Words set free
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Words set free

“Creator’s blessing rests on the ones who are hunted down and mistreated for doing what is right, for they are walking the good road from above.” Can you recognize one of the Beatitudes in that sentence? It’s Matthew 5:10 in The First Nations Version: An Indigenous Translation of the New Testament, a dynamic equivalence translation….

Surveying family faith practices in Canada
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Surveying family faith practices in Canada

One of the pandemic pivots that churches are continuing to make is in children’s and youth ministry. As church programs shut down, many turned to faith formation at home. This may be a pivot that lasts for months to come, as congregations all over Canada struggle to find volunteers to support their programs, and as…

Performing and climbing: Reflections on reconciliation
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Performing and climbing: Reflections on reconciliation

December 15, 2021 was the sixth anniversary of the release of the complete findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). I remember sitting in a conference hall in Ottawa on that release day in 2015. I was moved by the prayers of Elders, the presence of Survivors and the profound speeches of the Commissioners…

Donations pouring in
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Donations pouring in

Monday November 15 started out as a “rain day” – Southern B.C.’s version of a snow day. Reports of roads flooding and mudslides throughout the city of Abbotsford prompted school and road closures across the region. Within hours, staff at Gateway Community Christian Reformed Church (CRC) began hearing about families in their church and broader…

Healing quilts
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Healing quilts

Lucy Thomas, the fourth generation of residential school survivors in her family, was five years old when she was taken away from her mother and brought to Kuper Island Residential School in British Columbia. The students called it Alcatraz. While at Kuper Island, Lucy and her siblings were punished if they were seen talking to…