Month: July 2014

Minding the Margins: Look Beyond the Middle Class

The middle class’ concern for their own interests is legitimate, but people of faith must put a particular emphasis on the needs of the most vulnerable and ensure their voices are heard amid the political noise.

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Why the govenrnment’s refugee health appeal is wrong

Refugees and their advocates joined an interesting mix of doctors, provincial politicians, and lawyers this month to cheer a 268-page decision from Justice Anne Mactavish. The Federal Court ruled that the June 2012 refugee healthcare cuts went against Section 12 of the Charter and constituted “cruel and unusual” treatment for claimants and their children.

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Living Ecological Justice: Reconnecting with the Soils that Sustain Us

“We need to … reflect on ‘our daily bread,’ given to us each day, and think about our relationship, not only with food, but with each other, with creation, and with the Creator.” – Wayne Groot, Living Ecological Justice, p. 33. Eating locally and knowing where our food originates is one of the ways Wayne...

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Letters to the Editor

From The Catalyst Summer 2014 Refugee Sponsorship I appreciated your articles on refugees as well as poverty. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) provides funds to their own sponsored refugees according to the local Social Services model. In Alberta, the model is based on a formula, rather than individual needs. Since housing has become so expensive, those who...

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Book Review: Sabbath as Resistance By Walter Brueggemann

From The Catalyst Summer 2014

Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now

By Walter Brueggemann

Westminster John Knox Press, 2014

Reviewed by Genevieve Gallant

In Sabbath as Resistance, Walter Brueggemann continues his extensive scholarship on the Old Testament and the prophets in order to share a prophetic message about the...

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Book Review: Abraham Kuyper By James D. Bratt

From The Catalyst Summer 2014

Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat

By James D. Bratt

Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2013

Reviewed by Joe Gunn

Would reading 450 pages of Dutch social, political, and theological debates from the late 19th and early 20th centuries help us further understand what CPJ means by “public justice?” Reading James Bratt’s book leads me to a...

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Book Review: How the World’s Religions Are Responding to Climate Change

From The Catalyst Summer 2014

How the World’s Religions Are Responding to Climate Change

Edited by Robin Globus Veldman, Andrew Szasz, and Randolph Haluza- DeLay

Routledge, 2013

Reviewed by Ben Pasha

The issue of climate change has been a significant subject of alarm for many individuals. This has typically been a concern for those...

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Book Review: Playing God By Andy Crouch

From The Catalyst Summer 2014

Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power

By Andy Crouch

IVP Books, 2013

Reviewed by Janelle Vandergrift

In Playing God, Andy Crouch defines power as the ability to “make something of this world” and the deepest form is creation. He argues that power is not essentially coercive...

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Book Review: On God’s Side By Jim Wallis

From The Catalyst Summer 2014

On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good

By Jim Wallis

Brazos Press, 2013

Reviewed by Brad Wassink

In On God’s Side, Jim Wallis delivers a thorough reproach of religious leaders across the political spectrum.

Wallis uses the common good...

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Book Review: Jesus on Justice By Don Posterski

From The Catalyst Summer 2014

Jesus on Justice: Living Lives of Compassion and Conviction

By Don Posterski

World Vision Canada, 2013

Reviewed by Karri Munn-Venn

​Jesus on Justice offers a clear and compelling illustration of our Christian calling to seek justice and love mercy by modeling our lives on Jesus. Understanding that “Jesus...

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