Wise men lost?
Church Life | Opinion | Science & Technology

Wise men lost?

From June 29 to July 2 this year, the American Astronomical Society held a virtual conference on satellite constellations’ impact on optical astronomy. The scientists were concerned that satellite deployment, particularly bright satellites in low-Earth orbit, will prevent us from collecting meaningful optical data from the stars. I grew up in Montreal and never realized…

Look, a star!
Church Life | Opinion

Look, a star!

“The star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with great delight. On coming to the house, they saw the Child with his mother Mary, and they fell down and worshiped him”(Matt. 2: 9-11a). Long…

What the Church can learn from St. Francis of Assisi at Christmas
Church Life | Holidays | Opinion

What the Church can learn from St. Francis of Assisi at Christmas

Since I was young, I’ve longed to see Jesus. I’ve longed to encounter God in a very physical way.  And most every Alberta winter, when the sky is just a scroll of black parchment and the stars wink of some ancient secret, when the path beneath our feet crunches of snow and ice and the…

Listen. Learn. Relinquish Power.
Church Life | Features | Social Justice

Listen. Learn. Relinquish Power.

Where can a congregation go if they’re looking for resources to learn how to centre people from minority groups and go beyond merely including them? What if you’re wanting to listen to the voices of the LGBTQ+ community in your congregation? Or people with disabilities? People affected by poverty or homelessness? People with mental illnesses?…

Zoom church
Church Life | Opinion

Zoom church

Church leaders have written much on “how COVID-19 changes everything.” Yet it seems that the goal of church leaders is that everything should eventually return to normal, despite their protestations to the contrary. The literature suggests that some lasting effects of the pandemic will include more virtual congregations, individualism and (gasp) lower financial offerings. Will…

Recognizing the Holy Spirit at Work
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Recognizing the Holy Spirit at Work

One day, Jander and Tiffany strapped their two-week-old son in a baby carrier and went for a walk in their Calgary, Alberta, neighbourhood. That’s when Jander noticed an apple tree in a neighbour’s yard and the couple met Roger (name changed). Looking back, Jander can see how the Holy Spirit was at work. Jander and…

Not Allowed to Sing in Church? Maybe That’s a Good Thing
Church Life | Ministry | News

Not Allowed to Sing in Church? Maybe That’s a Good Thing

There are no rollicking versions of “Way Maker” or thoughtful renditions of “O Come to the Altar” blasting over the sound systems of most churches these days. Health officials have banned corporate singing in many areas for how it can spread COVID-19, as it did at a single choir practice of 61 people in Washington, which resulted…

Let’s Connect This Fall
Church Life | Ministry | News

Let’s Connect This Fall

Congregations have always struggled when it comes to tweaking their worship service. Worship committees may make recommendation to councils, but then council needs to seek clarification and it’s not unheard of to have a few months go by before change can occur!  COVID-19 certainly threw that process for a loop. Congregations suddenly had to deal…

Joining Powerful Global Conversations
Arts & Culture | Church Life | Reviews

Joining Powerful Global Conversations

The Global Church Project podcast is a ministry of the larger GlobalChurch Project by Dr. Graham Hill and his team. Hill is the interim Principal and the Director of Research at Stirling Theological College in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to his current role, Hill served as the Provost and Vice-Principal at Morling Theological College in Sydney,…

Helping Children in Your Ministry Express Gratitude
Church Life | Ministry | Youth & Young Adults

Helping Children in Your Ministry Express Gratitude

Because children are growing up in a consumer-driven world, it’s easy to fall into the habit of being me-centered. How can we intentionally nurture gratitude in their hearts so that they turn their eyes toward others too? How can we engage the faith practice of gratitude within our ministry with children?  Here are just a…