Tips for being a good mentor
02/02/2023

Tips for being a good mentor

Intentionally mentoring younger generations is a key part of building up the ChurchWritten by Emily LaRoseLife is complicated, especially at a young age. Often, what youth need is someone who’s a few years ahead of them who they can relate to, and who can guide them. Looking out for younger people i

  Emily LaRose
Mobilizing women in the Canadian Church
01/16/2023

Mobilizing women in the Canadian Church

The need to reach and equip Christian women is only growingWords by Cathie Ostapchuk A few years ago, as I flew home to Canada from yet another American women’s conference, I reflected on a challenge offered by one of the speakers, Eugene Cho: “The grass is always greener on the other side,” he said

  Cathie Ostapchuk
A beacon in the darkness of Advent
12/06/2022

A beacon in the darkness of Advent

God’s presence can be embodied through community Written by Zammie KingI used to be an “I don’t need people” person. I was hesitant to ask for help due to the hurt of past experiences where people dismissed my groans, and my pain was not welcomed or heard. For too long, I believed that my suffering

  Zammie King
Mental illness and a flourishing faith
11/29/2022

Mental illness and a flourishing faith

Sana’ Watts, the author of Fragile and Flourishing on the healing process of writing a memoirWritten by Emily LaRoseIn the summer of 2019, Sana’ Watts wrote a poem titled “Fragile.” The poem was about struggling with anxiety and suicidal depression as a Christian and how God used this experience for

  Emily LaRose
Welcome to the family
11/28/2022

Welcome to the family

Creating meaningful bonds within your church communityWritten by J.M. BergmanWe share a blood connection with the family we were born into, but Jesus’ definition of family goes deeper than that. He emphasizes connections through shared values, morals, and action. In Matthew 12:48-50, He told His dis

  J.M. Bergman
Grace accepted
11/15/2022

Grace accepted

What freedom from fear and striving looks likeWritten by Patrick McKitrickWhen I was a student at Regent College, I took a course on vocation. One class discussion centred on how Christians should conduct themselves in the marketplace. One student suggested that Christians should always strive to be

  Patrick McKitrick
Presence matters
11/09/2022

Presence matters

Showing up to church with what we have to offerWritten by Emily MontesanoTwo weeks before the pandemic, I took my first trip to Rwanda with The Wellspring Foundation for Education, the organization I work with. While there, I had the pleasure of travelling to one of the schools Wellspring partners w

  Emily Montesano
Worshipping with our bodies
11/09/2022

Worshipping with our bodies

We praise God with more than just our minds and heartsWritten by Bethany BrownDuring worship at an Anglican church one Sunday, a young mom stepped out of her pew into the side aisle of the sanctuary and started dancing with her son. A few other children in the congregation joined their circle. It wa

  Bethany Brown
Creativity nurtured in community
11/03/2022

Creativity nurtured in community

Getting together spurs us toward ChristWritten by Shawn NaylorDown the street from my house is a skateboard park. I’ve noticed that when I find myself there alone, my skateboard sessions are often terrible. I lack inspiration and creativity. My desire to try things is lessened in the absence of othe

  Shawn Naylor
Mystery leads to liturgy
11/03/2022

Mystery leads to liturgy

Resting in a rule of life when our souls run weary and wildWritten by Taeryn NovakOver the last number of years I have recognized the need for mystery in my faith. Problems arise when we begin to worship our own image of God, or one very specific interpretation. As C.S Lewis writes in A Grief Observ

  Taeryn Novak
Food to friendship
11/03/2022

Food to friendship

Eating with others breaks down barriers and builds trustWritten by Karla HeinIt was only an Oreo. A microscopic crumb in all buffet choices I’ve made. The memory lingering like the nonedible cookies collecting somewhere in my computer. I didn’t even eat this particular Oreo either, but I wish I had.

  Karla Hein
Persevering in faith
11/03/2022

Persevering in faith

How home visits help minister to mothers impacted by povertyWritten by Rayo AdegokeWhen mothers first walk through the doors of Mekane Yesus Church in Mekanisa, Ethiopia to enroll in the Compassion Survival Program, they are often carrying a certain heaviness. Many are new moms who have little suppo

  Rayo Adegoke
Home sweet home
11/03/2022

Home sweet home

Young adults are living at home longer, challenging our culture’s value of individual autonomyWritten by Elizabeth Duarte“We’ve come full circle,” my mother said amusedly. “You used to keep me up all night as a baby, now we’re right back where we started.”I chuckled wryly at her as she sat next to m

  Elizabeth Duarte
Looking for ethical and sustainable Christmas gifts?
11/03/2022

Looking for ethical and sustainable Christmas gifts?

5 Canadian stores and websites you should check outWritten by Love Is Moving staffA Rocha MarketThe A Rocha Market offers gift ideas such as clothing items and mugs, as well as books on justice, creation care, and food. With both a physical location in Surrey, B.C., and an online store, purchasing f

  Ilana Reimer
Sewing blankets and singing the Messiah
11/03/2022

Sewing blankets and singing the Messiah

Rhythms of service in a small town churchWritten by Jasmine WiensAs a child I always looked forward to the Christmas Eve program put on by my small town church. The best part of the night was our last song, the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. An unassuming group of farmers and teachers, f

  Jasmine Wiens
Celebrating communion as a community
11/03/2022

Celebrating communion as a community

In the face of church attendance decline, division, and moral failure, the eucharist should become more centralWrittenby Matt V. Unger How will church gatherings, services, and the Church as a whole change in the next few decades? As we move forward and try to discover what life will be like post lo

  Matt V. Unger
All Hallows Eve and the freedom from fear
10/28/2022

All Hallows Eve and the freedom from fear

Written by Adam KlineAs a pastor, being confronted by death is a regular occurrence. Several times a year I’m called upon to offer support to grieving families, to join them in their mourning, and prepare a funeral liturgy that acknowledges their loss and offers hope. It is, without a doubt, one of

  Adam Kline
The liturgy of dance
08/25/2022

The liturgy of dance

Written by Bethany BrownIn my teens I was given the role of senior liturgical dance choreographer at my church. This meant I was choreographing and teaching about four dances a year for special services like Christmas, Good Friday, and confirmations. I had danced my whole life, and was thrilled to t

  Bethany Brown
Shifting the weight
06/27/2022

Shifting the weight

Connecting with God at the gymWritten by Laura PuirasApart from warming the bench on a handful of middle school sports teams and cheerleading in high school, athletics have never played much of a part in my world. If you had told me back then that one day I’d be lifting weights at the gym (for fun?!

  Laura Puiras
A hero who can save the day
06/27/2022

A hero who can save the day

When we need to admit overwhelm and seek helpWritten by Shawn NaylorWhen I was in high school, I played for the basketball team. My fellow players were far superior to me. I mean, I saw them dunk in Grade 7. Many of our players went on to play for the number-one ranked basketball team in Canada. The

  Shawn Naylor
Viewing self-care through a team mindset
06/27/2022

Viewing self-care through a team mindset

How practical health choices effect those around usWritten by Cindy PalinI was scrolling through my Instagram feed one blustery winter afternoon and noticed a post from a friend. She announced she had walked 365 days in a row without fail. As my mind began playing reruns of her walking stories, a su

  Cindy Palin
Saturated by our surroundings
06/27/2022

Saturated by our surroundings

Rethinking what we fill our minds and bodies withWritten by Sue RussellWhen I was younger, I was obsessed with the comedy/drama series Gilmore Girls. I loved the fast talking, the witty banter and the fact that they lived in a charming little town. I made it my mission to watch the entire series eve

  Sue Russell
The unsatisfying truth about productivity
06/01/2022

The unsatisfying truth about productivity

Written by Abby CionaAfter a challenging two years—with Covid-19, struggles with mental health, and finishing a busy first year of university—I was about to go on vacation with my family. But I was anxious I would spend my vacation swamped with guilt.For the past two years, I had struggled with feel

  Abby Ciona
Jesus takes up the cross
04/12/2022

Jesus takes up the cross

Written by Linda NichollsIn these few words of the final condemnation of Jesus we are drawn into the power of systems that pull people into a centrifugal vortex of destructive actions. This story is not just about Pilate as an individual. It is about a man caught in the political tensions between th

  Linda Nicholls