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The Day I Was Taught That Canada Was Ordained for White People

Chapel I was a bookish thirteen-year old, new to the local Christian school. It was a small institution located at the church our family attended. Up until part way through Grade 8, I had attended public schools. Going to regular chapel services during school hours, even with having been raised in a deeply religious home, was an oddity to me.…

Thoughts from Joel McKerrow

I first met Joel at a justice weekend in British Colombia. His poetry and activism were beautiful and broken. Check out his musings via The Helplessness of the White-Saviour.

Step Lightly, God

From the time before there was time, You breathed. You walked. You moved. You created. And now you breathe, you walk, you move, you create. I can’t possibly begin to define all of you since you were the first to define me. How can the created ever hope to fully realize the Creator? It’s a measure filled with hubris, and…

Dear Nefoos, On Understanding Women’s Marches as Deep Spiritual Practice

Dear nefoos, Millions of people are participating in marches across the US and Canada this weekend. It’s Women’s March 2018. The aim? “The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.” (taken from Women’s March Mission Statement, website, 2018). You all may be too young right now…

Dear Jean: When Suicide Becomes A Legacy

Dear Jean, Julian of Norwich, in her Showings, wrote “But Jesus, who in this vision informed me of all that is needed by me, answered with these words and said: ‘It was necessary that there should be sin; but all shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well’.” I won’t pretend to…

Dear Nephews: On This Day of Trump’s Inauguration

Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America just now. I’ll admit it: I feel sick to my stomach. I still don’t understand how a narcissistic bully without any political experience won the presidency using racism, misogyny, lies, and outright meanness. He’s a cruel man, and I’m having a difficult time right now envisioning…

Dear Jean, Week 1:Heavy Wounds, Heavy Hearts

“To be lonely is to feel unwanted and unloved, and therefore unlovable. Loneliness is a taste of death. No wonder some people who are desperately lonely lose themselves in mental illness or violence to forget the inner pain.” -Jean Vanier, Becoming Human Dear Jean, I hope you don’t mind me calling you Jean. Perhaps you prefer Monsieur Vanier? Mr. Vanier? Father…

The Lac La Biche Shuffle

Thousands of people in Lac La Biche County have signed up around the clock to be at The Bold Centre; many have opened their homes, campsites, hotels/motels, community centres and churches for shelter, food, counselling, and more; donations have come pouring in, and yup: volunteers are there too sorting, stacking, delivering and sorting some more; coordinators are busy every minute…

Breathe, Drink, Pray, Move

Fort McMurray is burning. Over 80,000 people are fleeing their homes and businesses — some for the last time — and finding refuge in neighboring camps, communities and cities. Conditions right now are hot and tinder-dry. The wind has blown the fire into a raging inferno. People have sat for hours on highways trying to escape. Drivers have gone into…

Commissioner Marie Wilson of Canada’s TRC Adresses The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s National Convention 2015

I’ll make this one short. During her address to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s National Convention 2015, Commissioner Marie Wilson named the original denominations directly involved in the TRC’s residential school movement — Catholic, Anglican, United Church of Canada, and Presbyterian. She thanked the #ELCIC for engaging in reconciliation of its own desire, because we were not directly involved…