Spiritual Life


Peace in this Place – Spiritual Life 2018/2019

Jesus gave a promise to his disciples in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

These famous words show us that Jesus preached peace, and his life and death demonstrate that the God of Creation is a God of peace, a God who does not operate through violence and division but through love and reconciliation. The early followers of Jesus continued preaching this peace, and churches around the world have continued the practice of passing the peace, offering the peace of Christ to one another in ritual and relationship. We hear this word all the time: PEACE. But what does Christ’s promise of peace offer us and ask of us today?

Through our chapels this year, we are examining what Christ’s peace in THIS place is all about. Peace in THIS place has to take into account our location: our emotional, social, political, and also physical location. God intends us to live  in peace with ourselves, in peace with our neighbours, in peace with all the peoples of the world, and in peace with Creation. As many people are coming to realize, these types of peace are connected. We see that ecological sustainability connects to healthy relationships and communities, and we recognize that our destructive environmental and political practices impact our personal lives in negative ways. The peace of Christ is both a gift and a calling, and we’re going to spend the year exploring what we are given and what we are called to in this place.