A Port in the Storm

In order to be easily recognized in a busy Toronto coffee shop, Reverend Judith Alltree is wearing her clerical collar. It is not something she wears when she is on a ship because it can be a barrier between her and non-Christian seamen or Christians whose tradition does not include female clergy and inhibits her… Read more »



Book Review: Ascent of Women

Sally Armstrong Vintage Canada Edition 2014 Division of Random House 255 pages By the cover, with the photos of three strong and articulate women: Malala Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, you assume this was a feel-good book about the progress of women around the world. But turn to the first page which is… Read more »


Bible Study: Faith & Family

Bible Study – Eunice Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:2-7 You have all seen this elderly couple. The man standing proud and tall with his pitchfork in his hand, the woman standing beside him, hair pulled severely back in a bun, wearing her apron. For years they graced the box of Kellogg’s corn flakes. I can picture… Read more »


Book Review: The Right to Be Cold

The Right to be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet Sheila Watt-Cloutier Hardcover, 326 pages Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Canada, 2015 Inuktitut (English) quimutiik (dog sled) qajaqs (kayaks) silatuniq (wisdom) anaanatsiaq (grandmother) saimuuq (handshake)  Kuujjuaq (Great River) qimutsiit (dog team) Qaniujaaqpait (system for writing Inuktitut syllabics) qallunaat (plural term for White people) amautiit (baby carrier for… Read more »


Bible Study: Exploring Light & Darkness

Though we are highly sensitive to gender inclusive language, we are often rather insensitive to our black/white and dark/light language. This was brought up at a recent WICC Council meeting by the chair of our Justice and Peace Committee. After having spent some time reflecting on this issue, it became fairly evident that she was… Read more »