Tag Archives: Peace

Who is the God We Need Now?


by Donna Sinclair One of the great pleasures of retirement is having time to re-read authors who have been enriched your life over the years. After listening to the Trump inauguration speech, with its warlike image of a God who blesses America but not, apparently, Muslims, refugees, or the rest of the world, I felt […]

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“Hate Cannot Drive Out Hate”


By Dwight Lee Wolter Originally posted on patheos.com “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence ~ adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I speak what I […]

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Grounding Transcendence


by Susan McCaslin Today I want to reclaim the use of the word transcendence. I also want to reclaim my love of the sensual world. Transcendence for me used to signify above, away, outside, Spirit, separation from matter. To transcend was to move beyond tawdry things like compost, fights with annoying neighbours, or family turmoil. […]

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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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Words for the Congregation


by David Sparks It was my turn to offer the pastoral prayer in our church on Sunday and I wondered how the prayer in Pastoral Prayers to Share Year C would work out in practice. The Monday before the service, I looked at the prayer for the third Sunday after Epiphany and found that it […]

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An Idle No More Diary


by Donna Sinclair Day One: Sunday I went with friends to an Idle No More planning meeting at Nipissing First Nation, near North Bay, Ontario.  It felt good to be welcomed as a non-indigenous person. One of the youth organizers described his visit with Chief Theresa Spence during her fast. He was clearly moved by […]

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Awakening the Peaceful Beast Within


by Susan McCaslin Sometimes a writer notices themes and patterns in her work that she wasn’t consciously aware of during the initial writing.  I noticed recently that three of the twelve chapters of my book Arousing the Spirit specifically address the question of how to embody peace in the world. When I mention to friends […]

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Peaceful Resisters


by Susan McCaslin I feel like I’ve always been a Peacenik. Recently, I noticed that my book of essays, Arousing the Spirit, contains no less than three essays on peace, so you could say “peace-making” is a sub-theme of this book about the mystical way. Though I was born with the same propensities for violence […]

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Holy Presence: Is Being in the Now Enough?


by Susan McCaslin Writing is a mysterious process. Nothing you have to say is final, as there are always new nuances to explore. The next rush of words may just coalesce in surprising, unanticipated configurations. Being present to this kind of process is kind of unsettling and even dangerous, because as a writer you might […]

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