This month we are asking this question in our worship services and in small groups: "What does it mean to seek a life of engagement?" They say we are living in the age of disengagement and distraction, so how can we become more engaged, more present in our lives, to the world and to each other?
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Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, September 14 2014
“What does it mean to seek a life of engagement?” As I thought about the overarching question of this month’s theme, Greg Brown’s song If I Had Known was the soundtrack that started to play in my mind. Engagement is a broad topic: the topics chosen as themes for each month of this church year are broad because they give us room to be creative and playful and thoughtful at the same time. (That’s why we playfully listened to the full song through the church sound system as a set up to this sermon.)
Our Sunday service, September 14 at 10:30 am, will be If I Could Do It All Over Again with Rev. Diane Rollert. How do we live our lives fully present to what is so ephemeral? RE registration will be open after the service. Social and Environmental concerns will also be meeting at 12:15 pm.
Later in the week the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group will be meeting. The Midday Meal with Music takes place this week. Friday, September 19, 7:30 pm, there will be A Special Concert Of Cello And Piano Music.
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Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 7 September 2014
How do I begin? It is always hard to restart after a summer elsewhere. This Sunday always feels like such a big moment. Here we are, back together again, pouring the experiences that marked our summers into these communal bowls of water: all our joys, our moments of tranquillity, our moments of sorrow and grief, our transitions as well as the experiences and feelings that remain unnamed.
Years ago, the water communion was a ceremony created by a group of women who had travelled long distances to be with each other. They were each invited to bring a small flask of water to represent the places they had come from.
Join us Sunday, September 14 at 10:30 am with Rev. Diane Rollert for If I Could do It All Over Again. How do we live our lives fully present to what is so ephemeral? It's the first Sunday of the month, so please bring non-perishable food items to share with the NDG Food Depot.
Our regular programs are kicking back into gear with the Nursery Play Group, the Parts in Peace choir, the Council and the Book Discussion Group all meeting this week.
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Presented by Cym Gomery, 31 August 2014
The phrase ''tipping point'' actually has two definitions, the first being, according to Merriam Webster, ''the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place''. This is the phrase that is bandied about whenever the conversation turns to climate change, because everyone wants to know when we will have reached the point of no return, where we cannot undo the damage we have done and Mankind is Doomed. On a brighter note, there is a second Tipping Point, identified by Malcolm Gladwell in his eponymous book as ''that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.''
Presented by Marie-France Boisvert, 31 August 2014
Good morning. I’d like to preface this reflection by saying that I am neither vegetarian nor vegan. This isn't directly relevant to what I'm going to say, but I feel like it'll colour your judgment, so I just wanted to come out and say it.
I want to talk about the economics of food choices, and about the ethical implications of those choices. Specifically, I want to talk about the difference between individual choices, and collective choices.
So to start, some context.
We move into September with our Water Communion and Homecoming service on September 7:
Engaging the Waters
Rev. Diane Rollert, music by Sandra Hunt
As fall approaches, we gather together all of our summer experiences, the highs, the lows, and the transitions, through the symbolic pouring of water. Bring some water to pour from one of your significant summer experiences, as we recommit ourselves to being actively engaged in community for another year.
We give our thanks to Marie-France Boisvert and to everyone that participated in a wonderful summer of services.
Join us for the interesting Sunday services coming up for the rest of the month of August.
Sunday, August 17, 10:30 am
Meeting in the Sky
Olga Hazan will talk about the legend of the Prophet Muhammad’s Night Journey inspired by Sura XVII of the Qr’an. This legend describes Muhammad’s ascension through the seven heavens, and the way he meets biblical prophets such as Abraham, Moses and Jesus. The presentation will be based on textual and visual sources which will be distributed with the order of service.
Additional information: Olga Hazan's reflection on Sunday, 17 August was based on her book, "Le Prophète Muhammad: Entre le mot et l'image." A copy of the book will be made available at the church library. http://www.editionsfides.com/fr/product/editions-fides/religion-et-spiritualite/histoire-des-religions/le-prophete-muhammad_468.aspx?unite=001
Sunday, August 24, 10:30 am
Les gens de la rue à Saint-Jérome
August Yves Manseau
Yves Manseau est responsable du Service de défense des droits, accompagnement, formation et mobilisation à l'organisme Pro Jeunes Environnement (PJE). Il nous parlera de ses expériences avec les gens de la rue.
Sunday, August 31
The Tipping Point - Ethical considerations surrounding food choices
Cym Gomery, Marie-France Boisvert
A service about inevitable moral choices, be they implicit or explicit. Cym Gomery will be discussing Carnism, the belief system and psychology of meat eating, and Marie-France Boisvert will talk about agri-business and the economic feasibility of food choices.
Join us this Sunday, August 10 at 10:30 am for a service with Carole Tenbrink. This service will be a bit in the style of an earth centred spiritual journey (ritual) to honour Nature and Woman.
Sunday, August 10, 10:30 am
Woman and Nature
Nature/earth is our first mother, creator/provider of essentials of life. Women are mothers, creators/providers of human life. Can women then have a special relationship and bond with nature? And can women’s emergence all over the world now provide a force for good in dealing with our earth crisis?
Join us this coming Sunday for a service with Jenna Smith. Our thanks go to Marie-France Boisvert who is doing a wonderful job managing the Sunday services this summer.
Sunday, July 27, 10:30 am
What Motivates Us
In our work, personal lives and individual journeys through life, what motivates us and our decisions? Jenna Smith, director of Innovation Youth, will speak about motivation on its various levels and we will reflect together on this diverse and complex topic.
Presented by Abram Friedland, 13 July 2014
Good morning. How many of you remember this song?
Boy, the way Glen Miller played
Songs that made the hit parade.
Guys like us, we had it made.
Those were the days.
And you knew who you were then.
Girls were girls and men were men.
Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.
Didn’t need no welfare state.
Everybody pulled his weight.
Gee, our old Lasalle ran great.
Those were the days.
Presented by Nicoline Guerrier, 6 July 2014
It sounded like something from a tabloid, almost. The internet post came with a very long and highly confident title: Science Reveals How the Brains of Social Justice Activists Are Different from Everyone Else’s. Really? I wondered to myself as I scrolled through the article. Are justice activists different from everyone else? And even supposing they are, does that tell us anything useful about the struggle for justice? What I want to know is how something infinitely little – like the firing of neurons, say, in an activist’s brain – gives rise to something impossibly huge, like the fall of the Berlin wall. Or the end of institutionalized slavery here in Canada and the United States. My intuition tells me that when Vincent Lingiari said ‘no’ to the occupiers of his ancestral land. and when that ‘no’ eventually turned the world upside down, the way his brain fired was only part of the story.