Three Hebrew Words

Shalom Shalom is a rich word in the Hebrew scriptures. encompassing “universal flourishing, wholeness and delight,” according to Christian Theologian, Cornelius Plantinga Jr.   Shalom is often thought of as the desire of God for all his creation; characterizing both Eden in Genesis, and in the new creation in Revelation. Chata Contrasted with shalom, is the HebrewContinue reading “Three Hebrew Words”

the New Monasticism (Christian); Locating our Lives in the Abandoned Places of the Empire

Everything in our society teaches us to move away from suffering, to move out of neighbourhoods where there is high crime, to move away from people who don’t look like us. But the gospel calls us to something altogether different.  We are to laugh at fear, to lean into suffering, to open ourselves to theContinue reading “the New Monasticism (Christian); Locating our Lives in the Abandoned Places of the Empire”

A Call to Prayer

What follows is a Christian prayer, but we invite you to speak the words and make it your own. Father God, We come to you to seek your wisdom and guidance for the work ahead. We are thankful that Edmonton is a wonderful city, known for its’ warmth and compassion, despite a cold and sometimes hostileContinue reading “A Call to Prayer”

A Message of Love for 2018: “Love All, Serve All”

“Start the day with love; fill the day with love; spend the day with love; end the day with love—this is the way to God”.  “Love is the source; love is the path; and love is the goal”.  “The best way to love God is to love all; serve all” These are a few quotesContinue reading “A Message of Love for 2018: “Love All, Serve All””

A Mennonite Reflection; Isaiah 58: on Worship and Social Action

Spiritual Disciplines like fasting, prayer and gathering for worship are important ways people connect with God.  But in the Bible, there is a clear connection between practicing spiritual disciplines and performing acts of compassion and justice. The prophet Isaiah, in chapter 58 offers a powerful rebuke to the people of Israel for not practicing their faith onContinue reading “A Mennonite Reflection; Isaiah 58: on Worship and Social Action”

Interfaith Work an Act of Peacemaking

Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called Children of God.” ~ Jesus ~ As you know, the Interfaith Housing Initiative is a gathering of faith communities from around Edmonton working together to address homelessness in our city.  We work together, knowing that we may believe very different things about the nature of God, the world,Continue reading “Interfaith Work an Act of Peacemaking”

Homeless & Wealth; from one Hindu Perspective

I quote a few passages below that may help you in understanding how the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi and Karma links to homelessness and wealth.  The concept of Karma indicates that what one does, whether positive or negative, will impact us in our current lifetime or in our next lifetime. “The Goddess Lakshmi means good luckContinue reading “Homeless & Wealth; from one Hindu Perspective”

Celebrating Canadianism Together

Moses is standing atop Mt. Sinai, when God asks him where he wants to take the Israelites, where would be their Promised Land.  Moses glances around at the world and picks what he believes to be the best spot imaginable — abundant natural resources, plenty of room, no external security threats. “Ca-ca-ca,” he begins toContinue reading “Celebrating Canadianism Together”

Together Against the Cold

There are many Biblical Prophecies pointing to terrible hardship in humanity’s future: Of famine, disease, war, death and global cataclysm.  But the one that scares me the most is a small phrase from Jesus’ prophecy on the Mount of Olives about the end times in Matthew 24:12.  He simply says, “…the hearts of most will grow cold.”Continue reading “Together Against the Cold”

Creating Community for People in Prison

“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…  I was in prison and you came to visit me … I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”   – Jesus  (Matthew 25:36, 40) Reflection When Jesus identifies himself with theContinue reading “Creating Community for People in Prison”