From the Manse

A message from Rev. Dan Harper, May - June 2018

From the Manse

Easter Sunday has passed and I am beyond making forlorn
weather predictions. However, I am hopeful that as you are
reading this you have had the chance to stand outside, at least
once, without hat, scarf and gloves to augment our hefty
winter/spring coat. Whatever the current weather, I think it is
fair to say that this winter has felt colder and longer than many
in recent years.

There are two possible questions that arise from what felt like
an unusually long and cold winter.

We must acknowledge that this change in winter weather is part
of a large pattern of climate change, and look into our own
actions. Looking to see how we can live in a way that reduces
our impact on the global climate shift. And, more so, how can
we lobby those in power to move our nation to be more
sustainable and ecologically minded in our production and
delivery of power and resources.

We must also ask ourselves if we reached out in the cold to
those who feel it worse than we did. When the snows fell did
we do enough to ensure our vulnerable neighbours had food and
heat enough? When it remained cold and wet for a long period
did we check on those near-by who might have not felt happy
about leaving the house and been stuck at home for days and
weeks on end?

We must also ask ourselves if we reached out in the cold to those who feel it worse
than we did. When the snows fell did we do enough to ensure our vulnerable
neighbours had enough food and heating? When it remained cold and wet for a
long period did we check on those near-by who might have not felt happy about
leaving the house and been stuck at home for days and weeks on end?

Dan