Riverbend United Church is pleased to welcome Reverend Valerie Oden. Valerie celebrated her first service with us on Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Valerie had served Arvada United Methodist Church in Colorado for the last 9 years and is returning to Edmonton where she once served Grace United Church. She has a heart for walking with people in exploring the questions of faith and meaning. She believes that Christian discipleship is a life of response: “… [It] is fundamentally about growing ever more deeply and broadly in love of God — with all that we are — and love of neighbour. I see this growth as a two-way flow: inward toward our roots in the source and outward in our relationship with others and the world.” She also believes that faith communities have a vital role in this particular cultural milieu in honoring diverse traditions and including the marginalized. Valerie is accompanied by a 9 year old Mini Australian Shepherd and 2 weird cats.