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COVID-19, Frozen 2, and “This Strange Time”

For some unknown reason, the sun still rose this morning, and it shone all day long. The chilly Atlantic winds still stung my cheeks and brought tears to my eyes. The taste of chocolate was still my favourite refuge. The joy of birdsong outside my window still...

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,...

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...

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...