Challenges

Rev. Wayne Walder: Commentary on Challenges

by Reverend Wayne Walder Who hasn’t faced challenges in their life? Challenges are so common some people categorize them: health challenges, money challenges, relationship challenges. I’ll bet you can name many more. We have heard, “Challenges make you stronger”, but I am not sure that is always true. Challenges can make us stronger when we…

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Our Music: Opening Hearts

by Susanne Maziarz, Music Director at Neighbourhood Music can help us through our challenges. For performers and their audiences, music can be a healing and life-changing experience. Music heals us by creating a space of feeling and beauty. In the congregation, and in singing with the Comfort Choir (see below), I have seen the opening…

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Families Growing Together: Facing The Everyday Challenge

by Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning My community of religious educators has an ongoing conversation about “Full Week Faith”: how can faith and spirituality be practiced everyday of the week in households? Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Eid al-Adha, Yule, Kwanzaa, or not much at all, there is a still moment somewhere within the…

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Challenges: Spiritual Activities

Spiritual Questions: What happens inside your head or heart when you are challenged? How do you respond: fear, anger, or intrigue? Can you tell someone how you overcame a challenge? Can you tell someone how you failed, especially one that mattered? Spiritual Practice: During a normal day, can you become aware of when you feel…

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Challenges of Meditation

Winter is an acceptable time for reflection, which can be done in many ways. At Neighbourhood, we try to use quiet and thoughtful reflection in all spiritual practices. This is a challenge in a culture that frantically tries to celebrate the season through consumption. Join us as we use “spiritual practices” to calm our inward…

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Challenges: Inspirational Quotations

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. “When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits,…

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Challenges: Movie Resources

Gather with family and friends and see this month’s theme “challenge” in action. Scrooged (1988) with Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe A selfish, cynical TV executive is haunted by three spirits challenging him to change his ways on Christmas Eve. The Martian (2015) with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig During a mission to…

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