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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 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...

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...

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...

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?” –...

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,...

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...

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...

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...