Shredding roots – Goodbye Highlands

Out Here in Paradise

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Leaving but not grieving

So Katherine and I have made it official. We quit! Not with anger but still with a little wistfulness we are leaving our church of more than twenty-five years.

I’ve been a member of the United Church family since my baptism shortly after my birth more than fifty-eight years ago , and with more conviction since my Confirmation in my early teens. This feels gigantic, but I’ve postponed it for years.  It’s time for me.  Katherine, also.

I remember walking to Gilmour United Church in Richmond, BC with my brother and sisters.  To avoid having to walk along Number One Road , which was a pretty busy street, even in the late fifties, we used to walk through the back streets and newly constructed roads between 334 Francis Road near the dike and the Church at the corner of Number One and Blundell Road.  It seemed a very long walk…

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