Spirited Reflections

Spirited Reflection: From the Doctrine of Discovery to the killing of Colten Boushie

February 15, 2019

When an apparently all-white jury acquitted Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley a year ago of any wrongdoing in the August 2016 killing of 22-year-old Cree man, Colten Boushie, their action pierced the hearts of Indigenous people and their allies across Turtle…

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When called to paths toward reconciliation

February 6, 2019

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany 5 – February 10, 2019 Luke 5:1-11 we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets. (Luke 5:5) For me, 2018 was a year…

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Spirited Reflection: Acting for our neighbours

January 31, 2019

Epiphany continues January 27 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the KAIROS Epiphany Resource. Scripture Commentary – Jeremiah 1:4-10 Prophets have a difficult job. They must speak the words that God gives them to speak, even though…

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Spirited Reflection: It comes down to Status

January 24, 2019

Epiphany continues January 27 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the KAIROS Epiphany Resource. TERESA’S STORY: Teresa (not her real name) is a single mom from Baja California, Mexico. Since 2012, she has been supporting her parents…

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Spirited Reflection: Employers as Allies with their Workers

January 18, 2019

Epiphany continues January 20 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the Epiphany Resource. RYAN’S STORY: Ryan was desperate when he lost his job as a restaurant cleaner amid Alberta’s economic recession and faced possible removal to…

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Spirited Reflection: Named & Claimed

January 16, 2019

Inspired by Luke 3:15-22, Psalm 29, Isaiah 43:1-7 & Acts 8:14-17 Periodically, over the years, I’ve asked myself this question, ‘What difference does being a Christian make for me?’ How am I living out my Christian Faith? I suppose that,…

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Spirited Reflection: Seeking justice and building a community

January 8, 2019

Epiphany continues January 13 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the Epiphany Resource. ARLENE’S STORY: After Arlene came to Canada, she realized she was under a pilot program and couldn’t possibly meet the post-secondary education and…

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Spirited Reflection: Why Migration?

January 2, 2019

January 6 is the beginning of Epiphany and KAIROS reflections are focusing on the issues surrounding migration and migrant workers, based on the Epiphany Resource  Light of a Star (digital) (print). Gabriel’s Story Gabriel lost his job because of a combination of…

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Spirited Reflection: Where there is darkness, be light

December 23, 2018

Advent is a time to pause and reflect on the action of God in our lives. It is both an opportunity and a challenge to set aside the busyness of this time of the year and pay attention to the…

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KAIROS Christmas video for sharing

December 21, 2018

“This Christmas, let’s settle only for great joy—not for the few, the powerful, the privileged—but for all. Peace and goodwill for all peoples.” Dear Friends, With Christmas approaching, I would like to share with you a short video message and…

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Spirited Reflection: A story of women’s solidarity

December 18, 2018

From 1987 to 1989, I worked with wives of theology students at the United Church of Zambia Theological College in Kitwe, Zambia; their education ranged from Grades 5 to 12. While there, I led a weekly Bible Study session with…

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Spirited Reflection: The time to act for justice is now

December 10, 2018

Following on the Scripture readings: Jeremiah 23: 1-6; Luke 4: 16-21 Jeremiah was one of the Hebrew prophets who insisted that living in right relationship with God was not enough. They knew that because the root of spiritual life is…

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Spirited Reflection: Living Hope

November 30, 2018

Jeremiah: 33: 14-16 Luke 21: 25-36 As we begin this Season of Advent, the passage in Jeremiah is a message of hope and promise. The One who will come will bring justice and righteousness. God will not abandon the people….

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Spirited Reflection: Women of Courage – making visible the women who work for peace

November 21, 2018

I am not a theologian, but when I hear the passage from Luke 19 and Jesus’s words as he enters the city of Jerusalem: “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace….

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Spirited Reflection: Pondering the apocalypse

November 14, 2018

Mark 13:1 As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 2 Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will…

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Spirited Reflection: Finding Rev Saul in Muddy Waters

November 7, 2018

In my work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) over the past 10 years, I have become very aware of the influence that Christianity has had in colonization around the world. Through the voices of our partners from Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan,…

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Spirited Reflection: Unbinding All Saints

November 1, 2018

Recently, news has come to us from a global partner, news of the increased threat of violence to them for their important work for human rights and peace.  The situation is so fraught that I feel unable to share the…

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Spirited Reflection: Ancestors, spirits and reconciliation

October 29, 2018

Reconciliation is a huge task, a deep responsibility, a seven-generation work of covenant renewal.  Reconciliation involves decolonization and reparation.  It calls for a massive act, or series of acts, of confession and (hopefully) forgiveness.  There are no short cuts, and…

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Spirited Reflection: Getting past ecological grief

October 12, 2018

On a cool, windy afternoon in early September, speakers took to the microphone at Waterloo Public Square joining people on seven continents to “Rise for Climate.” When two young adults took their turns, their tears and cracked voices stirred something…

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Just and inclusive tables: KAIROS Thanksgiving video message

October 4, 2018

As Thanksgiving approaches, I would like to share with you a short video message about our common work of setting a just and inclusive table. I invite you to take a moment to watch it and share it with your…

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Spirited Reflection: Fruit Trees and Nuclear Weapons

September 22, 2018

September 26 is the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons – and in 2018, this is an exciting day. In recent years, the international focus on nuclear weapons has shifted away from the security concerns of nuclear-armed…

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Spirited Reflection: Orange Shirt Day

September 18, 2018

Orange Shirt Day is on Sunday, September 30. The day is inspired by Phyllis Jack Webstad’s experience. On her first day at residential school in 1973, Phyllis was stripped of her new orange shirt, a shirt that had brought her…

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Spirited Reflection: Youth and children: raising hope and making change

September 12, 2018

World Council of Churches Week of Prayer for Peace in Israel Palestine Timing is everything, so they say, and the truth of this applied in the coincidence of reading a review of a book about the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian…

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Spirited Reflection: From reconciliation to reckoning

August 1, 2018

August 9th is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the day set aside by the United Nations to promote the protection of Indigenous rights and to mark the day, thirty-six years ago, that a working group focused on…

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Spirited Reflection: The grace of giving

June 28, 2018

Second Corinthians 8:7-15 talks about giving, and it has a message for us today. The church in Jerusalem had fallen on hard times financially. It started off great, with believers sharing everything they had in the belief that Christ would…

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Spirited Reflection: What do we pray for when we pray for peace?

June 24, 2018

Photo credit to Jonathan Sears. This year, some Muslims celebrated the end of the month of Ramadan under a cloud of fear, dislocation, and suffering. I’d been speaking again with a friend of twenty years from Mali, a majority-Sunni Muslim…

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Walking the Red Road – National Aboriginal Day (June 21st)

June 20, 2018

I thank Creator for making me who I am and guiding my steps as I try to walk “the Red Road” in “the Way of Jesus.” Then, I say thank you to the Mohawk people of the Iroquois Confederacy who…

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Psalm 138: Thanksgiving and Praise – of David

June 8, 2018

1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 2 I bow down towards your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted…

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