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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...

Dale Skinner: Reflections on One Order of Ministry

Download PDF "Dale Skinner: Reflections on One Order of Ministry" Ministry, it seems, is as much a matter of identity as it is a matter of function.  There is a great deal in the “One Order” proposal that speaks to this impact of identity in the church’s understanding...

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...

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...

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...