Labyrinth Walks for Pentecost

We were very excited that over 50 people joined the virtual labyrinth walk hosted by St. Peter’s and MILC to celebrate World Labyrinth Day at the beginning of May.

This Sunday is Pentecost, and we thought that while we are still physically apart and seeking ways to nurture our spirits, you might be interested in more labyrinth activities.

Here are three suggestions:

  • The following link takes you to a flame shaped labyrinth that you can print or “walk” on the screen and suggests prompts for you to use as you take your meditative walk.

  • Take out your finger labyrinth

If you don’t already have one, excellent instructions from Amy Hallman-Grout can be found at

“Walk” the labyrinth using the prompts from the previous link:

START As you move to the center of the flame, think about the word: Hope. What does it bring to mind? What do you think of?

IN THE CENTRE Pause and listen to God.  The Bible reminds us that the Holy Spirit can fill us with hope. (Romans 15:13). What do you need hope for today? Ask God to fill you up with hope.

ON THE WAY OUT As you trace your way back out the flame, think about someone who needs hope this week, and ask God to fill them with the Holy Spirit.

  • Walk your finger labyrinth to beautiful, meditative music:

Open the following link to listen to a wonderful Gregorian chant of Veni Creator Spiritus – Come Holy Ghost, the Maker, Come.

The words appear in English on the screen and can be used to focus your meditation.

The recording lasts for 3.28 minutes but can be set to loop if you would like your “walk” to be longer.

We hope you will try some of these activities and that you will find them a source of strength and comfort. We will be

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We Belong to the Land

We Belong to the Land: A reflection on paths to a just peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land

 presented by James Walker, live online Friday, May 29th, 6:30 p.m.

Registration required. Contact

In the summer of 2019, James Walker, a Master of Architecture student at Laurentian University and long- time member of the United Church of Canada, travelled to Palestine and Israel with 13 other pilgrims as part of the Youth for Peace Pilgrimage. While there, he travelled to many different holy sites and sacred spaces, spent time in occupied territories and refugee camps where he saw the effects of the Israeli occupation, and listened to the stories of citizens and of United Church partners. Through these experiences he gained a better understanding of the sociopolitical situation, developed insights into the issues impacting the Holy Land, and explored possibilities for the future.

Please join us as we find ways to stay connected and learn together while we must remain physically apart.

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World Labyrinth Day: Walking Apart but not Alone

On world labyrinth day, May 2nd, approximately 50 people joined for an online event to “walk apart but not alone.”  The annual labyrinth walk, which is traditionally held at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes was adapted to be a fun online “walk” as one.  Prior to the date, participants were encouraged to make their own finger labyrinth and then join a group online to walk the labyrinths together.

You can continue to use these resources to assist in your meditative practices.

1) Find your creativity and get some tips and tricks for making your very own finger labyrinth by watching this short video:

How to Make Your Own Finger Labyrinth

2) Connect to the St. Peter’s United Church Sudbury YouTube channel and watch the recording for the labyrinth workshop.  The workshop leaders share some words of comfort and you can join in by “walking” our finger labyrinth:

Labyrinth Day Walk Video


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United Nations Declarations and the Rights of Indigenous People

This event has been postponed.  More information to follow.

A workshop on the United Nations Declarations and the Rights of Indigenous People for people of faith will be offered by Teresa Jones and Lisa Blais.

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Book Study: Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waub Rice

Waub Rice’s recent novel Moon of the Crusted Snow was voted the winner of the 2019 Evergreen Award by readers from over 100 libraries in Ontario. “A daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice.” ~ Good Reads.

This even was planned in collaboration with St. Andrew’s United Church and they were pleased to welcome Waugeshig Rice for a book talk in February 2020.

A book study is available here.

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Lenten Inspirations: Reflections on Scripture

Thursday, February 6th, 2020, 10:00 to 3:30.

A workshop for clergy and lay leaders  will take place at the beginning of February to assist in preparation for preaching and preparing worship in Lent.

Leadership by Dawn Vaneyk and Stewart Walker.

Please register by contacting

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MILC Annual General Meeting 2019

Living the Dream:  Hope and Renewal in the Changing Church

With Rev. Peter Hartman

Wednesday, November 6th

St. Stephen’s on the Hill United Church, Lauzon Street, Sudbury.

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community was very excited to welcome Rev. Peter Hartman, Executive Minister for the Great Lakes Regional Council, as the guest speaker at our Annual General Meeting.

Town Hall Meeting 2:00 to 4:00

This was an opportunity for clergy, members of church and regional councils and everyone interested in the Great Lakes region to ask questions, to share insights and ideas and to find out more about how the new structures are working and what is being planned for the future. It was also a time for sharing and fellowship for members of local communities of faith.

Gathering for Youth 4:00 to 5:30

Youth and their leaders met for informal conversations with Peter to share their hopes and vision of church. Pizza supper was served.

Supper and Annual General Meeting 5:30 to 6:45

Everyone was invited to share fellowship over supper and to review what the Manitou Intentional Learning Community has been doing over the past year, to hear plans for the future, and to share ideas for new initiatives and learning opportunities.

Public Address 7:00 to 8:30

Peter’s topic was “Living the Dream: Hope and Renewal in the Changing Church”. He shared inspiring stories from across the region and spent time answering our questions about the new structure of the church.

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Advent in October

On Thursday, October 17th, Dawn Vaneyk lead a workshop “Advent in October” at St. Peter’s United Church, Sudbury, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This was an opportunity for those leading worship during Advent to reflect on Scripture and share their insights. A light lunch and snacks was served.

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Writing the Soul Story – Writing Your Spiritual Journey – Retreat

David Guiliano is in Sudbury to lead a weekend retreat on writing your spiritual journey.

September 20-22, 2019

Villa Loyola, 4951 Long Lake Rd., Sudbury, ON

Writing the Soul Story is for those interested in exploring their spiritual journey in a supportive retreat community. Whether you are interested in spiritual memoir for pleasure or for publication the willingness to courageously plumb your life through writing is the only prerequisite.  No previous experience is necessary.  There will be group time for giving and receiving aesthetic feedback and for individual contemplative writing.  Participants will engage in writing exercises, take some emotional risks, and stand authentically at the crossroads of creative writing and personal spirituality.

Location:  The weekend retreat takes place at Villa Loyola in Sudbury.  Participants may choose to stay at Villa Loyola in a lake front setting, easily accessible from Highway 69 and Highway 17.

For more information about Villa Loyola click here.


Full cost:  $300

**Full cost of the retreat includes the price of the workshop, overnight accommodation Friday and Saturday night in a single room with on-suite bathroom, all meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch, as well as, snacks.

Participants may also register for the workshops without overnight accommodation.

Commuter cost: $150

**Commuter cost includes the price of the workshop, Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday lunch, as well as, snacks.


David Giuliano is a Pastor, Spiritual Guide and Expressive Arts Facilitator.  He is an award-winning writer of more than 100 articles, essays, and poems.  David has published two illustrated children’s books: The Alligator in Naomi’s Pillow and Jeremiah and the Letter e.  His Postcards from the Valley: Encounters with Fear, Faith and God was a Canadian Best seller/  His latest book, It’s Good to Be Here: Stories We Tell about Cancer, is a spiritual memoir about his own journey.  Find out more about David Giuliano at

For more information or questions about the retreat, contact Gillian Schell at

Register online using the form below.

Registration and a deposit of $50 is due by Friday, September 6th, 2019.

Make cheques out to Manitou Intentional Learning Community. Send cheques to the following address:

St. Peter’s United Church, attention Gillian Schell

203 York St, Sudbury, ON P3E 2A2

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We Are All Treaty People

10 AM – 3 PM

Learn about the history and significance of Treaties and through a variety of presentations and hands on activities, explore why they matter to all Canadians and specifically to people of faith.

Guest Speakers:

Maurice Switzer                                                                             Rev. Teresa Jones



$20 for individuals
$50 for groups of 3
$10 for students

Financial assistance available on request

For more information or to register, please contact Gillian Schell:

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