Lent Has Begun


Dear Friends,   Lent has begun. A time where we might take the opportunity to reflect on ourselves, our faith, and our relationship with God, who calls us to extraordinary things.   During this coming Lent season, we will journey through reflecting on our Family Stories - stories of children becoming adults, relationships with families, [...]

Lent Has Begun2016-02-25T09:26:03-04:00

The Only Thing Constant is Change


This week will be known for many of us as the week that David Bowie died. Sometimes called Ziggy Stardust, the androgynous, shape shifting music genius was an icon of an era. He did very good work, and showed us that expressing yourself in a genuine way is necessary. It is a good thing to [...]

The Only Thing Constant is Change2016-01-14T07:09:15-04:00



Hello friends. It is now 2016. Remember that when you write the date. Time moves on, and we move along with it. We have moved through the Advent and Christmas season, and are now in the season of Epiphany. It is the season where we are encouraged to see the light of Christ and the [...]


O Come All Ye Faithful!


“O Come All ye Faithful,…O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.” These are such wonderful familiar words. This is such a wonderful familiar hymn. Christmas is a time that brings us in traditional ways into the wonder of the birth of [...]

O Come All Ye Faithful!2015-12-23T10:20:59-04:00

A Children's Christmas


It is the wide eyed wonder of children, and the belief in all-things-possible that makes Christmas so magical. The excitement of a Santa Claus parade, the beauty of a fully lit Christmas tree, Christmas candies, cookies and wonderful food to eat, a mountain of presents under the tree, singing “Away in a Manger” and “Jingle [...]

A Children's Christmas2015-12-18T09:02:16-04:00

White Gift Sunday


This Sunday December 13th is White Gift Sunday. It is a time during Advent when we focus on others. We focus on Gifts – not for ourselves, but for others. The tradition of White Gift Sunday has its roots in a small Methodist church in Ohio in 1904. What began as a humble way to [...]

White Gift Sunday2015-12-10T09:04:45-04:00



Hello all: I was struck, as you might have been that at the cenotaph or War Memorial, people came forward after the ceremony and deposited their poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  I observed Remembrance Day in Aylmer Quebec and the same thing happened - after the ceremony, people left their poppies on [...]


The Past and Future of Carleton Memorial United Church


Hello all: We were informed this past week of the death of The Reverend Angus MacDonald. Angus as he was known to everyone was 91 years old. I did not know Angus very well (being a newcomer to Ottawa) but I met him on several occasions, including the covenanting service here, and at least two [...]

The Past and Future of Carleton Memorial United Church2015-10-29T09:48:37-04:00



As a young adult, I learned about participating in a political election campaign. I learned that the emotions were always close to the surface. I learned that if you believed in a candidate, you would work as hard as you could to get that candidate elected. I learned that some days were very long. I [...]


World Wide Communion Sunday


Hello all:    This coming Sunday October 4th is World Wide Communion Sunday. On this Sunday Christian Churches all around the world celebrate communion and are aware that we are all together around the world. In some ways it is a breathtaking moment. So this Sunday we will remember Christians around the world. In some [...]

World Wide Communion Sunday2015-10-01T12:27:17-04:00