NEWSLETTER

A Joint Publication of

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


ARCHIVED Articles by Subject

Current Newsletter - Jan 2016 (384 KB)

Click below for individual articles in January 2016 newsletter.

FAITH MATTERS

The Future of the Rural Church for the Whole Community
An exciting theme for Trans-Tasman Rural Ministry Consultation

What’s Special about Rural Churches
Long-serving rural church pastor looks at what is special about rural churches…

Smudging, Sweetgrass and Faith Traditions
Wab Kinew’s book “The Reason You Walk” and a Saskatoon conference on Aboriginal Spirituality and Christian Faith encourages us to continue the dialogue….

 

RURAL LIFE ISSUES

Nurturing Strong Rural Roots
Is rural a culture?  Can this culture survive?  If we expect a vibrant rural culture, we must nurture strong roots …

The Role of Ordinary People
While refugees are now being welcomed into our communities, there are many nay-sayers …

Reconciliation … Toward a New Relationship
What does the Truth and Reconciliation Commission wish to accomplish? …

Solar Powered Home
Producing electricity the solar-way…


DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

Easter Joy

The Symphony of Creation
God’s Grand Overture is a living entity …

Earth-Day Reminder
UN Environmental Sabbath Program


RURAL MINISTRY STORIES

Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
As the Voyager 1 spacecraft left our planetary neighbourhood (1990) for the fringes of the solar system, engineers turned it around for one last look at its home planet.  The image captured inspired Carl Sagan to write the following …

Ministry through Music and Story in the Countryside
While churches in small communities may be closing, some local cultural groups remind us that a vital spiritual remnant remains. Take the example of the “Gleichen and District Community Choir” …

Ten Years at a Country Church
Wise words for those giving congregational leadership

 

CiRCLe M NEWS

Leadership Training


Doctor of Ministry Program in Rural Ministry and Community Development (DMin)

Foundations for Rural Ministry and Community Development  (DMin course)

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in Rural Settings

Church and Community Crisis Response Training


Relocation of CiRCLe M’s Resource Centre


LINKS

An Extensive Listing of Links to rural community and rural ministry sites


Country Preacher's Notes:  Reflections on the deep spiritual hunger and rich spiritual heritage that surrounds us in our rural communities 

 

Tips on How to Live with Respect in Creation
A column on thoughts, facts and practical suggestions for living sustainably

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