AWAKENING COMPASSION through THEOLOGY and SPIRITUALITY
JUNE 26, 2017
If you are involved or would like to be involved in the MACG (Metro Alliance for the Common Good) there are several meetings occurring this week. Check the events page for details.
The ACTS committee held its windup meeting and barbeque, hosted by Marlene and Wayne Holst. We took advantage of the event to wish happy birthday to the hosts. At our meeting, we agreed to increase our donation to General Funds at SDUC to $1000 for 2016-2017. As well, we decided that next fall's Book for study will be Marcus Borg's book, "Connections." It will be available in early fall with our course commencing on Monday night, September 18, at 7:00 p.m. See you there!
JUNE 11, 2017
The McDougall United Memorial Church Service scheduled for today at 3 was held adjacent to the shell of the old church. Over 125 people gathered to hear stories from members of the Stoney people and the McDougall family. The afternoon presented an ideal prairie vista as seats inside the donated tent with cathedral windows filled up quickly. Here is a quote from Wayne Holst, emcee for the event.
"It was a joy to welcome such a large, diverse community to the
June commemorative event at the McDougall Church today.
Indeed, a Phoenix is rising from the ashes!
It took a special effort to make this journey to this sacred site.
The involvement of the Stoney people was most encouraging.
Participants filled 120 seats while others assumed standing room
in the special tent that was erected beside the ruin for the occasion.
Media participation was most encouraging. Watch for TV news!
The socializing that followed was an important new breakthrough.
I believe this was a very practical and substantial way to build
bridges with the Stoney people who participated and contributed
in such a strong way. A new future together stands before us.
These are important steps to honour the past, grieve our losses
and begin to take a big step to rebuild in a sacred place..
St. Davids is doing a lot to contribute to a new inclusive future
that involves Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people alike.'
Thank you, Wayne, for your tireless devotion to ACTS Ministry at St. David's. Our committee will be meeting on June 19th for our annual barbeque. See you there.
JUNE 9, 2017
Wayne Holst's weekly blogs can be accessed by clicking the following link: Wayne Holst's Colleagues List. Note: If you are interested in attending the upcoming MACG leadership Seminar, check out the MACG page and newsletter for June above.
MAY 24, 2017
Representing SDUC at MACG's annual luncheon were Wayne Holst, Adult Spiritual Development Ministry, Rev. Kelley Warner and myself, Chair of ACTS. Lunch was good and the discussion guided by MACG director, Ryan Anderson, was lively. St. David's is one of the 18 agencies, including several churches, that is supporting the program as it targets Seniors' Issues, Reconciliation Issues and Issues of Poverty pretaining to the "common good" in Calgary. Several of our congregants have taken advantage of leadership programs offered.
You can check out the latest edition of Wayne Holst's Colleagues List by clicking on the link.
APRIL 30, 2017
The ACTS committee is busy determining the book(s) to be studied this fall during our Monday Night Book Study. We love suggestions for consideration. Currently, I am enjoying the book "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari. You are invited to follow Wayne Holst's "Colleagues Blog" as he documents current thinking and writing in theology and spirituality. Colleagues blogspot
APRIL 3, 2017
Check out the April newsletter for MACG by clicking the icon on the left side of our ACTS ministry page.
MARCH 27, 2017
We have concluded our winter book study featuring the book by Dr. Ehrman, "How Jesus Became God." This in-depth study of the early development of the Christian faith has been exceptional with its scope. Monday nights drew together upwards of 30 people who listened watched, learned and shared their understandings. You can check out the study by clicking the following LINK.
MARCH 23, 2017
The ACTS committee has been lighting the value of the month candle during the month of March. We have had to be "Mindful" of this value as we have reflected during the season of Lent. Click the following link to read the latest Colleagues Blog by Wayne Holst, LINK March 19.
MARCH 13, 2017
Thursday morning Bible Study is moving out of Joshua and onto Judges. Check out the study schedule for the remaining mornings as an attachment below.
2017 VISION FOR HUMANITY: HUMAN SECURITY WORLD WIDE
KERRY DUNCAN-MCCARTNEY, our dedicated librarian, has asked us to publicize an upcoming event sponsored by the ST. David's Foundation at the end of the month. Here is her email to Alison.
A community group is holding a symposium on human security in Calgary at the end of March. The St David’s Foundation provided the funding to bring in the keynote speaker (the Project Ploughshares executive director from Waterloo). As a thank you, the organizers have provided St. David’s with 10 free registrations to the event. They were hoping to reach out particularly to young parents and youth, although they will be thrilled to welcome attendees of any age. I have attached a copy of the poster and a one page info sheet to use as a basis for your invitation. I have taken a poster about the event and 9 of the 10 tickets (I did keep one for myself) to Chantal in the office this afternoon. While I am not involved in organizing the event myself, I will certainly get you the answers to any questions you have. Thank you so much for your help, Kerry DM Virus-free. Check out the file attachment below for the schedule of events.
ST. DAVID'S has entered a one year covenant with MACG - Metro Alliance for the Common Good - under the direction of Ryan Anderson who was our guest speaker during and after service in February. This month there are five St. Davidians attended a leadership seminar conducted by MACG. This program targets two issues selected by the Alliance, namely "Reconciliation of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples" and "Senior Support in Calgary." MACG newsletter for March is attached as a file below.
ACTS ANNUAL ST. DAVID'S LENTEN RETREAT at Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre last Sunday was amazingly successful. The sun shone on our silent lunch and the leadership by Susan Campbell, director, was meaningful and timely. The theme, "Encountering Mercy" gave us cause for contemplation as we adjourned to the beauty of the location, either at rest on the chairs opening to the gardens or walking the perimeter on the fresh fallen snow. Mark your calendars for the beginning of Lent, 2018 and make it a goal to attend the ACTS annual retreat.
MONDAY NIGHT BOOK STUDY began Monday evening, January 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. There are over 30 registrants and we are looking forward to more nights of "Fun, Food and Fellowship." -- the recipe for success maintained by Roy Farquaharson who rarely missed a study or a Monday night. You can check out the 10 sessions from our fall study as well as archival entries for our other books by clicking Monday Night Book Study. LINK
THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY, 9:30. Great leadership and conversation awaits participants every Thursday morning. Wayne Holst, our Adult Spiritual Development Minister, as well, publishes a most informative blog which he has entitled Colleagues List. Join his regular readers by clicking on the following link. February 19 LINK March 3 LINK
AWAKENING COMPASSION THROUGH THEOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY
- Theme for Book Study 2016-2017: "Rediscovering the Bible for Today"
- Book: "How Jesus Became God" by Bart D. Ehrman
- A ten-week introduction to the entire Bible with help to engage it meaningfully, today.
- Ten Monday evenings, 7-9PM
- In the St. David's TM Room
- January 23rd - April 10th, 2017
Thanks to all our participants -- those attending and those following on line. We are truly blessed with your presence. The discussion is lively, the food is nourishing and friendships blossom.
The chapter readings for each date and a few reference links are posted regularly.
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