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Sense and Spirituality

By Sheila Macgregor

A short, weekly podcast from Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor about faith, practical spirituality and the meaning of life.
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Important Life Lessons from the Desert Wilderness
Important Life Lessons from the Desert Wilderness
If we want to get to the joy of Christmas, we must first travel through the desert where John the Baptist is.
07:08
December 09, 2022
How to think about slavery and other difficult topics in the Bible
How to think about slavery and other difficult topics in the Bible
As we complete our series on Amy-Jill Levine's Difficult Words of the Bible, Levine gives us some helpful advice on how to wrestle with the scriptures.
05:52
November 25, 2022
Do Jews really have horns? And did Jesus really call them the children of the devil?
Do Jews really have horns? And did Jesus really call them the children of the devil?
This week we continue our study by looking at more difficult words of Jesus. 
07:58
November 18, 2022
Lest We Forget....
Lest We Forget....
As we honour the memory of those who lost their lives in the pursuit of peace with justice, and as we remember those who continue to serve in peace-keeping missions around the world, I share a poem written by Rev. Andrew Lane, who served in France in World War One.
06:40
November 11, 2022
Do You Believe in Hell?
Do You Believe in Hell?
In this episode we explore the history of the concept of Hell in the Old and New Testaments. Do you believe in Hell and, if so, what is Hell like? How can you help to relieve the intense suffering of those today who live in a kind of Hell on earth?
09:06
November 04, 2022
Is Christianity Inherently Imperialistic or Did We Fail to Understand Jesus' Teachings?
Is Christianity Inherently Imperialistic or Did We Fail to Understand Jesus' Teachings?
Today we look at the real meaning of the Great Commission.
07:11
October 28, 2022
How the Bible Was Used to Justify the Residential Schools -- The Doctrine of Discovery-- Part I
How the Bible Was Used to Justify the Residential Schools -- The Doctrine of Discovery-- Part I
The Doctrine of Discovery had its roots in another conquest, before Christopher Columbus ever landed in the so-called "New World".
09:51
October 19, 2022
Have You Ever Found Yourself in the Minority?
Have You Ever Found Yourself in the Minority?
Jesus talked a lot about spiritual blindness. Another name for this is Colonialism, which taught us to see people of non-western European origin as inferior. How might we begin to open our eyes and see all people as God's precious creation?
07:04
October 13, 2022
The biblical story of Ruth is a tale of love and romance that carries a powerful message for Thanksgiving!
The biblical story of Ruth is a tale of love and romance that carries a powerful message for Thanksgiving!
How is God calling you to give of your first fruits -- your very best -- to those in need?
05:29
October 07, 2022
A Prayer for Truth and Reconciliation Day
A Prayer for Truth and Reconciliation Day
Please take some time today -- Truth and Reconciliation Day -- for reflection and prayer!
06:19
September 30, 2022
What would it be like to be a residential school survivor? How would you feel if you could not access your history or tell your story in your own way?
What would it be like to be a residential school survivor? How would you feel if you could not access your history or tell your story in your own way?
Have you ever considered what it would be like to be a residential school survivor? What would it be like not to be able to access your family history? Or how would you feel if you could not tell your story in your own way? Euro-Canadians have denigrated, distorted and often erased Indigenous stories, often seeing them as inferior forms of knowledge or representing an inferior educational methodology, and this in spite of the fact that our Lord was himself a Master storyteller who often told stories to teach a lesson.
08:29
September 23, 2022
Did Jesus Ever Exclude Anyone?
Did Jesus Ever Exclude Anyone?
Jesus practised a ministry of massive inclusion; but there were some people he did exclude? Who were they and how are their stories a cautionary tale for the rest of us?
05:25
September 16, 2022
Did Jesus Have an EDI Policy?
Did Jesus Have an EDI Policy?
Did you know that we have way more words for "exclusion" in the English language than words for "inclusion"? Sadly, the very language many of us speak and write betrays a cultural bias toward excluding people!
08:39
September 09, 2022
DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE SAYING 'NO'? THEN TAKE SOME COURAGE FROM THE EXAMPLE OF JOANNA, ONE OF THE LEAST KNOWN FEMALE DISCIPLES OF JESUS
DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE SAYING 'NO'? THEN TAKE SOME COURAGE FROM THE EXAMPLE OF JOANNA, ONE OF THE LEAST KNOWN FEMALE DISCIPLES OF JESUS
One of the most courageous and fascinating women around Jesus is also one of the least known: Joanna. She has much to teach us about standing up for what is right and fighting systemic injustice. She also teaches us how to say that little word NO!
14:21
April 29, 2022
Celebrating Earth Day
Celebrating Earth Day
When our promises do not match our actions!
03:23
April 22, 2022
A Message for Good Friday: The Women Who Accompanied Jesus to the Cross
A Message for Good Friday: The Women Who Accompanied Jesus to the Cross
The New Testament scholar Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel writes that "The women are the real transmitters of the tradition of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.” We can learn much from their example.
07:01
April 15, 2022
Jesus' Treatment of Women was Revolutionary for His Time
Jesus' Treatment of Women was Revolutionary for His Time
While the early Church reverted back to the misogynism and patriarchal practices that were common before Jesus, our Lord's teachings continued to challenge those who would listen. May they continue to challenge us to be more inclusive and affirming of others today. 
10:12
April 06, 2022
Siloam's Affirm Ministry Chairperson Lynn McClary Shares a Powerful Message on Why It Is Important to Become an Affirming Ministry
Siloam's Affirm Ministry Chairperson Lynn McClary Shares a Powerful Message on Why It Is Important to Become an Affirming Ministry
It's not enough to say to those who are discriminated against that we welcome them. That assumes that we are in the superior position of host and that we are extending charity to others.  Everyone is part of the family of God. Everyone has a place at Christ's table. Christ is our Host and he is the One who proclaims: All are welcome!
12:06
April 01, 2022
Rev. Kim Sorrells Beautiful Version of the Lord's Prayer for Our Transgender Relations and Biblical Reflections on Gender, Cross-Dressing, and Being Transgender
Rev. Kim Sorrells Beautiful Version of the Lord's Prayer for Our Transgender Relations and Biblical Reflections on Gender, Cross-Dressing, and Being Transgender
Genesis 1 is not a catalogue of all creation but rather a testimony to God's power and love.
15:36
March 25, 2022
Why Did the Biblical Writers Not Address the Topic of Homosexuality as We Understand it Today?
Why Did the Biblical Writers Not Address the Topic of Homosexuality as We Understand it Today?
Our knowledge of sexual orientation is a relatively recent discovery in human history. No one knew anything about a "heterosexual orientation" or a "homosexual orientation" or a "bi-sexual orientation" before the nineteenth century. But we did know Jesus' command to love one another as he has loved us.
06:56
March 18, 2022
What Does Jesus Really Say About Homosexuality?
What Does Jesus Really Say About Homosexuality?
Jesus said as much about homosexuality as he did about wedding cakes -- absolutely nothing!
16:21
March 11, 2022
What Does the Bible Really Say About Homosexuality?
What Does the Bible Really Say About Homosexuality?
This week we explore the very few Old Testament passages that touch on homosexuality to learn what they say -- or don't say -- about homosexuality.
14:28
March 04, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr. : "I've been to the mountaintop."
Martin Luther King Jr. : "I've been to the mountaintop."
Jesus climbs Mount Tabor and is transfigured before his disciples Peter, James and John.  He gives them a kind of memory card to hold on to when times are tough, which is what Dr. King did too when he told people how he had been to the mountaintop and then inspired us all to work for racial equality and justice. The real work starts when we climb down from the mountain.
05:14
February 25, 2022
How Anti-Vaxx Protesters Have Twisted Jesus' Message into Something Sinister
How Anti-Vaxx Protesters Have Twisted Jesus' Message into Something Sinister
Jesus would never have engaged in the kind of extreme, right-wing polemic we have seen at the protests in Ottawa and across the country.
08:16
February 18, 2022
African Canadian Jean Augustine blossomed into a resilient woman under the mentorship of her grandmother and later went on to support and mentor generations of Black men and women here in Canada.
African Canadian Jean Augustine blossomed into a resilient woman under the mentorship of her grandmother and later went on to support and mentor generations of Black men and women here in Canada.
Who was your mentor or coach? And who are you discipling or mentoring today? Resilience is something we attain by having good mentors -- and be being good mentors to others! Listen to the story of the Honourable Jean Augustine and learn more!
11:09
February 10, 2022
Do You Ever Feel Like You are a Failure? And what do golfer Richard Bland and scientists Albert Einstein and Marie Curie Have in Common -- and what you can learn from their relisilence?
Do You Ever Feel Like You are a Failure? And what do golfer Richard Bland and scientists Albert Einstein and Marie Curie Have in Common -- and what you can learn from their relisilence?
Golfer Richard Bland played 477 tournaments on the European tour before his first breakthrough win last year at the age of 48. We can learn a lot about how to handle defeat and disappointment and how to build personal resilience from the world of sports and science as well as from our Lord Jesus.
09:56
February 04, 2022
Building Resilience in Your Life: Six Factors that Jesus Modeled Which Help You to Face Adversity in Life
Building Resilience in Your Life: Six Factors that Jesus Modeled Which Help You to Face Adversity in Life
Jesus modeled a remarkably resilient life. How developing resilience can help you to face adversity.
10:36
January 28, 2022
Sometimes Hollywood does a better job of preaching the Gospel than the Church, like recent Netflix apocalyptic comedy, DON'T LOOK UP!
Sometimes Hollywood does a better job of preaching the Gospel than the Church, like recent Netflix apocalyptic comedy, DON'T LOOK UP!
Jesus called people to open their eyes and look up and see what was right before them. Spiritual blindness was the sin that drew his greatest condemnation. The recent dramedy "Don't Look Up" reveals the dire consequences that follow when we don't.
15:43
January 21, 2022
What do the Bible, Shakespeare, Maggie O'Farrell's Hamnet, and Omicron All Have in Common?
What do the Bible, Shakespeare, Maggie O'Farrell's Hamnet, and Omicron All Have in Common?
By heeding their stories we may just be able to end the pandemic for good!
11:55
January 14, 2022
Is the Coronavirus Part of God's Plan?
Is the Coronavirus Part of God's Plan?
Is the pandemic an act of God? is it part of God's will? If not, is God simply allowing the pandemic to happen to teach us some valuable lessons? Is it all just a mystery that we need to accept? And how does this view of God square with the image of the loving, healing and compassionate God that Jesus reveals in the New Testament?
09:14
January 07, 2022
Some Tips for the New Year!
Some Tips for the New Year!
We wrap up our story of Ebenezer Scrooge with a few important lessons that we can take into 2022. May the New Year bring you hope, peace, love, joy and good health!
15:06
December 31, 2021
Are You Suffering from Korsakoff’s Psychosis during this Season of Christmas?
Are You Suffering from Korsakoff’s Psychosis during this Season of Christmas?
Let Dickens's Ebeneezer Scrooge suggest a cure!
13:04
December 16, 2021
Life Lessons from the Desert Wilderness
Life Lessons from the Desert Wilderness
John the Baptist is the one who kicks off the Advent and Christmas seasons. He reminds us that we each must come to Christ on our own and that no one gets a special pass because of the faithfulness of their parents and grandparents. Plus everyone of us has a responsibility to give generously to those in need and to mentor those who are coming up behind us.
09:21
December 08, 2021
What Does it Mean to Say that God Comes Like a Thief in the Night -- and What does this have in common with Climate Justice or Erma Bombeck?
What Does it Mean to Say that God Comes Like a Thief in the Night -- and What does this have in common with Climate Justice or Erma Bombeck?
The Season of Advent, the four weeks during which we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child, reminds us that time is precious and it is vital that we seize life fully NOW. "Tomorrow" is a dangerous word, not only with regard to the state of our planet, but it can also cause us to ignore important relationships or defer major decisions in our own individual lives. 
17:03
November 26, 2021
What Keeps You Awake at Night? A Simple Spiritual Method to Help You with the Things that Cause You Distress and Worry
What Keeps You Awake at Night? A Simple Spiritual Method to Help You with the Things that Cause You Distress and Worry
Spiritual reflection can be a great resource when dealing with the daily problems and challenges of life. Why not give it a try?
09:47
November 18, 2021
Want to Learn a Simple Model for Spiritual Reflection?
Want to Learn a Simple Model for Spiritual Reflection?
We all need to reflect on our faith and, in fact, many of us do it far more often than we realise. Listen as I share some examples.
11:05
November 12, 2021
The Book of Revelation and Remembering the Saints of Old and Those Who Sacrficed Much in the Fight for Freedom and Justice
The Book of Revelation and Remembering the Saints of Old and Those Who Sacrficed Much in the Fight for Freedom and Justice
The Book of Revelation Makes Me Nervous, Until I Remember that the Coded Language is Not to be a Blueprint for Our Own Time! It was meant to offer courage and hope to the saints of first-century Christianity who were plagued by persecution, doubt and faithlessness. It can bring us hope too!
11:14
November 05, 2021
Do You Ever Feel Scared or Uneasy but You're Not Sure What It Is You Actually Fear? You Are Not Alone! Rob Emmons Shows How the Memory of How You Coped with Upheaval in the Past Can Help!
Do You Ever Feel Scared or Uneasy but You're Not Sure What It Is You Actually Fear? You Are Not Alone! Rob Emmons Shows How the Memory of How You Coped with Upheaval in the Past Can Help!
The best antidote for fear is to see how Mom and Dad -- or Grandma and Grandpa -- coped with hardship and suffering.
08:44
October 29, 2021
When A Loved One Walks Out Without Warning or You Face an Unexpected Termination at Work, Adopting this Lens Can Help.                                 !
When A Loved One Walks Out Without Warning or You Face an Unexpected Termination at Work, Adopting this Lens Can Help. !
How facing disappointment and loss through through the lens of gratitude can make all the difference to your happiness and well-being.
06:26
October 22, 2021
Want Better Health? Wish You Were Happier in Life? Try Gratitude!
Want Better Health? Wish You Were Happier in Life? Try Gratitude!
This week we look at a number of very real health benefits that come to those who practise gratitude on a daily basis.
09:01
October 15, 2021
What Marshall McLuhan and the Apostle Paul Have in Common -- Perspective!
What Marshall McLuhan and the Apostle Paul Have in Common -- Perspective!
How Marshall McLuhan's Thought Can Help Us to Celebrate Thanksgiving this Weekend AND The Apostle Paul helps us to re-frame our sufferings and develop a perspective of gratitude.
09:43
October 08, 2021
The Spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin: A Spirituality that Embraces Sicence and Faith -- and helps you to make major decisions too!
The Spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin: A Spirituality that Embraces Sicence and Faith -- and helps you to make major decisions too!
Today we look at the Spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin, which provides “a consistent way of being a Christian today that satisfies the intellect as well as the spirit.”
16:23
October 01, 2021
Are You Afraid to Ask for Help When You Need It? Why Do You Think You Should Know It All?
Are You Afraid to Ask for Help When You Need It? Why Do You Think You Should Know It All?
This week we observe how the disciples of Jesus did not always make good use of the strengths that were available to them and how we often neglect to use all our resources too. Psychologists tell us that there are essentially five reasons why we are often afraid to ask for help. But consider what can happen when we use ALL  our resources and how our discipleship can grow and blossom!
11:53
September 24, 2021
How to Re-Frame Your Fears and Worries so that You Can Live a Life of Meaning and Even Joy!
How to Re-Frame Your Fears and Worries so that You Can Live a Life of Meaning and Even Joy!
Please join me today as I consider how the scriptures help us to re-frame our worries so that they do not paralyze us, and learn how to live the life of joy that God in Jesus Christ wants us to live. Learn from the examples of Corrie and Betsie ten Boom, Viktor Frankl and even the world of advertising!
14:31
September 17, 2021
What Would You Do If Someone Called You A Dog? What if That Person Happened to be Jesus?!
What Would You Do If Someone Called You A Dog? What if That Person Happened to be Jesus?!
Today, in light of the very difficult scripture where Jesus calls a desperate young Lebanese mother a dog, and because of her courageous response to Jesus, we are encouraged to consider beliefs and prejudices that we hold that need to be challenged and completely eradicated.
12:24
September 10, 2021
A Word of Farewell and Thoughts About How to Celebrate Canada Day this Year
A Word of Farewell and Thoughts About How to Celebrate Canada Day this Year
As we "begin" to move past the pandemic, this episode marks the final in a series entitled Sense and Spirituality. I say a fond farewell and thank you for listening over the past year. I also invite you to consider how you can mark Canada Day this year in a way that is respectful of our Indigenous siblings and new Canadians. And finally, a word of thanks to Dave Buckley for his faithful, cheerful and caring service as our Interim Music Director during a difficult time. Dave will be leaving us at the end of August.
14:24
June 30, 2021
Do You Want to Know What a Fully Integrated Spiritual Person Looks Like? You Can Find No Finer Example than Jen Prince!
Do You Want to Know What a Fully Integrated Spiritual Person Looks Like? You Can Find No Finer Example than Jen Prince!
Today we give thanks for the many ways Jen Prince has enriched our ministry at Siloam for the past several years and we wish her well on her continued journey. A true servant of God, she will be a blessing wherever she serves!
09:07
June 22, 2021
WHY RACISM IS HARD TO ROOT OUT and Siloam Council Votes to Begin an Education Process and Period of Discernment to Become an Affirming Congregation
WHY RACISM IS HARD TO ROOT OUT and Siloam Council Votes to Begin an Education Process and Period of Discernment to Become an Affirming Congregation
Why is racism so hard to root out and what can we do about it? Please listen as we explore this challenging and crucial question together! 
15:21
June 15, 2021
Every Child Matters. Responding to Recent Evils
Every Child Matters. Responding to Recent Evils
The news out of Kamloops, B.C. on May 28th and , more recently, the tragic hate crime in London, Ontario, demand our prayerful response. But how do we begin to address such egregious wrongs? Today's message is just an attempt. Just a very small step. Just a start.
09:31
June 08, 2021
Maya Angelou's Poem on Love Captures the Celtic Vision of Love, Inspired by John the Disciple
Maya Angelou's Poem on Love Captures the Celtic Vision of Love, Inspired by John the Disciple
The great African American poet, Maya Angelou, proclaims that the exquisiteness of love has the power to "set us free" and "to liberate us into life." Yet, while "love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls", it is not without pain. In Christ God too knew how costly and painful is "Love's Exquisite Freedom."
07:43
May 31, 2021
Ever Wanted to Re-Invent Yourself? Here is a Good Model!
Ever Wanted to Re-Invent Yourself? Here is a Good Model!
At various points in our life God invites us to re-invent ourselves and re-purpose the gifts and talents God has given us. Today I pay tribute to a man who has done this all his life: Rev. Wib Dawson.
10:02
May 18, 2021
What is Your Emotional Intelligence?
What is Your Emotional Intelligence?
Jesus was one of the most emotionally intelligent persons who ever lived. His example can help us to build greater emotional intelligence in our own lives, helping us to create happier lives and more stable communities where head and heart work together in harmony.
14:12
May 11, 2021
Is Mother's Day a Complicated Holiday for You? If so, You Are Not Alone!
Is Mother's Day a Complicated Holiday for You? If so, You Are Not Alone!
If you are struggling in your family life this year as a result of COVID-19,  or if you are facing other challenges that make this a very complicated holiday for you, know that there is help. Know also that even Jesus and his family faced challenges and that Mary too suffered profound hurt at the hands of her son.
15:54
May 04, 2021
The Trial and Conviction of Derek Chauvin Celebrates Accountability, But Justice Requires that We Make Sure that Such Atrocities Never Happen Again
The Trial and Conviction of Derek Chauvin Celebrates Accountability, But Justice Requires that We Make Sure that Such Atrocities Never Happen Again
A recent viewing of the film "The Trial of the Chicago Seven" (initially the Chicago Eight) offers a farcical and frightening picture of American justice in the late 1960's, how far we have come, and how very far we still need to go!
13:29
April 27, 2021
Do You Have Doubts About Your Faith? You Are Not Alone! Doubt is NOT the Enemy of Faith but Rather Faith's Close Friend
Do You Have Doubts About Your Faith? You Are Not Alone! Doubt is NOT the Enemy of Faith but Rather Faith's Close Friend
Having trouble believing? Don’t worry! Many great biblical characters and Christian leaders down through the ages have experienced severe doubt. Sometimes doubt can be a really good thing. Take a moment to listen to how doubt can be an important instrument in aiding faith.
06:52
April 13, 2021
The Promise of Easter: I am Here. I am Life. I am Eternal Life.
The Promise of Easter: I am Here. I am Life. I am Eternal Life.
In his classic "Man's Search for Meaning", Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl recalled the story of a lonely, dying woman who found hope, peace and joy in the blossoms budding on a chestnut tree outside her window. As the tree gave her hope of new life, so also the tree on which Christ died brings us hope in our loneliness and pain. Happy Easter, friends!
05:31
April 06, 2021
Who Really Killed Jesus? It's Time to Set the Record Straight and Stop the Hatred and Prejudice!
Who Really Killed Jesus? It's Time to Set the Record Straight and Stop the Hatred and Prejudice!
Yes, friends, if you want to follow Jesus, you need to know a little history! Or else you might get it all horribly wrong as did countless previous generations of Christians before us. 
15:42
March 30, 2021
Are Sex Addictions Real? Does Our Society Have a Sex Addiction?
Are Sex Addictions Real? Does Our Society Have a Sex Addiction?
Sex is one of God's most beautiful gifts, but tragedy happens when we abuse this sacred blessing. 
11:40
March 24, 2021
What Does It Really Mean to Say that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life?
What Does It Really Mean to Say that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life?
Too often John 14:6 has been far too narrowly interpreted, with the  result that it has hurt many people in our world down through the ages,  causing suffering and bloodshed. What would it mean for us to interpret  this verse in light of The Beatitudes?  What would it mean for us to  really live "the way, the truth, and the life" of Jesus and to emulate his radical exclusivity and universal love?
12:30
March 16, 2021
Anger Can Be a Good Thing. What Makes YOU Angry? And What Does What You Get Upset About Tell You About Yourself?
Anger Can Be a Good Thing. What Makes YOU Angry? And What Does What You Get Upset About Tell You About Yourself?
Studies show that it can be harmful to your health NOT to express feelings of anger and can even lead to a heart attack. Even Jesus expressed anger. Check out Jesus' Temple Tantrum in John 2:13-16 and consider what makes you angry. You can learn a lot about yourself by examining what causes you to get upset.
14:22
March 09, 2021
Do You Wish Your Life Made a Difference?
Do You Wish Your Life Made a Difference?
You are not alone. The vast majority of people in the world crave "meaning", not "happiness". This is what Jesus promised his followers too: a life brimming with meaning. Want to build a life of meaning? Listen to today's podcast!
16:42
March 02, 2021
Where do you experience God's presence?
Where do you experience God's presence?
Did you know that God's Spirit is all around you and even within you? God is in the rocks and trees and lakes, in the snow covered fields, and in the creatures that make their homes in the woods. This Lent look for God in the places of beauty all around you and give thanks.
11:05
February 24, 2021
Which Voices Do You Listen to When You Have to Make a Big Decision?
Which Voices Do You Listen to When You Have to Make a Big Decision?
How do you discern the voices that have your best interests at heart from those who may simply want to take advantage of you?
12:44
February 16, 2021
Let Your Light Shine
Let Your Light Shine
In his beautiful poem, the late Irish poet, philosopher, priest and Celtic teacher John O’Donohue invites us to waste no more time on being afraid, but instead to courageously claim the life we were meant to live. How can you begin to live with courage and grace, claiming the life that God calls you to live, a life characterized not by sin or fallenness but rather by God’s glory, light and love?
15:11
February 10, 2021
The Celtic Seasoning of Awakening
The Celtic Seasoning of Awakening
This week marks the beginning of the Celtic Season of Awakening. Beneath the frozen earth that is covered in thick blankets of snow, new life is germinating. Are there places in your own life that seem frozen or even dead? How can you begin to reframe them so that you sense and see God's Spirit active beneath the soil of your life? Can you begin to see winter darkness and gestation as the place where new dreams are fed and nurtured and new life is longing to awaken and be born?
11:06
February 02, 2021
Who Is Your Soul Friend?
Who Is Your Soul Friend?
Do You Have a Soul-Friend, someone with whom you can share the secrets and struggles of your heart? The idea of a "soul-friend" or "anam cara" is one of the great legacies of the Celtic saint, St. Brigid, who also lived a life of prodigal generosity.
11:51
January 27, 2021
The Thin Places: Part 2
The Thin Places: Part 2
The ancient Celts thought of the "thin places" as a kind of threshold between one space and another or between one time in your life and another. It could be a time when an important chapter in your life is just beginning or when a significant relationship has just come to an end. It is a kind of "boundary" place where you may feel as though you are living on the edge. Either way something new is begging to be born in your life. What are the thresholds in your life that you need to tend to in your life right now, that you absolutely cannot put off for another day? Where are you being called to give birth to something new?
11:32
January 19, 2021
The “Thin Places”: Our Doorways to the Sacred
The “Thin Places”: Our Doorways to the Sacred
Have you ever heard someone talk about a “thin place”? Thin places are generally thought of as places where there is very little space between them and the sacred. For some they are great spiritual monuments. For others, they are natural places of breathtaking beauty. For many, they are as close as one's own backyard or the interior of one's own heart. Think of them as a doorway to the sacred where the membrane that exists between earth and eternity is incredibly thin.
11:37
January 12, 2021
Happiness: You Can Only be Responsible for Your Own!
Happiness: You Can Only be Responsible for Your Own!
Lessons learned from Christmas, including: You Cannot Make Other People Happy!
09:41
January 06, 2021
How to Keep the Spirit of Christmas Alive All Year Long
How to Keep the Spirit of Christmas Alive All Year Long
Do you find yourself on the hedonic treadmill? What can you do to minimize its negative effects and build resiliency and joy for the coming New Year -- and some insightful words from a wise old master that may help you to keep the magic and love of Christmas alive all year long!
09:40
December 30, 2020
Vulnerability, Not Perfection, is the Key to a Beautiful Christmas
Vulnerability, Not Perfection, is the Key to a Beautiful Christmas
Dr. Brené Brown talks a lot about the power of vulnerability. She says many people make the mistake of seeing flaws and mistakes as enemies. But what if our faults and limitations could actually be opportunities for spiritual growth? What if we viewed vulnerability as the way love is born? This is how God's love came to us in the vulnerable little babe born in the Bethlehem manger.  What if, instead of aiming for a "perfect" Christmas, we were to aim for a "good enough" Christmas? Let's stop being so hard on ourselves and open ourselves up to a Christmas that is simple, authentic and beautiful?
16:04
December 22, 2020
Waiting for Suffering to End
Waiting for Suffering to End
Is it time to give up antiquated images of God? How can being open to the new expand your understanding of God and help you to cope with the more difficult challenges of waiting? What is this period of Advent waiting asking of you?
07:47
December 15, 2020
How Waiting Can Help Us See Things in a New Way
How Waiting Can Help Us See Things in a New Way
How you walk toward something often determines how you see things. Perhaps our soul task for Advent this year is to approach life watchfully, carefully and with the alertness of a deer, open to the moving of God's Spirit among us.
10:45
December 08, 2020
What’s the Good in Waiting?
What’s the Good in Waiting?
Often we think of waiting as something painful and unpleasant. But perhaps we can learn to think of waiting in a more positive light and as something which builds spiritual resiliency and muscle!
15:15
December 01, 2020
A Very COVID Christmas
A Very COVID Christmas
Are you getting tired and frustrated with all the restrictions that COVID-19 has imposed on the way you live your life? What if you were to look at restrictions as opportunities to birth something new and beautiful in the holiday season?
11:49
November 25, 2020
What Does It Mean to Have White Privilege?
What Does It Mean to Have White Privilege?
Have you ever had an experience where you did a great job and someone came up to you and congratulated you, saying, "You are a real credit to your race?" Or have you ever been followed around a store or harassed when you were shopping? Have you ever been stopped by a police officer for just walking down the street or driving your car at a normal speed? If not, then like me, you have white privilege!
12:50
November 17, 2020
Is There a Place for LGBTQ+ People in the United Church of Canada?
Is There a Place for LGBTQ+ People in the United Church of Canada?
This week Sheila addresses one of the important questions raised by the survey: Is there a place for LGBTQ+ people in the United Church of Canada? Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey! The winner of the $25 gift card has been contacted using the email address they submitted. Please check your spam folder. 
06:46
November 10, 2020
Part 8: The Conclusion of Who Is Jesus and Why Should We Care?
Part 8: The Conclusion of Who Is Jesus and Why Should We Care?
** Have you enjoyed this podcast? What topic should I focus on next? Please give me your anonymous feedback in this short survey and you could win a $25 gift card! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3RZJ5RP ** We began this series by saying that there has to be something more to life than frantic busyness and so much striving. Today we wrap up our brief series on Jesus, reflecting on what we have learned, and how Jesus is the answer to our deepest longings.
11:18
November 03, 2020
Part 7: Jesus, the Best Thing That Happened to Women
Part 7: Jesus, the Best Thing That Happened to Women
** Have you enjoyed this podcast? What topic should I focus on next? Please give me your anonymous feedback in this short survey and you could win a $25 gift card! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3RZJ5RP ** Jesus was the best thing that ever happened to women! Men in first-century Palestine used to begin their daily prayers with the words, "Praise be to you O God that you did not create me a woman!" Jesus treated women with respect and dignity. You could say that he broke the mold in the way he treated women, and thank God he did!
10:43
October 27, 2020
Part 6: Who is Jesus and Why Should We Care? Jesus as Social Prophet
Part 6: Who is Jesus and Why Should We Care? Jesus as Social Prophet
Jesus not only challenged the political and religious leaders of his day. He practised the politics of love and compassion!
07:46
October 20, 2020
Part 5: Who is Jesus and Why Should We Care? Jesus, Spirit Person or Mystic
Part 5: Who is Jesus and Why Should We Care? Jesus, Spirit Person or Mystic
Have you ever been touched by the Spirit or felt, in some mysterious but profound way, that the Spirit was moving you to follow a certain path? Not everyone recognises the movement of the Spirit; but Jesus did. As Marcus Borg, writes one of the most important characteristics about the earthly Jesus was his intense spirituality and his deep mystical connection with God. This week we look at Jesus, Spirit-Person and Mystic.
10:11
October 13, 2020
Part 4: Who is Jesus and Why Should We Care? Jesus the Healer
Part 4: Who is Jesus and Why Should We Care? Jesus the Healer
Biblical scholars of all stripes agree that Jesus had developed a reputation as a great healer. He didn't just make people feel better about themselves. If that were the only thing he did, he would have gone down in history only as a footnote. In Jesus we see the power of God's healing Spirit at work in the world in first-century Palestine. In Jesus we also see the power of God's Spirit working in lives today.
25:26
October 07, 2020
Part 3: Who is Jesus and Why Should We Care? Jesus the Doer of Miracles
Part 3: Who is Jesus and Why Should We Care? Jesus the Doer of Miracles
Do you believe in miracles? If not, I would like to invite you to think about miracles in a way that you may not have considered before. Miracles do not necessarily involve a suspension of the laws of nature. In fact, most often God works through nature and through ordinary people like you and me!
09:58
September 29, 2020
Part 2: Who is Jesus and Why Should We Care? Jesus, A Teacher of Alternative Wisdom
Part 2: Who is Jesus and Why Should We Care? Jesus, A Teacher of Alternative Wisdom
The Bible tells us that Jesus taught as one who has authority. What this means is not that he was a graduate of the Faculty of Education, but rather that he taught as one who was caught up in the experience of God's Spirit, conveying the fullness of God's character. He taught his followers a new and different way of seeing the world. Today he invites us also into a new vision of life, one that is centered in the love, grace and mercy of God.
14:14
September 22, 2020
Who Is Jesus and Why should We Care?
Who Is Jesus and Why should We Care?
No matter how dark and stormy the night may be, in Jesus God promises to love us and be with us always.
09:01
September 15, 2020
There Has to be Something More to Life
There Has to be Something More to Life
Ever wonder if there is something more to life?  Please join me as we explore this important topic. 
10:52
September 03, 2020