Round the Table

Sharing stories of life, faith, and ministry in the United Church and beyond.

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November 14, 2018

In 2009, at the age of 19, my mother passed away from breast cancer.

I think, when we’re faced with profound injustice that we can’t comprehend fully, we are often brought back to experiences of our own where the piercing sensation of unfairness has touched us. That’s what I was thinking as I stood in Imjingak, Paju, Korea looking at the remembrance wall where South Korean families bring messages for their loved ones on the other side of the DMZ, the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

The boundary that separates my mom from me is not some manufactured liminal space. It is concrete...

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November 12, 2018

As a child living in my First Nation community, I used to walk to the freshwater stream with my great grandmother to bring water home because we did not have running water. In the wintertime, it was harder to get water because the stream and the community water pipe were frozen. Instead, we would get buckets of snow to melt in our homes.

Now that I live in the city, I can easily access water and I never have to worry about boil water advisories. Boil water advisories are warnings to the whole community not to drink or cook with the water unless boiled over a minute to kill harmful...

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November 7, 2018

At the ACT Alliance General Assembly, the possibilities created by including youth in decision making are too great to pass up.

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November 7, 2018

At the ACT Alliance General Assembly, the church continues to twist itself in knots about sex and sexuality.

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October 31, 2018

Amina Mohammed of the U.N. recognized the work of ACT Alliance and other faith-based organizations, placing them firmly in the centre of the public square as essential and effective players in civil society and as prophetic agents of change.

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October 30, 2018

A reflection on the speaker selection for a gender justice panel at the ACT Alliance General Assembly in Uppsala, Sweden, which consisted of a majority of men.

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October 30, 2018

A dispatch from the ACT Alliance meeting in Uppsala, Sweden, where ecumenical justice activists highlight the power of change of local faith communities around the world.

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October 25, 2018

How are you getting ready for Christ(mas) this year?

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October 19, 2018
Time is such a precious commodity, and we often complain about not having enough of it.

Last weekend when the GC43 Executive Elect met to continue discerning how they will meet and be accountable and ensure that they hear from diverse voices, one of the things that was mentioned was that we may need to get over being so rigidly time bound. It was left as a challenge, an intention, but without a clear strategy for now.

I had cause to reflect on the value of time on Wednesday as I sat in the parking lot on the north edge of Toronto that is otherwise known as...
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October 15, 2018

The word “formation” makes me think of fashioning something out of raw material — perhaps with the hands, like a piece of wood or a lump of clay or a garment.

I love to sing and I’ve learned that, aside from breathing, the most important factor in singing well is how you form your vowels.

We all have the ability to form the world around us and shape it according to our will.

When it comes to faith formation, though, it’s a little different. Generations testify to the fact that it is more about being formed than forming. It’s more something that is...

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