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All about PRAYER

What does prayer mean to you? What are the problems that prayer poses? What does it promise? In June 2019, Touchstone offered a special issue devoted to some of the questions related to prayer. We invite you to respond to that issue, or indeed simply offer your...

One Order of Ministry: A Robust Conversation

As we draw this series of blogs on One Order of Ministry to a close, we're grateful to two past Moderators, Lois Wilson and Peter Short, for their wisdom and insight as they offer the final reflections. Ministry is a demanding, Spirit-led, and complex vocation, and my...

Peter Short: Reflections on Ministry

Download PDF "Peter Short: Reflections on Ministry" The work of a minister is a bewildering array. Are you not a counselor? Are you not a mediator? Community development leader, educator, advocate? And aren't you a public speaker, an administrator and a servant? You...

Lois Wilson: Which Way will the United Church Go?

 Download PDF "Lois Wilson: Which Way will the United Church Go?"             I welcome the current discussion around One Order of Ministry because we need clarity in this area of our church’s life. Ephesians 4: 11 puts it succinctly, “The gifts we have were that some...

Kate Jones: Reflections on One Order of Ministry

Download PDF "Kate Jones: Reflections on One Order of Ministry"             Ministry does not exist for its own benefit; ministry exists for the benefit of the church.  Likewise, the church does not exist for its own benefit; the church exists for the benefit of God’s...

Linda Yates: “Ministry, in-love”

Download PDF Linda Yates: “Ministry, in-love” One summer, reveling in the new status of Affirming, the Session of St. John’s United Church in Halifax suggested a theological event for Pride Week exploring sexuality in the Bible and Christian tradition. The Session...

Joanne Anquist: Reflections on One Order of Ministry

Download PDF "Joanne Anquist: Reflections on One Order of Ministry"             If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my theological studies, it’s that context is everything.             If you truly want to understand what a biblical writer is saying, you have to know...

Vicki McPhee: Reflections on One Order of Ministry

Download PDF "Vicki McPhee: Reflections on One Order of Ministry" I recognized my calling to diaconal ministry in my early thirties. While I was aware that there were two streams of ministry in the United Church of Canada, I did not fully appreciate the differences...

All about PRAYER

What does prayer mean to you? What are the problems that prayer poses? What does it promise? In June 2019, Touchstone offered a special issue devoted to some of the questions related to prayer. We invite you to respond to that issue, or indeed simply offer your...

One Order of Ministry Discussion Papers

Download Discussion Papers - invitation to readers In August 2015 at its triennial General Council, The United Church of Canada undertook to ask the whole church to agree to establish a single order of ministry. Touchstone is hosting an online conversation on this...

February 2017 “Pathways to Renewal”

February 2017 "Pathways to Renewal" In this issue: Volume 35 February 2017 Number 1 "Pathways to Renewal" Editorial Articles What Secular Canada? - Jason Byassee A Renewal Experience at Parkdale United Church with the Unbinding Series - Anthony D. Bailey Showing Up:...

October 2016 “Reconciliation”

October 2016 "Reconciliation" In this issue: Volume 34 October 2016 Number 3 "Reconciliation" Editorial Articles A Brief Theology of Reconciliation - Philip G. Ziegler The Church as Confessing Community: Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Theology of Forgiveness and Reconciliation...

June 2016 “Vocation”

June 2016 "Vocation" In this issue: Volume 34 June 2016 Number 2 "Vocation" Editorial Articles A Funny Thing Happened..."Vocation" in the Reformation Era - Sandra Beardsall "What's to be Done?" - "Vocation" in the Bible - Bill Richards "Killing Me Softly with His...

One Order of Ministry: A Robust Conversation

As we draw this series of blogs on One Order of Ministry to a close, we're grateful to two past Moderators, Lois Wilson and Peter Short, for their wisdom and insight as they offer the final reflections. Ministry is a demanding, Spirit-led, and complex vocation, and my...

Peter Short: Reflections on Ministry

Download PDF "Peter Short: Reflections on Ministry" The work of a minister is a bewildering array. Are you not a counselor? Are you not a mediator? Community development leader, educator, advocate? And aren't you a public speaker, an administrator and a servant? You...

Lois Wilson: Which Way will the United Church Go?

 Download PDF "Lois Wilson: Which Way will the United Church Go?"             I welcome the current discussion around One Order of Ministry because we need clarity in this area of our church’s life. Ephesians 4: 11 puts it succinctly, “The gifts we have were that some...

February 2016 “The Image of God in Humanity”

February 2016 "The Image of God in Humanity" In this issue: Volume 34 February 2016 Number 1 "The Image of God in Humanity" Editorial Articles John Calvin and the Image of God: Creation, Regeneration, Remnants, and Rights - Richard R. Topping Christ and the Imago Dei...

October 2015 “Worship and the Sacramental Life”

October 2015 "Worship and the Sacramental Life" In this issue: Volume 33 October 2015 Number 3 "Worship and the Sacramental Life" Editorials Articles A Liturgical Decalogue: Ten Commandments for Worship Leaders Today - William S. Kervin Transformed by Font and Table:...

June 2015 “Theology and Social Witness”

June 2015 "Theology and Social Witness" In this issue: Volume 33 June 2015 Number 2 "Theology and Social Witness" Editorial Articles Theological Foundations for Social Justice: Another World is Possible - Rob Fennell Liberal Evangelicalism and the Formation of the...