We're excited to be sharing a new video series we've produced called "A New Way Forward"! This series is meant to provide individuals and churches with some handles on what it looks like for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to walk together in a good way. An interview with Dr. Terry LeBlanc forms the backbone of this series and is supplemented by interviews from Winnipeg Centre Vineyard's Nathan... more
I had a taste of real winter when I visited Winnipeg a few days ago: when I stepped out of the airport terminal, I was greeted with -17° C. temperatures, not to mention the wind chill. But here in London, Ontario today, the banks of the Thames River are still green and the river itself is ice-free. There's no snow in the forecast for another few days.
But if the date of the arrival of winter is... more
The School of Mercy and Justice offers participants an immersive, integrated, and robust spiritual formation for those who desire to cultivate a deep life with God and engage in the work of mercy and justice in the world.
Through the combined experience of learning together through teaching and discussion, reading superb literature, film, engaging in individual and group activities and reflection... more
Praying in line with God's vision is like planting seeds in a garden. We get to participate in the growing reality of God's Kingdom work of setting things right. It's a powerful exercise to imagine what your city or community will look like when God's perfect Kingdom is fully expressed - when injustice has been dismantled and the King of justice reigns. When we get even a small glimpse of this coming... more
A word from Patrice Engels of the Kelowna Vineyard who is spending a year serving with A Rocha on their heritage property and farm in South Surrey, BC:
"At A Rocha I see the outworking of a holistic Christianity -- a faith that seeps into every aspect of life on earth. In my time here, I've learned that loving people demands that we also care for the places that sustain them: a... more
The theme of our Vineyard Canada West and East Gatherings this year is Metanoia, which is the Greek word for "change your way of thinking," often translated repent in the New Testament. Metanoia is a lifelong journey.
QuoteAs summer comes to an end, and as we are entering the season of autumn, I've been reflecting on one aspect of metanoia that is critical for the followers of Jesus who happen to... more
Community is weird. Sometimes the harder we try to create it, the farther we get from it. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said "the person who loves community destroys community... but the person who loves people creates community." It seems the more we strive for a dreamy vision of community, the more we miss each other. However, as we love each other, and as we love God together, we find community.
I have... more
I have certainly seen God sustain my mother through her... more
Jeremiah gave a prophecy to the exiled people of Judah in Babylon. It wasn't a sweet message promising their quick return to Jerusalem (like some other false prophets were doing). Instead, Jeremiah's letter told them to buckle down. He said, build houses, plant gardens and build lives for themselves in Babylon.
For some of you, it may feel like you're living in a land of exile. Likely you're not... more
We are excited to introduce a new school available in two cities in Canada this year. A partnership between Winnipeg Centre Vineyard's School of Justice and Sustainable Faith has birthed the School of Mercy and Justice (SOMJ).
The SOMJ is for those who want to cultivate a deep, vibrant, interior life with God and are engaged in the work of mercy and justice. This is a school of spiritual formationmore