Round the Table

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

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September 5, 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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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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Senior United Church chaplain Shaun Yaskiw writes that for United Church chaplains, ministry at sea is ever-changing. 

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The Rev. Norm Seli writes about creating worship that speaks to people on the autism spectrum. 

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Recent acts of hate targeting United Church ministries who are affirming of LGBTQIA2S+ people, show the importance of continuing to struggle for justice and inclusion for all.

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Julie McGonegal writes about the reconciliation group in her United Church which joined in partnership with a local Indigenous friendship centre to better learn to live into reconciliation in concrete, tangible ways.

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Gary MacDonald writes about his visit with Kenyan graduates of the Asian Rural Institute and about the ways ARI uses agriculture as a tool to make other community development projects possible around the world.

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Participants in the Minority Youth Forum in Japan are amazed by the similarities and differences between Indigenous cultures around the world.

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According to the Indigenous Calls to the Church, our Two Spirit relatives are welcome and a valued part of our circle. This act of acknowledgment fills me with pride because it is a step towards rebuilding our whole community from the generations of ignorance and mistreatment of Two Spirit peoples. If you are just catching up, Two Spirit is a term that some Indigenous people use to self-identify their sexual orientation, gender, and or role, depending on the individual or their particular nation. It is a temporary term that is Anishnaabe based but nonetheless agreed on by a gathering of...

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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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