A Pastoral Letter for Holy Week 2013

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.

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Wine Before Breakfast – Therefore … party!

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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Reconciliation in the City

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Reconciliation in the City

with Mark Vander Vennen
Executive Director, Shalem Mental Health Network

Tuesday, February 12 @ 7.00 p.m.

Leonard Hall
Wycliffe College
5 Hoskin Ave., Toronto

For more information contact: brian.walsh@utoronto.ca

What does ‘restorativejustice’ look like in practice?

Mark is a social worker who has worked extensively with both survivors and perpetrators of violence. He is a certified restorative justice trainer with the International Institute of Restorative Practices and co-author of Hope in Troubled Times: A New Vision for Confronting Global Crises (2007).

Wine Before Breakfast – Coming Home

“Many of us are still suffering PTSD from the language of salvation.”

So I was told last week after our WBB service.
Post-traumatic stress disorder from the language of salvation.

I get that, even though it is not my experience.
I get it that the language of salvation has been a tool of manipulation,

rooted in an abusive spirituality of guilt,
and constructed for social control.
I get that.

But rather than abandoning the language of salvation
(and I appreciate that some folks just have to do that,
at least for a time),
I’d like to reclaim it.

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Campus Ministry at a Glance…


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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.

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