Dear friends,
 
This week instead of putting together our own St. Laurence Sunday service we have joined with all the congregations listed above, who, like us, are members of Affirming Connections, in producing a Sunday service for Pride.  The service is available as of 10 am on Sunday at this link.  You are encouraged to watch it live on Sunday morning (it will be about an hour) and/or to check back to this link later and watch it on 'replay.'  Our own Carolyn Herold is part of the service and the guest preacher is The Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer  
 
Rev. Rohrer is the first openly transgender pastor ordained in the Lutheran church and is the pastor of Grace Lutheran in San Francisco, CA.  Pastor Megan received a Doctorate in Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, researching LGBTQ issues, homeless youth and pastoral organizing in San Francisco during the 60's and 70's. An award winning filmmaker, musician and historian, Megan was a finalist for the Lambda Literary award, received an honourable mention as an Unsung Hero of Compassion by Wisdom in Action, with His Holiness the Dali Lama and has been featured on Queer Eye, Cosmo and in Wittenberg, Germany for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.   
 
Don't miss watching this special service.  We'll be back with our usual St. Laurence Sunday Video Services next week.
 
The announcements for this week are below.  
 

Upcoming Live Virtual Conference: The Evolving Faith
October 2nd and 3rd
24 amazing speakers are gathering not in spite of these turbulent times, but because of them.  These speakers are looking to reimagine, rebuild, and maybe even resurrect a faith that works for the whole messy and good world.  They will share stories and songs, wonder and curiosity, renewal and redemption too. 

The list of speakers and moderators includes:
 
Registration: $99 U.S. per person + ticket service fee

Fair Trade Sales August 2020
Thank you to those who made a purchase at Villages Calgary. The total donation to PWRDF was $16.10. The next sale will be in October. At this point, I feel that we will follow the same procedure as we have used - curbside pickup or in-store purchases. Until October, stay safe, live wholeheartedly, support fair trade and local businesses when you can.

Fall Wisdom Centre Programming
  •  "Living with Uncertainty: Lessons from the Psalms."  A weekend retreat at Kingsfold Retreat Centre, September 18 - 20.   This retreat is limited to 16 participants including the three leaders and there are a handful of spots left.  Please call Kelly to register
  • The Turbulent 2020s: A Theological Field Guide.  The Rev. Christine Conkin and The Rev. Anna Greenwood-Lee will be offering this course online by Zoom Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 - 3:00 beginning on September 30 and finishing on October 28th.  Please email  adminassist@stlaurence.ca to register. Description below.
  • Interfaith Bible Study - please pencil in Thursday afternoons in November from 1-2:30.  We hope to offer this study in person at Beth Tzedec Synagogue. There is ample room for people to socially distance in their social hall.   
Parking Lot Update: Almost done!


A note from Ross and Janet Lennox suggesting a free Bible study resource
N T Wright ( former UK Anglican Bishop ) has an excellent series of online courses on a number of books of the bible . The web site  https://www.ntwrightonline.org has an overview of all his courses - a number of which Janet and I have  taken with our bible study group The courses can be done individually or in a small group . The sections are in bite sized chunks and have a bible reading, discussion and questions for each part. 
For a limited time they are offering his study of Ephesians ( normally $149 ) for free if you register by September 8th.  We can forward the coupon to you  to help sign up for the course. We have taken advantage of the free offers before and there are no problems with getting set up . 
Any questions or if you need help phone or email Ross or Janet Lennox at 403 281-3054


 
YYC Community Helpers Volunteer Callout
YYC Community Helpers, one of our CACG intiatives, is in the immediate need of volunteers to deliver Food Bank food hampers weekday mornings (M,T, W, F) to households within Calgary experiencing food insecurity.  If you are interested, you can read more about the requirements of the position on the Propellus volunteer posting here.
 
From Our Environment Research Action Team:
The Alberta government is planning to close 20 parks and remove 164 from the Alberta Parks system. A total of 175 parks (37% of Alberta parks) will lose protection and Albertans could lose access. 4,400 campsites may be lost. 7 of 10 Albertans oppose these closures / removals. This decision was made without public consultation and without evidence of cost savings. 
We need your help. The changes are not yet final. Please join the Alberta Environmental Network, CPAWS Northern Alberta and CPAWS Southern Alberta and tens of thousands of Albertans who have already spoken up against these changes. Tell your MLA that Alberta Parks are important to you and should not be closed / removed. We are mobilizing an MLA letter-writing and lawn sign campaign in Calgary - please find us at www.defendabparks.ca 
Go to www.defendabparks.ca to send a letter to your MLA, request a lawn sign, donate or volunteer. And please spread the word and tell others. Thank you! For more information contact info@defendabparks.ca.
 
Building Mental Health Resiliency: Weds. September 16 at 7pm.
We are only beginning to understand the significant connections between our mental and physical health. Join us for a webinar on Building Mental Health Resiliency to learn about the "mix of six," resiliency factors that contribute to health and well-being. These resiliency factors: love and support, stress management, sleep, physical activity, diet and healthy environment, can be supported by mind-body practices that reduce stress, including the practice of mindfulness.
Bess Yang and John Wang will present an overview of Mental Health Resiliency. (Bios of each to be updated shortly.)
Doctors Linda Carlson and Bonnie Caplan will present on resiliency factors, such as mental health & nutrition and the benefits of meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi for stress reduction.
For more information or to register please click here.
 
Please pray for the repose of the soul of the Rev'd James (Jim) Hillson and for his family in their grief.
Jim was killed in a car accident on
Saturday, August 29. Some of you will know him from Wisdom Centre events.

With every blessing for your summer

Anna