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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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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The End Is the Beginning [spiritual practice]

In last week’s sermon, “Do You Not Care That We Are Perishing?” [Mark 4:38] Jean-Daniel Williams described Jesus’ shift from a so-necessary nap to loving action. The examples he chose… the storms that are shaking our little boat right now… include the killings in Charleston SC, and our churches’ promise to...

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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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Embracing Ordinary

I leave my home to go to work before the sun rises, and most of the people I encounter are huddled against the wind or trying to drink coffee without either missing the bus or spilling it all over themselves. For the most part, we look at the ground, we...

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22days

The first theologians struggled with unity and diversity, inclusivity and individuality. There is only one God, and although the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all share the same substance (ousia) they are three independent persons (hypostases). The theological struggle we have understanding unity and diversity in the mystery...

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Oscar Romero [spiritual practice]

If you were in the Cathedral on Good Friday in 2013, you may have seen the Cathedral Dancers depicting how Oscar A. Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was mourned and venerated after he was assassinated while celebrating Mass. Romero had been selected as Archbishop because he was thought to be suitably conservative and “safe” at...

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The War Within

[A talk by Beth Adams given on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, to introduce Contemplative Prayer at Christ Church Cathedral] This spring, the cathedral community is grappling with questions about war and peace during a special series of presentations and discussions. War and violence are present throughout the Bible and our liturgy:...

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