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We prefer to avoid conflict. Yet, conflict resolution through conversation—the very thing we tend to avoid—could change everything and bring about the reconciliation we long for, writes Rob Lindemann, quoting Susan Scott's book Fierce Conversations.

Several of this week's articles touch on the themes of conflict and reconciliation. With a focus on reconciliation, military chaplains from 30 countries, some of which have been at war with each other, are meeting in Ottawa this week. Major Neil Parker of the Canadian Chaplain General's office says military chaplains are a contradiction. "We are in the armed forces as a sign of peace, a reminder that war is not the answer."

In Toronto, because of a donation kettle, the Salvation Army has inadvertently been drawn into a "war" of their own with local gay activists who claim that the Army isn't "gay-friendly." Ron Farr, an Army officer, says the Army desires reconciliation with those who oppose "the kettle" and its work.

And here's another perspective on "reconciliation." Linda Colwell merges ministry to others and service to her country into a unique lifestyle. On Sundays, in her Salvation Army uniform, she volunteers at an outreach for the homeless where she waits on tables, chats with visitors and cleans up. On Mondays she exchanges that uniform for a Canadian Forces one and goes to work as a Brigadier-General—one of three women with this rank.

Several articles in recent months have addressed the dire need for helping the poor and homeless. It seems as if God is drawing our attention to the marginalized at this time. This week we are featuring an article highlighting a new approach in outreach to the poor. It mentions Michael Polanyi, coordinator of the multi-faith group Kairos. He's searching Toronto for three churches that could participate in a year-long pilot project to engage low-income people, not merely as people needing help, but as neighbours.

Finally, don't miss this story! A cartoon strip about a thrift shop that helps the homeless is making it big across the U.S. and Canada. Kevin Frank's Heaven's Love Thrift Shop, a cartoon strip that reflects Christian truth, is published in more than two dozen newspapers, and the numbers are growing.

This week, please enjoy these articles.


Daina Doucet
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Other New Articles This Week 

Margaret Somerville's, The Ethical Imagination
The Ethical Imagination takes us "on an ethical wallaby"—a "rambling journey" that grapples with the natural and the spiritual dimensions of life and strives to weave them together.

A Report Card on the Harper Conservatives After One Year
Here is another of Dr. John Redekop's evaluations of the Conservative government's performance. They earned a slightly lower mark this time than in his July 2006 evaluation.

Learning to Love Good Books
It may seem nearly counter-cultural on some campuses to affirm that printed words still matter—deeply matter—and to stand by them in this media-drenched age.

Worship and Work Go Together
Churches need to emphasize both piety and action, author Marva Dawn told worship conference participants at Canadian Mennonite University.

A Whole Gospel Is Needed for a Whole World
A comment on the environment: we're living in a crisis that is rendering our world unsustainable, but we're not wanting to change the way we live.

Ancient Skeleton Pits Christians Against Scientists
A prehistoric skeleton found in Kenya has sparked a new round of creation versus evolution debate between Christians and scientists.

Imagination and God's Future
Imagination is the link to artistic expression—to incarnation. Our imagination has the power to evoke alternative worlds.

Brazilian Street Kids Transform into 'Princesses and Princes'
Reaching out and trying to love street kids who have been forced to resort to gangs, drugs, and forced prostitution to survive is no easy task.

Take Back the Power to Set Social Policy, MPs Urged
Faith-based organizations are urging Parliament to reclaim the initiative for setting social policy in Canada, especially as it affects the family.





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