An Exciting Moment in Time…

The Festival of Homiletics, is one of my favourite conferences that I attempt to attend each year. This year it is truly a honour to be asked to lead worship with my colleague, The Rev. Anthony Bailey, at Buckhead Theatre, on May 17. Keep us in your prayers for safe travels and a rejuvenated return home. May we hear  and see the visions of the Holy One to guide us; and continue the work of \\\”Prophetic Preaching in Times of Change\\\”.    

Do what you can, NOT because YOU HAVE TO

Last week I saw an article on Facebook by CJAD (Montreal) that IGA, one of the grocery stores in Quebec, has decided to lower their prices because they felt that the competition is fierce – It was time to be competitive and win over customers. On Thursday, April 7, I called Bell Canada to stop my internet services with them as I was going with another company for different reasons. Bell customer service insisted on finding a way to keep me, even to the point that I was offered a $17.00 monthly discount, over $200 discount per year. When I … Read more

Palm Sunday – Love Conquers All

A day to celebrate Love, to Celebrate the fact that Love conquers all. An exhausting week and Holy Week has not begun yet. Went to church this a.m. and told the secretary that I’d rather be in bed and sleep in. Then, people started knocking on the office door, talking to me, giving hugs and slowly a new energy started to creep out on me. There was Joy in being at the church building and being with the church (the people) all together… Our Palm Sunday processional began and we started singing, “He Comes Riding on a Donkey”. All the … Read more

Are You Plugged In?

It was quite a hectic morning and I was trying to rush out the door for a few appointments – Amazing appointments if I may add. I planned to go and meet a great person who is making me a clerical shirt, have a bowl of soup at the local restaurant, and then meet the principal at the local high school with two teachers to plan a time and date to share my journey of displacement into Canada at the local high school. I was so proud of myself as I had decided to use the slow cooker to get … Read more

Hanging in There…

20160130_164559[1]It has been a busy week. Annual reports, Sunday morning prep for new members, a child’s baptism, pastoral care through visits, phone calls, e-mails and Facebook messenger. I was registered for a full day workshop on Friday the 29th, I withdrew myself, as I realized on Wednesday evening how many things I have to get done before Sunday.

Barely had a day off, and by Saturday afternoon, January 30, around 4 p.m. my head felt full of stuff and I needed fresh air. Thanks to Maya, our Golden Retriever, who was restless and pacing the corridor, I decided to get my coat on and go for a walk. We are so blessed to be living close to the Cataraqui Trail. Got ready and set for a walk.

What a gorgeous afternoon. A little breezy but not frigid. As we start our walk, I started praying for all who are on my mind and in my heart: family, friends, congregants, communities we live in and of course the wider world. Slowly but surely my stuffy head started to open up to the sounds and the presence around me. The crisp snow under my feet gave me the bounce to walk on a cloud and be free from all that is tying me down.

I started to worry a bit about Maya, as she has a sensitive paw and sometimes she cannot stand the cold snow, even though she loves rolling in it and eating it like a slushy. So I started to turn back home. I was quiet and the breeze was becoming audible. I heard rustling, the type that I can hear around Autumn alone. So I stopped and paid attention where it was coming from – all the trees look bare but I found a tree that still had dry leaves on it. The wind was moving it but those leaves were still hanging on to the branches. This is when I had an AHA moment. “It does not matter how dried up we might feel we are still alive and can make our voices heard and touch someone in gentleness”.

I was refreshed, rejuvenated and returned home, only to see my neighbour taking her dog for a walk and we went for another walk with them.

What a joy it is to have peace and be open to our surroundings who are always teaching us a new thing, if we only listen.

Wise Shopping!

Have you ever entered a store in an Outlet Center thinking the store must have cheaper prices because they are located in an Outlet Shopping centre? In August, Gary and I had a chance to go and discover the Tanger Outlet Centre in Kanata for the first time. To my surprise, I saw a Bath and Body Works store and I was thrilled, thinking, “Maybe I will find some of the old fragrances that I miss and cheaper prices”. I went in. The prices were as regular as I can remember. I could not help but ask the clerk if … Read more

Courage & Community Go Hand in Hand…

Dear friends and family, I left Beirut, Lebanon over thirty-two years ago but I have not forgotten my roots: My roots of Christian Faith and Community of Love. Since 2013, the Alumni of Shamlian Tatikian Secondary School have been gathering to celebrate life and raise funds to support the school that still beats with the heartbeat of God and supports many children who are unable to afford education. In the scarcity of their situation, they share abundantly. At this time, with the world refugee crisis, this school is supporting many Syrian Refugee children who are in desperate need of consistency … Read more

Canada’s 42nd Election – UCCC’s 42nd GC – 2015

When I heard the news that Canada’s 42nd election was called today (August 2, 2015), some kind of an alarm went off in my mind and heart. Because, for the very first time this year, I am attending the 42nd General Council of the United Church of Canada in Corner Brook, Newfoundland (Aug. 8 – 14). I was elected to be a commissioner – given the chance to have a “voice”, one of the voices of the Four Rivers Presbytery that I am part of. There are many recommendations for change that are coming forth within our United Church and … Read more

Welcome!

Every day is a piece of the larger puzzle that we create. Every moment is the revelation of the bigger picture. The pieces have dark and light images, but ALL make up One picture. With its beauty and bleak moments, we do know that unimaginable possibilities are found in every moment for all of us to grow deep and expand our horizons. The purpose of this blog is to share my journey. The blogs are divided into two sections. One will be snippets of my personal life (Personal Pieces) and the other will be my ministry life (Ministry Pieces); however … Read more