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Beach United Church
140 Wineva Avenue
Toronto, ON M4E 2T4
416-691-8082
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Beach United Church is a congregation of the United Church of Canada, located in the Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto. Our Sunday services start at 10:30am and there are lots of other things happening throughout the week. All are welcome. We strive to be a community where people of all ages and circumstances can enrich their spiritual lives.
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Beach United ChurchTuesday, June 20th, 2017 at 2:00am
Monday Meditation: How Should We Speak To One Another?
Karen Armstrong, a writer on religious affairs, outlines steps to a compassionate life. Here is one to take into your week.
How should we speak to one another? Before you embark on an argument or a debate, ask yourself honestly if you are ready to change your mind.

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Beach United ChurchSaturday, June 17th, 2017 at 2:00am
From Karen's eSpirit message this week: Individualism divides the world into ever smaller, separate pieces and we only feel responsible for those that we own or control or inhabit.... Indigenous peoples from around the world have a very different approach, teaching that we who walk on the earth have a duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. Here are 3 commitments we could make that would help us move beyond individualism:
— to live on the earth more lightly and less violently in the food, products & energy we consume.
— to draw guidance from the earth, the ancestors, the future generations and my brothers and sisters of all species.
— to support others as we all work together for the world.

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Beach United ChurchTuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 2:00am
Monday Meditation: How Little We Know
Karen Armstrong, a writer on religious affairs, outlines steps to a compassionate life. Here is one to take into your week:
How little we know. Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” As an exercise in open-mindedness, select one of your most deeply held opinions and make a list of everything that supports your viewpoint. Then list the arguments that contradict it. What does it feel like to think about things from a different perspective?
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Beach United ChurchSaturday, June 10th, 2017 at 2:00am
Here's an excerpt from Karen's eSpirit message this week: We are living in a culture that is defined by what we are against rather than what we are for…. The danger of this way of being, as Mary Jo Leddy points out, is "we become like that which we fight against.” To counter this she suggests that we need to locate ourselves in a "beloved community" where we are at peace and in place. This could be a cottage, a street or neighbourhood, a landscape, a place of worship or a knitting circle. What is your beloved community?

Beloved community can also be found in shared ideas and values. I find that kind of nurturing community at Beach United Church. I experienced it last Tuesday evening when members of Council met and struggled with hearing different perspectives and bringing those together with love and respect. This kind of community building is not easy but it can be liberating, it can make space for the Spirit to enter.

Mary Jo Leddy expresses it this way:

Now I will take stock
for I must go
through the eye of the needle
and along the canal of birth.

I cannot take
the bulk of what I own
that weighs me down
wears me out.

There is room only
for the Love
that has grown
as natural as breathing.

Draw me through the needle
and along the canal to birth.

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Beach United ChurchTuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 2:00am
Monday Meditation: Action
Karen Armstrong, a writer on religious affairs, outlines steps to a compassionate life. Here is one to take into your week:
Action. One small act of kindness can turn a life around. Create "spots of time" for others, "little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love" that become "that best portion of life" [Wordsworth].

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