APCE: Training and advocating for educators

APCE: Training and advocating for educators

By: “For centuries the church has faced difficult situations with great integrity and faithfulness. We are people of faith—not fear. Let us join together in faith to sustain thoughtful and equitable ways to address the current crisis and to support and meet the needs...
Theological frameworks for relationship building

Theological frameworks for relationship building

By: I’ve been in a number of conversations recently with persons lamenting what they see as the de-valuing of relationships taking place in our time and culture in North America. Indeed, so many contemporary processes seem to undermine the focus and cultivation of...
Connections in the body of Christ

Connections in the body of Christ

By: In our cell-phone, Internet, Facebook world, connections are important. We connect with family and friends, even strangers. The goal is to link, to find out what others are doing and to let others know what we are doing. When we are deprived of our media outlets,...
Real community

Real community

By: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34–35, NRSV) When my wife and I moved to Toronto...
Pray for your friends and change the world

Pray for your friends and change the world

By: Some of my friends are becoming Christians and I am helping! I want to tell you how so that you can choose to practice those ways and teach others to do the same. But first, two stories. I arrived at the Subway restaurant a little nervous about my lunch meeting...
Living outside our silos

Living outside our silos

By: One Sunday during the adult education hour, our church youth group interviewed three elderly couples, asking questions about their lives and their faith. As the couples took turns answering the teens’ questions, the atmosphere in the room was electric. People were...