Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Worship: SOPHIA WISDOM CALLS

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Concerned Citizens Making a Difference

Even during a pandemic: Concerned Citizens for the Homeless in Newmarket, led and chaired by Ross Carson, have achieved services for Newmarket citizens, many of whom are vulnerable and live with few resources. The CCHN received funding from the United Way for the Supper Club. They spurred the winter months Drop-by centre at Ray Twinney Recreation. They have been in contact with Newmarket’s mayor and staff of the Region. They have delved into applying for money for affordable housing. 

Lori Yaccato, with the Affordable Housing Coalition of York Region, and the Social Planning council, has been advocating for many years for affordable housing. Now there are more people involved, including the Mayor of Newmarket. 

ZOOM LINK: Global Justice Team Zoom Meeting

Time: May 19, 2021 07:00 PM America/Toronto

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WORSHIP: Pluralism Sunday

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faith CHAT – Tuesday May 4th

10am Tuesdays over Zoom

Time for Resurrection – Reconstructing Our Faith

We hear so much these days about “deconstructing” Christianity. During this Season of EASTER, while our focus is on resurrection, we are going to spend some time exploring the reconstruction of our faith.

Over the course of four faith CHATs we will explore new ways of practicing christianity in light of our evolving knowledge about the cosmos, what it means to be human, relating to the MYSTERY we call “God” and following Jesus’ way of being in the world.

Before each faith CHAT participants are encouraged to view selected videos which will function as conversation starters.

Tuesday May 4th faith CHAT

Jesus’ Way of Being in the World

Looking for a place to begin our conversation about Jesus’ Way of Being in the World, it makes sense to consult a Jewish scholar. Amy-Jill Levine is a professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University. Levine’s ability to view Jesus beyond the layers of doctrine heaped upon him by the Christian Church, has the power to open those of us who have been indoctrinated to a broader context, from which to examine Jesus’ Way.

As our CHAT runs for just an hour, we will save our CHAT on the nature of CHRIST to our June faith CHAT series.

Topic: faith CHAT

Time: This is a recurring meeting Tuesdays @ 10am EDT

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Freeing Jesus – Book Study over Zoom

Topic: FREEING JESUS Book Study

Time: This is a recurring meeting Tuesdays at 10am

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WORSHIP: Good Shepherd Sunday

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faith CHAT – Tuesday April 27

10am Tuesdays over Zoom

Time for Resurrection – Reconstructing Our Faith

We hear so much these days about “deconstructing” Christianity. During this Season of EASTER, while our focus is on resurrection, we are going to spend some time exploring the reconstruction of our faith.

Over the course of four faith CHATs we will explore new ways of practicing christianity in light of our evolving knowledge about the cosmos, what it means to be human, relating to the MYSTERY we call “God” and following Jesus’ way of being in the world.

Before each faith CHAT participants are encouraged to view selected videos which will function as conversation starters.

Tuesday April 27th faith CHAT

Relating to the MYSTERY We Call God

“The conventional God existed outside of space and time, a being beyond imagining, who lived in heaven, unaffected by the boundaries of human life. Thus, Western religion developed a language of what theologians call the omnis. God was omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient: all-powerful, in all places, and all knowing. But the grounded God is a God in relationship with space and time as the love that connects and creates all things, known in and with the world. The omnis fail to describe this. Instead, we might think of God as inter, the spiritual thread between space and time; intra within space and time; within space and time; and infra, that which holds space and time. This God is not above or beyond, but integral to the whole of creation, entwined and the sacred ecology of the universe.” (Diana Butler Bass, “Grounded: Finding God in the World A Spiritual Revolution”)

Two videos to inspire our Chat this week. The first video opens us to a wider perception of the MYSTERY with the question: What Is God? and the second video challenges us to think about relating to the MYSTERY with the question: Where Is God?

Topic: faith CHAT

Time: This is a recurring meeting Tuesdays @ 10am EDT

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NEWS from COUNCIL

WORSHIP: Practicing Resurrection

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For the LOVE of CREATION: Earth Day Events

April 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT 

Creation Care as Self-Care

Join For the LOVE of CREATION or a contemplative gathering with music, prayer and meditation hosted by Anna-Bigland Pritchard and Sabrina Di Matteo. Nourish mind, body and soul for Earth Week and learn about a new contemplation resource from For the Love of Creation.

Anna Bigland-Pritchard is a vocal artist, pedagogue, arts administrator, and expressive arts therapy student living in the traditional territories of the Wh-Say-Nech (W̱SÁNEĆ) and Le-kwung-en-speaking peoples, under the Douglas Treaties (Victoria, BC). She describes herself as a liturgical neo-anabaptist, and most often finds God in the whispers of trees and the breath between notes. As a music director, Anna is passionate about empowering collaborative creation for both healing and positive social change. Anna believes in the sacredness of nurturing a deep love of self, of neighbour, and prioritizing connection with the rest of creation; This includes a commitment to non-violent peacebuilding, decolonization, anti-racism, intersectional feminism, and art-making for all.

Sabrina Di Matteo has been involved in the Catholic Church since her youth, and currently works with religious congregations at the Canadian Religious Conference in support of their mission and social and climate justice networks. She lives in the Tiohtiá:ke / Montreal area, home to many diverse Indigenous nations, settlers and newcomers. After her studies in theology, she worked in pastoral animation with young adults, with an approach centered on artistic expression including song and theater, and the importance of rituals. Sabrina is involved in interreligious dialogue groups and writes regularly for www.presence-info.ca

April 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT 

Voices for peace: Radical hope, radical resistance

Online, EASTERN Time Zone

In advance of Earth Day, organic farmer, biblical scholar, teacher, and author Sylvia Keesmaat will discuss Recovering our Roots in the Community of Creation. Karri Munn-Venn of Citizens for Public Justice will respond, linking participants to events and actions from the For the Love of Creation faith-in-action campaign.

Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

Join For the LOVE of CREATION on Earth Day to celebrate the 1st anniversary of For the Love of Creation and discern our gifts for climate action in community. 

In preparation, please take a moment to reflect on your place in Creation. Step outside and take a photograph of your hands or feet on the Earth (toes in the mud, feet in a river, hands on a tree, arms around an animal) in a place where you feel connected with Creation. 

Post your photo to social media with this caption: “The path to climate justice begins with the places we love. #ForTheLoveOfCreation #EarthDay2021” 

(please be sure to include the hashtags and email your photo to flc.pac@gmail.com).

For details go to https://fortheloveofcreation.ca/event/https://fortheloveofcreation.ca/event/

faith CHAT – Tuesday April 20

10am Tuesdays over Zoom

Time for Resurrection – Reconstructing Our Faith

We hear so much these days about “deconstructing” Christianity. During this Season of EASTER, while our focus is on resurrection, we are going to spend some time exploring the reconstruction of our faith.

Over the course of four faith CHATs we will explore new ways of practicing christianity in light of our evolving knowledge about the cosmos, what it means to be human, relating to the MYSTERY we call “God” and following Jesus’ way of being in the world.

Before each faith CHAT participants are encouraged to view selected videos which will function as conversation starters.

Tuesday April 20th faith CHAT

Human Evolution and Making Meaning

We no longer share an understanding of what it means to be human with our ancestors. How do our evolving understandings about what it mean to be human impact the way we hear and make meaning out of our sacred stories?

Michael Morwood is a former priest whose evolving views of christianity have provided insights to those of us who long for a new way of being in the world which honours the wisdom of our ancestors even as we continue to explore the wonders of creation.  The video below will help shape our faith CHAT. Enjoy the video and then join our CHAT by using the Zoom link listed below the video.

Topic: faith CHAT

Time: This is a recurring meeting Tuesdays @ 10am EDT

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WORSHIP: Are YOU Now Alive?

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