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Memoir, Spiritual life, Minister, Vocation, Christian faith, Bible, Nursing

God and Green Tea
by Marilyn-Ann Elphick

In her memoir, God and Green Tea, Canadian minister and former nurse Marilyn-Ann Elphick shares spiritual practices that have helped her flourish in the face of challenges throughout her

life. Elphick’s recollections reveal the importance of contemplation, personal rituals, and community to maintain spiritual health. Set against passages of Scripture and accompanied by points for reflection and prayers, this book invites us to consider how spirituality enters our own life journeys and how we might approach our relationship with God. With its strong focus on religious themes, this book will appeal to readers who are on a spiritual path of their own, whether Christian or of another religious affiliation. In addition, readers with care-oriented occupations, such as nurses, ministers, social workers, teachers, and parents, will find inspiration in this work. Finally, people who are taking stock of their lives, such as senior citizens and those undergoing major transitions, will find refuge in this honest and compassionate memoir.

In 1997, after a successful career as a Registered Nurse, Marilyn-Ann Elphick experienced a call to a different vocation. She began her studies at the University of St. Michael’s College Faculty of Theology. She graduated with a Master’s of Divinity degree in 2002. In 2013, she graduated with an advanced degree in Theology (Th.M). She worked as a Campus Minister at the University of St. Michael’s College from 2002-2015. In 2017 she ‘retired’ and then took up a position as a Chaplain at West Park Long Term Care. In 2018, she began work at Lakeside Long Term Care as a chaplain. She resides in Fergus, Ontario and is active with the Victoria Park Senior’s Club Creative Writers Group. She has published several online articles. Her hobbies include writing, travel, baking, cooking and trying different kinds

of tea from around the world.


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