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This is an article I wrote as a guest blogger on the Victoria Times-Colonist’s ‘spiritually speaking’ blog. (originally titled ‘Spirituality in Tension’) – which explores spiritual themes which have local interest.  Thanks to Christopher Page for offering me this guest spot.

 

2013 marks the twentieth anniversary of my first visit to Vancouver Island.  As a wide-eyed 19 from Ontario, I took in the sights and sounds of this amazing city based out of a lively hippie house in Fernwood.  I camped at Mystic Beach – dancing and drumming with fellow Caucasian hippies who chanted Hindu chants around a blazing campfire. I also experienced the warm hospitality of squatters (since evicted, I’m told) who served one of my most memorable vegan meals: chicken-of-the-woods mushrooms with fresh wild herb sauce; all culled from the land around the beach. Read the rest of this entry »

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It was New Years Eve and we’d sat down to dinner – the four of us – Meagan, myself and our almost-three-year-old twin toddlers.

After a rousing rendition of the sung camp prayer “Johnny Appleseed”, we explained what a new year was, and then asked them  both what they wanted to see happen in this new year.

Without blinking, our boy put his fist in the air and said “revolution!”

Our girl, again without pause, rubbed her belly and said “hmm?  a baby!”

A revolution and a baby.  Heck, there are worse things to wish for, aren’t there?

I always thought it was just a cliche, but who was it who said that they grow up just way too fast?  🙂

Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze have written a compelling book about what they call “Walk Outs Who Walk On”. Here is how they define these so-called “Walk Outs”:

Walk Outs are people who bravely choose to leave behind a world of unsolvable problems, scarce resources, limiting beliefs and destructive individualism. They walk on to the ideas, beliefs and practices that enable them to give birth to new systems that serve community. This is the story of an emerging movement of pioneering leaders and communities around the world who are self-organizing to create healthy and resilient communities.

Does that speak to and challenge the church today, or what?

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I waited patiently for the Lord. - Psalm 40

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