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Wine Before Breakfast (Tuesdays @ 7:22 am)

A weekly early morning Eucharist service, Tuesdays @ 7:22 a.m. in the Wycliffe College chapel. Rich liturgy, creative music, provocative preaching and the celebration of communion followed by a breakfast of home baking, preserves, juice and organic fair traded coffee in the chaplain’s office.

Graduate Christian Fellowship (Thursdays @ 6:00 pm)

A community of people who meet for food, reflection, and mutual encouragement, Thursdays @ 6:00 p.m. in the CRC campus ministry office at Wycliffe College. We eat together, pray and read scripture, listen to each others’ stories, hear guest speakers, and engage in wide-ranging and deeply probing conversations.

Pastoral Care (anytime)

Any of our staff team would be happy to meet with you individually to discuss personal concerns or issues that you are dealing with. Contact any of us via email to arrange a time for a confidential conversation.

Special Events

Brian’s Courses

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“Look, here is the Lamb of God!”
declared John the Baptist.

“What are you looking for?”
Jesus asked of John’s two disciples who started following him around.

“Umm, where are you staying?”
they replied.

Kind of interesting really.
We’re looking to see where you’re hanging out.

Somehow, I think that was just the first thing that came into their minds,
as they stood tongue-tied before this man
who John had identified as nothing less than the Messiah.

“Come and see.”

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A Theology of the City
Tuesday, September 24, 7-­9PM
Dr. Brian Walsh, CRC Campus Minister, University of Toronto
with response from Joe Mihevc, City Councilor, Toronto

Worldviews, Sustainability and the City
Tuesday, October 22, 7-­9PM
Ingrid Stefanovic, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto
with response from Stephen Scharper, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Toronto

Imagination, the Arts and Homelessness
Tuesday, November 12, 7-­9PM
Phyliss Novak, Founder and Director of “Sketch”


Three thought-­provoking presentations presented by
Urban Remixed and The Church of the Redeemer
with the generous support of the Anglican Foundation of Canada
At Church of the Redeemer ~162 Bloor Street West (at Avenue Road)

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[NOTE: During the fall/winter terms "Wine Before Breakfast" Eucharist services (WBB for short) happen each Tuesday morning at 7:22. This summer, for the first time, WBB will continue on a monthly basis, with a few changes: the time will be Tuesday evenings at 6:30 and the name will be "Wine Before Beer." Otherwise the community's unique character remains the same, and folks are still invited to hang out in the campus ministry office following the service.]


It’s not for nothing that Psalm 104 is often called the ecologist’s psalm.

There is a scope of vision to this psalm,
an ecological attentiveness,
a delight in creational diversity,
a sense of coherence,
all wrapped up in a song of praise.

As far as psalms go, they don’t get much more beautiful than this one.

But then, just as the psalmist is bringing it all to a lovely ending,
“… may my meditations be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord …”
the psalmist drops this bomb:
“But may sinners vanish from the earth,
and the wicked be no more.”

Why wreck such a beautiful psalm?
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[NOTE: During the fall/winter terms "Wine Before Breakfast" Eucharist services (WBB for short) happen each Tuesday morning at 7:22. This summer, for the first time, WBB will continue on a monthly basis, with a few changes: the time will be Tuesday evenings at 6:30 and the name will be "Wine Before Beer." Otherwise the community's unique character remains the same, and folks are still invited to hang out in the campus ministry office following the service.]


Prophecy, visions and dreams.

Precisely what we seem to lack.

Think about it.
The Liberals re-elected in British Columbia:
the pipeline will be approved.
European countries are back in recession:
more austerity measures played out on the backs of the poor.
More than a thousand dead in Bangladesh:
Western clothing companies doing damage control.
Carbon dioxide levels reach 400 parts per million:
Joe Oliver ramps up his oil sands sales pitch.

S.O.S.

Same Old Shit.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013
7:00 p.m.

A Rock Eucharist with

The Wine Before Breakfast Band
Dr. Brian Walsh preaching

Church of the Redeemer Anglican
(Avenue Rd and Bloor St.)

Bring your dancing shoes…

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Christ is risen. Alleluia!
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

And it pretty much all hangs on this confession.

If the story has been about life from the beginning,
if this story of “let there be” this and “let there be” that,

is fundamentally about life,
and death is a usurper,

death is an alien,
then this story has no resolution without the defeat of death,
this story has no redemption short of resurrection.

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The story was going a certain way.
Sure, there were some detours along the way
and things didn’t always go totally as expected,
but the overall plot remained clear.

It was all about home.
It was all about being in exile from home
and longing for a return home.

Truth is, everything is about home.
Really, when it comes right down to it, what else is there?

And if it is about home, then it is, of necessity about story.
Stories that tell us the memories of home.
Stories that shape the contours of home.
Stories that will lead us home.

But sometimes these stories meet a dead end.
Literally.

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The Church of the Redeemer
with Urban Remixed
present

A loaf of bread,
a jug of wine,
& Martyn Joseph

Sunday, February 24, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 pm

The Church of the Redeemer
162 Bloor St. W, Toronto

A creative evening of song and the sacred
Bread, wine, readings and MJ songs.
The evening will conclude with a full set of Martyn

All are welcome
(No tickets, but donations will be gladly received)

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In what is undoubtedly his most oft-quoted statement, Alasdair MacIntyre once said,
“I can only answer the question ‘What am I to do’ if I can answer the prior question, ‘Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?’”

Paul has just spent eleven chapters addressing the prior question of what story or stories his Roman hearers find themselves in.

And it really is a matter of plural stories.

They find themselves a part of a Roman story rooted in imperial myths.
This is a story of conquest and the gods;
of imperial justice and the Pax Romana;
of Caesar and the pater familias.

And they find themselves grafted in to a Jewish story of a crucified Messiah.
This is a story of covenant and the God of Israel;
of righteousness and shalom,
of Jesus and a Father who keeps his promises.

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