Earlier this summer, the CRA forced Oxfam Canada to change its charitable purpose statement from “prevention of poverty” to “alleviation of poverty” because, according to government policy, preventing poverty is not a charitable cause. Yet given the documented evidence that poverty has negative health, social and economic impacts, one could argue that preventing it would be more charitable than waiting to offer help after harm has been done. Not so, say government officials, and their word trumps the donors to Oxfam who would like it to focus more attention on preventing poverty. But if Oxfam does what its donors want, it risks losing its charitable license. The organization was forced to comply with CRA’s demands.
De Bruijne says that he intended the chapel to tell a story: “This was on my mind for a long time, but it is the first time I created such a project. However I have designed sets for my theatre-plays, which is also creating a three-dimensional space in which a story is told. In actual fact the Canvas Chapel is a set . . . in which my personal story about faith, hope and love is told.”
I have, as a result of my engagement with Coakley, taken up silent prayer. Once or twice a week I derail my trains of thought, turn my cellphone off, and sit for twenty minutes, inviting God to work in and around me, but otherwise shutting up. I have not yet slain patriarchy at its root, but I have noticed a new sort of quiet confidence, a dawning belief that I do not have to earn a relationship with God through my own personal awesomeness. It’s not spectacular. But it’s also deeply unlike me – as subversive of my usual ways of operating as quiet in a prison cell. And it wouldn’t have happened had I not read Coakley.
Taking a fresh look at the Reformation, Christian Courier interviewed Clement Ng, an evangelical who converted to Catholicism six years ago. Clement grew up in a mainstream Chinese evangelical church and attended a Christian elementary school. He holds a M.Phil. from the University of Western Ontario.
Reforming is a part of life, simply because deforming inevitably follows upon forming in nearly everything that humans touch. So the Reformation continues, regardless of one’s personal affiliations or theological persuasions. As the great hymn soberly put it: “Change and decay in all around I see. . . .” The great comfort is that the One who most specializes in Forming (creation) is also the God of Redemption and Reconciliation, two very Reforming activities!Login to View