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  • Wed 21 Oct

    Refugee sponsorship through a child's eyes

    Thank You Canada

    The last time we sponsored a refugee family, I was about 12 years old. Our Chinese Baptist church in North York had sponsored four refugee families from Vietnam in the early 1980s. This church community was largely made up of newcomers helping newcomers. At that time, we were new immigrants from Hong Kong ourselves, having just arrived in Canada five or six years earlier.  

    I remember the sponsorship experience rather vividly: from the time the plight of the Vietnamese "boat...

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  • Wed 14 Oct

    Purposeful Proximity

    Purposeful Proximity

    I want to start us off here with a question — reflecting on your spiritual journey, what has been most impactful in helping you become more like Jesus?  Has it been the teachings you’re following?  Reading the Bible?  Praying?  Studying?  I think we can all agree these are integral aspects of our discipleship process but … are they the most important?

    When I look back at the things that have shaped me in my walk with Jesus,...

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  • Mon 12 Oct

    Ordinary Peace

    Belfast Peace Wall

    This past July I crossed the Atlantic Ocean for a close up look at the work of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.  As a follower of Jesus, pursuing peace is an important part of my faith and I wanted a chance to promote peace in a practical way. Going to Northern Ireland, I harboured a secret hope for dramatic confrontations, persuasive arguments, and eloquent debates; work replete with glamour, risk, tension, and dare I say, even danger.

    Instead, much to my surprise,...

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  • Fri 02 Oct

    Downtown Hamilton. What do those words mean to you?

    Downtown Hamilton

    When I moved here 6 years ago, Hamilton was explained in two ways: Mountain and Downtown.

    Both were very clear & both very different. At times, when downtown Hamilton was mentioned, it was with a shudder; an inherent fear because, after all, it’s downtown, its messy, it’s urban-busy-industrial-cramped-congested-risky- too many people, and for some it’s just too much to think about.

    Then, years ago at our sites in West Hamilton & East Hamilton,...

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