Posts Tagged ‘Friday’

Mary Mother Of Jesus Vector Illustration

Mary Mother Of Jesus Vector Illustration (Photo credit: Vectorportal)

Dear Friend,

It seems within the church there are two schools on Mary of Nazareth, either over veneration or total ignoring. This is not the case for this beautiful young woman of God. Her story is one of liberation, freedom, and living in such a counter cultural way that her world changed as she bore the Christ-Child.

My retreat offering is simply: She Said Yes: Mary for the 21st Century

It is best in the format of a Friday Evening, Saturday morning/afternoon; but can be adapted to several evenings, or Sunday afternoons as the church needs.

The Sessions which are also interspersed with spiritual practices to aid in the formation and growth of participants:

1) The History of Mary of Nazareth

2) The multiple church doctrines of Mary

3) Extra-biblical legacy of Mary

4) Biblical story of Mary

5) Our Yes: Who is Mary for us today?

What’s the cost?

Coming alongside your congregation for the time. A space where tables can be set up for participants to speak in a round. The church making available tea, coffee, juices & water throughout as well as healthy snacks and lunch on the Saturday. As well as an honorarium for myself (I am setting aside my normal $1-1500 retreat leader fee so any church can have this experience for whatever they can afford).

My last two urban retreats book quickly, but the books are still available (Pilgrimage to the Heart of the Sacred, The Bard’s Spirit: Shakespeare‘s Social Gospel).

I look forward to hearing from your church, and coming alongside for a weekend of discovery.

For booking contact:


Friday the 13th Book icon

Friday the 13th Book icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is a day that lives in infamy, and not just because we believe that a hockey mased weirdo with an ax named Jason is after us. Friday the 13th historically was a time of betrayal and death. It was the day that the Order of Knights Templar were declared heretics, there members arrested, tortured and executed, and their assets seized.

This was the churches greatest about face at the time as the Templars had been their warrior monks, their holy crusaders.

But as we reflect on Friday 13th today, in the 21st century, the question for organized religion (are your religious or spiritual is such a catchall question that shows religion is a new four letter word in Calgary) is on a downward spiral.

What are some things I have learned on the topic of religion while riding the C-train today in stampede city:

1) They just want my money.

2) They are misogynsts

3) The hate on the LGBTTQ and the disabled.

4) They only want a male, patriarchal God of control and vengeance.

5) They believe that they are the only right ones in the world and the rest of us are hell bound.

6) A firm belief that the institution of the Christianities will never change from a hierchal/patriarchal structure as long as the leaders grow up, are formed, educated and employed within this system because it is akin to Bill Gates deciding to close Microsoft.

7) the rules: if God is love, and we are to love our neighbours as ourselves…what is up with all the other rules that do nothing but distance us from one another, create strife, create hatred.

8) Why would God send disasters and disease to punish us?

9) Do not honestly believe we are created inherently evil and without worth.

10) Organized religion has issues with the differently abled, and other races…most churches in my vastly multi-cultural neighbourhood are all older white folks.

11) Churches are more concerned with government issued marriage licenses than actual God honouring, loving households.

12) Religious institutions are filled with hypocrites.

13) The main goal of organized religion is to beat one into submission so that htey will not think for themselves any more.

Quite a heavy list I know, is it possible just the heat was getting to people? Sure, or it could be the bald guy striking up odd conversations. But let’s truly reflect, ar what we doing in our “clusters of holiness” actually living out of and into the love of the Holy Mystery or our own desire/need to be in control?

The tools may have changed, but on the 13th Friday of the month…the story of carnage, pain, hurt, and betrayal that started with the Templars continues (?).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
By Daniel Burke
Religion News Service

(RNS) Every Christian knows the story: Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. But what did he do on Saturday

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