Westview Christian Fellowship
Becoming an Affirming Church with David Hall

Becoming an Affirming Church with David Hall

October 20, 2020

Recorded on Oct. 4, 2020 at Westview Christian Fellowship. We are honoured to have David Hall share with us about his experience as a Christian who is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community. David also walks us through some of the steps Silver Spire United Church is taking to become a more affirming community. After sharing his story, David answers questions members of Westview have about what it's like to be both a Christian and a gay man. 

 

It was a gift to hear David's story and we hope it can serve to inspire other faith communities. 

Tamar Becoming Christ for Us with Caleb Ratzlaff

Tamar Becoming Christ for Us with Caleb Ratzlaff

October 5, 2020

Recorded at The First Mennonite Church in Vineland on Sept. 27, 2020, Caleb Ratzlaff discusses how his perspective has shifted from seeing himself as a fixer to the receiver of help from the oppressed. In the process, Caleb shares with The First a little bit about life at Westview, while once again emphasizing the necessity of listening to the stories of addicts, sex workers, and widows as we allow them to lead us to the cross. 

Nice People Use Drugs with Caleb Redekop

Nice People Use Drugs with Caleb Redekop

September 29, 2020

Recorded on Sept. 27th, 2020, at Westview Christian Fellowship. Caleb Redekop shares about his experience working with people who use drugs. He connects the experience of the stigma he witnessed in this community to Jesus' interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well. For Caleb, connection is the opposite of addiction. 

 

 

Finding Belonging at Westview Centre4Women with Grazia Shepard

Finding Belonging at Westview Centre4Women with Grazia Shepard

September 22, 2020

Recorded on June 28, 2020, Grazia Shepard shares her story on how she found Belonging at WC4W in the midst of her journey with mental health. 

Learning to Ally with Gomer in the Book of Hosea with Kyla Willms

Learning to Ally with Gomer in the Book of Hosea with Kyla Willms

September 9, 2020

Recorded on August 9th, 2020 Kyla imaginatively recreates the Book of Hosea from Gomer's perspective. Pointing out problems with Hosea's marriage metaphor, Kyla makes Gomer the central figure of the text, renaming the book, the Book of Gomer. 

Listening for Mercy with Jon Willms

Listening for Mercy with Jon Willms

September 1, 2020

Recorded on August 23, 2020, Jon Willms asks us to reflect on what we're searching for and helps us apply this to Hosea chapter 6. Leaning on contemplative exercises, we practise learning to listen differently and hear more with silence. 

Struggling to Find Salvation for the Oppressed in Hosea with Caleb Ratzlaff

Struggling to Find Salvation for the Oppressed in Hosea with Caleb Ratzlaff

August 24, 2020

Recorded on August 9, 2020, Caleb Ratzlaff reads Hosea Chapter 2. Here, Caleb reads the text asking who are the oppressed, the weak and the needy; what are they doing, how are they being treated? And then, he evaluates whether or not the narrative is liberating those who are suffering. 

As we read the Bible or consume any media for that matter, it's good to ask the questions - who are the vulnerable and the oppressed and; is this story helping or hindering their struggle for liberation? 

 

An Introduction to the Book of Hosea with John Derksen

An Introduction to the Book of Hosea with John Derksen

August 13, 2020

Recorded at Westview Christian Fellowship on July 19, 2020 - John Derksen gives us an introduction to our series on the book of Hosea. John introduces us to the structure of the book, its major themes, and 4 reasons why it is significant to the history of Isreal. 

Are Greta Thunberg, Alok Vaid-Menon, and Ursula LeGuin Prophets like Amos? with Rosilee Sherwood

Are Greta Thunberg, Alok Vaid-Menon, and Ursula LeGuin Prophets like Amos? with Rosilee Sherwood

July 29, 2020

In this episode, Rosilee Sherwood discusses the characteristics of a prophet, someone who amplifies the call of justice and love while calling out the powerful and systemic oppression. Using the backdrop fo Amos, Jesus, and Martin Luther King Jr. Rose asks us to consider three modern-day prophets that she's encountered in her life: Greta Thunberg, Alok Vaid-Menon, and Ursula LeGuin.

Reading Amos and MLK Together with Caleb Ratzlaff

Reading Amos and MLK Together with Caleb Ratzlaff

July 12, 2020

Recorded at Westview Christian Fellowship on July 5, 2020 - Caleb Ratzlaff continues the series of Amos, finding three commonalities between Amos and Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Both Amos and MLK criticize the church, condemn complacency, and call out the perversion of the law.

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