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Reflection on a Sunday am

Yesterday it was 20 degrees in Canmore, today Amanda says they awoke to snow. That’s living in Canada – that’s living in the mountains. Even here the weather is cool and very very wet. Rain has been persistent and low-lying areas are dealing with localized flooding. Living in the context of our weather makes it a constant choice of conversation and that’s being Canadian.

It was great to connect with Cath and Noah last night. 20170506_195648Last evening the Canadian Staff Songsters were in Oshawa for the band weekend – yes the songsters were the guests for a band weekend. The place was packed. That might tell you something about what people are looking for. I really enjoy the sung Gospel and many of the songs that the CSS is using right now are Scripture in song. I don’t think there’s anything more powerful. If there is one thing that is equivalent to this might be drama – especially that the musical. Hosea, Spirit, Jesus Folk were all great artistic presentations of Scripture. I hope at some point someone comes on the scene with that kind of talent and energy as we saw in the Larsson and Gowans partnership.

Tonight starts the Quebec divisional review – the territory reviews the work of the divisions every three years. We begin tonight in Montreal. I look forward to these conversations.

General Arnold Brown

One of the boardrooms at THQ is called the Brown Boardroom and in fact is on the 7th floor – our executive floor. It is a room that is used frequently for all kinds of meetings. It has a map of Canada in it and a wall of windows looking out on our neighbour – a hydro station!

On the wall hangs these two historic pieces. To the right is a sketch of General Arnold Brown at the time of his election to be General. On the left is the actual document (deed) that was signed by the members of the High Council electing him as the 11th General of The Salvation Army. Some familiar names are signed there including Eva Burrows, later to be General plus Lesley Pindred and Arthur Pitcher, two Canadians in attendance.

Arnold Brown was a family friend and was in our home with some frequency over the years so it is interesting to review these two historical treasures.