When Ottawa announced a compensation package last week for victims of what has become known as the "Sixties Scoop," it was one more step in a long walk of trying to make reparations to Indigenous peoples for devastating sins committed against individuals, families, and entire communities.
The sins were many, and caused great harm across generations of Indigenous peoples. Decades of systemic racism included the now well-known story of the church-run residential schools.
Date Published: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Many churches remember Francis of Assisi each year on October 4. The day is considered a "feast day" honouring the saint.
Generally speaking, saints are simply people who have gone before us in the faith, people whom we honour and remember for their exemplary lives, or for their example of faith and perseverance in the midst of great suffering and persecution.
Date Published: Tuesday, October 3, 2017
The flood waters may still be raging in Houston and the death counts rising, but already, people are starting to point fingers of blame.
It may be a natural, human reaction. In the midst of enormous anguish and suffering, it's common to want to know why such tragedy happens. Some blame God. Others look elsewhere for a scapegoat.
Date Published: Thursday, August 31, 2017
On Thursday mornings at Wycliffe it is customary for the faculty to preach in a series that goes through the term. Sometimes we preach on a given book of Scripture, like Jeremiah; sometimes it is on some key aspect of the Christian life, like vocation. This term, we will be preaching on the biblical “canticles”, that is, on those parts of Scripture we know to be songs: the Song of Moses at the Red Sea in Exodus 15, the so-called “Magnificat” or Song of Mary from Luke, and so on.
Christopher J. H. Wright (PhD, Cambridge) is international ministries director of the Langham Partnership, providing literature, scholarships and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries. He has written several books including commentaries on Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Ezekiel, The Mission of God, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God and Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament.
Sharon Y. Ramsay (MDiv, RP, RMFT) is a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy. A graduate of Tyndale Seminary’s Master of Divinity program in Toronto, Sharon consults with couples, individuals and families about a wide variety of issues covering many stages of the family life cycle. Her grounding in systemic practice and relational therapies has been a key driver for the positions she has held in community family service and children’s mental settings.