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The Other Face of God - when the stranger calls us home
by Mary Jo Leddy

"We become who we truly are as we respond to the summons of the other: we come to know Jesus as we follow himIt is in responding to the annunciations and visitations of the strangers that our lives become weighty, consequential, significant. ... We respond to the call of another not because we are good but because the command of the other activates the goodness between us." p 48

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Session   Course Outline and Links to the 10 Session Pages 
Blue links below indicate Session Pages are posted. Material and notes are added steadily through the course.
Jan 16
Introduction Evening.
Audio Selection from Tapestry with Mary Jo Leddy
Jan 23
"Welcoming the Stranger - a Hewbrew Bible Perspective' - Rabbi Oren Steinitz, Guest Speaker
Jan 30
"A Calgary Multi-Cultureal Classroom" - Laura Duker, Guest Speaker
Feb 6
“The Empire of the Self” (34-55) Jock
Feb 13
“The Concentrated Life” (56-72) Wayne
Feb 20 Family Day Weekend Break
Feb 27
“Perspective from Visits to Central America” Heather and Pam
Mar 5
“The God of Small Neighbourhoods” (73-94) Jock and
“Systems Without a Face” (95-107) Wayne
Mar 12
“Refugee Family Experience”
Mar 19
“The In-Between Christ” (108-129) Jock and
“Samaritan Church” (130-139) Wayne
Mar 26
“A Challenge to St. David’s” Janice and Wayne
and as a Special Event at St David's, Mary Jo herself will visit on the Weekend of April 20
Apr 20 Friday Evening Presentation.
Apr 21 Saturday, presentations and workshop/seminar sessions to help participants relate to refugee and immigrant organizations in Calgary
Apr 22 Sunday, preaching the sermon at St. David's worship service.

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Holy Manners The background on the phrase and why we have adopted it. The guidelines for our studies.
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Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. ... Proverbs 23:12 (NIV)
Group Facilitator. Wayne Holst              EMAIL WAYNE

I spent most of my life thinking like a church professional, rather than as a regular congregational member. My training as a pastor always had me asking myself 'how can I apply this discovery, insight, new information to a regular church setting?'

Often, clergy have been hesitant to share the discoveries they have made through a 'critical' approach to the Bible with their parishoners because they wonder how laypeople might accept it. I have found that many thinking laity are professionals in their own fields of endeavour and understand a critical approach very readily. What they seek are ways of relating faith to daily living.

I am grateful for the journey I have been taking through ordained ministry to teaching at the university and serving as a fellow layperson at St.David's United Church. Here we find that questioning and honest expression of our faith and doubt is readily accepted and supported.
Group Facilitator. Jock McTavish           EMAIL JOCK

I am a student and a poet, a democrat and a techocrat, an eclectic eccentric. I grew up in a loving Baptist community, so in my heart I'm still a Bible loving evangelical. As I grew in learning I found a new home in the United Church whose tolerance embraces the broadest range of Christian understanding. I most enjoy the illumination of our ancient traditions by modern scholarship. For they show in clear novel ways that the perspectives of the Special Ones were seldom the understandings of those that followed. They show all knowledge to be in relationship .

There seems a lack of understanding in our secular world for religious practices. The reasons why I still gladly - even necessarily - attend church are difficult to voice to those unfamiliar with church, or those injured by church. Elliott got it right. We find our way back to the place we started from. But with new understanding.