Posts bySarah Arthurs

5000 People

5000 people were in attendance online! Earlier in September, I attended a conference hosted by the Omega Institute featuring Pema Chödrön on the theme Welcoming the Unwelcome. 5000 people participated from 50 Countries, WOW! Pema is known for making the ideas and practises affiliated with the Shambhala lineage of Buddhism, highly accessible.   She is also
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September 1: My Dad

The Dad I carry in my heart memories, would have loved this! A small dusty brown squirrel, at the top of a lodgepole pine, busy harvesting this year’s crop of ripe pinecones, full of seeds, for the coming winter season. An oblivious acrobat, tripping amongst the very top branches, grabbing the pinecones with her teeth
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What will be our legacy in 100 years?

Possibility and Next Steps with Regenerating Places of Faith Workshop

This was the question posed by Bill Phipps, former Moderator of the United Church of Canada, at the start of Regenerating Places of Faith, a workshop for Christian faith communities with valuable real estate, often historic buildings, great locations, a history of service to the community alongside the challenges of dwindling numbers, uncertain mission and financial challenges.
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Church Gym Becomes Microbrewery: April Fools or prophetic utterance

Or why you should attend the April 14 workshop on Regenerating Places of Faith

There is a rumour circulating In Calgary which started on April 1 from the pulpit of Hillhurst United Church and found momentum on the April 2 Monday CBC Morning Show. Hillhurst United Church is going to turn it 1950 annex, attached to the 112-year-old historic church and including a gym, into a microbrewery.
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Good will – A Rising Tide to lift all Boats

Perhaps this is an occasion where the expression a rising tide lifts all boats has some truth. I am speaking of the rising tide of good will, empathy, curiosity and inclusion which is flowing from the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Now the evidence is only anecdotal at this point but just to mention three local examples.
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National Social Innovation Projects come to NewScoop

NewScoop is excited to partner with the United Church of Canada to create a series of Online Conversations about social innovation.

From sea to sea to sea, communities of social innovators are saying YES to challenges and opportunities within our neighbourhoods and faith communities.

Over the next four months, New Scoop is hosting 20 free online conversations introducing many exciting and energizing projects. Join us if the topics are of interest! This is open to all social innovators with any or no religious affiliation.
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Journey To Reconciliation – Overview

The Enough for All Indigenous Advisory committee is providing opportunities for Indigenous and Non Indigenous organizations to share how they are acting upon the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. The first event occurred on May 30. A second event is being scheduled for the fall of 2017 .
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Join us for NewScoop’s First AGM

How do we take this from a spark to a campfire?

All members and supporters of NewScoop are invited to join us for our first AGM Thursday, June 8th, 2017 4 PM – 5:30 PM Prairie Sky Cohousing Co-operative #100 402 30 Ave  NE. Year in Review We will be sharing a summary of our work in 2016 including a review of our financials. Director Elections As
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Lunch and Zoom

ave the dates: Lunchtime on Tuesday, April 18, 25 and May 9, 16 NewScoop YYC is exploring a new way of coming underneath the stories that we want to tell. We are using Zoom, an online platform to host conversations about topics important for the well being of Calgary. This platform allows participants to see
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