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Bridge to Nowhere (revisited)

A Storm. Pandemic. Unemployment. Fear. Mass protests for justice. Social disruption. A storm. A river moves. A bridge to nowhere. What do we do when the river moves? Several years ago, I stumbled on a photo of a bridge in Honduras. The bridge spanned the Choluteca River. It had survived the devastating destruction of Hurricane […]

President Trump incapable of providing vital direction and unity

My letter to the editor (Kamloops This Week, June 2, 2020) concerning the moral failure of President Trump. Alas, the confusion, tumult and ethical disarray of the US administration has fallout north of the border. “As a Canadian, I tend to not comment on U.S. politics. I am aware of our need for addressing our issues […]

Pacing the Cage

Self-isolate. Social-distance. Shelter in place. As strange phrases define our necessary response to slowing the spread of infections, I feel the weight of these words: novel terms appropriate for a novel virus. Some of my comfortably-at-home, successful and introverted friends are coping well with these new realities of quarantine and solitude. They share on social […]

Inspire, Nourish and Support: Reflections on Hollyhock

I have been wanting to offer some reflections from the experience of being a presenter at a remarkable educational centre: Hollyhock. The campus rests in the traditional territories of the Klahoose, Tla’amin, Homalco Nations; on what is currently called Cortes Island. Hollyhock has transitioned from a place of gathering, to a pioneering homestead, to the site […]

Spirit Bros

I am grateful to Scott and Peter who asked me, on a trip to Montreal some months ago, if I would sit down a record a podcast interview while I was visiting the city. I knew that we would have a rich and meaningful conversation. We certainly did. I didn’t know that they would even […]

A Hidden Wholeness: Leading from Within

“…The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and in human responsibility. Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the better…and the catastrophe toward which this world is headed—be it ecological, social, demographic […]

Courage & Renewal Interview with Dan

Posted previously on the Center for Courage & Renewal blog: Interview by: Alexa Strabuk May 22, 2018 Center for Courage & Renewal: How did you first hear of Parker J. Palmer, the Circle of Trust® approach, or the Center for Courage & Renewal? Dan Hines: I was working for the Anglican diocese here in British […]

Soul-Navigating in China

“We all have an inner wise navigator that is reliable and trustworthy. Our mystical traditions are unanimous that we all have a still point: a raised perch on the boat from where our soul-navigator can calmly whisper to us… where we are… and describe the vision of the island beyond the horizon, even when we […]

Wholeness and Drill Rigs

No matter how much one may love the world as a whole, one can live fully in it only by living responsibly in some small part of it. Where we live and who we live there with define the terms of our relationship to the world and to humanity. We thus come again to the […]

Protesting and Respecting the Law

My daughter Ali at the moment of her arrest at the Kinder Morgan tank farm, protesting the Trans Mountain oil pipeline project. March 2018   photo credit: Jimmy Jeong What follows below is my letter to the editor published in the Kamloops This Week, March 27, 2018 *A YouTube video of Ali’s arrest was also provided to me […]