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Colleagues List, March 22nd, 2020

Vol XV. No. 33

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GLOBAL AND ECUMENICAL IN SCOPE
CANADIAN IN PERSPECTIVE

Wayne A. Holst, Editor

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Dear Friends:

Briefly, I share my thoughts at this highly unusual time;
after reading much advice about coping with Coronavirus.
You too must be inundated, so I will be brief.

Joan Taylor, partner to our regular columnist Jim Taylor
died this week. We remember Jim in a special way and
include a tribute from daughter Susan.

All faith traditions share a common challenge right now,
and it is a special opportunity to grow together as a result.

I hope you find this issue of Colleagues List helpful.

Wayne

PS A reminder. If a link, below seems to be dead, cut and
paste it into the address bar at the top of your web page
and it should work.

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SPECIAL ITEM

Reflection on the Present Moment
In the Midst of the Coronavirus Confusion

I spent much of the past week reading innumerable 
articles and reports from a wide range of specialists
who gave guidance on coping with the Coronavirus.

My electronic file of helpful material is very large.

At the end of it all, I just need some time to digest
all the information that has passed through my brain.

Perhaps you find yourself in much the same situation,
and really don't need a well-intended piece of wisdom
from me. 

Rest assured, I continue to focus on the religious
and spiritual dimensions of the feared virus that
has effected the lives of everyone on earth.

I have had to avoid people I wanted to be with, and
cancel events I wanted to attend over the next months.

So there is also a certain sadness I am carrying at
this time, and I do want to remember the vulnerable
and the victims.

Sometimes, when inundated with data, it is best to
simply stop, take time to sort a few things out, and 
wait for a bit of divine clarification so I can serve better.

Let's keep in touch.

Wayne

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COLLEAGUE CONTRIBUTIONS

Jim Taylor,
Okanagan. BC

Personal Weblog,
March 15th, 2020

"Joan's Death"

  https://tinyurl.com/tykgh38

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Mark Whittall,
Ottawa, ON.

Sermons and Blog,
March 21st, 2020

"Time of Disruption"
  https://tinyurl.com/s8d56p9


--

Ron Rolheiser,
San Antonio, TX.

Personal Web  Site
March 16th, 2020

"An Alternative Expression of Love and Trust"
  https://tinyurl.com/r28olpj


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Ryan Andersen
Calgary, AB

Lead Organizer,
Calgary Alliance for fhe Common Good

CBC Column, March 16th, 2020:

"Calgary Must Come Together
  at this Time of Social Distancing"
  https://tinyurl.com/rkdqx26


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NET NOTES 

RELIGION PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
A World-Wide Perspective on the Virus 

Religion News Service
March 21st, 2020


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SPIRITUAL CANCELLATION -
What Happens When
Sundays Are No More?

Ministry Matters,
Anglican Church of Canada
March 10th, 2020

https://tinyurl.com/rbkqovj

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STILL, WE FIND WAYS TO CONNECT
Human Ingenuity is Awesome Indeed

National Catholic Reporter.
March 20th, 2020

https://tinyurl.com/sce5t33

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ANOTHER WAY OF CELEBRATING THE IRISH
Recognizing Their Social Activism

Global Sisters Report,
March 10th, 2020

https://tinyurl.com/s9fxdtx

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A POWERFUL MOMENT
HAS TURNED UGLY
I Kept Quiet for Almost 30 Years

Vanier Revelatons Opened My Past

Catholic Register, Toronto
March 15th, 2020


https://tinyurl.com/yx29gjey

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TEN GUIDELINES FOR PASTORAL
CARE DURING THE VIRUS

The Christian Century,
March 10th, 2020

https://tinyurl.com/qq7f2sm

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HERE ARE THINGS THE BLACK
DEATH CAN TEACH US TODAY
The Past Can Inform the Present

Religion News Service,
March 17th, 2020



https://tinyurl.com/wxvy7qt

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MORONI'S TRUMPET DISLODGED
FROM LDS TEMPLE IN SALT LAKE CITY
As Earthquake Rocks Utah

The Christian Post
March 19th, 2020

https://tinyurl.com/vhag4oo

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I'M NOT RELIGIOUS BUT
I SEEK SOLACE IN PRAYER
A Non-Believer Response to the Virus

Globe and Mail
March 20th, 2020
https://tinyurl.com/w8s9srq

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POLITICS, NOT FAITH -
CAN DRIVE VIRUS RESPONSE
American Self-Critique is Welcome

Religion News Service
March 19th, 2020


https://tinyurl.com/wt6dcv3

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WISDOM OF THE WEEK
Provided by Sojourners and the Bruderhof online:

While fear wants us to believe we are alone,
faith knows differently.

- Rev. Crystal Hardin

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Lent is about a relationship, the most important one,
with God and our neighbor.

-  Fr. John Lombardi

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The cross reduces the outward man to death.
It splits open the human shell. The cross must
break all that belongs to our outward man –
our opinions, our ways, our cleverness, our
self-love, our all. Clearly, this is the Lord’s way.
As soon as our outward man is broken, our
spirit can easily come forth.

 - Watchman Nee

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There is a different kind of prayer without ceasing;
it is longing. Whatever you may be doing, if you long
for the day of everlasting rest do not cease praying.
If you do not wish to cease praying, then do not cease
your longing. Your persistent longing is your persistent
voice. But when love grows cold, the heart grows silent.
Burning love is the outcry of the heart! If you are filled
with longing all the time, you will keep crying out, and
if your love perseveres, your cry will be heard without
fail.

- Saint Augustine

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To look at the Crucifix and then to look at our own hearts;
to test by the cross the quality of our love – if we do that
honestly and unflinchingly we don’t need any other self-
examination. The lash, the crown of thorns, the mockery,
the stripping, the nails – life has equivalents of all these
for us and God asks a love for himself and his children
which can accept and survive all that in the particular
way in which it is offered to us. It is no use to talk in a
large vague way about the love of God; here is its point
of insertion in the world.

- Evelyn Underhill

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We pay more attention to dying than to death.
We’re more concerned to get over the act of dying
than to overcome death. Socrates mastered the art
of dying; Christ overcame death as the last enemy.

There is a real difference between the two things;
the one is within the scope of human possibilities,
the other means resurrection

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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In the old days, on Easter night, the Russian peasants
used to carry the blessed fire home from church. The
light would scatter and travel in all directions through
the darkness, and the desolation of the night would
 be pierced and dispelled as lamps came on in the
windows of the farmhouses, one by one. Even so,
the glory of God sleeps everywhere, ready to blaze
out unexpectedly in created things. Even so, his
peace and his order lie hidden in the world, even
the world of today, ready to reestablish themselves
in his way, in his own good time – but never without
the instrumentality of free options made by free people.

- Thomas Merton

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CLOSING THOUGHT - Tiffany Firebaugh

COVID-19 forces us to push back against the narrative
of individualism and remember that we all depend on
each other.

(end)

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For those interested:

Current ACTS Ministry Activities at St. David's -

ANNUAL ST. DAVID'S LENTEN RETREAT
Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre
Cochrane, AB


Sunday, March 15th, 2019
11:30 AM to 4:00 PM


Theme: "The Way of St. Francis"

Christ-Centered Ecological Theology
Led by Spiritual Director Susan Campbell

Cost: $30.
(includes registration, lunch and refreshments)


THE RETREAT DID TAKE PLACE

25 persons had registered for this event.
We had an excellent day at the mount, and
then, the retreat centre was forced to close
for the sake of virus protection.

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Restful reflections and nature walks, weather permitting...

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ST. DAVID'S ACTS  WINTER MONDAY NIGHT BOOK STUDY

A Ten Week Series January 13th - March 23rd, 2020
(Family Weekend Session, February 17th, exempted)
Monday Evenings, TM Room 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

"FUTURE FAITH - Ten Challenges Reshaping 
                              Christianity in the 21st Century"

Author: Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

Registration/Hospitality and Book: $60.00.
Book only: $25.00


37 copies of the book were made available for sale.
All are now sold. 

Total on-site registrations: 32
(plus 3 on-line participants). Grand Total: 35 to date.

THE LAST TWO STUDY SESSIONS WILL BE HELD
ONLINE AS NEW STUDY FORMAT CHALLENGES AWAIT

Book Description - https://tinyurl.com/tybpxvd

Study Notes - https://tinyurl.com/qpx7l8n

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ST. DAVID'S ACTS THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY

Our theme this winter: 

"Jesus' Parables and Miracles" 
  (a total of 10 examples)

As recorded in the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark 
and Luke and the Gospel of John

Ten Sessions - January 23rd-April 2nd, 2020

Gathering at 9:30 AM in the St. David's TM Room
and meeting 10:00 - 11:00 AM. 

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THE FINAL STUDY SESSIONS WILL HAPPEN ONLINE

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Study resource -

"The DK Complete Bible Handbook"
  Edited by John Bowker


http://tinyurl.com/odxlv7q
 

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