume certain products – and if we don’t, we can’t possibly be happy. On the other hand, can we see ourselves embracing a way of life where we don’t need to “keep up with the Joneses,” so to speak?
To live differently will mean making choices about where one buys their groceries and daily needs; it means making choices when it comes to participating in the electoral process; it means making a conscious effort to support the living of others – people and planet. So it’s not as simple as saying, “I’ll only stop shopping at that particular big-box store.” It means looking at the labels and finding out where and how products are produced, and then choosing ones that are made in decent conditions, and not too far away. It means researching the platforms of candidates and political parties to find out what their agendas really mean – and how those agendas affect others, near and far.
In the church-year, when we hear the story of Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9), we hear of Jesus and his disciples going to a place away from the public-eye. As they are away, Jesus is ‘transfigured’ – his disciples see him in a new way, and his divine nature is revealed to them (even to the point of God’s voice coming to them in a cloud, “This is my son, the Beloved – listen to him!”). Jesus’ life and words were about living in good relationship, and not accumulating things so that those with more were ‘rich’ and those with less were ‘poor.’ This continues to be a challenging word for us, today – living in such a way that all have enough, so that all might have a full life.