The Example We Need In The #MeToo Era

By |2018-11-05T00:19:39+00:00November 5th, 2018|Blog, Stories, Women|

Last month the Nobel committee awarded their annual Peace Prize to Nadia Murad, a 25-year-old Yazidi activist, and Denis Mukwege, a doctor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They received the award jointly “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”. https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2018/press-release/ I

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My Radical Little Church

By |2018-08-16T18:25:49+00:00May 28th, 2018|Bible, Blog, Church, In the Company of Women Conference, Leadership, Stories, Theological reflection, Women|

I’ve been ruminating on this post for a while now, and I’m still not sure I’m quite ready to express all that my heart is feeling.  But soon other things will be upon us, as happens in normal church life, and I realize that before long the radical thing that just happened in my little church will be so normal

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Church Planting in Relationship: Crestview & Geekdom House

By |2018-04-25T00:39:35+00:00April 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+00:00April 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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Transformational Coaching: A Reflection

By |2018-09-07T13:29:26+00:00April 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

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Learning and Leading Amidst Grief

By |2018-04-10T16:50:55+00:00April 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+00:00April 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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Canadian Children and the Legacy of Raffi

By |2018-03-20T13:01:26+00:00March 20th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Stories|

Amy and Tim Bratton have recently welcomed a new member of the family, Ira. Amy is taking a break from editing the blog, but the Brattons wanted to share this reflection on Canadian Children’s entertainment in honour of Ira, and acknowledging that several of the regular blog contributors have children under the age of

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Spring is on the Way

By |2018-02-16T17:42:00+00:00February 19th, 2018|Blog, Stories, Theological reflection|

It's been a busy few months in my household, and not in the ways I had anticipated. Rewind to the end of August. I was looking forward to teaching a new course, together with a good friend of mine, and my work was moving ahead well in several areas I care deeply about. I

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