“An Impossible Love” In Jack Marilynne Robinson reveals the heart of a prodigal son. – Broadview, March 2021
“Climate Believers” How is the ecological crisis changing religion? And how can religious faith move people to action? – The Walrus, April 2020
“Creation in crisis” For a year I wrote a monthly column for Broadview magazine in which I talked to activists, priests, scientists, and theologians from different spiritual traditions about their convictions and the spiritual practices that inform their work. You can find the columns here.
“Wet’suwet’en acts of solidarity by youth give me courage” A week of fury, heartbreak, and courage across this land some call Canada. – Broadview, February 12, 2020.
“What the hell?” When I lost my belief in hell, my faith started to unravel. – Broadview, November 2019.
“Thomas Sankara Tried to Liberate His Country from the West. Then He Was Murdered.” Thirty years after the death of a revolutionary whose brief presidency marked my childhood, I returned to Burkina Faso in search of his legacy. – The Walrus, March 1, 2019
“The next pipeline battle” In Manitoba, an issue that’s been underground for half a century is coming to the surface. – The Walrus, July/August 2018
“Invisible survivors” Students who boarded at the Teulon Residence were separated from their families and endured the same cultural whitewashing other residential school survivors experienced. Why should they be denied compensation? – Broadview, May 2018
“The new masculinity” Despite huge strides, gender equality remains elusive. Two recent books urge men to redefine themselves. – The United Church Observer, September 2017
“Cheap Seats” Thirty-nine hours on the Greyhound. With a rambunctious toddler. – Eighteen Bridges, Spring/Summer 2017
“Mennonite Pride” Our culture is fracturing along ideological lines. What can Mennonites teach us about how to disagree? – The Walrus, November 2016
“Shunning the technology gods” Scripture guided their forbears to reject electricity and cars. These modern Mennonites spurn our tech-obsessed culture for other reasons. – The Ottawa Citizen, April 2016
“Hell and High Water” On the shifting shorelines of Bangladesh, tens of millions teeter on the brink of a climate disaster. – The United Church Observer April 2016
“Revolutionary Words” Witnessing the Arab Spring in Cairo inspired Karim Alrawi’s debut novel. – Quill & Quire, November 2015
“Sucked Dry” A First Nation suffers so Winnipeg can have water. – The Walrus, March 2015
“Preparing for a beautiful end” A Canadian couple turns the stereotype of doomsday preppers on its head and looks for the beauty in armageddon. – Geez Magazine, Winter 2014, reprinted in Utne Reader, Fall 2015
“A coup in Burkina Faso” None of us imagined the strongman could be toppled without blood. – The Globe & Mail, November 2014
“A Quiet Slaughter” On the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, a Hutu from Burundi shares his story of surviving President Paul Kagame’s alleged secret war of vengeance. – Hazlitt, April 2014
“The Way We Give” In Burkina Faso, generosity can’t always bridge cultural and economic divides. – The Walrus, December 2013
“The Revolutionary” A short comic about Burkina Faso’s revolutionary president, Thomas Sankara.
“Living with the enemy” A musician and a broadcaster come to grips with depression. – The Vancouver Sun, April 2013
“Do we need the cops?” A few bad apples, or a rotten barrel? – Geez, Spring 2011
“Waging war on malaria” Life and death in rural Mali. – Childview, Summer 2011
“I took my wife’s last name” She said it made her feel loved. My mother was upset. – The Globe and Mail, July 2009