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Monday
Apr062015

TAP Tribute - Gladys Osmond: Tireless letter writer to the troops

(Staff)  A NEWFOUNDLAND grandmother who hand-wrote “hundreds of thousands” of letters to Canadian troops overseas has died at the age of 91.

Gladys Osmond wrote her first letter to a Canadian soldier serving overseas in 1983. In 2011 she told the press that she composed “more than a thousand letters every month,” not to mention countless emails. It’s estimated more than 400,000 letters were sent to Canadian Armed Forces members over three decades as a result of her efforts.

 

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Monday
Apr062015

By Sue Careless 

AFTER NO FEWER than six moves in six years from its original home near Dufferin and St Clair, the ANiC congregation of St Chad’s has found a new and welcoming home closer to Bloor St. in Toronto. St. Chad’s has rented from Presbyterian churches and a Russian Orthodox one, as well as Seventh Day Adventist and Korean United churches. And now it has settled into a large Baptist church in Etobicoke that, except for the lack of kneelers, has the ambience of a traditional neo-gothic Anglican church. After years on its knees, the congregation would seem to have landed on its feet.

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Monday
Apr062015

Churches asked to help resettle refugees from Syria and Iraq

(Staff)   CANADA plans to welcome refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war and the Islamic State’s reign of terror, but the federal government hopes private organizations, such as church groups, will shoulder 60 per cent of the work and costs. It will pick up the remaining 40 per cent.

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Tuesday
Jan132015

Taking a Closer Look

We’ve asked five Canadian theologians to help us look more closely at some of the key figures in the Christmas story.

Do You See?

Praying with The Virgin of the Sign


By Tim Perry

MY FAVOURITE ICON of Mary is “The Virgin of the Sign,” or the Platytera, and it is one I find myself praying with often at this time of year. Its first name is taken from Isaiah 7:14 “This shall be a sign unto you: the virgin shall conceive and bear a son. . .” The second, meaning “wider,” expresses the mystery of the Incarnation: the womb of the Virgin is now home to that which cannot be contained, namely, God the Son.

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Wednesday
Oct222014

Christians in captivity

JESUS BEGAN his earthly ministry by publicly reading Scripture in the synagogue. It began:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” (Isaiah 61:1)

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