Author: Darrow Woods

  • On Remembrance Day, the story of an impromptu WW1 truce offers inspiration and hope

    On Remembrance Day, the story of an impromptu WW1 truce offers inspiration and hope

    A friend visited last weekend bearing gifts, which is always nice. Even nicer when it’s beer. They brought a can of Storyteller Lager because they see me as a storyteller. (I tell myself they meant it as a compliment.)  As a wannabe novelist, sometimes writer of columns like this one, and as a preacher, I…

  • Effort to house Ukrainian refugees puts the Golden Rule into practice

    Effort to house Ukrainian refugees puts the Golden Rule into practice

    I was honoured to be asked by the Essex Fun Fest planning committee to lead a non-denominational worship service at 8:30 am on Sunday, July 10, at the BIA Heritage Pavilion, 87 Station St. in Essex. As our communities open up again, it is worth considering what values and meaning should be the foundation of…

  • Despite advances, Canada’s gay community faces troubling signs of intolerance

    Despite advances, Canada’s gay community faces troubling signs of intolerance

    It’s Pride Month, time to affirm and celebrate the presence in our communities of people who identify as LGBTQ2+. It is also a time to remember that, not long ago, such celebrations weren’t possible. Statistics Canada, working from data gathered in 2018, reports Canada is home to approximately one million people who are LGBTQ2+, accounting…

  • Compassion, courage needed to end U.S. gun violence

    Compassion, courage needed to end U.S. gun violence

    If you had a neighbour who placed the protection of their own needs and privileges above the safety of their children, you might have questions. You might wonder if there was anything you could say or do that might open their heart, their mind, to another point of view. You might ask yourself if your…

  • Long a symbol of unity and goodwill,  the Maple Leaf has been cynically co-opted

    Long a symbol of unity and goodwill, the Maple Leaf has been cynically co-opted

    A couple of years ago we were out of town for a wedding. During a sudden rainstorm I ducked into a shop to buy a ball cap. It was Roots so the options were limited and pricey! I chose a black one emblazoned with a Canadian flag. It’s become my Canada Day hat. Most of…

  • When freedom’s just another word — for anarchy

    When freedom’s just another word — for anarchy

    What is “freedom?” We’re each free to think of it as we choose, but if people are willing to occupy the streets around Parliament Hill, or limit access to one of the continent’s busiest border crossings, I hope they’re clear about what they seek and how they pursue it. The “how” matters. I have a…

  • Looking for heroes and villains  in a complicated world

    Looking for heroes and villains in a complicated world

    “Every generation throws a hero up the pop charts.”That ear-worm wisdom is from The Boy in the Bubble on Paul Simon’s album Graceland. I am amazed it came out in 1986. While I hesitate to say what any poem or song is about, each time I listen to that one, it feels like Paul Simon…

  • Canada Day a time for sober reflection about the country’s past and its future

    Canada Day a time for sober reflection about the country’s past and its future

    When I lived in a larger urban centre, I was often called on during the Christmas season to help with funerals for families without a church connection. I had a personal rule that I would never say no to helping with a funeral in that season, even if it was on Christmas Eve. Sometimes families…

  • Lowered flags symbolize a nation’s sorrow — and the need for concrete action

    Lowered flags symbolize a nation’s sorrow — and the need for concrete action

    The Canadian flag outside the Harrow Research Station continues to fly at half-mast, as do the flags at the Kingsville post office and the entrance to Point Pelee National Park. According to Canadian Heritage Services, flags on all Government of Canada buildings and establishments across the country will remain at half-mast until further notice. The…

  • Answering the ‘good question’ — one breath at a time

    In August, I took this photo of a contemplation bench that sits behind Trinity United Church at Road 2 West and the McCain Side Road. It was a favourite rest spot this summer when I was out cycling. A lot of us have been whizzing by it recently because of the Main Street detour. Sometimes,…

  • On Remembrance Day, the story of an impromptu WW1 truce offers inspiration and hope

    On Remembrance Day, the story of an impromptu WW1 truce offers inspiration and hope

    A friend visited last weekend bearing gifts, which is always nice. Even nicer when it’s beer. They brought a can of Storyteller Lager because they see me as a storyteller. (I tell myself they meant it as a compliment.)  As a wannabe novelist, sometimes writer of columns like this one, and as a preacher, I…

  • Effort to house Ukrainian refugees puts the Golden Rule into practice

    Effort to house Ukrainian refugees puts the Golden Rule into practice

    I was honoured to be asked by the Essex Fun Fest planning committee to lead a non-denominational worship service at 8:30 am on Sunday, July 10, at the BIA Heritage Pavilion, 87 Station St. in Essex. As our communities open up again, it is worth considering what values and meaning should be the foundation of…

  • Despite advances, Canada’s gay community faces troubling signs of intolerance

    Despite advances, Canada’s gay community faces troubling signs of intolerance

    It’s Pride Month, time to affirm and celebrate the presence in our communities of people who identify as LGBTQ2+. It is also a time to remember that, not long ago, such celebrations weren’t possible. Statistics Canada, working from data gathered in 2018, reports Canada is home to approximately one million people who are LGBTQ2+, accounting…

  • Compassion, courage needed to end U.S. gun violence

    Compassion, courage needed to end U.S. gun violence

    If you had a neighbour who placed the protection of their own needs and privileges above the safety of their children, you might have questions. You might wonder if there was anything you could say or do that might open their heart, their mind, to another point of view. You might ask yourself if your…

  • Long a symbol of unity and goodwill,  the Maple Leaf has been cynically co-opted

    Long a symbol of unity and goodwill, the Maple Leaf has been cynically co-opted

    A couple of years ago we were out of town for a wedding. During a sudden rainstorm I ducked into a shop to buy a ball cap. It was Roots so the options were limited and pricey! I chose a black one emblazoned with a Canadian flag. It’s become my Canada Day hat. Most of…

  • When freedom’s just another word — for anarchy

    When freedom’s just another word — for anarchy

    What is “freedom?” We’re each free to think of it as we choose, but if people are willing to occupy the streets around Parliament Hill, or limit access to one of the continent’s busiest border crossings, I hope they’re clear about what they seek and how they pursue it. The “how” matters. I have a…

  • Looking for heroes and villains  in a complicated world

    Looking for heroes and villains in a complicated world

    “Every generation throws a hero up the pop charts.”That ear-worm wisdom is from The Boy in the Bubble on Paul Simon’s album Graceland. I am amazed it came out in 1986. While I hesitate to say what any poem or song is about, each time I listen to that one, it feels like Paul Simon…

  • Canada Day a time for sober reflection about the country’s past and its future

    Canada Day a time for sober reflection about the country’s past and its future

    When I lived in a larger urban centre, I was often called on during the Christmas season to help with funerals for families without a church connection. I had a personal rule that I would never say no to helping with a funeral in that season, even if it was on Christmas Eve. Sometimes families…

  • Lowered flags symbolize a nation’s sorrow — and the need for concrete action

    Lowered flags symbolize a nation’s sorrow — and the need for concrete action

    The Canadian flag outside the Harrow Research Station continues to fly at half-mast, as do the flags at the Kingsville post office and the entrance to Point Pelee National Park. According to Canadian Heritage Services, flags on all Government of Canada buildings and establishments across the country will remain at half-mast until further notice. The…

  • Answering the ‘good question’ — one breath at a time

    In August, I took this photo of a contemplation bench that sits behind Trinity United Church at Road 2 West and the McCain Side Road. It was a favourite rest spot this summer when I was out cycling. A lot of us have been whizzing by it recently because of the Main Street detour. Sometimes,…