Decolonizing Church: A Weeping

By |2018-04-05T14:21:00+00:00April 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+00:00April 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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Getting Perspective on Privilege

By |2018-02-27T11:25:59+00:00April 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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Silence and White Privilege

By |2018-03-05T06:51:46+00:00February 23rd, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Racism|

What I wish I had been told about white privilege growing up. Growing up I was oblivious to so many ways that I was privileged. I grew up with both of my parents and an older brother who loved and supported me. I was given opportunities to excel in school, and the possibility of

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Do Canadian Churches Ignore Racism?

By |2018-02-23T17:35:52+00:00February 12th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Racism|

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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Forgive Us Our Trespasses: Colten Boushie and the Gerald Stanley Trial

By |2018-02-02T13:22:56+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Racism, Theological reflection|

On a hot August day in 2016, a car full of young adults drove onto the property of a Saskatchewan farm. Those in the car say they were looking for help with a flat tire. Those living on the farm say the occupants of the car were trying to steal property and were trespassing on

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Who is Canadian?

By |2018-01-30T09:20:39+00:00January 29th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Racism|

January 29, 2017 is a day that Canadians should remember. That day a man walked into an Islamic cultural centre and opened fire, killing 7 men and injuring 5 more. On that day 17 children lost their fathers. Let that number sink in...17 children lost their fathers. All this loss because those who were

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