During the past several months of physical distancing due to the pandemic, I have been encouraged by the many ways the people of the Diocese of New Westminster have embraced our identity as the body of Christ, even when we cannot meet in person. Some folks have even emphatically proclaimed that church has nothing to do […]

We have learned to see our world through megapixels. Our reality is affirmed by likes and taps on screens. Today walking down the street I saw two men engaged in a verbal fight that almost came to blows over one having walked into the other while looking at his phone instead of where he was […]

By —Paul Stanwood How can we begin to build a new altar at St. James’?  Our celebrations are rich and plentiful, and the church is a centre of beauty.  Yet we still want to see what isn’t there: a wonderful world of ecological harmony, of ourselves and of all creation at peace. A special kind […]

Photo by Connor Botts on Unsplash Part III ​ ​“The eyes are the window to the soul.” You saw him first at the table set up outside the small kitchen, helping himself to baked goods set on a table. He was slight, slim, and dark-haired. He might have been your sons’ peer, mid-30s or so. He wore a […]

Photo by A. L. on Unsplash Part II. “But God be with the clown”​ (Emily Dickinson). @St. James Anglican church, Sunday July 9, 2018. I arrived on time, though too late to hear the church bells ring at the corner of Gore & Powell. Parked my car, and hurried up the steps, was greeted by an usher at […]