Amy Bratton

About Amy Bratton

 Amy Bratton is the Contributing Editor of the New Leaf Blog. She lives in Saskatoon, SK with her husband, Tim, and their two sons, Oswald and Ira. She is a lay leader at Riversdale Neighbours church and an online course facilitator with Rocky Mountain College in the area of Spiritual Formation. She writes and speaks about the history of Christian spirituality, with a focus on the early Methodist understanding of Christian maturity known as “perfect love.” Read more from her in her book Witnesses of Perfect Love: Narratives of Christian Perfection in Early Methodism.

Nothing is Wasted

By |2019-10-24T00:12:58-05:00October 25th, 2019|Blog, Deconstruction, Theological reflection|

Most of my work is done sitting in front of a computer, balanced out by chasing my two young boys around. But one day in September I got outside with my boys and I set out to do some harvesting in our yard. I was harvesting the compost we have been accumulating from our

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By |2019-08-23T17:12:04-05:00August 26th, 2019|Blog, Church, Church Planting, small|

I’ve been thinking more and more about small lately. I’ve always liked a small party better than a large one - a party where one conversation involved everyone around a shared dinner table. A party small enough

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Nothing More to Give

By |2019-03-13T01:20:17-05:00March 13th, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

I’ve been thinking about Lent this year and honestly, I’m exhausted. I feel like I have given up so much during this season of life (the ability to sleep through the night uninterrupted, my free time, time to read for pleasure, my personal space as little boys cling to me constantly). The idea of being

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Second Tuesday of Advent

By |2018-12-11T06:13:15-05:00December 11th, 2018|Advent Reader, Blog|

Scripture reading for today: Isaiah 19:18-25, Psalm 126, 2 Peter 1:2-15 Isaiah 19:18-25 18 In that day five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord Almighty. One of them will be called the City of the Sun. 19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to

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Advent Reader – Welcome

By |2018-11-30T16:34:00-05:00December 1st, 2018|Advent Reader, Blog|

Waiting... Here in Canada at this time of year, it is getting darker. In the north, as we approach Christmas we are also approaching the shortest day of the year marked by the lengthening night and increasing cold. I took this rhythm for granted, having grown up in Saskatoon, located at the latitude of

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Canadian Children and the Legacy of Raffi

By |2018-03-20T13:01:26-05:00March 20th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Stories|

Amy and Tim Bratton have recently welcomed a new member of the family, Ira. Amy is taking a break from editing the blog, but the Brattons wanted to share this reflection on Canadian Children’s entertainment in honour of Ira, and acknowledging that several of the regular blog contributors have children under the age of

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Silence and White Privilege

By |2018-03-05T06:51:46-05:00February 23rd, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Racism|

What I wish I had been told about white privilege growing up. Growing up I was oblivious to so many ways that I was privileged. I grew up with both of my parents and an older brother who loved and supported me. I was given opportunities to excel in school, and the possibility of

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