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Indigenous Peoples in Canada

This week we are privileged to hear from Brad Jersak and Charles Littledale on the history and current reality of the relationship between Canada and our Indigenous peoples.

Some questions to think on before you come:

  • What do I know about the way Canada has dealt with its Indigenous peoples? What gaps are there in my knowledge?
  • What do I know about the lives and cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada? What gaps are there in my knowledge?
  • When I think of Indigenous people, what generalizations or attitudes come up? Where do these come from? What is their fruit?
  • Can I think of an Indigenous person who inspires me?

Come prepared to feel uncomfortable together and to learn together. See you Sunday,


Sermon Audio – Gender Equality

Here is our first Hot Button topic, where Nicole and Josh Giesbrecht present several different aspects of sexism, feminism and gender equality.

Some helpful links can be found on this post.

Gender Equality

This Sunday we are tackling our first hot button topic, Sexism and Gender Equality. Josh and I are going to try presenting together, to get male and female perspectives on various aspects of the topic. Hopefully we can be a living picture of how gender equality can work.

Preparing this time has been an unexpectedly tough slog – the more we look at it, the bigger and more personal the topic becomes. We’ve been learning a lot for sure.

Some of the themes we will be looking at are:

  • God’s design is for equality and partnership between genders.
  • Our culture and general church culture are based in patriarchy. Patriarchy devalues women and creates toxic pictures of masculinity.
  • As these attitudes are in our culture, they have been ingrained in us since birth. We all have them to some degree. Love asks us to examine ourselves for sexist attitudes and seek to change them.
  • Sexism is also in our laws and power structures. Love asks us to support change that moves us toward equality, even if that means giving up some of our own power.

I have one request of you before you come. Would you please think about what words like feminism, sexism, toxic masculinity and gender equality bring up in you? If any of those are trigger words, would you please ask Jesus about why those trigger you and what he would say about them?

If you would like some further food for thought, here are some links I have found helpful:

A poem written by Anne Lawless that gives a beautiful picture of God designed equality.
Toxic masculinity explained in comic form
Mental load explained in comic form
A blog post on why we still need feminism

See you Sunday,


Edit: The audio for this can be found here

Adam’s Rib

I came from the side of the man
And that is where I shall stay
Not from his head and not from his feet
I came from the side of the man.

I’m bone of the bone of the man
And that’s how God planned it would be
Flesh of the flesh of the man
That we should completely agree.

That I should be one with the man
Living in sweet harmony
From close to the heart of the man
This then is how it should be.

I’ll walk by the side of the man
And share in the cares of his life
I always will honour the man
And know that he loves me – his wife.

Anne Lawless

Cooperative Reconstruction

I found this in a meditation by Richard Rohr this morning and I think it beautifully captures what we are asking God to do, and what we are saying we are willing to participate in as we tackle our hot button topics.

When the scriptures are used maturely, and they become a precursor to meeting the Christ, the proceed in this order:

  1. They confront us with a bigger picture than we are used to, “God’s kingdom” that has the potential to “deconstruct” our false world views.
  2. They then have the power to convert us to an alternative worldview by proclamation, grace and the sheer attraction of the good, the true and the beautiful (not by shame, guilt or fear which are low-level motivations).
  3. They then console us and bring deep healing as they “reconstruct” us in a new place with a new mind and heart.
Rohr, Richard Preparing for Christmas, Franciscan Media, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2008. p85, emphasis in original

This Sunday is Soup Sunday. Please come prepared to share what you did this week to begin this refining process, and how it went. Some suggestions were:

  • Sit down with Jesus and work through any blocks he brought up, talk about the gifts he has for you in this, or work through any fear this triggers.
  • Choose something that pushes your buttons and learn more about it.
  • Practice asking someone what they think about something where you know you disagree and listening without arguing. (“How do you like your coffee?” is legit)

I am excited to be growing together. See you Sunday,


Crayon Love

Sermon audio – Jan 21

Here’s last Sunday’s message from Nicole, an introduction to “Hot Button” topics that we’ll be looking at once a month.

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Hot Button Intro

by Nicole Giesbrecht

This Sunday we are starting our series on Hot Button Topics, looking at some of the contentious subjects in our world right now. We are going to talk about what that means and how we can do it in a Freshwind safe way. Our foundational question for the series is “how does love respond?”. Here are some things to think about before Sunday:

  • What is God’s heart for our world? For my corner of it?
  • What issues really trigger me? How would love respond?
  • Which people really trigger me? How would love respond?

Blessings on you as you wade into discomfort!

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