Reading day

Here are a few interesting and relevant to CCC articles I read last week. Be clear that I am not necessarily advocating anything from the articles, but sharing them as thought generators:

https://network.crcna.org/faith-nurture/coaches-corner-belonging-and-family-faith-formation

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/annehelenpetersen/jubilee-baptist-church-debt-forgiveness-lgbtq-socialism

https://www.fivethirtyeight.com/features/millenials-are-leaving-religion-and-not-coming-back/

with the above, the link seems to sometimes not work so you might need to to go fivethirtyeight.com and search “Millenials are leaving religion.”

There is one other one from Christian Courier but it is still behind a paywall. I will share it when it becomes publicly available.

Oh, here’s another one I read just now: https://www.thebanner.org/columns/2019/12/what-s-your-brand

Town Hall #5 Grouped responses page links

The responses to the questions from Town Hall #5, where we started a vision seeking process, have been grouped. If you want to get to them through the full information page, start with the first link. The other three are linked from that page. If you just want to go straight to the results page click on the other links below.

https://pastorpetescccstalbertblog.wordpress.com/reports-2/town-hall-5/

https://pastorpetescccstalbertblog.wordpress.com/reports-2/town-hall-5/1-of-3-dreaming-grouped-responses/

https://pastorpetescccstalbertblog.wordpress.com/reports-2/town-hall-5/2-of-3-naming-the-changes-needed-%ef%bb%bf-grouped-responses/

https://pastorpetescccstalbertblog.wordpress.com/reports-2/town-hall-5/3-of-3-the-vision-grouped-responses/

An article that really struck me

It helps me see my biases and how others, especially new Canadians, experience my thinking I’m showing care and concern. All they hear is “are you a productive member of this society yet?” Reminds me people have value and contributions to make beyond having a job.

Btw, Christian Courier is worth subscribing to. Browse some of the content and then sign up if you see the value!

http://www.christiancourier.ca/news/entry/beyond-bootstraps

What has been most difficult for him is what he has come to understand about the way he is viewed by the people with whom he interacts in Canada. With his employers, he feels he is just a cog in a machine. With others around him, he feels the only thing they want to know is if he has a job – and when he affirms that he does, they nod and make a comment about how it’s good for newcomers to be “productive members of society,” and ask nothing more.

Sitting in a coffee shop and apologizing (unnecessarily) for not being “more positive,” Nabil told me, “Sometimes I feel that Canadians are saying that we [refugees] have zero values, and so Canadians have to give them to us. But we both know that’s not true. And I also see that many of the values Canadians want to give to us are actually values created by companies – by capitalism.”