Thursday, July 23, 2015

THE DISCUSSION ON URBAN OR RURAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT

Basically these concepts are about urban populations and communities. Isolated and remote locations are often without because they are not added into the composition of the discussion. I live in a semi remote region of the Pacific NW Canada where we have a 1000 inhabitant population and 3000 non permanent community. Our parish finds new ways in a dual sense liturgy, and a strong laity to function support the needs both seasonally and annually. The role is not about who, when and during that makes a cultural mobile faith work. It is the purpose of how, where, what and why the neighborhood is most in need, or willing to share that is often lost in urban settings. When you look at the real goals and objectives, anywhere, seek to be within 20 blocks of the worship center for who is most likely to come, with their petitions and requirements. Too far is not the end state. What you can touch, reach and sense, determines your capabilities.
Far more work is necessary to draw attention to the remote faith communities where fewer church organizations have left the scene, for urban crisis roles. A greater purpose can be found in the rural and remote regions where larger families can be afforded the services, support and care, for these areas have been left unattended and removed from the traditional plans of christian business planners.
A recent article in the Anglican Journal lends the thought of how to serve remote locations and populations with communion from the hands of laity. The emphasis arguments are viewed that clergy are only capable of sacramental ability, as laity are far too unable to perform this duty.
The earliest of apostles numbered 3000 plus as scripture claims and Jesus Christ commissioned them with the power, authority and mission to share the feast of Eucharist, or the bread, wine and message of faith with the assistance of a Holy Spirit from God to enable them to be God's hands, mind and heart.
I am a strong advocate of learning, instruction and guidance of the role and presentation of communion in proper circumstance. I have served with padres many gun pit Eucharistic services, over my 40 years in the military. I have no reason to change the guidelines, however when two or more are gathered in his name, God is present also to which I say all who are by baptism willing are able to in the necessary purpose in clergy absence.
My conclusion is that the Anglican Church of Canada's recent paper on this subject is sound, reasonable direction and guidance, and Diocese Synods should enact this document, for the greater good of remote and isolated communities, and also to expand the liturgy where clergy are absent for more that 30 days at a time, to provide for laity appointed parish leaders to serve the very aspect they are called to do, Pioneer Mission people.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Now the real effort of a Celtic Centurion can begin

We as a body in faith often find the path we want is not what the rest of the people see, sense of understand. The needs of walking in faith can begin with standing in one place and a simple prayer can build the dream into a reality. I know you might sense this as strange or difficult. My expression of a community build is about the will to like scripture asks, seek a place where people will come they know the voice of a master shepherds call. Be still and you will find your flock for they know your voice and will come to share the grace of mercy, the will of the spirit and Love of God.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

MAYNE MISSION MARCH 2015

We often view religion and theology they are like a doctor who see his/her patients in an office with little background to the lives they are living beyond the medical cubicle examination room. The patient reads the prescription like a word they can not pronounce or understand. 

These are the dosages of theology, which often are very good for us, when taken with attention to the side affects they are likely to cause as the body, mind and spirit absorbs the words and spirit absorbs the years of dosage

What I am interested in is how people react, in the following days as the continued pioneer mission works to inner action after the actual ( Sermon, worship service) to move about in the community.

People If you watch carefully enough you will observe several noticeable things. I take the approach of the community deacon, who looks at the conditions of the person, before and in many cases after liturgy is read or presented in the context of what the scripture (dose) might change or alteration to the the lives of that individual, to see the difference of that person in the ways the teaching and learning took effect to improve or alter a life.

I take pride in being a laity inspired open mission leader like a shepherd in the fields of Christian mission, not to inhibit people but to enable them to know someone cares what the scriptures sustain for them and us all. This is a role I feel allows me to share with the people of the Mayne and other Gulf Islands.

One of the many concerns we have as a community is the needs for all ages and medical issue to gain access to fresh nutrition at least weekly. I want to begin 2015 making presentation, or leading workshops on how to achieve this in all parts of the Gulf and Vancouver Island locations. Do you have a group or club that would give me an hour to come and present my ideas for your membership to open their own food support project.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

MARCH 2015 -MAYNE ISLAND MONTH ONE

I am sending out this blog note, with a sense of excitement and pleasure after the few steps and motions of a new to us home. We arrived on Mayne Island on Feb 3, 2015 to a lot of home and some work to get it ready to live in. Over the next few days we learned how unique and functionable the whole house would become with some effort. Certainly the home had needs and renovations to the electrical system that will increase some changes and living skills. I went to Victoria for a few days and returned to a shell of renovations and a new electrical panel that has the 200 A capacity. Now come the future cabinets and counters to be installed, with flooring to improve the appearance. I hope you all will keep in touch for the next version of the blog.


Friday, January 16, 2015

ACCOUNTING A FAITH

While the counting of people is a view of value, like an account balance, the ANGLICAN expression is about  even more. Parishes are closing in some areas as people migrate, yet the body of individuals doing things inside the parish and community remains an incredible experience. I sense the real work of the body and mind of the Anglican faith in Canada is alive, vibrant with will and determination. When we all renew our hopes and wishes with rolled up sleeves and strength, what is can stop us in our quest for scripture, tradition and a reason to be a community of belief in each other.

The question for us today as in 1965, remains how to make our hopes, religion and expression the will of us, now today while sharing the gifts with three generations: teenagers and youth 17-27, young family members 27-47, who want a seat at our tables, and finally a generation of mature people who have not loss faith, just tired of waiting for parishes to grow, where clearly a vibrant plant of Anglican beauty still offer fruits of faith, bread of affirmation and waters of refreshment to our body, soul, spirit and mind, in love of  trinity in action.

Before you all think I am silly, read though my comments. Where is a church a building, structure or location? When you make the institution about who you share, life, adventures, stress, ideas, worship and meals as the base of your role in a community, that group prospers. You can not hold them back from the pain, joys, prayers, words and deeds in how they interact. Invite all to the table of Eucharist,  and seldom will anyone not be fed by the body of Christ, the cup of salvation and renewal. However worship is not solely acts or actions. When we depart the location with a prayer of thanks on our lips and minds, then walk the streets of any town, city or open area you will find ways to share that gift of faith. Accounting is for business, or agencies to gauge values and profit or loss. We have a no need or benefit to a ledger sheet to determine our  faith. It is alive, and ready to do amazing things when we move in ways to give others care, consideration and some love, by faith in various expressions.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

WHAT IS COMING TO ROUGH EDGE IN 2015

It is a thought to many of you, that I have not let you know a bit about my mission plan, I took courses in theology from McMaster University at the graduate level while not having a lot of the formal university training. My papers were for pastoral care and incidental stress care. From 2008 to now I have worked on the role of a Deacon style open ministry by walking around in communities. Living in a mission and teaching role about faith, grace, mercy, belief and hope in a new way is a challenge for many to accept..

We often view Christian leaders who tell us what is necessary to good living, they are like a doctor who see his/her patients in an office with little background to the lives they are treating, in the world beyond the examination room. The patient reads the prescription like a word they can not pronounce or understand what the liturgy teachings might do to their bodies, over the life  they need to live once they depart worship requires These are the dosages of theology, which often are very good for us, when taken with attention to the side affects they are likely to cause as the body, mind and spirit absorbs the words and spirit of reasons. What I am interested in is how people react, iin the following days to be without any further checking after the actual ( Sermon, worship service, or counselling) to move about in the community. If you watch these people carefully enough you will observe several noticeable things.

By my own observations and interests I take the approach of the community deacon, who looks at the conditions of the person, before and in many cases after liturgy  is read  or presented in the context of what the scripture (dose)  might change or alteration to the the lives of that individual,  to see the difference of that person in the ways the teaching and learning took effect to improve or alter a life.

In short my role is similar to the therapist and trainer in religions teachings not simple scripture readings where no one can envision the results of working with the community on living the faith, grace, hope and care of everyday life, I take pride in being a laity inspired open mission leader like a shepherd in the fields of Christian mission, not to inhibit people but to enable them to know someone cares what the scriptures sustain for them and us all. This is a role I feel allows me to share with the people of the Mayne and other Gulf Islands.

One of the many concerns we have as a community is the needs for all ages and medical issue to gain access to fresh nutrition at least weekly. I want to begin 2015 making presentation, or leading workshops on how to achieve this in all parts of the Gulf and Vancouver Island locations. Do you have a group or club that would give me an hour to come and present my ideas for your membership to open their own food support project.
I only require that your interested members support my cost of travel and a small fee ( 25.00) for my time and being able to speak any time of the day or evenings. Connect with me at ROUGH EDGE VANCOUVER ISLAND BC or text me at ronm.weeks@gmail.com for more information

Sunday, January 4, 2015

BEGINNING 2015 - WHAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

I would never have thought the changes of the year from one to another could be so different. I had no idea what was on the corner of January 2015.You can only take 15 Minutes at at a time I say. Well the 15 Minutes of 2 January morning might be called the best of the best.

After a long discussion and debate with Medical staff and specialist in the Government of Canada both with DND  and Veteran's Affairs Canada. Both these agencies wanted to help me yet the information and details of the case were complicated and confused by attitudes and systemic process.

So I was making coffee and getting ready for the usual day when suddenly the call I never expected came. I was in a state of shock, awesome confusion and perplexed reality. Now I am a veteran of record with a disability. This does mean I am incapable or limited. I am a person who has been for the past eight years a case and circumstance of prolonged medical problems. Now with a simple statement I can finally affirm the will to fight for your rights and care, not as a victim of a single act, deed or circumstance. I was a proud of the roles and duties I performed, then now and in the future for the training, and responsibility of a soldier's purpose.

Now let's say that the true intention of my blog and webpage is a continuous moving forward in the care, treatment, and long term support of the men, women and member's of the paramilitary, military and medical community for disorders of the body, minds, we term as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
I have a calling to the ways we as disorder suffers, can find methods and aids to the continuous recovery of the condition, we call PTSD. Is that abbreviation a short term concept outlet and phrase that is misunderstood like saying the Big "C", meaning Cancer. We all use short term phrase terms that label and assign stigmatic identity to a condition of the body, or affecting the brain, learning, retention of details from a past traumatic interval in our lives,  brought about by horror, or injury.

I am certain that the medical conditions like Diabetes, or Cancer are just as traumatic moments, however we all know the disease process of morbidity are unable to be avoided. So also is the incidents of stress and emotional crisis can leave the sense of taste, smell, hearing or touch with a much more profound problem of very simple thing we refer to as the Spirit. The human body can recover from surgery and treatments of the blood, muscles and bones, with some difficulty.

Yet the body is even more affected element is the senses. The five major senses are at risk by the historical relevance of one or a series of events, which we can never block out or remove from the precious memory resource we know as conscience.

The reason for the note today is more about the will of my own purpose and life goal to assist two sides of the Trauma event situation. Too many times we treat with medical standards the very thing that can reduce, improve and affirm the people with a disorder, compassion, reassurance, and being there, when it is most necessary. I want to remind you all the will of my life goal is to find the project, center and people who will make future and present Incident Exposure person less at risk for the next few decades.