Casting a Vision for Mission with All Saints

By Susie Kim As the missioner for the Durand, Kirkendall North, Strathcona, and Central neighbourhoods in Hamilton, I think of myself as a kind of Christian-at-large for the area. Christians can fall into the trap of cloistering ourselves with like-minded people: I hope to model a life rooted in prayer and discipleship which involves being […]

Black History Month: Loving All Our Neighbours

By Charles Meeks Growing up in rural North Carolina in the 1980s, I took it for granted that there was a Black History Month to celebrate each February. However, being raised in a nation that is steeped in racial inequality in both a legislative and cultural sense, I also took for granted what Jesus’s call […]

Words That Sadly I Can Say…

By The Venerable Peter Scott “I have recognized that I am racist. I am a white, privileged Canadian who is enmeshed in the cultural expectations and assumptions of the society in which I was raised. I have benefitted because I was born into the class and colour of those who have systemic power.” These are […]

Remembering the Past and Dreaming for the Future of Canterbury Hills Camp

Reflections From the New Director By Sharon Millar I have a very distinct memory from the first time I ever set foot at Canterbury Hills Camp. In the winter of 1998, I attended family camp with my parents and my younger brother. One evening for snack we’re presented with tortilla chips and shredded cheese. We […]

Why I Installed a Rain Garden

By Norman Newbery “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” (Isaiah 43:2) Climate Change suggests frightening images of floods … but we can all do something to lessen the impact. A Rain Garden is just one way to […]

Financing Your Mission

By Gillian Doucet Campbell In our contemporary culture, there are many of Christian faith (or not) who can quote Scripture related to money. Perhaps you’re thinking of some verses now, like: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom […]

The Seeds of Ministry with Migrant Farmworkers from Mexico

By The Reverend Antonio Illas The genesis of ministry with Spanish-speaking seasonal migrant farmworkers from Mexico in the Niagara region dates to Easter 1988. In January 1988, the Reverend Duncan Lyon, originally from England, became the rector of Christ Church McNab, established in 1847. After the joyous Easter service Duncan, still in his cassock, sat […]

Reflecting on Niagara-In-Action: What Does Social Advocacy Truly Mean?

By Shreya Yugendranag On September 25, 2021, the Diocese held another successful session of Niagara-In-Action! An annual favourite, this year’s event showcased two workshops: “Mapping the Ground We Stand On” and “Creating 2SLGBTQ+ Positive Space.” Mapping the Ground explored Indigenous presence and settler arrival on the map of Turtle Island (Canada). Led by PWRDF-trained facilitators, […]

Who Will Protect Creation? Learning to Care about Sustainability

By Shreya Yugendranag I have enjoyed working with Climate Justice Niagara during my placement with Deirdre Pike, Justice and Outreach Program Consultant with the Diocese of Niagara. In working with the members on their action plan to help direct the work for the next few years, I have found a group of people who care […]

Niagara School for Missional Leadership Looks to Winter Term

Eight courses are being planned for the winter 2022 term of the Niagara School for Missional Leadership (NSML), which will run from February through March. Three courses will be offered for the first time, including Gillian Doucet Campbell’s course on thinking missionally about stewardship. Canon Christyn Perkons will be leading a course on developing a parish Mission […]