Round the Table

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

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August 20, 2019

Dan Benson writes that few things can instill apprehension in a minister as the annual church picnic. 

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August 13, 2019

Writer Julie McGonegal reflects on the radical generosity of the people of The United Church of Canada.

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August 8, 2019

Sharon Ballantyne shares about a conversation on inclusion, in which participants sought brave and safe space to engage with each other with all their hearts.

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August 16, 2019

The Rev. Dan Benson writes that, even in the solving of a minor plumbing problem such as a kinked hose, God opens the door for us to one another and the world.

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July 31, 2019

Working with deaf children, author Susan Lukey discovers that we lost something important in worship when the focus became words, spoken and written.

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July 25, 2019

Tom Reynolds writes that the experience of being with people with disabilities can reawaken an awareness of the deeply human condition of vulnerable interdependence.

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July 23, 2019

Matthew Stevens writes that Acknowledgement of Territory Statements are just a beginning in the work toward Right Relations.

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July 18, 2019

I have a new perspective on life.

While I am waiting for two hip replacements, my mobility is decreasing – in direct proportion to the increase in chronic pain I am managing. These two factors, along with the long wait for joint replacement in the Ontario health care system, have come together in a perfect storm and for the first time in my life I find myself living with a chronic disability.

What I have to say will not be news for those who have lived with this for much longer than I have. And eventually I have every hope that I will be able to return to a reasonably...

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July 16, 2019

Rev. Stephen Fetter writes that, "In the midst of asking the hard social questions, it would be a real shame if we lost sight of wonder."

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July 11, 2019

Senior United Church chaplain Shaun Yaskiw writes that for United Church chaplains, ministry at sea is ever-changing.