Amy Bratton

About Amy Bratton

 Amy Bratton is the Contributing Editor of the New Leaf Blog. She lives in Saskatoon, SK with her husband, Tim, and their two sons, Oswald and Ira. She is a lay leader at Riversdale Neighbours church and an online course facilitator with Rocky Mountain College in the area of Spiritual Formation. She writes and speaks about the history of Christian spirituality, with a focus on the early Methodist understanding of Christian maturity known as “perfect love.” Read more from her in her book Witnesses of Perfect Love: Narratives of Christian Perfection in Early Methodism.

Advent 2019 wrap up

By |2019-12-26T11:25:20-05:00December 26th, 2019|Advent and Christmas, Advent Reader, Advent Reader 2019, Blog|

Dear Advent readers, Thank you so much for going on this Advent journey through scripture and reflections with us. We have been blessed by the incredible increase in interest in the Advent Reader this year. As we sit in this longing place, holding brokenness and longing and hope and joy all in tension, we

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First Thursday of Advent 2019

By |2019-12-05T05:43:48-05:00December 5th, 2019|Advent and Christmas, Advent Reader, Advent Reader 2019, Blog|

Scripture reading for today: Isaiah 4:2-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19, Acts 1:12-17, 21-26 Psalms 72:1-7 Of Solomon. 1Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. 2May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice. 3May the mountains bring prosperity to the people, the hills the

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First Monday of Advent 2019

By |2019-12-02T21:20:37-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Advent and Christmas, Advent Reader, Advent Reader 2019, Blog|

Emotions Transposed. In the sparkly season of Christmas, I often feel out of sync when life is stressful or dark or just full of emotions. I know that Christmas can be full of happiness for many people, but sometimes I just feel the pressure to do Christmas “right” when I can’t muster up the requisite joy on my own.

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Advent Reader 2019 – Welcome

By |2019-12-02T21:23:59-05:00November 30th, 2019|About New Leaf, Advent and Christmas, Advent Reader, Advent Reader 2019, Blog|

Tomorrow is the beginning of Advent. Here on the New Leaf Blog, we are going to be journeying through Advent together with writers from across Canada.  The New Leaf Network is a Canadian network spread across this northern country. We are people grappling with the reality of darkness

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Nothing is Wasted

By |2019-10-24T00:12:58-04:00October 25th, 2019|Blog, Deconstruction, Theological reflection|

Most of my work is done sitting in front of a computer, balanced out by chasing my two young boys around. But one day in September I got outside with my boys and I set out to do some harvesting in our yard. I was harvesting the compost we have been accumulating from our

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By |2019-08-23T17:12:04-04:00August 26th, 2019|Blog, Church, Church Planting, small|

I’ve been thinking more and more about small lately. I’ve always liked a small party better than a large one - a party where one conversation involved everyone around a shared dinner table. A party small enough

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Nothing More to Give

By |2019-03-13T01:20:17-04:00March 13th, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

I’ve been thinking about Lent this year and honestly, I’m exhausted. I feel like I have given up so much during this season of life (the ability to sleep through the night uninterrupted, my free time, time to read for pleasure, my personal space as little boys cling to me constantly). The idea of being

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Second Tuesday of Advent

By |2018-12-11T06:13:15-05:00December 11th, 2018|Advent Reader, Blog|

Scripture reading for today: Isaiah 19:18-25, Psalm 126, 2 Peter 1:2-15 Isaiah 19:18-25 18 In that day five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord Almighty. One of them will be called the City of the Sun. 19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to

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Advent Reader – Welcome

By |2018-11-30T16:34:00-05:00December 1st, 2018|Advent Reader, Blog|

Waiting... Here in Canada at this time of year, it is getting darker. In the north, as we approach Christmas we are also approaching the shortest day of the year marked by the lengthening night and increasing cold. I took this rhythm for granted, having grown up in Saskatoon, located at the latitude of

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