“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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No Faith in War: “No Arms Deliveries Today Please”

September 22, 2015

Recently, I learned that the world’s largest arms fair is held right in our backyard at the Excel Centre in East London. Stop and absorb that for a second. It’s a giant glorified exhibit for death and destruction selling the very latest technology in killing people: tanks, machine guns, rockets, you name it. And the UK government invites […]

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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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Slice of Life: Churches and Mosques and Meeting your Neighbours

February 24, 2015

It’s a beautiful thing when people of different faiths and backgrounds sit down to share some food and finally meet those who live next door to them! This past Sunday afternoon we were privileged to attend such an event right in our neighbourhood. You’ve heard quite a bit about our work with The Feast in […]

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“But it’s not nice to yell….”

January 20, 2015

“No! No! NO! NoNoNoNoNo NO!” A twelve-year-old girl was yelling at the top of her lungs as she punched the big pad I held. We were teaching a self defense workshop last week for a girls’ youth club, demonstrating basic wrist escapes and palm strikes and giving everyone a chance to try it out. I […]

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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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“And I’m Grateful for It All…”

November 11, 2014

“All that I am, All that I see, All that I’ve been and all that I’ll ever be Is a blessing; it’s so amazing, And I’m grateful for it all…”  I looked around the room full of women of all ages, backgrounds, and colors singing out together—we’d only just learned this song, but it clearly […]

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