An Anglo-Lutheran View.

My name is Rev. Rebecca Graham.  I am an ordained Lutheran Pastor serving an Anglican Congregation.

I was born in Toronto, in the late 1960’s (a lady never reveals her age) and have been privileged to live in much of Ontario, Saskatchewan, BC, and Manitoba.  I’ve been able to stand on the furthest east and west points of Canada, and truly believe that God has not created an unattractive part of Canada.

Following God and becoming ordained is a second career for me, and has had it’s bumps and bruises along the way.

After graduating high school, I was diagnosed with a learning disability called Dysgraphia-Dyscalculia.  This means that when I took the classes geared for college entry, I got great marks, but wasn’t challenged.  When I took the classes geared for university entry, I was greatly challenged, and never understood the difference, at the time.  I did develop many ‘coping mechanisms’ in regards to my personal learning style, which since my diagnosis has evolved with the help of Vocational Services, and Disability Services associated with the University of Toronto.

I’ve  earned my college diploma in Travel & Tourism from Mohawk College, in Hamilton in 1991, and my HonBA with a Specialist in History, and a Major in Religion from Woodworth College at the University of Toronto in 2002.  From there, I moved to Saskatoon to attend Lutheran Theological Seminary and earned my MDiv  in 2007.

I married my best friend and we’ve worked our way through the tough times and the good times, and the journey isn’t over.

I was ordained in 2008, and my first call was in the ELCIC – MNO, and was unfortunately a bad fit. However, that bad fit opened doors to my current call in the ACC – Diocese of Brandon.  This has been an ongoing learning curve with much support from the Congregation and the Diocese.

I graduated from the in DMin-Preaching Studies through the ACTS DMin program, specifically with the Lutheran School of Theology, in Chicago, IL, in May 2015. the title of my thesis is: “Liberating Law & Gospel: A Social Examination & Comparison Using “Scrooge””, and is found in the Seminary library, available as an e-document.

I have been honoured to be the Legion Chaplain for Legion Branch 19, in The Pas since 2014.

Along the way, I’ve made some bad choices, but I’ve also made some good choices.   I truly believe that the hardest thing I’ve done is turn my life over to God’s guidance, and from there the journey has been truly interesting and continues to move in interesting directions.

2 Responses to About

  1. Richard von Briesen says:

    Hi, I read with interest your article in the April/May 2019 issue of Canada Lutheran. I believe in and hope for the resurrection promised by our Lord.
    But I think you’re mistaken about zombies. In about 1985, Wade Davis, a Harvard anthropologist, went to Haiti to research the zombie question, and his findings how and why some people are turned into zombies are described in a fascinating article in the Jan/Feb 1986 issue of Harvard magazine. This is summarized and updated in an article in the October 2017 issue, at https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2017/10/are-zombies-real .
    Briefly, in parts of Haiti lacking “normal” police and justice systems, serious offenders are forced as punishment to consume or be exposed to a potion containing tetrodotoxin, the toxin found in pufferfish. The victim/offender enters a near death state, and is publicly buried. That night he is exhumed and given an antidote, and transported to a distant part of the country, where he is maintained in a confused state and made to do slave labour. I recommend the above articles!
    Dick von Briesen, Kingston

    • Thank you for your comments, and your observations on the articles related to the idea of zombie. What you describe, to me, sounds more like a form of human trafficking, of slavery, in a penal system that runs on different rules than we know in Canada. At the same time, you have to agree, I’m sure, that what we’ve both described is a far cry from what television and modern drama have described in tv shows, books, and movies. Again, thank you for your comments; it proves that the article was read.

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