Opinion

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, …

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Reflections on the music that shapes our faith and life

On June 28, the Belfry Theatre in Victoria presented an interview with Michael Shamata, its artistic director, and Tobin Stokes, the composer and sound designer …

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Reimagining who we are called to be

Where were you born and where did you grow up?  I grew up in Ladysmith and I spent much of my childhood exploring forest floors …

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What the church has to offer a world in spiritual crisis

Book Review: Why Gather? The Hope and Promise of the Church by Martha Tatarnic. New York, NY, Church Publishing, 2022.  Why Gather? is both the …

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Q&A with Martha Tatarnic

Martha Tatarnic is the incumbent at St George, St Catharines in Ontario and is the author of Why Gather?: The Hope and Promise of the …

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Interconnection and healing from colonization

Book Review: Indigenous Healing: Exploring Traditional Paths by Rupert Ross. Toronto, Penguin Canada, 2014.   After hearing Martin Brokenleg, a priest and prominent psychologist specializing in …

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The first day

It is early September 1933 and it has been decreed that I, on the cusp of five years old, should go to school. The great …

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Treasure in earthen vessels

Few questions are harder than asking, How do we serve as caretakers of broken institutions that, nonetheless, bear within them a healing treasure? While the …

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Trans youth need our support

The umbrella term “trans” (shortened from “transgender”) captures people with a range of experiences around gender identity, usually distilled down to something like this: people …

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A visit from Canterbury

More that we might have feared; less that we might have hoped   The recent visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury to Canada has predictably generated …

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Why stay in the Church? On pursuing integrity not purity

As we become increasingly aware of the historical cruelty of Anglican, Catholic and other Canadian churches — the most recent papal apology serving as yet …

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Applying hospice philosophy to climate grief

The church has an opportunity to help support people experiencing ecological distress. Ecological distress refers to “any forms of emotional, psychological or existential distress related …

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Celtic teachers show us the divine in all matter

Book Review: Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul by John Philip Newell. New York, NY, HarperOne, 2021  “We’re in for quite a stretching,” said an Irish midwife …

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The prie-dieu

The antique shop was large. I found myself in it only because my family was in a nearby store, and, since I’m not much of …

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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 …

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