Entries by Graham Zell

Sources of Wisdom, Sources of Data

~Graham Zell I’m a big fan of axioms and short, punchy sayings that succinctly encompass complex ideas. One of my favourites is: “Data is not information. Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom.” I came across it a couple of years ago in the Avalanche Journal in an article about building skill over time […]

A Poem for an Uncertain World

The acorn knows not the shape of its rings, Not the summer it was hot and dry and dusty, or the one when the rain never stopped, or the one with storms that split sky and shook root. Not the winter the snow was thick like a blanket, or the one with rime so heavy […]

First United and COVID-19

To do our part to help counter the spread of COVID-19, First United has adjusted our worship and outreach practices to promote physical distancing while maintaining social contact and community support as best we can. The church building is closed to the public for the foreseeable future. We are awaiting the advice of the BC […]

Sunday Worship

Join us on Zoom for Sunday worship starting at 10am. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89086499154?pwd=bXp6NnpJRUtTUVZpM21CNER2M0tRUT09

A Meditation on a Bible Story

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) I have been turning this story over in my head for the past couple days, for no reason better than it decided to come in and make itself at home for a little bit. The story in brief goes: a landowner hires groups of workers […]

Living into Right Relations

Last week’s Lunch and Learn, Decolonizing Discipleship, is now on YouTube and is a great introduction to looking at family history in relation to indigenous neighbours. It’s led by Sara Stratton, Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice Animator for The United Church of Canada, and is appr 50 minutes long. This is an eye-opening discussion and a […]

Please Join Us For Worship on Palm Sunday

Some of you may have heard that there are strange things happening on the internet these days called Zoom-bombing. Basically, this are bored and/or angry people having too little to do and just determined to “upset others.” But it can be disturbing, or frightening, or disgusting to have someone break in to what you think […]

Hishuk Ish Tsawalk (Everything is One and All is Interconnected)

Being the last Sunday of the month, in regular times the Alleluia Ringers would be playing in church, as we love to do. In this time of “virtual church,” perhaps you’d like to watch this video of a performance from October 2016. I’ve chosen this video, because the piece is titled “Hishuk Ish Tsawalk” which […]

Where Are The First United Church Staff?

In case you are wondering, as I’m sure many of you are, here is an update on how to access the First United Church Team. Even though our Church building has been closed, our staff is available and accessible in a new and different way – they have moved to remote and virtual services. What […]