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postheadericon 2016 Fall Series II


Honouring Indigenous Spirituality
A worship series inspired by the Seven Sacred Teachings

Long before [our] people journeyed to this land your people were here,
and you received from your Elders an understanding of
creation and of the Mystery that surrounds us all
that was deep, and rich, and to be treasured.

… We tried to make you be like us and in so doing we helped to destroy
the vision that made you what you were.
As a result, you, and we, are poorer
and the image of the Creator in us is twisted, blurred,
and we are not what we are meant by God to be.
-    from the 1986 apology made by the United Church to First Nations Peoples

The traditional concepts of respect and sharing that form the foundation of Indigenous spirituality are built around the seven natural laws, or sacred teachings, of Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility, and Truth. Each teaching honours one of the basic virtues intrinsic to a full and healthy life. In our second series this fall, we will reflect on each of these themes, and what they mean to us as members of a Christian community.

We are not trying to convey the teachings themselves; we have much more we need to learn, and to do, before that would be possible. But by choosing the themes of the Seven Sacred Teachings, we are expressing our recognition of the value of Indigenous spirituality.

We have much to learn from those who have lived on this land for so long, and whose culture we did not value when we encountered it. By reflecting on the teachings, our intent is to continue the process of living into right relation with those who were here before us, and to honour their understanding of living in harmony with each other, the land and the Spirit.

Services in this series included:

  • Sun, November 27 - First Sunday in Advent
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, November 20
    Ken McEvoy

  • Sun, November 13
    A joint service with Trinity St. Paul's
    We Are All Treaty People: Walking the Talk of Reconciliation
    Rt. Rev. Stan McKay, Cree Elder and former moderator of the United Church of Canada
    (there will be no service in the chapel, but Bathurst refreshments,
    discussion and choir rehearsal will follow the service at TSP)

  • Sun, November 6
    Caro Ibrahim

  • Sun, October 30
    Howard Williams

  • Sun, October 23
    Lindsay Tyler and the Worship Committee

  • Sun, October 16
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, October 9
    Ralph Carl Wushke

postheadericon 2016 Fall Series I

Seasons of the Spirit

  • Who am I, and why am I here?
  • What is most important to me?
  • What is this longing I have for connection?

These questions follow us in one way or another throughout our lives – from earliest childhood to late in life. In this series we explored the changes and development in our spirituality through memory of our past, imagination of our future, and reflection on our current experience.

Services in this series included:

  • Sun, October 2
    Seasons of the Spirit: The Later Years
    Sharon Goodier, Shirley Endicott

  • Sun, September 25
    Seasons of the Spirit: The Middle Years
    Allison Piercey, John Wang, Sarah Gayman

  • Sun, September 18
    Seasons of the Spirit: Early Adulthood
    Ryan Park, Donald Johnston, Allison Smith

  • Sun, September 11
    Seasons of the Spirit: Childhood and Youth
    Ralph Carl Wushke

postheadericon 2016 Summer Services

Books of Influence

During the summer series we examined books that had had an impact on members of the congregation. At each of the Wednesday services, a Bathurst member led a discussion of a book that had been important to them, followed by a group discussion. At the final gathering (Aug. 31), there was an open "round-table", in which all present were able to mention books that had been important to them.

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

Services in this series included:

  • Wed, August 31
    Topic: Books that have made an impression ...
  • Wed, August 24
    Topic: H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald
    Jane Enticknap

  • Wed, August 17
    Topic: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life - Karen Armstrong
    Ronny Yaron

  • Wed, August 10
    Topic: This changes everything - Capitalism vs. the Climate - Naomi Klein
    Marie Simon

  • Wed, August 3
    Topic: Canticle for Liebowitz - Walter J. Miller Jr.
    Jasper Miller

  • Wed, July 27
    Topic: The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic - John Spong
    Paul Robson

  • Elaine Saralegui

  • Wed, July 20
    Elaine Saralegui, the vibrant young pastor of the Somos MCC in Matanzas Cuba, was the guest speaker. Ms Saralegui and Somos MCC are the recipients of the MCC 2016 Founder's Award for their profound commitment to establish the church not only in their city of Matanzas, but throughout all of Cuba.

  • Wed, July 13
    Topic: Children of the Broken Treaty – Charlie Angus
    Reg McQuaid

  • Wed, July 6
    Topic: Keeper 'n Me - Richard Wagamese
    Frances Combs

postheadericon 2016 Pentecost


In Germany Pentecost is referred to as Pfingsten and often coincides with school holidays and the beginning of many outdoor and spring related activities. At Bathurst, it is the final series of Sunday services before our summer break (during which we meet on Wednesday evenings). Pentecost - at Bathurst - traditionally includes our Solstice Service and Pride Service, and it gives us an opportunity to visit a number of issues that might not fit into a more traditionally themed series.

The services in this series have been:

  • Sun, June 26 - Pentecost VI
    Pride Sunday - Festival of St. John the Baptist
    Baptism of Margot
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, June 19 - Pentecost V
    The Summer Solstice Service
    Memorial Service for the Victims in Orlando
    8:00 am on the beach opposite 82 Hubbard Ave.
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, June 12 - Pentecost IV
    Worship as at CAMH
    The CAMH Worship Team

  • Sun, June 5 - Pentecost III
    The Doctrine of Discovery
    Peter Haresnape, CPT

  • Sun, May 29 - Pentecost II
    Empowerment: Speaking of Diversity
    Aziza Miller, Howard Williams, Val Kalende

  • Sun, May 22 - Pentecost I
    Working with the SCM
    Sarah Mikhaiel
    General Secretary, SCM Canada

  • Sun, May 15 - Pentecost
    Project Hope
    Hakim Sabbah, Director, Project Hope (Nablus)

postheadericon 2016 Easter


Eastertide this year was a celebration of new life, focused on the Easter stories in the Gospel, concluding with our Spring Retreat at Crieff Hills.

The services in this series were:

  • Sun, May 8 - Easter VII
    Spring Retreat at Crieff Hills
    (no service in the TSP chapel)

  • Sun, May 1 - Easter VI
    The Communion on the Beach (John 21)
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, Apr 24 - Easter V
    Spirituality and Mental Health
    Nazila Isgandarova, D.Min, RSW,
    Spiritual Care Provider, CAMH

  • Sun, Apr 17 - Easter IV
    The Craddock Lecture
    A joint service with Bloor St. United Church
    Marie Wilson, TRC Commissioner
    (no service in the TSP chapel)

  • Sun, Apr 10 - Easter III
    Doubting Thomas (John 20)
    Sharon Goodier

  • Sun, Apr 3 - Easter II
    The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24)
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, Mar 27 - Easter Sunday
    Easter Breakfast at 10:00 am, service at 10:30
    Ralph Carl Wushke

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Next Service:

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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