Conversations on Beauty

Kristy-Anne Swart is a Calgary based photographer and friend.  You can find her work at http://www.upandawaystudios.com or on instagram @kristyanneswart  .  Throughout our friendship, we've had amazing conversations about art, faith, motherhood, beauty and so one day we just decided to record our conversation.  Here is a "slightly" polished version of that conversation.  I took... Continue Reading →

Creating and Undoing: Of Good Books and the Moving Spirit

Once, when I was a grad student, living in Vancouver off of a part-time starbucks barista wage, I did not have money for christmas presents.  So I decided to do what I love to do, have always loved to do, and do almost every day to this day which is, to tell people about books... Continue Reading →

Jesus of The Other

  This prayer was written by a community builder, Agnes C., who nurses our city's most vulnerable, raises some incredible kids, and spends her spare time building and equipping communities of empathy - starting with the kids.   You can find her work at Starling Kids where she lets people know ways to engage their kids... Continue Reading →

Jesus of the Seeing

My Grandmother's funeral was last week.  All of her children plus all her grandchildren were there.  And we celebrated her whole life.  Her kids knew her most and most benefitted from her calmness and kindness.  And we grandchildren benefit too from a  legacy of life-giving, not life-diminishing.  She was loving and beautiful and I felt... Continue Reading →

Jesus of the Deep Beauty

DEEP BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN EARTH To see a flower in the Spring, we must Believe that there is beauty to be had In gardens we never will control. “Trust And hope that dirt becomes a launching pad For raising beauty in this violent earth?” The cynics scoff but have no solutions, Because they do... Continue Reading →

Jesus of the Truth-telling

This is a prayer that comes after the Act of Re-Membering workshop some of us participated in this past week.  In it we heard stories and we embodied stories of real Canadians from history, and from today-often in their own documented words.   That we, every single people group, are capable of prejudice and of... Continue Reading →

Preaching the Psalms

THIS is why I love Walter Brueggemann: "Note that the Psalms thus propose to speak about human experience in an honest, freeing way. This is in contrast to much human speech and conduct which is in fact a cover-up.  In most arenas where people live, we are expected and required to speak the language of... Continue Reading →

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