The Rev. Maggie Helwig reads from Dennis Lee's poetry collection Testament while Kristin Ostensen sings as a part of a Nuit Blanche performance art installation at Toronto's St. Stephen-in-the-Fields on Oct. 4. Photo: André Forget

Toronto parish participates in Nuit Blanche

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.

The Rev. Megan Collings-Moore: “Students have told me that…the chaplain is the only person on campus asking the big questions about what it means to lead a good life, or which values matter.” Photo: Contributed

Big care on campus

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.

The Rev. Mia Anderson, who won the 2013 Montreal International Poetry Prize, appeared in many stage productions in Canada and the U.K. before becoming an Anglican priest. Photo: Danielle Giguére

Mia Anderson: On the stage, on the page and in the pulpit

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.

“What the church tells you is whatever you do, there is something else in your life. God is a force in your life.” Photo: Diana Swift

Welcome to the broadcast

For more than three decades, Don Newman held what he considers the bestjob in television: senior parliamentary editor for the CBC and anchor ofsuch influential programs as This Week in Parliament and Politics.

Lutheran Church Charities/Tim Hetzner

A journey like no other

You are exhausted and surrounded by an almost palpable fear.

Youfeel a wave of sadness because of all places, you associate this house,here in Bethany, with warmth, security and friendship.

Secular story, religious themes

It takes time for the “winter vault” to appear in Anne Michaels’ novel(over 240 pages in), but it is an apt title for this beautifully craftedstory of dispossession and adaptation, of loss and hard-won hope, ofthe creative capacity of story to open the way to reconciliation and thepower of love to realize redemption.

Todd Russell and young friends celebrate Treaty Day, honouring the British-Inuit accord of 1765. Photo: Nunatukavut

Russell: True son of the land

From his driving, hard-rhotic accent to his fishing-and-hunting boyhood-not to mention summers working fish plants and oil tankers-Todd Russell is a Labradorian, through and through.

Photo: Doug Lemke

Poetry this Lent

I get a little anxious before Lent. Forty days of self-examination,purification and closer journeying with Christ feel like a set-up forfailure on my part. I have a lot on my plate: highly engaging work forjustice, long daily commutes, people in my life who need my activepresence, things to do and places to go.

The kids are all right

You will leave feeling honoured that you have met-even vicariously-the 45 native American and aboriginal young people interviewed by Deborah Ellis for her outstanding new book, Looks Like Daylight.

Queen Elizabeth and Lt. Gov. Mayann Francis leave Government House after the Royal Couple's last official visit to Nova Scotia. Photo: Courtesy Province of Nova Scotia

The complex journey of Mayann Francis

Her Honour Dr. Mayann Elizabeth Francis has always gone wherever shefelt God was calling her to go. That has made for an exceptionallyvaried journey that includes sociology, X-ray technology, law, publicadministration, theology and human rights.

Lining up for Jesus

The print “Lining up for Jesus” isa reproduction of a painting I did while in Iqaluit, Nunavut (circa1982). I was an art teacher there from 1974 to 1984 before I moved toWhitehorse, Yukon.