Dublin recently ran a Spiritual Gifts Workshop on a Saturday. Registration was intentionally limited because of the nature of the day; however, it is hoped this will be the first of a number of such encounters. Those attending had an opportunity to reflect on the St. Ignatius Examen. Simply put, this tradition states "The goal of the spiritual life is to choose what better leads to God's deepening life in me." Several short videos including one from the Christian NOOMA series were used. We were exposed to The Enneagram and used the Rev. David Ewart's "A Questionnaire for Discerning Spirit-given Gifts. The latter involves 110 questions, the answers to which provide indicators to the spiritual gifts of an individual. (These are not to be confused with talents: a person may use specific God-given talents in one part of their life, but may be called and gifted in quite a different way for use by God to further God's work.) We were provided with the excellent take-home handout, "Gift Descriptions," by Rev. Ewart so we could continue to explore the time of going deeper we experienced. We hope others will consider this as part of their faith-journey when it is offered in the future.
For several years, Dublin has hosted a full Christmas Day dinner in the afternoon. This year was another successful and fun event. We served a full-course turkey dinner to about 115 guests and volunteers. The atmosphere was festive, welcoming and playful. There was entertainment that included a dramatization of "The Night before Christmas", and a sing-a-long that was lively. Members of the congregation respond generously in providing the food and volunteers to make this a very special time for our Guelph community.
We continue conversation with our First Nations' neighbours, co-sponsored by the Grand River Metis Council and Dublin's Justice and Outreach Committee. Recently, over 60 people from all nations gathered for an Autumn Feast. On Dec 12 from 11:00am to 3:00pm, the Grand River Metis Council will hold a Christmas Potluck in Dublin's auditorium. In addition to a dish for potluck, those attending should bring their own plate, cup and cutlery. All welcome.