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Retiring Wolfville Baptist Church minister Barry Morrison points a finger after a canoe joke at his send off. Also in the picture are Jean Morrison, left, and Clarence DeSchiffart.
WOLFVILLE, NS – His motto for Wolfville Baptist church was, “in the heart of the community, with the community at heart.”
So it was that minister Barry Morrison got a heart felt send off when he retired in late June.
On behalf of the United Church members who’d gravitated to the Baptist fold after St. Andrew’s closed, Wendy Donovan thanked Morrison for being so welcoming.
Having joined the faculty of Acadia Divinity College in 1999, Morrison was the first J.N. Gladstone Professor Preaching and Worship. Later he returned to the pulpit in Wolfville.
Not unsurprisingly, Harold Mitton, former president of the college, termed Morrison’s sermons well crafted and well delivered.
“You are leaving the town of Wolfville a little bit better, perhaps a lot better,” said Mitton.
Both Ingrid Blais of L’Arche Homefires and Muffy MacLeod spoke of Morrison’s inclusive spirit, while Judith Todd and John Murimboh of Wolfville Area Interchurch Refugee Sponsorship Committee thanked him for the role he took with the Syrian refugees who came here.
“He changed a lot of lives, Syrian lives and our lives,” said Todd.
Kathy Manko, speaking for the Wolfville Food Bank noted that the food bank found a home at Wolfville Baptist because Morrison “solved problems and was happy it was here.”
Church member Clarence DeSchiffart jokingly presented Morrison with a worn out canvas canoe and a cash gift from the congregation to buy a new one.
Mike Robertson wished him the ability to navigate churning waters with grace, peace and love.
MC Tim McFarland joked that given all the compliments Morrison might think he was sitting in his own funeral, he responded that he almost felt his life flashing before his eyes.
Prior to coming to Wolfville, Morrison was a minister in Saskatoon, Montreal, and Hamilton, Ont.