Reading Like a Christian

When our family gathered (virtually) last Christmas, I was delighted to find several books among my gifts. To be honest, I usually receive books for Christmas, but this gifting was unusual. Most years, the books come from my wish list; perhaps one or two find their way under the Christmas

Reading for No Reason At All

There is never enough time to read. This truism shapes the world we live in. Every moment has to be wrestled away from the time commitments and pressures that threaten to monopolize our time. Our families, friends, church community, and careers are great gifts, but they all need our time.

RLN in Conversation with Kirsten Pinto Gfroerer

In May, I had the immense pleasure of hosting a virtual roundtable discussion on Kirsten Pinto Gfroerer’s new book, Anchorhold: Corresponding with Revelations of Divine Love. The discussion participants included myself, Kirsten Pinto Gfroerer, Chris Trott, Joanne Epp, and Val Neufeld. The following article is an edited transcription of our

George Herbert, Poetry, and Incarnational Life

I am writing a book about the poetry of George Herbert, the 17th century Anglican priest whose work is broadly recognized as one of the English church’s greatest spiritual resources. Many readers will know his hymns, such as “King of glory, King of Peace,” “Teach me my God and King,”

June 2021 Magazine

With the hot and languid days of summer finally here, it’s time to get into the glorious activity of leisure reading! This June, we’ve put together a deluxe issue featuring a whopping 18-page-spread dedicated to the joys of reading. We’ve decided to call it, simply, The Reading Issue. The Reading Issue features

PPE—Paul’s Pandemic Egg-bake

I call it PPE—Paul’s Pandemic Egg-bake—and it has become a regular part of the Sunday morning routine in the Peters Derry household. PPE helps answer the question, “What makes this day different?” and provides both a therapeutic and even spiritual practice that refreshes and renews me for another week. I

The Gift of Ritual

In 2002, I took part in a one-day workshop on ritual as part of my chaplaincy training at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The workshop was over 19 years ago, but it still impacts me to this day. In the workshop, I was encouraged to utilize my imagination and creativity and

Compassion Care or Compassion Fatigue?

Front line staff have been pushing themselves to provide compassionate care to people who are in a vulnerable stage of life, and many of these workers have gone over and above what is expected of them. I have witnessed staff members giving haircuts when hair salons are shut down, donating clothes to a client in need, volunteering

Dance Then, Whoever You May Be

I am a Certified Spiritual Health Practitioner (SHP) working in long-term care. In this age of COVID-19, I have never felt so needed and so helpless all at the same time. We, as SHPs, have the privilege of working in the homes of the people we serve. Our residents allow us into their

May 2021 Magazine

For May, we’re looking at the importance of ritual in the midst of upheaval, and ritual as a form of spiritual care. This issue features contributions from four spiritual care workers, along with a couple of reports from the Archives Committee. Chris Salstrom writes about a spontaneous ritual that sprang up

The Language of Praise: how we sing is how we see

In the old Newtonian paradigm, we perceived a billiard ball universe. A closed system machine that was predictable. That paradigm was so set, that we didn’t even bother to ask which billiard cues were hitting which balls. Now that we live in a post-Einsteinian world, we know that energy is

Music Revives My Soul

It can be difficult to find peace amidst the busy-ness of life. For me, one of the guaranteed times that have I found peace is in Sunday worship. The joining of souls in common worship, the saying in unison of prayers and creeds, the singing of thought-provoking hymns, and the communion around the table have been a weekly resetting of my life for over a

Feature Poetry

The following poems are written by members of a Lenten Poetry Group from the Parish of St. Margaret. Photography: Nikaela Peters Oneing (a brief encounter with union) I am pregnant with pause my hands, palms up, palms down I wane and unfurl and wait for the in pour Or for

“For God alone my soul in silence waits” (Psalm 62: 1-9)

We all have periods in our lives when we feel trapped and powerless—certain that anything we might try to say or do to redeem ourselves, or to correct a misunderstanding, will only worsen the situation.  This could be a strained relationship with a friend or family member.  It could be a serious misunderstanding

April 2021 Magazine

For April’s issue we’re meditating on Bread in the Wilderness or less formal litanies of praise as we encounter them in our everyday. In our first feature, Donald Phillips speaks through the voice of Psalm 62, as he invites reflection on the solitary nature of suffering. Then, we are treated to the

The Apostle Paul: Prisoner for Christ

Of the one hundred or so references to prisons, imprisonment, or prisoners in the New Testament, nowhere is the prisoner denigrated and the imprisonment or the prison system positively affirmed. This is astonishing and already tells us very much: the New Testament comes from the underside of structures of power and control. Indeed, in repeated instances, the reader is advised to take special

Feature Photography

Photographer’s Statement:  This photo was taken in May 2011 on the Mount of Olives, near Dominus Flevit Chapel. Note the barbed wire, a reminder of violence within and around Jerusalem, and of people imprisoned for their religious beliefs. This is where Jesus wept over the fate of Jerusalem. Although Jerusalem means “abode of peace” it is still vulnerable

“How Long O Lord?”: Prison Writing and the Pandemic

Sometimes the world changes and we are caught right in the middle of it. A year ago, was the beginning of that moment for us, and every day since is lived in light of a new world, with new habits, fears and hopes. In some ways it is easy to say what has changed. We


Faithful Service

In this month’s issue, former RLN editor Jude Claude writes a community catechesis reflecting on Karl Barth’s understanding of the “pistis Christou” debate –  the theological distinction between “faith of Christ” and “faith in Christ” – as it relates to the recent protest by self-immolation of US serviceman Aaron Bushnell.

Cass Smith’s article “When Faithful Leadershership is Not Effective Leadership” explores common pitfalls leaders fall into when working within unjust systems. She also discusses how the expectations people hold of those in leadership sometimes contribute to their burnout, calling for us to have a more gracious and human understanding of those in leadership.

For the Lenten season, Paul Dyck reviews two films, Zone of Interest and Perfect Days, each of which attends to the mundanity of ordinary life while troubling us with how the everyday is often unsettlingly close to the extremes of human monstrosity.

This month’s parish profile interviews the Rev. Wilson Akinwale and Deb Buxton from St. George’s Anglican (Transcona) discussing the parish’s rich history, its evangelical/contemporary approach to worship, and community engagement including their recent Black history service.

To close out the issue, a directory of Holy Week services is offered as a guide for the Easter Season.

I hope you enjoy this month’s articles.

Read and download the March issue here.


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