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We live in an increasingly technological world, with advancements past generations never could have dreamed of. Yet, we feel increasingly isolated and without a sense of place in the world. Neighbourhoods no longer feel like home, and we don't always know why. Through reflections and interviews, the Suburban Vicar Podcast explores why communities are failing so many today and what we can do to make them more livable again.
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The Suburban Vicar Podcast Rev. Stephen Silverthorne

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We live in an increasingly technological world, with advancements past generations never could have dreamed of. Yet, we feel increasingly isolated and without a sense of place in the world. Neighbourhoods no longer feel like home, and we don't always know why. Through reflections and interviews, the Suburban Vicar Podcast explores why communities are failing so many today and what we can do to make them more livable again.
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    A Journal of the COVID Year - Part 2

    A Journal of the COVID Year - Part 2

    Part 2 of a 2-part episode. We've all faced challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. We're aware of our own needs and what is helping us cope. Yet, we may not be as aware of the kinds of challenges people face in other walks of life, and how they are navigating the challenges of the quarantine. These are the people we were used to seeing at church, or at sports events or children's birthday parties. Now that we can't see them, we risk losing our ability to understand them. In this two-part episode, Fr. Stephen interviews local people who are facing our pandemic in different ways and in different circumstances.

    Episode HighlightsUnique challenges faced by a local non-profit organizationUnique challenges faced by a local pensionerUnique challenges faced by local churches
    Further ReferenceL'Arche Canada. L’Arche creates communities of friendship and belonging. In L’Arche, people with and without intellectual disabilities live, work, learn, and grow together.
    L'Arche Ottawa. The local branch of L'Arche Canada, serving the Ottawa-Gatineau area.
    St. James Manotick. An Anglican parish church in the village of Manotick, Ontario.

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    • 44 min
    A Journal of the COVID Year - Part 1

    A Journal of the COVID Year - Part 1

    We've all faced challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. We're aware of our own needs and what is helping us cope. Yet, we may not be as aware of the kinds of challenges people face in other walks of life, and how they are navigating the challenges of the quarantine. These are the people we were used to seeing at church, or at sports events or children's birthday parties. Now that we can't see them, we risk losing our ability to understand them. In this two-part episode, Fr. Stephen interviews local people who are facing our pandemic in different ways and in different circumstances.

    Episode HighlightsUnique challenges faced by a local veteran's organizationUnique challenges faced by a local businessUnique challenges faced by local parents
    Further ReferenceThe Royal Canadian Legion. A non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Veterans and their families in need, honouring those who sacrificed for our country and providing essential services within our communities.
    The Barrhaven Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. The local chapter of the Royal Canadian Legion, where Stephane Guy serves as President.
    Stiff. A marketing and communications company based in south Ottawa. James Hannington is the CEO.
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    • 47 min
    Finding Greatness in Everyday Cooking

    Finding Greatness in Everyday Cooking

    Cooking at home can be a chore. Yet, the cookbooks and shows we turn to for inspiration can give us the impression cooking needs to be expensive and complicated. This episode explores a better way, set forth in the book The Supper of the Lamb by Robert F. Capon. Today, Fr. Stephen interviews Amanda McGill about Capon's reflections on cooking. As a parish priest and writer, the late Fr. Capon brought a Christian perspective on food, cooking, and eating as gifts from God which show His goodness in ordinary things. McGill unpacks some reasons why this perspective can bring deeper significance to the mundane task of cooking, and can bring a deeper sense of rootedness to our homes and lives.

    Episode HighlightsWhy The Supper of the Lamb is worth readingWhat led Amanda to writing about the bookHow Capon helps us find the greatness in small thingsHow cooking and eating can be a kind of healthy worshipCapon's applicability to real cooking vs. romanticized cookingFestal vs. Ferial cookingHow to appreciate food without over-indulgingThe delights of Capon's humour and writing style
    Further ReferenceThe Supper of the Lamb by Robert F. Capon.
    The Supper of the Lamb and Lent-Pandemic Cooking by Amanda McGill. An article reflecting on Robert Capon's "Supper of the Lamb" and why it is particularly relevant during our pandemic.
    The Homely Hours Website. A blog dedicated to bringing church worship into our homes, helping people develop an Anglican family spirituality which works for households today.
    The North American Anglican Website. A web journal exploring faith and culture from an Anglican perspective.

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    • 34 min
    Faith in a Time of Quarantine

    Faith in a Time of Quarantine

    Faith in community is always challenging. But what about faith when a community is quarantined? Today, Fr. Stephen talks with Josh Wang about the current CoronaVirus quarantine. Josh is pastor of Renewal Church, which serves the community of Barrhaven. He's also a long-time friend of Fr. Stephen. In this conversation, they discuss the quarantine, the effect it is having on home and church life, and what this experience is teaching them about faith, life and ministry.

    Episode HighlightsFamily life under the "Shelter in Place" orderThe effect on relationships with wider communityProcessing grief over our situation, without despairThe importance of lament and sorrowJesus' care for our personal needs, despite how small they seemCovid's effect on how we do churchPositive changes being brought to the churchPros and Cons of using technology in maintaining church communityFaith formation at homeReflections on Holy Week during quarantineChanges to preaching & worship
    Further Reflection1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. A scripture passage reminding us that we are free to grieve real losses without losing all hope.
    The Raising of Lazarus. A scripture passage from John 11, telling about the resurrection of Lazarus
    Ephesians 2:11-22. A scripture passage describing the church members as a building, constructed by God and held together by Jesus

    To Connect with JoshRenewal Church Website
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    • 38 min
    The Art of Neighboring

    The Art of Neighboring

    Being a good neighbour should be easy. Just be kind to those you live near. However, most of us don't find it easy at all. We could all use some help in getting it right. In today's episode, Fr. Stephen talks with Dave Runyon on how to be a good neighbour. Dave is co-author of the book "The Art of Neighboring". In this interview he talks about what being a good neighbour means, what some of the the challenges are, and why it's important. He also provides some valuable advice on how to take the first steps in helping your neighbourhood thrive.

    Episode HighlightsWhy being a good neighbour is importantWhat keeps us from reaching out to those we live nearFirst steps to becoming a better neighbourHow to navigate conflicts with neighboursHow to share your faith in a way that honours others dignityWays to mobilize your church towards greater neighbourliness
    Further ReferenceThe Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door by Dave Runyon & Jay Pathak
    Art of Neighboring Website. Features resources for churches and individuals on how to be better neighbours.

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    • 30 min
    How to Make a Plant Love You

    How to Make a Plant Love You

    We all know plants are a pleasant addition to our homes. Yet, perhaps they are meant to be more than pleasant decoration. What if plants actually taught us something? Today's guest is Summer Rayne Oakes, author of How to Make a Plant Love You. She argues that plants are far more than pretty things to brighten up our homes. They are living beings, and for this reason invite us into a relationship of care. They invite us to let go of our own needs for a while and find joy as we cater to the mysterious and wonderful life-force which animates plants and which ultimately provides the oxygen and nutrients necessary for our survival.

    Episode HighlightsThe benefits of viewing plants in relational termsWhat plants teach us about human relationshipsHow plants bring a sense of place to the suburbsSome ways to get started in plant careThings to consider when buying a plantHow to find a good garden centre
    To Purchase Summer's BookHow to Make a Plant Love You. Available on Amazon.

    Further ReferenceSummer Rayne's Personal Webpage. Information on Summer, her projects, and contact information.
    Summer's Youtube Channel. Tips, tours and reflections on gardening and the world of plants
    Green Thumb Garden Centre. A high-quality local garden centre in Ottawa.
    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Ontario's equivalent of the county extension office in the USA. Provides info on Ontario growing conditions and plants.

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    • 41 min

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The Suburban Vicar Podcast

Loving where you live, shopping locally, supporting our neighbourhood, and all of God’s Creation, The Suburban Vicar enthusiastically and intelligently interviews interesting people living and writing about interesting things. This podcast offers practical ways to live a good life where you are.

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