Grace Before Everything
History | Media & Culture | News

Grace Before Everything

Seventy-five years of Christian Courier (and predecessors) is an astonishingly unlikely achievement. The little engine that could. A survivor. I’m more than a little proud of having been a small part of its history, more than a little proud that my words – as an elementary student, a high school student, a young teacher, a retired teacher,…

‘Apocalypse Again?’
News | Politics

‘Apocalypse Again?’

Apocalyptic language is being used to describe the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Democratic candidate Biden declares himself “an ally to the Light” to end the “Season of Darkness,” while Republican President Trump says Biden will demolish America’s cherished and sacred destiny if elected. The issues facing the U.S. are tremendous. There is COVID, racial tensions,…

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…

Americans to the Polls
News | Politics

Americans to the Polls

Next month Americans return to the polls to elect a president and vice-president, members of Congress, and host of state- and county-level officials. They do so at a time of unprecedented crisis for the country. What happens on 3 November will have an impact on its future as we enter the third decade of this…

We Asked a Prof
News | Politics

We Asked a Prof

The irony of the question is not lost on this American author, given how much Canadians know about the United States, and how little interest Americans can show in other parts of the world, including our dear northern neighbor. Nevertheless, I can share two causes for concern and two reasons for hope among your neighbors…

Competing Rights in a Media World
Media & Culture | News | Politics

Competing Rights in a Media World

I find it a challenge to balance staying informed about news and thinking within my faith community, being alert to other perspectives, and engaging in the public conversations that are shaping our society. This month, Christian Courier celebrates 75 years of connecting and building a community. Without it, we readers would be less connected and weaker in…

Redeemer University gives Award to CC Editor
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Redeemer University gives Award to CC Editor

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…

When Friends Die
News | Social Justice

When Friends Die

Between 2016 and 2019, 15,393 people died from drug overdoses in Canada. This year, we’re breaking the records set in those years.  “Canadians should be seized with this particular crisis,” says Canada’s Chief public health officer Dr. Teresa Tam. The closed Canada-U.S. border, increased social isolation and reduced access to safe supply are all factors…

When Women Lead
Church Life | News

When Women Lead

In the early days of the pandemic, governments had to decide: who will speak for us? In 10 key locations across Canada, women serving as public heath officers have taken on those increasingly public roles. “The women we’re seeing on the national stage during the pandemic are being celebrated for both their compassion and their calm under pressure,” write Andrea Gunraj and Jessica Howard from the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Two Montreal Statues
Art | News | Social Justice

Two Montreal Statues

When a bronze statue of Sir John A. MacDonald was pulled down by anti-racism protestors on August 29, it wasn’t the first time Canada’s first Prime Minister lost his head. Erected in downtown Montreal in 1895, the statue has long been a target of vandalism. In 1992 it was decapitated on the anniversary of the hanging of Louis Riel. Since then it has been defaced with paint and graffiti many times.

A Lament, Plea and Hope
News | Social Justice

A Lament, Plea and Hope

Recently, Shiao Chong, Editor of The Banner, the Christian Reformed Church’s (CRC) official magazine, published two impassioned articles. In his editorial “Speak Out Against Racism” (June 29), he described a time when he was called a racist epithet on an elevator in Hamilton, Ontario. As well, he referred hopefully to the CRC’s recent statement on racism signed by many agency leaders and later endorsed by the Council of Delegates, though he noted there was “dissent.”

Grandmothers Help Treat Depression
Mental Health | News | World News

Grandmothers Help Treat Depression

Dixon Chibanda is a psychiatrist in Zimbabwe, one of only 12 such doctors for a population of more than 14 million people. Mental health problems in that destitute country are rampant, and a significant percentage of them can be summed up in one word: kufungisisa. In Shona, Zimbabwe’s official language, the word covers brooding, anxiety, depression and panic attacks, and its literal meaning is “thinking too much.”