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Wildfire Rain

June 3, 2023
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Rain is falling,thrumming, steady on the deck boards as I wake in the dark. Rain has arrived, like a nurse,in rooms of exhaustionplumping up the hard pillows of dry earth,tenderly touching the burnt boards of dreamsAnointing their fallen doorwaysreleasing the love they surrounded,to soakdeeplyinto the aching hearts of those who are bereft. It is like…

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Holy Week and Easter: Prayers on the Breath

April 1, 2023
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May you risk the road and be graced by what you haven’t planned ~ I am travelling away from home during these marked days.  I will be travelling to enter the delightful, loving chaos that days with children and grandchildren offer.  I’ve chosen this travelling gratefully, but it opens questions in me.

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Beautiful, Beloved, Beginning

July 11, 2024
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Music  Oh My Children  Sara Thomsen Prayer:   (In unison)Holy One,May we come to this momentas though we were a gardenand You the softening rainas though we were the blossomsand You the orchardas though we were sandand You the tide, offering herself to the shore. May we come to this momentas though we were a bodyand…

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Glittering Pandemonium

May 21, 2024
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Opening to Pentecost Spirit lets in grief and joy. On Friday I watched the news of the shooting at Santa Fe High School as many of us did and felt the spirit of despair lapping at my heart like a cold tide.  In the midst of my sorrow, for those who experienced the violence of…

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What Rural Offers; What Rural Routes Invites

April 9, 2024
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Maundy Thursday: A Hand-Washing Ritual

March 28, 2024
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Find a bowl large enough for your hands to find space in and also, a towel. Partially fill the bowl with water. Set these in a place where you can sit quietly. This ritual was created for Maundy Thursday but you can listen any time you feel the need to ground yourself, to discern where…

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Palm Sunday; the punctuation of Lent

March 22, 2024
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Here in the midst of Lent’s shadowy days, a splash of red arrives. Palm Sunday punctuates our days of purple with the colour of passion, of witness, of martyrdom.   In childhood this day was one for little white gloves and knee socks, though how we managed that in the early spring of the Canadian Maritimes, I…

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Giving ourselves like alms

March 8, 2024
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Weeks into Lent, some of us may be dipping into those books of Lenten reflections more sporadically than we had hoped.  We may feel a bit untethered from whatever observance we had intended.  What do we do?  Give up? Begin again? Or something else. It’s long been important to me, as I inhabit Lent, to…

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Directed Study Summer 2024

March 3, 2024
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For the second year, attendance at Rural Routes Through the Holy will form part of a directed summer study offered by the Atlantic School of Theology. Dr. Marvin Lee Anderson will supervise the course. You can read the syllabus here. This is an excellent opportunity for those wanting to delve deeper into an exploration of…

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Rural Context and Culture for Ministry

February 25, 2024
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Dr. Marvin Lee Anderson will be the instructor for this Atlantic School of Theology directed summer study course, in which attendance at Rural Routes Through the Holy (RRTH) forms a key component. Marvin has reflected and taught extensively on his experience of rural contexts. You can read his bio here. You can read the course…

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What is Rural Routes Through the Holy?

February 12, 2024
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Learning, deepening, dreaming ~Finding our voices ~Realizing ourselves as ancestors of the future ~Attending to our neighbour ~Honouring the truth that, “small is also bountiful” ~Becoming community in God ~ Rural Routes was born in my imagination as I worked with small congregations. More than once I’ve arrived on pastoral charges that had a history,…

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Theme 2024 Beautiful to Behold: Broken Open Church

February 12, 2024
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The two parts of this title need one another.  You are, as a person, as a community, “beautiful to behold” by the Constant One who sees and holds you.  You just are.  You don’t earn it by scrambling to find the correct answer; to be bigger, younger, healthier, more right, more (or less) of anything. …

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Rural Routes Through the Holy Schedule – 2024

February 12, 2024
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Beautiful to Behold: Broken Open Church Thursday, June 13th9:30  Muffins, Coffee, Tea10:00 Welcome, Orientation to our time and place, check in and Worship11:15 – 12:15  Taster(s) 12:30 – 1:15 Lunch 1:15  -2: 45  Theme Presentation One and Rural Café2:45- – 3:15 Free time to walk the labyrinth, explore the prayer practices or book/resource/ market table)3:15 …

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In Epiphany pink is falling from the sky

February 1, 2024
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This morning when I woke up  I wanted to write about Epiphany, the season, rather than the day.  I was reflecting on how fast we can feel our days move, how subtly, before we know it, the consumer and consuming pulse affects our rhythm.  Our pace quickens. The seasons of the church year can become a way…

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