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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

#183: A Surprising Journey

by Samira Mohammadi on November 13th, 2017

Samira Mohammadi was just 10 years old when she was forced to face the world alone with just her mother and her sister. Through her family's heartwrenching experience leaving one home in search of another, Samira writes that "I can clearly see how God guides us through our darkest days."

#182: A Beautiful Blessing: My Brother

by Faith Mallon on 2017-11-13

In her Golden Thread submission, Faith shares about the struggles she, her family, and her brother faced as he struggled with his health from birth. She writes, "Many people would see a child who experiences defects like Liam’s, as 'imperfect,' but they are truly missing out on a beautiful blessing." Read more ›

#181: Not So Ordinary People

by Josiah Forde on 2017-11-13

"The moral of this story is that no matter how you grow up, no matter how alone you feel you can't just look at the disasters happening, you have to stare at God. At His good things in life." Read more ›

#180: Faith in the Family

by Danielle Cuevas on 2017-11-10

In her Golden Thread submission, Danielle Cuevas tells of the story of her parents coming to Canada and going through so many hardships. It "is a simple story compared to many others, but their perseverance to keep the faith strong no matter what inspires me to this day." Read more ›

#179: God Took Me Outside

by Ainsley Munro on 2017-11-08

Ainsley Murno found her faith in the hands and hearts of regular people – and they brought her back to God and what it means to follow directions given over 2,000 years ago. Love your neighbour, care for others, and disturb the status quo to accomplish it. Read more ›

#178: Love Coming and Going

by Becky Brown on 2017-11-08

"When I meet people who are not from my culture but who share this same fascination with Christ and are trying to figure out how to follow Jesus, there is an instant bond, an instant feeling of being at home." Read more ›

#177: Morning's Holy Light

by Claire Brown on 2017-11-08

Sometimes Claire Brown starts her day in the chapel, I going to Mass and praying, making resolutions for an industrious day. Other times, it’s how she ends her day, with sometimes dragging feet, on the way home from a long day at the hospital. Through it all, Claire sees the power of prayer in her community. Read more ›

#176: How We Hold On

by Kaitlin Wynia on 2017-11-01

Kaitlin Wynia's faith and faith community are her point of departure when it comes to making sense of all of the chaos, joy, adversity, and confusion that often colour everyday life. Read more ›

#175: Working with Clay

by Scott Bandy on 2017-10-26

In his Golden Thread submission, Scott Bandy shares about the accomplishments of his grandfather: not published works nor heroism nor authority, but a life infused with faith that strove to magnify the "light of the knowledge of the glory of God." Read more ›

#174: Jake Epp: Faithful Minister

by Janet Epp Buckingham on 2017-10-19

Janet Epp-Buckingham shares the story of Jake Epp, who was called to public life and impacted Canada in significant ways. She shares his advice to people of faith called to the public life: Declare your beliefs early and clearly and live by them.  Read more ›

#173: Six Simple Words

by Christina Oliverio on 2017-10-18

On June 10th 2015 at 6:11 a.m., Christina Oliverio's life should have ended. After that day, six words were transformed from an idea to the means to her existence: "It's your breath in my lungs." Read more ›

#172: Fisherman of My Heart

by Denise Mallett on 2017-10-13

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

#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 ›

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