Life of Brian

December 6, 2018

It's Hanukkah. Candles. Lights. Gifts. Joy.

And yet, I have these words going through my head:

Jews have been hated because we were communists and because we were capitalists

Hated for being cosmopolitan and for being too insular

Hated for being elitists and for being refu...

November 20, 2018

That's the greeting our participants encountered when we surprised someone. Learn the full story as well as about the "feel of a mosque." It's all in this piece written for the Interfaith Observer, who asked us to describe Encounter. Enjoy!

August 2, 2018

Ahhh, Discovery Week! When 45 people set aside 7 days to come, learn and explore religion. It fills my heart to be honest.

A theme I talked about this year is the religion's material side. Western domination of the globe in recent centuries has allowed the West's most d...

May 3, 2018

Taoism (pronounced "Daoism") is an ancient Chinese religion, decimated by communism, that continues to exert cultural influence and has brought the world Tai Chi, Feng Shui and Chinese medicine. While teaching a weekend of world religions, we visited this simple temple...

April 29, 2018

On recent trips to Vancouver & Calgary, I took groups to visit Mormon communities. Calgary was a special treat as we visited the Mormon temple complex.

Mormons use small churches for weekly services but have large temples for ordinances (sacramental life cycle rituals)....

March 14, 2018

Religions are replete with the use of physical objects. Sometimes the point of the objects is that they are to serve as symbols. Below you can see very standard items from a Buddhist altar, specifically candles, fruit and flowers. 

The candle is to symbolize the goal of...

October 4, 2017

I have been floored in recent years through encountering the amazing world of organ donation. Organ donor organizations have invited me in to train them on religious diversity but I have been inspired by them. Their entire job is to save lives. The secret of donation i...

September 17, 2017

(MULTIPLE PHOTOS): My wife, Jane, and I were in West Montrose (north of Guelph, Ontario) this weekend at a bed & breakfast. While enjoying our breakfast, a steady stream of Old Order Mennonites passed by our place destined for Sunday morning church. Their horses made q...

August 23, 2017

(MULTIPLE PHOTOS) Every year, the Discovery Week feels like it is getting better. We had a great group this year of 48 participants (sold out program!) exploring 11 religions in 7 days of rich learning and rich encounters via classes and visits. 


May 18, 2017

(MULTIPLE PHOTOS) I was at a Chinese Buddhist temple recently for "Renunciation Day," commemorating the Buddha (then a prince) leaving his palace and his comfortable life to seek answers to address human suffering. The monks too are renunciates who similarly give up th...

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