Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas

If someone was to ask me what my favourite 

childhood book had been I would tell them it was 

"Hurlbut's Story of the Bible" by the Rev. J. Hurlbut.

Hurlbut strikes me as an amusing name now but in 

1959 in my part of the world the sound of the word 

'but' didn't conjure up pictures of bare bottoms - it 

was still just a conjunction.

Anyway I read those Bible stories over and over and 


And I still love them. 

I especially love the story of a baby who brings 

hope to a weary world and is born of a virgin mother 

on the winter solstice and is visited by angels,

shepherds and wise men who were led 

by a Star.

It just doesn't get much better than that.

And so with my own heart full of hope I wish 

everyone joy and peace this Christmas season.

Monday, 21 December 2015

The Horrified Christ

Cree girls fishing

Should the Anglican Church be allowed to raise money to bring running water to our indigenous communities that are presently without water or sewage?

I guess that question doesn't matter because they already are according to a blog I read recently.

And it isn't the only church doing so.

Although I agree with the writer/priest that the spirit is moving across the land I'm not sure the churches are listening to Her.

Yes fresh water will bring many health benefits and certainly bring dignity to anyone who aspires to our white level of deodorized and sanitized bodies.

But if Christians insist on patting themselves on the back and thinking running hot and cold water and flush toilets will magically decrease the suicide rate among our aboriginal  sisters and brothers they are


By all means Canada, let's get that water where it should be but please don't let them make it a "Jesus" project.  

Jesus is no doubt horrified and still trying to get over the Residential Schools the churches built in His name.

Truth and Reconciliation should be led by the First Nations people themselves.

For now our job is to follow.

Friday, 18 December 2015

The Message Behind the Symbols

The image asks Christians to honour 

the Divine Feminine.

Some may find Her in the Holy Spirit.

Some may find her in our pre-Christian roots.

Wherever  you find Her,

may She bring peace and blessings

to you

as we prepare to celebrate the birth 

of Her 

Holy Child

and the return  of the sun.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Honour Her

The Winter Child tells us to honour his 




from whom all things come.