Opinion

Easter was unexpected in the beginning, and it still is

Few, if any, of Jesus’ original followers anticipated his resurrection from the dead.

Advocacy and policy could help prisoners during COVID-19

As Canadian courts started to shutter themselves against the coronavirus in the last two weeks of March, there were responsible and urgent efforts made...

Maundy Thursday: Moving towards a new wilderness

I couldn’t get to sleep last Saturday night. Normally, falling asleep is not a problem for me. But with the upending of normal life...

Follow the money

“Follow the money” became, during the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, a catchphrase to describe a technique of investigative journalism. To find out what...

Spring cleaning: Holy Wednesday’s transformative tradition

My mother would be shocked to hear this now, but I love tidying my house. Moving through the spaces in my home, banishing junk...

Shall we postpone Easter? (Spoiler warning: No.)

Holy Week has always been an important touchstone for my faith and ministry. It is the week at the very centre of our faith...

At Easter’s threshold: Standing between this world and the world to come

Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am worn; Through the storm, through the night,...

Palm Sunday reflection: I love to hear the story

Six months ago, while brainstorming inexpensive Christmas gifts for church friends, I planted a date palm. I actually tried to plant a few palm trees....

A few words—from the Dalai Lama—for Lent’s last lap

For many years I have followed the advice of sage Christians when it came to Lenten observance. This year, however, I have been learning...

COVID-19’s impossible choices: What is the church’s ministry to the dying?

Thirty years ago, in seminary, we would often talk about the situations and emergencies that might overcome us in ministry. We talked of the...

From the Primate: Lamentation as a gift

At a recent meeting those present acknowledged that nothing will ever be the same again, even after the urgency of COVID-19 has passed. In...

How to build a prayer corner—and bring the communion of saints home

One evening, during the second week of March, in the Time of the Virus, I shut my computer quickly, after gulping down some of...

The end of church as we know it? (And I feel fine?)

The church may be ending as we know it, says the Rev. Kyle Wagner—but as we look beyond today’s crisis, what new life might...

From the Primate: ‘Where is God?’

The most challenging question for any person of faith is “Where is God in the midst of suffering?” It is the question that is...

‘Gone by 2040?’ How about ‘Transformed by 2021?’

COVID-19’s tragic spread has launched the church into a staggeringly fast period of transformation, argues Canon David Harrison—one that could change how Anglicans perceive...