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Thread of 1000 Stories

The first purpose of the Thread is to let Canadians link to the stories of faith in their lives.

It's to give us all space to set down our stories and place them, like outward spiralling mosaic tiles, side-­by-­side.

Its deeper role is to create, through the very act of intentional collection, the narrative argument that faith is real in Canada, and faith is vital to Canada.

It’s not to make a polemical or dogmatic or evangelizing argument. It’s to show the very existence of stories of faith in Canada proves faith is an essential part of the whole Canadian story. It always has been. It always should be. It’s a golden thread that connects us by signifying: ‘This is Canada. Faith matters.’

To submit, click the "Tell Us Your Story" button to the right or email your story to thread@faithincanada150.ca.

Peter StocklandPETER STOCKLAND
Senior Writer & Editor ‐ Thread of 1000 Stories

Lloyd MackeyLLOYD MACKEY
Senior Editorial Advisor

#172: Fisherman of My Heart

by Denise Mallett on October 13th, 2017

In her Golden Thread submission, Denise Mallett writes of her Prince Edward Island home and her heart bursting with "God’s golden goodness."

#171: Changing the Climate for Faith and Science

by Lloyd Mackey on 2017-10-10

Katharine Hayhoe, one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014, appreciates both science and faith. Hayhoe states: "I don’t accept global warming on faith: I crunch the data, I analyze the models, I help engineers and city managers and ecologists quantify the impacts." Read more ›

#170: Offering the Very Best

by Jeff Lockert on 2017-10-04

Jeff Lockert discusses the challenges that face Millennials of faith. Lockert writes, "the real challenge is for each and every one of you to offer the very best of yourselves to the world. And the very best of yourselves includes your faith." Read more ›

#169: A Challenge from God

by Janet Epp Buckingham on 2017-09-29

Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham, a professor at Trinity Western University and director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa, shares her faith journey and her experiences defending religious freedom in Canada and around the world. Read more ›

#168: Serving Global Neighbours

by Hank de Jong on 2017-09-29

Convivium had a chance to speak with Hank de Jong, Executive Director of EduDeo Ministries in Hamilton, Ontario, and ask him about the work that the organization is doing around the world – and right at home on Barton Street. Read more ›

#167: Diamonds of Faith

by Galyna Paliychuk on 2017-09-22

"I was 21, full of dreams and ambitions, but this sudden change in my body, this horrible diagnosis ruined everything." In her Golden Thread submission, Galyna Paliychuk shares about the year she met God. Read more ›

#166: Home at Prayer

by Claire Brown on 2017-09-21

In her Golden Thread submission, Claire Brown shares how close prayer is to her heart, and the place of her church in her life and community in Kingston. Read more ›

#165: The Rich Present Of Past And Future Faith

by Kevin Wiebe on 2017-09-19

Kevin Wiebe, the pastor of a small country church, shares what has consistently held together his community: faith. And the costs that commitment has created. But most importantly, how that same faith has sustained his people for generations. Read more ›

#164: Of Faith and Fairies

by Ariella Kimmel on 2017-09-11

At a sacred ceremony at the Turtle Lodge on Sagkeeng Territory, memories of her grandmother flooded Ariella Kimmel. In her Golden Thread submission, Ariella reflects on her faith, the legacy of her grandmother, and how visiting Auschwitz and Birkenau in the presence of loved ones living and gone was a significant part of her faith journey. Read more ›

#163: Pieces of a Bigger Story

by Meredyth Campbell on 2017-09-07

Inspired by Faith in Canada’s Thread of 1000 Stories initiative and in response to the “Our Story” focus, students at Niagara Christian Collegiate were invited to participate in a visual storytelling project. The goal was to create a mosaic of story tiles to represent that each individual plays a role in the NCC story and in God’s larger redemptive narrative. Through simple words and images, students were asked to share their understanding of how faith has shaped their stories. Read more ›

#162: George Monro Grant

by William Christian on 2017-08-31

George Monro Grant pursued the academic life after an injury prevented him from taking over the family farm. Grant immigrated to Canada at 25 and began an influential career organizing and fundraising. He would go on to spend twenty five years developing Queen's university into a successful institution. Read more ›

#161: From Tolerance to Respect

by Kit Schwarz on 2017-08-30

This story is not my own— it’s the story of a friend, a Muslim, who to me represents all the astonishing beauty, all the unstinted warmth and diversity, all the generous understanding, of this country we live in. Read more ›

#160: In The Palm of God's Hand

by Sophia Wasylinko on 2017-08-29

There are three things about me that might surprise someone outside the family. First, we homeschool; second, I have five siblings (Ana, Juliana, Teresa, Adrian, and Timothy), who are all younger than me; and third, my dad (tato) is a priest. Read more ›

#155: God's Smile on the Hill

by Braydon Westerveld on 2017-08-28

In his Golden Thread submission, Braydon Westerveld writes on the ways one member of Parliament's faith informs his life and decisions. Read more ›

#159: Remembering Bishop Ruiz

by John Walsh on 2017-08-28

Ordinary women and men grow to be leaders. The examples are too many to list. No one is hard-wired to become a leader. The experiences of life are their greatest teacher. So it was with Bishop Samuel Ruiz. Read more ›

#158: George Rawlyk

by Laurie McBurney on 2017-08-25

Historian and professor George Rawlyk was a bear of a man who was tapped to become a professional football player, but opted for a scholarly life of research, writing and teaching, mostly about evangelical religion’s role in Canadian history. Read more ›

#157: A Life Serving God

by Hannah Rose Marshall on 2017-08-24

Grade 8 student Hannah Rose Marshall shares how her great-grandfather is a man that she believes has had a tremendous effect on many people’s faith by reason of his trust in the Lord and how he strives to get to know Him better on a daily basis. Read more ›

#156: Truth in Fantasy

by Celia Farrow on 2017-08-23

On an evening walk through dark woods with her brother, Celia Farrow explores the prospect that only a real and purposeful Creator could give us the means to find reflections of  divine in the imagined. Read more ›

#154: John Hunter

by Kevin Kee on 2017-08-18

As one-half of Canada’s most famous evangelistic duo, John Hunter’s mesmerizing preaching and dramatic delivery attracted the attention of hundreds of thousands of Canadians—including the nation’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Hunter’s forte was Bible exposition, using extemporaneous preaching with theatrical overtones. With an actor’s sense of informed improvisation, he drew on his surroundings to enliven and enrich his message. In this way, he tried to make religion a vital and attractive force capable of changing lives. Read more ›

#153: God Beyond Instagram

by Sean Hedley on 2017-08-16

In his Golden Thread submission, Calgary lawyer Sean Hedley explores faith expanding through culture from a fixed place called home. Read more ›

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