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postheadericon Summer Services 2012

Bathurst Worship - Summer Services 2012

During July and August we didn't meet on Sunday mornings, but keep connected through mid-week pot-luck gatherings and programs. We had Wednesday evening meetings and worship at College St. United Church (College St. W and Bathurst St.), which was very convenient as the building is fully wheelchair-accessible and air-conditioned.

We started with pot-luck suppers at 6:00, followed by a program that ran from 7:00 to 8:00.

Services in this series included:

  • August 29, General Council 41: Report Back
    - Ralph Wushke

  • August 22, Socialism and Christianity
    - Reg McQuaid

  • August 15, Reflection on the first question of Calvin’s shorter catechism: “What is the chief end of man?”
    - Frances Combs

  • August 8, Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth. A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering
    - Frances Combs & Ralph Wushke

  • August 1, Mining Watch Activism in Tanzania
    - Evans Rubara & John Wang

  • July 25, A selection from TVO documentary series on Mental Health
    - Joan O'Laney & Marie Simon

  • July 18, Film: How does it feel? The subject of the film, Kazumi, will attend with the director/producer Lawrence Jackman
    - Ronny Yaron

  • July 11, Psalms as a Human Prayerbook
    - Beth Theis

  • July 4, Documentary Screening: Spoil: The Great Bear Forest Under Siege from the Tar Sands
    - Diane Meredith & Marie Simon

postheadericon Pentecost and Beyond 2012

Bathurst Worship - Pentecost and Beyond

Services in this series included:

  • June 24, Summer Solstice Service and Potluck at 8:00 am, on the Toronto Beach opposite 82 Hubbard Blvd.
    Allison Pearcy and Heather Leigh Craig

  • June 17, Bathurst joined the Sunday morning service at
    More Franchises: A Fresh Brew in the Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College,
    9:00 am – 10:30 am. 93 Charles St. West, with Danielle James.

  • June 10, Youth on Bloor Aboriginal Heritage Month Service
    - YouthonBloor & Greg Powell

  • June 3, Contemplation in the Spirit: Practices for Introverts and Extroverts
    - Labyrinth Walk led by Allison Pearcey

  • May 27, Pentecost: Signs of the Spirit for Doors Open Toronto
    City builders at Bathurst - 150 years
    - Ralph Carl Wushke

postheadericon Eastertide 2012

Easter season at Bathurst lifted up themes from the traditional names and texts of some of the Easter Sundays, like "Good Shepherd Sunday" (Psalm 23), Cantate (Latin: O Sing! - based on the Introit Psalm for the day). We linked these old ideas with the new: Oikocredit, the Christian Peacemaker Teams, Earth Day, and introduced More Voices, the contemporary song book of the United Church of Canada. Sharon Goodier was the WRAP for Easter.

Services in this series included:

  • May 20 Cantate - O Sing!

    Introducing 'More Voices', theology and experience
    - Ralph Carl Wushke, Bev Lewis

  • May 13 Renewal Weekend at Crieff Hills: Mission, Renewal and Relaxation

  • May 6 Road to Emmaus / Fish on beach

    - Ralph Carl Wushke and Sharon Goodier

  • Apr 29 It's About Money

    - Frances Combs with Kathryn Humphrey and Reg McQuaid

  • Apr 22 Earth Day

    - Adriana van Drunen with Ralph Carl Wushke and Sarah Gayman

  • Apr 15 Peace: John 20:19-31

    Mental Health and Aboriginal Spirituality
    - Stewart Vriesinga CPT with Joan O'Laney and Sharon Goodier

  • Apr 8 Easter Sunday

    Resurrection and Mental Health
    - Ralph Carl Wushke and Lawrence Goudge

postheadericon Lent 2012 - Mission Theme Series

Mental Health: Community and Contextual Perspectives

Mental Health does not exist in a vacuum! There is always a context. The community context can support mental health, but there can be a downside: communities can be suffocating or judgmental. During Lent 2012 a very rich collection of services and guest speakers helped us explore how communities and contexts can be a resource for mental health, but not with an uncritical eye. We began by looking at the role of carnival in collective well-being and moved through a number of themes, with which members or friends of the congregation have had first hand experience. Michael Carens Nedelsky spoke about his own experience at U of T. Laura Springate gave us a state of the art update on her evolving pastoral mental health praxis through her work in our midst and at CAMH. Emily Bleek shared personal experience with the mental health care system and her work at Sistering with women who have had access to supportive housing. Margaret Robinson, recent Ph.D from St. Michael’s University, now working on a bisexuality and mental health project at CAMH shared both professional and personal perspectives on Aboriginality and mental health. (The Mission Theme Group was WRAP for this series.)

Services in this series included:

  • Apr 8 Easter Sunday

    Resurrection and Mental Health
    - Ralph Carl Wushke and Lawrence Goudge

  • Apr 1 Palm Sunday

    Mental Health and Aboriginal Spirituality
    - Margaret Robinson with Jane Enticknap and Joan O'Laney

  • Mar 25 Lent V

    Women, Housing and Mental Health
    - Emily Bleek with Ralph Carl Wushke and Jane Enticknap

  • Mar 18 Lent IV

    Mental Health: A Pastoral Praxis
    - Laura Springate with Jasper Miller

  • Mar 11 Lent III

    Mental Health and Eco-Spirituality
    - Ralph Carl Wushke with Laura Springate

  • Mar 4 Lent II

    Mental Health and Education
    - Michael Carens Nedelsky with Judi McCallum

  • Feb 26 - Lent I

    Carnival, Masks, and Mental Well Being
    - Ronny Yaron and Ralph Carl Wushke

postheadericon Epiphany 2012

Epiphany 2012
Doing and Being Church

Lindsay Tyler was the WRAP for Epiphany.

Services in this series included:

  • Feb 12 Words of Faith 3

  • Feb 5 Words of Faith 2

    The New Creed and Song of Faith
    - Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Jan 29 Joint service with Trinity St. Pauls, led by the Middle East Working Group

  • Jan 22 Words of Faith 1

    United Church theological statements and the 1940 Statement of Faith
    - Michael Bourgeois (Vice-Principal of Emmanuel College)

  • Jan 15 Bathurst United Church 150th Anniversary -- a time for planning

  • Jan. 8 Bathurst & Ontarians with Disabilities - Becoming a more Welcoming Congregation: Volunteer and Personnel Committee

  • Jan. 1 New Year’s Day Joint Service with Trinity-St. Paul’s in the Methodist “Covenanting” Tradition

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