Taking hold of vacation [spiritual practice]

Whether you’re travelling or taking vacation time in place, here are two specific ways to open up to the refreshment a seasonal sabbath offers. (1) Consider prayerfully detaching from continuous electronic notifications. Decide how often you’ll check your mail and phone messages. Every hour?  Three times a day? Every other day? Here’s...

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Week of July 9

The people we remember on our intercession list are all special, but two people in particular will be remembered with a smile this Sunday by those who knew them. July 15 marks the anniversary of the death of Helen Henderson, famous for the beautiful teddy bears which she made and...

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Week of July 2

Dear Friend of the Cathedral The newsletter this week will have 3 broad headings. Cathedral Outreach  St Catherine’s Street Fair  – Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12, 10am to 6 pm The Cathedral will take part with two tables on the street right in front. Helpers are needed on...

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The ending is only the beginning

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has issued its report.  The #22days campaign, marking the Anglican Church of Canada’s reception of that report and its commitment to the ongoing work of reconciliation, has come to an end.  But, as the campaign says, this ending is only the beginning.  We are all...

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Making it…implicit?

In last week’s Porous Church column, “Making it Explicit”,  I reflected on the importance of being explicit about my faith and my doubts.  Erica Jacobs-Perkins, a member of our young adult community who has left Montreal for the next steps in her journey, sent me her thoughts and has agreed to...

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Exploring Mission

The Montreal Mission Internship has already reached the half-way point and the interns are well into their exploration of mission.  Projects are underway, challenges encountered, questions asked.  And, as part of their work, each intern has been sharing their reflections in weekly blog entries on the website of the Montreal...

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In the Mirror [spiritual practices]

This week’s spiritual practice is a suggestion from Lee Greyfeather’s sermon last Sunday  (June 7, 2015).  Lee, who is Mi’kmaq, is both a traditional shaman and an Anglican. “Before I go to bed, I look in the mirror and I think of all the things I’ve done that day.  I ask myself, ‘is...

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Week of June 11

The most exciting news this week is the election last Saturday of the first woman bishop of Montreal. In his Purple Prose newsletter Bishop Barry writes: “The Very Reverend Mary Irwin-Gibson, Rector of St. George’s Cathedral, Kingston, Ontario and Dean of the Diocese of Ontario, was elected the 12th Bishop of...

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