Halloween rekindles the child in all of us

There’s nothing inherently evil about the celebration of Halloween in our time

Halloween rekindles the child in all of usIs there any harm in participating in the annual celebration of Halloween? Some think so. I first encountered the opinion that Halloween may be spiritually dangerous when my children were young. I was surprised when a friend announced that her children would not be dressing up and trick-or-treating. She objected to the pagan roots of…

Rituals around death may help us live better

From creepy Halloween graveyard scenes to praying for the dead, our subconscious is trying to gain mastery over our fears about dying

Rituals around death may help us live betterEach year from Halloween on Oct. 31 to All Soul’s Day on Nov. 2, we give death a cultural nod. Does this fulfil some deep-seated need? We don’t have to be historians to recognize that Halloween is connected with death and dying. Just walk around any neighbourhood in the days preceding Halloween and you'll notice…

Calgary’s Fire Exit Theatre a place to explore art and faith

Val Lieske talks about how Fire Exit Theatre seeks to entertain people in order to challenge and change them

Calgary’s Fire Exit Theatre a place to explore art and faithVal Lieske is artistic director at Fire Exit Theatre in Calgary. What's the history behind Fire Exit Theatre and how it started? Lieske: Fire Exit began out of an interest to tell stories that matter; stories of faith that couldn’t or wouldn’t be told in either the church or the theatre. I had a bunch…

Not kosher: growing market segment faces questions

Kosher certification goes beyond just food safety or dietary regimes. Its symbolic and religious virtues are critical to the currency of this category

Not kosher: growing market segment faces questionsCanada’s largest kosher meat packer has had its licences suspended, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). This could spell trouble for consumers of kosher meat products and particularly the Jewish community. Ryding-Regency Meat Packers, a Toronto-based company, has been in operation since 1983. The company, which also operates under other names, had its…

A retreat oasis in the heart of Calgary

Denise DeNeve talks about how the FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre caters to the local community, and national and international groups

A retreat oasis in the heart of CalgaryDenise DeNeve is director of the FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre in Calgary. Can you explain what the FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre is? DeNeve: The FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre as stated in our mission statement is a “Centre of Hospitality and Hope Where God can be Experienced in a Changing World.” It’s a…

Embrace higher ideals to truly change the world

There’s more than enough good in this world for everyone and every person has the potential for greatness

Embrace higher ideals to truly change the worldA study of history exposes many mistakes mankind has made. But we also see many great successes. What creates this difference? At the core of each person, there are guiding principles. We innately know that love, kindness, humility, truth and compassion are paramount, and our ability to embrace these ideals impacts the direction of the…

Pilgrimage cities of interest to all travellers, not just the religious

From Jerusalem to Rome, from Kyoto to Mecca, from Varanasi to Lhasa, all the major religions of the world have cities of special significance

Pilgrimage cities of interest to all travellers, not just the religiousJust coming off of a trip to Israel, we started thinking about pilgrimage cities of the world. While most people take a pilgrimage for religious reasons, pilgrimage cities are interesting to all travellers. Most have layers of history. There is much to see and learn about in all of them. All the major religions of…

Investing in family and faith to minimize social isolation

Too many of us struggle with being disconnected. New studies show that social institutions help lower loneliness

Investing in family and faith to minimize social isolationSocial isolation and loneliness are among the most important challenges of our times, and governments alone can’t fix them. Frankly, these problems are too big for the politicians. Consider some basic findings from a new Angus Reid Institute study, conducted in partnership with Cardus: Almost one-quarter of Canadians struggle with extreme social isolation and loneliness.…

Appropriation isn’t a crime, it’s natural cultural evolution

Cultural appropriation is how people learn. We take the most useful information we come across and pass it on to our children

Appropriation isn’t a crime, it’s natural cultural evolutionThe controversy concerning what’s called cultural appropriation has taken a strange new twist. Complaints about this newly-invented crime have typically involved Indigenous artists complaining that a non-Indigenous person has appropriated something from them. But now a group of Inuit claims a fellow Indigenous artist has culturally appropriated the throat-singing they say belongs to them alone…

Canada must disavow Sikh terrorism

Trudeau and his government are complicit in interference of the worst kind in India’s internal affairs

French President Charles de Gaulle travelled to Quebec, ostensibly to visit Canada’s Expo 67, on July 24, 1967. But the old rascal had something entirely different in mind. He had come to Canada for one reason: to stir up trouble. Leaning over a balcony before a large Montreal crowd, he uttered a carefully rehearsed phrase…
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