A Bridging Conversation

I have had some wonderful and challenging conversations this week. That’s the way it is with relational engagement. Some weeks are very full with coffee connections, in office-sessions, phone and email contact – but it is generally unpredictable how much time I’ll commit to nurturing such conversations. When I’m busy connecting with people, things like…

Questions & Beliefs

So I’m sitting here at camp and I should be working on the workshop I’ll be delivering in a couple of days at the Comfort & Hope Conference. I’ll be speaking on the suffering of loneliness and the tension between intimacy and fidelity in finding our way to staying alive to hopefulness. But instead, my…

The Sting of Death

While I was in California, an old friend of mine died suddenly. He was 42 years old with a beautiful young wife and four lovely children. I hadn’t had a conversation with him in several years – but he always held a special place in my heart. At one point in my life I had…

Longing for Equity

I have been reflecting on a number of happenings and stories that have intersected my path of late. Each is unique – yet they intersect around this question of identity and acceptance. “Who am I?” “Will I be accepted?” (Or, “Who are my friends and will they be accepted?”) Fundamentally, all point to the question…

Post-Pride Prayers

I can’t believe it is July 5th. In fact, I have no idea where the month of June went. It feels like forever since I’ve written a blog post. I wasn’t able to go to the Toronto Pride parade this year because I was away camping with about 90 people from my church. A couple…

The Power of Graciousness

I remember sitting in a fundraising workshop hosted by Intervarsity a year or so ago. The facilitator had a resume a mile long and clearly knew his stuff. One of the challenges facing any non-profit, including and perhaps especially Christian ministries, is the reality of a changing constituency. An older generation of donors with incredibly…

More Nuances of Bridge Building

My friend NakedPastor posted a cartoon this week that has stimulated some good conversation. It was kind of fun for me because I’d commissioned NP to do a cartoon for the cover of a new DVD resource we’ll be releasing soon – and the cartoon he posted was one of the possible submissions (but we…