From Linda Anderson, Director

I have been musing on the nature of community. Community is one of those words, one of those concepts that we often refer to positively, but perhaps not acknowledging either the highest possibilities or the real difficulties in forming and maintaining it. Yet, deep down we know, that community means the strength of unity to do the work that needs to be done. It means arms to hold us when we falter, a circle of healing, a circle of friends, someplace where we can most be ourselves. (quote from Prayers for a Thousand Years)

This summer as I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of an extremely lively group that lived together in community for almost a week at Calling Lakes Centre, I experienced how people come to feel included, how decisions grow almost biologically and how people’s deep spiritual places are touched. The group at Summer@Centre included part of my own family – Bill, my life partner, my son, Kelly and his life-partner, Ruth, and the famous "grand-twins", Natalie and Brigitte. Kel and family came from Massachusetts to get away from the suffocating humidity and heat of summer (oops!) and to visit with us. Experiencing the event at least partly through the eyes of these "outsiders" helped me to understand further the realities of inclusion. By the way, upon their return home as their family reviewed the whole summer of travel and fun, Natalie and Brigitte both named the waterslide as the very best part of their summer holidays!

This year, the community of the Calling Lakes staff has experienced change and we are re-forming our staff team, our community. At a recent staff meeting, Marleen offered a reading about how our inner being pushes us and grows if we are attentive to all our experiences. The reading was a catalyst for our team and we celebrated and/or grieved with each person as we trusted one another enough to share deeply from our lives. These were precious moments that help us to live authentically in community.

We are so blessed here at Calling Lakes because our community stretches far beyond the physical place that is the Centre. It is amazing to hear people chatting as they register for an event, greeting one another joyfully, so eager to engage and be part of this ongoing community of seekers, learners, friends.

Sometimes people show their love of the community through precious gifts of art. Two examples of these gifts are described in this issue. Sometimes people hold up our community by helping us with the work of the Centre, offering their leadership, wisdom and skills. Sometimes, actually often, people, Friends of the Centre, you give us money that is absolutely essential to our life.

I thank all of you who contribute to our community and ask that this fall you will again be able to generously give us the live-giving financial resources that we need.


Walking the Labyrinth (above photo by Gary Robins)
Created by Martha Cole using wheat paste, acrylic paint and coloured pencil on handmade paper from the Philippines (1997). Martha chose to place this large (101" x 101") and beautiful work at the Centre. It now graces the feature wall in the lounge.

Other articles from this Echo:
Lay Worship Leaders' program
   ~  Creating Community from Diversity
   ~  "Goes on the Road" to Cambrian Presbytery

Our Staff Team

Reflections on my First Official Event as Program Coordinator/Staff ~ Marg. Janick-Grayston

Mind-Expanding, Hope-Giving Event ~ Bill Wall reports on Diarmuid O'Murchu event




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