Jesus says: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down their life for the sheep….No one takes it from me, I lay it down of my own accord. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again.” Reading this gospel this week, these last … Continue reading Who Are We Called To Shepherd?
Today, as we approach a week of remembrance, as we consider loved ones lost on this All Saints Sunday, we are presented with the Beatitudes in our Gospel. We are given a divine version of what makes a person powerful and worthy: not strength, and ambition, but humility, and peacemaking, and a willingness to lose … Continue reading Righteous Resisters
This week, in Ottawa, in six separate incidents, a teenager spray- painted hate graffiti on a United Church, a Mosque, a Jewish prayer house, a Jewish community center, and two synagogues. The rabbi of the Machzikei Hadas Synagogue came to work in the morning and saw the message the vandals had wanted him to read. … Continue reading Do not let hate hide in the shadows to whisper.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Eastern Synod of the ELCIC--our larger Lutheran family from Sault Saint Marie to Halifax. It is also St John's 115th anniversary and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary's 100th anniversary. A few years ago St John gave Waterloo Lutheran Seminary a twenty-five thousand dollar interest free loan to help our … Continue reading A gift to Waterloo Seminary