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 […]

“Could We be horses?” SUNDAY MORNING @ ST. JAMES ANGLICAN CHURCH: PART I, by Elsie K. Neufeld I left the Mennonite church at age 34, and except for funerals and weddings, have not attended since. Two and a half decades later, there is little I miss about it – except the four part singing. I’ve […]

Some might call football the beautiful game, but if beauty is in the eye of the beholder not all of what we’re seeing looks beautiful. As the FIFA World Cup 2018 gets underway, we see two polar responses: some dismiss sports as merely a game, while others worship in the football arena, as though it […]

Rood at StJames

A few weeks after I had defended my PhD and graduated from the University of British Columbia, I bought a ticket to Barcelona. I had heard of many people having amazing experiences on the nearly 500 miles long Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route that gained popularity in the middle ages as a safer alternative to […]