In the season of Lent, 2020, we looked at a series on the Historical Jesus, featuring the thought of late theologian, Marcus Borg (view a trailer here). Handouts for those sessions are below:
SESSION 1 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 1
SESSION 2 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 8
SESSION 3 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 15
SESSION 4 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 22
SESSION 5 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 29
SESSION 6 HANDOUT (PDF) - April 5
Through the Sundays of Easter, we looked at music in worship, following a series with Church of Scotland minister, composer, and author, John Bell. (view a trailer here).
SESSION 3 HANDOUT (PDF) - April 26
SESSION 4 HANDOUT (PDF) - May 3
SESSION 5 HANDOUT (PDF) - May 10
SESSION 6 HANDOUT (PDF) - May 17
In "Ordinary Time," and the Sundays after Pentecost, 2020, we looked at the series, "Dream.Think.Be.Do." A trailer for the series can be found here. Christianity is a journey!
In Fall, 2020, we have been reading the book "Dear Church" by Rev. Lenny Duncan.
Another resource to engage for White Christians seeking to move from privilege to partnership is Troubling the Waters.
KAIROS also has helpful resources here.
In Winter/Spring 2021, we're looking at Science and Religion (preview of program here)
SESSION 1 HANDOUT (PDF) - February 21
SESSION 2 HANDOUT (PDF) - February 28
SESSION 3 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 7
SESSION 4 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 14
Beginning in April, 2021, we are reading "The Book of Joy" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams.
Session 1 Handout (PDF) - April 25
Session 2 Handout (PDF) - May 2
Session 3 Handout (PDF) - May 9
Session 4 Handout (PDF) - May 16
Session 5 Handout (PDF) - May 23
Session 6 Handout (PDF) - May 30
Session 7 Handout (PDF) - June 6
Session 8 Handout (PDF) - June 13
Session 9 Handout (PDF) - June 20
Session 10 Handout (PDF) - June 27
Beginning September 12, 2021, we will be looking at a variety of resources to learn about our church and society's relationship with Indigenous neighbours. (Materials are read/viewed ahead of time, and we discuss on Sunday morning Zoom.)
September 12 - What is the Doctrine of Discovery? (UCC resources)
September 26 - Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts (66 minute Anglican documentary film)
October 3 - My Auntie Survived Residential School (44 minute CBC documentary film)
For a few weeks in October, 2021, we will look at Reformation history - if for no other reason than Pastor Tyler is fascinated by it and can talk at length about details around Martin Luther's life!
Have a look at the videos that are linked ahead of the Sunday morning zoom discussion.
October 17 - Luther's life in pictures (about 15 mins)
Starting in November, 2021, we'll be reading the Robin Wall Kimmerer book, "Braiding Sweetgrass." You can purchase a copy here, or look into borrowing it from your local library, or listen to the audio book.
November 7 - Skywoman Falling & Council of Pecans (pp.ix-21; audio tracks 1-4)
Wednesday, November 17 - Gift of Strawberries, Offering, Asters and Goldenrod (pp.22-47; audio tracks 5-7)
Wednesday, November 24 - Learning the Grammar of Animacy, Maple Sugar Moon (pp.48-71; audio tracks 8-10)
Wednesday, December 1 - Witch Hazel (pp.72-81; audio track 11)
Wednesday, December 8 - A Mother's Work (pp.82-97; audio track 12)
Wednesday, December 15 - The Consolation of Water Lilies (pp.98-104; audio track 13)
Wednesday, December 22 - Allegiance to Gratitude (pp.105-117; audio track 14)
Sunday, January 9 - Epiphany in the Beans (pp.121-127; audio tracks 15-16)
Sunday, January 16 - The Three Sisters (pp.128-140; audio track 17)
Sunday, January 23 - Wisgaak Gokpenagen: A Black Ash Basket (pp.141-155; audio track 18)
Sunday, January 30 - Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass (pp.156-166; audio track 19)
Sunday, February 6 - Maple Nation: A Citizenship Guide (pp.167-174; audio track 20)
Sunday, February 13 - The Honourable Harvest (pp.175-201; audio tracks 21-22)
Sunday, February 20 - In the Footsteps of Nanabozho: Becoming Indigenous to Place (pp.205-215; audio tracks 23-24)
Sunday, February 27 - The Sound of Silverbells (pp.216-222; audio track 25)
Sunday, March 6 - Sitting in a Circle (pp.223-240; audio track 26)
Sunday, March 13 - Burning a Cascade Head (pp.241-253; audio track 27)
Wednesday, May 4 - Putting Down Roots (pp.254-267; audio track 28)
Wednesday, May 11 - Umbilicaria: The Belly Button of the World (pp.268-276; audio track 29)
Wednesday, May 25 - Old Growth Children (pp.277-292; audio track 30)
Wednesday, June 1 - Witness to the Rain (pp.293-300; audio track 31)
Wednesday, June 8 - Windigo Footprints (pp.301-309; audio tracks 32-33)
Wednesday, June 15 - The Sacred and the Superfund (pp.310-340; audio tracks 34-35)
Wednesday, June 22 - People of Corn, People of Light & Collateral Damage (pp.341-359; audio tracks 36-37)
Wednesday, June 29 - Shkitagen: People of the Seventh Fire (pp.360-373; audio track 38) Pastor Tyler reads an excerpt here
Wednesday, July 6 - Defeating Windigo & Returning the Gift (pp.373-384; audio tracks 39-40)
And, we may draw on this resource for discussion questions as we read together!
In Fall, 2022, we'll be looking at what it means to be a welcoming and inclusive congregation,
moving towards joining the Reconciling In Christ roster.
October 19 - one congregation's story of becoming RIC
October 26 - RIC and welcome as Reformation
November 2 - welcome and inclusion at Gloria Dei (conversation & ideas)
some helpful supplemental videos can be viewed here
Starting in January, 2023, we'll be having some conversation about other faiths, with a focus on what they believe about the planet.
This is an introductory treatment (more in-depth may be done at a later date where we would welcome members of other traditions and faiths to speak about their values and beliefs, personally) and this study is meant to open up conversation.
We will use this study guide reflecting on this poster (inspired by this poster, and sourced from this website); some of our conversation may also draw upon these videos created by Pastor Tyler.
Some pages of comparisons between the religious traditions and Lutheranism are available here.
We will gather Wednesday mornings on Zoom (see our e-news for sign-in link) - the format will be
conversational, and questions are encouraged!
January 11 - introduction (are there other traditions among us?)
and Judaism (study guide p.9, video clip)
January 18 - Islam (study guide p.8, video clip)
January 25 - Buddhism (study guide p. 6, video clip)
February 1 - Unitarianism (study guide p.11, video clip)
February 8 - Bahá'i (study guide p.5, video clip)
Recommended resource (if you can find a copy!): Honoring Our Neighbor's Faith
(comparison pages are scanned from this book)
Some online video Sunday School lessons available in a playlist here.
Some resources for downloading and using at home available here.
A Palm Sunday resource available here.
A video about Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday, here.
A video about Good Friday and Easter, here.
See our Sunday Services page for weekly "youth bulletin" and "Sunday School" resources!
While not Christian education, per se, this link will take you to some learning opportunities from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which certainly have overlapping values with our faith!
Additional Resources for Christian Education
From KAIROS Canada:
Blanket Exercise Resources