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January 25, 2016

The U.S. circus of religious nationalism

By:Lorna Dueck & Stephen Lazarus
If Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Teresa were sitting at a table talking U.S. politics, would Donald Trump fit in? Or would he hijack the conversation to persuade them that he is uniquely qualified to “make America great again”?
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January 9, 2016

A Second Look at Lorna's TRC Article in the Globe and Mail

By: Lorna Dueck
The Christmas story tells of God’s own flesh living among humanity. Within a few centuries, “good news” and “great joy” evolved into terrorizing Christian monarchs armed with papal authority to kill or enslave people who refused to convert.
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October 21, 2015

Come together, pray together: The Blue Jays have us all on bended knee

By: Lorna Dueck
The Blue Jays and their miraculous ascent to the championship series has everybody praying. No religious experience in my memory has done more to unite Canadians than #ComeTogether in the cathedral of the Dome.
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September 25, 2015

Stephen Colbert: This Catholic superstar knows how to live his faith

By: Lorna Dueck
With or without Pope Francis on set, late-night comedian Stephen Colbert is upending what it means to be living and working your profession and your faith.
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September 8, 2015

The tricky religious debate over assisted death

By: Lorna Dueck
This path to dying on demand is so nuanced through our moral views, I doubt you will see much faith-based activism on this issue on the campaign trail, but certainly, the faith community is engaged for the legislation.
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May 19, 2015

A shift in Context: Christianity's voice in secular media

By:Allison Barron
“Context with Lorna Dueck” announced in April that Jeffrey L. Groenewald would take on the role of president and CEO, while “Context” founder Lorna Dueck continues as host and executive producer.
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May 15, 2015

Collingwood Prayer Breakfast with Guest Speaker, Lorna Dueck

By:Paul Brian
Municipal leaders, church groups and community members gathered at the Cranberry Resort’s Bear Estate Friday morning to listen to Dueck’s message of hope, redemption and transformation as she shared her experiences and Christian beliefs regarding the power of God to change individuals and communities for the better.
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April 22, 2015

No-prayer rule? A godsend

By: Lorna Dueck
It is not the end of public prayer in Canada after last week’s Supreme Court ruling, which determined civic governance must remain neutral ground spiritually. People will still keep praying through their work in government, despite an expensive lesson brought on by the persistence of a mayor and councillors in Saguenay, Que. I would have called this court ruling a godsend, or blessing, but pick any secular word you like: The court has provided a windfall for helping us think through why we bother to pray at all.
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February 12, 2015

Why conscience (or lack of it) is in the news

By: Lorna Dueck
The best or worst of our collective conscience is usually behind any story that goes viral today. Who is the guardian, the advocate, the instructor, the guide for our conscience? Family, social norms, religion, school and the media are all systems that come quickly to mind when I think about conscience-setting. We need to value sources that teach us to care about conscience, because conscience will always affect how we treat each other.
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January 15, 2015

It's time to confront 'the cancer of extremism'

By:Sheema Khan
These are difficult days to be a Muslim, and I want to go public with some private conversations you and I have been having on the trouble of radicalization in Canada. First, let’s put this in the global context. Last week’s horror of Baga, Nigeria, of Charlie Hebdo, and the public relations monster that extremism has left in its wake makes it hard for many of us to accept that Islam is a “religion of peace.” What are the core beliefs in Islam that are being used to justify violence?
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October 6, 2014

Are we still that compassionate Canada?

By: Lorna Dueck
Mark Blumberg of Global Philanthropy reports that faith groups have increased overseas aid philanthropy 300 per cent since the boat people crisis, but my guess is we may be sorely out of touch with what it means to bring a refugee crisis into our suburban and rural homes today.
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August 28, 2014

Christianity and the good death

By: Lorna Dueck
We are vulnerable and flawed as we face death. Palliative-care workers have told me that Christians face the fear of the dark night no differently than secularists. Clergy have told me that sitting at a death bed with a Christian is the most beautiful work they engage in, because they experience God’s presence and care mediated through people, medicine and hospice. They also encounter the Holy as God ushers life from one reality to the next.
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