All posts by Michael Shapcott

“We have met the enemy, and he is us”

July 8, 2018

The Jesuit priest James Martin tells of his drive near the Rift Valley in Kenya two decades ago:

“I was transfixed by the verdant green grass that carpeted the hillside”, he writes. “Suddenly, seemingly from nowhere, a lone white sheep clambered down the hillside and darted in front of my car. I swerved to avoid hitting it… Then I watched the sheep gingerly climb down into the valley on the right side of the road. Just then, from my left, a figure darted across the road. It was a young Maasai shepherd… The shepherd dashed in front of my idling car. Barefoot, he smiled and waved to me as he passed. He scrambled down the side of the hill in pursuit of the sheep, raising clouds of dust, calling loudly all the time… Then I looked up and saw the rest of the flock, about twenty or thirty sheep, up the hill on my left. How stupid! I thought. He’s leaving behind the whole flock for that one sheep. Then something dawned on me, and I laughed out loud. It was the Parable of the Lost Sheep in action!”

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“May we be courageous today. May we learn today. May we love today.”

 June 10, 2018 – Church of Holy Trinity, Trinity Square

Our sisters and brothers at the Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland’s longest-serving centre for peace and reconciliation, begin their day with these words:

“We resolve to live life in its fullness:

We will welcome the people who’ll be part of this day.

We will greet God in ordinary and hidden moments.”

What a remarkable story from the Book of Samuel. The elders of Israel complain to Samuel about the judges who were the government of the day. Israel was a group of scattered tribes under attack by the Philistines. The elders wanted a strong man for protection.

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Reclaiming Jesus and The Poor People’s Campaign

Rise up, rise up!

Christian leaders in the United States have launched two parallel campaigns for a moral re-engagement in public policies.

The Poor People’s Campaign is a “National Call for Moral Revival [that is] is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.” The campaign is inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and has launched 40 days of action The Poor People’s Campaign.

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A Disturbance of Deacons

By Michael Shapcott

More than 90 vocational (permanent) deacons from the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Eastern Christian churches gathered for an international forum on the diaconate in Regina in mid-May. The deacons came from Scotland, England, United States and Canada – including Michael Shapcott, deacon at Church of the Holy Trinity – Trinity Square.

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