Life

Faith as a Journey—Always on the Move

October 11, 2016

When I was eighteen, I thought I knew everything. At least, everything that mattered. I was fairly intelligent, and knew how to figure out whatever I needed to learn. I had a pretty solid idea of what I was going to do with my life, and how to get there. I cared about other people, […]

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Journey into Peace, Part 2: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

November 10, 2015

Previously in this series: An Introduction to Peacemaking    Playing war was easily one of my favourite pastimes as a kid. I suppose that’s not uncommon, but I soaked it all up. When I was little, it was re-enacting Civil War battles in our living room and pretending any object imaginable was a gun. Or […]

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“I Have a Husband”

September 29, 2015

“I have a husband.” As I sat in the cafeteria of the Borghese in Rome last summer, I noticed a woman at the next table over having an… “interesting” conversation with a man standing next to her. It took me a minute to pay attention. I’ll admit, I was a bit self-absorbed—I was tired of […]

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God of the Margins, In Church and Out

September 15, 2015

I hate sitting in pews at church. Or in rows of chairs. Or doing anything that everyone else is doing, for that matter. I just like to be different, I suppose. Part of this, I’m sure, comes from my own arrogance and desire to be difficult, a feeling that I should be unique from everyone […]

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The Lonely Man on the Mountain, and the Significance of Being Present

September 8, 2015

The act of listening to a story can be powerful. It’s easy to get caught up on big projects or community activities, and lose sight of how simply being present with a person, sitting with them and listening to them, can be one of the greatest acts of love. Awhile ago Liz and I went […]

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When a Friend is Kicked Out of Church

May 19, 2015

What do you do when your friend gets kicked out of church? Really. Sunday morning, as we were heading off to church, I bumped into one of our neighbours coming home. He said that morning he and his son had showed up at a local parish church—for the first time in years—and told the usher […]

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“Don’t Stop; Never Give Up!”

March 3, 2015

“Don’t stop, never give up, hold your head high and reach the top!” The chorus from this classic 1999 pop song echoed around the room as we led the girls at our Energize4Girlz club through a floor maze. They learned the path by trial and error, figuring out new routes from their mistakes. And they didn’t give […]

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How Many Cookies Can You Bake in Two Weeks?

January 2, 2015

What did we do over Christmas and New Year’s? Mostly, we baked cookies. Dozens and dozens. More than we could possibly eat ourselves. And continuing the holiday tradition from my childhood, we gave almost all of them away! This year we: ~ Baked approximately 20 dozen chocolate chip cookies ~ 5 dozen chocolate snowdrop cookies […]

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Slice of Life: Lots of Slices

May 16, 2014

Hey friends… you all still here? Sorry for being away for awhile. It’s been a busy month and a half. Want to know some of what we’ve been up to? In addition to all our normal stuff with the Feast and Energize and neighbours and church, we… taught self-defence to girls’ club that we like, […]

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Slice of Life: Becoming Urbanites

March 18, 2014

Today I came across this BBC article questioning London’s relationship to the rest of the UK (quote about London from the author’s friend: “A first-rate city with a second-rate country attached.” Ouch.) It reminded me that the problem with city-dwellers is often that we forget the world doesn’t revolve around our metropolis. (Does it work the other […]

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