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Advent, 2015: Dr. James K.A. Smith

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Christian philosopher James K.A. Smith was the keynote speaker at the Desiring the Kingdom conference held in Toronto Oct. 22-24. Sue Careless interviewed Dr. Smith there.  

TAP: As a brainy philosopher it takes some guts to admit humans are heavily influenced, sometimes unconsciously, by our senses and our imagination.

JKAS: Yes, I’m a philosopher pointing out the limits of thinking.  

TAP: You call us liturgical, narrative, imaginative animals. What do you mean by liturgical animals?

JKAS: Human beings are creatures whose habits and loves and orientations are shaped by the rituals they are immersed in, not just

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A Letter to the Canadian Church from George Sumner

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GREETINGS IN CHRIST! Upon the occasion of my departure from Wycliffe College as principal after 16 years, I was asked to answer some questions about myself, the college, and the state of the Church it serves.  I have to the best of my ability assimilated the question, and this is my summative answer.  I was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas in May, and have just received

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Trinity, 2015: Mark Regis

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In his ministry as associate pastor at St Paul’s Bloor Street in Toronto, Mark Regis helps prepare couples for marriage. Sue Careless asks what he has learned about marriage from the course he leads and from his own 8-year marriage to Ruthia.


TAP: What is your role in preparing couples for marriage?

MR: There is a four-stage process:

I meet with the couple interested in having their wedding at St. Paul’s to discuss the process, make a pastoral contact, gather an initial sense of the couple and pray for them.

They participate in our five-week Alpha marriage preparation course

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Kerry Dickson


Sue Careless talks with Kerry Dickson about 622, the new curriculum she is developing for youth.



Is this Sunday school curriculum or material for a youth group? 

It’s more suited to Sunday school, but I think there’s enough versatility in it to allow for use in other contexts.


What age group are you targeting?

It’s really for high school, so grades nine to 12.


Sunday school used to go to grade 8 but now in many Anglican churches it ends at grade 6 and middle school children enter youth groups. Youth groups need to be fun to attract teens

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Foley Beach

Archbishop Foley Beach, the newly-invested Primate of ACNA, was recently in Ottawa for ANiC's synod and the installation of Bishop Charlie Masters. He took time to sit down with your editor to discuss his faith journey, the future of ACNA, the pro-life movement and our need to pray.

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