Christian Courier’s editor Angela Reitsma Bick is the recipient of Redeemer University’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award, recognizing her contributions to journalism as well as the Christian faith evident in her work and community. Graduating from the Ancaster, Ont. university’s liberal arts program in 2001 and earning a master’s in English at Queen’s University, Reitsma Bick…
‘Controversial’ and ‘edgy’ are two words that have been used to describe the Canadian Down Syndrome Society’s (CDSS) recent Endangered Syndrome campaign. The campaign announced CDSS’ application to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) requesting that people with Down syndrome be the first humans included on the Red List of Threatened Species.
Four short reflections on the profile of a caribou across a map.
We’re coming to the end of a good year for Christian Courier. God continues to send just the right people and intriguing story ideas in my direction at all the right times. Our new format has helped to align CC’s excellent content with its design. I’m grateful to do this job alongside a talented staff and wise Contributing Editors, along with former editors who pop in now and then with advice or articles. Energy was high at a recent editors meeting as we discussed the topics we want to cover in 2019.
On Nov. 2, CBC premiered Shut Him Down: The Rise of Jordan Peterson, a 44-minute point-of-view documentary focused on Peterson’s journey into the public spotlight. The film compacts more than 110 hours of “fly-on-the-wall moments” filmed with Peterson and those around him.
If you’ve ever called Christian Courier’s toll-free number, you were likely greeted by the warm voice of Rose der Nederlanden, CC’s Circulation Manager. Rose has been a faithful member of the staff since 2001 and will be missed dearly as she steps back from her part-time work into retirement this month.
For nearly two decades, Rose has humbly and quietly filled many roles at CC. It may have been “part-time” work, but she poured full-time energy into every task. Rose processed subscriptions and maintained the database, tracking items like address changes and renewals. She picked up each new issue of CC from the printer in Hamilton and delivered the boxes to our St. Catharines mailing house, and then drove copies for our U.S. subscribers across the border to a post office in Lewiston, New York.
After months of extensive renovations, staff members working at the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) Canadian headquarters hosted three days of events celebrating the completion and re-opening of the building.
The city of Jos has experienced several periods of violence since 2001 in which more than 3,000 people have been killed. These conflicts were originally and primarily ethnic and political clashes but they also become religious in nature since one side is about 98 percent Christians and the other side is 98 percent Muslim. Many churches and mosques have been destroyed in the Jos area along with Christian and Muslim homes and businesses. Three churches have been attacked by Boko Haram suicide bombers and at least another 10 Boko Haram suicide bombings have taken place in TV viewing centres, public transportation parks, markets and other public places.
Christian Courier recently asked for responses online using the hash tag #PreserveThis. The idea was to elicit stories and photos that show how our CC readers make use of God’s good creation in their daily lives. We’re thrilled to showcase some of your beautiful images in this issue, along with stories of community, food, gardening, and creating art and sculpture. During this month of harvest, of celebrating the abundance of God’s good provision, and giving thanks, we hope these stories about making use of this abundance inspires you to do the same.
Writing this update on Thanksgiving Monday, it is easy to feel blessed and grateful for the gifts we’ve seen coming into Christian Courier’s Rooted & Growing fall donation appeal so far. It is because of generous donors like you that this Reformed newspaper can continue publishing.
With 20 issues per year, CC’s frequency is more than many other faith-based publications. We are grateful that our subscribers and community see the value in continuing this publication into the future.
By the time you receive this issue in the mail, CC’s fall Rooted & Growing donation appeal will be in week five! Thank you to everyone who has already given a special gift towards this campaign.
The new Christian school organization in Ontario is named Edvance Christian Schools Association, a play on the verb “advance” that speaks to its mission – promoting excellence in Christian education and leadership. Externally, Edvance is looking to be a collective voice for independent Christian schools in Ontario.