Do all dogs go to heaven?

This was going to be a Thanksgiving kind of thing, but we just held our annual Blessing of the Animals and I really wanted to address this important question: do all dogs go to heaven. So, thankful for my wonderful little dogs, I’d like to say that the answer, I...

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Adopting a Be-Attitude of Gratitude

Jesus didn’t tell people to be grateful, not even during harvest season. He simply exuded gratitude in his daily living, teaching us to be thankful for the many simple blessings in our lives through connecting with others, with the Earth, and with our own breath and spirit.

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A little scratch behind the ear

For the last few years, we’ve had a Blessing of the Animals service around the end of September, beginning of October. (October 4 is St. Francis of Assisi Day and he’s the patron saint of animals.) We welcome any animals, pets or working animals, livestock – all the beasts of...

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From right here, right now

I’m from here. I haven’t been here long, but I just want to be clear that, if you ask me where I’m from, I’m going to say that I’m from here. When I came to Bashaw 11 years ago, one of the first services I did was at the seniors...

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Do we worship Jesus, or follow “the way?”

Jesus told his friends and followers, “I am the way”. He also came to dismantle religion as they knew it, and make the world great again. So how do we follow the Jesus who taught us that faith is best served by conversation and dialogue, not by following structure?

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Rain (or Snow) or Shine

“One light, one sun, one sun lighting everyone.” That sounds like something Jesus would say, doesn’t it? But it’s not. Pretty close, though, if you were a little kid in the 1980s. It’s a song by Raffi. What Jesus did say was that God “causes his sun to rise on...

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In the beginnings

“And suddenly you know: it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” That sounds hip and cool and contemporary, but it’s a hip and cool and contemporary translation of something written by Meister Eckhart (c.1260 – c.1328), a medieval theologian and mystic. He was a monk...

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