Monthly Archives: November 2014

Baptism + 75

Today is Advent Sunday, New Year’s Day in the Christian calendar; and Wednesday is December 3. However, in 1939 they were the same day, Advent Sunday, December 3. ┬áThat was the day I was baptized at St Mary’s Church in … Continue reading

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Sanctuary: myths, movement, momentum

Remember these names: * Mikhail Lennikov / Rodney Watson / Jose Figueroa And remember these names (especially at election time next year): * Stephen Harper, Prime Minister / Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety / Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment … Continue reading

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Anger, disgust and sadness

As I write this post, I am conscious of very mixed feelings in myself: anger, disgust, sadness, perhaps others. Two incidents have generated these feelings. The first was the gunning down of a mentally-ill man at Knight and 41st here … Continue reading

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Karen Armstrong in Vancouver

Last Monday I went with friends to hear Karen Armstrong. If her name is new to you, let me just say that she is British, an independent scholar of religion, of a historical bent, and the author of a number … Continue reading

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Remembering in 2014

As I write this on Remembrance Day, November 11, and having just listened on the CBC to the national Remembrance Day observance from Ottawa, my thoughts go first, in both honour and sadness, to all those killed in the wars … Continue reading

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How I graduated from UBC

It’s an April evening in 1960, around 10 pm. My Italian 100 exam will unleash itself at 9 am the next morning. I sit at my desk, the texts from the course, all six of them, spread out before me. … Continue reading

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