"In the struggle to create authentically Canadian spiritual identity and worship practices, native understandings are critically important." The author discusses these understandings around three main themes of identity (based on place rather than time) , integrity (or inter-relatedness including the innate goodness of the creator and creation) and doxology (survival and praise in a threatening environment).
The author is a former Lutheran pastor. This article is "Excerpted from `Mission' vol. 3 (1996), pp. 153-161. Reprinted with permission".
"Insistent monetary concerns frequently hijack stewardship, leading many to suspect that stewardship is all a matter of `It's our money they're after'. This unfortunate misconception makes one wonder if we are doing stewardship right in our churches. We need to recover, renovate, and refit stewardship according to the biblical model."
Author is rector of St. George's Anglican Church, Vancouver BC, and a chaplain at Vancouver General Hospital.
The author, who works as the Marketing Director for Wood Lake Books, describes how they have been "using a collaborative process for making big decisions. The literature on employee-owned companies says that participatory decision-making takes longer. However, the belief is that it's more efficient in the long run, because, once the decision has been made, there's no resistance to it. Everyone has been involved in the whole process. Everyone is at peace. We have been following the process described by Danny E. Morris and Charles M. Olsen in `Discerning God's Will Together: A Spiritual Practice for the Church (Upper Room Books, 1997)".