St. Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays folks tend to hate or love. I’m all for any excuse to love on my family and friends, and I enjoy any ritual that involves handing out free food—especially chocolate. But, I understand the anti-Valentine’s Day faction turning up their noses. Love is not store bought, pricey or branded; love is an activity, not a product.
On the eve of last week’s throne speech members of the United Church of Canada and their ecumenical partners were gathering across Canada (at an appropriate distance). Those unable to be present at the demonstration were invited to share a photo of a candle during their lunch hour with the tag #universalbasicincome. Maybe you’ve heard the term Universal Basic Income on the news recently. But, why were Christians demonstrating? And, how might a town like Marathon benefit from a UBI?
This sermon was prepared for Wesley United Montreal’s Sunday Service for November 25, 2018 (Proper 29, based on John 18:33-37). Jesus was brought before Pilate, and Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”[i] And Jesus replied: […] No, I am a CEO. My company is vast and I have amassed great wealth.Continue reading “An unusual king and an “otherworldly” kingdom”