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OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBOURS: A Conversation on Christian Understanding and Relationship

The Diocese of New Westminster’s ¬†Ecumenical and Multi-faith Unit has teamed up with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to create an exciting event that will help us, as Christians, open up positive avenues of communication with our Muslim neighbours. … Continue reading

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I’ve just returned from Christianity 21 in Denver. I’ll say right away that the sunshine and warmth in Denver bested the rainy gloom I left behind in Vancouver. But that’s another story. The story worth pondering is the amazing array … Continue reading

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Journey to an Emergent Frontier: the Christianity 21 Gathering in Denver

I’ve just returned from Christianity 21 in Denver. I’ll say right away that the sunshine and warmth in Denver bested the rainy gloom I left behind in Vancouver. But that’s another story. The story worth pondering is the amazing array … Continue reading

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Speaking Christian: Words in their Biblical Fullness

In a challenging sermon preached on January 29, 2012 at St. Paul in the Desert Episcopal Church in Palm Springs, retired Bishop of Chicago, the Rt. Rev. William D. Persell, reminded his listeners that the mainstream of the Episcopal / … Continue reading

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Mystics For Advent Part Eight: St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena was born in 1347, the twenty-third of twenty-five children. Being placed in a convent was not unusual for girls in such large families. In her eighteenth year, she became a Dominican. As part of her devotion, … Continue reading

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Mystics for Advent Part Four: Saint Ephraim of Syria

St. Ephraim of Syria was a teacher of Christians and counsellor to bishops in and around Nisibis until the year 363. At that point he and his community relocated to Edessa where he continued to serve the church until his … Continue reading

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Mystics for Advent Part Three: Origen of Alexandria

Philosopher and theologian Origen of Alexandria (182-251) is best known for his treatise On First Principles. He could skillfully adapt Platonist and other contemporary philosophical structures to develop a Christian world view. Origen taught that, based on Ephesians 4:6, “the … Continue reading

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