Transition and Desire

S_Fiona

So we are moving again. Boxes half filled stand across our bedroom floor waiting for contents. We’re filling up Facebook albums with photos of things to sell and give away. We’re packing these last few weeks with lunches and dinners and picnics in the park, trying to savour every last moment of goodness with these […]

Heavy Boy, Light Girl

S_Cindy

I overheard a girl, upper elementary, medium length jet black hair. In Chinese she asks her mother, “What does it mean to be ‘heavy-boy-light-girl?’” I winced and turned my head, unwilling to look into the eyes of an innocent child while her mother explained. “Heavy-boy-light-girl” is a Chinese proverb to encapsulate the worldview that men […]

When Theology Is Like Poetry

J_Lisha

As a young girl I’d imagine what life would be like in a mosque. I wanted to touch a prayer rug, smooth my hands over the knee worn familiar weft and, in holy adoration, bring my petitions before a God who would refuse me—if I didn’t get it right. I wanted to know what it […]

The Practice of Being Ourselves

J_Cindy

“Mom, can I watch Youtube?” “Mom, can I have a snack?” “Mom, can I buy this book?” My children are constantly asking me for permission to do just about everything in their routines. Mostly, it’s just out of habit. “Mom, can I go to the bathroom?” Um, yes, yes, please do, and really, you don’t […]

Permission Granted

J_Helen

This afternoon, I have a long layover in Frankfurt, Germany so I am writing to you from the lovely Air Canada lounge. Before getting here, I had to go through security and immigration. I had to present myself along with my passport for inspection. Permission granted­—and my passport is stamped once again. It feels liberating […]