Affixed to each other,
we mix them up.
Fall in love and your life lights up
like the proverbial Christmas tree.
Walk as though in constant light
and love’s imprinted in your every step.
Long, long have our beliefs
stolen the light
from once-luminous eyes,
bolted them in darkness
behind hate-locked doors.
Long, long has our fear
bound… Continue Reading…
Heading into the season of anticipation, it seemed fitting to look at Charles Dickens Great Expectations. What follows is the Focused Moment that grew out of my preparations. Before you judge, take a look at the editorial note below the poem!
Perhaps a morning filled with sunshine.
Perhaps a never-ending rain.
Perhaps your deepest questions answered,
or frost across the windowpane.
Perhaps a trip you’d not expected.
Perhaps reunion with a friend.
Perhaps a headline filled with trouble,
or… Continue Reading…
This morning, November 19th, 2013, we addressed the Parents’ Guide, Children’s Sexual Behaviours published by the Prince Edward Island Government. Charles McVety, my sparring partner on the Culture War segment of the John Oakley Show, was furious that the pamphlet identified some behaviours as normal arguing that allowing them would lead to sexualization of children at an inappropriate age. I’m more concerned about the fashionably “torn” off the shoulder sweatshirts for toddlers that I saw in Loblaws the other day… Continue Reading…
It’s almost corny,
the way we go all goo-goo gaa-gaa
the minute we see a baby,
seemingly unable to form normal, everyday words
and replacing them with
an internationally recognized baby-babble.
We drop our defenses,
forget who it is we want people to think we are
and become guileless,
transported to our own place
Who would we be
if every single day,
some random moment came,
and for as long as we could bear… Continue Reading…
What first would fill me
were I to awake
What first would flood my heart
should it pour its
What first would come into
and my thought
were my mind
as I slumbered?
What first would pass our lips
in a world beyond belief
if our stories were
May we ever open… Continue Reading…
The date: November 12, 2013.
The issues were legion:
Because women can opt out of accidental pregnancy through abortion, should men be able to opt out, too, by not paying support?
Would you leave your kids at a daycare run by a man?
The HPV vaccine is now being made available in the Roman Catholic School Board in Halton. Do you think this is a “promiscuity vaccine” as Charles argues?
And, what about those atheist churches? Religion haters? Racists?
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Last week, I posted a response to a query regarding my beliefs and their seeming dissonance with the statements of faith of the United Church. I augmented that response with a picture, a crest fashioned from the United Church’s official crest but altered to replace the figures in the lower portion of the crest, an alpha and omega, with the atheist symbol, a capital A partially encircled with a loop. The two symbols are close enough in appearance that many… Continue Reading…
I wrote this for our Remembrance Day service, remembering my dad’s old sailor uniform that was kept in the wardrobe on the third floor of our house. And I seriously wondered what must have been in their hearts, these young men and women who went off to war. And then I read a number of articles and some original reporting that had come out of Kristalnacht, November 9th, 1938, seventy-five years ago the Saturday before Remembrance Day and… Continue Reading…
As a result of various Facebook conversations taking place that pose questions about the appropriateness of my ministry as an atheist within The United Church of Canada, I’ve been asked by Evan Smith, who is in the process toward ordination, to address the issue. Here is her question, followed by my response.
Hi Gretta. I hope things are well for you. I’m sure you know this but if not, three times recently there have been lengthy facebook debates on… Continue Reading…
Each year, on the weekend of or following the traditional Christian celebration of All Saints’ Day, we at West Hill honour those whose lives have ended but who continue to influence and strengthen us because of who they were in our lives or the legacy they have left. It is our Celebrated Lives service. Perhaps you might take a moment during the day to bring to mind those no longer with you physically but whose light you still… Continue Reading…