The Nones and the Dones – Resources

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

By |2017-10-30T22:29:54+00:00October 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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Lessons From My “Quasi-Christian Maybe Agnostic Post-Evangelical Humanist” Friend

By |2017-10-11T14:03:11+00:00October 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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I wanted Loving Community…instead I got Judgement

By |2017-10-05T18:19:50+00:00October 6th, 2017|Blog, Nones & Dones|

I remember sitting in the car with my friend, a friend who identified strongly with the LGBTQ community, had since high school, and yet still faithfully attended the pentecostal church where we first met. I remember my friend wishing they could invite all their gay and queer friends to come to church and experience it as a loving community, but also expressing fear for the judgement these friends might experience in coming there.

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How Would You Tell the Gospel Story Without Using Church Language?

By |2017-10-03T19:38:29+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Blog, Church Planting, Nones & Dones|

The exodus hasn't begun, it's almost done. Here’s the problem: Christianity in North America is disintegrating. I'm not suggesting that tomorrow we'll wake up and all the churches will be gone. In fact, in an era of decline, many churches still believe their church is immune. But the data doesn't lie. As a whole, there

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Religious Nones: A Growing Trend

By |2017-10-30T14:53:48+00:00April 22nd, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture, Nones & Dones|

“Well, I would consider myself spiritual but not religious.” When was the last time you had a conversation with someone who said something like that? Many of us who have been part of the Canadian church for a while have probably at least thought almost the same thing at some point…I know that I have.

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