Compassion can be a powerful force for change. The Anglican Journal takes you to three communities where it is at work for and with youth.
Cultivating compassion was the goal that the Rev. Jeffrey Metcalfe and his wife, Julie Boisvert, a teacher at Grosse-Ile School, had in mind when they created a youth pilot project called the Social Justice Club in their parish in the Magdalen Islands, a small archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
One feels pity, but one has compassion. Compassion is a proactive principle at Christianity’s core: going beyond passive sympathy for another’s plight and acting to alleviate it.
Once we postulate a “difference,” we legitimize a dichotomy—between how we want to be treated and how we treat others.
Midnight on Saturday is not a time many people would traditionally associate with poetry. But then, there was much that was not traditional about The Composition Engine, a performance art installation curated by Toronto’s Anglican Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields on Oct. 4 in conjunction with Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an annual all-night arts festival that takes place across downtown Toronto.
For all its benefits, university can be an unsettling experience for young adults. Some are living away from the familiar shelter of home and community for the first time. Some will encounter ideas that shake their long-held religious beliefs, while others will be struggling with their sexual identity.
Devout Hindu Mohit Kallaria, a master’s student from southern India, considers Dalhousie University’s multi-faith chaplaincy service a lifesaver.
Declining resources side, the cultural diversity of today’s campus can be daunting, especially for a new chaplain.
Staged as a play, the Rev. Mia Anderson’s life would have a plot full of twists and surprises.
Act 1: A young Canadian actress sets off for theatre school in London,
England, and soon is acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
For more than three decades, Don Newman held what he considers the best
job in television: senior parliamentary editor for the CBC and anchor of
such influential programs as This Week in Parliament and Politics.