Category: Opinion & Analysis

  • Physical, mental and spiritual self-care needed to weather the COVID-19 pandemic

    How are you doing? Most people I ask answer with some variation of “OK, under the circumstances.” Many of us are mostly OK. We have some resilience. It’s harder to be OK if you test positive for COVID-19, are ill, or have had someone in your circle become sick, or succumb to the virus. It’s…

  • Good Friday as an action movie: Did God really write the script?

    Good Friday as an action movie: Did God really write the script?

    Followers of Jesus have struggled for centuries to make sense of his death on the cross. Some, not all, have settled on the “no, take me” scenario, familiar from countless action movies. The hero takes the place of the hostages, declaring, “You don’t need them. Let them go, and do what you want with me!”…

  • Reflection, sense of purpose an antidote to the strange year of 2020

    The trees let go and leaves fall, scattering in the cool wind. We trade brilliant autumn colours for grey branches that frame a broader view of sky. Each season has its gifts, we may tell ourselves. But the changes that come can still feel like loss. The year 2020 has been one of many griefs,…

  • Defying COVID rules puts church needs above community safety

    Defying COVID rules puts church needs above community safety

    On Dec. 24, Dr. Wajid Ahmed, the Windsor-Essex County medical officer of health, reminded faith communities of the requirement and the wisdom of limiting the number of people attending worship services to a maximum of 10, including parishioners, officiants and staff. He also said he was not recommending in-person gatherings of any kind because of…

  • Physical, mental and spiritual self-care needed to weather the COVID-19 pandemic

    How are you doing? Most people I ask answer with some variation of “OK, under the circumstances.” Many of us are mostly OK. We have some resilience. It’s harder to be OK if you test positive for COVID-19, are ill, or have had someone in your circle become sick, or succumb to the virus. It’s…

  • Good Friday as an action movie: Did God really write the script?

    Good Friday as an action movie: Did God really write the script?

    Followers of Jesus have struggled for centuries to make sense of his death on the cross. Some, not all, have settled on the “no, take me” scenario, familiar from countless action movies. The hero takes the place of the hostages, declaring, “You don’t need them. Let them go, and do what you want with me!”…

  • Reflection, sense of purpose an antidote to the strange year of 2020

    The trees let go and leaves fall, scattering in the cool wind. We trade brilliant autumn colours for grey branches that frame a broader view of sky. Each season has its gifts, we may tell ourselves. But the changes that come can still feel like loss. The year 2020 has been one of many griefs,…

  • Defying COVID rules puts church needs above community safety

    Defying COVID rules puts church needs above community safety

    On Dec. 24, Dr. Wajid Ahmed, the Windsor-Essex County medical officer of health, reminded faith communities of the requirement and the wisdom of limiting the number of people attending worship services to a maximum of 10, including parishioners, officiants and staff. He also said he was not recommending in-person gatherings of any kind because of…