Choosing life over consumption in a time of crisis

“Multitudes [upon] multitudes in the valley of decision, for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:14) Whatever the original context of Joel’s prophecy, our time fits these words like no other.

‘The climate conversation will define us’

I’ve been involved in the Anglican church’s response to the climate crisis for a few years now. At one point, early on, I proudly told my teenage daughter Hannah that I had said no to an invitation to sit on my diocese’s climate response committee. It is so important to role model not over-committing!

Epiphany and our call to inner sight

Seeing is a prominent theme in the stories and parables of Jesus. Although sometimes it is in the context of stories of the healing of physical blindness, it is also used as a metaphor for insight into truth.

Christmas and the seed of our hope

One of the gifts of our Anglican tradition is the liturgical calendar. Every year we cycle through its seasons following the life of Jesus and his teachings. Every year we are invited again into Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary time, ending with the Reign of Christ. We walk with Jesus and all those whose lives he touched to deepen our own understanding and life in Christ.

The birth pains of a new world

“How are you doing in these strange times?” I hear it often. The word “strange” suggests we are in a time that is out of ordinary and hard to interpret. I would suggest, however, that this is a time that reveals something we have forgotten.

The illusion of control—and the reality of hope

One of the great illusions when life is stable is that we are in control. The pandemic has shattered that illusion; a tiny virus broke through all our expectations. Plans were disrupted; families separated; and many of the ways in which we manage our lives were no longer effective. We discovered our vulnerability, and that we need each other for survival and are not in control.

Rising to the coronavirus’s challenge

Last spring, Anglicans around the world were invited to take part in an international survey by a pair of U.K. academics called “Coronavirus, the Church and You.” The survey ran in three countries: the U.K., the USA and Canada.

To find life on a day like this

For many years, I have been troubled by the inability of non-Indigenous people and institutions to receive and grasp the full reality of the pain and challenges of Indigenous life in this land. Statistics and stories are acknowledged with sympathy, but the realization of what this might mean seems completely elusive.

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.