Riverbend United Church is very pleased to announce the arrival of Reverend Valerie Oden, beginning August 1, 2017. Valerie will celebrate her first service on Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Valerie has been serving the 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.