Published on 07 Jul 2011

Explore – The Stuff that Piques Our Interests

Christ Church Cathedral doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Sometimes we find stuff that inspires us, sometimes it provokes us, and often it’s worth sharing with the wider community. Here’s just a spattering of the stuff we thought you might like:

“September 18th, 2011 is National Back To Church Sunday”

“Become Weaker” a short film on Jean Vanier by Chris Heuertz

“It’s hard enough for most of us to celebrate a spirituality of simplicity or submission, let alone a spirituality that invites the possibility of voluntary suffering. So, how do we celebrate vulnerabilities? How do we receive limitations as gifts?

These sorts of conversations may have a conceptual acceptance in our worshipping communities, but how much we actually accept weakness is revealed by whom we surround ourselves. Talking about the poor and having concern for justice may be hip, but do we really know anyone who’s poor? I mean, really have friends in need?

Sadly, the only poor folks many North American Christians know are people they’ve gone to “minister to” or people they’ve met on short-term missions experiences.

Cultivating ‘friendships across difference’ is tough and often we need examples, humble prophets who embody these values to help guide us. Jean Vanier is one such man.

His community, L’Arche, has given themselves to relationships among people with profound needs to create safe spaces of discovery where seeds of hope can bear fruit. With insightful creativity, adults with developmental disabilities are L’Arche’s “Core Members” while the volunteers and staff are called “Assistants.” This reorienting of community has been a provocative recovery of the true center of L’Arche. The homes themselves are authentic places of peace, and safe places for women and men to explore vocation, community and spirituality….”

Read more and watch the video HERE.

“The Generosity Blog” by Michelle Hauser

In this blog, Michelle Hauser, interim manager of annual giving at the Anglican Church of Canada in Toronto, tackles the topic of generosity—from small stories of daily inspiration to the overall mission of the church.

From a recent blog post called Generosity in the City:

“Practicing generosity in an urban setting is demanding. Everything from navigating large crowds, enduring long line-ups, and surviving public transportation can put a strain on even the most skilled generosity practitioner.”

Find Michelle’s blog here at:


“Love Wins” Video by Rob Bell

Rob Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever…? With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly hopeful—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.

Rob Bell is an American author and pastor. He is the founder of Mars Hill Bible Church located in Grandville, Michigan and is also the featured speaker in a series of spiritual short films called NOOMA.


“The Next Christians” Video by Gabe Lyons (PART 1)

“The Next Christians” Video by Gabe Lyons (PART 2)

Gabe Lyons carefully articulates what he has learned from years of interviews, research and focus group conversations about the next iteration of cultural engagement.  He shares a few of the marks of a new generation of Christians that are turning the unChristian perception problem on its head.

“Resurrection” Video by Rob Bell

Rob Bells tells us that at the heart of the historical Jesus story is the provocative, compelling, subversive, beautiful insistence that nothing can ever be the same again, not after resurrection.

Rob Bell is an American author and pastor. He is the founder of Mars Hill Bible Church located in Grandville, Michigan and is also the featured speaker in a series of spiritual short films called NOOMA.

“Vision 2019: Catch the Buzz” Video by the Anglican Church of Canada

“Vision 2019: Catch the Buzz,” was awarded the Bronze Remi award in the religion, ethics, and spirituality category at Worldfest 2011, Houston, Texas. WorldFest received more than 3,200 entries from 33 countries.
“Dwindling resources do not have to mean waning passions,” said Lisa Barry, senior producer at Anglican Video. “The Anglican Church of Canada has a great story to tell and every day we try to tell it with creativity and a commitment to excellence. An award like this reinforces our commitment. It tells us that we are competitive and our work not only stands up—it stands out.”

The three-and-a-half-minute video was made to promote the Marks of Mission, which emerged as a priority from the church’s strategic plan, Vision 2019. It begins with an imaginative exploration of how Jesus might use social media, then it challenges Canadian Anglicans to embrace and share the Marks of Mission. The evocative piece combines animation and YouTube videos that Canadian Anglicans submitted as part of Vision 2019’s “dream the church” exercise.

After debuting at General Synod 2010, “Vision 2019: catch the buzz” has been shown in dioceses and parishes across Canada.

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