Spiritual Memoir

All the Ways Our Stories are Meaning-Full

In Gratitude

John HeidtMy conversation with JOHN HEIDT began on his deck in Cape Breton with his declaration, “I don’t have time for ‘small talk’; I only do‘Big Talk.’”

His “Big Talk” was to lay out his thinking about the mystery of God, the human spiritual journey, the relationship between science and religion, the meaning of belief, the purpose of ministry, the value of conversation with atheists and those of other faiths, the humanity of Jesus, and allowing our lives to become fully capable of a life of Love.

And that was the first Big Talk!

I took notes during our Skype calls. It wasn’t easy. Theology and wisdom spilled out with every sentence. He shared a life-time of night-time thinking with passion and humour. So many words. Edgy. Provocative. Tender. Pastoral. It gave me a window into the soul of a mystic.

In the end it isn’t about words, it is about Love. It’s about experience. It’s about our own loving lives and immensity of Love practiced in the ordinary things of life. And this is the root of spiritual memoir.  – Janice, Host of the Prayer Bench

The Spiritual Memoir Project

Our lives are shaped by what we recollect, through our search for meaning, in the lessons we have learned along the way, and by what has been passed down to us. Spiritual Memoir honours what is sacred and meaningful in our lives.

Spiritual memoir is passed along in stories written down, in diaries, in journals, in letters and quilts, through family recipes, genealogies and heirlooms. It is our legacy.

On this page you will find recollections and resources to prompt your spiritual memoir. You can listen to audio recordings that speak of insight, a lesson learned, or legacy passed on. Enjoy!  There will be more as the project unfolds.


 Project Partners

The Prayer Bench joins energies with Visions United Church in Moncton, NB. This creative faith community is about celebrating life and spirituality. Rooted in the Christian wisdom tradition, the Prayer Bench offers soul deepening resources online. Together, we are working on this project.

We are grateful for the generosity of The United Church of Canada through a Seeds of Hope Grant and the Maritime Conference Bequest Fund.

Please contact The Prayer Bench (Email) if you have recollections or resources to contribute to the webpage or if you wish to financially support this project.

Recollections & Resources

Stories, reflections and ideas to prompt your spiritual memoir.

The Milk House

The Milk House A Reflection by Cathy MacLean The little house on on our property was once a "milk house." A milk house, as the word implies, was a small building used to keep anything that had to do with "milk" such as skim milk, pails, strainers, and a churn. Fresh...

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Where the Universe Ends

Corrine Redden, a talented artist and photographer shares this photograph and her reflection. I remember when I was a little girl, I would ask my dad what's on the other side of where the universe ends. He would answer, when we think of the universe we are like the...

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Mrs. Hume, Midwife

Mrs. Hume, Midwife A Recollection by Eldon Hay, Sackville NB Mrs. Hume was the midwife at my birth, at home, in 1931; she’d been there for older brother Keith, and would be for younger sister Kathleen. She lived in Marvelville. When the time came, Mrs. Hume was...

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