Becoming Silence: Labyrinth Offers Peace Admid Bustle

There is a noisy restlessness to our culture. We experience a constant push to create, perform, and make things happen. Even our recreation times need to be filled with activity and we constantly seek entertainment to keep a sense of emptiness at bay. We fill our lives with noise and with things to be excited … Continue reading Becoming Silence: Labyrinth Offers Peace Admid Bustle

Shady Creek United Church is as Old as Victoria

It is sometimes easy to forget that many of the Christian congregations in Victoria have roots that go back to the earliest days of the European settlement of southern Vancouver Island. One such congregation is Shady Creek United Church, which last Sunday celebrated 150 years on the Saanich Peninsula. Originally appeared in the Times Colonist … Continue reading Shady Creek United Church is as Old as Victoria

Does Religion Have Anything to Say About Oil Tankers Off the Coast of BC?

This week, just as we as a nation are considering opening our coast to huge supertankers off the coast of Kitimat, BC, we are also remembering the oil spill when the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska this month, 23 years ago. The proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline will bring raw bitumen from the Alberta … Continue reading Does Religion Have Anything to Say About Oil Tankers Off the Coast of BC?

Fasting Shifts Attention Beyond Material World

As chaplain at the University of Victoria, I regularly come across students who quietly admit that they are fasting. A young Buddhist simply said that he could not share in a meal because he was on a three-day fast. Another student, a Baha'i, was participating in the 19-day fast prescribed by his community. A Christian … Continue reading Fasting Shifts Attention Beyond Material World