Why I still love the church

I must admit that it has been very difficult for me to remain loyal to the Christian church these past years.

Grieving for our children

The May discovery of the remains of 215 children who were buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Residential School, and the discovery of similar graves on the grounds of every residential school that has been examined, tears at the hearts of all of us who are working toward reconciliation.

The rule and power of Jesus

When the early followers of Jesus proclaimed he was ruler of all things (“Jesus is Lord!”) they pointed towards an understanding of authority and power which seems far from the world we live in today—so far that some wonder if describing Jesus as the sovereign above all else is a contradiction of the character of his life and teaching.

Today’s children are watching

So many past experiences with children have shown me that when children hear about other children being harmed or in dangerous situations, they identify with the “other” child and internalize the question, “If this can happen to that child, might it happen to me?”

Facing what is before us today

There are many things that can be said about the involvement of the colonial churches in the residential schools. Most clearly, that involvement was not as sheep among wolves.

The church’s need for pruning

It is the task at the heart of John 15:2: “God cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

Living creatively in a hybrid church

I was moved and challenged after reading Canon Neil Elliot’s article in the Anglican Journal, ‘Our response …gives me much hope,’ and would like to

Grieving beyond ‘words alone’

Loss, sharing and healing in a time of physical distance Stories of grief have been multiplying the world over as humanity continues to grapple with death

On being raised in a joint congregation

The Rev. Dirk G. Lange is assistant general secretary for ecumenical relations at the Lutheran World Federation. In this sidebar from our feature article “The Waterloo Declaration at 20”, he reflects on his experience at the joint congregation of St. Stephen and St. Bede.

Aotearoa Histories

Decolonizing and reindigenizing church and society in New Zealand Acting editor’s note: June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. Recognizing that colonization has affected

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

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