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 […]

Caring for nature a part of Christianity

What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘spirituality’? In connection with church we often picture Sunday services, prayers and sermons about how to get to Heaven. In bookstores the spirituality section will typically have numerous books on meditation, world religions or the afterlife. But there’s a spirituality which is about getting your […]

A biblical view of the planet on Earth Day

What is one to say regarding the care for our good earth? The Judeo-Christian account of creation does not set forth a scientific understanding of how the world began, but rather points to why it exists at all. At the end of the first creation account in Genesis 1:31, we hear the words “And it […]

Dealing with cold hard blockheads

This is the time of year when we usually experience ice-like situations. It is not uncommon for a buildup of ice to occur. The challenge that comes is how to get rid of it. There are really only two ways to get rid of a cold, hard block of ice! One way is to pick […]

Christianity growing fastest in faraway nations

Evangelical Christians around the world believe in the Biblical doctrine of the imminent return of Jesus Christ.  Scripture teaches that the Bride of Christ, the Church Universal, will soon be caught up to meet Him in the air. One of the supporting evidences of this doctrine is the unprecedented  worldwide turning of millions of people […]

Christmas is more than trappings

Are you ready? This is the time of year when we start asking others, or may ourselves be asked: “Are you ready?” And of course, we all know what it is that most of us are getting ready for at this time of year, don’t we. People do all kinds of things, take part in […]

Special place but the need for generosity remains

I moved to the Beach just two months ago to serve as priest at St Aidan’s Anglican Church, while my husband serves Grace Anglican Church in Scarborough. We moved here from Victoria, BC, but prior to that we had lived for 17 years in Guelph, so Toronto was not unknown to us. But the Beach […]

Nurturing a seed brings forth a bounty

At the tender age of five I was elected, by secret ballot, to be the Janitor/Artist-in-Residence at the Hartwood Avenue Dinosaur Museum located in our neighbour’s garage. Run by my brother, myself and two neighbour boys, the museum was a beautifully curated and awe-inspiring collection of shoebox dioramas stuffed with Play-Doh models and an assortment […]