Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church

Summer at CIM: A Community in Dialogue (June 2016)

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(Please note: The services in June and July will be at the regular time of 10:30 am. The August services will be in the evening at 7 pm).

We are talking about communication, talking about language… not the same thing.                                      It’s about inspiration… (Professor Maggie Walsh, Buffy the Vampire Slayer 4.10)

A community in dialogue can be a powerful thing.  At their best, words are not just vessels used to transport abstract ideas; words themselves have power.  We have all felt the power of those wounding words, words that have hissed and snarled at us, or worse. We have felt the power of words to caress and inspire us.  And we remember those conversations and ideas that changed our lives, changed our paradigms.  A community in dialogue can help us continually rediscover ourselves and each other (and there will always be surprises).  Dialogue – hearing and listening to each other (not the same thing) can help us access and change our attitudes, beliefs, biases and actions/inactions.  It is in those moments that the magic happens, that culture happens, that we can grasp again that we are evolving as people and as a community.  It is in those moments that inspiration happens.

Over the past couple of years we have had community dialogue around some very big ideas and some very complex issues.  Through a combination of video, inter-active activities, dialogue and personal and communal reflection, we are going to revisit some of those conversations over the summer months.

The themes and topics will continue to be posted on the website and shared via e-mail updates.  Below is the schedule for June:

June 05 = Calistra Nair from Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch

June 12 = Derek Cook on Poverty and Housing

June 19 = World Refugee Day: Inclusion, Exclusion, Illusion and Collusion

June 26 = CIM Picnic (details to follow)

Save the Dates:

July 17th = Worship service in the Garden (details to follow)

Aug 28th = Citizen Jane Concert (Reenie and Lea)

Sept 04 = Pride Sunday

Sept 9-11th = CIM Retreat at Camp Valaqua

Oct 02 = 40th Anniversary Celebration (details to follow)

Coming in the Fall:

In the Fall of 2016 we will have a series of meditations and activities exploring “The Church’s Understanding of Politics”.



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