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Catherine MacDonald: Reflections on One Order of Ministry

Download PDF "Catherine MacDonald: Reflections on One Order of Ministry"             I write this both from the perspective of someone who spent many years denying a call to ordained ministry, one who sat in the pews for a number of years, and one who ultimately...

Jane Johnson: Reflections on One Order of Ministry

Download PDF "Jane Johnson: Reflections on One Order of Ministry" I had no idea my colleagues’ pain ran so deep.  I had little idea that I was exacerbating it, just by working under the privilege of being ordained.             During a break in the debate over the...

Angelika Piché: Reflections on One Order of Ministry

Download PDF "Angelika Piché : Reflections on One Order of Ministry" The Statement on Ministry in The United Church of Canada (2012) highlighted the need to re-think ministry: The church is about God’s mission in the world. Therefore the Holy Spirit continually calls...

John Lawson: Reflecting on One Order of Ministry

Download PDF "John Lawson: Reflecting on One Order of Ministry" Imagine with me the exiles – refugees – trudging away from the smoldering ruins of the Jerusalem temple after the Babylonian victory of 587 BC. Among the group is a whole cadre of people who managed and...

Bruce Gregersen: A History of the One Order Remit

Download PDF "Bruce Gregersen: A History of the One Order Remit"   The processes that have led to the development of the One Order Remit cover a decade of ministry studies in The United Church of Canada. As the lead staff to these studies, I hope a brief historical...

Janice Frame – “One Ministry? Really?”

Download PDF Janice Frame "One Ministry? Really?" My first career was as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in a city hospital. A small portion of my time was spent in blood collection as a phlebotomist, while most of my work was in the lab, running tests on patient...

Reflecting on One Order of Ministry: Mardi Tindal

Download PDF "Reflecting on One Order of Ministry" by Mardi Tindal The “One Order” proposal provides us with an extraordinary opportunity to consider what leadership is needed within - and from - a postmodern church. My hope is that our conversations will break us...

Jane Doull – “My Perspective on United Church Ministry”

Download PDF "My Perspective on United Church Ministry" By Jane Doull My view of ministry is shaped by feminist, liberation and contextual theology and by over 20 years in rural and small town prairie and Maritime settings. All Christians are called to ministry. From...

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...

September 2012 “Obituary for the Earth?”

Click here for September 2012 edition of Touchstone In this issue: Volume 30 September 2012 Number 3 Obituary for the Earth? Editorial Articles Climate Holocaust, Mortal Planet and Eschaton - Harold Wells Does it All End with Beetles? Eco-theology: a Mutation of...

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...

Catherine MacDonald: Reflections on One Order of Ministry

Download PDF "Catherine MacDonald: Reflections on One Order of Ministry"             I write this both from the perspective of someone who spent many years denying a call to ordained ministry, one who sat in the pews for a number of years, and one who ultimately...

February 2013 – “God’s Mission Has a Church”

Download February 2013 Issue of Touchstone - "God's Mission Has a Church" Volume 31 February 2013 Number 1 God's Mission Has a Church Editorial Archives Articles God's Own Gift: Glimpsing Tomorrow's Church Today - Edwin Searcy Bonhoeffer: A Post-Colonial Ecclesiology...

Jane Johnson: Reflections on One Order of Ministry

Download PDF "Jane Johnson: Reflections on One Order of Ministry" I had no idea my colleagues’ pain ran so deep.  I had little idea that I was exacerbating it, just by working under the privilege of being ordained.             During a break in the debate over the...