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Responding to God's call to be a faithful people in central Lake County... We are a family church. All ages come together to worship, learn, and serve Christ, respectful of diverse viewpoints and inclusive in culture. We are a joyful congregation. Rooted in scripture and inspired by energetic, musically diverse, relevant worship, WPC enjoys being together and working together to serve our congregation and community. We are connected through our missions. WPC is faithful to long-time ministri ...
 
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Justice happens in community. From the ancient conquest of the land of Canaan to modern criminology, the evidence is clear that both causes and effects of crime and punishment are always shared. As themicahmission.org puts it, "crime control lies primarily in community." Got your superhero costume ready??…
 
Punishment alone does not often address the root causes of harm or change behaviours. The goal of restoration is not balancing the scale (it was likely never balanced in the first place) or undoing the harm, but of taking responsibility, repairing damaged relationships and honoring the humanity of victims and offenders alike. We were pleased to hav…
 
Justice is complicated. Humans have a variety of reactions when things go wrong--some less healthy than others. Revenge offers a shortcut to restoration: balance is achieved by subtraction, taking something away from another to compensate for what has been taken from me. But another way to reclaim balance is addition: acknowledging, feeling and und…
 
How can something be so ordinary but also so special? The Christmas season is different from the rest of the year... but the same kind of difference as it was last year, and the year before that... Going all the way back to the nativity of Jesus, the story of God-With-Us has always been about ordinary people and ordinary lives being revealed as sac…
 
Restoration takes vision, planning, creativity, development: the hard work of getting from here to there. You look ahead, you anticipate what’s coming, and you get ready for it. But how do you prepare when you have no idea what’s coming? Brace yourself...and click onward!
 
Restoration is near! Great! That sounds like just what we need--but what does it even mean?!? The prophet's vision at the start of the book of Isaiah weaves together images of the glory days of the past together with an idealistic imagination of the future. Exciting, inspirational stuff--but then nothing happened. Likewise, we often long for Order …
 
On Eternity Sunday each year, we pause to reflect on our losses from the past year and from a lifetime of human frailty. "Comfort, comfort my people" is the offering from God through the voice of the prophet Isaiah. What does that comfort look like and how do we receive it? Join us for a view of God in the rocking chair.…
 
"Non-duality is the highest level of consciousness. Divine union, not private perfection, is the goal of all healthy religion" (Richard Rohr et al). Non-duality is a bit of a puzzle for some of us, not exactly words a ton of Mennonites use to describe our spirituality. What do we make of this final tenet in the Alternative Orthodoxy series, and wha…
 
This Peace Sunday Heather Peters, Peacebuilding Coordinator with MCC Saskatchewan, challenged us with these important questions: How do we humanize our enemies? How do we help others find peace when we’ve been victimized ourselves? How do we open ourselves to the wonder of forgiveness? All these questions bring us back to the question of the centra…
 
"The path of descent is the path of transformation. Darkness, failure, relapse, death and woundedness are our primary teachers, rather than ideas or doctrines." This sixth tenet of the Alternative Orthodoxy really has to be experienced over a lifetime more than taught on a Sunday morning. But we won't let that stop us from sharing a bunch of words …
 
What's hiding in your shadow? The fifth tenet of the Alternative Orthodoxy (Richard Rohr and the Center for Action and Contemplation) says "The 'separate self' is the major problem, not the 'shadow self' which only takes deeper forms of disguise." You read that right, our shadows--darkness, weakness, sin--are not actually the insidious problems we …
 
"Everything belongs. No one needs to be punished, scapegoated, or excluded." Yeah, right. That just doesn't seem possible. There's just too much guilt and blame to go around; surely someone needs to be held accountable for this mess! And yet, there's a difference between accountability and punishment, between making things better and making someone…
 
Because people and their suffering are near to the heart of God, the church needs to be on the leading edge of showing care and compassion for those struggling with their own mental health, or that of family members or friends - and that might include all of us at one time or another. So that the burden of poor mental health is not carried alone, h…
 
"For those who see deeply there is only one reality. By reason of the Incarnation, there is no truthful distinction between sacred and profane." ~ Richard Rohr, Another Name for Everything Podcast, "Frame". In this post(?)pandemic reality, many churches are joining the long history of religious institutions with beautiful, mostly empty buildings. T…
 
"Foundation // If God is Trinity and Jesus is the face of God, then it is a benevolent universe. God is not someone to be afraid of, but is the Ground of Being and on our side." Some big ideas on the table this week--prepare to have your mind blown, like a balloon metaphor for the expanding universe!…
 
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