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A new chapter

For so many of us, it has been a long wild ride since the pandemic started. 2020 has seen rapid change in ways beyond our imagining a year ago. I hope you are all doing well, and taking care of each other, in the midst of it all. The Rune of Sophia reminds us constantly, and consistently, that God gathers Her children in Love, no matter what is going on in our lives. We are never alone.

I don’t know what your life is looking like, but mine is in the midst of a radical transformation, full of grief and promise simultaneously. For the past seven years or so, our family has made its home in the beauty of Largo Farm, an off-the-grid homestead on the shores of a northern Saskatchewan lake. It has been so good, and we have learned so much over those years. But things change … life shifts, and cycles of growth and death assert themselves. So next year, we will be leaving the farm, and heading back to Saskatoon, where I have taken on a new role as the Recruitment Officer for St. Andrew’s College. St. Andrew’s is an awesome school, with deep roots in the social gospel traditions of the United Church of Canada. It is the place where, twenty-five years ago, I cut my teeth on feminist theology, liberation, theology, ecological theology, and more. It is an Affirming Ministry, which means that it is enthusiastically welcoming of folks of all sexual orientations and gender identities, racialized backgrounds, and the spectrum of abilities. It is a great place to be, and I’m happy to be returning to Saskatoon, to the United Church, and to St. Andrew’s.

Now, I know that a lot of you have a deep and abiding interest in theology/thealogy and various forms of green spirituality. Sophians of all colours of the rainbow would find something of interest at St. Andrew’s, and if there is any way I can be of service in my new role as recruitment officer (or Godscout, as I call it), please let me know. I would love to be able to welcome you, even from a great distance, into the world of theological education. Just send me a note, either at greenpriest@hotmail.ca or at shawn.sanfordbeck@usask.ca

In the meantime, for your delectation, there’s this fun video, where I talk a bit about my hopes for the College.

Take care, fellow Sophians, and blessed be.

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