Empty pews and self-emptying

Remembering nature as the place of God

The following sermon was delivered at the diocesan We Together conference, which took place in Nanaimo on Sept. 30–Oct. 1. You can watch this sermon …

Under the orange roof: of raccoons and reconciliation

In 2019, St Anne & St Edmund, Parksville celebrated its 125th anniversary. On the list of projects for our anniversary was the renewal of our …

Finding hope in liminal times at the fall women’s retreat

The joyous noise of 32 women could be heard in the hall of St John, Duncan as they settled in to the fall women’s retreat. …

Addressing parishioner loneliness through gratitude

A while ago, I was talking with a senior parishioner. She’s involved in three ministries in the church, often drives others to appointments, and has …

Hard hat country

The excavation site is huge. Someday, a towering structure will emerge to — we fervently hope — grace the city. At the moment, this area …

“Relearning Trust” with Cynthia Bourgeault

From Sunday, Sept. 25 to Thursday, Sept. 29, 50 people from Canada and the United States gathered in person at the Bethlehem Centre, to share …

“I had no more excuses”

When I was in my teens living in Baltimore, I was very involved in the Episcopal Church. At that time, I felt called to be …

Churches offer pet blessings in honour of St Francis of Assisi

In early October, churches across the diocese offered pet blessings during their Sunday services, in honour of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, …

What happens at provincial council

Provincial council is made up of lay and clerical representatives from the six dioceses of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon. Normally, the council …

Bishop's Column

Empty pews and self-emptying

In 2021, Russell Daye and Robert Fennell published Turning Ourselves Inside Out: Thriving Christian Communities. Having researched thriving mainline Christian communities in Canada, the thesis …

Anglicanism and Anglianism

At the end of September, our diocesan conference, We Together, was held in Nanaimo. In the opening address on the Friday night, I spoke about …

Asking the right questions

While I am incredibly proud of how all our parishes have innovated and persevered through COVID-19, I am also hearing a common refrain about how, …

Reflections

Hard hat country

The excavation site is huge. Someday, a towering structure will emerge to — we fervently hope — grace the city. At the moment, this area …

My Journey

“I had no more excuses”

When I was in my teens living in Baltimore, I was very involved in the Episcopal Church. At that time, I felt called to be …

John Thatamanil

Diocesan Theologian

Remembering nature as the place of God

The following sermon was delivered at the diocesan We Together conference, which took place in Nanaimo on Sept. 30–Oct. 1. You can watch this sermon …