Stories for the Middle Column of the WCR This Week Page
Running a popular Edmonton diner, Kim Franklin sees a lot of faces and knows a lot of people in the city. But community to Franklin stretches well beyond the city limits. "I think of the community as more than just the people that I can see with my own eyes," she said. That's why, eight months ago, news footage of a group of Syrians stuck on the side of a mountain after being driven away from their own homes, caught her attention.
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The congregation was speckled with poppies as it celebrated the priestly ordination of Father Caesarius Marple. The Edmonton-born monk prostrated before the altar at Westminster Abbey in Mission, B.C., Nov. 11. "To give glory to God, to be a man fully alive, to be a saint: this is my goal, and for that I am excited," said Marple. "I see my ordination to the priesthood as a step along the way, a step I am unworthy to make, but a step which God is asking of me."
Muslims and Christians should walk together, instead of stepping around each other, participants heard at a recent Christian-Muslim Interfaith Dialogue. "The first concept of our faith teaches us to [have] love for all and hatred for none," said Khalida Khawaja, a member of Edmonton's Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Greg Pennoyer calls it "living in a culture of amnesia." Canadians may know bits and pieces of their history - the date of Confederation, where Henry Hudson froze to death, how General Wolfe defeated the Marquis de Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham. But we've lost the thread of the whole story. You can't understand how Canada came to be the country it is today without understanding its religious foundations and history, Pennoyer insists. Pennoyer works for the Cardus Foundation, a Hamilton, Ont.-based think tank started by Dutch Reformed Christians but which now has considerable input from Catholics.