Talking about Jesus

This article was originally published in the column “Ask a Chaplain” on the McGill Christians Blog. The McGill Christians Blog is a student-led initiative, overseen by an ecumencial editorial board and publishing student writing on their experiences of being Christian on campus. This is my attempt to answer the question:...

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The Rev’d Dr. Roger Balk

Roger died suddenly but peacefully at The Royal Victoria Hospital, Glen Site, on Saturday 10th October 2015 in his 85th year. Educated at Harvard and at St Andrew’s University in Scotland, Roger came to Montreal from the United States in 1961, after serving as a priest in Ohio and New York...

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The holiness of ambiguity

On August 6th, the Feast of the Transfiguration and the Commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima, the Rev’d Shintaro David Ichihara, of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan) preached at the noonday Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral.   Sermon for the Feast of Transfiguration at IALC Conference Shintaro...

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Times of Transition

Times of transition are always a bit disorienting for most of us. We don’t quite know what to expect. They can leave us unsettled and anxious, but also excited. When we are in that liminal phase—“betwixt and between”—we often experience mixed feelings. We have left one kind of identity, but...

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Making it…implicit?

In last week’s Porous Church column, “Making it Explicit”,  I reflected on the importance of being explicit about my faith and my doubts.  Erica Jacobs-Perkins, a member of our young adult community who has left Montreal for the next steps in her journey, sent me her thoughts and has agreed to...

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Exploring Mission

The Montreal Mission Internship has already reached the half-way point and the interns are well into their exploration of mission.  Projects are underway, challenges encountered, questions asked.  And, as part of their work, each intern has been sharing their reflections in weekly blog entries on the website of the Montreal...

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Embracing Ordinary

I leave my home to go to work before the sun rises, and most of the people I encounter are huddled against the wind or trying to drink coffee without either missing the bus or spilling it all over themselves. For the most part, we look at the ground, we...

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