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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...

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...

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...