Clergy Notes — Pentecost 20, October 23 2022

The Diocesan Mission and Ministry Conference took place on Saturday a week ago, at St. Dunstan’s, Aldergrove. This was the first post-lockdown gathering of clergy and lay people from across the diocese, so there was a palpable sense of expectation and joy in being together. The glorious autumn weather and the user-friendly venue added to the occasion.

Paul’s words to the Thessalonians “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thess. 5.11) underpinned the theme of the day: celebration of our ministries and encouragement to look ahead creatively. Dr. Amy Zidulka, of Royal Roads University and from the Jewish tradition, gave a presentation on Nurturing Creative Conversations, leading into Practising Creative Discussions, through a Workshop session on one of Spiritual Development; Housing and Homelessness; Climate Justice. After an extended lunch, with good food and time for conversation, there was feedback in plenary. The day was interspersed with time for prayer and thanksgiving.

I came away feeling refreshed and encouraged, by the sense of belonging, and by the signs of life and vision in the diocese. It was good to listen and to share ideas on major life-issues facing us, locally and on a global scale, in a creative way. It encouraged me too to reflect on how we at St. James’ may build on the recent Formation sessions on Creation, and the Eco-Pilgrimage.

Every blessing,

Fr. Kevin


Download the Sunday service booklet here:Liturgy at Home Pentecost 20 October 23 2022