New Vision Notes Thur July 30 2020

New Vision Notes for Thursday July 30, 2020

  • From Hamilton Social Medicine Response Team: We are grateful to the evolving Beasley Neighbourhood Association for their op-ed in The Spec this week, voicing their support for our community members in tents. “In Hamilton, the social and economic fault lines couldn’t be clearer. In little tent encampments that have sprung up all around the lower-city, we are now also witnessing the result of years of underinvestment in public housing. The city housing department cannot even offer what its name suggests, attempting to convince homeless people to use a shelter system that many are avoiding for the same reasons wealthy Hamiltonians are avoiding indoor dining. We support all groups and individuals working to alleviate the social issues that have long existed downtown. At the risk of incurring the ire of council over an issue of basic human decency, our downtown neighbourhood association stands with local groups HAMSMaRT and Keeping Six.” We hope this is a growing movement towards YIMBYism (Yes In My Back Yard-ism).
  • You too can add your voice to the growing movement for a humane and just approach to encampments in the city. Please keep up the pressure on city officials, and consider who else in your network might be able to take action and/or offer services. Our requests are:

Stop ticketing people who are homeless.

Enact a moratorium on clearing encampments on public lands as per available public health guidance.

Work to quickly open more washrooms, showers, and physical spaces for people to safely be throughout downtown and east Hamilton.

Ensure that people have adequate access to potable water.

Take a housing first approach to helping people access non-congregate housing options.

Please take 5 minutes today to call or email your city councillor about these urgent needs.

  • August 1, 1834 is the day the Slavery Abolition Act came into effect in Great Britain, ending slavery throughout most of the British Empire – including in the colonies that would become Canada. It is estimated that on that day, 800,000 enslaved Black peoples were freed, as it became illegal for anyone to be a slave in the British Empire. There is a grassroots movement happening in the United Church and beyond to proclaim August 1 as one way to support the fair treatment of all humans and affirm that all persons are made in the image of God. The commemoration of August 1 reminds us that the fight against systemic and anti-Black racism is far from over, and that we need to continue the work for the creation of a more just society. It is one way to continue the work of becoming an anti-racist church. You can attend a virtual Emancipation Day event in Hamilton this Saturday August 1. Learn more about this African Caribbean Canadian Association event here: http://newvisionunited.org/4930-2/The link for the ACCA Emancipation Day event on Saturday at 6 pm in the New Vision Notes does not work.Here is the correct link: http://newvisionunited.org/4930-2/The link for the ACCA Emancipation Day event on Saturday at 6 pm in the New Vision Notes does not work.Here is the correct link: http://newvisionunited.org/4930-2/
  • We will be celebrating communion this Sunday at our Virtual Worship Gathering.
  • New Vision will be gathering for worship on Sundays on Zoom throughout the summer to the end of September. We will evaluate next steps in the middle of September. We will keep in place our phone network to keep in touch with those who are not able to join us virtually on Sundays. Here is our worship leadership schedule into September:
DATEWORSHIP LEADERSHIP
  
Sunday August 2 2020Rev Ian Sloan
Sunday August 9 2020Worship Team
Sunday August 16 2020Affirming Team
Sunday August 23 2020“Field Trip” Sunday
Sunday August 30 2020Foodgrains Sunday
Sunday September 6 2020Rev. Lynn Godfrey
Sunday September 13 2020Erin Poole
  • We invite you to try something new on August 23rd! Instead of worshipping together at New Vision, the Worship Committee is suggesting our Community of Faith visits some of our friends and kindred spirits. We have connected with 2 Congregations in the US that welcome guests online. Because of the time difference, you can worship with both of them, if you wish! We encourage you to visit Rockville United Church of Christ in Rockville, Maryland. The community at Rockville are our partners in the sponsorship in our Syrian Refugee Family. Rev. Scott Winette and the community in Rockville are looking forward to meeting us. Zoom Worship at Rockville is at 11am and can be accessed by entering https://zoom.us/j/4019388880?pwd=dEw0V2JFT3RkZG1CZ0loMC8wcHZUUT09
  • Our other suggestion is to visit with the House of All Sinners and Saints in Denver Colorado. This lively affirming Congregation welcomes folks from all across the USA. Their Service is at 7pm our time (5pm Denver time). You reach them at www.houseforallsinnersandsaints.org. Click on ‘Visiting’ and you will find the link to join the Worship Service
  • For updates on New Vision plans in the Covid-19 emergency recovery, please visit http://newvisionunited.org/new-vision-covid-19-updates/.
  • New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  • You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone toll free. Call 1 855 703 8985, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.”

Hope to see you on Sunday ~ again, or for the first time.

Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Wed July 22 2022

New Vision Notes Wed July 22 2020

  1. Calling on people who sew: the Hamilton bylaw requiring the public to wear masks in interior public settings applies to the Resting and Hygiene Centre. Given the circumstances of many guests of the Centre, we cannot assume that they will be masked when they seek entrance. Our plan to ensure everyone who seeks to enter may enter is to have a reusable supply of cloth masks which we will launder and reuse. If you sew, we need your help! Please contact Helen helen.bradleyrd@gmail.com or Martine martini.sings@gmail.com if you want to help.
  2. Home baking individually wrapped is being highly appreciated by the guests of the Resting Centre! Please keep it coming! You can drop it off any day of the week between 5 and 9 pm. 
  3. For updates on New Vision plans in the Covid-19 emergency recovery, please visit http://newvisionunited.org/new-vision-covid-19-updates/.
  4. Tomorrow evening tune into the third concert in the Music Hall’s “Do Well by Hamilton” Virtual Concert Series. Featured artist Zaki Ibrahim is a South AfricanCanadian singer-songwriter. Her music blends R&Bsoul and jazz. Show streams live at 8 pm. You can get to the stream here: https://www.facebook.com/ZakiIbrahim/
  5. New Vision will be gathering for worship on Sundays on Zoom throughout the summer and into the fall. We will keep in place our phone network to keep in touch with those who are not able to join us virtually on Sundays. Here is our worship leadership schedule into September:
DATEWORSHIP LEADERSHIP
  
Sunday July 26 2020Rev Ian Sloan
Sunday August 2 2020Rev Ian Sloan
Sunday August 9 2020Worship Team
Sunday August 16 2020Affirming Team
Sunday August 23 2020“Field Trip” Sunday
Sunday August 30 2020Foodgrains Sunday
Sunday September 6 2020Rev. Lynn Godfrey
Sunday September 13 2020Erin Poole
  • More info coming on “Field Trip” Sunday August 23 in the next edition of New Vision Notes.
  • New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  • You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone toll free. Call 1 855 703 8985, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.”

Hope to see you on Sunday ~ again, or for the first time.

Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Wed July 8 2020

  1. For updates on New Vision plans in the Covid-19 emergency recovery, please visit http://newvisionunited.org/new-vision-covid-19-updates/
  2. We are looking for donated electronic devices that can be used by participants in New Vision congregate-setting virtual worship. We imagine people without access to devices and/or the internet coming to 24 Main W on Sundays for 10:30 am and being given a device that allows them to get onto the internet and into our Zoom virtual worship gathering using our church wifi signal. Old mobile phones or laptops with wifi connectivity are what we are looking for. If you have any used ones around that you are not using suitable for this and are willing either to donate or lend to New Vision, please contact George MacCuish at georgeamac@gmail.com.
  3. Zoom has delayed the introduction of mandatory passcodes or waiting rooms until the end of September that I was mentioning in the Notes last week. At some point our plan is to use the waiting room feature rather than issue passcodes, and to treat the waiting room as a place in which someone welcomes you to the gathering. If you arrive a little earlier than 10:30 on the dot it will make it easier for the “ushers” to greet you and admit you. When you get in the microphones will be unmuted. You can also use the chat box to talk privately with others before the gathering commences. We will let you know.
  4. New Vision will be gathering for worship on Sundays on Zoom throughout the summer. We will keep in place our phone network to keep in touch with those who are not able to join us on the internet. Here is our worship leadership schedule into September:
    DATEWORSHIP LEADERSHIPSunday July 12 2020Rev Ian SloanSunday July 19 2020Rev Ian SloanSunday July 26 2020Rev Ian SloanSunday August 2 2020Rev Ian SloanSunday August 9 2020Worship TeamSunday August 16 2020Affirming TeamSunday August 23 2020″Field Trip” SundaySunday August 30 2020Foodgrains SundaySunday September 6 2020Rev. Lynn GodfreySunday September 13 2020Erin Poole
  5. We have secured more funding for the Resting and Hygiene Centre: it will continue to operate throughout the summer. Usually there are at least 30 guests per evening, which sometimes grows to 50 or more. Home baking individually wrapped is being highly appreciated by the guests! Please keep it coming!
  6. The next concert in the Music Hall Do Well by Hamilton Live Stream Concert Series takes place tomorrow evening, Thursday July 9 at 8 pm. The artist is country blues singer/songwriter Jeremie Albino. For more on Jeremie, follow this link http://jeremiealbino.com/. You can stream the concert from this link: https://www.facebook.com/musichallhamont/?ref=bookmarks
  7. New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  8. You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone toll free. Call 1 855 703 8985, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.”

Hope to see you on Sunday ~ again, or for the first time.

Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Wed June 10 2020

  1. You may have noticed in the news in the last few days that the province is permitting faith communities to gather in-person again across the province beginning this Friday. Anticipating that in-person worship will look much different in the restart ahead, New Vision Church Council struck a Team New Vision ad hoc group to give leadership to issues such as this and others that are emerging from the lock-down period. The group is working on the issues presenting themselves to us. The short answer to the question of when? Is “when we are ready.” We will carry on as we are for the time being. Team New Vision is Helen, Dixon, George and Ian.
  2. This Sunday the Threshold Partners will be meeting in a Zoom meeting after the worship gathering. It will take place in a different Zoom room than the virtual worship gathering. Threshold Partners will be receiving a separate reminder of the meeting in another email note.
  3. Looking ahead, on June 18 from 6 to 7:30 pm, join the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, Keeping 6, HAMSMaRT (that’s Hamilton Social Medicine and Resource Team), Kyle’s Place, SWAP (the Sex Workers Action Program), and Strathcona Mutual Aid in conversation about what mutual aid means to us, and where we go next. COVID-19 has illuminated the many ways that racism, colonization, capitalism, ableism, and other forms of violence intersect to harm people and communities. However it has also opened a window to imagine and create communities where we collectively care for each other. To join, get your FREE ticket online: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hamilton-mutual-aid-webinar-tickets-107735166784?ref=estw
  4. New Vision’s sixth anniversary worship gathering takes place on Sunday June 21. Our guest speakers will be coordinators and physician consultant of our Resting and Hygiene Centre for People Sleeping Rough.
  5. This past Sunday our annual Pride worship gathering took place. The Affirming Committee put together a rich service for us that included videos, special music, an inspired play and a from-the-margins service of the table. Thanks to the many who made this a special gathering. I am inserting the White Board drawings people did during the exchange of peace to inspire you.
  6. The Pastoral Care Committee has prepared a COVID-19 spiritual care resource. Many thanks to Erin for giving shape to this. You can download it by clicking on this link.
  7. Martine our Music Leader is asking everyone to please consider taking a picture or quick video of themselves (15 seconds or less) sharing a message of hope, resilience and/or faith to make part of the New Vision Choir’s anthem for our sixth anniversary on Sunday, June 21. Send it to her at sings@gmail.com. Deadline (absolute latest!) Sunday June 14.
  8. The Music Hall at New Vision is launching its Virtual Concert Series during Hamilton Arts Week. The first concert will take place on June 18, and will be streamed live on the Music Hall Facebook Page. Please follow this link to learn more about DJ Shub of A Tribe Called Red, grandfather of the Pow Wow Step. You can also watch a DJ Shub music video, Black Snakes, here.
  9. Home baking individually wrapped is being highly appreciated by the guests at the Resting and Hygiene Centre! Keep it coming!
  10. New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  11. You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone toll free. Call 1 855 703 8985, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.”

Hope to see you Sunday ~

Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Thur May 2 2019

New Vision has a legacy relationship with a Tokyo all-girls school that was begun in 1884 by a member of Centenary United Church.  A founder in Japanese culture is practically an ancestor to those who pass through such an institution.  24 Main W has the element of a shrine to the founder of the school (Toyo Eiwa), Martha Cartmell.

Five years ago alumnae of Toyo Eiwa gifted a cherry tree garden to the City of Hamilton in recognition of all the Canadian women missionaries who taught at Toyo Eiwa and especially its founder, Martha. The garden is in the Dundas Valley. Today 11 alumnae came to a 5 year anniversary celebration of the garden organized by Rev’ds Seiichi Ariga and Wayne Irwin. The group aslo visited Marth Cartmell’s grave, and enjoyed a  reception at New Vision in the Music Hall hosted by the Martha Cartmell UCW unit.

The cherry trees have not quite blossomed. I took that as a good sign – of the potentiality of good relationships, sustained and developed. The blossoms come when they will, and the fruit, in due course.

See you Sunday ~

Rev. Ian

New Vision Notes Fri Mar 22 2019

This Sunday is the third Sunday of the season of Lent. A long-standing spiritual practice among Christians has been “giving something up for Lent.” It’s a way of focusing attention. But you need to have something to focus your attention on, so what will that focus be for you between now and the end of Lent?

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This past Wednesday evening The Music Hall was the venue for the United Church of Canada’s Edge sponsored event, “Storynight: What is Love?” Aimed at getting congregations to admit that people now don’t come to churches because there is minimal social expectation that they do, the presenters sang songs about the distancing that privilege causes, told stories of lament for opportunities lost, and hope discovered, and spoke dramatic poems about getting social justice right across multiple oppressions.

It was an expression of the spirit and the movement, of which New Vision is a part, of going out into the neighbourhood to join God in what God is doing.

See you Sunday ~

Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Friday January 25 2019

Some of us were at the Jazz Vespers last Sunday and others of us were able to attend the Afro Canadian Caribbean Association 2nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr Social Justice Brunch. Some got to both, and that includes me.

I am sorry to share the news that Darcy Dee passed away early Sunday morning. Darcy was a brave and wonderful spirit that downtown Hamilton was vastly richer for. Many of us remember her on her scooter through the streets and through Jackson Square. Here is something she wrote in her book Smile Through It All: “(Sept 19, 2010) Today was a pretty nice day outside. I went to two church services. One at Centenary, and one in Gore Park. I had to leave both in a hurry because the lady was waiting for me at home. I got to change that. It’s nice to listen about God. It is also nice to chat with others about God. Boy, oh, boy, what a life. I am so lonely as I go through the busy streets, through the mall, and anywhere really. Life is a chore for me.”

Join Darcy’s family in the MacNab Room in the Sheraton Hotel at 116 King St (upper level) on Saturday, January 26 from 1 pm to 5 pm for an open house celebrating Darcy’s life. There will be a formal time around 3 pm, and I will offer a word of thanks for Darcy as part of that.

If I don’t see you there, I’ll see you Sunday ~

Rev Ian

New Vision Notes Thursday Jan 17 2019

We’ve had web-host server problems for the last few weeks that are finally sorted out. Happy New Year to you!

New Vision folks can be involved in a couple of events this Sunday in addition to our usual Sunday morning worship at 10:30 am.

The Afro-Canadian Caribbean Association is hosting its second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Brunch at 1:30 pm at 754 Barton St. E. They’ve asked New Vision to come and asked me to be part of a panel on “Keeping the Dream Alive” — how we can bring the dream of beloved community to life in Hamilton. Tickets ($30 ea) can be purchased by phoning 905 385 0925. Other panelists are Kayonne Christy, co-founder of McMaster Womanist, Max Lightstone, founder of McMaster Interfaith Council and Nrinder Nann, City Councilor for Ward 3. Join me if you can in this vital and never-ending work (and celebration).

At 4:30 pm on Sunday, New Vision is hosting its January Jazz Vespers in the Music Hall featuring Mike Malone on the trumpet and the poems of Emily Dickinson. Mike will be backed up by pianist Nancy Walker subbing for Adrean Farrugia, and bassist Clark Johnston and drummer Chris Wallace.  Hamilton Spectator music beat reporter Leonard Turnevicius featured this month’s vespers in a great article today “These are not your traditional vespers.”

I’ll be at all three events on Sunday, so I hope to see you Sunday ~

Rev. Ian

New Vision Notes Friday March 2 2018

Seems March came in like a lion sticking its tongue out for great big fat snowflakes to land on.

The Annual Meeting went off well last Sunday. Thanks to all who made this fourth annual event a pleasure to be part of.  Much work was celebrated, and more contemplated and offered up for the year ahead to the glory of God.

Our Music Hall initiative continues to gather momentum. For those who use twitter, you might look for the Music Hall’s handle @musichallhamont and see what traffic has been generated about it in the last few days.

People in the wider community have responded to our invitation to come make spiritual events happen in The Music Hall with us. That’s the genesis of our Jazz Vespers. This month we’re dedicating the jazz vespers to families and children, offering jazz for the rhyming rocket Dennis Lee’s poetry. It’s a gateway into a special space.

On March 21 from 6-8 pm a group led by Kenny Kirkwood is inviting the community to a “Spring Equinox Gathering for Life.”

This event is being led by an informal group gathered together by Kenny. They are deeply committed to healing peace work, particularly in the relationship between settler and first nations peoples. Kenny says come join in the meal, the lamentation and celebration, reflection and song, bringing your own drum, instrument or sketch pad. There will be a traditional indigenous opening to the event.

See you on Sunday, for the 3rd Sunday of Lent ~

Rev. Ian