NEWSLETTER

A Joint Publication of

CENTRE FOR RURAL COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP & MINISTRY
and the
CANADIAN RURAL CHURCH NETWORK


ARCHIVED Articles by Subject

Current Newsletter - April 2015 (442 KB)

Click below for individual articles in April 2015 newsletter.

FAITH MATTERS

Emergency Responders… Meet Rural Churches
Do local churches want to have a 'prepared role' alongside first responders in times of community crisis?

Sasse's Letter
A 50th Anniversary... greetings from Pincher Creek, Alberta...

Research of Rural Church Pastoral and Denominational Leadership
Summary notes by Tim Beadle, from his doctoral research...

Churches: Frayed and Forgiven
Sometimes the Church disappoints us, or betrays our understanding of how its members should act, or leaves us feeling abandoned but …

Smaller Churches Have at Least Five Advantages
Being small is not necessarily a liability...

 

RURAL LIFE ISSUES

Together We Are Better
Rural communities may feel helpless to cope when there is awareness that their vitality is waning.  But re-vitalization is possible.

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

Many and Great, O God, Are Your Works (Dakota Hymn)
Gerald Hobbs told Joyce Sasse about the incident behind this hymn …

Finding Hope in the Midst of Despair
In the cycles of life there are dark days, but we can grow in wisdom and understanding …

Blessing Land and Caretakers
A prayer for the Land and those who care for the Land.

The Baptism
No judging attitudes. No condemnation.  Carol Carley’s poem about the work of the church is full of warmth and welcome.

RURAL MINISTRY STORIES

The Song of the Meadowlark
Nature speaks in unbelievable ways.

Daddy Sherry’s Hunt
A story that touches close to the heart of those who have been part of small town life on the prairies.

Strength Through Diversity
It wasn’t up to the speakers to decide how audience members should think…

CiRCLe M NEWS

Church and Community Crisis Response Training
Rural churches helping to strengthen community emergency plans...

Upcoming Course
Agrarianism and the Bible; Date:  June 22-26, 2015

2015 DMin Graduates
DMin Presentation Schedule

Davidson and Area Rural Spirit Research Project
What helps rural people and communities experience fulfillment....

What has CiRCLe M Been Up To?
Looking back over the last 5+ years... 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Practices of a Thriving Church:
Developing Common Language and Understanding

 

JUST FOR FUN

Some one-liners...

LINKS

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An extensive listing of links to rural community and rural ministry sites can be found at http://www.circle-m.ca/links.

 

Tips on How to Live with Respect in Creation
A column on thoughts, facts and practical suggestions for living sustainably (visit: http://www.circle-m.ca/rural-issues/social-concerns/index.php#environment)

 

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In future, we would love to hear some of your stories about how your rural or remote congregation has worked to make your community a better place.  How would your community be different if you weren't there?  As you share what you've done, it will spark ideas for others. Please contact us if you would like to share a story.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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