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I’m a fan of new beginnings and fresh starts and the start of the New Year is the ultimate in possibilities and promise. Yes, I am a fan, a big fan, of New Year’s resolutions. I... Read More
January 8, 2015 |
We are accustomed to reading the narrative of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) as something of an ethereal event, a moment of encounter with the divine realm during which Mary’s... Read More
December 23, 2014 |
Did you know that Thursday, November 27 was American Thanksgiving? You might not, since this holiday seems to have faded into the shadows of the sinister Black Friday—which is... Read More
November 28, 2014 |
I am a big fan of CBC Radio. In our house, it takes the place of the TV, and it plays almost non-stop in our small kitchen, providing me with comforting background noise. On... Read More
October 30, 2014 |
It’s full on fall and what a lovely season it is. We spent last weekend browsing the stalls at our local farmer’s market, stealing samples and purchasing way too many baked goods... Read More
October 30, 2014 |
Mary Magdalene is one of the most controversial and mysterious biblical characters. She often gets a bad rap. She was pegged as a prostitute and temptress by Pope Gregory I, and... Read More
October 8, 2014 |
This is midpoint in my five-week ministry here in Gaza and Bethlehem. Things are going well. While my students in Gaza are doing research, book reports and various kinds of... Read More
October 6, 2014 |
I am writing this from prison. All 1.8 million of us who are living in Gaza are in prison. The walls around Gaza keep us (except us privileged foreigners) from leaving to work, to... Read More
October 6, 2014 |
Jesus said, “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly... Read More
September 30, 2014 |
September has been a whirlwind of change. It always is. One day we’re enjoying the lazy days of summer, when our mornings are spent park-hopping, lunches are always picnics, and... Read More
September 25, 2014 |
In his famous address at 1984 Mennonite World Conference, in Strasbourg, France, Ron Sider described shalom as “being in right relationship with God, neighbor and the earth.”... Read More
September 2, 2014 |
I have been absent from this blog for a while. I wish I had a grand excuse, like gallivanting around Europe, or road tripping across the country, or building a treehouse for my... Read More
August 22, 2014 |
The other day I was enjoying a night out sans children. However, even if children aren’t physically present, they are still always in our hearts, on our minds, and still... Read More
June 23, 2014 |
Life has been… hectic. I am reluctant to use the word “busy” because I hate how society has come to embrace the word like a badge of honour, or throw the term around as an excuse... Read More
June 18, 2014 |
When I shared the story of my attack, I got a wide variety of responses from my friends, family, and co-workers. It is difficult to know what to say to people after things like... Read More
May 29, 2014 |
One of the best gifts my father has ever given me is an online subscription to The New York Times . He has always been an ardent fan of good news sources. The man has a... Read More
May 27, 2014 |
As many of my friends already know, I flew directly from Bogotá to Canada in early May, rather than journeying to Barrancabermeja to complete the final month of my stint on team... Read More
May 27, 2014 |
This Easter is going to be different. I probably sound hypocritical stating how uncomfortable I am talking about death in one post and then writing about that very topic in... Read More
April 17, 2014 |
“But we can't do this forever, and we face the much wider problem of poor air quality every day. The Saharan dust will pass, but we will continue to fail its citizens on air... Read More
April 10, 2014 |
Before I left Canada, I met up for coffee with a friend of mine in Waterloo—a pastor named Steve Tullock. We talked about my upcoming work in Colombia with Christian Peacemakers... Read More
April 8, 2014 |
At this moment, I am sitting in the warmth of a sunbeam, sipping a cup of tea, and enjoying a quiet afternoon while both my girls nap. What a glorious moment. Or, at least it... Read More
April 1, 2014 |
This past week we celebrated a pretty significant birthday in our family. Baby E, who will now be referred to just as E, turned one! I am experiencing every emotion possible. Like... Read More
March 20, 2014 |
I set out on my first accompaniment with Christian Peacemaker Teams early in the morning on Tuesday, February 18. As international accompaniment, CPT’s role is to document events... Read More
March 13, 2014 |
The other day, in celebration of the impending spring weather, I went for a run around the neighbourhood. I didn’t go far, but at the end, I was tired-tired of the scenery... Read More
March 11, 2014 |
Hello and welcome to my new blog. I’m excited to be here. I have been an avid blog reader for many years now and, at any given time, I am following at least 20-some blogs. My... Read More
March 11, 2014 |

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