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Shortly before my ordination as a church deacon in the fall of 2005, I sat down with a mentor of mine (himself an Anglican clergy) for lunch at a local…

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Around this time last week, the southend of Saint John where I live and work began to feel small, noisy and stifling. I wanted out. So, rather than taking my…

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There are 1900 names on the waiting list for affordable housing in Saint John. 1900 out of a population of 70,000. 1900 individuals and families who once rent is paid,…

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If you’re reading this, then you’re probably online. And you know what we’re like when we’re online. We want things to appear instantaneously. If we have to wait to see…

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How can we sing behind glass windows When children know such sorrows? With half in this city Assailed by poverty? How can we argue Over preferences, styles and liturgy Over…

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This time of year is known locally as “cruise ship season” in Saint John- a time of year when the little buildings of our seaside town are dwarfed by the…

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“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). My father immigrated to Canada in the late nineteen…

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The Blog I was going to publish today was all about how unwelcoming churches in general can be. I wrote long paragraphs about how difficult it can be to walk…

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I’m watching my four-year old son, Sam, dueling with Eric, the ten-year old boy from the apartment unit immediately bellow ours. At the moment, Sam has the high ground and,…

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Perhaps you’re familiar with the movie Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and starring Bruno Ganz as the Fuhrer himself. Ganz brilliantly portrays…

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