Next meeting: Monday March 4, 7:00 pm. 
We meet at the FaithWorks office, 775 Cambridge St. The meditation for this evening can be read here.

Lenten Retreat: Finding and Following Your God-given Desires

WHEN:  Friday March 8, 4:30PM to Sunday March 10, 12:00PM
WHERE: St.Charles Retreat Centre., 323 St Charles St, Winnipeg MB

“What do you want me to do for you? What do you want?”

Jesus asks these questions of a mother wanting to advance her sons’ position and of the two blind men outside Jericho, just before he restores their sight.

“Our desires, our wants,our longings, our outward and inward searching –
when uncovered, expressed and recognized – ultimately lead us to God.”
Janet Ruffing, “Spiritual Direction – Beyond the Beginning”.

  • This retreat offers space and guidance to respond the question, “What do you want?”
    Drawing upon scripture and Ignatian principles, you will discover how your deepest desire and God’s desire for you, are one and the same.
  • Participants will consider how to make wise choices from among all the many voices that speak into their lives as they learn to trust their desires as God-given information.
  • An optional 30-minute session with a Spiritual Director will be available for those interested.
  • This weekend retreat includes teaching times followed by individual times of prayer and reflection, periods of silence

COST: $250-Single, $350-Couple (includes accommodation, meals and retreat materials)
REGISTRATION: To register, please send your payment to by e-transfer.

In the shadow of your wings will I rejoice. (Ps 63.7)

Gordon Wilkie Stewart

  • 90 years old
  • Born on June 14, 1928 in Toronto, Canada.
  • Passed away on January 15, 2019 in North Vancouver, Canada.

We remember Gordon in a canoe (his favourite place), with a twinkle in his eye (as always), leaning toward another person (his habitual attitude). He shared his love for creation and the Creator, his impish sense of humour (and the deep joy from which that humour sprang) and his unending concern for and interest in other people with us in his family. But he also shared those same gifts with thousands of others at Manitoba Pioneer Camp, in student ministries on the prairies, and in Christian communities in Manitoba and BC. He didn’t just tell people that God believed in them; he believed in them, too. What a blessing he has been to all of us his whole life.

Memorial Service:  Gordon’s Memorial Service was held on Saturday, January 26th at Killarney Park Mennonite Brethren Church at 48th Ave & Kerr in Vancouver.
Donations: In lieu of flowers, we invite you to contribute to Manitoba Pioneer Camp in Gordon’s memory.

We are born and we shall all die. The person who is in communion with God wears mortality comfortably. To be with God is to be at home in this world and in the next.                       — Reuben P. Job

God’s love for us means we need not stay as we are, for the Holy Spirit is with us to help us face ourselves and to go from where we are to where God wants us to be.
—Norman Shawchuck, Reuben P. Job and Robert G. Doherty How to Conduct a Spiritual Life Retreat

Jesus’ Freedom – from Henri Nouwen

Jesus was truly free. His freedom was rooted in his spiritual awareness that he was the Beloved Child of God. He knew in the depth of his being that he belonged to God before he was born, that he was sent into the world to proclaim God’s love, and that he would return to God after his mission was fulfilled. This knowledge gave him the freedom to speak and act without having to please the world and the power to respond to people’s pains with the healing love of God.

That’s why the Gospels say: “Everyone in the crowd was trying to touch him because power came out of him that cured them all” (Luke 6:19).

Imago Dei is an ecumenical network of Christian faith communities based in Vancouver, British Columbia, ( with sister groups across Canada, as well as  in the USA and Asia. It is a ministry that has formed around principles of spiritual direction for the encouragement of a genuine experience of growth in the Christian spiritual life.

The Winnipeg Imago Dei group meets every first and third Monday of the month at the FaithWorks office. It is open to all who are drawn to the practice of contemplative prayer, scripture reading and silence and for all who may be curious about these practices in a group setting.

Mary Reimer, former pastor at FaithWorks, together with Jan Woltmann co-ordinate these evenings. The flow generally includes singing hymns from scripture, a period of silence, pondering a portion of scripture and discussion of the meditation posted in this newsletter. The evening closes with a time of Communion and prayer.

Imago Dei provides resources for the cultivation of the practice of prayer and the life of faith. It also models and encourages small fellowship groups for those who wish to pursue, in community with others, a growing communion with God in their lives.

Our ministry is

  • to encourage a deeper spirituality in the lives of Christians
  • to help recognize and welcome God’s transforming work in life
  • to encourage a growing faith towards the life God is calling us to live in this world

For more information about the national Imago Dei organization, visit