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Resources for Lent

Are you looking for retreats, devotionals, and other resources to nourish you through Lent? As we walk the 40 days together as a community, consider how you might observe the fast days between Sundays. Below are several opportunities in our diocese and elsewhere. If you have something to add to

Following Lazarus Out of the Cave

Traditionally, the Church has assisted in the recovery of mental health by, “the blood of the lamb and the word of their witness” (Rev.12:11), that is, ministering with the sacraments, the scriptures, prayer, and the testimonies of others. The study, “The Prevalence of Religious Coping among Persons with Mental Illness”

February Magazine

The February magazine is now available online! This month is a special focus on mental health in Rupert’s Land. Click the link to below to read the magazine online, or click here to download an easy pdf version for printing at home.

Mental Health Resources in Rupert’s Land

If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health concern, here is a list of local resources for referral. This list can be found on our website at rupertslandnews.ca/mental-health-resources. If you have suggestions to add to this list, particularly in for rural areas, please let us know.

Everything I Need: in search of housing

John Thompson arrives for his daily volunteer shift at Agape Table with a broad smile across his face, sporting a sweater and hat with a team logo. Nearly three years ago, John got word that his apartment block in Winnipeg’s north end would be renovated, resulting in a monthly rent increase

Mission Louis Riel Day

It began, as most good things do, with coffee and conversation. On a cold Thursday in 2008 when I was volunteering at Agape Table, I sat down to have coffee and a conversation with one of the guests, who I’ll call Paul. Paul began the conversation by asking me what

Epiphany: celebrating the appearance of God in Christ

This article was originally published on thehighcalling.org. It was written by Mark D. Roberts for the Foundation for Laity Renewal. And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to

WestEnd Commons: A Place to Call “Home”

When does a roof over your head become a home? Some people say a home is a safe, secure, private, and good quality accommodation. Others go further, expressing that a home is a place where they can achieve dreams, build relationships, and get the support they need. One youth worker

January Magazine

The January magazine is out. This month has a special focus on housing and hospitality and has pieces on intentional community, new housing projects, centring prayer, and liturgy. There is a Saint’s Story covering the life of Lindor Reynolds, beloved Anglican journalist, and a profile of John Thompson, a formerly

Street Store

I’d like to tell you a story. It’s mostly accurate and completely true. I say it’s mostly accurate because it’s from my own perspective. Someone else would likely have a different story to tell. In the first few days of September, 2014, I saw a video. It was about something

A Slice of Hope

Gilbert Berg imagines the helpless children of Bethlehem during Herod’s reign and wonders what would happen if he, a military underling, chose to disobey a commander’s order because of the wish to save innocent children. The poem arises from Gilbert’s belief that negotiation is preferable to the forceful imposition of

Christmas in Prison

“Would you want to be born in a prison?” The question was pretty direct, and somehow our Christmas conversation had steered into uncharted territory.  But it was exactly the kind of question I had been hoping for. Since the beginning of December, I have been meeting with small groups of

Pistis Christou: faith IN Christ or faith OF Christ?

Biblical scholars, like those of every discipline, look at the broad ideas of their material, the Bible, reading and analyzing its narratives, its proclamation, its theology, and its faith and ethical concerns.  They also look at details, recognizing that both meaning and wisdom become understood more clearly by drawing out

Expecting Christ in a Smartphone Age

I love my technology. I love social media. We have new ways of communication that were previously only the domain of science fiction writers. Yet with every gain, there comes loss. One notable loss seems to be in our inability to let any story play out. It is easier than

Hurry Up and Wait: practicing Advent at home

In our churches across the diocese, Advent tends to look pretty predictable. We have set colours, prayers, and practices in use from Portage la Prairie to Atikokan. But while there are only four Sundays in Advent, there are some 21 days we spend at work and home. The practices during

December Magazine

The December paper is out! This month has a special focus on Advent. See the online edition below. If you’d like to be removed from the print mailing and only receive the online version, please be in touch with us. Our apologies, the print edition of this paper is unusually

On the Ground: Youth Ministry Favourites

We asked two youth leaders, one in Winnipeg and one in Ottawa, to give us a sketch of their best and favourite practices in youth ministry. Here’s what the people on the ground are saying. Spontaneous Relationship: Zack’s favourites  It’s all about relationship – This is why many teens go

Trailblazing: a new resource for youth leaders

“I love working with youth in my congregation but sometimes I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing.” “How do I get training as a youth leader?” “I want to put more spiritual content in our youth program in ways that the kids can relate to.” Across the country,

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In the Silence

This month, contributors to the magazine converse with silence.

In our Community Catechesis section, Phil Barnett writes about the Christian contemplative tradition and introduces readers to spiritual practices of silence. Kirsten Pinto-Gfroerer meditates on silence amid suffering—on “trusting silence” which may sit with pain. Allison Abra and Matthew Bowman are interviewed about St John’s College’s efforts to house Ukrainian refugees and the gift of enlivenment that the college’s guests have brought amidst the quiet isolation of the pandemic. Finally, Theo Robinson challenges readers to consider “silent voices,” those persons whose voices are suppressed through means subtle and direct, and consider how we might speak up for all.

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