One hears it quite regularly from Canadians. Americans, on the other hand, rarely think about it. I heard it again yesterday in the words of a news article covering the hasty withdrawal from Canada of Target, the giant American retailer. As it turns out, Target is only one of a long list of American … More Canada is not the USA
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 … More Ecclesia Anglicana
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 … More Bah! to the church parking lot.
During my ministry career I have presided at dozens and dozens of weddings. And I’ve done my fair share of marriage preparation too. However, apart from service entries in the vestry book, I’ve never registered a marriage; I’ve never “married” anyone. When I moved to Canada in 2011 and took up my first posting in … More The Church should get out of the marriage business
So there we stood, a little past 8:00 on a windy but dry Tofino morning. Gathered around us was an ever thickening crowd of runners of all shapes and sizes and, no doubt, experience. Renata was nervous; she had done this the year before and knew what to expect from a marathon. As for me, … More Edge to Edge, Tofino to Ucluelet
Life on Vancouver Island would be relatively inexpensive if one could survive on gasoline and red meat. Both products are, by European standards, remarkably cheap and abundant. Witness the corresponding love affair with oversized pickup trucks and propane-fired barbecue grills, advertisements for which fill the local papers. (Getting off and on said island, on the … More L and beyond
Traveling with an iPod… Sa Majeste La Reine Elizabeth II, Reine Du Canada, is smiling benevolently at me from over the bank of payphones. And I am leaving what must be one of the most beautiful islands in her dominions, a walk-on aboard another sovereign, the Queen of Alberni, whose whistle has just sounded to … More Traveling with an iPod