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Posts and reflections from General Secretary Nora Sanders

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September 22, 2017

I am writing from my new cubicle in the new open space General Council Office.

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September 8, 2017

Labour Day is past, kids are back in school, and churches across Canada are gearing up for all the busy activities of the fall season.

At the General Council Office, we are in the midst of massive upheaval unrelated to the change of seasons. After months of preparation, and weeks of camping out in temporary office spaces, we are in the final stages of our big office move.

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August 10, 2017

Not far from Pinawa, Manitoba there is a fascinating place where centuries ago, people arranged rocks into the shapes of turtles, snakes, fish, and humans. There is a sense of mystery, even of the sacred, as you walk among these ancient figures. God has spoken to people throughout history. God continues to speak to us today.

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July 13, 2017

Thunder is rumbling outside the giant hall in Indianapolis where the General Assembly of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) is meeting. I am here because we are in a full communion conversation with the Disciples, who are already in full communion with our full communion partner, the United Church of Christ.

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June 28, 2017

This time between National Aboriginal Day and Canada Day is a good time for some reflection.

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June 2, 2017
Photos cannot capture the hope I saw in the faces of people who desperately want peace in Colombia.
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May 15, 2017

I am excited to visit Colombia, to see how the generosity of United Church members is improving lives in a country my mother lived in almost 90 years ago.

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May 9, 2017

There is something about being in a church full of people gathered to honour an exceptional life, well lived. Those who gathered at Emmanuel United Church in Ottawa on Thursday remembered Anne Squire as one of the people who started that congregation, where just a few weeks before her death she moved the motion that made her congregation an affirming congregation, something she had been working towards for years.

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February 24, 2017

I am writing from midway through my sabbatical. It’s my first ever experience of a sabbatical, and a wonderful experience. It’s wonderful, but also slightly disorienting.

Right now I am sitting in the front room upstairs at our cottage, (my past and future home). There is a strong wind off the lake and a bit of fresh snow outside but inside all is peaceful. The dogs are stretched out on the floor next to me, sound asleep.

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December 15, 2016

It’s Advent, a time of preparation.

With the lives we lead, juggling various responsibilities, are any of us ever just preparing for one thing?