At the Redeemer, we know that asking deeper questions and exploring issues of faith helps us grow both as individuals and as a community.
Our congregation offers a rare and rich diversity of learning opportunities. These include the initiatives of a number of committees and ministry areas: Creation Matters, the Indigenous Solidarity Working Group (ISWG), and Scholar in Residence Nate Wall’s Marginalia series.
Redeemer Explorers seeks to complement all these by offering opportunities for small-group discussion and reflection, experiential learning events like labyrinth walks, and occasional one-time programs on specific topics.
As pandemic restrictions ease, we rejoice that we can gather again in person, but we also learned that Zoom-based events expand the accessibility of what we do, and they offer surprising opportunities for meaningful connection despite the filter of technology. As we go forward, we’ll continue to make use of what virtual meetings have to offer while also planning for gatherings in three-dimensional space. Please revisit this tab in November to see what’s planned for Advent, early in the new year, during Lent, and after Easter.
“I Wonder as I Wander”: Walking Together Monday Evenings in Advent
Redeemer Explorers invites you to join fellow travellers each Monday in Advent for a guided evening candlelit walk of 30 to 40 minutes. The walks will begin at 5:30pm, setting out from and returning to Redeemer.
Gather ahead of our 5:30 departure from the front steps of the church. The walks are a chance to socialize with friends, renew acquaintances and make new ones, in a format that encourages awareness of our surroundings and mindful attention to where we are right now, as we carry light along the early evening streets. The walks are conceived with the words of Walter Burghardt in mind: “Contemplation is a long, loving look at the real.”
Facilitators will lead each walk on the theme of the evening:
November 28—Hope, led by Paul Pynkoski
December 5th—Peace, led by Deb Deacon and Richard Van Delft
December 12th—Joy, led by Karen Visser and Craig Spielmacher
December 19th—led by A.J. Finlay and Richard Van Delft
Please use the individual registration links just above for each walk, so we have an idea of numbers, and can contact you if bad weather causes us to reschedule at the last minute. You can attend just one, or all four. You can say goodbye when we return to the church, or go off for dinner together with others at a nearby pub.