This summer, my family and I attended a production of The Merchant of Venice at Bard on the Beach in Vancouver.
I remember meeting my first Anglican theological student friends from Trinity and Wycliffe Colleges, Toronto, during planning sessions for the annual conferences of the Canadian Theological Students Association (CTSA).
I will be the first to admit that I have never really been a fan of large, herbaceous quadrupeds.
Growing up on a small hobby farm in southwestern Ontario, cows, goats, sheep, and horses were merely part of the landscape, and I never quite understood the excitement they would elicit from my more urban family members.
In March, Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its initial report on how Australian institutions—including churches, schools, sports clubs and government organizations—have responded to allegations of child sexual abuse.
It’s old news that many of Canada’s traditional mainstream churches are experiencing institutional decline. What is not widely acknowledged is that those same churches have maintained a strong influence as this nation’s social conscience. I consider that to be one of the most important Canadian justice-developments during the past half-century.
Canada is in the process of a bold experiment in reconciliation and much is riding on it.
On June 3, I will have been ordained for 40 years. I still remember that night. It was pouring rain, but a huge congregation had assembled in All Saints Cathedral in Halifax, as there were seven of us to be made deacons. Of the group, two have since died, one has left our church, and all the rest, except me, have retired.
What does it mean to say that Canadian society and its religious institutions have entered a secular age? What is the evidence for the importance of the spiritual in our 21st-century lives?
St. Luke writes that following the Ascension of the Lord, the disciples were gathered in an upper room “constantly devoting themselves to prayer.” A number of women joined them, including Mary, the mother of Jesus (Acts 1:14).
I have a bad habit; actually, I have a number of bad habits, but I prefer to reveal them one at a time.