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Radical Gratitude
by Mary Jo Leddy

"This book is about ordinary grace, which is here for the asking. For free. ... It is about authentic liberation in a culture ... that is chronically dissatisfied. "  p 5      "In a culture of money, that which can neither be bought nor sold is Holy. ... the goodness of beginnings is Holy. ... that which pulls us to the point of our being is Holy. ... those who are grateful are Holy."  p173
 Book Reviews by Wayne Holst in The Western Catholic Reporter and The Gospel And Our Culture
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Session   Course Outline and Links to the 10 Session Pages 
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Material and notes are added steadily through the course.
Jan 14
Introductions of the class, and of the course objectives.
Ch 1 - Beginnings. Discussion. Video - Louis Schwartzberg: Gratitude for Creation
Handouts - Power Point slides. Course Calendar
Jan 21
Ch 2 - Perpetual Dissatisfaction.
Jan 28
Ch 3 - Radical Gratitude.
Feb 4
Ch 4 - Creative Power.
Feb 11
Ch 5 - The Point of Our Being.
Feb 18
Shift of Focus to Immigration for upcoming Seminars.
National Film Board Film - Welcome to Canada - 87min
Feb 25
Synopsis of earlier study - The Other Face of God - also by Mary Jo Leddy
Mar 1-3 Mary Jo Leddy Immigration Workshops and Stewardship Dinner speaker.
Mar 4
Ch 6 - Living with Spirit
Mar 11
Progressive Voices - Selected Videos for Discussion - Our Current Global Status
Video & other Resource Links posted. In addition to an hour of program, many additional links are provided for your further research and background.
Mar 18
Progressive Voices - Selected Videos for Discussion - Working It Out Together
Video & other Resource Links posted. In addition to an hour of program, many additional links are provided for your further research and background.

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.