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From Ron ...

It’s summer (at least that’s what the calendar says!), so I’m taking a break from my normal schedule of composing, writing, arranging, etc. Therefore, I decided to deviate from my usual approach to what I write at the head of these newsletters.

When I lived at the Naramata Centre, I had a dear friend who was on program staff. Tom had spent much of his professional life as a Roman Catholic priest before becoming a husband and father in his late 40’s. His youngest child was born when he was 55.

Tom was introspective and patient; a person who found a beautiful sense of sanctuary in his office with his door closed. It wasn’t unusual for the two of us to just sit in that space, often without words being spoken for minutes at a time.

Tom’s office had engaging art on the walls. He loved winter because the Centre was generally quiet as opposed to the well-organized chaos of summer programming. It was also a time when darkness came early, so his many candles provided a warm glow which enhanced the gentle ambience.

I recall not really understanding what it was that so transformed that space. After all, other than Tom’s carefully placed keepsakes, it was a plain office in a rather unattractive building.

One winter afternoon it hit me: Tom was tidy.

Drawers and bins and shelves contained necessary work-related resources, all in organized order and spaces. There was not a loose sheet of paper in sight. On the wall over Tom’s desk was a wooden plaque which read, "Phile. Don’t Pile." Tom was, indeed, tidy. I am not.

I’m spending July Philing.

Music Suggestions for August 2022


August 7・9th Sunday after Pentecost

---"Young Apple Trees"


---"Faith, While Trees Are Still in Blossom"


August 14 10th Sunday after Pentecost

---"Im Sure, My God, You Weep"

---"I'm Sure You Must Be Sad"  (Tune 1)

---"I'm Sure You Must Be Sad" (Tune 2)

---"I Ask You God"

---"We Are Not Our Own"

August 21・11th Sunday after Pentecost

---"Come Holy Visitor"

---"O God, to You I Cry in Pain"

---"Christ of the Sad Face"

August 28・12th Sunday after Pentecost

---"Bless and Keep Us God"

---"God, How Majestic Is Your Name"


World Humanitarian Day is an international day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.

Each year, WHD focuses on a theme,

bringing together partners from across the humanitarian system to advocate for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers.

This year, we highlight the immediate human cost of the climate crisis by pressuring world leaders to take meaningful climate action for the world’s most vulnerable people.

Additional resources available at:

"God Who Is Life"

"God, Whose Love Is All Around Us"

"In the Quiet of This Day"

"Daring to Dream"

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