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Flourishing Update - April 12, 2023

The Embrace of Abundance Amidst the Fiction of Scarcity

Dr. Walter Brueggemann

Emeritus Professor, Columbia Theological Seminary

Check out this short 5 minute video in our April weekly video series on Derek Cook's book, The ART of Hope: Healing the Wounded City.

 

Recommend Resource

Journey to the Common Good: Updated Edition

By Dr. Walter Brueggemann


Published originally in 2010, Journey to the Common Good spoke to an era defined in large part by America's efforts to rebuild from an age of terror as it navigated its way through an economic collapse. Today, the dual crises of the coronavirus and the disease of racial injustice present daunting new challenges for the church as it seeks the good of its neighbors. In a new introduction to this updated edition, Brueggemann links the wilderness tradition of Exodus to these current crises, as a framework to help the church navigate this time of risk and vulnerability and to pursue a genuine social alternative to the governance of Pharaoh. The answer to the question of the church's role in society is the same answer God gave to the Israelites thousands of years ago: love your neighbor and work for the common good.

 

Upcoming Events


The Stories We Tell

(A FREE FCI and CCCU event)

Trinity Western University and online

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

7:00pm PDT


Join researchers and church leaders across theological contexts and Canadian regions who will interact with recent research findings from four congregational case studies across Canada.


 

The ART of Hope: A Healing Approach to Ending Poverty

at Ambrose University

Monday, May 1 from 9am-12pm MDT


Explore a new approach to poverty reduction and community building by applying the principles of Abundance, Resilience and Trust (ART).




 

Eyes to See: Engaging Faith Communities in Poverty Dialogue and Action

(A Canadian Poverty Institute Event)

Thursday, May 11- Friday, May 12, 2023

Are you a church leader interested in engaging your congregation in actions to address poverty? Join Shaun Groves and Compassion Canada in this two-day workshop to build knowledge and skill to lead conversations and initiatives about poverty in your community. Based on the book Eyes to See by Compassion Canada.

This workshop will be offered live at Ambrose University in Calgary with remote link to a satellite location at the offices of the Canadian Missionary Alliance in Mississauga, Ontario. Those outside of Calgary and the Toronto Area can join online.


 

IGNITE: Cultivating United Prayer Across Canada

Ottawa -- Apr 14; Calgary -- Apr 20; Kelowna -- Apr 28; Regina -- May 5


Now is the time to pray for the healing of our country. Join our hosts for inspiration and training on how to cultivate a strong culture of prayer in your church, culminating in a public evening event seeking God's holy face in prayer and worship with humility and wonder.


 

Property Strategy Course for Church Board Members

(A Trinity Centres Foundation event) Dates TBA This TCF online course is a series of toolkits, aimed at supporting church board members. TFC's hope is to educate faith communities across Canada as they leverage strategic partnerships and government programs required to build the financial sustainability of their properties. In repositioning these properties towards the many charities who need space, new structures will also allow faith communities to remain in their communities and see new seasons of growth.


 

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