Like a Hospital for the Soul

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What is “success” for a church? I’ve been mulling over this question for, well, my entire adult life. At the Kootenay Faith Fest in June of 2019, our keynote speaker, Carol Howard Merritt offered some ideas of what “success” looks … Read More

A Truly “Mighty” Man Shares Power

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Editor’s note: At the Mighty Men Conference hosted recently near Castlegar, the keynote speaker encouraged participants to espouse the late-ancient household code that includes wives “submitting” to husbands. Because the speaker had elsewhere voiced strong anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments, a group protested … Read More

Annual Report 2018

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The report of our 2018 activities is hot off the press! Download it hereĀ (or download the high-resolution version for printing here). Many thanks to all who contributed to the life and work of our congregation, and to the report itself.

Spirituality of Mountain Biking

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“My church is the mountains” is a phrase I hear often. Sometimes I’m the one saying it. And I fully support taking the time to hike or bike or otherwise play outside to find spiritual connection. But sometimes the spirit … Read More

Summer Camp — Planting Seeds for a Life of Meaning

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I wouldn’t say that attending summer camp is a pre-requisite for leading a life of meaning. But if I trace my life backward, many, many meaningful experiences have their roots in my days at summer camp. I actually hated being … Read More

Annual Report 2017

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The annual report from 2017 is available for download!   Annual Report 2017 v3

Why the name, “Un-Church”?

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Our Young Families Engagement group knew fairly early on that we wanted to launch something similar to what’s called Messy Church, which originated in England and has replicated all over the world. Many United Churches across Canada are doing Messy … Read More

Season of Christmas

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I’ve always had a hard time when exciting experiences come to an end. Even as a child, after a long weekend I’d be overcome with sadness at the prospect of going to school on Tuesday morning. And I liked school! … Read More

Our Vision

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Over the past several months, we have been “trying on” our new vision statement. Presently it reads, We envision our church community as vibrant and bold, embodying the reconciling Way of Jesus. A small group of us reviewed survey responses, … Read More

Peace

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Peace is the theme for Advent this week. When I was studying at the University of Waterloo, the neighbouring college — Conrad Grebel College — offered a Peace and Conflict Studies program. The courses always appealed to me, but I … Read More