For all the saints

The Christian festival of All Saints (November 1) seemed to slip past me almost unnoticed this year; but perhaps it’s still not too late to share my thoughts with you about saintly mentors.

25 years after Peers’s apology, glimmers of ‘true repentance’

How times have changed in the 25 years since former primate Michael Peers offered his apology to Canada’s Indigenous peoples on behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada.

The web of life

"Nature is a fine piece of cloth. You pull a thread here and it vibrates throughout the whole fabric." —Joseph Sittler, Gravity and Grace: Reflections and...

No splash

“If you get the chance, we’d humbly request that our ‘worship hoedown’ be mentioned from stage, or added into your service announcement slides. Or,...

Seeing the fungus through the trees

I’ve always disliked church structures, an antipathy I credit to that potentially most monstrous of church creatures: the committee.

Jerusalem: A place of welcoming, sharing and learning

Jerusalem is often portrayed in the media as a place of conflict and hostility, a city where competing belief systems jostle and confront one...

Trillium and wild rose

My partner, Marlene, was thrilled to see her first trillium (Ontario’s provincial flower) while we hiked the Peck Lake Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park during late May of this year.

Letters to the Editor, June-July 2018

'Profoundly chilling' The article detailing Carolyn Sitlington’s illness and her eventual decision to seek medical assistance in dying was heartbreaking . No doubt many readers...

A tribute to pioneers of Canadian Anglican-Lutheran community

In 1992, my friends Keith Boeckner and Joan Polfuss-Boeckner, Lutheran graduates from what is now Wilfrid Laurier University in southern Ontario, publicly joined the...

The good news about bad news

(This article first appeared in the June 2018 issue of the Anglican Journal.) It’s a question that never gets old. Why do media, including the...

A wonderful legacy

(This column first appeared in the June 2018 issue of the Anglican Journal.) For just a few minutes, I want to take you to a...

Gandhi—Man of the sacred and secular, East and West

My first awareness of India probably came to me when, as a child, I heard and then read from the famous works of Englishman...

Mission from the margins

“God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:27–29).

‘We wish to see Jesus’

In many churches, these words are etched on a brass plaque or penned on a piece of parchment near the pulpit. They are from...

Save us from the time of trial

Not really knowing what to do, writing this piece might be merely therapeutic for me; thinking out loud, perhaps.