Opinion

Ordained for the whole church

If one does justice to the poor and destitute, then it is good; is this not knowing me?—the Word of the Lord. (Jeremiah 22:16) Since...

Listening for the Spirit in a liminal time

As I write this on the cusp of the spring equinox, I am so deeply grateful for the gift of light as the spring sunshine has melted the snow, is greening the grass and is offering such promise for warmth and renewal.

‘Our response … gives me huge hope’

From the church's statistician, some observations—and an invitation As I write, it is one year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. We have seen changes...

‘In sure and certain hope’

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the event that defines Christian faith. It is the unique event that affirms Jesus’s identity; and confirms, with...

Resurrection now

Resurrection is a way of life.

Why do they talk about Jesus so much?

A wise and sensitive co-worker once approached me with a troubled look. She wondered why Indigenous elders who were so wise, tolerant and compassionate...

‘Hold fast, Anglican Church of Canada’

As the editor of Anglican Life, the newspaper serving the Anglican dioceses in Newfoundland and Labrador, I often look at last year’s papers as reminders...

Senior year —from my bedroom

Hayley Galsworthy hasn’t had a typical Grade 12 experience—but, she writes, the pandemic has helped pull faith off the back burner. Four years ago, I...

‘A piece of the continent, a part of the main’

At Ash Wednesday we were invited “to observe a holy Lent by self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, and by reading and meditating on the word of God.” Yet we have, in a sense, been in an extended Lent through the past year as the COVID-19 pandemic has invited us, through radical disruption of our lives, to examine ourselves and the world around us in light of the gospel.

Lessons in hope from a year like no other

In my column for Lent I want to declare that we can learn other ways of “being” church and new ways of “doing” church.

Special delivery

As editor of the Anglican Journal, I sometimes agonize over the editorials I write—spending days developing and discarding drafts before settling on a message...

Preparing to meet the ‘final wave’: grief

Seven months after the attacks on the United States that reduced the twin towers of the World Trade Center to a smouldering mass of rubble, I flew into New York. It was the week before Holy Week of 2002.

Ministry is an impossible job

And why clergy burnout is something you should care about “I haven’t heard from you since March!” one parishioner said to me accusingly on the...

Withered—and filled with power

“For in his power are the hidden mysteries of earth.” This translation by Rabbi Hillel Danziger of the first part of Verse 4 of Psalm 95 reveals a rabbinic insight about the presence of God’s energies and power in Creation.

Identity and idolatry

The apostle Paul says that “enemies of blood and flesh” (Ephesians 6:12) are not our greatest challenge in life.