Round the Table

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

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September 27, 2019

The Rev. Donna Tourneur reflects on the experience of attending Jean Vanier’s funeral this summer.

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September 25, 2019

Dan Benson writes that, "like all those stereotypes of ministers’ work, none is so sticky as the stereotype that the minister mustn’t swear. Heaven forbid!"

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September 26, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019 wasn’t the warmest early fall day and the St. Lawrence River had already begun to cool. Nevertheless, seven people from our faith community elected to be baptized (or renew their baptismal vows) through full immersion in the river. It’s powerful to witness members of our faith community proclaiming, through baptism, their desire to follow our crucified and risen saviour.

We do this service at Wall Street United Church annually. We start off by sharing a barbecue in a local park followed by an outdoor worship...

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October 18, 2019

During Advent, we prepare our sanctuaries and buildings to be symbols of preparing ourselves for the birth, and rebirth, of Jesus.

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September 20, 2019

Rev. Stephen Fetter writes that, "Forgiveness is about being set free of whatever binds us, so we can become whom God wants us to be."

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September 19, 2019

Lori Ransom writes about here experience with Banff Teaching House, where Indigenous Elders and others are renewing and expanding perspectives through land-based learning.

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October 3, 2019

Advent begins on Sunday, December 1, 2019! What does Advent mean to you?

We often define Advent as the four Sundays before Christmas set aside to prepare for Christ’s coming. For me, Advent is a revolutionary time to prepare for Christ reign (a better world). Every Advent, I am reminded that the world is not as it should be nor as it will be. And I ask myself: what can I do to help build the world that would welcome and embrace Christ’s dream?

The Advent Unwrapped team has been working hard to provide you and your communities of faith with some tools and resources to...

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September 17, 2019

Paul Douglas Walfall writes that if we are to claim diversity, we need to challenge our assumptions about who and what is normative in Canada and in the church.

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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

Begin with a place you love. This is the name of the activity I most often use to open ecological justice discussions. Reflecting on a place where they experienced a deep connection with nature, participants are swiftly, and oh-so-gently transported to thick forests, rock outcroppings, or quiet farm lands steeped in love, connection, and memory.

There is something deeply enriching about being out in nature. Bright stars overhead, a warm breeze through the grass, and, if you’re really lucky, the delicious scent of salt water in the air. Yet, as a country where 80 percent of the...