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. 

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Listening to the News

By Ann Jervis

Do you, like me, have a complicated relationship with the news? I find it almost magnetic—I want to know “what is going on,” to think myself part of current social dramas. I also find the news disorienting and discomfiting—it depicts a world out of control. I am both drawn to my news feeds and feel a strong caution about how they are affecting me.

I understand the draw. Beyond the...

Mon, March 28, 2022

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Of Pasta and Palimpsests: Notes on a Visit to Rome

By Joseph Mangina

I recently had the opportunity of spending two weeks in Rome as part of a course on Anglican Ecclesiology and Ecumenism. The course, ably taught by Prof. Matthew Olver of Nashotah House seminary and Dr. Christopher Wells, director of the Living Church Institute, focused on the history and character of the Anglican Communion as well as the Anglican commitment to Christian unity. I was there in the...

Mon, March 21, 2022

Bible open to 1 John with pen and notebook

What is a Theologian?

By Justin Stratis

Occasionally, when I’m out in the wild, someone might see my ID and notice that little “Dr.” in front of my name. The next comment often goes something like: “Oh, you’re a doctor! What do you practice?” Then comes the confusion as I clarify that I’m not a medical doctor (aka a real doctor), but rather a theologian, which I try to explain as swiftly as possible as “someone who talks about God.”...

Mon, March 14, 2022

Professor Stephen Chester

The battle lines of justice run through the centre of our lives

By Stephen Chester

The struggle for justice seems never to be won, and it is easy for those who fight for it to become weary.  

As I write this blog, news reports are focussed on the missiles that are falling on Kyiv, and on the world’s inability to effectively address our climate crisis. I hear shock and dismay expressed that these things are happening in the 2020s. Ought not humanity to have advanced...

Mon, March 07, 2022

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Suffering and Hope

By John Franklin, Executive Director of IMAGO

The most common challenge to Christian faith is the presence of pain, evil, and suffering in the world. We ask, if there is a God, why are these things allowed? Some suffering is the result of our own folly but there is also the suffering that seems to be woven into the fabric of life in ways we cannot predict or control.

Suffering is a timely topic given that the world has...

Wed, February 23, 2022

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Marie Dentière: A Voice Long Silenced that Speaks Again

By Marion Taylor

In my graduate studies, my professors had me read great books written by great men who had made a difference in the church and academy. They never talked about the great books that women had written and the great things that women had done. Women’s voices had long been silenced. But thanks to the hard work of many scholars, the great books of many women have been rediscovered and...

Thu, February 17, 2022

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What is Love Anyway?

By Wanda Malcolm

It’s Valentine’s Day and as the saying goes, “love is in the air,” but what is love anyway? Ask a few different people what love is, and you will quickly discover that love, like ice cream, comes in different flavors that can be enjoyed on their own or mixed together for an extraordinary treat. As delicious as the hearts and chocolate of Valentine’s Day might be, a steady diet of...

Thu, February 10, 2022

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Ten Events in the 1960s that Permanently Changed the Anglican Church of Canada

By Alan L. Hayes

During the 1960s, which were a decade of upheaval in western Christianity in general, the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) registered some fundamental changes in its worship, theology, ecumenical outlook, discipline, and cultural inclusiveness.  

Here are ten of the most significant changes of those years. I'll let you decide which were good, which were bad, and which were a bit of both.

 

September 1961: a charismatic outbreak. In Prince...

Mon, January 31, 2022

Catherine Sider-Hamilton speaking to a group

Women in Ministry? Light from Ancient Greek

By Catherine Sider-Hamilton

Can a woman preach? Can women lead worship? Does God ordain authority for women in the church? It is a question that matters to me, as a woman and a priest in the Anglican church, now for more than 25 years. Greek points us toward an answer!

Last week I read Genesis 1 with my Intermediate Greek Exegesis class. We read the creation story in the Septuagint, the ancient Greek...

Tue, January 25, 2022

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When it comes to the church, how beautiful is small? Part 2

By Stephen Andrews

My dad was a “there-are-no-strangers-but-only-friends-I-haven’t-met-yet” kind of guy. He was disarmingly affable and could size up a situation that was full of flaws and point out what was good about it. If my dad’s church was troubled by waning numbers, I expect he would have gone about making more friends out of strangers.

Happily, there are lots of folks in the church that are like my dad. Not easily given...

Tue, January 25, 2022