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Youth cure winter blues

Rev. Susan Eagle

The energy and enthusiasm of more than 500 young people is a sure cure for the winter doldrums. Eight of us from Grace discovered that recently during a weekend bus trip to Ottawa for Worshiplude 2015. Worshiplude is an annual gathering of United Church youth and adult leaders from six conferences in Ontario and Quebec held in conjunction with Winterlude in the nation’s capital. It’s a weekend of ice slides, ice sculptures, fireworks, museums, sight-seeing and skating on the Rideau Canal.

The three "Bs" of religion

By Rev. Susan Eagle

It was with great personal interest that I recently read a commentary in the Toronto Star by Dow Marmur, former senior rabbi at Holy Blossom Synagogue in Toronto, on what it is that still draws people to churches, synagogues, mosques and temples.

I had the pleasure of working with Dow for several years as part of an interfaith justice coalition and always found him to be insightful. As a spiritual leader, he was always progressive, thoughtful and collegial. In the Star article Marmur pondered the three “B’s” of religious attraction – believing, behaving, and belonging. Interestingly, a similar discussion was held recently at our Grace Tuesday night progressive Christianity study group.

Peace Garden reflections

By Rev. Susan Eagle

A short while ago I was invited to attend a Peace Garden dedication because I had been one of the founding members of a Project Ploughshares group formed in the early 1980’s in London, Ontario. I willingly accepted. It was an opportunity to visit old friends in the social justice movement and it seemed like a special moment of renewal.

Glimpse of Grace

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