Setting our Stories Straight: Doing Theology in Canada

Today is Canada Day; although, caught as it is in the midst of a national reckoning incited by the discovery of mass graves on the sites of former Residential Schools, it doesn't really feel like it. I know I'm not alone in sensing the weirdness of this day of national celebration occurring in the middle … Continue reading Setting our Stories Straight: Doing Theology in Canada

Setting Our Stories Straight: The Myth of Progress

If there is a single theme that unites the Western imagination today, even within the severe political polarization, it is the idea of progress — that tomorrow will be better than today, that the future is bright, as long as we set our minds to it. What that future will look like, of course, varies … Continue reading Setting Our Stories Straight: The Myth of Progress

Out of the Depths: A Reflection on Psalm 130

Canada's moment of national reckoning has continued this week, with the uncovering of yet another mass grave on the site of an old Residential School, this time in Saskatchewan. This is no surprise — anyone who has been paying attention has known these graveyards existed; far too many children disappeared from the schools for it … Continue reading Out of the Depths: A Reflection on Psalm 130

Setting our Stories Straight: Everywhere and Nowhere

So far this series, 'Setting our Stories Straight', has dealt with major ways Europeans and their descendants have (mis)used Christian teaching to justify their/our imperial and colonizing actions around the world. These have been cases where Christianity has not really needed 'outside' correction, but rather to re-read itself from within its own resources, stories, and … Continue reading Setting our Stories Straight: Everywhere and Nowhere

Setting our Stories Straight: Dominion over the Earth

Of all the barriers to Reconciliation today in Canada, probably none is as difficult as the question of how we will relate to the land and natural resources. In my experience, Canadians are generally very supportive of Reconciliation right up to the point of where it might impact the economy, especially such industries as logging, … Continue reading Setting our Stories Straight: Dominion over the Earth