Community Building

Becoming Co-Creators of Our Future – Spiritual Article

On September 11, 2001, I was 24 years old and was convinced that I was a fraud.A few weeks after the attacks, I remember opening the full-colour front page of the Sunday paper. Almost 3,000 faces of the dead stared back, their lives prematurely ended in that act of unspeakable violence. “Bear witness,” I whispered.But I didn’t. Instead, I balled up the paper, buried it in the bottom of the recycling bin and tried to forget what I saw.A sensitive…

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How a smile can change lives – Spiritual Article

Ms. Tavares smiled at me today. As I was walking past her after picking up my kids from their class, I caught a glimpse of her talking to other parents. She noticed us passing by, looked up, and smiled as if to say hello.It was the most wonderful thing I’ve seen all day. And her gesture meant a lot to me. It meant a lot to a newcomer who’s new to the area, new to the city and basically new…

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The challenges of true friendship in a changing society – Spiritual Article

He preceded Nathan Hale by almost two millennia, and his cry was almost the same, but far different. He was a Jewish sage who lived around the first century B.C. According to one story of his death, he fell into a coma that lasted 70 years, and when he awoke, nobody knew who he was and all his friends were long dead. His solitude was too much, and he said to God, “Give me friends or give me death!”His name…

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A shared identity in a polarizing world – Spiritual Article

“Where are you from?” In a simple world, I would answer that I’m from Canada. If I gave that answer, I would look like a fool, though, because I know what the other person is really asking. They are asking for your ethnicity or culture. The expected answer from me would be, “I am Indian, but I was born in Canada.” I have had this conversation more than a thousand times, but recently, I realized how inherently isolating the underlying…

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