Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Indigenous Sunday, June 20, 2021

On Indigenous Sunday we have TWO services:  we are honoured to have a local RCMUC YouTube service with Tony Snow, Glenda Crawler, Trudy Wesley, Gloria Snow and Ken Levae – already posted to https://youtu.be/TKyBHbL87fo We are also invited (and encouraged!) to watch the Chinook Winds’ Regional Indigenous Service – also coordinated by Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister for Treaty 7 Lands and Chinook Winds Region.  This service will be available for viewing starting at 10:30 AM on Sunday, June 20th 2021 …

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Orange Shirt Day

Sermon: June 6, 2021 – Acts 15: 7-19

I am writing this sermon four days after hearing of the discovery at the Kamloops Residential School.  At this moment, I carry within me silent, sorrowful, helpless, culpable emptiness, and am seeking the words God wants to enter that silence. Watch at: https://youtu.be/EpDvYajNs5U    PDF download at Sermon_06June2021 So I humbly ask God, “where are you in this?”  For even if I could find no words at all, I know that God is not absent from this scene. We know …

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Indigenous History Month – June 2021

Two learning opportunities lead us into National Indigenous History Month, June 2021. 1. Pacific Mountain Region of the United Church presents: Calls to the Church: Listening to the Wisdom of the Elders Four evenings online of learning and listening, with Tony Snow and Rev. John Snow Jr. June 1 – 4, 2021 from 6:30 -7:30 pm PT / 7:30 -8:30 pm MT; registration is free of charge. for more information or to register: https://www.leadershiftpm.ca/register/calls-to-the-church-06-2021 2. the Canmore Museum presents: These Mountains …

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three Sunday Messages, May 2, 2021 – John 15: 1-8

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener (v 1)” says Jesus to his gathered disciples in his farewell address to them, in the 15th chapter of John.  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit (v 5); No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me”. (v 4) …

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REDress Day – May 5, 2021

RED DRESS Project is held all across Canada on May 5th.  Check out the Ralph Connor outdoor display starting May 3, weather permitting. The RED DRESS Project (a.k.a. REDress) began as an art installation by Métis artist Jamie Black. It has since been replicated in communities across Canada. The empty red dresses are meant to signify the loss of thousands of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit, lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual, queer, intersex and asexual people over the past 40 years to …

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Morley Christmas Project

We have celebrated with Morley for a number of years. I thought Covid had stopped us in our tracks until I talked with our Morley contacts. I realize, this year more than ever, there are Elders who need our support. Elders get OAS so they do not qualify for the Morley Food Bank. I have organized, along with 6 other churches, to reach out to the most needy Elders in all three Bands: Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley. Each Elder will receive a $150 gift certificate for …

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August 9th – one busy Sunday!

No shortage of things to do today: at 1:00 this afternoon, an online memorial for Rev Vickey Gibbs of Resurrection MCC, Houston https://facebook.com/resurrectionmcc  or  https://youtube.com/resurrectionmcc or https://livestream.com/resurrectionmcc at 2:00 pm, World Indigenous Day event – link available from tony.snow@hillhurstunited.com at 4:00 pm, Banff’s Inqueering Minds group meets at Centennial Park (SE corner) https://www.facebook.com/events/671294746787800 and later, the Bow Valley Syria Refugee Committee is having a first “welcome to Canmore” gathering for Wa’ill and Dana (sorry, we’ve had to limit numbers on …

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Indigenous Day of Prayer – Worship Service now posted

Join us for Indigenous Day of Prayer – our Sunday Worship Service for June 21, 2020, with guest preacher Gloria Snow.  https://youtu.be/7ERksSa0Kzg The origins of what we now know as National Indigenous Peoples Day began at Stoney Indian Park, in Morley. The1971 the Indian Ecumenical Conference first conceived of June 21 as a National Indian Day of Prayer. The ecumenical conference was organized by Rev. Dr. Chief John Snow Sr. We acknowledge and thank the Stoney Nakoda Nation for initiating …

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Seven Sacred Teachings and Lent – Tue Mar 10 7 pm

Tony Snow, Indigenous Lead for Chinook Winds Region,  on March 10th at RCMUC led a deep and meaningful time of discussion, inviting us to see how the Seven Sacred Teachings can interact with our observance of Lent.  The seven sacred teachings, broadly held within many Indigenous traditions, are  Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility, and Truth.  Tony will be presenting additional sessions online at 7 pm on Tuesdays, March 17, 24, 31 and April 7. To register for one of …

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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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