The Wycliffe Blog - Vestigia Dei

Vestigia Dei  – is a Latin term meaning “traces of God.” As a theological term it is associated with natural theology – that is, the view that there are vestiges of God within creation. We’ve chosen this term as the title of the Wycliffe College blog because our hope is that through these writings, readers might glimpse evidences for God as our writers interact with the wider world. 

Brittany Hudson

The importance of allyship

By Brittany Hudson

Brittany Hudson is pursuing a Master of Theological Studies in Urban Community Development at Wycliffe College. She is also a community member of L'Arche Toronto. Passionate about justice-seeking, equality, and African-Canadian History, in her free time she plays the ukulele, guitar, and sings.

 

Allyship is about listening. Listening should never be confused with silence. Listening to Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) voices is an...

Tue, June 09, 2020

Matthew Waterman

The church: the matrix of change - Part 2

By Matthew Waterman

This is part two of Matthew Waterman's reflections on the subject of anti-black racism and the church. Read part one here. Matthew graduated with his Master of Divinity from Wycliffe College in 2020.

 

Today I want to write about a few specific issues that may be obstacles to lasting change in the matter of anti-black racism in our churches. I do not claim to have all the answers...

Mon, June 08, 2020

Matthew Waterman

The church: the matrix of change

By Matthew Waterman

In the wake of events in Minneapolis, Wycliffe College Principal Stephen Andrews reached out to some of Wycliffe's black students to ask them how they are doing. One student, Matthew Waterman (who graduated from the Master of Divinity program at Wycliffe in 2020) took the time to jot down his thoughts, and he has given Wycliffe permission to share a portion of his reflections here. Matthew writes:

 

"As for...

Fri, June 05, 2020

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Not the End of the World: On Reading Revelation in a Time of Plague

By Joseph Mangina

Dr. Joseph Mangina wrote the following piece for his parish, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and agreed to share it here.

 

Disease, death, social lockdown, global depression: for many people, the experience of the novel coronavirus feels like the end of something—maybe even the end of the world as we know it. It is not surprising that the thoughts of many Christians have turned to the book of Revelation, also known as the...

Fri, May 08, 2020

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Abba! Father!

By Stephen Chester

In the last few weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has introduced a new and deep anxiety and uncertainty into our lives. All kind of features of our daily lives that we formerly could rely upon have been radically altered and we have no idea about what the future holds.

In reality, of course, those last two sentences are total nonsense.

As very serious as it is, and as devastating and heartbreaking...

Mon, April 13, 2020

Hikers on a foggy road

Faith in the Face of Adversity

By Marion Taylor

The biblical prophet Habakkuk lived during the troubled last decades of Israel’s southern kingdom. “The Chaldeans [also called Babylonians] that fierce and impetuous nation” threatened to destroy God’s people. They would eventually triumph over Judah in 605 BC and control them for the next 65 years (Habakkuk 1:6). Habakkuk was confused by what he was witnessing and, like Job, he questioned God’s justice:

O Lord, how long shall I cry for...

Mon, April 06, 2020

hands together raised

A Call to Prayer in Times like These

By Peter Robinson

In the midst of this present crisis one of the greatest gifts the church has for the world is prayer. Not prayer as a way of retreating from, or turning away from, the world, but prayer as means of being more present to the world in the midst of this crisis. In prayer, in worship, we begin with who we are; God’s people seeking to understand how to live out of God’s...

Mon, March 30, 2020

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A Christian Response and Witness in the time of COVID-19

By Annette Brownlee

On Friday, March 13, 2020—just before the University sent out its directive moving all classes online—several students said to me over the course of the day, “I’ve never been through something like this.” The current global pandemic is unprecedented in the experience of almost everyone living. There have been, to date, greater death tolls (the 1918 flu pandemic killed 50 million worldwide, the 2009 swine flu pandemic killed 150,000 to 575,400 worldwide)....

Wed, March 18, 2020

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“I, Patrick, A Sinner”

By Thomas Power

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Who was St. Patrick, and what example does his life and mission have for us today? First, a few pertinent facts. We know that Patrick was born in the late fourth century in Roman Britain, the son of a deacon, and grandson of a priest. We glean most about him from his Confession (access it www.ccel.org), a work he wrote late in life. The Confession...

Mon, March 16, 2020

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Who should we listen to?

By Ephraim Radner

Who should you listen to?  Who do you trust to learn something from?  These are important questions for students, obviously. But they are important for everyone in a society like ours that is torn between hyper-criticism and the gullible consumption of what we now call “fake news.”  We are taught to mistrust teachers and experts because most of their views are driven by self-serving bias; yet we gravitate to a...

Mon, March 09, 2020