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unable to produce an issue of
Colleagues List last weekend because of
time and energy expended in having
colleague Mary Jo Leddy of Romero
Toronto with us in Calgary.
To compensate this week, I include
special item entitled:
Thoughts on "Welcoming the Stranger" -
Weekend With Colleague Mary Jo Leddy
- and it contains some of the
discoveries I made from many presenters
during those special three
I hope you enjoy it.
Colleague Comment - this week
is from a friend
from the early years of my ministry in the old
Church in America - Canada Section.
Barry Bence was a pastor with me in the
of Manitoba, and we have not had contact for
Nice to hear from you again,
Barry! I've added you to our mailing
Anglicans/Lutherans to Meet Together"
- this summer, these two denominations
hold their assemblies at the same time and
place - Ottawa, holding
several joint sessions
(Anglican Journal) http://tinyurl.com/avtsm3c
"Will Catholicism Change Its
Stance on Celibacy?"
- the question is bound to surface as a new
selected by a conclave in the Sistine
Chapel, Rome, which convenes this week
Wisdom of the
Week, an eclectic collection,
is offered as usual:
Pandita Ramabai, Plato,
Martin Luther King Jr; Eugene Cho and
Augustine share insights with us.
Newsworthy events between Feb. 25th - Mar. 10th:
three stories provided from the archives
of the New York Times
This collection of study
more than a decade of Monday Night Studies at
David's, plus extra courses too!
You are welcome to use our course
class notes and resource pages in your personal
"WELCOMING THE STRANGER" -
A WEEKEND WITH MARY JO LEDDY
We at St.
David's United Church and the
University of Calgary were privileged
sponsor a weekend, March 1st-3rd, 2013 with
author, professor, and
founder of Romero House
in Toronto - colleague Mary Jo Leddy.
following is a collection of discoveries
and insights gathered from that
do not all come from Mary Jo. We heard an
discuss current government
immigration policy; we learned about
extensive work of a number of organizations
serving immigrants and
refugees in Calgary;
and we rejoiced at the "success stories' of
who told us how they become Canadians.
Mary Jo herself was a panel
member, and gave
a dinner speech as well as a worship meditation
her three-day stay.
We appreciated the contributions of
Birjandian, Antoinette Godbout, Sultana Assar
Gallagher of the Calgary Catholic
Immigration Society. We enjoyed the
contributions of Bill Phipps, former moderator
of the United Church
of Canada, Bob Liddle,
member of St. David's, and Angelo Dut
friends) from the 20,000-member Calgary
We were grateful for the support of Abe Janzen
Mennonite Central Committee and from
representatives of the Centre for
and the Calgary Women's Immigrant Society.
the support of many from our
congregation who cooked and served as
and worship supporters during those days.
are some of the insights gathered
as rich fodder for my continuing
"Remember that you, too, were strangers in
the land of
Egypt" (Lev. 19:33-34.)
"In truth I tell you that, in so far as
served one of the least of these, brothers
and sisters of mine, you
1. If you want to begin doing
even just a small contribution - get to
know a refugee. There
are many agencies
helping newcomers to Calgary. Start with
the people who
have experience working
with them. They can provide support.
a person you come to care about
and learn to see the world through
3. We live in a culture that does not
to ordinary happenings.
Paying attention - is a fundamental gift.
Assimilate, don't try to integrate.
The model of our Canadian society
mosaic) helps newcomers move gradually,
and at their own pace, into
That is the meaning of assimilation.
5. Get to know
the stories of your own
ancestors. Chances are, there are in our
trees stories not unlike those of
people coming to Canada today.
Develop a sense of astonishment for
you life and the wonderful gifts
are offered us daily.
7. Perform consistent acts of
over time, and sense how small steps can
lead ultimately to big
for others, as well as for oneself.
8. Come to peace
with who you are and
what you have. Our lives - no matter
insignificant we think they are - are a
unique gift from God. Knowing
this allows us
to connect meaningfully with other's lives
which may seem
at first to be insignificant.
9. The warmth of the welcome is
decisive factor for any immigrant or refugee.
comes to us as we see
newcomers begin to discover a new life
themselves. The church continues to
be one of the best situated places
our society for 'welcoming the stranger.'
These and many
other thoughts from the
past weekend have stayed with me since
suppose they will continue to
inspire and challenge me to do good things
for new Canadian friends in the days ahead.
... I recently found your (Colleagues List)
almost right away I connected
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interview (February 17th, 2013) with the
family and friends of Fr.
My worship leadership is now focused at
Lutheran Church, Brunkild, MB.
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and your family are doing well.
Cast off all bonds of prejudice and custom,
and let the love of
Christ, which is in you,
have free course to run out in all conceivable
schemes and methods of labor for the souls of
People must not only hear about the kingdom
of God,but must see it in actual operation on
a small scale perhaps and
in imperfect form,
but a real demonstration nevertheless.
Knowledge without justice ought to be called
cunning rather than wisdom.
The richer we
have become materially, the poorer
we have become morally and spiritually.
learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in
the sea like
fish, but we have not learned the
simple art of living together as brothers
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
change the whole world, but we can
impact the world of some.
make a difference. Do what you can
and do it well.
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty
In the spirit of surprises,
it turns out that
the Hippocratic Oath does not include these words:
First, do no harm. Maybe the reason so many think
it does is that the
injunction is both pertinent
and pithy. Indeed, it neatly encapsulates the
of humility, at least as it relates to our outcomes,
otherwise. We charge about, convinced
that we are doing good: merely
‘avoiding harm’ seems
like a low standard to which to aspire. Yet within
our polities, organizations, and relationships, we
can see how easy it
is to make things worse by acting
with insufficient information or with
attention. May we act or refrain from action in
awareness of that fact, every day.