Housing and Homeless Supports

(the) Mission Matters

  • Love, Life & Lent

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – Jesus There’s a lot going on these days to try and pay attention to. First off, it’s February and our ‘missional year at a glance’ theme for the month is love. Even after Valentine’s Day, […]

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  • Love

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13 The Super Bowl always comes with a lot of hype. Advertisers, fans, food delivery companies, and of course the teams go ‘all in’ each year in hopes of being the best, having the most unique commercial, or scoring the […]

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  • New Hope

Later Jesus and his disciples were at home having supper with a collection of disreputable guests. Unlikely as it seems, more than a few of them had become followers. The religion scholars and Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company and lit into his disciples: “What kind of example is this, acting cozy with […]

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  • A Cold Epiphany

My mind has very much been with the extreme cold weather and how it’s affecting folks with no home. I’ve also been consumed with the thought of yesterday being known as ‘Epiphany’ Sunday in the Christian calendar. It’s a day when we remember that the baby Jesus was being visited and given gifts by Zoroastrian […]

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  • Hoping for a Joy and Peace Filled 2018 for Everyone!

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  -Philippians 4:8 Allow me to be amongst the first to wish you nothing but good things for the year ahead. As usual, this time of […]

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  • Advent Week 4: LOVE

Christmas is only one more sleep away. Today as we light the fourth and final candle on our Advent wreath we can see that the light comes very close to overcoming all darkness. The only candle that is left now is the center candle, the Christ candle, which we’ll light on Christmas morning. As a reminder […]

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  • Advent Week 3: JOY

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” –Philippians 4:4 As we light the third of the four outer candles on our Advent wreath, we are reminded that Christmas is drawing nearer. The light of this third candle comes even closer to completely driving the darkness away. This third candle represents ‘joy’. […]

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  • Advent Week 2: PEACE

As we light the second of the four outer candles on our Advent wreath, we are reminded that as Christmas draws nearer, the light of this new candle drives darkness even further into the distance. This second candle is the ‘peace’ candle. Christmas is about celebrating the arrival, the birthday, of the Prince of Peace. […]

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  • Advent Week 1: HOPE

This season, I’ll be drawing your attention to the Advent wreath to help us follow the season over the next four weeks. There is so much symbolism to this wreath; its circular shape is meant to represent God, the Creator and Preserver of all things. His love has no beginning and no end; it is […]

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  • Go In Peace

Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”(Luke 8:48) I had the privilege of attending The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas kettle kick off breakfast last week. All of the major Salvation Army players from the country and in the city show up to it, plus some funders and other dignitaries […]

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  • Through the Shadows

When I think of peace, I think of non-violence.  And when I think of non-violence, my mind often takes me to Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. These guys led their followers into peace by refusing to engage in violence.  And the results of their work changed many minds, including my own, forever. However, it […]

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  • Kudos

Now that we are through the Thanksgiving holiday season, we can more easily focus on our other 2 missional themes of October; appreciation and celebration. In a recent email from our divisional Employee Relations (ER) Director Lisa Baker, she writes: “I would like to suggest that we take the month of October to celebrate and […]

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  • Hold On Tightly

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope and pray that each of you are enjoying this beautiful weekend in some way. I spent all last week at a monastery in Niagara Falls. It was my third of four weeks of study towards becoming a certified spiritual director. [ If you are interested in finding out more about what […]

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  • God, Thank You

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. – Psalm 100: 4-5 The old Christian mystics felt that if all you could say is “God, thank-you” then you’ve said […]

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  • Approaching Injustice With Prayer

God, Grant me the SERENITY to accept the things that I cannot change, The COURAGE to change the things that I can, And the WISDOM to know the difference. I’ve never started a newsletter with a prayer before. Usually, I end that way. But in this case, starting with this prayer made total sense. Prayer […]

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  • Faithful In Prayer

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:12‬ It’s September. Our focus this month is on ‘prayer’. So, If we’re doing any strategic planning; prayer. If we are preparing for accreditation; prayer. If we don’t know what to do in a tricky situation; prayer. If things seem just way too busy; […]

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  • Responding With Patience, Gentleness & Grace

There’s a lot going wrong in our world today. Racism. Rioting. Division. Overdoses. Shootings. It’s understandable and ok to get angry. Even enraged. Sometimes that’s the only right way forward. I often feel unsure as to how to best respond. I even feel helpless. But one thing I do know is that responding to hate and violence […]

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  • Starting With Patience, Gentleness & Grace

When I think of patience, gentleness and grace I think of the onboarding of new employees. In many ways, we can be a transforming influence to those who have chosen to work at The Salvation Army by starting with patience, gentleness and grace. We are beginning to see five generations working in our ministry units, […]

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  • My Mantra for August

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – Colossians‬ ‭3:12 So we’ve chosen three key words to focus on for the month of August. Patience, gentleness and grace. Patience, gentleness and grace. In fact, it might be wise to take these three words and form […]

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  • Being Light Everywhere She Went

One of our Causeway participants recently passed away. I guess this was inevitable but was still difficult to learn. She came to us via Evangeline Residence. As she moved out, she acknowledged she’d like to be connected to some friends in her new neighbourhood. So we found some Causeway volunteers, organized a time for everyone […]

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