I see that the abortion debate has once again been in the news. As Christians, we usually take the stance for no abortions. But is making abortion illegal the right stance to take?
Over the March Break, my 15-year-old son Cameron and I spent a good deal of time in downtown Toronto, visiting the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. We also ate in various ethnic restaurants that serve up the kind of food we can’t get back in our small town.
Death is pervasive in the Christian story. Our central symbol? The cross. More than 1/3 of the Psalms? Psalms of lament. One of the central metaphors of the Christian life is dying to the old self and putting on the new self.
I read a news story recently that’s stuck with me. It was about the experiences of undocumented Hispanic women who had worked at several of Donald Trump’s golf courses.
Hopefully 2018 will be a year of tackling the very real challenges in the way we govern how we live together in Canada. It will take citizen power, focused on our common good, to get the quality of governance we need for Canada. I hope to explore how in coming articles.
“We need community to continue and grow justice work,” says Hogeterp. “The work of justice is enhanced when we connect with people of faith, lean into worship and grow spiritual discipline.”
Editor Angela Reitsma Bick discusses race and reconciliation with Bernadette Arthur, Race Relations Coordinator (Canada) in the Christian Reformed Church in North America and Kim Radersma, Race Relations Facilitator.
Here were God’s people, descendants of slaves, living in continuing grief, praying for compassion, justice and forgiveness without vengeance. They were consciously and boldly maintaining a small ecosystem of Grace in a city, state and nation that would soon elect as President a man whose campaign championed racist slogans and xenophobia.
Gaining international attention through awareness movements like Not For Sale and the Polaris Project, human trafficking is “the act of recruitment, transportation, harbouring or receipt of persons . . . by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion . . . for the purpose of exploitation,” according the U.N., which recently estimated that there are 29.8 million people in slavery globally.
While world leaders gathered in Paris to negotiate international action on climate change, Christians across Canada lifted up those meetings in prayer. Throughout this UN Conference of the Parties (COP21), Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) organized a Canada-wide prayer chain.