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    Rev. Lindsay G. King

    Thank you for letting us know. I had looked him up several times to see if there was any news about him because I knew he hadn't been well in recent years and I had heard nothing from him or about him for a long time. Deepest sympathies to his family.
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    "The Reverend ..."

    In fact, I would argue that the "Word" in "Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care" is more than just preaching - there's an aspect of teaching the Word involved in that as well. The responsibilities overlap and, like Jim, I don't worry about the overlap. I do know that there are diaconal ministers...
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    "The Reverend ..."

    The required degree for an ordained minister is a Master of Divinity; for a diaconal minister I believe it's a Master of Religious Education. (M.Div. vs. M.R.E.) The M.Div. is focussed more on theological/biblical studies, the M.R.E. I believe is more practical, hands on. It's kind of like the...
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    "The Reverend ..."

    Both ordained and diaconal ministers are "set apart." That's part of the United Church understanding of the existence of an ordered ministry. The problem of hierarchy comes when some start to see "set apart" as "set above" and thus in charge, rather than seeing all, a la Paul, as equally...
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    "The Reverend ..."

    Personally, if a title must be used (and some prefer to use a title - either clergy, a completely unbiblical term by the way, referring to themselves or parishioners referring to their clergy) I prefer "pastor." Biblically, "pastor" designates a particular office to which certain individuals...
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    TRUMP - Some people think......... How do you feel?

    The hamberders might be from Frorida, but I think the covfefe was from Nambia.
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    Can we please stop misusing the name "Karen"?

    The most ironic thing about this thread is that it's named "Can We Please Stop Misusing The Name Karen" and is posted on a site where I don't think anyone on the site has actually used the name Karen in this way until this thread asking that we not misuse the name Karen was posted. It's a weird...
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    Anybody watching Baseball?

    From what I've heard there was a plan to have baseball played in a "bubble" in Arizona but it kind of fell apart. The logistics of scheduling so many games in one place was challenging, Arizona was becoming a hot spot for COVID and apparently the Players Association didn't like the bubble idea -...
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    TRUMP - Some people think......... How do you feel?

    There's nothing to stop Trump from declaring a state of emergency. But states of emergency don't actually supersede the Constitution and both the date of the election and the term of office are dealt with by the Constitution - the Constitution gives Congress the power to set the election date...
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    Anybody watching Baseball?

    I have watched a couple of the Jays games so far. Baseball is not my favourite sport (I'll probably pay more attention to the NBA and NHL once they start up again) but it did represent something different. I don't mind the DH, but I really dislike the new extra inning rule of starting the inning...
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    Humming joyful hymns behind masks (is not something out of the Twilight Zone!)

    Agree with chemgal. Perhaps it was unintentional, but the way GO3838 worded the above sentence ("they assumed ..." "the implication was ...") sounds like an accusation or judgement rather than just just a feeling on his part. The feeling ("I felt very unwelcome ...) seems to have been a reaction...
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    Humming joyful hymns behind masks (is not something out of the Twilight Zone!)

    I'd agree that the second way was more inclusive but I also agree that the first church was not sending a message that you were more likely to spread germs. It was, as chemgal said, the other way around. They needed to be able to contact you if any of their regulars present tested positive. They...
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    Worship in times of COVID

    We won't be back in the sanctuary until September 13 at the earliest. I assume that the recommendations for congregational singing will remain (although there are conflicting studies on the issue, the dominant opinion still seems to be no singing) although we'll probably seek out additional...
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    Worship in times of COVID

    Tonight we just finished celebrating Holy Communion via Zoom with about 20 church families from Pickering Village United Church. It's the first time we've tried it, the first time we've had Communion since February and the first time some of us have seen each other in more than three months. It...
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    TRUMP - Some people think......... How do you feel?

    Actually, there have been lot of news reports expressing concern about the potential for the protests to spread the virus and a lot of medical authorities have also raised alarm bells about the potential for virus spread arising from the Black Lives Matter protests. Not sure how you've missed...
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