Red Threads and Invisible Women

By | 2018-05-01T12:38:32+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Bible, Blog, Canadian Culture, In the Company of Women Conference, Leadership, Stories, Theological reflection, Women|

I was looking at the lineup of a recent church conference and did a double take. I couldn’t help notice that of the 30 or so presenters, all but 2 were men. All of the men were white. This isn’t the only conference that has the same ratio, in fact, most do. Do you think this a problem?

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Church Planting in Relationship: Crestview & Geekdom House

By | 2018-04-25T00:39:35+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, Stories, Theological reflection|

I’m a big geek. I play video games regularly, read comics every chance I get, and try to watch every sci-fi or fantasy movie as soon as they come out. So, when I heard about an organization called Geekdom House, I was very interested. Meeting Kyle Rudge and talking about his mission had me

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Decolonizing Church: A Weeping

By | 2018-04-05T14:21:00+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Blog, Canada 150, Canadian Culture, Racism, Stories, Voices from the Margins|

Read Andrew's earlier post on "Decolonizing Church" here Weeping. Confession. Resistance. This is the only way forward for a church in need of decolonization. In late September of 2013, I found myself in a large display hall at Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition. Thousands upon thousands were gathered for the Truth and

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Building Multi-Ethnic Churches in Canada

By | 2018-04-16T14:23:09+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church, Racism|

See part 1 of the conversation as Rohadi asks "Do Canadian Churches Ignore Racism?" This post was written prior to the Gerald Stanley verdict, following which racist attitudes reared its ugly head in our country once again. Perhaps it's a good thing. We have difficulty as Canadians acknowledging our deeply seated presuppositions predicated

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Transformational Coaching: A Reflection

By | 2018-04-14T11:06:36+00:00 April 13th, 2018|About New Leaf, Blog, Events, Starters, Stories, Theological reflection, Transformational Coaching|

For years in ministry I felt the anxious burden of trying to change people. On one level trying to change people gave me an unconscious high, like an adrenal hit, as people came to me, a Pastor, looking for advice on the complicated realities of their lives and ministry. On the other hand, I felt

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Learning and Leading Amidst Grief

By | 2018-04-10T16:50:55+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Canadian Culture, Church, Doubt, Remembrance, Stories, Theological reflection|

I have been surrounded by an uncommon amount of grief this month.  I’ve attended funerals in support of personal friends, I’ve officiated a memorial for my friend Jordon Cooper, and this week I even found myself caught up in the national grief over the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash.  The past month has afforded me a

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Getting Perspective on Privilege

By | 2018-02-27T11:25:59+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Racism, Stories|

As a child I went to Keheewin Elementary School. The school’s name “came from Chief Keheewin of the Cree Indian Band...named after the ‘Eagle’ (‘Kehew’ in Cree).”http://keheewin.epsb.ca/media/elementaryjuniorhighschools/keheewin/datafiles/Keheewin_Handbook2015-16.pdf But while attending there I don’t recall ever meeting any Cree people, or First Nations people of any kind, for that matter. Even though I grew up

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