Tag Archives: Leadership

To see that we are seen

Because of the devastating flooding in the Ottawa region since Easter weekend, many conversations have turned toward the unprecedented levels of water in the Spring run-off. In 2017, we surpassed the 100-year levels. And just two short years later in … Continue reading

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The loved migrant: a ‘washing feet’ analogy

The disciples need to have their feet washed. It was not only customary in ancient times to wash the feet of guests into your home, but necessary. Calloused and muddy feet were the norm in an age of open-toed sandals … Continue reading

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Pastor’s Annual Report 2018

From this morning’s Annual General Meeting at Faith Lutheran Church in Ottawa, here is my report about the past year: The council had a significant turnover of membership in 2018. On the one hand, the pastoral care ministry was strengthened. … Continue reading

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Conversations – Children’s Ministry

In recent years and with increasing awareness, it’s evident that a fresh, creative approach to children’s ministry is needed. We stand, really, at a crossroads with how we do this work. An opportunity stands before us. And an important question … Continue reading

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Discerning Mission today

I’m offering the following reflection to members of our congregational council prior to a conversation we hope to have around discerning a mission focus at Faith Lutheran. I invite your responses, too! A missional theology for the 21st century I … Continue reading

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Annual Pastor’s Report 2017

“Anniversary Year” 2017 marked a significant year in the life of the Lutheran church, from the global expression of the church all the way to the local. Some 74 million Lutherans associated with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) commemorated the … Continue reading

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Repeat performances

Once again during the Christmas season, I experienced this strange cultural phenomenon: How many decades has it been that every December, movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Elf”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, “National Lampoon’s Christmas … Continue reading

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