On Faith & Dating: Challenges, Clarity, and Possible Hope

Recently, I was asked whether I had considered trying the dating site Christian Mingle. This is not the first time I have been asked this, nor is it likely to be the last. This is a question that I believe has usually been well-intentioned–but it’s also a question and an idea I find frustrating inContinue reading “On Faith & Dating: Challenges, Clarity, and Possible Hope”

Poem: Armour

ArmourBoth protects and numbs.It protects:My heart from pain;My soul from risk;My mind from despair;My body from intimacy.It numbs:My desire for love;My highest hopes;My capacity for faith;My openness to vulnerability.Tai Chi cultivates chiBy allowing it to flow.Blockages and woundsMelt away in the flow of energy;Incompatible with the armour I wear.ArmourBoth protects and numbs.SpiritGrant me the courageContinue reading “Poem: Armour”

Poem: Transitions

These past few weeksMy world has turnedUpside-downInside out.Routines and rhythmsCertainties and guidepostsDissolved into chaos.I am adrift at seaNo starts to guide my way;I am lost in a dark forestOnly my heartbeat to affirmI’m still alive.This is a time of transitionsUnsure how or whenI’ll find my way out.Hoping against hopeThat love, hope, and faithWill see meContinue reading “Poem: Transitions”

The Story Of The Incarnation: Why It Matters What Story We Tell

Christmas Eve is here, and once again, followers of the Christian faith are celebrating the Incarnation–the moment when God became fully human, in a specific time and place in history. Much has been written about the ramifications of this, to embodiment, to the relationship between the Divine and creation. Today, however, I want to addressContinue reading “The Story Of The Incarnation: Why It Matters What Story We Tell”

Book Review: The Wisdom Of Your Body by Hillary McBride

I recently read The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection through Embodied Living by Dr. Hillary McBride and I wholeheartedly recommend you all do too! The author is well-known in more progressive Christian spaces as a long-time part of the Liturgists podcast; she is a registered psychologist and counselor based out ofContinue reading “Book Review: The Wisdom Of Your Body by Hillary McBride”

Poem: Struggling These Days

I am struggling these daysConstant ache in my gutConstant fist squeezing my heart.Fighting back tearsMore often than e’er before;Chills coursing down my spinAt all times of the day.My grip is slippingIt’s harder and harderTo find hope;To trust in faith;To believe myselfLovable and worthy of love.I knowFriends and family are onlyA phone call awayYet I can’tContinue reading “Poem: Struggling These Days”

30th Birthday Reflections

Today is my 30th birthday! As is my habit, I thought I’d share some reflections on the past and some hopes for my future. This year, I find myself looking back not only on the past year, but on my twenties as a whole. I recall that, upon entering my twenties, I thought that myContinue reading “30th Birthday Reflections”

When You Cast Your Vote: A Reminder of the Human Impact of the Electoral Process

As the Canadian federal election quickly approaches, and advance polls open in a few short weeks, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of the impact decisions at the polls have on the people around you–friends, family, neighbours–often in ways you least expect. I will not tell you who to vote for, butContinue reading “When You Cast Your Vote: A Reminder of the Human Impact of the Electoral Process”

Canadian Federal Election 2021: Resources & Reflections

It’s official–Canadians are going to the polls on September 20, 2021. As a former political science student and as a current Christian, politics remains an area I follow closely and think of as extremely important. Following is a guide to help get you started in this important part of the democratic process. Reflections On FaithContinue reading “Canadian Federal Election 2021: Resources & Reflections”

Poem: I Am Not Okay

I am not okay.At workI do my bestGive my allAlways knowingI will never excel.Always fearingThe one mistakeThat will bring it allCome crashing down.I am not okay.At homeI readAnd I write.I push my bodyWork my mindTry to drive the demons awayYet they remainAlways present within me.I am not okay.My guts clenchWith stressWith pain.Tears fill my eyes;LonelinessContinue reading “Poem: I Am Not Okay”