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It is highly entertaining that many spiritual tomes throughout history have been written in regards to simplicity. One of my spiritual roots that allowed me to rise, was the Franciscan ideal of “mendicant”-the open hand, used as a slur, but empowered through the idea that it is all God’s…so let it flow.

Yet how often does one take the idea of flow and the new, releasing the old, into their on-line presence?

How often do you enter mindfulness and truly look at who you are following on Twitter? Who you are a friend with on Facebook? What groups or likes you have on Facebook? Or as I did this last week updated my blog to better reflect where I am now in life.

So as a spiritual practice of simplicity within this new reality, take time to reflect on your social media presence and does it still truly reflect you? Go back through like you would the closet and basement with the clean up idea?

Are you ready for 21st century simplicity practice?



800 years ago, give or take a few years St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron of my Spiritual Charism, cast a new order to go beyond Order of Friars Minor (think Robin Hood’s Friar Tuck) and the Poor Clares (think Nun’s with Feminism dashed in, kind of like Sister Act with Whoopi Goldberg if you will)…

Yet. Much better than a but, Y-E-T- as Francis’ mendicants (insult meaning beggar) travelled spreading the gospel message of poverty, charity, love, and justice for all the interconnected of creation many who were married wanted to forsake their vows and join the celibate orders and…

Yup plus an A-N-D- there was some friars and sisters that well, let’s be honest humanity like every species on the planet is designed for procreation. Francis was an astute spiritual guide in that he realized this and blessed those that are called to be together, to make babies, to populate the world for that is the original commission within the Hebrew Scriptures go forth and out of the indwelling love of Spirit populate the world in love.

This is what birthed the Third, Lay or Secular Order. It was a work by one of these Franciscan’s 19 years into my journey of trying to remember paradise, discover the Spirit within, that working in a bookstore I stumbled upon John Michael Talbot’s (1998) The Life Lessons of St. Francis: How to bring Simplicity and Spirituality into your Daily Life. For someone who had journeyed through many Eastern, Celtic, Pagan, Western and Alien spiritual paths finding myself back in the Christian Church as a Sunday School teacher, this little volume showed me how my beliefs around love and inclusion worked together with belief and living out of God’s love, from the divine spark, the star dust that we are created from.

So dear reader, you are probably wondering what this 800 year history lesson has to do with anything? Especially the book you have picked up to read on different centering values to create a fuller you?

Simple, it is part of the formation of the writer of this book, it has influenced my understanding and shaped any bias within the stories to be found within. Also, when in the mid-2000’s I took the Munay-Ki Shamanic Rites, I was blessed to be labelled a Wisdom Keeper, one that holds the truths of the ancient stories for today.

In the Franciscan story there are many truths for today, but the one to remember as we move through these pages is perhaps the simplest lesson of all:

Within Francsicanism there is no historical Reformation (where the Protestant Church split from the Roman Catholic Church) rather it is a moment by moment reformation of one’s own heart, soul, spirit and community that one is called into.

So thank you for stepping into this new journey, it is a collection of values for all ages. To prepare for this spend time cleansing your energy, exhaling out the negative, and opening your heart to seeing things in a new light. There may be terms that are unfamiliar or may not resonate with you, this is due to my family’s Judeo-Christian Heritage, simply as you are reading replace them with terms that resonate with you.

I encourage you to find the best time of day to do the soul work with these values, take along a prepared kit:

Monk’s Bag of Tricks

  1. A simple bag, back pack or attache case
  2. Place within pens, pencils, crayons, pencil crayons, pastels,
  3. A fidget toy (perhaps a koosh, some Lego, a slinky, mystery box figures, something to play with to clear your mind when you get stumped).
  4. A journal
  5. A book of Wisdom teachings that you can read a snippet of each day.

Armed with this bag in your daily life, either identify a place in your community or your home that you can use as a retreat space to commune deeper within yourself.

So are you ready? This will not be your traditional spiritual formation journey, I mean the book is called Left Field, which for any sports metaphor you know it is usually the unusual team members that do not fit anywhere else.

That is us, those that are seeking the personal ongoing moment by moment reformation of St. Francis of Assisi, not only for ourselves but for our community and out world. So the question is now in your hands, close the book and walk away…

Or turn the page, step into left field with gusto and accept the challenge to create a new you.

Left Field


year we would like to see your parishes take a few minutes to think about consciously including AYC in your parish plans and budget.


We hope families with children will consider a week at camp in August for your children.


At AYC, we had 34 parishes represented among our campers and staff last year. Of the 83 parishes in our Diocese last year, only four parishes donated money to sponsor 12 children who needed bursaries. Yet those 12 children were from eight different Anglican parishes.


We have been blessed by a number of individuals donors to our camp who do not even belong to an Anglican parish yet want to make sure we never have to say no to a request that a child go to camp.


Special thanks goes out to all those who recognize the importance of this ministry. We could never do it without all of you. Because we rent the site with kitchen and support staff included, we incur extra expenses.


In the past, the Diocese has not included AYC in their annual budget. However, we have been very grateful when the Diocese covers our deposits and any shortfalls we may have incurred.


This past fall as we welcomed our new Bishop, the Executive blessed us with a one-time gift to help us with our deposits for the coming year.


There is also a group of people who volunteer hours of their time to work at camp, plus donate supplies to keep camp going. We could not operate without the commitment of these people.


AYC is held for two weeks in August at a site we rent on Red Deer Lake (west of Hobbema) called Livings Springs Bible Camp. Over the last several years, we have built a wonderful relationship with the Living Springs Board and Staff.


Living Springs is owned and operated for the summer months as a joint venture between six local Evangelical Churches. We have reached approximately 100 children each year. We could accommodate 75 children each week.


This is where you come in. Spread the word to every family you meet. Perhaps your parish would consider sponsoring children connected to your parish.


No children? A donation to AYC directly will help sponsor children whom you may not know but whose parents may not be able to afford the full fee. The AYC philosophy is that every child should be able to attend camp. The cost to sponsor one child is $330 and through the Diocese, we can offer a tax-deductible receipt for your donations.


If you feel you would like to get involved with this important ministry or would like to learn more about what we do, then we would like to invite you to our Annual Camp Reunion and Dessert fundraiser on March 3, 2007 at Holy Trinity Church, 18 Hidden Creek Road N.W. from 2-4pm.


We will have desert, a silent auction and lots of pictures from past camps. Itʼs a chance to visit old camp friends and to get a real feel for what camp is all about. I challenge every parish to send someone to our reunion to see what camp means to the children who attend. Better still send one child to camp.


Lastly, we ask all of you for your prayers. Pray that we receive the children to attend, the volunteers to staff camp and the funds to pay our way. This is a Diocesan ministry and our hope is that every parish large or small with children or not, will see the importance of this ministry and find it in their hearts to participate in some small way.


Please visit our website for more information. or call us directly on our AYC phone (403)835-3555. See you at the reunion!

Sheila Taylor was

AYC Director for 2006







Summer’s Coming




Free for all at Senior Camp.


Fun at Junior Camp.


Why Join a


Religious Order?


by Ty Ragan


I began the second phase of my Novitiate with the Third Order, Society of St. Francis of Assisi on the eve of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4).


I watched with joy as the animals God entrusted to us were blessed. A question is asked by a friend as I help him write a term paper in the history of Christian spirituality, why a Religious Order? Why strive to be “of no higher office than that of minor” as Francis phrased it in his earliest Rule?


Why? Because it gives me the freedom to move in life among those who need help unhindered by red tape. St. Francis of Assisi is not only the patron of animals and ecology, but also became the patron of political activism. The front line of social justice work came from the spirit of Francis and Clareʼs journey to the heart of Christ.


It is a vocation that fits my character, running for office, writing articles or letters, challenging the leaders of our church and nation or simply buying lunch for someone who is hungry or helping someone achieve. Yet then the question arises, isnʼt this what being a Christian is all about?


The answer is yes. Part of it is community. Itʼs being connected internationally with brethren that share the same heart of faith.


But it is more than community. Part of it is accountability. But you can also find that by being part of Cursillo, TEC or any host of other men or womenʼs ministries.


Recently I have been going through a rough patch of discouragement in my calling. Itʼs not about my vocation, for my vocation is Franciscan. Currently my calling is ministry to youth and children in the church. I also work with Hull Child & Family Services.


That is the joy of the Gospel life. The Holy Spirit moved within me over a year and a bit as I wrote my personal Rule of Life to be a Franciscan. Over this past year I have been living this rule more consciously.


The rule is designed to be general enough for life, yet specific enough to constantly cause growth in ministry in the world.


I am in the home stretch as I move towards life profession. In my heart I know this is where I should be. But in the religious life it is a community decision reached through prayer.


My vocation is not mine alone, but a community decision. This goes back to the earliest rule where Francis wrote about missionaries. He said their calling had to be seen by the friars, the priest, and the church. They had to be willing to learn about the culture and become fluent in the language.


I am a missionary. I have to remember that. A document challenges me to never give up. The religious life is not for every believer. It is a call to obedience, simplicity, prayer, and action.


It is a call never to remain silent when injustice is seen and to help those who are in need. It is a challenge to daily examination and transformation. As Francis wrote in those early days about education; a brother should not move on from one teaching of. Jesus until it is inwardly digested and outwardly lived out.


To be a Franciscan is to literally live out the heart of Christ in the world. The answer is simple for me when I am asked why the Religious Life? It is the same for all of us; God called and I answered.

Ty Ragan is a lay Franciscan working in ministry to youth and children at St. Georgeʼs Anglican Church, Calgary. He is a frequent contributor to the Sower.

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A garden statue of Francis of Assisi with birds

A garden statue of Francis of Assisi with birds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been a blessing to re-enter a relationship with the Roman Catholic Church, I still look fondly upon my time there as a lay minister of praise. One of the great resources that has come to me is Elizabeth Rapley’s The Lord as Their Portion: The story of the Religious Orders and How they shaped our world. I am not done this work so there may still be more musings afoot. But what has come to mind is when I hit the section on the rise of the Mendicants, and more earnestly her snapshot of Francis The Poverello.

She points out his failure as a merchant (more enjoyed spending of the money, than the makin of) and then his less that successful soldiering, where on his first mission he was injured, captured and became a prisoner of war for  seven years. See Francis of Assisi is my patron, and one of the reasons I am attracted to his mysticism and story is that he lives. Meaning that there is no hiding what he truly was.

Rapley raises a new question to show the relevance of the story of saints today (ancient or contemporary as with Dorothy Day or even the 14 year old girl shot by the Taliban). After Francis’ return from captivity he entered a spiral of self-destruction, addiction, partying, thieving, etc… hmmm…a spiral of self-destruction with erratic behaviours…

I am pondering if Francis doesn’t hold another story of redemption and healing for today, with all those that have suffered trauma and now live with the mixed blessing of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Why? Simple, he responded as one returning from war time. Yet in the midst of it, there was a point of clarity where he discoverd a true purpose for life.

A true purpose, the rise of the mendicants that followed him into poverty to care for the world, a reflection of the true life of Christ, the true gospel.

How does this story reflect on those we journey with who may have encountered trauma and are still living through and into the darkness? How can we shine the light? How did Francis leave the darkness?

When I entered third order or secular formation with the Franciscans, my Dad and me had a conversation about who this Francis of Assisi was and what the call of the Franciscans was in response to the Gospel call of love, social justice, peace, human rights, and to be a constant reforming force within the church.

My Dad’s simple reply is, “so my shit disturber son, is joining the shit disturbers of the church”

Yes dad…a never prouder than today with this article from:

America The National Catholic Weekly

May others follow these words and reflect the Living Word that is the Christ incarnate within each of us (article follows below)


Franciscan Leadership Declares ‘Solidarity’ with LCWR

Posted at: Thursday, June 07, 2012 09:31:01 AM
Author: James Martin, S.J.


A statement from the seven Franciscan (OFM) Provinces in the United States in support of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has been released.  This is the first men’s religious order publicly declare their solidarity with the LCWR and also to critique the Vatican’s Doctrinal Assessment.  To my mind, for the Franciscans to not only stand with the sisters but to call the Vatican’s approach “excessive” evidences a deep displeasure with the way that the reform of the sisters’ organization is proceeding.  It is fathers and brothers coming to the defense of their sisters.


Franciscan Leadership Declares Solidarity With Catholic Sisters

American Provinces Release Letter to the LCWR

NEW YORK — June 6, 2012 —  As follow-up to the recent Vatican assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the leaders of seven entities of Franciscan friars have released a letter to the Catholic sisters expressing their strong support.

Several weeks ago, the Vatican Congregation for the Defense of the Faith (CDF) released its assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the support system and public voice of some 1500 leaders of women’s congregations, representing over 80% of the women religious in the United States. This assessment was highly critical of the LCWR and demanded changes in its organization and activities. Like many American Catholics, the friars of Holy Name Province and other communities of Franciscan men across the country have been deeply concerned by this document, especially its impact on their sisters in religious life, many of whom belong to Franciscan congregations.

The provincial ministers of the seven provinces of the Order of Friars Minor in the United States  released the following statement to express their appreciation of the invaluable ministry of American religious women and to extend their support to the members of the LCWR, as they attempt to respond to the concerns expressed in the Vatican directives.


May 31, 2012

Open Letter to the United States Catholic Sisters

We, the Leadership of the Friars Minor of the United States, write today as your brothers in the vowed religious life who, like you, have great love for our Church and for the people whom we are privileged to serve.  We write at a time of heightened polarization and even animosity in our nation and Church, with deep concern that the recent Vatican Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) may inadvertently fuel the current climate of division and confusion.  We write, too, as a public sign of our solidarity with you as you endure this very difficult moment.  We are privileged to share with you the journey of religious life.  Like you, we strive in all that we do to build up the People of God.

As religious brothers in the Franciscan tradition, we are rooted in a stance of gratitude that flows from awareness of the myriad ways that God is disclosed and made manifest in the world.  For us, there can be no dispute that God has been and continues to be revealed through the faithful (and often unsung) witness of religious women in the United States.  Thus we note with appreciation that the Congregation for the Defense of the Faith (CDF) “acknowledges with gratitude the great contributions of women Religious to the Church of the United States as seen particularly in the many schools, hospitals, and institutions of support for the poor which have been founded and staffed by Religious over the years.”  We certainly know how much our service has been enriched by the many gifts you bring to these ministries.

However, your gift to the Church is not only one of service, but also one of courageous discernment.  The late 20th century and the beginning of this century have been times of great social, political and cultural upheaval and change.  Such contextual changes require us, as faithful members of the Church, to pose questions that at first may appear to be controversial or even unfaithful, but in fact are asked precisely so that we might live authentically the charisms we have received, even as we respond to the “signs of the times.”  This is the charge that we as religious have received through the “Decree on the Renewal of Religious Life” from the Second Vatican Council and subsequent statements of the Church on religious life.  We believe that your willingness to reflect on many of the questions faced by contemporary society is an expression of your determination to be faithful to the Gospel, the Church, the invitation from Vatican II and your own religious charisms.  We remain thankful for and edified by your courage to engage in such reflection despite the ever-present risk of misunderstanding.

Moreover, we are concerned that the tone and direction set forth in the Doctrinal Assessment of LCWR are excessive, given the evidence raised.  The efforts of LCWR to facilitate honest and faithful dialogue on critical issues of our times must not result in a level of ecclesial oversight that could, in effect, quash all further discernment.  Further, questioning your adherence to Church teaching by your “remaining silent” on certain ethical issues seems to us a charge that could be leveled against many groups in the Church, and fails to appreciate both the larger cultural context and the particular parameters of expertise within which we all operate.  Finally, when there appears to be honest disagreement on the application of moral principles to public policy, it is not equivalent to questioning the authority of the Church’s magisterium.  Although the Catholic moral tradition speaks of agreement regarding moral principles, it also – from the Middle Ages through today – speaks of appropriate disagreement regarding specific application of these principles.  Unfortunately, the public communications media in the U.S. may not recognize this distinction.  Rather than excessive oversight of LCWR, perhaps a better service to the people of God might be a renewed effort to articulate the nuances of our complex moral tradition.   This can be a teaching moment rather than a moment of regulation — an opportunity to bring our faith to bear on the complexity of public policy particularly in the midst of our quadrennial elections.

Finally, we realize and appreciate, as we are sure do you, the proper and right role of the bishops as it is set out in Mutuae Relationes to provide leadership and guidance to religious institutions.[i]  However, the same document clearly states:
since it is of utmost importance that the council of major superiors collaborate diligently and in a spirit of trust with episcopal conferences, ‘it is desirable that questions having reference to both bishops and religious should be dealt with by mixed commissions consisting of bishops and major religious superiors, men or women. …Such a mixed commission should be structured in such a way that even if the right of ultimate decision making is to be always left to councils or conferences, according to the respective competencies, it can, as an organism of mutual counsel, liaison, communication, study and reflection, achieve its purpose.  (#63)

We trust that CDF was attempting to follow their counsel from Mutuae Relationes; however, we fear that in today’s public media world their action easily could be misunderstood.  We hope that our bishops will take particular care to see that the way they take action is as important as the actions themselves in serving the People of God.  Otherwise, their efforts will surely be misunderstood and polarizing.

Lastly, we appreciate the approach that you at LCWR have taken to enter into a time of discernment, rather than immediately making public statements that could be construed as “opposing the bishops” after the release of the Doctrinal Assessment.  The rancor and incivility of public conversation in the United States at this time make the possibility of productive dialogue more difficult to achieve.  We pray that the future conversation between LCWR and CDF might provide an example to the larger world of respectful, civil dialog.  Such dialog will require a degree of mutuality, trust and honesty that is absent from much of our world.  We trust that you will continue your efforts to live out this principle, and we trust and pray that our bishops will do the same.

Please be assured of our on-going support, prayers, respect, and gratitude for your living example of the following of Christ in our times.


Leadership of Franciscan (O.F.M.) Provinces of the United States

Assumption BVM Province
Franklin, WI, U.S.A.

Holy Name Province
New York, NY, U.S.A.

Immaculate Conception Province
New York, NY, U.S.A.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Province
Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A.

Sacred Heart Province
St. Louis, MO, U.S.A.

Saint Barbara Province
Oakland, CA, U.S.A.

Saint John the Baptist Province
Cincinnati, OH, U.S.A.

[1]Sacred Congregation for Religious and for Secular Institutes, Directives for the Mutual Relations Between Bishops and Religious in the Church, Rome, May 14, 1978

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1. As is stated in the letter, Please be assured of our on-going support, prayers, respect, and gratitude for your living example of the following of Christ in our times.  May these prayers also extend to the Leadership of Franciscan (O.F.M.) Provinces of the United States.  Amen.

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Posted By Sharon Valente | Thursday, June 07, 2012 10:17:04 AM
2. “Rebuild my Church”- no les a command today. Thank you,Franciscan community, for your service, solidarity, and witness.

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Posted By Dave P. | Thursday, June 07, 2012 10:31:55 AM
3. Thank you Franciscan male religous – this is beautifully put.

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Posted By Fran Rossi Szpylczyn | Thursday, June 07, 2012 10:52:15 AM
4. The CDF’s criticisms of the LCWR are small potatoes. It was excessive for the CDF, with Pope Benedict XVI’s approval in January 2011, to issue such a strong critique of the LCWR based on such small criticisms.

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Posted By Thomas Farrell | Thursday, June 07, 2012 10:56:59 AM
5. I hope we will see the leadership of the Society of Jesus step out in soliditary as well.

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Posted By Jack Holden | Thursday, June 07, 2012 12:56:54 PM
6. While watching the Vatican going through theological contortions to accept the SSPX demands, I ask will the Vatican now censure the Franciscan support of the well loved Sisters? Maybe SSPX will add a demand of Franciscan censure!!. Lose Franciscans .. gain SSPX?? I bet some Curia  think it would be a plus! The other Religious orders had better chime in their Sister support quickly. As Robert Kennedy said to all Dems in 1960 … “we don’t need or want your support on the SECOND ballot” There will never be a second ballot on this Sister support. .

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Posted By ed gleason | Thursday, June 07, 2012 02:30:08 PM
7. Bravo Franciscan leadership.  Society of Jesus, please say ‘Presente!’

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Posted By Nancy Walton-House | Thursday, June 07, 2012 02:31:01 PM
8. Solidarity?  Is this a revolution?  The Church is not a democracy.  How about solidarity with the Holy See?

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Posted By Anne Martin | Thursday, June 07, 2012 03:40:51 PM
9. Neither is the church a dictatorship.  It is a visible sign of God’s presence in the world and a community of disciples.  We can still speak when moved, and we should.

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Posted By Jack Holden | Thursday, June 07, 2012 03:50:39 PM
10. Although I am not sure if the nuns have all the right in this matter I applaud the move by the Franciscans.
While others stood back and waited for the wind to blow a certain way and used coy language and the passive tense a lot rather than stand and be counted the Franciscans stood up.
The  Jesuits will no doubt come barging through the door once the others have taken it off it’s hinges.

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Posted By David Power | Thursday, June 07, 2012 04:34:02 PM
11. The letter’s third paragraph is especially powerful with its call to be witnesses to a Living Faith, not just caretakers of museums and waterboys for a vested elite.

What a challenge to all Catholics!  Much more demanding than the “pray, pay, & obey” model so prevalent today.

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Just a good laugh…Franciscans using the wealthy to bless the poor 800 years and counting 🙂

St. Francis of Assisi (circa 1182-1220)

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St. Francis of Assisi is a well known saint, or as my Dad dubbed him when I told him why I became a Franciscan, “oh he’s a shit disturber like you”. See Francis answered God‘s call, and well he did good stumbling through life but he stuck with a prejudice that was acceptable for quite awhile and that was fear, hatred, and abuse of the lepers.

That was until one day, when a group of lepers were walking down the street. Francis and his followers began doing what was normal in the day, mocking them, spitting at them, throwing things…one stumbled and fell. Francis met his eyes and in his eyes he saw a flicker.

Francis called on his followers to stop, walked across the robe, aided the Leper up, embraced him and kissed him with the holy kiss of greeting “I welcome and love you Brother Jesus.” from that kiss forward Franciscans went further to reach out.

Fast forward 800 years. . . to a brisk winter night on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. I am doing outreach in 2002 to those sleeping outside because Ottawa does not have enough shelter beds and as the capital they want to live in blissful ignorance to the rising crisis around them. Under the bridge I meet a young 15 year old transgendered youth, Alex, who converses with me and tells me that his Christian family disowned him when he transitioned to live life as the two spirited person God created…he was soo scared that he was hell bound.

Before I left to move onto the next encampment I left Alex with these parting words, “If God sends you to hell for how She created you, then I want to go to Hell as well because Heaven would not be heaven without you there.”

Sadly, in the morning I would be identifying Alex as he did not make it through the night… but the message was simple, for me that night under the bridge I met Brother Jesus anew…

Where do you meet Brother Jesus?

Its quite funny how things are interpretted in North America. Growing up my family always had wonderful Bibles around that highlighted the words of (Christ) Jesus of Nazareth in red. Sociologically/missiologically speaking in Asia the red letters actually lead many to believe that Jesus is angry at them as this is the colour of angry writing.

In North America, there is a movement within the Evangelical tradition that has followed these words to renew themselves, theology and God‘s PR image to the broader world and whether or not they realize it they are following the spiritual formation exercises of St. Francis and Clare of Assisi in regards to biblical scholarship: learn the lessons of Jesus, but not for knowledge, learn them one at a time, do not move on to the next until you have internalized it and know it that it is like nature and simply lived.  Over the past 900 years those that have followed this Charism have been known as Franciscans.

In the early 20th Century in America & Canada we called it the Social Gospel movement; and later part of the 20th Century in Latin America as the movement of Liberation Theology.

Today they are known as Red Letter Christians and they have managed to take such divisive issues as Same-Sex Marriage to a theological middle that can abide the conservatives and liberals in the church:

Stumbling across this movement has renewed a bit of my faith within the church.

Jesus from the Deesis Mosaic

Your world will be changed…the way you see, hear and understand will be renewed…

Seek not so much to be understood as to understand- Francis of Assisi



“BARE is the coming-of-age story of a group of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school facing issues of sexuality and personal identity. As they struggle to come to terms with who they are, and who the world thinks they should be, they seek answers from their Church, their friends, and ultimately, from within themselves. Will the world accept them? Will they accept themselves? bare is a beautiful story of going against the grain”

In the early church, communion/eucharist/lord’s supper was the point of gathering for the church community.  What does that mean? It basically means all those in the household/area that professed or wanted to discover the living Christ, came together to eat and grow together.

This fall, this type of communion is being reinvigorated within NE Calgary‘s community of Rundle. On Saturday evenings, we shall gather for a simple potluck meal together, and explore the Christian Testament (there is a poll in our Facebook group to vote) to further our spiritual journey. But it will not just be scripture study, we are community based, we also support our local NE end AJHL team, Calgary Canucks, so on those Saturdays with a game, we shall enjoy it together…perhaps scipture study and board games, media or whatever form it takes to more deeply explore that which we are learning and applying to our lives.

For Clare and Francis of Assisi in the 12th century spoke about scitpural learning, that it is not about memorization, it is not about book knowledge, or scholarly works, it is about soul memory, ingesting, learning, and living out.

This is an open invite to Communi(on)ty for all, contact us directly, or ask to be added to the FB group or and join the gathering.