A Lenten Journey

During this Lenten season, many at Westminster Canterbury Richmond, and many out in the community and at churches across the Richmond region enjoy reading daily devotions like those found in A Lenten Journey. For twenty-one years Westminster Canterbury has produced this devotional guide featuring stories and thoughts from residents and staff. This year, 7,000 booklets […]

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John Burns on Leadership

Hello – I’m John Burns, the President and CEO of Westminster Canterbury, and I enjoy writing to you from time-to-time through this blog. Recently, our Pastoral Care team published our 2018 devotion booklet, A Lenten Journey, our 21st collection of writings by staff and residents. Annually we distribute 7,000 of these to local churches and […]

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Candor and Hope

Though we wish it weren’t true, statistics demonstrate that the institutional church in America is changing – with church membership declining and more people choosing “none” to describe their church affiliation. On November 30, 2017, at 4 p.m., at our annual David F. Peters Lecture, guest speaker Steve Eason tackles this issue with candor and […]

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All Saints’ Day Service of Remembrance

Each year the Westminster Canterbury Richmond Pastoral Care team hosts an All Saints’ Day Service of remembrance.  You are invited to join us for this service on November 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in Cochrane Commons, as we remember and honor 89 residents and 4 board and staff members who have died since November 1, […]

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Education Nurtures the Spirit

Vibrant pastoral care programming has been part of Westminster Canterbury Richmond since we opened our doors in 1975. This tradition continues with extensive educational programs available to all residents. Education is an important part of one’s spiritual development, and our pastoral care department provides many opportunities for nurturing the spirit. Here are some examples of […]

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A Lenten Journey

Twenty years ago Westminster Canterbury Richmond resident Marguerite Wingo had a vision. While most Lenten meditation booklets were expansions of Bible verses, Mrs. Wingo wanted more. She wanted people to write something from their experiences that meant so much to them that it would inspire someone else to come closer to God. Residents and staff […]

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Talking about Dementia

The early signs can vary. Early signs of dementia may be very subtle and vary a great deal. You might notice that your mother keeps forgetting her best friend’s telephone number or your father no longer shaves every day. Should you be alarmed? Maybe. But you should be careful how you proceed to ensure you […]

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New Resource for Memory Support!

Exciting New Resource Available from Westminster Canterbury Richmond More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease today—a number expected to triple in the next 30 years. Many more experience other forms of dementia. For faith communities, this represents a crucial opportunity for ministry and practical care—one that many aren’t adequately prepared for. Amidst […]

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Our Star!

The star reminds us of God’s promise. Drivers whirling down Interstate 95 now have a holiday focal point to guide their travel. Last week, we continued a 38-year-old tradition by lighting the Advent star with a program that included music and poetry and prayer. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not […]

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We Gather.

Thanksgiving is a season of gratitude. Thanksgiving is a celebration of our values. It is a time to worship and praise God for our blessings. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a feast that for many years was considered the first Thanksgiving in the New World. Virginia historians credited Berkeley Plantation with […]

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