What if COVID-19 changes nothing?

By Martha Tatarnic   People keep saying we’ll be forever transformed by this pandemic. I’m skeptical. My April issue of Rolling Stone arrived in the mail several weeks after the COVID-19 lockdown went into effect. It seemed unfortunate, looking at the cover and glancing through the stories inside, that the turnaround on print publishing is … Continue reading “What if COVID-19 changes nothing?”

‘We are creatures of dust who cry out to God’: Ephraim Radner on pandemic and apocalypse

By Tali Folkins   Within the Anglican Church of Canada, the Rev. Ephraim Radner has become known for giving voice to positions that some find controversial, challenging or, in his words, negative. His public opposition to same-sex marriage in the church, for example, came into focus prior to General Synod’s 2019 vote on the marriage … Continue reading “‘We are creatures of dust who cry out to God’: Ephraim Radner on pandemic and apocalypse”

Chaos and the ministry of the gospel

By Bishop Mark MacDonald One of the many things that our recent pandemic crisis has revealed is the difficulties our institutions have in facing chaos. To be clear, I am not at all critical of the ways that people have tried to adapt to the realities of COVID-19. I have seen courage, compassion and innovation … Continue reading “Chaos and the ministry of the gospel”

“The Pandemic is a Portal”

By Mark Whitall This is an in-between time.  The world as we knew it is no more.  The new world that will replace it hasn’t happened yet.  We are in-between. The Indian novelist Arundhati Roy had an article in the Financial Times on April 3 entitled “The Pandemic is a Portal”, in which she wrote: “Historically, … Continue reading ““The Pandemic is a Portal””

The Spiritual Practice of Conversation

By Andrea Roske-Metcalfe I’m a Lutheran pastor, and I’m not very good at spiritual practice, at least not of the genre that generally comes to mind—contemplative prayer, meditation, journaling, silent retreat, fasting, spiritual direction, reading devotional writers, etc. I know this list isn’t exhaustive, but these are some things that my religious colleagues, both clergy … Continue reading “The Spiritual Practice of Conversation”