Posts byJennifer Neutel

A PERSONAL JOURNEY OF RECONCILIATION

Sandra Hayes-Gardiner shares the story behind her passion for Right Relations Sandra Hayes-Gardiner is known within her Calgary congregation as someone who is passionate about Right Relations, currently involved in many activities aiming to foster Indigenous learning and understanding. Sandra’s roots, career and volunteerism have contributed to her own shift in perspective. Sandra grew up in
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BRINGING BACK THE NEIGHBOURING RELATIONSHIP

‘What does it mean to love our actual neighbours?’

Howard Lawrence is exploring what happens when we activate the invitation to love those within our neighbourhoods. He says the idea has sprung forth that “maybe God is calling us to love our actual neighbours.”

“It’s a powerful notion, it’s a challenging notion for people to say what does it mean to love our actual neighbours?”
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ABUNDANT COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE UPDATES ABCD PRINCIPLES FOR MUNICIPALITIES

Neighbourhood connections create complex benefits 

Howard Lawrence, co-founder of the Asset-Based Neighbourhood Organizing Association, says many cities have a long-standing relationship with Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and the Abundant Community Initiative is a new version that drills down onto every block in every neighbourhood.

“We can say to municipalities, ‘you’ve been doing this kind of work, particularly in troubled neighbourhoods, for 30 years . . . here is an update,’” Lawrence says.
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Singing their way into Justice: Harmony through Harmony

Music, faith and justice: Calgary choral group creates values-based community

It looks like a giant connect the dots, a series of highlights made possible through relationship and invitation. An elementary school in Amanzimtoti, South Africa is the first dot. Here several members of Harmony through Harmony (HtH), a choral ensemble from Calgary, join hands in a huge circle around the school gym and lead the students in singing songs in Zulu.
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Building the bridge of reconciliation while we walk on it

Building Respectful Relations with Indigenous People

Helena Lamb’s interest to learn more about Indigenous people was sparked in 2013, when she saw the documentary We Were Children at a film festival.

The film centres on two residential school survivors. “I just sobbed through the whole thing,” says Helena. “I could not believe this had happened in Canada, I had no idea about the residential schools and that was the beginning for me to learn more.”
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How to create a Business which is good and smart

Thrive launches new program to help entrepreneurs grow and create community impact

Calgary social entrepreneurs with a desire to grow and improve business skills are invited to apply for Thrive’s spring Accelerator program. The program is also designed for existing entrepreneurs that are curious about integrating social and environmental impact into their business.
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Exploring how silence can deepen spiritual life

In today’s busy and noise-filled world, when did you last purposely take time for silence?

In today’s busy and noise-filled world, when did you last purposely take time for silence?

About 30 people in Calgary attend an early morning mid-week contemplative service. The hour-long service includes teaching, reading, music and a block of silence. Usually around 20 minutes, the silence portion may last longer or shorter depending on other content and what’s going on.
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CALGARY SHINES LIGHT ON INTERFAITH COLLABORATION

City to celebrate its first UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, February 1-7, 2017

Calgarians can visit open houses at 11 places of worship and attend other events to celebrate the city’s inaugural observance of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Rabbi Shaul Osadchey is on the Calgary Interfaith Council steering committee and approached Calgary’s mayor, who issued a proclamation to support the week. Various faith communities in the city are collaborating on special programs and events during the Feb. 1 to 7 celebration.
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Shaping the Next Economy

Calgary's Soul of the Next Economy Forum on Oct. 3-4 is the next step in the local transition conversation

The Soul of the Next Economy Forum 2014, at Ambrose University College Oct. 3-4, continues Calgary’s conversation about how we can build an economy that’s profitable, sustainable, and serves local goals.
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