Story Studies

Sabbatical Works in progress

September 30, 2022

September 2022 It was so good to be back in church last Sunday with the choir in full form.  Old friends and new singing along with them praising our Creator,…

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From what fertile soil will the next Bridging Teams emerge?

December 15, 2021

Under the crust of winter’s snow, seeds continue to draw from the energy deep in the dark soil – responding to the sun’s slow return. While we can’t always see…

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December 13, 2021

Dear Friend,  At a Neighbours Network meeting this fall, Matt Barlow, one of our newest Catalysts (Team members with lived-experience of poverty) told us that he feels he’s become part…

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An Oasis moment: Neighbours meet August 4th

August 30, 2021

Allan Smith-Reeve In the midst of a summer with record heat waves, wildfires beyond recorded memory, as the arrival of Global warming sinks into our psyches…the Neighbours Network gathered.  Out…

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EDGEy Conversations – Changing the Narrative of Poverty

February 18, 2021

Now working alongside with Bridges Peterborough programming, Bedford House started a journey many years ago of what it looks like to be in deep relationship with people with lived experience…

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A Failure of Imagination

November 24, 2020

Allan David Smith-Reeve, September 6, 2019 Instead of working to “fix” poverty and “the poor” – which is not working no matter how many resources we throw at it. Why…

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How does wealth isolate us?

August 24, 2020

Reverend Allan Smith-Reeve, August 2020  “Loneliness and social isolation are now being recognized as public health issues in Ontario. In his recent report, Connected Communities: Healthier Together. Ontario’s Chief Medical…

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April 3, 2020

Story(telling) as part of the Bridging Team Process helping us to understand who we are today — and the art of practicing humanity How can we awaken more humanity in…

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Learning to live without

March 27, 2020

Allan David Smith-Reeve, Thursday March 27th, 2020 While Conservatives are dreaming about how we might get used to smaller governments, Socialists are dreaming of a re-focussed social safety net for…

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Silver Linings

March 24, 2020

Allan David Smith-Reeve, Thursday March 19th, 2020 My dad remembers the Polio epidemic. While it was most virulent between 1949 and ‘54 before the Salk vaccine was developed, there was…

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