Friday, June 22, 2012

June 22, 2012

Wednesday I went to City Hall. I drew a breath in Churchill Square. The fountain splashed in the sun, and smiled as I remembered being part of the crowd there last week for Pride. The Art Gallery shone beautifully in the morning sun and of course there were people milling around the Stanley Milner Library, and the open space at the doors of the Winspear. 

I had been invited to give the opening prayer at Edmonton City Council. Each meeting opens with prayer. For 35 years, councillors have begun their deliberations with a voice from our many faith communities. They begin their business in prayer. Wow.

Two items from their agenda are on my mind. The Edmonton Symphony, whose home is the Winspear, played at Carnegie Hall, home to beauty and sound; the orchestra was honoured by Council. 1100 Edmontonians accompanied them to New York. And an Edmonton Transit driver was recognized for his achievement at the 2012 International Bus Roadeo. Larry Waselenchuk placed 5th! I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a bus rodeo.

We live and move and have our being here, where people hear prayers that are familiar and foreign, where music soars and where bus drivers are expert. Hurray for a community that cares.


The Rev. Dr. Catherine Faith MacLean

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