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.

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 |2018-03-20T13:01:26-04:00March 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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New Life in this Soil

By |2017-12-18T13:11:31-05:00December 18th, 2017|About New Leaf, Blog, Church Planting, New Leaf Core Values|

This past week, the New Leaf Lead Team gathered to talk through strategy, direction and vision for 2018, and as we grasped for language to describe the unconventional work we find ourselves doing alongside the Canadian church, the metaphor behind the name New Leaf emerged as a helpful image. If you have been around

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The Nones and the Dones – Resources

By |2017-11-02T18:35:46-04:00November 3rd, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture, Nones & Dones|

Last week New Leaf hosted a day of reflection on the evolving secularity in Canada. The conversation explored not only recent Canadian statistics and a dip into the history of Canada to get a vantage point on how we got to where we are, but also created space for conversation about how the church

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Don’t Let the Fear Control You

By |2017-10-15T16:09:56-04:00October 16th, 2017|Blog, Church Planting, Stories, Women|

Next week, New Leaf is putting on a pre-conference day about the religious landscape in Canada at a big Church Planting event in Montreal. It crossed my mind that one reality of my upcoming travel is that I probably won’t have to wait in line for the restroom like I usually do at big events. The mens room will likely be more crowded than the ladies room.

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Stories Birth More Stories

By |2017-09-17T23:27:27-04:00September 18th, 2017|About New Leaf, Blog, New Leaf Core Values|

Here at New Leaf, we find stories essential. We want to connect you to stories that you will find encouraging, and we want to know your story. Have you ever been in a conversation, telling a story and your conversation partner interrupts your story with a story of their own?

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Nature vs Nurture

By |2017-08-17T23:53:24-04:00August 18th, 2017|Blog, Theological reflection|

My son is now 17 months old. When people meet him, they usually comment how much he looks like myself or my husband. Sometimes they note that he is actually quite a blend of the two of us. Whatever they observe, they know he belongs to us. Over the last year and a half, different

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