A Christmas Carol at Christ Waterloo

Call for Actors and Crew for A Christmas Carol

Richard Walsh, Christ Church Waterloo

On December 7th-9th @ 7:30 pm Christ Lutheran Church Waterloo will present my adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1843 brief novel A Christmas Carol [ACC]. In recent years Christ Church, located at 445 Anndale Rd. on the corner of Lexington and Davenport, has staged four theatrical productions that I’ve adapted and directed that address morally and socially challenging issues: Antigone by Sophocles in 2012, Merry Wives of Windsor by Shakespeare in 2013, Don Juan in Hell by Shaw in 2014, and An Enemy of the People by Ibsen in 2016.

At first glance, ACC is a story of Scrooge’s personal ghosts; in fact, it’s subtitled A Ghost Story for Christmas. Beginning with Marley’s Ghost, who represents both his own and Scrooge’s notorious greed, each ghost compels Scrooge to face his social transgressions of the past, the present, and the foreseeable future. But the ghosts also give him opportunities to redeem himself. Ghosts, of course, are fun for audiences (but not for young children, who can be easily overwhelmed), which is why adaptations of ACC for the theatre and film tend to stress them.

From a religious perspective, however, ACC is actually a story of conversion and personal liberation from the chains of greed toward the freedom of compassion and generosity. Dickens’s annual public readings of ACC evidently contributed to reinvigorating a historically earlier spirit of charitable giving during Christmastime that had been eclipsed during his lifetime.

From a social-justice perspective, ACC is a critique of involuntary poverty. Dickens wrote his story at a time of hideous socio-economic conditions in Britain and colonial Ireland that included child labour and massive, toxic smog. In effect, his message to the powers-that-be was: Attend to the plight of the poor or face a social and political revolt on home ground.

In my adaptation of ACC, over 99% of the script consists of Dickens’s text, although I’ve abbreviated it substantially to heighten its appeal for a current audience. In addition, rather than ignoring Scrooge’s psychological development, as film and theatre versions have done, I’ve included the scenes of Scrooge as a child, adolescent, young man, and middle-aged adult to elicit  empathy, even compassion, for him.

Here’s how you can help:

[1] Please refer anyone you know – child, teen, young adult, and middle-aged or older folks – who might want to play a character (there are over 40 of them) or help backstage. Email me here: rwalsh@wlu.ca. I’ll then send interested individuals the script and audition those whose acting skills are unknown to me. Rehearsals begin Sept. 6th.

[2] Please come see the show, and bring every kid you know, including adult ones. By the end of November you’ll be able to order tickets from Christ Church by phone.

Thank you very much for your interest and anticipated support.

Join us as we kick off the 50th Year Celebration at Christ Lutheran Church

Please join us at 10am as we kick off a year of celebrations and special events! Bishop Michael Pryce of the Eastern Canada Synod will be attending!

Jubilation Male Chorus hosted by St. James Elmira

On Sunday April 23rd at 3:00 pm, St. James, Elmira will host the Jubilation Male Chorus in a concert to fight drought and famine in central Africa and Yemen. Concert proceeds and additional donations will go through Canadian Lutheran World Relief to the work of the Humanitarian Coalition. Receipts for tax purposes will be issued for charitable donations of $10 or more beyond the ticket payment.

Jubilation Male Chorus Poster <<< Click on this link for the full poster

Canadian Lutheran World Relief Appreciation Reception Sunday April 9, 2-4 pm

at Christ Lutheran Church, 445 Anndale Rd., Waterloo

Camp This Summer at Lutherlyn!

Here’s a link to the summer brochure of Camp Lutherlyn http://www.lutherlyncamp.ca/uploads/2/3/1/1/23118378/camp_lutherlyn_-_camp_brochure_2017.pdf

Enjoy the great outdoors in the Ottawa valley on the shores of Golden Lake near Eganville, Ontario, and have fun with other campers! Be sure to register for this summer!

Wading in the Water – March 2017


Click -HERE- for the March 2017 edition.

Lent 2017 Midweek Schedule at Christ Lutheran

Lent 2017

“Paying Attention…”

Wednesdays at 7 pm for Evening Prayer & Topical Focus


Wed. March 8 @ Christ Lutheran Church

 Paying Attention to God through Meditation with Rev. Julia Gill


Wed. March 15 @ St. Columba Anglican Church

Paying Attention to Our Friends in Lutheran & Roman Catholic Churches

during this 500th Anniversary Year of the Reformation with Rev. David Malina


Wed. March 22 @ Christ Lutheran Church

Paying Attention to Our Indigenous Neighbours

through the “Blanket Exercise” with Deacon Scott Knarr


Wed. March 29 @ St. Columba Anglican Church

Paying Attention to God in Serving Those on the Margins with Rev. Michael Hackbusch


Wed. April 5 @ Christ Lutheran Church

Paying Attention to Creation in Caring for Water with Henriette Thompson



Christ Lutheran Church, 445 Anndale Road, Waterloo, Ontario N2K 2E3          519-885-4050

St. Columba Anglican Church, 250 Lincoln Road, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2P5    519-884-3681


Two Rivers MA gathers at Christ Waterloo March 20

At 7 pm at Christ Waterloo, we will gather to hear all about the big changes happening to the physical plant of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary beginning in May, explained to us by Rev. Dr. Mark Harris, current Dean of the Seminary. We will also be considering what it means to be in ministry “with”, and not “for” others, specifically relating to our indigenous neighbours, facilitated by Deacon Scott Knarr of Mt. Zion Lutheran. Come for an evening of information, and inspiration!

Pastor Elina leaves TRMA and welcomes Pastor David Malina to the position of Dean!

Pastor David of Christ, Waterloo has been appointed the new dean of the Two Rivers Ministry Area, following Pastor Elina’s resignation.

She has accepted a 3 years appointment as intentional interim pastor of the South Grey Bruce Lutheran Parish, a family of 3 congregations (St. Matthew, Mildmay, St. Paul, Neustadt and St. Paul, Normanby).

The people and congregations of the TRMA are eager to build on their relationships established with the implementation of the areas. Our history is short, but is one of concern for others, including those on whose land we reside. We seek reconciliation with them. #myELCIC #ESynodELCIC

Pastor David is welcomed by us. We look forward to his leadership and our shared ministry! Give us joy, we pray, in serving.

fullsizeoutput_6f34Signing off, Pastor Elina



Two Rivers meeting at St John’s Waterloo on Jan 17, 2017

Leadership Team of Two Rivers Ministry Area – an awesome team! #ESynodELCIC #myELCIC