I grew up on the South Shore of Montréal in a French-speaking family. During my youth, I was actively involved in international solidarity movements, summer camps and semi-professional theatre. All those experiences have developed my creativity, my dynamism and my desire to be in solidarity with the less fortunate of this world. As a minister, I work hard to deliver meaningful and inspiring sermons that link the essential elements of Christian faith with the passion of the people in the pews. Through worship, sacraments and pastoral care, I always look to reach out to people, wherever they stand on their spiritual journey. I also believe we must reclaim the driving force behind Paul’s missionary journeys when distinctions between gender, race, status and affiliation were set aside in order to build a new community where everyone will be welcomed. I am also involved with the wider Church. In the last few years, I have been involved in the intercultural dialogue between the various communities within the United Church. If you are looking for me during a church activity, you will most likely find me drinking coffee, telling jokes or cleaning dishes in the kitchen.

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Glenda joined our staff as Office Administrator on May 1, 1995. Along with her many years of work experience in government and private industry, she brings a warm, caring attitude and deep commitment in her service to the congregation. Glenda and her family have attended Kanata United Church since 1984. One of Glenda's special interests is music. She loves playing the piano and has been an active member of the KUC adult choir and musicals for many years. She also enjoys cycling, skiing, traveling, spending time at their cottage with her family (David, Shawn, Kim, Alison, Alex, James & Erika), and babysitting their 3 grandchildren Kaitlyn, Liam & Josie. Glenda especially enjoys working with children, as this was quite evident in her 10 years as a school bus driver. Glenda is married to David, an entrepreneur, in the Home Renovation business. They are a very active family and enjoy being part of the KUC family.

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Six years ago you held out your hand to me and ask these five golden words: “May we have this dance?” 

The dance floor spread out before us and it was as if I had been holding my breath waiting for just this dance with you all as partners.

And what a dance it has been.  In my annual report I talked about all of the different types of dance steps that you represent for me from the hokey pokey to the waltz with a bit of pole dancing thrown in for spice.

The children and youth of this congregation have great rhythm in their souls and they dance with abandon.  They easily take to new opportunities and if they don’t know the steps, they improvise.  We could learn a lot from the way they two step through life.  I have spoken often about how amazing they all are and how much I have learned from them.

Today I would like to say thank you to the adults of KUC.  To dance well means having confidence in your partner, to let yourself go and trust that the person in whose arms you are being held will match you step for step.  That has been my experience here.  Each step I have taken, I have taken in perfect time with you.  You have encouraged, supported, cheered and good naturedly danced away these past 5 ½ years.  There have been no missteps, no stepping on toes, no dancing too slowly or too quickly to keep up.  You have been great partners – you have most certainly, along with the children and youth danced away with my heart.

This year marks an anniversary for KUC – a looking back and celebrating – a looking ahead and dreaming.   You have much to be proud of and much to look forward to as well as you step into an unknown future, filled with promise and hope, dreams and possibilities.

The dances of the past may not be as relevant to the dancers of the future, they more often dance in groups or alone and the latest dance craze will have gone viral before you even know what it is called.  You may feel as if your favourite dance moves are irrelevant to them and you may be afraid that you won’t be able to keep up with the fast paced movements of this new generation’s dances.  You aren’t in this alone.  Moving forward, God is still holding out a Divine hand to you, inviting you to move with the spirit, worrying less about whether you know the steps and concentrating more on enjoying the music.  My wish for you as you move forward can be found in a Lee Ann Womack song…”When you get the choice to sit it out or dance…I hope you dance!”

 

Sally Duke has been Director of Music at KUC since 1979. A native of Ohio, Sally received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music and history from Centre College of Kentucky and a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Connecticut, where she continued studies in organ and music history. Sally met her Canadian husband, Murray, while in Connecticut, and they moved to Kanata in 1977. Sally enjoys reading, cooking, travel and golf and is learning to play the guitar. She has been active with the musicians' association of the United Church of Canada and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Sally directs the Alleluia Singers and the Intermediate and Adult Choirs and works with the KUC Band and other volunteer musicians. In 2012, she received certification as a trained children's choir director following a three-year summer course with the Choristers Guild Institute. She particularly enjoys worship planning and directing musical dramas.

 

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