Category Archives: Cross cultural faith community

Truth and Reconciliation with the Grandmothers

Photos: Stick Ceremony and Elkhorn Residential School (closed, 1949) Yesterday was a historic day for Canada. After six years of careful listening and recording of the stories of survivors of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools (the last of which closed in … Continue reading

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Finding Christian Community on the Margins 1

 I am inspired by people who live in Christian community. Especially when those communities integrate people who wouldn’t feel welcome in my middle class congregation, even if we reached out hospitably. Recently I joined a neighbourhood group, called Houseblend Ministries, … Continue reading

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A light to the nations

Here’s a reblog from the MCC Ottawa office, edited by one member of my congregation and written by another, who is serving MCC in the troubled Middle East.  May reading it help you be a light in whatever circumstance you … Continue reading

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Writing our Lives into God’s Challenging Script

Last week’s post held elements of lament and uncertainty that characterize much of the Western church’s current context. Other questions live on the underside of those uncertainties about naming God in the scripts of our lives. One of those questions … Continue reading

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Recognition at Emmaus

I travelled the road to Emmaus as part of a learning tour in the Holy Land some time ago. Like the disciples in Luke 24, I too was confused and discouraged—in this case by the complexities of the deep fear, … Continue reading

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Encountering our blessing God

This week’s  recommended texts have to do with journeying and blessing. I explored some of these texts  with a small, multicultural Mennonite congregation last Sunday. The group included a Colombian refugee, a French Canadian ex-offender who was undergoing chemo, immigrants … Continue reading

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Books for Parenting Special Children

All of our children are special and have unique needs. Even once children enter adulthood, they continue to keep concerned parents on a growing edge.  That’s normative of family life. However, the books on parenting that I read this past … Continue reading

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