This isn't what I intended to write. I had it all planned out—really, I did. I was going to write about Jean Vanier, the Canadian philosopher and Catholic layperson who founded L'Arche, an intentional community where adults with intellectual disabilities could live alongside those without disabilities. In his theory and his praxis, Vanier shaped disability
Scripture reading for today: Ruth 1:6-18, Psalms 146:5-10, 2 Peter 3:1-10 Ruth 1:6-18 Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem 6When Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there. 7With her two daughters- in-law she left
Scripture reading for today: Malachi 3:5-12, Phil 1:12-18, Luke 1:68-79 Malachi 3:5-12 5 “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud labourers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do
It's October, and our family is spending our first fall in a new place. This summer, along with our four boys (including a newborn), we packed our bags and headed west. In doing so, we left behind our home of twenty years — my whole adult life. In that time, we brought home four
At the Crossroads “Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.’” (Jer. 6:16, NRSV) Ten of us sat together one evening in an empty church office with a vague
It's been a busy few months in my household, and not in the ways I had anticipated. Rewind to the end of August. I was looking forward to teaching a new course, together with a good friend of mine, and my work was moving ahead well in several areas I care deeply about. I
My dad's grandmother was the embodiment of hospitality. She raised her family of thirteen children in the tiny farming community of Wicklow, New Brunswick. She had no washing machine, no dishwasher, no indoor plumbing. But that didn't stop her from creating a home marked by generosity.