Tag Archives: Canada First Nations

Prayers for Toxic Tour, Ontario Canada

Here is a prayer: Creator, grant us the strength of purpose to make this shit end. Show us how to make the politicos and officials give a damn. Teach them how to curb their rapacious greed and avarice. Amen Matthew … Continue reading

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Response of the Churches … Canada

Matthew Stevens writes this … All My Relations: No doubt many of you will have already read the Response of the Churches to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, that was presented in Ottawa on June 2, 2015, however … Continue reading

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Wisdom From The Wheel

“How many thousands of hours have I spent over the course of my life just trying to get myself centred?” asks R. Matthew Stevens of Corunna, Ontario. in this essay about retirement from ministry. His answers? Not from a car … Continue reading

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A First Nation Liturgy For Consecrating Chrism Oil on Maundy Thursday

R. Matthew Stevens sends for the respectful Lenten use of all people this service of his own for the consecrating of chrism oil honoring the historic and traditional elements of North American First Nations people by infusing the oil with … Continue reading

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Words of Thanksgiving and an invitation to share a voice

Canadian Thanksgiving has been over for six weeks, but a reflection on Thanksgiving, timely for the day on United States Thanksgiving comes from Matthew Stevens. He sends a greeting and a memory, and below these words please find his invitation … Continue reading

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Sharing — An Open Letter to All Canadians and members of the media

Passed on to me by Matthew Stevens. An open letter to all Canadians and members of the media October 24, 2014 On Wednesday, October 22, people across Canada stood together, collectively watching a tragedy unfold in Ottawa. Thoughts and prayers … Continue reading

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Liturgy for World Communion Sunday, Aboriginal Canadian Thanksgiving

R. Matthew Stevens sends this Aboriginal Canadian Eucharist for Canadian Thanksgiving which is celebrated October 12-13, 2014. The litany of remembering, the blessing of the community, the manner of sharing — all are gifts that well can be used for … Continue reading

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Ode’imin Giizis, Heartberry moon — Finding a voice, lending a voice

With this morning, the day after Pentecost, I begin another year of this blog “Gifts in Open Hands: A Blog for a Pentecost Year.” This blog began two years ago as a way to share prayers, poems and liturgical resources … Continue reading

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June, Ode’imin Giizis “heart-berry moon”

It is rare that I publish one writer two days in a row, but there was some serendipity this week. I post on Thursdays from “international” writers — my personal point of reference being the United States. Some of these … Continue reading

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Perspectives … more wrestling with the potential “holy-ruptcy” of the liberal church

Earlier this year R. Matthew Stevens began a conversation with his essay, “It Ain’t Easy Being Liberal” which reflected on his own United Church of Canada. This second article “Perspectives” carries the discussion further and invites the response of people … Continue reading

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