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  1. GiancarloZ

    Not sure about having kids

    Hello everyone, My wife and I are, at this point, very divided. We don't know whether we should have kid(s) or not. We love babies and children in general, and there is also the social pressure of having kids because that's what everyone does. There's also the thinking, not always true, that...
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    Liturgy

    As I try to find my way among the Canadian denominations, I have been thinking a lot about liturgy. Sometimes I enjoy old and elaborate liturgies such as the Great Vigil of Easter, but generally I prefer a drier order of service. Certain elements are very important to me, such as the Apostolic...
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    UMC decision regarding LGBT+ marriage and clergy

    I ran across the link for a pronouncement by the Dean of Chandler School of Theology at Emory University on the UCCan Facebook page. Dean Love Offers Thoughts on General Conference | Candler School of Theology | Emory University | Atlanta, GA It's particularly interesting what she says about...
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    Living in Canada as a foreigner

    My wife is from Québec, and some months ago we were discussing moving to Canada in a few years. In May, though, she's visited her family and decided she wanted to anticipate the moving. So we bought the tickets and moved to Lachute, Québec, on August 23. Things didn't work as planned there and...
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    Fall - I didn't know it'd be so hard

    Hi, everyone! I didn't know Fall would be so hard. The sun rises at 8 and goes down at 4 something. It's damn cold (we had -16 this morning), it's been dark and grey and the trees look awful and the city seems like a ghost town. Apparently, everybody drives their cars and no walks. This plus...
  6. GiancarloZ

    Sanctification

    I've been wrestling lately with the concept of sanctification. Though I don't deny the power of the Holy Spirit in doing that, sometimes I feel very frustrated that even if I have faith and devotion and read the Bible and etc. I keep sinning: sometimes it's a lie, others it's insensitivity to...
  7. GiancarloZ

    When is time to move on?

    I was reading @revsdd 's blog yesterday and came across Explaining the Decision to Move On. He talks from the perspective of a Minister who's got an accurate and sharp sense of duty and calling and decides to leave when realizes that his work is done - that he cannot add anything more to the...
  8. GiancarloZ

    A divided country, a divided church

    Not sure if any of you have been following this, but since 2013 Brazilian society's being deeply divided. At one side, Worker's Party supporters, whose leader is Lula, Brazil's former President (he held 2 offices and had a great performance) and at the other, basically Worker's Party...
  9. GiancarloZ

    Ordained Ministry at UCCan

    Hello, girls and guys! My name is Giancarlo, I'm Brazilian and 29 years old. My wife is Canadian and we are considering moving to Montreal or Ottawa soon as we are planning a baby and she wants to be close to her mother. I'm a Lutheran (LWF, progressive, non-quia Church, with a strong German...
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