Round the Table

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

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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...

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September 5, 2019

Aidan Legault writes a call for action in support of the upcoming climate strikes. Inaction in no longer an option. Discouraging young climate strikers means ignoring the very real threat that the climate crisis poses to our future.

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September 5, 2019

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

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September 5, 2019

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

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September 5, 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.