A productive year
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A productive year

Christian Courier has a small staff – eight people, all across Canada. Because we work from home already, the pandemic didn’t change our work habits . . . but it did add some wrinkles when it came to child care! Kids we taught during “distance learning” while still doing CC work: 12 Kids currently being…

Finding the upside
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Finding the upside

By a wide margin, the most-viewed article on our website this year was Lloyd Rang’s column called “The upside of COVID-19.” Despite the title, this was not a feel-good fluff piece; it was an honest examination of the challenges we were all facing in March. And it clearly resonated with you, as it was read…

The many unexpected shapes of hope
Editorial | Media & Culture | Opinion

The many unexpected shapes of hope

This editorial is a revised version of the speech Angela gave over Zoom in November as the recipient of Redeemer University’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for her 12 years as Editor of CC. When I started with Christian Courier in January 2009, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had just prorogued parliament, Barack Obama was inaugurated and…

7 Tickets to Scotland Just Before the World Shut Down
Editorial | Holidays | Opinion

7 Tickets to Scotland Just Before the World Shut Down

For five months now, we’ve sheltered-in-place and hoped that would beat the pandemic. We’re grieving our losses, braced for the next plot twist. It feels like we’ve left the literature section and entered science fiction. Headlines have an apocalyptic tone. “What is it all for?” Frodo, bone-weary with his burden, asks Sam in The Two Towers.

The Canadian Restructuring
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The Canadian Restructuring

Earlier this year, the Canada Corp. of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) of North America sent a letter to churches announcing upcoming changes to the structure and leadership of the Canadian side of the binational church (as reported in “Context Matters,” Feb. 21, and “Two National Expressions,” May 11, both by Angela Reitsma Bick). In an attempt to understand the restructuring process currently underway, and to discuss some of the related concerns of members of the CRC in Canada…

CC Wins 11 Awards!
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CC Wins 11 Awards!

On June 26, the Canadian Christian Communicators Association (CCCA) held its annual Awards Ceremony online. During the hour-long celebration, Christian Courier’s name came up regularly as our writers and staff received awards in 10 different categories, including four first-place awards! CCCA President John Longhurst hosted the Awards, given for work published in faith-based publications in 2019.

The Dog I Didn’t Know We Needed
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The Dog I Didn’t Know We Needed

We spent most of January in our backyard, avoiding a virus. Yep, January. It was because of our puppy. She was two months old and unvaccinated, so staying home kept her safe from canine parvovirus, an infection that kills 91 percent of untreated dogs. But the risks of not socializing a puppy are also real: without being exposed to new people, animals, sounds and places at a young age, dogs react badly to new things later on.

‘Two National Expressions’
Church Life | News | Reformed

‘Two National Expressions’

On April 9, the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) cancelled its annual June Synod due to COVID-19. The CRC’s smaller Council of Delegates will have an online meeting in June for any agenda items that cannot be postponed until 2021. Meanwhile, February feels like years, not months, ago, so it’s hard to remember the week when proposed changes to the CRCNA’s governance structure were front page news.