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What is a good death?

by Jack Taylor   Two hours after I left the hospice, my friend was dead. We had talked about fears, read Psalm 23, and sang 10,000 Reasons. The hovering nurses smiled as I left. It seemed so peaceful. And sudden. At times I wondered if this hospice had fallen prey to the push to merge […]

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Cultivating friendship – a lost art

by Marion Van Driel We are fashioned to thrive within meaningful community – to work, learn, play and worship together. As we seek to live in community well, we are given friends to walk alongside us in love. And we are gifted to them in return. We may have multiple friends, including one or two […]

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Can we fully recover from intergenerational trauma?

by Parry Stelter   As someone who is classified as a Sixties Scoop Survivor, I have taken quite a bit of time to read about the atrocities that happened between Indigenous people, and the early settlers. Not every story is a bad story of abuse, but when you take a look at the research and […]

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Coldest Night of the Year

by Laureen F. Guenther   The Coldest Night of the Year will take place across Canada on Saturday, Feb 22, 2020. That’s not a weather prediction, but the announcement of an event that raises funds for agencies serving people who experience homelessness. The annual, family-friendly walk-a-thon is held the third Saturday evening in February, traditionally […]

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Putting the byte into Scripture translation

by Jack Taylor   How important is it to have God’s Word in your mother tongue and what difference has technology had in making that possible? While the complete Bible has been translated into 650 languages, there are at least 7,000 spoken or signed languages known to be in use today. 1.5 billion people do […]

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Friendship – viewing Valentine’s Day through an alternate lens

by Marion Van Driel   It’s upon us once more – the day reserved for romantic lovers. Flowers, chocolates, cards with big red hearts, and special dinners are synonymous with Valentine’s. For some, it’s an occasion to express their love in a special way – to nourish their exclusive relationship. But what if you’ve lost […]

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Viewpoint: Truth and Reconciliation

by Parry Stelter   In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada compiled 91 Calls to Action. This was a response to Canada, through the government and the church, implementing forms of genocide and colonialism over several hundred years. Indigenous peoples across this nation, have still been trying to recover from being placed on […]

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Sometimes, love is agony

by Sharon Simpson   Have you ever wondered where the ideas came from for the famous love passage in 1 Corinthians 13? Paul, who wrote this letter, had tracked down new Christians, torturing and killing them. His presence filled people with fear and trepidation. How did he ever figure out what to say about love […]

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Servants Anonymous – RESET Calgary

by Jack Taylor   More than 1,000 women have now found support through Servants Anonymous Calgary (SA) since it was founded by Dominique Machefert in 1984. The non-profit, faith-oriented organization was designed to help sexually-exploited women, and their children. The single house that formed the pilot project has expanded into “three front-line houses, a full […]

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Showing God’s heart during an unplanned pregnancy

A new CPCC centre in Airdrie by Laureen F. Guenther   At Christmas, we celebrated the birth of a child who was the result of an unplanned pregnancy, which threw his mother’s life into turmoil. Every day, women and men across Alberta still find themselves in unplanned pregnancies. Sometimes their lives are thrown into turmoil […]