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Jeffrey Metcalfe

Jeffrey Metcalfe

Jeffrey Metcalfe is a priest from the diocese of Quebec and a doctoral student in theological studies at the University of Toronto. 

Articles Written

  • Entertained by angels

    Entertained by angels

    Several weeks into my first tree-planting season, the company I had been working for finished its spring contract early, closing our camp and laying off my crew for a few weeks until the summer contract began.

    By Jeffrey Metcalfe
    Posted: May, 11 2017
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  • They will change our values

    They will change our values
    It is a phrase I hear far too often these days, as our world continues to grapple with the effects of human migration. 
    By Jeffrey Metcalfe
    Posted: March, 22 2017
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  • But if the salt

    But if the salt

    It was the most strikingly mundane road I have ever walked. Set beside a pair of iron rails, the dusty grey gravel could have led anywhere: a path to a country church, an entrance to a store parking lot, a side street leading home. 

    By Jeffrey Metcalfe
    Posted: February, 10 2017
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  • You take them in

    You take them in
    It was mid-afternoon when I got the call.  Picking up the phone, I was greeted by a friend from a local refugee welcoming centre. Immediately I could tell from the strain in her usually cheerful voice that something was wrong. It didn’t take long for her to explain what it was.
    By Jeffrey Metcalfe
    Posted: January, 18 2017
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  • Sin and redemption on Facebook

    Sin and redemption on Facebook

    It had been a long day and I was tired. 

    By Jeffrey Metcalfe
    Posted: November, 08 2016
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  • We are what we post

    We are what we post
    What is the purpose of posting on social media? It’s a question we don’t often stop to ask ourselves. As human beings, the longer we engage in a practice over time, the less we tend to think about it. 
    By Jeffrey Metcalfe
    Posted: September, 26 2016
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  • You are my witnesses (online, too)

    You are my witnesses (online, too)
    Much has been said and remains to be said about the dramatic events that took place at General Synod this past June. Live streaming it from home, I found myself encouraged, dismayed, bored, embarrassed and astounded.
    By Jeffrey Metcalfe
    Posted: August, 11 2016
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  • Praying for patience

    Praying for patience
    When I was a teenager, I remember my youth pastor telling me, “be careful when you ask God to give you patience. God might just answer your prayer by giving you the opportunity to practice patience.”
    By Jeffrey Metcalfe
    Posted: June, 27 2016
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  • Checking privilege at the border

    Checking privilege at the border
    Flying back from a conference, I stand at the desk of an airport terminal’s gate, preparing to board, ticket in hand, passport at the ready. 
    By Jeffrey Metcalfe
    Posted: May, 27 2016
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  • Sanctified in the truth

    Sanctified in the truth
    Walking home from a riveting lecture on Christianity and peace, I had just started to cross the quiet intersection that leads to my neighbourhood when a black SUV, creeping past the stop line, hesitatingly pulled through the intersection and cut me off. 
    By Jeffrey Metcalfe
    Posted: April, 20 2016
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  • Feet first

    Feet first
    Feet can be gross. We walk on them. They get calloused. Sometimes they smell. We try to keep them in good order, but most of us wouldn’t consider our feet worthy of an act of worship. (And I suspect if we did, we wouldn’t tell anyone.)
    By Jeffrey Metcalfe
    Posted: March, 22 2016
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  • Where your treasure is

    Where your treasure is
    “A budget is a moral document.” I’m not sure who first said it, but it’s a phrase I’ve heard at many a vestry meeting over the last several years
    By Jeffrey Metcalfe
    Posted: February, 17 2016
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  • Why methodology matters

    Why methodology matters
    I’ve had the great pleasure of recently serving on a General Synod task force exploring the ethics of money. It was an exciting mix of interesting and talented people coming from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
    By Jeffrey Metcalfe
    Posted: January, 28 2016
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