Jean Vanier chose relationships with intellectually disabled ahead of privilege

Jean Vanier, founder of “L’Arche”. Photo: WCC 14 May 2019 The headline for a newspaper letter extolling a man who lived what he espoused, engaging with shunned people often unable to effectively communicate verbally, said, “Jean Vanier was a living saint”. Atop the letter to the Toronto Star, it was probably the neatest summary of … Continue reading “Jean Vanier chose relationships with intellectually disabled ahead of privilege”

Stanley Hauerwas: Jean Vanier was a dear friend to me and many others

Jean Vanier speaks with friends during a visit to Duke in November 2008. Photo courtesy of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School By Stanley Hauerwas Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus, Duke University FacebookTwitterEmailPrint The theologian writes that the founder of L’Arche, who died last week, initially scared him, in the way a theologian is always afraid of a saint. … Continue reading “Stanley Hauerwas: Jean Vanier was a dear friend to me and many others”

Jessica Brown: Celtic Christianity and the gift of thresholds

The Cliffs of Moher are in County Clare, Ireland, where the author lives. Bigstock/Redwallsky   By Jessica Brown Writer FacebookTwitterEmailPrint   The spiritual practices of Celtic Christianity include an appreciation for thresholds — those literal and metaphorical crossing points that can serve as designated spaces or times to open to God, says a writer living … Continue reading “Jessica Brown: Celtic Christianity and the gift of thresholds”

Is the Anglican Church of Canada a post-colonial church?

By The Rev. Edmund Laldin Guest columnist   May 2, 2019 The experience of new Canadians helps separate myth from reality.   “Pour out your Spirit upon the whole earth and make it your new creation. Gather your Church together from the ends of the earth into your kingdom, where peace and justice are revealed, … Continue reading “Is the Anglican Church of Canada a post-colonial church?”

Debra Dean Murphy: Mary Oliver and other poets can help us perceive — and protect — the natural world

Mary Oliver’s poetry often drew from close attention to the natural world. Oliver died Jan. 17, 2019 at the age of 83. Getty Images / Photo by Kevork Djansezian FacebookTwitterEmailPrint The disciplined reading of poetry can inculcate a mindset of paying deep attention to the world around us, says a scholar. Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Can reading … Continue reading “Debra Dean Murphy: Mary Oliver and other poets can help us perceive — and protect — the natural world”