The Rev'd Jonathan RoweColumns

When You’re Irreplaceable

Taking time off for mental health leave was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in twenty years of ordained ministry. I was …

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Melanie ClarkeColumns

The Spirit of Christmas

Every year around the end of November, there seems to be something in the air. A feeling comes over most people in December that isn’t …

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Allison BillardColumns

The Holiday Season: What’s Your Favourite Part? What Would Jesus’ Be?

Here we are again: the December issue of the paper, working our way through Advent and towards Christmas Day. Every year is so full of …

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The Rev'd Canon Jeffrey PettenColumns

Stir Up

One of the traditions which has somewhat gone by the wayside is “Stir Up” Sunday. In The Book of Common Prayer, the collect for the …

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Kevin SmithColumns

An Act of Kindness

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart Over the …

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Ford MatchimColumns

Reasonable and Probable Grounds to Believe

As a member of the RCMP, I had many opportunities to observe people in the quiet of a courtroom, undertaking an oath—I swear to tell …

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The Rev'd Jonathan RoweColumns

God Guard Thee, Newfoundland

As I started writing this column, people were up in arms about Memorial University’s decision not to include the Ode to Newfoundland as part of …

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The Rev’d James SpencerColumns

Lego As An Ecclesiastical Metaphor

If there’s one thing I am known for, among those who have more than a passing knowledge of me, it is that I am a …

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Emily F. RoweColumns

Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep

I have a lot of favourite Christmas specials and movies. There’s the Muppet Family Christmas, A Christmas Story, and A Child’s Christmas in Wales. And …

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The Rt. Rev'd John WattonCentral Newfoundland

Bishop John Watton’s Christmas Message

Many pieces of scripture other than the narrative of Jesus birth speak to me. One of the most powerful scriptures in my heart is from …

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