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Happy Monday, May 31, 2021



And so, another Monday is upon us. The weeks seem to go by so quickly, I’m always amazed when it’s time to sit in front of my computer, look out my window and contemplate writing another Happy Monday article. It’s a great mindfulness practice!


What’s top of my mind this morning is a conversation we had at our Board meeting yesterday that came up in light of our new Provincial Restart Plan here in BC. This is a three-phase plan leading to complete opening up to our post-pandemic world (all things being equal in the meantime). According to the health authorities, by the fall, we should be able to completely re-convene life as it was pre-Covid-19.


As has been true for the last 14 months, I’m so grateful for our Sunday Six! I love that we have a professional, smooth-running livestream Sunday service, with enough variety in terms of presiders, speakers, and which now also includes the addition of bringing in our Practitioner of the Week remotely, to serve our community better. I’m also grateful for our community connection times on Zoom: our Meditations, Fellowship, and Coffee and Connection gatherings.


We’d love to expand our Meditation Team! If you’re a practiced regular meditator and might be interested in joining, let me know! (Email revgord@shaw.ca)


As we move into the summertime and our world opening up, I’m curious as to what this might look like. To get a sense, it seems wise to me to offer some kind of informal smaller gatherings outside to start a process of bringing people back together slowly and carefully, so we can get the flavour of what will serve our community well. While I’d love to say something definitive, my intuition tells me we’re going to have to let the process inform us as we go along.


Having said that, you may want to tentatively pencil in 2pm on July 11 for an informal, casual get-together at a park!


With re-convening on the horizon, along with what very much feels to me to be the spirit of renewal happening within our community, I’m delighted that the process of hiring for our new position is coming together in perfect alignment. It feels like the Divine Plan is really working for our good!


For our global online community, I love that our plan is to be 100% physical and 100% digital. I also love that it appears that the answer to the question of “should ministry be digital or physical?” is “Yes!”


Even with brighter days on the horizon, we are still in ‘liminal times’ – times not truly in one world or the next. With that in mind, Susan Beaumont, author of How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going gives us this piece of advice: “You cannot resolve liminality by planning your way through it. You must learn your way through it.”


I am so grateful that each and every one of you is along for the ride to learn and be together as we go!


Blessings, Dr. Deborah

If you missed yesterday’s Soul Food Sunday with Rev. Barbara Samuel and Neal Klassen, titled Be Your Authentic Self, you can watch it (and other past services) on the CSLK YouTube channel.

Practitioner of the Week is Amanda Pope, RScP. If you are looking for one-to-one prayer treatment support for ANYTHING, you can contact this practitioner directly via email at amandajpope@msn.com.

MIND-FULL MOMENT


I have respect for the past, but I’m a person of the moment. I’m here, and I do my best to be completely centred at the place I’m at, then I go forward to the next place.


Maya Angelou

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