Climate March in Canmore Sept 2019

October 1 – Climate Panel at Civic Centre

Fighting Climate Change – Take Heart, and Take Action! a panel presentation and conversation October 1, 2019 – 7- 9 pm Canmore Civic Centre Council Chambers You are invited to attend this public forum on October 1, 2019. You will hear from a very diverse list of speakers, and have a chance to ask questions. Panelists will address the questions: · Given your area of expertise – Why is climate action essential? · What have you seen that helps you …

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Orange Shirt Day

Sermon: September 29, 2019 – Luke 16: 19-31

Today’s gospel reading, Jesus’ parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, pushes us.  It pushes us by its very vivid, physical portrayal of heaven and hell.  It pushes us by its portrayal of the rich and the poor.  It pushes us by its description of the chasm between these two people and their final realities. It pushes us, by wondering about what could change this scenario of ultimate separation. click here for PDF HEAVEN AND HELL I am repeatedly indebted …

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Evensong Returns! September 25 at 7:15 PM

Evensong Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7:15pm   Look, the trees are turning their own bodies into pillars of light, are giving off the rich fragrance of cinnamon and fulfillment…   ~ Mary Oliver, In Blackwater Woods   In Praise of the Earth Let us remember within us The ancient clay, Holding the memory of seasons, The passion of the wind, The fluency of water, The warmth of fire, The quiver-touch of the sun And shadowed sureness of the moon. …

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Sermon: September 22, 2019 – Psalm 113

My Mom grew up on a farm near the town of Bruce Mines, Ontario, home of the first hard-rock copper mine in Canada, predating confederation by 20 years.  When the mines were open, which was sporadic at best, they contributed much to the local economy, but they also contributed the dreaded respiratory diseases, silicosis and black lung, to the men who mined there.  Most of the local men, then, knew two things: (1) they’d better have access to some farm …

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Sermon: September 15, 2019 – Luke 15: 1-10

The experience of lost-ness is one that resonates at so many levels in so many lives. Most of us can recall a hike that didn’t quite have the landmarks you’d expected, or missing your exit then getting turned around in an unfamiliar city. I hear stories from adults about their earliest or most striking memories from childhood, and becoming separated from their parents in a store or separated from friends exploring the woods, is a really common early memory, along …

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Building Survey Summary

Thank you to the 100 respondents to this June’s RCMUC Building Survey.  A brief one-page summary report has been produced, posted here. At this point there are no recommended actions, and the full report is still in the works, but we wanted to honour the time and effort put into responding to this survey about our Church building, and how it helps or hinders our capacity to carry our our Mission.

Sermon: September 8, 2019 – Jeremiah 18: 1-11

A potter, working at a wheel.  What a timeless, cross-cultural image that is.  The oldest known pottery, found in China, is 20,000 years old, and by 6,000 years ago or perhaps even 8,000, there is evidence of potters’ wheels in Mesopotamia. The recollection by Jeremiah, then, of visiting a potters’ house and seeing a visual metaphor for a hands-on God at work in the world, is one that resonates across the ages.  It certainly does in my life. click here …

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