• April 11, 2016

    When it comes to newcomers finding their bearings in a foreign place and eventually going on to prosper, Carlos Aragon’s experience is as close as it gets to a bona fide success story. Just over a year after leaving Cuba and settling in Canada, he now lives in Pickering with his wife, Yanetsy, and their five-year-old daughter, Sofia, and is employed as a PhD specialist for a large pharmaceutical company in North York. Looking back, he says his journey included hard work, perseverance, and a little help along the way.

  • April 11, 2016

    "Have you been to that new church?” a col­league asked me. “It’s really cool. They meet at a gym. You should definitely visit it.” I nodded. “I’ve heard of it,” I said, trying not to reveal a lack of interest. The truth is that I could name a few worshiping communities that have started in gyms. I’m hesitant about the idea partly be­cause I don’t have a passion for athletic vigor. I jog a 20-minute mile, but I typically give myself a gold star just for showing up.

  • April 11, 2016

    Eight churches and religious organisations jointly declared their commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Call to Action 48 in a press conference on Parliament Hill on 30 March. This call urges the faith community to implement the principles, norms and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation.

  • March 30, 2016

    The key take-away for one minister who participated in a recent mission that brought rabbis and Christian clergy to Israel was learning that the majority of the people they encountered — Jews and Arabs alike — “want to move forward in a peaceful way.” “We met people who could show us the real heartbreak and people who were reaching across divisions to work toward justice,” said the Rev.

  • March 30, 2016

    ugonia, Judson & Brown, Franklin and Arroyo Verde elementary schools are in the running to receive a Gold Ribbon award. The California Department of Education runs the program, which recognizes outstanding educational programs and practices. The awards replaced the California Distinguished Schools program currently on hiatus as the state “transitions to new assessment and accountability systems,” the CDE said on its website. The CDE recognized 193 middle schools and 180 high schools last year...

  • March 30, 2016

    Many farmers don’t feel like what they do is special, but it has a purpose, says Bruce Dooyema, a farmer from Sioux Center, Iowa. He encourages farmers to use what they know to help their communities and, sometimes, the world beyond. It’s advice he has put into practice in Mozambique, where mission work led to opening an egg-laying operation in the African nation. Dooyema will be giving a testimonial at the Central Plains Dairy Expo’s prayer breakfast, part of the Central Plains Dairy Expo, on Wednesday, March 30, at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls...