About The EDGE
The EDGE (Every Day Grace Experience) is a community of folks who believe that institutional, rule-based, exclusionary religion is harmful to our spiritual well-being. Participants of The EDGE are all students, eager to learn, we are guided by the principles of grace and love, and we are committed to the idea that worship begins with how we treat others. We cannot be at peace with God when we are filled with hate, jealousy, and unforgiveness towards one another.
Pastor Colin has been in full time ministry since 1985. He shares his passion for the Canadian Rocky Mountains with his wife Beverley. Together they embrace the challenge of supporting the spiritual development of all who wish to be transformed by the renewing, healing, and perfecting work of God in us, as revealed by Jesus of Nazareth.
We are also fortunate to be served by our Elder, Emily Lukacik, a responsible Executive Council, a talented worship team, and a group of dedicated volunteers.
What we believe
Beliefs often morph into convictions, and convictions are, and have historically been, the source of a great deal of conflict. When we "own" our beliefs we can feel personally attacked when others oppose those beliefs. Possession and enforcement of a belief system cannot ever be a path to peace or truth.
Rather than the standard religious control methods of indoctrination and forced uniformity, at The EDGE, we encourage maturity by supporting the transforming work of God within us, thus we merely provide an important framework for belief within which each person can learn and grow as they experience God in spirit, scripture, creation and each other. No person who joins us on this journey of discovery will ever be asked to agree with the beliefs of any other.
Above all else, we believe that Jesus gave us a revelation of God's love, and the fruit of love will determine whether our actions, beliefs, claims and Scriptures are true and authoritative as an accurate representation of the mind of God. Whenever the divine being is identified with hatred, abuse, rejection, slaughter, corruption or violence, even in the Holy Bible, we reject those characteristics as being antithetical to the God revealed by Jesus.
We do not believe in calcified and immovable creeds, formulas and policies which comprise the shells of tombs which contain the bones of dead religion.
FRAMEWORK FOR BELIEF
- There is only one God who is the source of all life and is beyond our ability to limit or define in created terms.
- We can experience a self-revelation of God via a) Inspiration & Insight, b) Creation, c) Inspired Writings, and d) Faith
- We are born innocent, with the need to be both selfish (caring for one's own need to survive and thrive), and community-minded (loving). When these two needs are in balance we are in good spiritual and psychological health.
- Sin is a state of being in which our need to act with love to the community is subsumed by our selfish urges.
- When we are in a state of Sin we require restoration and healing - repentance and forgiveness achieves this.
- The fully righteous man, Jesus, was anointed and chosen to be the means by which healing and new life would come to all.
- We are free in Christ. Free from religion, independant from the domination of any who stand between us and God. Free to serve from the heart rather than from obligation or legal requirement. Galatians 5:14 "For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Join us on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Lakeview United Church, 3023 - 63 Avenue, Calgary, SW. Our meeting will be from 3:00-4:30pm.
This week: "Echoes of Grace" by Matthew Klein
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News & Events
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- Celebration of the birth of the Christian Church, June 03
- Resume Sunday weekly meeting schedule, July 02
- Fish Creek Park - Outdoor Service: Sunday, July 23
- Fish Creek Park - Outdoor Service: Sunday, August 20
PASTOR: Colin Wallace
ELDER: Emily Lukacik