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postheadericon 2015 September

2015 September Services - Returning and Welcoming

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

- from Little Gidding, T. S. Elliot

This September we welcomed Cam Watts, who will be acting as interim minister during the sabbatical of our regular minister, Ralph Carl Wushke.

We also welcomed the return of regular members of the congregation after our summer break from regular Sunday services. As well, we welcomed all those who are interested in what it means to be a progressive Christian at this time, in this community.

Services in this series included:

  • Sun, Oct 4
    Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    Diane Meredith

  • Sun, Sept 27
    Subscribing to a Faith
    Ephesians 3.14-4.7
    Cam Watts

  • Sun Sept 20
    The Theology of Bathurst United
    Frances Combs

  • Sun. Sept 13
    Who Do People Say That You Are?
    Mark 8.22-32
    Cam Watts

postheadericon 2015 Summer Series

2015 Summer Services - Summer Explorations

The focus of the Bathurst summer series will be to experience other religious or spiritual traditions, and to reflect on the commonalities and insights gained by opening ourselves these different practices. Each week, one or two members of the Bathurst congregation will attend a service from a different faith tradition, and then bring what they have seen and experienced to a Wednesday night session. Some questions that we might ask those attending services from different traditions are:

  • What was the service/prayer etc. like?
  • What happened?
  • What did you expect going in?
  • How was the experience similar or different to your expectations?
  • Was anything difficult about being in this group's space? What did you learn personally?
  • What can Bathurst learn from this tradition? Learning could relate to worship practice, governance, social justice, overall congregational culture?

The summer services are held at College Street United Church, and start with a pot luck supper at 6:00 pm, followed by a service at 7:00 pm.

Services in this series included:

  • Wed, Aug 26
    Topic: Tongue Tried: Freedom of Speech
    Sharon Goodier
  • Wed, Aug 19
    Topic: Islam (El Tawhid Unity Mosque)
    Ken McEvoy

  • Wed, Aug 12
    Topic: SCM Faith House Reflections
    Sarah Mikhaiel

  • Wed, Aug 5
    Topic: Jesus is Lord Filipino Pentecostal Church
    Reg McQuaid

  • Wed, Jul 29
    Reflections on Ecumenical Accompaniment in Palestine
    Karen Rodman

  • Wed, Jul 22
    Topic: The Unitarian Church
    Ronny Yaron

  • Wed, Jul 15
    Topic: The Mennonite Church
    Lindsay Tyler

  • Wed, Jul 8
    Topic: Metropolitan Community Church
    Ralph Carl Wushke

postheadericon 2015 Pentecost

Pentecost - Right Relations

Pentecost overcomes the barriers and divisions of language and cultures, according to the story in Acts. The separation of the arrogant people at Babel is reversed on Pentecost, and “relationship” is restored. The closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission took place in Ottawa the weekend after Pentecost. What does Pentecost mean in light of the longing for reconciliation and “right relations” among First Nations and settler peoples in Canada? Other aspects of Right Relation explored in light of Pentecost were Inter-faith Relations, Relations with CAMH residents, Baptism as Relationship, and Pride.

Services in this series included:

  • Sun, Jun 28 - Pentecost VI
    Pride Sunday: Right Relations
    Ralph Carl Wushke and team

  • Sun, Jun 21 - Pentecost V
    Solstice Service (with baptism): Right Relations with Earth
    Location: Beach in front of 82 Hubbard Blvd., at 8.00 am, followed by brunch
    (no service in the chapel)

  • Sun, Jun 14 - Pentecost IV
    CAMH Worship / Right Relations
    CAMH Team

  • Sun, Jun 7 - Pentecost III
    Interfaith Right Relations
    Susan Kennel Harrison, U of T

  • Sun, May 31 - Pentecost II
    Honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Closing
    TSP Right Relations Working Group
    Hon. Bob Rae
    Joint service with TSP and BSUC at Bloor St. United Church

  • Sun, May 24 - Pentecost
    Celebration of Pentecost
    Ralph Carl Wushke and team

postheadericon 2015 Easter

Seeking Home

"Seeking Home", our 2015 Easter Season series, used the United Church of Canada's “Let’s Keep Talking about a just peace in Israel and Palestine” as a starting point. We also reflected on the situation of refugee claimants in Canada and refugees in the Mid-East in the context of Bathurst’s current Refugee Sponsorship Program.

Services in this series included:

  • Sun, May 17 - Easter VII
    Seeking Home: Locally and Globally
    Ian Van Haren

  • Sun, May 10 - Easter VI
    Crieff Hills Retreat Weekend
    Wholeness and Health: Intergeneratioinal weekend

  • Sun, May 3 - Easter V
    Solidarity in the Lindsay Detention Centre
    Meredith McEvoy

  • Sun, Apr 26 - Easter IV
    Let's Keep Talking III: Finding Joy; Will there be a just peace in Israel/Palestine?
    John 15: 9-17 "You are Friends"
    Frances Combs

  • Sun, Apr 19 - Easter III
    Let's Keep Talking II: Beating the Drum of Justice
    Acts 4: 5-12
    Cathleen Fillmore

  • Sun, Apr 12 - Easter II
    Let’s Keep Talking I: Be Not Afraid
    John 20: 19-31
    Ralph Carl Wushke and Cathleen Fillmore

postheadericon 2015 Lent

Scripture and Spiritual Practices: (Amazing) Stuff Jesus Did

The Lent series took on the exploration of gospel stories and teachings of Jesus and connected them with various Spiritual Practices such as prayer in the style of Taize, social justice activism as a spiritual practice, lectio divina and Messy Church.

Services in this series included:

  • Sun, Apr 5 - Easter Sunday
    Easter breakfast (10:00 a.m.)
    Baptism and Communion in the gym

  • Fri, Apr 3 - Good Friday
    Joint service at Trinity St. Paul's
    10:30 am

  • Thur, Apr 2 - Maundy Thursday
    Bloor Street United Church
    Time: 6:00 pm

  • Sun, Mar 29 - Palm Sunday
    Messy Church

  • Sun, Mar 22 - Fifth Sunday in Lent
    John 12:20-33³Whoever loves their life, loses it²/ Evangelical Sermon
    Andrew Pak

  • Sun, Mar 15 - Fourth Sunday in Lent
    John 2:13-21 Jesus clears the Temple/Social Justice and Activism as Spiritual Practice
    Diane Meredith

  • Sun, Mar 8 - Third Sunday in Lent
    Mark 8:31-38 ³Take up your cross and follow me² Prayer in the style of Taizé
    Ralph Carl Wushke and Bev Lewis

  • Sun, Mar 1 - Second Sunday in Lent
    Mark 1:9-15 Jesus in the Wilderness/Meditation and Contemplation Lectio Divina
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, Feb 22 - First Sunday in Lent
    Annual General Meeting (Can we imagine a meeting as a ³spiritual practice²?)
    Ralph Carl Wushke

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Sunday, June 25

10:30 am in the Chapel at Trinity St. Paul's Centre
427 Bloor St. West

Pride Service - The Gates Shall Not Be Shut
Caro Ibrahim

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