Circle Practice

Circle Practice

Gathering in a circle to engage in a conversation is a very ancient practice. If we trace modern day people back far enough into their individual lineages, all of us come from earth-based, tribal people that gathered around the campfire. The circle is deep in all of...
Planting Seeds of Connection in Living Waters

Planting Seeds of Connection in Living Waters

With the remits likely moving us toward a three-council model in The United Church of Canada, Living Waters Presbytery (Toronto Conference) wanted to ensure that local communities of faith will receive the support of being connected to other faith communities that is...
Dyads and Triads

Dyads and Triads

Dyads and Triads are simply 2 or 3 people engaged in a conversation. However, not all conversations are created equal. When people speak with each other, they are often not listening well. While nodding the head and seeming to listen, people are often thinking about...
Open Space Technology

Open Space Technology

Open Space Technology has been around for a long time, and is included in the overall set of practices known as “the Art of Hosting” (conversations that matter). The Open Space approach was pioneered in the 1980’s by Harrison Owen, an Episcopal...
Faith Community Innovations

Faith Community Innovations

If you are a member of a faith community in Living Waters Presbytery or the new “Region 10” then this program is for you. You are invited to explore a process with 7 – 10 other faith communities in the new “Region 10” — a self-directed process requiring...
The World Café

The World Café

Joe and Allan often use the World Café method when they are invited to help a large group of people — a faith community or a district — engage in meaningful conversation. The process begins with Joe and/or Allan working with a hosting team to consider what the...
Faith Community Innovations

HSC in Living Waters Presbytery

The 42nd General Council of the United Church of Canada meeting in Corner Brook, NL, in August 2015 passed motions in response to a denomination-shaping report called “The Comprehensive Review.” The motions mandated fundamental changes in the...
HSC – the UCCan Opportunity

HSC – the UCCan Opportunity

Since the end of the World War II in 1945, The United Church of Canada, like many mainline denominations, has experienced a decline in members, participants, financial resources and social/political influence. There are many within both church and society that grieve...

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