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Church’s problem solver set to retire

Retirement will give Archdeacon Jim Boyles more time to spend with grandchildren Isaac (left) and Xander. A practiced administrator and negotiator, one colleague describes...

Flurries of activity in Labrador churches

The face of ministry across Labrador is eclectic, like Rev. Graham Hill (second from left), an energetic British priest; Ben Garren, a 23-year-old catechist...

A ministry that is all about the dough

Malcolm (Baldy) Wilson rolls out the dough that will be stuffed with potato and cheese.Henry and Mae Maki know the ingredients by heart: five...

Breaking bannock on city streets

Rev. Andrew Wesley (standing) visits with aboriginal men and women on Toronto's streets during his regular walkabouts. The Cree priest, who grew up in...

10 ways to brighten a caregiver’s Christmas

The Christmas season is a hectic time for many, due to the preparations and festivities that typically take place. Staying sane, not to mention...

Brookstone ‘reconnects’ theatre and spirit

You'll never see a typical nativity pageant -- with the Three Wise Men in bathrobes -- at Toronto's Brookstone Theatre, although the theatre's...

Babies’ first garments give comfort

Mary O'Connor calls the items that her church group makes for infants a "labour of love."Mississauga, Ont. Tiny ribbon rosettes, intricately embroidered stitches,...

Shawls encircle owners in prayer

She was three months pregnant and in danger of losing her baby when Vicky Galo's mother asked her to wrap a shawl around her...

Lutherans triumph in Survivor, church-style

New Denmark, N.B. "LUTHERANS RULE" read the giant blue letters painted on the snowbank in front of St. Peter's Lutheran church and Pastor Kimber's house....

Ministry is all downhill

Rev. Jack Greenhalgh, chaplain at Big White Ski Resort, in British Columbia's interior, baptizes Spencer David Loyd, son of resort employees James and Brenda...

Unusual thesis blends snow, spirituality

Neil Elliot sees ties between spirituality and snowboarding.In a new age world where people can find spirituality anywhere from indoor fountains to backyard gardens,...

Quebec crab fishers face grim future

Registered nurse Mary Spingle prepares for an evening service at St. Peter's church in Old Fort BayBlanc-Sablon, Que.Rev. Douglas Painter is cordial but grim....

Fire’s sequel: forgiving is `what we do’

There's a gap in the heart of the village of Port Sydney, in Muskoka, north of Toronto. The tiny community boasts a general store,...

PKs face unique pressures

Andrew Asbil shown with his daughter Bridget. A 'Sunday school dropout,' Mr. Asbil said ordination 'was a very slow process for me.'EARLY November brings...

Stott says Christianity must be true and relevant

Evangelist Rev. John Stott speaks to faculty and students at Wycliffe College on a recent visit.A PROMINENT Anglican evangelical conservative based in Britain, Rev....