A commitment to diversity must include room for faith

Religious and faith communities are among the most racially and ethnically diverse parts of Canadian society

A commitment to diversity must include room for faithDepending on political preference, most Canadians would likely agree that diversity is our strength or is a product of our strength. Regardless of the preferred permutation, those views recognize diversity as a central feature of Canadian society. That’s all well and good, but what does that commitment to diversity really mean? A quick scan of…

St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrates 100th anniversary

Carl Miller, born on Nov. 8, 1917, was presented with a special merit award as the oldest living member of the congregation

St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrates 100th anniversary    Ann Davey for The Clarion Eleven men gathered in Eatonia on Dec. 26, 1918, and formed what would become St. Paul Lutheran Church. These founders were: Simon Eberle, John Gabel, Karl Gabel, Simon Kelm, John Klettke, A. Krueger, Jacob Martin, Juilius Neuls, Gottleib Radies, Gustav Radies, and Andrew Zwick. These men will always…

Stripping religion from the public square in the name of diversity

Canada's universities once proudly proclaimed links to faith. But their mottos and intentions have been dangerously watered down

Stripping religion from the public square in the name of diversityWhen I was a younger man, back when Lester Pearson was prime minister and Pluto was still a planet, I attended the University of Saskatchewan. It had a very simple coat of arms: three wheat sheaves and an open book whose pages displayed the motto “Deo et Patriae” – “For God and Country.” Years later,…

iKids Camp: where kids can be kids

Thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers, this year’s camp offers numerous activities – from art, sports, crafts, a wet and wild day, and a talent show – captured on video for the parents

iKids Camp: where kids can be kidsJoan Janzen of The Clarion Kids have been heading to iKids Camp every week day in July in the Kindersley Christian Fellowship building on Highway 7 East. The non-profit organization called iKids is directed by Chantal McDougall, who says her greatest challenge is keeping the kids from being bored, but that same challenge is what…

Why would we concern ourselves with a mix of sex, law and religion?

The Supreme Court's TWU decision shows once again that when it comes to Canadian courts, sexual rights trump religious ones

Why would we concern ourselves with a mix of sex, law and religion?Two thousand years ago, two small religious groups fought against the prevailing sexual morality of the Roman Empire. Unlike their neighbours, who were permitted to abuse their wives, have sex with their slaves, keep concubines, patronize brothels, attend orgies and leave their unwanted babies out in the open to die, Jews and Christians behaved differently.…

What fate awaits our treasured monarchy?

Prince Charles hardly seems a fitting successor to the crown. But the monarchy has faced worse over the centuries and still serves us well

What fate awaits our treasured monarchy?The recent marriage of Prince Harry to an American divorcée and the declining vigour of our sovereign majesty Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her Other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, has led some to wonder whether our ancient monarchy (in business…

How the philosophy of personalism brings us together

Personalism embraces the goodness in every one of us. It encourages us to become our best selves, and it requires love and respect for everyone

How the philosophy of personalism brings us togetherIt’s fascinating how certain ideas can unite all people, yet we can be so unaware of their presence. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Personalism posits ultimate reality and value in personhood – human as well as (at least for most personalists) divine. It emphasizes the significance, uniqueness and inviolability of the person, as…

Denying TWU’s law school an affront to democracy

The Supreme Court decision reeks of judicial activism and defies liberty and freedom

Denying TWU’s law school an affront to democracyThe Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 7-2 against Trinity Western University’s proposed new law school. The majority opinion believed it was “proportionate and reasonable” for TWU to limit religious rights and values, so that potential LGBT students could have open access to study law on the campus. With all due respect to the highest…

Embrace the moment, regardless of the circumstances

By living lives of integrity, by doing our best despite our imperfections, we find a way to move forward

Embrace the moment, regardless of the circumstancesWhen saying goodbye to people, I’ll often add: “And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” While I’ve always been aware this phrase was giving people something significant to ponder, I didn’t know its history. It’s actually attributed to Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher. In 1994, Jon Kabat-Zinn expanded on this idea in…

Will the Supreme Court uphold our liberty to dissent?

The Trinity Western University case represents one of the most important religious freedom decisions of the past 20 years

Will the Supreme Court uphold our liberty to dissent?On Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada will release its ruling in the Trinity Western University case. Until the judgment is made public, of course, no one knows which way the court might swing. For all who’ve tracked the dispute’s progress through the legal process, however, it stands to be among the most important religious…

In stillness, we find treasure

We should be more willing to sit with the mystery of the puzzle in order to discover the unknown

In stillness, we find treasureSpring may have sprung but most of my yard is still hidden under inches of snow. This year's Easter egg hunt will have to be indoors. For three generations, our yard has been the site of an annual hunt. One hunt, however, stands out more vividly than the rest. Our daughter was about four, the only…

Painting a masterpiece: the art of dissent in search of truth

Freedom of expression in the arts is as fragile as freedom of the press, and it’s just as vital to human rights as freedom of thought

Painting a masterpiece: the art of dissent in search of truthUkrainian businessman and philanthropist Victor Pinchuk said, “Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.” Art has been a part of the human experience as long as there have been people. It’s served many purposes, from the practical to the philosophical. Great pieces of art offer an expression of beauty and human creativity.…

Abstain to satisfy your hunger for peace and understanding

Fasting makes me feel purified in body, mind and spirit, and links me in solidarity with good people all around the world

Abstain to satisfy your hunger for peace and understandingFormer American secretary of agriculture Ezra Taft Benson said, “Periodic fasting can help clear up the mind and strengthen the body and the spirit.” Fasting is largely misunderstood. Food is so necessary to our existence. Why would we want to punish ourselves by not eating? How can abstaining in any way be beneficial? Yet fasting…

Not just a fluffy tale about the Easter Bunny

Children's aid society removed children from care because the foster parents wouldn't lie about the Easter Bunny

Not just a fluffy tale about the Easter BunnyMuch of the media coverage of the legal decision involving Derek and Frances Baars and the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton has treated it as a quirky story about a Christian family versus the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. In fact, the 61-page decision by Justice A.J. Goodman is a blistering critique of the aid…

The Beatles just might have been right

Love may not be all we need, but it's a key ingredient to leading a well-lived, meaningful existence

The Beatles just might have been rightLife is filled with challenges and we’re always looking for answers. The Beatles told us, “All you need is love, love, love is all you need.” The difficulty with this credo is that love has many meanings and interpretations. It can be directed at one person or at all of humanity. Love can be selfless…