From the Minister's Study

From the Minister's Study - May 2018

I’m writing to you from while attending a UU choir workshop hosted by our sibling congregation, Westwood Unitarian in Edmonton. Even this first night, with a shared meal, an opening discussion of how our music reflects ours six sources, and vespers worship full of singing together, has been magical. By the time you are reading this, the workshop will have concluded and I will have returned home to Winnipeg days ago, but right now, I am in that liminal space of excitement and anticipation for the work to come.

Read more: From the Minister's Study - May 2018

From the Minister's Study - April 2018

Experts tell us that churches should explore their mission and vision, by exploring their core values, every five years. It turns out, we haven’t done this for decades! Why is this work so important? Because doing the work, as a community, around creating a mission and vision helps us focus our time, energy, and resources into living into our shared values. A strong mission and vision acts as a beacon for us to follow, guiding our choices. It also acts as a hearth around which we can gather, sharing stories and companionship with each other.

Read more: From the Minister's Study - April 2018

From the Minister's Study - March 2018

I’m going to be perfectly honest with you: sometimes, when I sit down to write on a topic, and in doing my research to prepare for that topic, I find that someone has spoken to it finer than I could. When this happens, I feel compelled to share those words and lift up the voice of someone else rather than amplify my own out of my own sense of ego. The Rev. Jake Morrill is one of the many people who work on our theme ministry each month. I was so moved by his words on our March theme of Evil, and those of the Rev. James Luther Adams, that I felt the need to share them with you all:

Read more: From the Minister's Study - March 2018

From the Minister's Study - February 2018

Most of you met me for the first time last May, during my candidating week. But before that, one year ago this month, was my pre-candidating weekend with our search committee. While I already had a gut feeling that I belonged here with you, from the written materials and my conversations with the committee over Zoom and phone, it wasn't until that weekend that my gut turned into a hopeful joy that I might be called to be the minister of this congregation.

Read more: From the Minister's Study - February 2018

From the Minister's Study - January 2018

As many of you have probably already noticed, in addition to being your minister, I'm also a member of the choir, which prides itself on being open to all, regardless of innate ability or previous experience. Group singing is one of my spiritual practices, and it has been a blessing to me to participate in this ministry of music with my fellow choristers. What I'd like share with you this month, on our January theme of resistance, is how a recent experience in our choir challenged me, forced me to examine my own resistance, and led me to personal growth.

Read more: From the Minister's Study - January 2018