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Word on the Street

Every year our parish holds a “Mission Festival” where we bring in a speaker to talk about the important mission work he or she or they have been doing. This year, we were pleased to have Rev. DJ Kim join us in Oxbow. He’s an ordained Lutheran pastor who is serving as a street minister and also works as a chaplain with the Regina Police force. He shared some amazing stories – some of them very graphic – about what a police chaplain does. He helps serve members of the police force, especially people struggling with PTSD, in addition to helping victims of crime on the path to healing and restoration. Rev. Kim also crosses the great divide in that he does outreach to the people who have committed the heinous crimes too. He truly has an amazing vocation in that he covers the whole spectrum of sin and hurt from the culprits to the victims to the people who nobly have to deal with it day in and day out. Growing up in Korea, Rev. Kim had a very difficult childhood. He comes from a broken home, was raised in foster homes and the street. He’s been both a leader of gangs as well as a mixed martial arts champion. In short, he can relate to people on both sides of the law. He’s been through the very depths of hell and as such, he can relate to people who are currently living there now and help them on the path out. He’s an amazing individual and we are blessed to have him as part of our church. He’s the first to tell you that the only thing that can turn a troubled life around is the grace of God. “Look at me,” he says, “I’m the living proof!” 😎

 


SK Workers Conference

We had the Saskatchewan Pastor’s & Deacon’s conference in Lumsden from Sunday night to Tuesday morning. The event was held at St. Michael’s retreat centre. What goes on at such events? Well, here’s your inside pictorial guide! 😉 Definitely not as wild and crazy as Opus Dei, but really close. Actually, it’s mainly a bunch of banter, jibba jabba, learning, some business and a dash of merriment. This year’s speaker was without a doubt the best yet. Professor Pulse from Concordia  Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana gave a very insightful presentation on Unified Theological Motifs that occur in the Old Testament. I said they were actually reverse engineered allegorical thematic linkages. But it’s probably the same thing. 😉 It was interesting to be sure, but if you’ve spent any time studying the Church Fathers, it’s not all that revolutionary. The earliest Fathers were masters of allegorical hermeneutics. And of course, there was the fun side too. Endless theological speculation, whilst sipping the finest of Irish Whiskeys around the hearth. That and all the very, very quirky aspects of the retreat centre made it all worth while. The Space Ball. The uplifting and affirming shawls. The endless episodes of Storage Wars on CR’s laptop. This is the stuff that makes a conference a conference. 8)

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