Called in Different Directions

By |2020-06-23T22:54:32-04:00June 19th, 2020|Blog, Canadian Culture, Canadian Multivocational Ministry Project, Church Planting, Multivocational Ministry|

Last summer I spent many of my evenings listening to the voices of the multivocational ministers that had agreed to participate in the Canadian Multivocational Ministry Project. I was working on transcribing recorded interviews to pass along to the research team for analysis. A few nights a week, after my 1-year-old son was in bed

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Reimagining Out of a Church of Us Vs. Them

By |2020-05-07T17:28:43-04:00May 8th, 2020|Blog, Book review, Canadian Culture, Church, Theological reflection|

This blog post is a reflection in response to the book The Church of Us vs. Them by David Fitch. Read Bernard Tam's book review here. Borrowing from Soren Kierkegaard titled book, Either/Or, I feel like I want to do a follow-up post on the review of The Church of Us Vs.

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In the Middle of it All

By |2020-03-25T22:55:43-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Canadian Culture, Lent, Lent 2020|

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

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“That’s Not My Vomit:” (And Other Things I Want to Say When I Feel Embarrassed to Be a Christian)

By |2020-02-21T08:44:08-05:00February 24th, 2020|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church, When church is hard|

One summer when I worked at camp, there was something that happened that became one of our favourite laugh-out-loud stories. It involved a sweet little boy whose name

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A Fool’s Errand

By |2020-02-21T08:43:50-05:00February 14th, 2020|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church, Doubt, When church is hard|

I’ve been out in Winnipeg this week attending a pastor’s conference on faith formation in a secular age. At one point during yesterday’s proceedings, the keynote speaker, Andrew Root, asked a couple of gut-level questions. Why does faith formation seem so hard in this time and place? Why does it feel so hard to be a pastor in this time and place?

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What about Orpah? – Unsettling the Word excerpt

By |2019-10-15T16:55:34-04:00September 13th, 2019|Blog, Canadian Culture, Theological reflection, Voices from the Margins, Women|

It is 1936. I live near the Red River in Winnipeg. I am a brown woman looking for safety in a land that's fast becoming white. After residential school, I married into a minning family, married a handsome husband, married a white Christian man. I was poor and

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