What We Learn From Despair

I always find it interesting to watch what the media pays attention to. Recently we’ve witnessed the horror and the shame of what took place in Ferguson Missouri, as a result of one police officer’s decision to shoot – and ultimately kill – Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black man. It was a horrendous act, [Read More...]

Living the Menu of Life

Recently a friend of mine shared with me one of the lessons she’s been learning as she embarks on a new life with her partner. The two of them are quite different, and they love each other deeply. They are the yin to each other’s yang. But it’s only through the opportunity of living together [Read More...]

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

One of the best-loved fairy tales, and the first feature-length film Walt Disney ever did, was Snow White. It’s a typical tale of a girl who finds her Prince Charming, but as with all good fairy tales that have stood the test of time, there are truths embedded in the story. Snow White has an [Read More...]

Plugged In

Recently, I was walking down a city street when I saw a 60-something woman outside a coffee shop with her two grandchildren. The children were under age five, and chatting away with each other. What struck me about this little tableau was how 2014 it was. The grandmother was checking her smartphone. How times have [Read More...]

The Lessons of Fear

How many times have you been afraid? And when you have been afraid, what action did you take? My hope is that you’ve been afraid more times than you can think, and while you may not be able to say this of every occasion more often than not you took action to overcome the fear [Read More...]

Pride is a Many Splendored Thing

The conversation is turning. Only a decade ago religious ministers across North America who chose to speak about gay rights did so largely from a place of opposition. Now the tide is turning. This week, the Methodist church chose to reinstate one of its ministers who only six months earlier was defrocked for officiating at [Read More...]

Expecting to Fly

Spring is one of those great times of year when we start to see the little ones of life stretch their wings and fly. If you’ve ever watched a robin build a nest, you know that the amount of energy expended by both the adult male and female is enormous. In the early days, it’s [Read More...]

What are you for?

In the days when I was building my Centre I noticed there was something that occurred quite regularly. As people became more engaged with the Centre, they would often come to me and ask why we weren’t involved in certain initiatives within the community. Sometimes they wanted the Centre to get behind a march against [Read More...]

Use Your Inside Voice

A few years back it was popular for parents to remind their children to be quiet by saying: “Johnny, use your inside voice!” Back in the old days children were to be seen and not heard. So it was an improvement when parents started to remind their children to keep the decibel level down so [Read More...]

Courage to Answer the Question

One of the turning points in my life came out of the mouths of babes, in this case my four-year-old daughter. “Who’s Jesus,” she said. Interesting question, I thought. And difficult at the time for me to answer as neither myself nor my wife Deborah attended a church in those days. So, to answer her [Read More...]


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