Hope Lives: A Place at the Table

November 28 - December 19, 2021

Table Talk: Picking Up the Tab

December 19, 2021 • Nate Dirks

Our goal as a church is for every one of us to take our place at the table, participating in seeing the church change and grow in compassion and Christlikeness. But that takes more than just hard conversation and good intention. Ultimately, it takes the wholehearted investment of our time and resources to make the changes required for us to actually become this kind of community and people. So, where are these conversations headed? What's your part in the conversation? And how can we all not just talk the talk, but pick up the tab to make it happen?

Table Talk: Truth & Reconciliation

December 12, 2021 • Michael Krause, Patty Krawec

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was created through a legal settlement between Indigenous communities, the federal government, and churches to inform Canadians about what happened in residential schools. It started a conversation about the relationship between the Indigenous Peoples and the settlers who colonized this land by acts of “cultural genocide,” and it points forward to acts of reconciliation between those communities. How do these truths, and the various calls to action outlined in the report, affect us as a church, and as followers of Jesus?

Table Talk: Harm Reduction

December 5, 2021 • Michael Krause, Annie Froese

Change is hard, even positive ones. To let go of prior ways of being, even to embrace better ways of being, is still very hard to do. To that end, the shelter community has undergone some challenging changes through the pandemic, changes that have simultaneously illuminated ways that we can learn to love and serve each other better, not just in the shelter, but in every relationship we have. What is it that we are learning in the shelter these days, and what can we learn about loving people like Jesus?

Hope Lives: A Place at the Table

November 28, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

One of the most inspiring and Christlike part of our church is the way that hundreds of us are learning to engage in friendships of mutuality and love with our marginalized neighbours, serving each other, and through each other to see a clearer picture of who God, and becoming genuine friends. It is inspiring to see God changing so many individual lives as a result. But what if God has a higher vision for this part of how we follow Jesus? What if God is calling us beyond our individual experiences where “friendship makes the difference” to something even bigger?