The following is a piece I wrote after visiting Juno Beach in the summer of 2010.
Yesterday, we walked Juno Beach, where the Canadians landed on D-Day. As we walked, the wind washed over my ears like the waves washing up over the beach. Constant, incessant roar.
And in it, did I hear the echoes of that day, roaring wind, crashing waves, aircraft engines, landing craft, bombs and bullets whizzing by, taking so many, to capture a pillbox?
I wondered, who were these pilgrims, who had found their way to these very beaches sixty-six summers ago? What inspired their journey, giving them the grim courage to attempt a landing, to confront well-armed, monstrous evil, bunkered down in reinforced concrete, with little more than a prayer to protect them?
This post will focus on the third and last of our “sins” of the mainline: pastoral care as a membership privilege. Previous posts in this series focussed on the sins of “relevant” preaching and “accessible” liturgy.
In this post we take a look at the second of our “sins” of the mainline church, the sin of “accessible” liturgy. A previous post examined the sin of “relevant” preaching, and a subsequent post will consider pastoral care as …Continue reading →
This post will explore the first of what I have called three “sins” of the contemporary mainline church: relevant preaching. Subsequent posts will explore accessible liturgy, and pastoral care as a membership privilege.
In this next series I’m going to take on what I think of as three of the major “sins” of the contemporary mainline church: relevant preaching, accessible liturgy, and pastoral care as a privilege of membership. You may be surprised …Continue reading →
In this series of posts I’ve been exploring the mainline church’s focus on Sunday worship gatherings as the primary—or even sole—expression of what church is about. I’ve been taking issue with that perspective and now I want to turn to …Continue reading →
Welcome to Advent! Advent, this season that steals in upon us in late November or early December, and then carries us along through the December darkness to the eve of Christmas. Advent, this strange and somewhat unwelcome season that descends …Continue reading →
A personal story The issue of same sex marriage and the church is profoundly personal for me. I am a gay man, in a same sex marriage. My husband and I were married in our church, by our minister, in …Continue reading →
Hot off the presses is Mike Milne’s wide-ranging and insightful article about the United Church of Canada in the wake of the Gretta Vosper decision. Mike interviewed me about my book and asked for my thoughts on the Vosper decision.
Announcing the official Vernon launch of Who’s Minding the Story? The United Church of Canada Meets A Secular Age! On October 30th at All Saints Anglican Church, Jeff Seaton will read selections from the book, and offer signed copies for sale at …Continue reading →