Homeland Insecurity

The other day I had my first real bout of missing Canada since arriving in the UK three months ago. Our new table top stereo had arrived from Amazon the day before, replacing and closely resembling the unit we gave away when we left Vancouver, another casualty of the voltage difference between the continents.   … Continue reading Homeland Insecurity


The Big One*

If you don't know what The Big One is, you've never lived on the West Coast. Yesterday I got to thinking about The Big One again when I was listening to the radio and heard the mayor of Nanaimo saying that, without the ferry service, Vancouver Island has about a three-day grocery supply. "That'll never … Continue reading The Big One*

Ecclesia Anglicana

Having recently become canonically resident and active in ministry in the Diocese of New Westminster, I am now also attending "clericus", the regional meetings of diocesan clergy.  I've been to these types of gatherings in four different countries within the Anglican Communion and they generally hold to a similar pattern: we pray, have coffee and … Continue reading Ecclesia Anglicana

Bah! to the church parking lot.

Much of what is wrong with the Church in North America can be found in the parking lot.  Does anything proclaim more loudly or clearly, "We do not belong to this neighbourhood" than a lonely church building, locked up for much of the week and surrounded by an acres-wide empty parking lot? Thirty-odd years ago … Continue reading Bah! to the church parking lot.