The sociologist Anthony Giddens points out that in the routines of our daily lives we make all kinds of small decisions. But he also points out that each little decision (what to eat, what to wear, how to function at work, who to meet with later in the day) contributes to the creation of our self. In the modern context (in post-traditional societies), almost everything we do is about self-identity – about the making and re-making of ourselves.
It is one thing to be rebuked for something you’ve done. It is quite another to be rebuked by a complete stranger.
Quebec has been in the news again over recent weeks. And again it is in relation to questions of religious tolerance and religious accommodation.
It is so easy to forget our place, today, or to live as if place were irrelevant to our life in Christ – particularly in our internet-defined, internet-saturated world.
“Love is love” seems like a perfectly circular argument in that it starts with itself and ends with itself and goes nowhere in between
So how does someone raised solidly in the Reformed tradition come ‘round to an appreciation for that formaldehyde-immersed heart?
Substantial and difficult questions remain in terms of the relationship between Canada and aboriginal peoples, and not only in terms of the legacy of residential schools.
For so many years, I missed this annual wave of feathers and song. While I have always enjoyed watching common backyard birds (finches, cardinals, jays, juncos and chickadees), I assumed that beautiful, multi-colored birds were a unique preserve of more tropical regions.
Breakfast is a big deal here in Montreal, and breakfast restaurants are a point of pride for us.
The God who accompanies us is himself silent before human pain and suffering, whether his own or that of his sisters and brothers. The incarnate God is not silent in the sense that he acquiesces to the injustices of our world, but in the sense that he refuses to explain suffering (away).
Words are a frequent source of botheration (to use a word the BFG might appreciate!) for many of us.