Category: Reflections

Peace is not built of easy answers and dichotomous truths

Program Staff member Marcie Gibson, a mother to five Jewish children, shares some reflections and resources on violence in Israel and Palestine.

A Powerless God

Scott Douglas reflects on seeing the face of Christ in the poor and oppressed.

One Step at a Time

Marcie Gibson reflects on the first year of her doctoral studies in diaconal pedagogy.

Wenh-In Ng – 2023 Companion of the Centre

On April 26, 2023, the Centre for Christian Studies recognized Rev. Dr. Wenh-In Ng as a Companion of the Centre.

Exploring Experiences of Online Christian Community

CCS student Caitlin Smithers reflects on her research into the sufficiency of online communities for Christian belonging.

God Who Created the Queer

CCS student Hyerim Park recently posted a biblical reflection for Korean Rainbow United.

Got privilege? – White Privilege Conference Global

I had the amazing privilege (no pun intended) of attending the White Privilege Conference Global in May, held for the first time in Canada. (It has been held in the …

What Would Jesus Tweet?

For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light— for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness …

Experience this for yourself! – a Deacon’s reflection

Sharon Dunlop is a Deacon at St. James’ Anglican Church in Kingston. She attended Learning on Purpose in 2016. My ministry area is in corrections, restorative justice and victims – an …

Anarchist Priest – Living in the tension

By Gwen McAllister Not long ago at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church where I am priest, a friend and parishioner good-naturedly called me out as a hypocrite: “You preach against hierarchy, …

Viewing healing ministry through diaconal eyes

By Ross White   “When we are present, we see that there really is a Holy Plan, and that it is happening right now. Consciously participating in the miraculous unfolding …

Courage - a Tragically Hip liturgy

Courage – worshiping with the Tragically Hip

On a cold November night in East Gwillimbury, armed with a live band, two projectors and about 100 glowsticks, 40 people gathered at Sharon Hope United Church to sing, dance …

Listening brings healing

Racism is not an easy thing to talk about with white people, or so I’ve found. When I was bullied all through grade 7, shoved up against lockers and called …

“Café del Soul” serves change and purpose

Meet Pinegrove UC, a medium-sized church in Rosslyn, NW Ontario. Rosslyn used to be a community of farmers, but with Thunder Bay nearby it’s taking on some characteristics of a …

Living Stones

Recently retired diaconal minister Allison Halstead shares  her May 2017 reflection to the Manitoba North West Ontario Conference. I recently hiked Hadrian’s Wall in northern England. A stone wall made of …