Monthly Archives October 2016

Revitalizing Places of Faith

The Canadian landscape, be it urban or rural, is punctuated with places of faith that tell the story of our shared history: the modest church of early settlers, the magnificent churches built in wealthier industrial cities, the chapels built by immigrants in the styles of their homelands, and the suburban modernist churches abrim with post-War optimism (and parking for all those station wagons!). These places continue to mirror our contemporary society that is increasingly urban, secular and multicultural. Abandoned small churches are a common site in rural Canada, and increasingly in our cities. The dramatic reduction in church attendance over
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Green Audit at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Brantford.

Thanks to Neil Dunning, St. Mark’s Anglican, for this report on our Green Audit. The report has been edited for this blog. St. Mark’s, Brantford, hosted an interfaith “Greening Sacred Spaces” workshop in partnership with Faith and the Common Good on October 1, 2016. This workshop was in response to a “green audit” performed by staff from the Greening Sacred Spaces program run by Faith & the Common Good. All faith groups with buildings in Brantford and area were invited, as well as Anglicans across the dioceses of Huron and Niagara. The goal was to share our green audit results and
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Caring for Creation and Community

Written by Katherine Forster, Ottawa Animator. There’s an intriguing sign that can be found on Laurier Avenue. You will see it along with twenty or so raised garden beds in front of a large old stone church. The sign says “Urban Shades – Communal Community Garden”. In smaller print the sign explained further “We’re Hosting “Work Bees” Every Sunday at 2 pm. Come and garden with your community.” It’s an interesting new twist to the familiar concept of community gardens. Community gardens are a great way for city-dwellers to gather. It’s an opportunity to meet neighbours, learn about what’s happening locally,
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Laudato Si’– Pope Francis and the Call to Ecological Conversion: A Reflection

Last month, John Dorner, our team member and volunteer with the Archdiocese of Ottawa, was invited to provide a reflection on the encyclical of Pope Francis entitled Laudato Si’ – On Care of our Common Home. This was for Kitchissippi United Church. Below are some highlights from the reflection. You can read the reflection in its entirety by clicking here. From John:  So, what is an encyclical? An encyclical is a letter about a critical issue that is sent to all the Catholic bishops and pastors in the world, and which is posted on the Vatican website so that it is
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