PIONEER MISSION - VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Anglican Journal: Amazing Grace! - DR Gary Nicolosi

Anglican Journal: Amazing Grace!

Dr Gary Nicolosi is a man I met on several occassions. He is a very worth while author on a wide range of subjects for renewal of Christian faith, for anyone who is seeking a return to practice in faith. I hope you will all read this.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How to approach the concern of Calvin & Knox theology

Study broadly indeed is a good way to begin the review of the Calvinist theme of theology. as a recently departed Presbyterian here in Canada.The concept of predestination and the fall from grace, without any hopeof  ever recovering likely manke most  human feels they are without hope. Falling is a natural occurrence due to gravity, Jesus and God helps us to rise again and go forward.
Grace and hope are essential points of belief process yet the immediate ability and will of God to unconditionally confirm mercy and forgiveness, as the blessing benefit, would raise up many Reformers to call for that very point to be unworthy by mankind. Most theological libraries have whole sections on John Calvin and John Knox and the problem of redemptive life after any fall by human weakness.

I would recommend that anyone who is seeking to learn more about the differences within the general theology discussion , come and sit in on a few events so they can find out all they are able to see for themselves. I took three full years of Seminary and a following 12 years on mission efforts, so i am not even one to call me any form of an expert, rathere a up and coming new voice in the wilds of BC, with a will to cry out so many can hear me. I would like to know who wants to come with me on this wilderness track like the Moses lead the people who would one day be called Israel, yet needed to find themselves a belief they would respect, admire and hold firm with for now almost 2000 years.

I wonder waht the world will do in 2070 when the new Israel Celebrates that anniversary. That will be the ultimate party, year.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Chapter 5 March 27 12- How and where can justice and tolerance work better

 “Conspiracy of silence” on residential schools has been broken

By Shayne Morrow, March 13, 2012
David MacDonald, United Church Minister and former MP
For United Church minister and former Member of Parliament David MacDonald, “there is no larger conspiracy of silence” than the one surrounding Canada’s residential schools. MacDonald serves as special advisor to the United Church Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools and was once a Progressive Conservative MP in the Prince Edward Island riding of Prince (later Egmont), first elected in 1965. He attended the Truth and Reconciliation public hearings March 12 and 13 at Maht Mahs Gym in Port Alberni to listen to the testimony of residential school survivors. “I have been deeply involved with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission [since] it was first created eight years ago,” MacDonald said.
That process actually began 14 years ago when the United Church , which ran the Alberni Indian Residential School , asked MacDonald to serve as an advisor “for a few months” while the church and the federal government dealt with the first flood of lawsuits filed by residential school survivors.

“Nobody knew how many lawsuits there were going to be,” MacDonald said. “There was the Blackwater case out of Alberni where 25 survivors filed suit. The question became, ‘What is the liability?’”
MacDonald said, at first, the federal government attempted to disclaim liability, maintaining that the six churches that maintained all but 19 of Canada ’s residential schools bore full responsibility for any legal settlements. “There was a good deal of acrimony, and it resulted in a three-way fight, with survivors suing the churches, the churches suing the government and the survivors then suing the government,” MacDonald said.
MacDonald credits his long-time friend and iconic First Nations leader George Erasmus, head of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, with kick-starting the TRC process.

“I had asked him to speak in Prince Edward Island , and he threw out a challenge, calling on the federal government to conduct a public inquiry on residential schools,” MacDonald said. “The body that really brought it into action was the Assembly of First Nations, under Phil Fontaine.” What MacDonald now finds hard to believe is the level of public ignorance–his own included–about what was happening in the residential school system for generations.“It is shocking to say I knew nothing about Indian residential schools, even as a Member of Parliament, even as those schools began closing down in the late 1960s,” he said. “In 1979-1980, I was a cabinet minister (Communications) in the [Joe] Clark government, responsible for Metis and non-Status Indians. I was also chair of the Cabinet committee that dealt with aboriginal affairs, and the subject of residential schools never came up once. I have absolutely no idea how that is possible.”
The shock hit even closer to home when the first lawsuits emerged and the Canadian public began to take notice.

“I had a reserve in my riding, and people from the reserve went to the [Shubenecadie] residential school in Halifax ,” MacDonald said. “I have since re-connected with friends who I knew 40 years ago, and I never knew they had been to the schools.” MacDonald blames the reserve system itself for fostering a sense of futility and isolation, and “a deafening silence” both on-reserve and off-reserve about a system that was designed to assimilate indigenous people and erase their cultural memory. “In my political career we dealt with the divide between the English and the French, but while that was going on, nobody paid any attention to what was going on with the indigenous peoples of Canada ,” MacDonald said.

MacDonald is no stranger to peoples in crisis. Following his electoral defeat in 1980, he spent several years working on famine relief in Africa, before being appointed Canadian Ambassador to Ethiopia under the Brian Mulroney government. He was re-elected in Toronto-Rosedale in 1988 and served through 1993.
MacDonald said he now recognizes the connection between culture and resilience for Canada ’s First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.

“What amazes me is the diversity across this country. Particularly in Ontario , as we’ve seen in Attawapiskat , there are lots of places where people are living in remote, precarious places,” he said. “It is far more encouraging in the Far West and Far North, in those communities where the culture was able to survive.” As a result of that diversity, MacDonald believes the road to recovery is going to become more “complicated.” What he finds encouraging is the shift in the national dialogue, as the full picture of the residential school system has been revealed.  “The original focus was on the criminal abuse–the sexual abuse–but that got to change after the Harper government issued the apology (June 11, 2008),” MacDonald said. “Since then, the greater impact has come forward, and it has taken the focus away from the pedophiles like [Arthur Henry] Plint and focused on the reason why the schools were there.”
In his apology before the House of Commons, Harper acknowledged that the policy of assimilation was wrong, and “has had a lasting and damaging impact on aboriginal culture, heritage and language.”

MacDonald said the United Church signed an agreement with Ottawa in 1996-1997 in which its financial liability was capped. While the financial obligation has been settled, MacDonald said the United Church now bears “the ultimate moral responsibility” to move beyond the apology and to fight for social justice for Canada ’s indigenous peoples in areas such as land claims and treaty negotiations.



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The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that aboriginal background should be a
paramount consideration when sentencing violent offenders who have breached
long-term supervision orders. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that
aboriginal background should be a paramount consideration when sentencing
violent offenders who have breached long-term supervision orders. (Adrian
Wyld/Canadian Press)

Monday, March 26, 2012

ENGLAND: Anglican Covenant defeated in majority of dioceses

ENGLAND: Anglican Covenant defeated in majority of dioceses

This blog is not to be a decision for many one side of the concept of the Anglican Communion and Covenant, yet a chance for you the readers to seek out the information presented in the article. I know as I was studying at Vancouver School of Theology (VST 2009) this subject brought much debate of how we as a Province were to view this both on Vancouver Island Diocese and the New Westminister Diocese who are not in a same mind on this process.The Anglcian Church is changing with the times, and keeping with that the focus is on parish life and mission. The Anglican of today is a diverse indivudual and can think for themselves. Anglican purpose is still reason, scripture and tradition as core based values, not social lifestyles or practices.

My own veiw is that as a individual who has seen partition on the selection process by other boards and panels that I was presented to, they felt my qualifications were not up their standard of as per the sheet of records, yet my references and referrals clearly showed me as suitable and strong applicant for appointment.

 I feel the Bishop's in all the Anglican Commuion should  be required to strongly encouraged the data base pf all applicant in order to fill vacancies as a priority to assign either as Deacons and Diaconial staff. We should be reducing the need for elder or recent retired,  Preists to work in absent locations or fill reducing parishes to keep the Executives in the clubhouse, who are solely not willing to take on missions, to keep club house mentality, and yet fewer Provinces suffer from shortage of new considered appointments. A church with incerasing mission and misnistry is sustainable. We as Anglcians are in need of what Pierre Burton wrote in 1966 about this very process which still is relevant in today's problems, as it was when the Lambert Conference was in Toronto that would not consider changing from the top down, but holding back the process with procedures that are as old and the walls of many Bishop's houses, called the Cathedral.

On a personal note I wish to applaud the retiring Archbishop of Canterbury, for his immeasurable strength over his term as a true leader of the our Anglican faith. A job most able and well done The Rev Rwan Williams.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Faith in Various Expressions:

I responded to a comment on another page with this reply. I trust some of you might enjoy both the humor and the back ground behind what I am learning in doing this blog about myself and you my fellow following bloggers.

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I read you comments with a keen interst of two points, one a bit of comedy to make a point. If a light bulb was called a dark sucker instead as it draws out all darkness, and when it burns out, it is because it is full of all the darkness it can hold, is that why we should call light bulbs "darksuckers". The shadows of any light candle or light bulb truly does illuminates around all corners with a similar  light, reflecting us to our path.
We as Christians are all ordained into the faith of sharing are we not? The process of ordaining is a religious conventions by the higher authority that often attempt to set up rules of who is to be chosen. I came to the realization as I went through Seminary for four years that the essential component is how you bring others to faith, not the who can bring a person to faith? The real gift is where you can sit any any location and share the faith of scripture in both the entire Bible and make someone feel they are learning and growing in belief, like a wine maker, who tends the vine with the same care and attention to ensure the yield of the vine is at full capability.
My role in my life is to be that tendering soul, who is willing and ready to enhance the vine as It grows naturally, not the wine maker who often discards the branch beacuse they want the vine to go in a certain direction only for their own purpose or intent.
Come to me all who are heavy labour, and I will refresh you,is much more appropriate in our calling to share the works of Christ in daily living.

Monday, March 19, 2012

NEW POSTING FROM DR MARTIN BROKENLEG

https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Church-of-the-Holy-Apostles/346592866560

Hope you will find this posting of interest, as I am confident that any posting with my friend DR Brokenleg will be well received.

RM

Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada - Responding to FXCA

http://www.freshexpressions.ca/2009/01/primates-endorsement-of-fresh-expressions-canada/comment-page-1/#comment-14786

I trust that my words adn thoughts will maybe get a few responses to my challenge to the Central Church to come a tell a story fo renewal and development where many thought we were not going to survive and prosper in our life of being a small parish church.

Chapter 3 - March 19th 2012 Reviewing Fresh Expression- Origins of this sites development

http://www.freshexpressions.ca/2008/11/share-a-guide-to-fresh-expressions-of-church/

THe whole concept of fresh expressions has been central to Eastern Canada, over the past 5 years and few if any churches are doing this in their regions. I decide to start the process as a mission role project for the Diocese of BC. It has not been well or easy to receive much support as many people on the west coast are still recovering from the residential school concern.

i am not saying the role of fresh expressions is not worth my time or efforts, wuite the opposite. I find all sorts of people from all walks of life and community who are interested in a simple and not so formal way to do faith without having to go to the loal church every week. i am truly intersted in sending you an invite to come and explore what this faith based group offers to build your trust in fellow members of a like mind faith body who can enjoy a glass of beer, wine or coffee  with their time of reflection on scripture and religious discussions.

YOU can email me or reply to this blog as I read your views with a keen hope of interest.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Chapter 2 of Faith in Various expressions March 18, 2012

Well a very interesting day for me as I attended three different and blessed worship services.On my usual plan was the morning early service of the BCP  and enjoyed the priest homily on the readings, you can follow them in the readings of Forward day by day, on the internet as I will add that to the end of this note.

Then at the BAS service my intentions were short lived due to the problems of an elder person taking ill. We managed to all of that in stride with good results, then a mad dash to the Quaker's meeting for soup and talks , which was a different and fun way to see other forms of religion being done effectively. I will encourage all of you to read this commentary with the hope we will all share our trips and travels in faith with general expressions for what we observe, relate to, and respond to in giving glory to creation, theology and the beauty of human faith designs.

In the end the day concludes with a trip to the Costco store to shop like a store room cupboard was bare and empty. Our Lord gives us the will to shop till we are broke in funds, but the store room is full for another few weeks in the house. Blessed is the house with food for all to share, and meals to prepare for others who need our support.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Why this site is on the internet?

You might enjoy this as the mission purpose effort to focus the concepts of faith in a new variation of study and conversation of the scriptures through reading and discussions, for all ages of adults, by enjoyable means.
I was a long time church interested person who decided to return to worship after a long absence. That entry was difficult for me because I was divorced and single, so that fellow parishioners felt was a problem in their midst.

I read about a new form of worship called Pioneer Mission Minister's, who had a role in the Anglican Church of England, to revive the practices of scripture, liturgy and community, beyond the church walls, as a new mission in countries for the same group of people who were like me at my age. I read all I could find on this and  so much more at ease to be able to be directed to go out into the local community and share the faith over a beer.

I then read about missions in urban areas where theological pub church events were forming and they included a a need to seek out Men like myself who would explore this as a lead role, not as missionaries, but event developers and make these events happen. I am so ready to do this my whole thoughts and daily ideas are filled with the possibles, yet conventional church foundations think of this as a threat.

Today's church has rooms for all kinds of new ways to see and feel faith. The single man or woman with a few years under their belt are not a challenge to the other's, they are the new age of self explorers. If you like what is stated here, ask me for more information, if you see this as problem for your church ideas, let's discuss the ways to resolve it by conversation and time to sit at the table of  food and drink and see what we both can feel about increasing sense of purpose to this new church concept.

RELIGIOUS CHANGE OF LEADERS - COPTIC CHURCH

http://www.globaltvedmonton.com/world/pope+shenouda+iii+head+of+egypts+coptic+christian+church+dies+at+88/6442602812/story.html

I was aware of this ancient faith, that takes it's origins back to Early Christian roots.

RAINBOW KITCHEN - FUN RAISING EVENT SAT APRIL 14TH

I am posting this event so others will see it and plan to attend in support of the Victoria Rainbow Kitchen Society, at  www.rainbowkitchen.ca. If you need more information you can send your requests to victoriarainbowkitchen@gmail.com.

RM

Chapter 1 of Faith in Various expressions March 16, 2012

I am sitting here after attending a Men's Breakfast meeting. One of the key discussions presented this morning was how police are now required to disclose details to the Defendant's law firm on all evidence collected form all sources post crime scene. I was thinking how would Jesus interpret the same idea in the conflict resolution in Matt 18.

I am always interested in how human's react to prevention of tension and conflict, over enforcement when a conflict happens, so to make the two parties come to some form of joint decision to end the conflict. Are we not meant to try to find ways and purposes to end these conflicts at the lowest point, before it goes beyond the need to for others to get involved more formally.

Please go to your favorite version of the scripture you Bible and read the passages in Matthew 18. Send me your comments and ideas on what it means to you, in daily life and hopefully we can seek reasons for how to prevent tension where it makes daily living hurtful or difficult. I hope to see a few comments some time this week on this subject.
RM