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The Humor of God

  What a journey! I thank God for bringing me this far and for guiding me through this experience. What a challenge, as well as a humorous endeavor,  it has been for me throughout this internship to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ with humor. Last Thursday, I was able to host at the…

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How Hope can be Helpful and a Hinderance

I am taking a poetry class right now, so excuse the use of poetic device to create a snappy title. Anyhow. I am in the stage of my internship where reflection is my daily objective. To make my reflections more informed I have been given the pleasure of meeting with some of the Anglican priests,…

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Trusting a sovereign God

Last Thursday we dealt with a case study that included possession and control. When thinking of memories where we encountered a conflict between possession and control or someone that invaded our space without warning, a lot of us had a feeling of anger reproduced in us. It was as if we were reliving the conflict!…

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Chivalry is Dead. Long Live Chivalry. (or, 4 Crazy Tricks to be Super Attractive)

(Apologies for the hetero wording) Imagine this segment with its point A on one end and D on the other. A indicates a woman who pays for herself and her date throughout courtship and dating, and D would be the same done for her by her date. Sunday, the rev’d Rhonda Waters was an adamant proponent of dating in the…

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Workers whose day never ends

On the 21st of June, my fellow interns, Karen, Rhonda, her son Gilbert and I went to see the Rodin art exhibit. Besides the art that was displayed, I read a quote on one of the walls of the exhibit that struck me: Nous sommes des ouvriers dont la journée ne finit jamais (”We are…

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On Silence and Inhabiting Time by Benjamin Stuchbery

“And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.” (1 Kgs. 19:12) “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1 Sam 3:10) My encounters with people over the last few weeks of the internship –  encounters that included family members, interviewees, shut-ins,…

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On Virtue

I’ve been interested in vir-words for some time now. Virtuoso. Virility. Virtuousness. How to better oneself (and the implied “What is wrong with me”)? I’ve had a few instances of deep uncertainty – usually following what I expected would be resounding personal successes. My first solo art show at 18 was possibly the loudest. Other scenarios include a season of…

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Frailties and laughter

On the 17th of June, my colleagues and I did a personal case study based upon an experience I had this year. Without going into too much details we discussed about how I felt and how I would have acted differently when I met up with a mentor of mine. The mentor and I did…

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Relationship Status: Committed to God

This past Friday I spent the day at a family wedding. Aside from having a blast with all the cousins, aunts and uncles that an Irish family provides, I was also left reflecting on the idea of “relationship” during my twelve hours of travel the next day. Now, my reflections may be full of heresies,…

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The already and not yet

When studying Mark 6:14-29 with my colleagues last week we discussed a variety of things related to the text. Such as John’s word of reproof to Herod regarding his marriage to Herodias (18), Herod’s decision to have John the baptist or the baptizer beheaded (even though he respected, rather feared, and protected him – see verse 20),…

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John the Baptist: A True Trendsetter

This week in class we discussed the beheading of John the Baptist and how Herod kept his word in giving his daughter whatever she were to ask for. Though much was discussed in this conversation what really stuck with me was the brief portion of our discussion that was directed toward Herod’s fears. There were…

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A glimpse of hope

Last Wednesday, we did our first case study. One of the handouts we received mentioned that a case study arises out of an experience of mission or preparation for mission which raises issues for an individual. Equally a good case study is when one finds a concrete and specific experience, something that happened, as a…

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Where have all the polymaths gone?

The other day with the other interns, we had the very privileged experience of sitting down with a most well-read Anglican thinker. The symbols were brought to life by him and scripture could be recited at will. He was aware of all the church’s facets, its symbols and minutiae. It was all lost on me,…

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Stumbling Blocks are Humbling Lessons

I am writing this reflection at the end of our fourth week of the MMI. An entire month has gone by; a month that has brought more questions than answers – as any good theological journey should – and a time that has been systematically structured to induce constant personal reflection. That being said, when…

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1st Reflection by Amos Bohoussou

Last week we studied and discussed about John 20:19-29. This passage is where the resurrected Jesus appears before his disciples on Easter Sunday. We also see how Thomas behaves before and after seeing Jesus. Verses 19-20 state, ”On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked…

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Introduction to Montreal Mission Intern Nicolas Oligny

  I’m Nick. I was born and raised in Montreal. As an artist, my work is mainly interested in the links between different forms of figuration and consciousness (how do we read stick figures differently from a portrait of the Queen) and the constructs that define communities. My experience with the art world, especially the practice of dissecting socio-cultural constructs, has…

Montreal Mission Internship Introduction – Jaime Grennan

Hi All! I am one of the five interns who have been blessed with the opportunity to spend ten weeks creating and executing a mission project in the city of Montreal! First, to introduce myself briefly. I am from a small town in eastern Connecticut and have come to Montreal to study as well as…

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Benjamin Stuchbery

My name is Benjamin Stuchbery. I was born in Montreal but grew up in British Columbia living in such diverse places as Vancouver, Squamish and Penticton! I was raised in the Anglican Church – my father being an Anglican priest – and that much about me has not changed much! The past two years I…

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Introduction to Montreal Mission Intern Amos Bohoussou

Greetings to you all! My name is Amos Bohoussou (pronounced Bow – hoe – sue or Bow – ou – sue). I am also an intern this year and am happy to have been given the opportunity to be part of this experience. Equally I find joy in letting you know what I’ll be up…