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Maclean Hall Welcome Project (part 2)

Many of you will remember the Rev. Chris Vais. He was a well-loved minister at Knox, Waterdown from his ordination in 1987 until 1998. During that time, he was diagnosed with ALS (known also as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and later died in 2002 but made a huge and lasting impact on the church and on…

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An old school orchard with some help from new friends

Crieff Hills has a beautiful new heritage orchard, thanks to an environmental grant and a team of volunteers from our neighbours at the Mill Creek Pit extraction site. It all started last fall, when representatives from Crieff Hills were invited to a hearing about the use of land to the north of our property. Since…

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Ring that bell!

In the blog post announcing the generous gift from Dr. Ruth Alison, I wrote that here in the Crieff Hills office we needed a bell to ring when happy news arrives. Well, the sound of bell ringing has begun, thanks to a thoughtful friend of Crieff Hills. When Gord walked into our office carrying a…

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An Anchorite

The signature line on my emails has long been a quote from Julian of Norwich: All shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well. Julian, as her grammar might suggest, was a medieval nun and mystic. In fact she was an anchorite who was actually walled into a small room on the…

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A bird in the hand is worth…

Originally posted on January 26, 2019 by bloomingreverend On a sunny September weekend I held a tiny bird in my hand. Months later I’m still thinking about it. In my new role as the Director at Crieff Hills Retreat Center I get to do all kind of fun new things, but my first ever bird…

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