Jack’s Funeral: Witness to Love and the Value of Inclusion

The sudden and unexpected death of Jack Layton produced a wave of public appreciation for the man and his legacy. It’s been a couple of weeks now, but I still keep thinking about the way we as a nation celebrated his life and grieved his passing. Why is it that only when a person dies … Continue reading Jack’s Funeral: Witness to Love and the Value of Inclusion

On Wind and Fire

Many Christian communities are celebrating Pentecost today (Sunday, June 12). It is one of the festivals in the Christian liturgical year that recalls the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus after his death and resurrection. Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Sunday, which celebrates Jesus’ return to life … Continue reading On Wind and Fire

Earthquakes and Fragility: A Spirituality of Compassion

The devastating earthquake in Japan and the resulting suffering and loss of life has been a terrible thing to witness. The news grips the heart and many people have responded to ease the suffering in some way. The outflow of compassionate response from around the world, in terms of the sending of money, disaster relief … Continue reading Earthquakes and Fragility: A Spirituality of Compassion

Walking the UVic Labyrinth

I don’t know about you, but I feel constantly barraged by noise, activity, emails, phone calls, and the incessant hammering of media grabbing my attention to buy and consume a dizzying array of products. Modern culture puts tremendous pressure on us and it is difficult to quiet our minds, even when we set time aside … Continue reading Walking the UVic Labyrinth

Spirituality Essential to Students’ Lives: Study

It is often assumed that spirituality and religion are best left out of the education of students in universities and colleges. The thought is that higher education is about reason, not faith, knowledge, not heart – and that it is better for students to leave their religion or spirituality at home. Not so, says a … Continue reading Spirituality Essential to Students’ Lives: Study

The Labyrinth Returns to UVic

At UVic we’re into our 10th year of making a labyrinth available for students to walk during the stressful exam period. A canvass labyrinth, based on the design found on the floor of 12th century Chartres Cathedral, is placed on the floor of the chapel and made available to students and members of the community … Continue reading The Labyrinth Returns to UVic

The Work That Re-Connects (part 1)

Last Thursday I gathered with a group of UVic students at the Interfaith Chapel for a an activity which we called ‘Sacred Ecology.’ We came together because we are all refugees from what Joanna Macy calls the ‘Industrial Growth Society’. We are keenly aware that we are part of an economic and industrial system that … Continue reading The Work That Re-Connects (part 1)