According to the Oxford Dictionary to be curious is to have a strong desire to know about something. According to researchers, curiosity is in fact “hard-wired” into what it is to be human (see link at the end of this article). This is so much the case that the need to know can often drive us to great lengths to satisfy our curiosity. Most likely this is because within each of us lies the need to make sense of our world and the experiences we have, by fitting what is new into what we already belief to be true. While it has been curiosity that lies behind many scientific discoveries and the advancement of many innovations that have greatly benefited humanity, it is only fair to note that that is only one side of the curiosity question. Curiosity can also have some negative outcomes as we’ve all heard the old adage about how “curiosity killed the cat”.
As I thought of all of this, I recalled a recent diocesan training session, Navigating Change, at which the predisposition to be curious was applauded and considered very useful in a time where adaptation was required. We would hear about the fact that it is not really so much that change bothers us, as the transitions between the old and the new. Even if the new attracts us, we struggle letting go of what we know, and what is familiar, because we are concerned that as soon as we do, we will find ourselves somewhere unknown us, a neutral zone, neither here nor there; we will find ourselves in transition.
During our workshop the presenter(s) referenced Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges. In this book Bridges outlines the process of transition and change by beginning at the “endings” and working forward to “new beginnings”. We all understand endings to be sure. There is not likely a single person who has not experienced an ending, a loss of some kind: loss of turf, people, meaning, control, future, identity, and structure. Even wonderful new opportunities must be proceeded by endings, many of which bring their own difficulties. As Christians, at the very centre of our faith lies a poignant example of this as we have just experienced in our annual remembrance of Holy Week preceding Easter. In the annual telling of our faith story, we relive the truth that we must go through Good Friday to get to Easter Sunday. The joy of Easter is only possible because of the dark path of Good Friday.
And so, while we may not always choose to enter the “neutral zone” between endings and beginnings, transitions can serve us for it is in this in-between zone that we are asked to exercise our faith as we choose a response. Will we choose to review, replace, redesign, relinquish? Will we extend a caring hand to our fellow travellers, making ourselves available to listen in a whole new way to others, and to the God’s Spirit?
Ultimately, to be curious or not is our choice. Will we let our curiosity of where God is taking us in these unusual times be our driver, trusting that with it will come fresh connections to God, to one another and to our neighbourhood? That feels like the question I’m asking myself these days. How about you?
Welcome to the website for the congregation of St. Anne's (Byron), an active Anglican (Episcopal) congregation in the western part of London, Ontario. Reverend Canon Valerie Kenyon is our priest. We extend a warm welcome to all visitors, and those looking for a new church home, being blessed with visitors on a regular basis. Our church and parish hall are both wheelchair accessible.
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As you explore St. Anne’s website you will get a glimpse of the lives and activities of people who make up the family of God at St. Anne’s. There are many more whose names are not recorded here but whose memory is cherished, whose lives have shaped our lives and whose hard work and love of Christ built a foundation stronger than the foundation laid over a century and a half ago with field stones and mortar from surrounding farm land, a foundation that is held together by its cornerstone – Jesus Christ. We are not a perfect family; we are a real family who daily put our lives in the hands of a perfect God, who continually conforms us into Christ’s likeness.
Along with Anglicans around the globe, we at St. Anne’s hold the traditional faith of Christians through the ages. We look back with thanksgiving for blessings received and we look ahead with joy, wondering what new song we are to sing unto the Lord. (Psalm 144:9) The holy friendship we share with God and one another makes us a family and the ministry to which every person you see here and beyond these pages is called, leads us into joyful service of the community in which we live. Our work is simple, to worship God, build a relationship with His Son and love one another as Christ has loved us. (John 15:12)
To get the most out of this website, check our Events Calendar for the list of activites and then consider our other menu items such as Church Seasons. Look for updates and current news on our Outreach and Faith and Worship pages.
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