Discerning a postcolonial presence on ‘Yalis 

Holding space for climate grief

Because we’ve just come through Holy Week, it strikes me that the way to be church for people who are grieving climate change, grieving anything, …

Divesting from the dystopian real estate market

or, why flipping your house is an unjust act  When we bought our house in Victoria, BC, eight years ago, we had already been selected …

Three empty graves

I have recently learned a piece of family history many years after the event. I learned that two grave plots in St Luke Cedar Hill …

A silencing of doubt

Sometimes when I wonder at the scriptures of the resurrection, asking the questions and experiencing the doubts that people have voiced since the extraordinary events …

Parish of Salt Spring Island looks to the future

Even though it is the largest of the Gulf Islands, there are a surprising number of churches on Salt Spring Island. The Anglican parish alone …

Women’s Retreat quietly building community

The Women’s Retreat has been running since 2004, when it was established by Pam Orman, a retired priest of the diocese. It was originally coordinated …

Q&A with a military chaplain

Sarah Priebe is a military chaplain at CFB Esquimalt and a parishioner of the Church of the Advent, Colwood. Faith Tides editor Naomi Racz spoke …

St Peter celebrates Earth Day

On April 22, St Peter, Comox, transformed its gardens into a celebration for Earth Day. For any who have been discouraged by hearing so much …

Diocesan council approves property sales, puts refugee sponsorship on hold

Diocesan council met online on Thursday, April 27, 2022.   Bishop Anna opened the meeting by introducing the Stockdale paradox, which is the ability to have unfailing …

Staff departures at the synod office

Catherine Pate is no longer serving as communications officer for the diocese. We are grateful to Catherine for the work she has done for the …

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Bishop's Column

Discerning a postcolonial presence on ‘Yalis 

During the second week of May, I will be travelling with Brendon Neilson, vision animator, and Elizabeth Northcott, archdeacon of the Mid-North Islands region, to …

Where God might be calling us next

About a month ago, all the clergy of the diocese gathered (on Zoom, of course) and, together, we pondered the question of where God might …

Looking injustice in the eye

Recently I found myself talking with members of the Parish of Pender and Saturna Islands and one of them reflected that COVID-19 has brought out …

Reflections

A silencing of doubt

Sometimes when I wonder at the scriptures of the resurrection, asking the questions and experiencing the doubts that people have voiced since the extraordinary events …

My Journey

I have come home

Where were you born and where did you grow up?   I was born and raised in Victoria, a navy baby. My dad retired from the …

John Thatamanil

Diocesan Theologian

The work of attention: a Lenten discipline

“Not only does the love of God have attention for its substance; the love of our neighbour, which we know to be the same love, …