National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Gathering over Zoom

Thursday Sept. 30th at 1:00pm

Terry Hutchings

Join us on the first National Day for Truth & Reconciliation Thursday September 30th at 1:00pm over Zoom when our own Terry Hutchings will share his recollections of his encounters with those who experienced life in a residential school. Wear your Orange Shirt to honour survivors.  

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Phyllis Webstad the founder of Orange Shirt Day

WORSHIP: Truth and Reconciliation Sunday

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faith CHAT – Tuesday Sept. 28 over Zoom

Join us for honest CHAT as we explore: Prayer BEYOND Theism. As many of us have moved beyond the faith grew up with, praying has changed for us. Join us as we explore progressive theology’s insights on prayer.
We gather on Tuesday mornings at 10am over Zoom (just follow the link below)

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Here is the CHAT Starter for September 28 at 10am:

Encountering MYSTERY – AWE!

SACRED EARTH SACRED SOUL – Zoom Book Study

JOHN PHILIP NEWELL is a gifted teacher and writer whose passion for Celtic Christianity opens readers to new ways of exploring ancient WISDOM.  Drawing on a rich tradition, Newell provides vital insights into the pressing problems of 21st century Christianity. By embracing the wisdom of Celtic Christianity, we can learn how to listen to the sacred in nature and within one another, which our culture – at the times even our faiths – have made us forget what each of us already know deep in our souls but have learned to suppress. Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul offers a new spiritual foundation for our lives.

RELEARNING WHAT OUR SOULS ALREADY KNOW

“Newell offered me a new creation story for Christian faith. I commend his book to anyone who is ready to be born again.” BARBARA BROWN TAYLOR

“Newell invites us into the counterintuitive truth that much of the wisdom we need to navigate this moment has already been spoken in the past. I’m convinced that we’ve only begun to see just how far and wide his voice is going to be heard.” ROB BELL

“Newell reaches new depths in his vision of the earth and the human journey. We need this Celtic wisdom urgently.” RICHARD ROHR

Topic: BOOK CLUB Zoom 

Time: This is a recurring meeting Meeting Tuesdays @ 10am EST

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faith CHAT – Tuesday Sept. 21 over Zoom

Join us for honest CHAT as we explore: Prayer BEYOND Theism. As many of us have moved beyond the faith grew up with, praying has changed for us. Join us as we explore progressive theology’s insights on prayer.
We gather on Tuesday mornings at 10am over Zoom (just follow the link below)

Join Zoom Meeting

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Here is the CHAT Starter for September 21 at 10am:

God: Supernatural Theism or Panentheism?

Whenever we try to articulate what the MYSTERY we call God” IS, language fails us. For the most part, the institutional church has defined DIVINITY with words and expected that members of the institution will confess loyalty to those words. Many of the words, with which the institution has traditionally described God, craft an image of God as a supernatural being up there or out there who is responsible for Creation and from time to time interferes in the workings of creation. As we continue to learn more and more about the magnitude of Creation, both in time and space, our traditional words about the DIVINE seem ever more puny. While some respond to our ever-expanding knowledge about Creation by attempting to make our notions of the DIVINE fit into the tight little containers that were crafted by our ancestors, some are seeking new ways to speak of the CREATOR OF ALL THAT IS, WAS OR EVER SHALL BE. Often our attempts are as clumsy and as limited as the attempts of our ancestors. But sometimes, sometimes the likes of Tillich breathes new life into the notions of our ancestors and Paul’s description of our God as  “the one in whom we live and move and have our being” becomes for us, as Tillich imagines, “the Ground of our Being”.  

So, with a spirit of discovery and wonder, I encourage you to listen to Marcus Borg’s attempt  to describe DIVINITY. Borg’s efforts take us beyond the Ground of our Being toward a panentheistic understanding of DIVINITY in all things and all things in the DIVINE.  Please note: panentheism is not pantheism – pantheism means God is in everything – so God can be worshipped by worshipping nature because God is in nature. Panentheism means everything is in God and God is in everything – so – God breathes in, with, through, and beyond us, and we intern are in God – everything is in God but God is more than the sum of everything. A panentheistic view of DIVINITY does not preclude thinking of God as personal – but it does understand that God is more than personal. 

While I don’t agree with everything Borg says in this video, it is a wonderful place to begin to think about expanding our way of speaking of the DIVINE. As long as we remember that our language will always fail to capture the wonders of DIVINITY.

HOMECOMING SUNDAY – September 19

Join us this Sunday at 1pm for an outdoor Homecoming

YES there will be singing!!!  

Marney will be there to lead us in song!. There will be prayers and blessings and a whole lot of conversation! But no sermon! For that you can tune into our regular worship video which will be posted here on our website by 10:45am. Our Global Justice Team will have EVERY CHILD MATTERS signs for planting in our garden – SO WEAR ORANGE as we prepare to commemorate our new National holiday: Truth & Reconciliation Day!Don’t miss this opportunity to be together with old friends or meet new friends!Our building will be open for washroom use only.  Feel free to bring your own coffee, or tea.

Can’t wait to sing together!!!

Bishop John Shelby Spong: A Life Well Lived!

After 90 years of living fully, loving wastefully, and being all that he could be Bishop John Shelby Spong died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday September 12, 2021. A giant of a man in more ways that one, Jack’s towering presence will continue to live in the lives of the millions of people he blessed with his presence.

The Holy Cross community is indebted to Jack for his wisdom, generosity, and kindness. We were blessed to welcome Jack to our small congregation three times. During his visits with us Jack and his beloved Christine became fast friends.

Jack heralded Holy Cross as “the jewel of the North!” We at Holy Cross will continue to herald Jack as a beloved friend and teacher. Thanks be to ALL that IS HOLY for a life well lived!

The video below was recorded on a beautiful Sunday morning in May of 2011. The sermon was the icing on the cake of a weekend filled with Jack’s characteristic whit and wisdom.