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Thread of 1000 Stories

Curating Canada’s largest collection of stories of faith in everyday life.

#98: The Reading Light

by Helen Warner on February 22nd, 2017

A decade ago, Helen Warner felt a calling to help incarcerated women keep their bond with their children. Since then, she has been recording women in custody reading to their children. Through this experience have come countless stories of the strength of love.

#97: The Sidewalk View

by Gideon Strauss on 2017-02-10

In his seventh regular dispatch from from Montreal’s faith-rich Outremont district, Gideon Strauss meets with Emile Kutlu, the president of the Laurier West Merchant Association, responsible for the commercial interests along this street that runs along the southern end of the borough of Outremont to Mile End.  Read more ›

#96: Margaret Burwash

by Marguerite Van Die on 2017-02-10

Margaret Proctor Burwash had a keen interest in the welfare of female students at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College, and believed that their education should be largely in the hands of women. Read more ›

#95: Leonard Loved The Light

by Douglas Todd on 2017-02-07

Most biographers focus on how Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen was rooted in Judaism and how he took up Zen Buddhist practice. Many fans also recount his fondness for psychedelics, wine and the erotic. Yet it’s especially intriguing that, despite his iconoclasm, Cohen also appealed to millions who are active or nominal Christians.   Read more ›

#94: The Silent Fall into Love

by Jennifer Neutel on 2017-02-06

A group of multifaith Calgarians meets every week for a contemplative service. Together they focus on experience rather than language or doctrine, and experience the peace and rest that silence offers.     Read more ›

#93: To Wake Up the Heart

by Gideon Strauss on 2017-02-03

In the sixth of his regular dispatches from from Montreal’s faith-rich Outremont district, Gideon Strauss talks to one restaurant owner of Jewish background who was drawn to Sufi Islam. Read more ›

#92: Agnes Macphail

by Terry Crowley on 2017-02-03

Agnes Macphail was Canada’s first female member of Parliament. She, a radical, believed in thinking anew about collective problems rather than reverting to outmoded prescriptions.  Read more ›

#91: Harmony in Halifax

by Jennifer Neutel on 2017-02-01

As we begin World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017, Jennifer Neutel shares how Halifax has become a model of religious diversity and openness.   Read more ›

#90: Bill Blaikie

by Nigel Hannaford on 2017-01-27

The Hon. William (Bill) Alexander Blaikie (born 1951) is a former federal Member of Parliament and Manitoba provincial conservation minister, now occasionally teaching a course on faith and politics at the University of Winnipeg. One of the leading exponents of late-twentieth century Canadian Christian socialism, Blaikie was in opposition during his entire twenty-nine and a half year career in federal politics. Nevertheless, he is considered to have been a successful and effective politician, and one of the fathers of the Canada Health Act. Read more ›

#89: Façades and Values

by Gideon Strauss on 2017-01-27

This week author Gideon Strauss brings us an alternate perspective on the ongoing conversation occurring in Outremont over the borough referendum campaign supporting a ban on new places of worship on Bernard Avenue.   Read more ›

#88: Hasidic Joy in Outremont

by Gideon Strauss on 2017-01-18

Each week Gideon Strauss brings fresh perspective as he explores the unique intersections of faith and tradition in his new neighbourhood of Outremont, Montreal.  Read more ›

#87: David Toycen

by Nigel Hannaford on 2017-01-13

Over his 42-year career with World Vision Canada, David Toycen led the organization to raise more than $4 billion to assist some of the world’s most vulnerable children, families and communities.  Read more ›

#86: Bridging and Building Communities

by Dennis Ouellette on 2017-01-12

Dennis Ouellette shares highlights from his time as a pilot, visiting remote communities in northern Canada. Read more ›

#85: Frank C. Peters

by David Ewert on 2017-01-06

Frank C. Peters became president of Waterloo Lutheran University (which would later be renamed Wilfred Laurier University) used his leadership and relational skills to help that institution move from the private faith-based sector into the public sphere. Read more ›

#84: Across Our Backyard Fences

by Gideon Strauss on 2016-12-21

In the third of his regular dispatches from from Montreal’s faith-rich Outremont district, Gideon Strauss meets a 27-year-old borough councilor. She, a Hasidic Jew, decided to run for councilor in order to take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference in her community. Read more ›

#83: Janette Oke

by Violet Nesdoly on 2016-12-16

Janette Oke, herself the daughter of Canadian pioneers, has kept the pioneering spirit of courage, resourcefulness, integrity, faith, and romance alive in the body of fiction and non-fiction she has written. Her contribution to Christian fiction in Canada and the U.S. is near-legendary. She is, indeed, one of Canada’s most beloved storytellers. Read more ›

#82: Sharing a Long Obedience

by Gideon Strauss on 2016-12-14

In the second of his regular dispatches from from Montreal’s faith-rich Outremont district, Gideon Strauss meets a Baptist pastor who came to Canada from Greece as a young man and set up a radio repair shop a few steps from the church he has made central to his life for 56 years.  Read more ›

#81: Noteworthy Viola Desmond

by Peter Stockland on 2016-12-13

Having Viola Desmond grace Canada’s $10 bill is unquestionably a good thing. It will become a great thing, however, only if it helps us overcome the grave thing it reveals. Read more ›

#80: Timothy Eaton

by Michael D. Clarke on 2016-12-09

Timothy Eaton is known from coast to coast in Canada for revolutionary merchandising and for building a retail empire by supplying the needs of city dwellers and country folk alike. Despite his fame, Eaton preferred to remain largely in the background; he never became a public figure, and he refused to enter politics. He had three principal interests: his church, his family, and his store. Read more ›

#79: Two Sides to Outremont

by Gideon Strauss on 2016-12-07

"All it took was walking down Avenue Bernard." Read Gideon Strauss reflect on the surprises that await, hidden in Outremont’s antagonisms. Read more ›

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