He is Enough

By | 2017-11-13T15:47:54+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Blog, Church Planting, Stories|

I’m in my second year of church planting, and I have a 6-week old baby. I’m taking a short maternity leave, and this time away from work for a few months has been a gift, but it’s swiftly coming to an end. I’m simultaneously itching to get back to the daily work of leading our new little church, and I'm beginning to mourn the end of this season with my new little son.

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3 Ways You Can Be a Better Neighbour

By | 2017-11-10T14:19:49+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting|

In many ways, neighbouring has become a lost art form. From the juggling act of maintaining our busy schedules to the anxiety around relating to those who we see as different than us, the practice of neighbouring can quickly slip to the bottom of our priorities list. If there is a solution to the social isolation, the political polarization and the superficial relationships that exist in our neighbourhoods

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Gord Downie: Honesty, Hope and Canadian Identity

By | 2017-11-06T12:35:45+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture|

When looking for people and events that help define Canadian cultural identity there is a fairly predictable list of exemplars that we tend to reference – Prime Minister John A. Macdonald and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Sir Frederick Banting and the discovery of penicillin, Paul Henderson’s winning goal against the Soviets

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The Nones and the Dones – Resources

By | 2017-11-02T18:35:46+00:00 November 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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Running From Bridezilla: Repentance & Empathy for the Nones & Done

By | 2017-10-30T22:29:54+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture, Nones & Dones, Theological reflection|

Bridezilla:  Formed from blending of the words bride and Godzilla (Japanese movie monster). Used to describe a woman whose behavior becomes outrageously bad in the course of planning for her wedding.www.urbandictionary.com/bridezilla (see definition #5) Growing up, I vividly recall being fascinated with monster movies. Classic movies such as King Kong, The Thing, Jaws and Alien captivated

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Sitting at My Neighbour’s Table

By | 2017-10-26T23:42:22+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Blog, Canada 150, Canadian Culture, Stories|

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.

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Mourning for what Breaks His Heart: Reflections on the Passing of Gord Downie

By | 2017-10-24T20:18:48+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture, Voices from the Margins|

I woke up on October 18th to the Canadian headline: Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip Dies at 53. It was evident that much of Canada seemed saddened by the news. My social media feeds were filled with messages

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Don’t Let the Fear Control You

By | 2017-10-15T16:09:56+00:00 October 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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A Silent Loss

By | 2017-10-12T16:37:05+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture, Stories|

October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Loss and grief are hard subjects, and when that loss is intimate and hidden from view, like a miscarriage, it may not be an easy topic to talk about. More Canadian families have experienced this type of loss than any of us might realize, so the New Leaf blog would like to remember those empty arms and arching hearts with the contributions of two bloggers who have shared their journeys. Leah Perrault and Andrew Stephens-Rennie.

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Lessons From My “Quasi-Christian Maybe Agnostic Post-Evangelical Humanist” Friend

By | 2017-10-11T14:03:11+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture, Nones & Dones, Stories|

About six months ago I was at a coffee shop waiting for my friend, Helen Mo, who was studying at The University of Toronto taking a PhD. in religious studies. Her focus was on the topic of the identity of the second generation Chinese Christians in Toronto. My friend’s study stems from her own journey as someone

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