Renewal

Rev. Wayne Walder: On Renewing Ourselves

by Reverend Wayne Walder When you are tired and beat, when the world feels heavy on your shoulders, when you are able — but not entirely willing — to begin again, you (and I) require renewal. Renewal is a way for us to recharge our batteries. Renewal helps us keep moving forward, even when we have “seen it all…

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Our Music: Restoration and Strength

by Susanne Maziarz, Music Director at Neighbourhood For me, summer is a time for privacy and pleasure. I have more time to focus on my own interests and developing my skills. September marks the return to community, the return to service, a time to be renewed by the intention to focus on what is good…

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Families Growing Together: Awakening Into a New Experience

by Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning Renewal, or beginning again, is best achieved when we can notice our own internal conflicts and work with them. Restart. Remember. Remind. All these words have something in common. They suggest something old that has been brought back to the present. Whether it be through memories, activities or…

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Renewal: Spiritual Questions

•   Do you know what helps you feel “at home”? What causes you to drop your guard and look with the eyes of a child? •   Can you enjoy the usual ways you refresh yourself? Can you truly enjoy wonderful food, a deep sleep and waking to the sun as the morning begins?…

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Renewal: Web Resources

The secret to desire in a long-term relationship by Esther Perel, 2013 video talk on TED (19 minutes) In long-term relationships, we often expect our beloved to be both best friend and erotic partner. But as Esther Perel argues, good and committed sex draws on two conflicting needs: our need for security and our need…

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Renewal: Movie Resources

Dead Poets Society    (1989) with Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke On the first day of classes, students are surprised by the unorthodox teaching methods of their new English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams), who encourages his students to “make your lives extraordinary”, a sentiment he summarizes with the Latin expression “carpe diem”…

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Renewal: Inspirational Quotations

“Why couldn’t two unhappy people refresh each other on their way through this dusty business of life by a little talk — real, natural talk, about what they felt, what they would have liked, what they still tried to hope?” – Elizabeth von Arnim “Miracles … seem to me to rest not so much upon ……

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