THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

October 06, 2009 11:01 ET

Giving Thanks for Abundance When Faced with Scarcity

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, NEWS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2009) -

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we give thanks for abundance-but it is also a time to remember that "if we believe in the abundance of what appears to be scarce, we create conditions that help generate abundance."

That is the message delivered in a Thanksgiving reflection posted on The United Church of Canada's website by the church's newly elected Moderator, Mardi Tindal.

Tindal introduces the idea of recognizing how abundance can be found in community by telling the story of her own congregation's experience providing a Sunday night supper for anyone who needed it all winter long.

"As many Canadians gather this weekend with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope the concept of recognizing 'apparent scarcity' and 'unexpected abundance' offers a powerful message of hope in a society that often tends to see what is not there, rather than what is there, and what might be," says Tindal.

Tindal says her message is an invitation to imagine what it would mean to trust in the supply of whatever seems scarce in our lives today. It is an invitation to courage.

"When we act as if we believe in the abundance of what appears to be scarce, we create conditions that help generate abundance. When we do this in community, the power that arises from our common action is almost unbelievable," writes Tindal.

The Moderator's Thanksgiving reflection can be found at www.united-church.ca. Newspaper editors are welcome to publish the reflection in its entirety as a Thanksgiving feature commentary.
/For further information: Mary-Frances Denis
Program Coordinator, Media and Public Relations
The United Church of Canada
416-231-7680 ext. 2016 (office)
416-400-7273 (cell)
416-766-0057 (home)
mdenis@united-church.ca
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Contact Information

  • Mary-Frances Denis, Program Coordinator, Media and Public Relations, The United Church of Canada
    Primary Phone: 416-231-7680 ext. 2016
    Toll-Free: 800-268-3781
    E-mail: mdenis@united-church.ca