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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.
“When people hurl insults and question my integrity, I choose not to be hurt by it. I recognize they are flawed human beings like me who feel passionately about things,” says Christy Clark, premier of British Columbia. Photo: Courtesy Province of British Columbia

Christy Clark: natural-born politician — of faith

As a teenager, Christiana Joan Clark would stay after class and passionately argue points with her history teacher.
The Rev. Dawn Leger says she went through a phase where she had to diminish herself to keep everyone content and happy. But, she realized, “I can’t just take on everybody’s anxiety about women in leadership all the time.” Photo: Stephen Brash

Young women priests face issues of age and gender

Two key moments relating to the ordination of women have been seared in the memory of the Rev. Dawn Leger, an associate priest at Christ Church Anglican in Stouffville, Ont.
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.

The Little Towns of Bethlehem

"The Little Towns of Bethlehem": Poet John Terpstra offers a Canadian meditation on "For unto us a child is born."

Don Cherry: “Don’t be afraid to say you are Christian. Be proud of it.” Photo: Courtesy of CBC

The irreverent, reverent Don Cherry

Don Cherry is such a devout Anglican that on a visit to National Post columnist Fr. Raymond J. de Sousa, he impressed the Catholic priest by reciting the Book of Common Prayer's Confession-from "Dearly beloved brethren" to the end of the Absolution.
To people of faith entering politics, Hazel McCallion issues a warning: don’t sacrifice your faith, but use it to raise the bar in public service. Photo: Contributed

Hurricane Hazel’ still setting a blistering pace

At age 92 and in her 35th year and 12th consecutive term as mayor ofMississauga, Ont., Canada's sixth-largest city, Hazel McCallion isshowing no signs of slowing down. In fact, she's devoting her last twoyears in office to solving the seemingly insoluble problem of gridlockin the Greater Toronto Area.
Visitors at the Oct. 24 opening of the Sacred Stitches exhibit, including Archbishop Michael Peers, former primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, survey the intricate needlework in the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist articles on display. Photo: Michael Hudson

Multi-faith exhibit brings people together

In late October, Toronto's St. James Cathedral was filled with richlycoloured and intricately embroidered tapestries and texiles for theexhibit "Sacred Stitches: Beauty and Holiness in the Needlework of ManyFaiths."
Photo of mother and child used with permission from the United Church of Christ (ucc.org)

Dear parents with young children in church

You are doing something really, really important. I know it's not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came to church already tired. Parenting is tiring. Really tiring.
The Rev. Tim Sale. Photo: The Province of Manitoba

A clear vision of what you care about

The Rev. Tim Sale likes the title "the longest-serving honorary assistant in the world." He has earned it at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Winnipeg.