Diocese of New Westminster wants to know more about Islam

And why not? Islam could fill the gap in the diocese left by the departure of Christianity.

CaptureFrom here:

This event will seek to open up avenues of conversation.  What do we know about Islam and Muslims?  What do we appreciate?  What do we fear?  How do we understand current geo-political struggles, including terrorism?  What is the capacity of Islam for pluralism, democracy, human rights and the secular?

It’s interesting that there don’t seem to be any events organised by Muslims to understand Christianity better; Muslims may not feel the need because they are more secure in their beliefs.

The organisers of this event suggest: If possible, bring something that can be shared. A severed head, perhaps.

Jesus’ true nature finally revealed

He was mostly water.

From here (page 9):

In her reflection, Jennifer Henry, executive director of KAIROS, reminded those present that, through his incarnation, Jesus was “a child who, like other babies, was mostly water – 75 per cent water, so they say.” Like the rest of humanity, Jesus depended on water for his daily needs, she said.

These ladies, despite all appearances to the contrary, are not suffering from a bout of severe constipation, but are thumping vigorously on their drums to convince us that we all have a role in protecting the waters of the Earth. Just looking at them convinces me, I don’t know about you.


The Diocese of New Westminster: Lost in Space

The Diocese of New Westminster is organising a tour of “sacred spaces”; for reasons that elude me, the diocesan cathedral is included.

In the spirit of mutual understanding, respect, and peace, I’d just like to point out that if I wasn’t reasonably certain that Christianity is correct and all other religions are not, I wouldn’t bother to get up early every Sunday to attend a service of Christian worship; the sacred space of my feather pillow would be more than adequate. That means I don’t go to a Diocese of Niagara or, indeed, any Anglican Church of Canada parish, in case anyone is wondering.

Updated Sacred Spaces tourFrom here:

If interreligious dialogue is to bear fruit–the fruit of mutual understanding, respect, and peace–it needs to be rooted in the specific spiritual space or milieu of each religious tradition. If we are willing to enter into and even dwell for a time in another spiritual space, we will be able to return to the space we call home, enriched by the gifts we have received and prepared to live in peace with those who dwell in a spiritual space that is very different from our own.

Wesleyan students arrested for drug use

From here:

Police have arrested four students from Wesleyan University in connection with a drug overdose over the weekend. They are to appear in court next week.

Ten students and two visitors were hospitalized Sunday from complications arising from the use of the drug Molly or from alcohol.

Is anyone surprised? You’d start taking drugs, too, if you had to bunk in with all the  LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM “communities” that Wesleyan goes out of its way to attract.

Parishioner wants handshaking abolished at the passing of the peace

But, as an Anglican bishop noted:

Bishop Geoff Peddle of the Anglican Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador said the practice has been discussed many times before in his church.

“We have dealt with it over and over again,” he said. “During SARS, the H1N1, we stopped all physical contact and refrained from drinking from the cup,” he said.

In contrast, the Anglican Church of Canada is quite content to encourage men to have anal sex with one another by blessing the activity; that, after all, is so much more hygienic than shaking hands.


Wesleyan University has a mission statement that says it is “dedicated to providing an education in the liberal arts that is characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism.”

They should have included unintended tasteless humour, because one of the residences proclaims that it is a safe haven for “LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM communities”

Open House is a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderfuck, Polyamourous, Bondage/Disciple, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM) communities and for people of sexually or gender dissident communities. The goals of Open House include generating interest in a celebration of queer life from the social to the political to the academic. Open House works to create a Wesleyan community that appreciates the variety and vivacity of gender, sex and sexuality.

That’s 15 “communities” crammed into one small house all, when taking a well-earned break from singing  Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose, engaging in varieties of “vivacity of gender, sex and sexuality”. Or, to put it more succinctly: living in an overcrowded brothel – with rigor, and practical idealism.

Climate scientist delivers message of doom to Anglican Cathedral

I know this isn’t particularly surprising – to really shock I’d need news that someone preached the Gospel in an Anglican cathedral – but here it is anyway:

In a winter when much of Canada has endured frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall, it may be hard for some to take climate change seriously.

But the deep freeze many of us have experienced this winter, said renowned climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, is actually connected to the overall warming of the planet.

“Massive snows are a symptom of climate change. A warmer planet increases the risk of heavy snowfall too,” Hayhoe told about 140 people who gathered on Feb. 19 to hear her speak at St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston, Ont. The diocese of Ontario’s Green Group, with support from the Sisters of Providence of Saint Vincent de Paul organized the event.

In the year 2000, before global warming was surreptitiously renamed “climate change”, in the halcyon days before climategate, Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit of the University of East Anglia, said:

within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”

He was speaking of Britain which has been buried in winter snow ever since.

Still, as I remind myself every time I step outside and my nose hairs frost over, even though the science was settled  in 2000, it has now resettled and, in its resettling, is telling us that a warming planet is actually making it colder. What could be more obvious: you just have to have faith in the climate scientists. Particularly the ones who lecture in Anglican cathedrals.

What, according to Katharine Hayhoe, must we do?

A small and personal starting point is to measure our carbon footprint and see what changes we can make to reduce it.

Hayhoe flew from Texas to St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston Ontario to deliver that pietism, on an aeroplane that burns four litres of jet fuel per second, placing around two tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per person. And if, as we can only hope, she returns, she will do it all again.

So why should we listen to her?

Justin Welby: the secret of being an archbishop is to be reconciled to your own embarrassment

From here:

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said it is “embarrassing” that posts in the Church of England are being advertised for less than the living wage despite the Church’s declared commitment to the principle.


The living wage commitment was included in the controversial bishops’ pastoral letter, ‘Who is my Neighbour?’, released last week.
Speaking at a conference in Birmingham today for business and Church leaders, the Archbishop of Canterbury said that the revelation was “embarrassing”. However, the Press Association reported: “But in the light of transparency, which I welcome, I will say we are a complex institution and every parish church and cathedral is an independent charity, as is every diocese.

“We don’t have a centralised method of control.

“I’m not very keen on centralised control where, from far away, you tell people what to do.”

If only Welby took the same view when it comes to the government. The Pastoral Letter issued by Church of England Bishops expends a torrent of verbiage on telling everyone what to do – when it isn’t waxing lyrical on the virtues of centralised control.

As it happens, I reported on the Church’s stingy salaries in July 2014, so Welby has no excuse for being unaware of this: he just needs to read Anglican Samizdat.

March 5th is climate fast day

On March the fifth, luminaries from Canadian Anglican and Lutheran churches, along with green politicians and assorted Gaia hangers on, will fast for climate change. The fasters include well known climatologists, Bishop Fred Hiltz and Bishop Susan Johnson. I hope they are successful because the climate needs to change: it was -24C in Oakville yesterday. Personally, I have set aside March 5th to have dinner at the local Mandarin where I will eat as much as possible.

The organiser of this worthy venture is Jennifer Henry from Kairos Canada. She reckons that the justice we most desperately need is not justice for the unborn who are routinely murdered in their thousands or for the increasing number of Christians who are being beheaded, tortured or displaced in so many places but climate justice, a incoherence which has no discernible meaning since climate is an inanimate phenomenon to which it is no more possible to act unjustly than to a bowl of porridge.

Still, to look on the bright side, Bishops not eating for a whole day will considerably reduce global flatulence; now if only they could be persuaded to stop talking.

From here:

“Fasting has long roots in our faith tradition,” says Henry. “The fast that God requires is justice and the justice we most desperately need is climate justice for all people who have been impacted, and will be impacted, by the current ecological catastrophe. Fasting for one day is a small gesture of solidarity for the hardship so many now face. Each and every one of our voices is essential to demand of the federal government an effective strategy to meet science-based emissions reductions targets in the lead up to the climate conference in Paris later this year.”

February and March are assigned to North Americans who are hungry for action on climate change. Notable leaders who agreed to fast one day during this period include the Rev. Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada (March 6); Rev. Susan Johnson, National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (February 14); Rev. Mark MacDonald, the National Indigenous Bishop, Anglican Church of Canada (March 16); Mardi Tindal, Immediate Past Moderator, The United Church of Canada (March 19); Joe Gunn, Executive Director, Citizens for Public Justice (February 1); Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (March 12); and Bill McKibben, author and co-founder of 350.org (March 30). Connie Sorio, KAIROS’ Ecological Justice Partnership Coordinator, will join the fast on February 28.