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Posts and reflections from General Secretary Nora Sanders

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January 17, 2020

General Secretary Nora Sanders writes that waiting for God does not mean doing nothing, rather it means trusting in God's steadfast love in the face of fear. 

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December 16, 2019

General Secretary Nora Sanders shares the inspiration she discovered in Fred Rogers and the faithful ministry and witness he offered as "Mr. Rogers."

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November 29, 2019

General Secretary Nora Sanders wonders how much the church is willingly to waive in order to welcome new generations.

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September 6, 2019

A couple of weeks ago as I was waiting at an intersection to cross the street, I noticed a car edging cautiously forward towards a right hand turn. I glanced in the car and saw a teenager in the driver’s seat and a nervous looking adult on the passenger’s side. It happened to be the same day that my son got his G licence. In that moment, thinking of Johny’s confident and thoughtful driving, those awkward beginnings seemed so long ago! I was grateful that we are through that particular phase!

This week, seeing kids having their pictures taken on front porches and walking with...

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September 5, 2019
Occasionally in a dream I find myself in my childhood home. My family moved there before I was born, and my parents lived in that same house until well after I had moved out and bought my first house. My memories there are good ones, and in the dreams that take me back, my parents are still living. When I wake up I am momentarily confused, but glad to have had that visit back to a remembered happy time.
 
Earlier this year, at a gathering that was part of the follow up to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, I sat next to a woman who told a very different...
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September 5, 2019

General Secretary Nora Sanders writes that before long it will be left to my generation and subsequent generations to keep the memory of sacrifice and loss of World War II alive.

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September 5, 2019

In her "Note from Nora," General Secretary Nora Sanders writes that as live into our new church structures, we can now look forward to having more time for conversations about what we seek to be as church.

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September 5, 2019

General Secretary Nora Sanders writes that "Even in times of sadness, there is much to be grateful for."

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September 5, 2019

How is your Lenten practice going? 
 
I am happy to report that I have not eaten any candy since Shrove Tuesday. Well that is almost true; I did accidentally forget that a marshmallow might be considered candy and helped myself to one in my hot chocolate a couple of weeks ago. Candy is such a small thing to give up, although given my habits and sweet tooth, I am reminded several times each day that this is Lent, and that there is something that I am foregoing during this time.
 
There have been a lot of things bigger than candy for us to think about

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September 5, 2019

Lent is a time for contemplation, for going a bit deeper, for finding the places where pain and joy and fear and hope intersect.