I am S. Derek Shelly (the S. differentiates me from my son).  I have served as a minister in the United Church of Canada for over 40 years.  In this time my faith has definitely grown or developed and continues to do so every day.  My understanding of the one I call “God” has changed and may or may not be the same as yours.  I say that so that when I talk about “God” you may have a better understanding of my worldview or the paradigm from which I approach any topics.

Feedback is also important.  Even though we may disagree, I hope comments will always be respectful.