Message from Rev. Blair Odney, President, Pacific Mountain Regional Council

Dear Friends,

As if COVID19 has not been enough to bring us to our knees, calling us to the best of ourselves, we now watch our neighbours and friends to the south live into the reality of political insurrection, prompted to violence by human brokenness and need.  And it could get worse. We have no control over any of what happens in the United States; we do have control over how we experience it.  And I invite us all into the experience of prayer.  I invite us all to hold all those in our world suffering under the abuse of political power with loving tenderness. 

And please, do not be afraid.  When we act in fear, we give ourselves over to the perils of humanity’s worst behaviour.  Our only response is love.  Our only response is to invoke God’s agency in a manner consistent with our faith. 

There are only two feelings, Love and Fear
There are only two languages, Love and Fear
There are only two activities, Love and Fear
There are only two motives, two procedures,
two frameworks, two results. 
Love and Fear.
Love and Fear

We hold the choice in our hands and we are empowered by the Spirit that transforms.  
May love be your response.  May love be your words.  May love be your silence.  May love hold your boundaries.  May love ignite your joy.

In Christ,

Rev. S. Blair Odney
He/Him/His
President
PMRC

Advent Calendar

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As we head into the holiday season and navigate new gathering restrictions, now is a time, if ever, to engage in traditions that bring us comfort. One of the things I enjoy during advent is an advent calendar. There is much anticipation and joy in opening a new window each day as we move toward Christmas. I still remember the advent calendars I had when I was a child, hunting around for the next number on the windows, wondering what shape of chocolate I would find. Now you can get advent calendars filled with all sorts of things, chocolate, tea, jam and even beer. Continue reading “Advent Calendar”

Upcoming Workshops

There are a number of workshops happening locally that might be of interest:

Racist, Who Me? – The Kelowna Chapter of Amnesty International is putting on an online opportunity to explore the topic of racism in a safe and open environment, learn about what anti-racism activities are happening in BC. Nov 19. For more information go to: https://www/eventbrite.ca/e/anti-racism-event-tickets-127810632041

Pacific Mountain Region, Leadershift events:

21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act with Bob Joseph – Book study. Sunday November 15. More information on the Leadershift website: https://leadershiftpm.ca

Confronting Whiteness with Anna Colina White. This workshop will help you develop personal skills for confronting systemic racism. Friday November 20 9:30-12:30 Cost: $50.00To Register: https://www.leadershiftpm.ca/register/confronting-whiteness-11-20