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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.”

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.

Photo: Courtesy of the AFC

Kids helping kids

Through the Anglican Foundation’s Kids Helping Kids Fund, Anglican children have been making a positive difference in the lives of other Canadian children.

At Messy Church, children learn and worship in many ways. Photo: Bradley Hebdon

Messy by design

The mess is spreading-Messy Church, that is. Across Canada, people of all ages are coming together to worship, learn, sing, play, talk and eat together in a family friendly style of worship.

Participants at the Toronto conference get set to have the Godly Play experience. Photo: Diana Swift

Missional pedagogy for kids – and adults

The storyteller and his adult audience sit cross-legged on the floor as he unties a beige cloth of white sand, which he spreads smooth, then swirls into dunes and forms into the walls and temple of ancient Jerusalem.

Canadian full-time employees spend 50.2 hours in work-related activities each week, according to a study, Revisiting Work-Life Issues in Canada: The 2012 National Study on Balancing Work and Caregiving in Canada. Photo: Auremar

Rx: Take one Sabbath weekly

September seems to be all about gearing up for back to school, back to work, back to the rat race after the fleeting reprieve of summer holidays (if you had any).

Revolution is a film that's "looking for change, and starting with a sense of wonder and beauty doesn't hurt." Photo: Contributed

A film to cause change

Rob Stewart’s new film, Revolution, charts a new chapter in the life of the activist filmmaker whose first film,Sharkwater, challenged the slaughter of sharks for their fins.

"Peace I leave with you," Jesus says, "my peace I give to you." Photo: Micha Klootwijk

The promise of peace in a less than perfect world

A few years ago CBC reported on a special community meeting between police officials and parents in Abbottsford, British Columbia. The subject was predators, psychopaths and drug pushers-how to recognize them, what to do about them and how to protect our children from them. Not a pleasant topic, to be sure, but a symptom of the kind of world we inhabit.

From the cross to the tomb: the journey to Easter always goes through the pain, suffering and loneliness of the cross and yet, Madeline L'Engle writes, "Easter is always the answer to 'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me!' " Illustration: Anna Payne-Krzyzanowski

To follow’ and then ‘to go’

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”-Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34

No passage of scripture affirms my faith in the power of the living God to know my soul more than this passage of abandonment. No one who has not lost a child can know that pain; no one who has not watched a beloved disappear into the fog of Alzheimer’s can know that helplessness; no one who has not felt forsaken by friends, by family, by church and by God can know that emptiness.

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