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The night in Bethlehem comes alive

Ten years ago we decided to invite local kids and their parents to a Christmas pageant in our church at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas...

Concerts and outreach that blend sacred and secular

I am a chaplain at Canadian Forces Base Shilo, in Manitoba, working with the military that is getting ready to be deployed in February...

Gifts for seafarers

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote a very poignant poem about a sailor at sea battling the wind and weather as the ship fought its way...

Bringing message of hope in prison cells

At the Nanaimo Correctional Centre, a provincial jail for adult male offenders, the tradition is to have a Christmas Eve service for the men,...

Mother and child portrait heralds season of Advent

I am a retired priest and so, I'm not in charge of anything very much any more (although I am allowed by my wife...

New traditions that draw people together

The Christmas story, in my work as chaplain at Tyndale St. George's Community Centre, is not a once-a-year facet of that ministry, although for...

Remembering children orphaned by AIDS at Christmas

As the holidays approach, we naturally think of happy, healthy children. We think of children enjoying Christmas and looking forward to many more happy...

A green field in Vimy

Montage: Saskia Rowley; Canadian National Vimy Memorial: Chris Wattie/Reuters; detail: Anna York-Lyon. One day last April, I stood on a green field and cried...

Caring for Canada’s troops ‘an honour’ for military chaplains

Rev. Lt. (Navy) Jennifer Gosse learns how to apply camouflage makeup as part of a 14-week training course for military chaplains at CFB Borden,...

Sombre ceremony

Chaplains, including Rev. Major Malcolm Berry of the diocese of Fredericton (left, in foreground), pay their last respects to two fallen soldiers in a...

A green field in Vimy

Montage: Saskia Rowley; Canadian National Vimy Memorial: Chris Wattie/Reuters; detail: Anna York-Lyon. One day last April, I stood on a green field and cried...

Letting go, letting be, letting begin’

Shirley Newell, an Anglican Volunteer in Mission who recently returned to Canada from Sri Lanka, walks a labyrinth at Holy Trinity church in downtown...

Six ways to green your parish

Designate a 'bike-to-church' Sunday;Repair leaks promptly. A leak of one drip per second wastes about 10,000 litres per year;Post signs encouraging people to turn...

Churches turn over new leaf as they ‘go green’

Volunteers Suzanne Brooks (left) and Marlene Fader tend the garden at Toronto's St. Thomas Anglican Church. Behold the cabbage. Where most would look at...

Church examines its connection to Africa

Layreader Juanita Shortliffe and Lawrence Bruce of Christ Church, Shelburne, N.S., led the parish in a service marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition...