Practising Kinship with Creation

Planting Onions at A Rocha’s Brooksdale Environmental Centre in celebration of Good Seed Sunday 2022. (Photo provided by Tim Emanuels)

“Until we see one another as related we will go on to perpetuate the suffering of our human family. We can turn back from exile to be part of the family, to live in kinship and love…

If we live in harmony with all of our relatives throughout creation, and if we sacrifice for the sake of justice, then we will live. We will walk in the blessing way, surrounded by our ancestors, journeying with the spirits from all four sacred directions, toward a tradition that will become our future. The native messiah shows the way.”

—Steven Charleston, from The Four Vision Quests of Jesus.  (bio and book)

Indinawemaaganidog

‘All of my relatives’ 

You are invited to listen to this wonderful 9-minute video (on Facebook) in which James Vukelich Kaagegaabaw shares the relational, cultural and spiritual implications of this important phrase to the Anishinaabe peoples: “All of my relatives.’

A descendent of Turtle Mountain, James is an author and the creator of Ojibwe Word of the Day. He is recognized as a leading voice on the interconnectedness of language and culture; his insights were developed through speaking with and recording elders and native language speakers  (many of whom have since passed on) in Canada, Michigan and Minnesota as part of the Ojibwe Language Dictionary Project. 

Deep peace and blessings.

—Anne

Rev. Anne Baxter Smith
Pastor of the Church at Southpoint

Worship Calendar

If you’re planning to join us for an in-person service, please read our Covid policy. It’s kept up to date, here.

In-Person 10:00 am on Sundays at 15639 24 Avenue, Surrey!

Sun. May 1Kinship I
Speaker: Jen Hubbard
Samuel 16:1-13 

Sun. May 8 Kinship II
Speaker: Anne Baxter Smith

Sun. May 15 Kinship III
Speaker: Nadia VanderKuip

Sun. May 22 All In Kinship IV
Speaker: Anne Baxter Smith

Sun. May 29 
Fifth Sunday Fun—Stay tuned!

New to Southpoint?

At Southpoint, it all begins with God’s love. Just as a plant grows, it receives sunshine, so we grow as we receive God’s love. At Southpoint, we are growing in our capacity to love God, ourselves, one another, and creation.

We seek to be a community of grace that is intentional yet organic, spacious yet authentic, grace-filled yet accountable. * We are fully welcoming. *

We encourage relationships rather than run programs, yet we recognize the importance of intentionality and structure as we nurture life together.

As a community, we seek to put our love in action. We value helping out on Sunday mornings, sharing food, and showing up in hard times. We keep our church life simple so folk have time to build relationships with family, friends, and neighbours. We encourage folk to serve in tangible ways within the wider community. We rent space rather than own a building, allowing us to do more with less, supporting missions at home and abroad.

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