National vs global solidarity

The news that the United States government may block the sale of emergency medical equipment to Canadian hospitals has ratcheted up tension between Canada and the USA. This dispute reminds me of one of the articles to which I linked on the “Spiritual resources to the pandemic” on the COVID-19 Response page on the church … [Read more…]

House the homeless

Yesterday after participating in yet another United Church of Canada webinar (and yet another one that I appreciated, a Zoom and YouTube Live session on online worship, and which gathered more than 300 ministers), Kim and I went for a drive. I hadn’t used the car since Sunday; I wanted to get a feeling of … [Read more…]

Two poems

CBC’s “The Sunday Edition” is one of my favourite radio shows. Part of this is a projection I have on host Michael Enright. He and his staff have to come up with a new broadcast every seven days and present it on Sunday mornings! But it is more than that, of course. Last Sunday, the … [Read more…]

How long?

There is much that scientists and public health experts still don’t know about the new coronavirus. As for a non-expert like me, my ignorance can feel like it is near complete. One thing everyone would like to know is how long the pandemic will last and how long people in Edmonton and the rest of … [Read more…]

Meditation as prayer

Dear friends, Bryan LeGrow, Brian Sampson, and I enjoyed delivering yesterday morning’s worship service. Unfortunately, technical difficulties in the livestream of the service prevented some of the words and music from being heard; the overall quality seemed to be spotty; and in the end, we were not left with a video recording of the event. … [Read more…]

Singing into spring

Dear friends, Following yesterday’s post about how music can connect us to Love, today I offer links to some performances. Spring arrived last week and today is forecast to be mild. So, the first performance I highlight is of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” I love this music, which is based on an old Shaker hymn … [Read more…]

Easter 2020: peril and promise

Dear friends, This morning, I drafted a short blurb for the “Next Sunday” portion of today’s “What’s the Buzz” e-newsletter. The Sunday after next is April 5, which will be Palm Sunday; and our plans for that day, like all Sundays, have gone out the window in the face of the suspension of in-person gatherings. … [Read more…]

March 24 update

Friends Your COVID-19 working group met on Monday March 23, 2020. We were very careful to enforce physical distancing, hand sanitizing and good health – however, it will be our last meeting where we physically get together. Beginning next week, we will be meeting online through Zoom. The following are the key actions from our … [Read more…]

Emotional sledding

Our cat died today; and the grief I felt when Kim and I took 21-year-old Checker to the vet to be euthanized brought up past moments of grief and also some of the feelings of grief (and fear, and . . . ) that many of us here and around the world are feeling in … [Read more…]