TMUC is a great community and I am delighted to be a part!
I believe that the Church needs to be a partner and a leader in our world where we strive to live love and compassion for all. God’s love leads us to faith, reflection and action.
Serving this congregation since 1988, I know that TMUC is an exciting and enlivening congregation, with a genuine presence in the community; and a faithful and faith-filled sense of God’s presence.
Along with leadership and responsibilities in our congregation, in our community I am actively involved in TMUC’s support of the Transcona Council for Seniors, the Transcona Community Network, and Family Dynamics (Plessis Resource Centre).
Since 2011 TMUC has been involved in Messy Church and in 2014, I agreed to the Canadian Regional Coordinator for Messy Church in the Prairie region.
New ideas and fresh expressions of congregational life are all around us – what an exciting time!
And, if you want to know more, I grew up in Winnipeg, hold a B.A. from the University of Manitoba, an M.Div. from Queen’s, and served in Saskatchewan living in Esterhazy. Jeff and I were married in 1985 and we have two adult sons. I (and we) occasionally write for Mandate Magazine. I have been honoured with the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the Marian Award from St. Mary’s Academy in 2007, recognition from Manitoba Council on Aging Awards in 2014, and the Casera Community Award for Community Leadership for 2016.
There is a labyrinth in one of TMUC’s lower halls.
A labyrinth leads you along a path to a centre and then away from the centre by the same route. Sometimes walking the labyrinth can be a profoundly moving experience. Sometimes it is just another walk.
I have found walking the labyrinth to often be a recognition of life’s journey. I think I am moving towards a centre, and then find myself moving away from it. The path constantly turns and alters direction. Often it feels like I am getting nowhere. Sometimes I am profoundly moved. When I reach THE centre, I often discover a home that has always been present.
TMUC is a community in which people experience a journey towards a centre we refer to as God, a place of being loved, welcomed, blessed; a place/presence that is always there, even when we can’t see around the next bend in the road, a place/presence from which we can continue our journeys back to and amongst the places and people of this world.
A few glimpses of my joiurney: I grew up in Brantford, Ontario – and would love to tell you my story about once playing hockey against Wayne Gretzky! After being ordained, I served four years in Saskatchewan. Carol Fletcher and I were married in 1988 and have two adult sons. I co-authored, with Walter Farquharson, a book on John’s Gospel entitled “An Audacious Invitation.” In 2010 I received the Canadian Church Press Award for best theological reflection. I was a nominee for Moderator of The United Church of Canada in 2012.