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Judith Alltree standing in front of a ship in the Toronto harbour.

Hello? Can anyone hear me?

Look around you the next time you’re riding a bus or subway, or sitting in a waiting room at the dentist, doctor or your hairdresser. ...
A group of kids and youth practice lighting an Advent wreath.

Reconnect with the holy

“Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.” As a member of the central committee of the World Council of Churches, and our Canadian ...
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What does it mean to be stewards of creation?

In the second chapter of Genesis, we read about how God fashions human beings from dust, places them in the Garden of Eden and gives ...
A green park.

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude

“Now is the winter of our discontent,” wrote William Shakespeare in the famous opening line of his play, Richard III. He could just as well ...
A pair of hands holds a mound of soil with a green sprout.

Comfort, O comfort my people

What words or images come to mind when you think of the Incarnation? Holding a classical view, the following words might come to mind: infant, ...
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For all the saints

The arrival of November signals the beginning of a season of remembrance in our Church. On Nov. 1 – All Saints Day – we remember ...
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A summer under strange skies

As Jerusalem fell in flame and death, or just after, as the population was scattered in a diaspora which has never really ended, and it ...
Shady trail through the woods.

Hiking church connects us to creation

On a blustery day in Lent, 17 Anglicans took a silent walk in the Duffins Creek watershed. It was the first hiking church event hosted ...
Waterfall in a forest.

I am an advocate for God’s creation

My climate advocacy began quite by accident in 2015. The Lord works in mysterious ways! At a meet-and-greet of Toastmasters in Richmond Hill, an attendee ...
A plastic bottle on a beach.

Lament starts grief journey

Therefore the land mourns, and all who live in it languish; together with the wild animals and the birds of the air, even the fish of ...
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Humour enriches our spiritual life

As soon as I see a new issue of Sojourners in my mailbox, my heart leaps. It’s an award-winning Christian magazine from the U.S., full ...
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Putting our faith into action

God is good! In the context of being faithful, courageous, wise and generous, how can we be influenced by the holy call for transformation, evolution ...
A table with items used in Indigenous ceremony.

Indigenous languages a sacred gift

The Right Relations Collaborative, the newest bishop’s committee, was birthed in 2022 when the Rev. Maria Ling began to wonder about the possibility of translating ...
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Let’s bring back the offertory plate

Churches have experienced a noticeable and protracted change in giving patterns since the earliest days of the pandemic and beyond. Not only has there been ...
hands hold a candle next to a flyr that reads "talking about social justice"

Unhoused people must not be swept away

“But Jesus said, ‘Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor ...
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What do we truly treasure?

The silvery sheen is long gone, replaced by innumerable scratches and a dull finish, bearing the marks of decades of use. No matter. My late ...
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Deepening poverty calls for advocacy

Over the past few months, 123 parishes in our diocese have passed this year’s social justice vestry motion, calling on the provincial government to double ...
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We want to care for what we love

Roberto Chiotti is a member of the Bishop’s Committee on Creation Care and is an advisor to Net Zero Churches, an Anglican-led organization in Canada ...
Two people walking up ahead on a foggy trail with trees on either side.

Why I went on a pilgrimage

I am not any great expert on pilgrimage. I don’t have any authoritative advice to give others on how to find the “best” pilgrimage. What ...
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Dare to be a priest

One of the joys of being a bishop is presiding at the ordinations of deacons and priests. Ordinations are full of joy and promise, and ...
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New life can blossom within an old shell

Our lives are torn with grief over the deaths that come to us on life’s journey. And as we age, there are more loved ones ...
A woman stands next to a garden.

Our garden provides fresh produce

Jacky Bramma is a member of All Saints, Whitby. I wear quite a few hats at All Saints. In worship, I am an intercessor and ...
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The tax benefits of giving

People make donations for all sorts of reasons. For some it is the mission of the organization, while for others it’s how their gift will ...

Vocations a priority for province

As the winter days get longer and the warmer weather doesn’t seem so far away, the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario is looking forward to its ...
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Finding a new name not so simple

On the campus where I work, there’s an ongoing conversation about the name of the Campus Chaplains’ Association. There are about 30 chaplains at the ...
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I encourage you not to look back

My friend and former colleague Dave Robinson was fond of saying that many church leaders suffer from “terminal nostalgia.” That is to say, they retain ...
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Resting, not texting, in God’s spirit

The massive highway sign hammered home the issue for me: TEXT STOP AHEAD. That’s right: barrelling along the U.S. interstate en route to visit friends ...
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