(the) Mission Matters

Patience is Hard!

Patience is not something that comes naturally to me. My whole life I have tried (and often failed) to practice patience. Surprisingly, during pregnancy, patience came a bit easier, both with myself and with others. Until last week that is… Now I am in that awkward in-between where I am uncomfortable whether I stand, sit or lay down …

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Joy & Belonging

When you look into what people need in life or work to cultivate joy, there is a common theme of the need to belong. In life, belonging brings one a sense of aliveness, connection, comradery and ultimately joy. At work, studies suggest that feeling part of a team or having a close work friend can …

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Inner Aliveness

“Joy is an inherent inner aliveness.” – Richard Rohr Joy is one of those tricky things to grasp in our complicated world. I often struggle with what joy looks like when all around there is pain, suffering, oppression, wrongful evictions, unsafe working conditions, and the list goes on. So when I came across Richard Rohr’s thoughts on joy, …

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We The North!

This weekend had a lot of things to celebrate. Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday, where the Church celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is essentially the birthday of the Church, as it was the catalyst for its mission to begin. What does this couple thousand-year-old religious event have to do with us today? Pentecost …

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Born With It

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28 Dignity is not the same as respect. Dignity is something we are born with, it is our inherent value and worth. That is why the themes for May …

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Dignity At Our Core

In the new year, The Salvation Army Canada updated their core values. They scaled down from 10 values, to 4 so that we could better remember and understand what we all strive to work within. Dignity is one of the current 4 core values. This reminds us that at our core as an organization, we …

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Happy Easter!

Easter represents such a clear image of a servant king – Jesus life laid down for the whole world. Today we are thankful for that sacrificial love. Let us live like this is true in our lives, let us be the same example with humility and servanthood in all we do as we strive to …

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Holy Week & Hot Dogs

On the weekends I help with another Salvation Army drop-in space and Church and this Sunday was a big day – it was hot dog day, oh and also Palm Sunday! Palm Sunday is when Christians celebrate Jesus entering Jerusalem, and marks the beginning of Holy Week. It is an iconic time that beautifully shows …

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Not A Joke!

Just as we thought spring was finally here, winter comes back for a visit. Hopefully, it was just an early April Fools joke, and Spring really does come soon! As we focus on humility and servanthood as our Missional Theme for April, we can do no better than to look to Jesus’ example, especially in the …

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