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08 April, 2018
Lessons in writing and faith

Karen Stiller recently gave a presentation at the Ottawa Word Guild writer’s day, on lessons she has learned about writing and faith. Here is an edited version of that talk.

03 April, 2018
Hooray for pastors

Folks, being a pastor is not always a walk in a holy, blessed park. There are such wonderful, rewarding, beautiful parts to it, yes. But there are the lonely times, and how people think you are no fun, and that they h...

03 April, 2018
Some truths about truth

Truth. We teach children to tell it. Courts depend on it. Relationships suffer for want of it. Science and religion both claim to provide us with access to it.

28 March, 2018
Christ will rise everywhere. Easter in Uganda

This time last year I spent Easter in Northern Uganda. I was part of a small media trip hosted by Samaritan’s Purse Canada, to visit refugee settlements and see the work happening there, deep in the field.

25 March, 2018
Dwell here for a while in Holy Week

“Dwell here for a while Karen.” That was a common instruction I heard during the last two years as I completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non Fiction. The program is all about writing very well what is true. So...

25 March, 2018
The profound beauty of foot washing

It starts early. Cries of “me first, mommy!” ring from my kids’ bedroom. Our 3 ½ year old twins sleep next to each other in separate cribs, and both want me to pick them up. Then it’s a fight over who gets to use the ...

21 March, 2018
Words matter. To life and to faith

“When I use a word, it means what I choose it to mean. Neither more nor less.” – Humpty Dumpty in Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. Language is and always has been an evolving thing. New words and phrases...

18 March, 2018
In a cafe in Vancouver

Last week I spent several days in Vancouver, recording some podcasts at Regent College and attending a conference. I also had the wonderful opportunity to have coffee with several Faith Today subscribers and readers i...

18 March, 2018
How to do a great church dinner

Over the last several months, I’ve spoken with many people who are doing food ministry a bit differently. Out of those conversations I’ve noticed some common ideas that result in stellar suppers.

09 March, 2018
Trois conceptions de la neutralité de l'État

Pourquoi ne pas forcer les médecins, les écoles et les organismes de bienfaisance à fonctionner selon les valeurs sociales actuelles ?

28 February, 2018
On food, theology and a fun contest

I was excited today to receive the March/April issue of Faith Today. I had been listening for the thump of the delivery box against my front door for days now, knowing the issue had been coming to life at the printers...

27 February, 2018
Does everybody belong in church?

Chantal Huinink is a motivational speaker, author, and social justice advocate who lives with cerebral palsy. Chantal is completing a double-masters in Divinity and Social Work through Wilfred Laurier University in Wa...

19 February, 2018
Send your pastor out to dinner

I am married to a minister. It is a rich and wonderful life, full of surprises and adventure and challenges. Yes, yes indeed, there are many built-in rewards and joy in clergy life. That is all true. But you know what...

19 February, 2018
Reconciliation: We need a new story

Reconciliation is an important part of the Jan/Feb Faith Today. One of our writers, author and professor Mark Buchanan, mentions a ministry called New Story — one day seminars that help churches understand our relatio...

12 February, 2018
The joy of Shrove Tuesday and the solemnity of Ash Wednesday

My entire family loves Shrove Tuesday. When the kids were younger, and we lived in a rectory that was beside the church where their Dad served as priest, they would dash over to the church as soon as they could to “he...