Technology and the Simple Life – coffee and conversation

A note from the Rev. Steve London:

Hello all,

I am again inviting you to our 2nd discussion group at Transcend Coffee. The idea is to have a topic and a good cup of coffee in a relaxed setting and talk for a couple of hours.

The next one is on Saturday morning, May 25th, from 10am to noon at Transcend Coffee, upstairs which is located at 9869 62 Ave which is just south of Argyll Road off 99th Street.

Our topic this month is Technology and the Simple Life. The idea here is simple: most people agree that there is a connection between living peace and intentionally living a simpler life in the midst of a overwhelmingly consumer society. Most people also use quite a bit of technology in terms of smart phones, tablets, social media, calendars and so on. Some times the technology really helps enable a simpler life style, but often it is a tension with it as well. This conversation will be a way of exploring how we have wrestled with that tension and listen to what others have come up with as well. Looking forward to seeing you all!

Blessings, Steve

Note: This event is sponsored by the Edmonton Ecumenical Peace Network

Update on my stay in England

I’ve been having a very quiet and peaceful time in the English midlands with my Mum and Dad, who live in the town of Oakham in Rutland.

My Dad is quite frail, having lived with Parkinson’s Disease now for about eleven years. Basic tasks of life take up the vast majority of each day for him, and my Mum spends most of her time caring for him. So we haven’t done a lot of tripping around as we might have done on visits a few years ago. We have, however, managed a little trip to a nearby garden centre for lunch, and we enjoyed a lovely visit with my Mum’s cousin Ruth on Friday. Each day I have walked down to All Saints’ Church to join the small group (from one to six people) who assemble each morning and evening to pray the Daily Office together. This has been the anchor for my prayer life on trips to Oakham for the last five years or so, and I’m thankful for it.

This past weekend my brother and his family came down from Manchester for a visit. I don’t get to see my brother Mike very often so it’s always a pleasure to have time with him. We went to church with my Mum and Dad Sunday morning (for reasons too complicated to go into, they don’t go to All Saints’ but to St. Mary’s in the nearby village of Ketton), and enjoyed a couple of meals out at one of the local hotels, the Whipper-Inn. Of course, this has also been the Queen’s Jubilee weekend, and this fact was marked during the service at St. Mary’s. I must say my feelings about that are very mixed. I’m a big fan of Her Majesty and pray she will continue healthy enough to serve her people as Queen long past her hundredth birthday! But I’m also enough of an Anabaptist to be uncomfortable with national flags and national anthems in church.

This coming week will see the ‘working’ part of my trip go into high gear. On Tuesday I’ll travel down to Rochester to spend some time with the Rev. Jean Kerr and the parish evangelists of the Diocese of Rochester, learning about the ministry of the evangelists, how they are trained and used and so on. On Thursday I’ll move over to the Diocese of Chelmsford where the Rev. Charlie Kosla will host me on a similar fact-finding mission. While in Chelmsford diocese I’ll be glad to stay with my old friends Kath and Ken Dunstan in the village of Southminster, where I lived as a teenager, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to play a gig in my old home church, St. Leonard’s, on Friday night (June 8th).

Here’s a photo of my Mum and Dad, my brother and his family taken Sunday afternoon at my Mum and Dad’s home in Oakham.

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And that’s it from me from central England (which was lovely and sunny for a few days when I arrived but has now turned wet and cold!).

Heading back to the UK for three weeks

On Sunday night I’ll be flying over to the UK again for three weeks. This is partly a work trip; I’m going on behalf of the Diocese of Edmonton to network with some people in the Church of England who are running the parish evangelist program (see information on the Diocese of Chelmsford website here). I’ll be meeting with people in the dioceses of Chelmsford, Peterborough, and Rochester, and hope to glean all the information I can so that we can decide whether this would be a good initiative for us to try in the Diocese of Edmonton.

But I’ll also be spending a lot of time with my Mum and Dad in Oakham (see photo above), and other family members and friends. While I’m in the Diocese of Chelmsford I’ll take the opportunity to visit old friends in Southminster, and I’ll be doing a benefit gig for St. Leonard’s, Southminster at the church on Friday June 8th.

I understand that while I’m over there the people of the United Kingdom have a little party going on. I’ll try not to get in the way…

Remembrance Day Prayer Service and Prayer Walk for Peace

(Photo courtesy of growmercy.org)

On November 11, 2011, some of Edmonton’s local churches and individual Christians will gather to remember, reflect and pray for all victims of war and for peace in our world. There will be an Interdenominational Prayer Service at McDougall United Church (10025 – 101 Street) at 6:00 p.m. Then at 7:00 p.m., participants will gather at City Hall in downtown Edmonton for a Public Prayer Walk for Peace.

The prayer service and prayer walk are sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee – Alberta and the Edmonton Ecumenical Peace Network (www.eepeacenetwork.org) and organized by Holyrood Mennonite Church along with Edmonton Quakers, and First Mennonite Church.

All are welcome to the Prayer Service and the Prayer Walk for Peace.

For more information, please check out www.edmontonprayerwalk.org or contact Scott Key at (780) 435-9960 or scott.key@kingsu.ca.

The Edmonton Ecumenical Peace Network is a community of Christians from different denominations who believe that violence and war are incompatible with the teaching of Jesus and are learning together how to practice this conviction in their daily lives.