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A gift

Last week I was given a gift of a book. I love books! I was particularly pleased to see it was a book of poetry “Pandemic Poems: First Wave” by Olive Senior, who lives in Toronto and Jamaica.

I have read all the poems through and dipped in and out of the book a number of times. It reminds me of the process of hearing again the stories of the last week of Jesus’ life. There is always something that impacts me differently with each reading and most particularly this time, one year into the pandemic. Each encounter reveals a hidden gift.

So I offer you one of Olive Senior’s poems which speaks to me of that palm parade and what began in the midst of the crowds, the shouting and the silent figure on a donkey.

K for Knee
Knee has become an expression of articulation
in more ways than one.
To affirm that Black Lives Matter
a lot of genuflection has been going on.
How much of this is a knee-jerk, reflex action
to ride the populist bandwagon?
Or is this truly a moment for all of us
from bended knee
to rise and pivot
to aim for that goal
that will finally secure
what we stand for.

Karen Dale [in ministry with Beach United Church]

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Sunday Worship Video: March 28th, Lent 6 - from deserted wilderness to a crowded, palm-strewn city. Worship leaders – Karen Dale [minister] & Steven Webb [music director].
The video will be posted by 12 noon on Sat March 27, on the website and Facebook.

Good Friday Worship: a video will be available to watch on Friday April 2nd, with meditations from many voices, silence and music.

Easter Sunday Communion: the service will be live-streamed via Facebook on April 4th at 10.30 am, from the sanctuary of BUC.

Solar Energy for Beach Co-operative Inc: Annual Meeting of the membership of our co-op, will be held on, Sunday, March 28, at 11:30 am. Join via Zoom

Documentary Series: Wednesday March 31st 8pm on Zoom
There’s Something in the Water: an examination of environmental racism. The film
explores the disproportionate effect of environmental damage from industrial waste on
Black Canadian and First Nations communities in Nova Scotia. Watch on Netflix
Register for the zoom link by sending your email address to

Fred’s Walk 2021: Join Fred’s Walk and help Fred Victor Centres fundraise to support vulnerable people across Toronto. This 6th annual event on June 4th will be a virtual 10km guided tour of Fred Victor’s sites and a glimpse into the causes and effects of homelessness and poverty. To register

Concerts from Home featuring Belinda Corpus [ singer/songwriter] and Malcolm Connor on bass. Release date of concert video Sat March 20th, through Eventbrite by donation.


Food, Fun & Fibre: Tues April 20@7.30 pm.
Join celebrity chef Mairlyn Smith in an online demo cooking class. Zoom link available with donation of $10, through Eventbrite. This fundraiser supports the food programs at Beach United Church. CLICK HERE to register.

Women, War and Love: Tues April 27@7.30 pm.
Join internationally acclaimed author, Kim Echlin, for a reading from her new book “Speak Silence”; a poetic novel. Zoom link available soon with donation of $10, through Eventbrite.

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