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Change the World? Change the Conversation!


by Robert V. Thompson Approximately 7,000 people attended the 1993 Parliament of World Religions in Chicago.  In one workshop, the presenter was a Sikh separatist. He argued vehemently against the Hindus, saying that Sikhs should have their own state in India. He became strident, and (not surprisingly) a Hindu fundamentalist in the room reacted angrily. […]

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Honouring Our Mentors


by Susan McCaslin From the moment I heard poet Robin Blaser lecture in my first graduate course at Simon Fraser University in 1969, I was drawn like a moth to the strings of a piano, to borrow a metaphor from his well-loved “The Moth Poem”: The moth in the piano will play on frightened wings […]

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Writing Democracy. Or not.


by Donna Sinclair When social justice types run out of new ways to make our voices heard, we can always fall back on writing letters. I like this approach. It gives me a chance to do research and offers the recipient a chance to read and reflect on my argument carefully. Well we could always […]

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We All Wear a Marvellous Disguise


by Robert V. Thompson A number of years ago I had an opportunity to do something I had always been curious about – go to a psychic and get a reading. After a friend sang the praises of a psychic named Tomeiko, I decided to go. As I entered her house, Tomeiko instructed me to […]

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Prayers of Gratitude


by Donna Sinclair I have a scattered approach to prayer. I think I am like many people; I mostly pray when I am in distress. I am good at praying at three o’clock in the morning when I wake up worried about one child or another. I am pretty good at praying when I am […]

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Collaging the Deep Self


by Margaret Kyle In January 2013, I began a group called “Collaging the Deeper Self,” based on the book Soul Collage Evolving by Seena Frost. http://www.soulcollage.com/ The purpose of the group was to provide a time to create a deck of personal cards, using collage, intuition, and imagination, that would help participants get to know […]

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Arts and Activism


by Susan McCaslin The arts have always been avenues for both contemplation and action. Poetry may be seen as one of the softer art forms, but it can be one of the most powerful. Like the earth itself, poetry arises from the dark ground of being, from unknowing, from mystery. Poets give voice to the […]

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A God for Atheists: Not Dogma but Mystery


by Robert V. Thompson I have an atheist friend (well, actually, I have a lot of atheist friends) who asked me how it is that otherwise intelligent people can possibly believe in God. At one of his parties, he kicked back a martini and, swaying back and forth, said to me, “So from what you […]

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Let’s Get Physical


by Bruce Sanguin This posting originally appeared on Bruce Sanguin’s blog IfDarwinPrayed.com. Visit his blog for more postings, webinars, and podcasts on Evolutionary Christianity. Church needs to take incarnation more seriously. In all the talk around church transformation, orienting from the body (one’s own and Earth’s body) is rarely part of the conversation. Yet it […]

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More Excerpts from an Idle No More Diary


by Donna Sinclair Day One: Wednesday Jim and I visited our Member of Parliament, Jay Aspin, today. We pointed out the need for consultation with First Nations before the government takes any actions that would impinge upon treaty rights and the environment. Case in point: Bill C-45’s unilateral gutting of river and lake protection. It […]

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