Summer Series 2018

 

Quetico Reflection by Vivian East

A Summer of Reflection

Many of the services this summer will be bible study, using the Student Christian Movement method. Underlying all of the services, however, will be the awareness that we are in the process of

  • Searching for a minister to replace Ralph Carl Wushke, who will retire at the end of August; and
  • Discerning our future role in the Bathurst and Bloor area.

The summer services are held at College Street United Church, at the north-west corner of College and Bathurst, and start with a pot luck supper sharp at 6:00 pm, followed by an informal service at 7:00 pm.

The remaining services in this series are:

  • Wednesday, August 15
    Judi McCallum

  • Wednesday, August 22
    Conversation around transition
    Pastoral Care Committee

  • Wednesday, August 29
    Lindsay Tyler

Previous services in this series included:

  • Wednesday, August 8
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Wednesday, August 1
    Bathurst 2020: Making the vision a reality
    Jasper Miller, Ronald Macfarlane

  • Wednesday, July 25
    Reg McQuaid

  • Wednesday, July 18
    Marie Simon

  • Wednesday, July 11
    Ken McEvoy

  • Wednesday, July 4
    Ralph Carl Wushke

Pentecost

 

Called by the Spirit

In May and June, Bathurst will be dealing with the reality that our minister of 18 years will be retiring at the end of the summer. In our current series, we will be reflecting on Ralph Carl's years of service, and what we as a congregation need to hold, remember, and seek anew as we work through the changes in front of us.

The last service in this series is:

  • Sunday, June 24
    Pride Service:
    The connection between Pride and the 30th anniversary of the decision to ordain gay and lesbian ministers
    (This is Ralph Carl Wushke's last service as minister at Bathurst United Church)
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

Previous services in this series included:

  • Sunday, June 17
    Solstice Service: The Call of the Spirit in Baptism
    8:00 am, at Balmy Beach (Hubbard and MacLean)
    No service in the chapel

  • Sunday, June 10
    What are we called to do? Where is the spirit calling us now?
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, June 3
    Being at Bathurst with Ralph Carl
    Members of the congregation
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, May 27
    My Ministry at Bathurst
    Ralph Carl Wushke
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, May 20
    Pentecost
    Ralph Carl Wushke
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

Easter

Worship that Colours Outside the Lines

Bathurst has a well-established "colouring book" for worship planning. We call it the service planning template and service leaders use it most Sundays. It’s a helpful tool, but this season the worship committee – taking a cue from Gordon Light and Andrew Donaldson’s song, “My Love Colours Outside the Lines, More Voices 138 - invited us to ‘colour outside the lines’ of the template, hoping to refresh our practice by exploring different types of worship and think about how our worship practice might evolve. 

We want to do and not just talk about what meaningful worship is for us. 

We are also wanted to engage the theological diversity that exists in the congregation, and this series offered the opportunity to talk about what we believe.

Services in this series included:

  • Sunday, May 13
    Love one Another as I have Loved You
    Jasper Miller
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, May 6
    Bathurst Spring Retreat at Crieff Hills

  • Sunday, April 29
    Theopolitics of Gregory Baum
    Sharon Goodier
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, April 22
    The Good Shepherd: Contextual Bible Study
    Ralph Carl Wushke
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, April 15
    Worship in the Style of Taizé
    Judi McCallum and Ken McEvoy
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, April 8
    Jesus Appears to the Disciples and Thomas: A contemplative and intergenerational service
    Lindsay Tyler
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Easter Sunday, April 1
    Resurrection and Healing
    Ralph Carl Wushke
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

Lent

Decolonization is a key theme in socio-cultural discourse and a foundation for Truth and Reconciliation work, anti-racism and eco-spirituality. As a congregation of The United Church of Canada, which has often reflected “the Christ of Culture”, this work is faith in action. Beginning on Sunday, February 4, and continuing through Lent 2018, Bathurst had a book study and series of services exploring how decolonization is a key to justice making. The saying “justice is indivisible” and “if one suffers, all suffer” are truisms, but a postcolonial analysis offers a lens through which to understand the interconnectedness of oppression in different contexts and a tool for de-constructing relationships where the abuse and misuse of power obtain.

Services in this series included:

  • Sunday, March 25
    Decolonization in Prairie Perspective
    Lynn Caldwell
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, March 18
    Decolonization
    Ralph Carl Wushke
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, March 11
    Decolonization
    Caro Ibrahim
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, March 4
    Food Culture & Decolonization
    Pruneah Michelle Kim
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, February 25
    Annual General Meeting
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, February 18
    Decolonization in action: Anti-racism and White Allyship Workshop
    Tobias Wiggins, guest facilitator
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Transfiguration Sunday, February 11
    Transforming Promise
    The Rev. Dr. Néstor Medina
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, February 4
    Decolonizing Preaching
    The Rev. Dr. Sarah Travis
    10:30 am, Trinity St. Paul's, 427 Bloor St. W.