6 Celtic Christian Prayer Postures To Help Us Resume Our Practice

Evangelicalism taught me how to pray using my own words; agnosticism taught me to pray using community; paganism taught me to pray in and through nature; and Lutheranism taught me how to pray using a liturgy. So many traditions all woven together to form a rather spectacular tapestry within me. And even with all of these colourful prayer rugs hooked…

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The New Logo

Friends! I’m thrilled to unveil Reluctant Mysticism’s new logo! Created and designed by my friend and pastor, Jailyn Corbin, it visualizes some prominent themes that have repeatedly shown up in my life. The blue and yellow represent water and light. Both elements, created to fill rather than to fit, remind me that fitting into space isn’t always who I’m supposed…

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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.…

Black and white photo of a trans/genderqueer person at a Pride parade holding a sign reading "Harvey Milk, Larry Kramer".

Pride Month Feature: Lindsey Jorgensen-Skakum

I’m excited and honoured to introduce to you my friend and colleague, Lindsey Jorgensen-Skakum. I first met Lindsey when they were finishing their final year at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon while I was beginning my first year. Warm and welcoming in a kind and hearty way, Lindsey demonstrated the kind of hospitality and community we all desire when entering…

Background of a green and red flower with a quote in the foreground: "Let my life be rooted in the ground of your peace, O God, let me be rooted in the depths of your peace. ~ from CELTIC BENEDICTION by J. Philip Newell"

Stillness Is Not Inaction

In the busyness of this day grant me a stillness of seeing, O God. In the conflicting voices of my heart grant me a calmness of hearing. Let my seeing and hearing my words and my actions be rooted in a silent certainty of your presence. Let my passions for life and the longings for justice that stir within me…

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Pride Month Feature: Jamie Arpin-Ricci

I’m excited to you introduce to you today author and pastor Jamie Arpin-Ricci. Jamie and his wife, Kim, are pastors and leaders in the Little Flowers Community – an urban worship space and intentional community with Mennonite Church Manitoba and Youth with A Mission in Winnipeg, Canada. From the Little Flowers Community website: “We are Christians who share life, faith &…

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Sacred Fire: Letting Go on the Summer Solstice

It’s time again for the summer solstice — Litha, Alban Heruin, Midsummer. The axial tilt of our earth is the nearest to the sun as it will ever be during the entire year. In Celtic lore, the four albans mark the two solstices as well as the two equinox days. Alban Heruin marks the celebration of the peak of summer…

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Pride Month Feature: Mariko and Rachel Tinaya

I’m thrilled to introduce you all to Mariko and Rachel Tinaya with their beautiful children, Eli and Sparrow. I first met Mariko when I began my grad work in the Urban Studies program at Eastern University. She was an intelligent, insightful, cheerful person already a year advanced in the program. I was deeply unsure of my place in the MAUS…

On The Feast of St. Columcille

1. Aoibhinn dom bheith air cnoc oileáin Ar barr carraige Go bhféacha mé minic ar an fharraige ciúin. Delightful to me to be on an island hill, on the crest of a rock, that I might often watch the quiet sea. 2. Go bhféacha mé na dtonnta troma Os cionn an t-uisce geal mar canann siad Ceol chig a n-Athair…

Pam Rocker with black t-shirt which reads "It's all fun and gay until someones loses their rights."

Pride Month Feature: Pam Rocker

I’m excited to introduce to you fellow sojourner on this journey call life, Pam Rocker. Pam has dedicated herself to dwelling in the messy in-between of faith communities and the LGBTQ2S+ community. Name: Pam Rocker Pronoun: she/hers   Raised in a conservative Christian evangelical home, Pam originally planned to become a missionary. The reality of her sexual orientation coupled with…