Twinkle, twinkle little star inspires larger musings

Do you still remember that poem we learned as children?  It still enters my thinking as I gaze into the evening sky and see the bright stars. The ability to wonder is an amazing gift.  Recently at one of our Awana children’s club meetings, our children were asked to share their “wondering” by writing their […]

A fresh look at what it means to pray

“So pastor, can you teach us to pray?” “Reverend, you’re a priest, what can you tell me about prayer”. “Minister, I don’t think that I pray enough each day. How many minutes do you think that I should set aside?” These are real questions that people have asked me. Although it was probably more likely […]

A look inside Beaches Presbyterian Church

Beaches Presbyterian Church certainly doesn’t look like a church, however the moment that a person walks through its doors it certainly feels like home, a sacred space and a place where everyone is truly welcome, just as they are. Beaches is just off the beaten track of Queen Street East, a hidden gem on the […]

Becoming compañeros in Nicaragua

Companion – literally, one with whom you share your bread. Compañeros Inc. – A Canadian-Nicaraguan social enterprise, using private money for public good. During this past March break, a group of 16 from St. Aidan’s Church went to Managua, Nicaragua, to be compañeros with families living in an impoverished area of the city. We worked […]

Of stoplights and crosswalks

There are three things in life I abhor. I’m repulsed by mixed vegetables, particularly the mixes with the lima beans, peas, beans, corn and those little cubed carrots. They may look pretty, but to my palate they just don’t belong together. I can’t stand it when one of my guitar strings breaks, especially when I’m […]

Building humility and partnership

You may have seen in this paper in December a photo of a dilapidated shack outside St Aidan’s Church. The story accompanying it explained that it was put together by some of St Aidan’s youth, who are preparing to go to Nicaragua during their March break to participate in a building project in a poor […]

Mayor deserves prayer and respect

Rob Ford is still our mayor.   His has become such a household name that even nine-year-olds have opinions about his mayoralty. Before I continue spilling ink with yet another column about our city’s infamous mayor, you might be asking, what does an Open Doors column from one of the local Beach churches have to say […]

What are you hoping for this Christmas?

I dread the day in November when someone flips a switch at all the local radio stations and pop-Christmas music appears, always seeming to arrive too early, and sounding like the soundtrack to the crass commercialization of the Christmas season. Yet somewhere along the road to Dec. 25, I change my tune as I’m singing […]

Learning more than the steps at dance class

How do I get through this crisis?  When writer Anne Lamott asked her friend this question, his response was “Left foot. Right foot. Left foot. Breathe.” In February of this year, I started on a new adventure. It was not a crisis, but certainly a new place of vulnerability and humbleness. I started ballroom dancing. […]

The power of a name

Now I bet each one of you receives junk mail most days of the week —  mail that’s addressed to ‘Occupant’ or ‘To Whom It May Concern’.  That kind of mail isn’t likely to get my attention. However, if my name’s on it, I’ll read it. You see, there’s power in a name. Once you […]