Mandy Spiller – Small Town Leaps of Faith

Finding our place where we feel a sense of belonging, purpose, security and happiness is what all of us hope for in life, and Mandy seems to have found all of it right here on Main Street, in Daysland, Alberta. But like all great rewards it hasn’t come without great risk and hard work. This […]

Vik Maraj – “The Day I Woke Up”

Vik Maraj is the co-founder of Unstoppable Conversations in Edmonton, AB. He helped create and lead an international high-growth education company, developed curriculum and taught hostage negotiation for Canada’s National Police, resolved international disputes within the UN, and galvanized an almost unthinkable billion-dollar collaboration between some of the world’s largest energy companies, academics, and local […]

Rev. Robin King – Set Sail With Jesus and Moana

What is this, a podcast studio, a community theatre stage, or a church? The answer is yes, it is all three. And on any other given day it’s also a movie theatre, a space for worship, for grief support groups to meet, for a baptism, communion, funeral or a wedding. In other words, it’s a […]

Ary Vreeken – Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a Christian Response to Hunger

  Ary Vreeken is the Alberta regional representative for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 Canadian churches and church-based agencies working together to end global hunger. It is estimated that up to 828 million people on our planet currently do not have “food security”, meaning they do not have regular access to enough […]

Rev. Robin King – It’s Summer And (Holy Moses!) We’re Doing A Lot!

  Holy Moses! is the name of this year’s summer church program for kids, happening right now at the Ponoka United Church and starting up on Monday at the Bashaw United Church. It’s the first in-person summer day camp that we’ve been able to run in three years, but it’s a program that Robin King […]

Miranda Martini – Affirming Connections

  Affirming Connections is an organization that’s placing itself at the intersection of faith communities in southern rural Alberta communities and the LGBTQ2S+ community, making valuable connections among churches interested in becoming an “Affirming” ministry. As part of their work, Affirming Connections created a series of videos called “Small Town, Big Impact: Stories and Strategies […]

Harry & Chris – Founders of Rainbow Camp

  I love stories about big and impactful things emerging from small, unlikely places. So the story of Rainbow Camp popping up from the tiny, remote Northern Ontario community of Thessalon – a camp that is changing and saving lives – was one I really wanted to learn about and share with you! Ten years […]

Daniel Schneider – Professional Comic Book Artist

I was recently sitting in a movie theatre, half way through watching Dr Strange – Multiverse of Madness, when things started getting pretty deep and existential! Thinking about my own life, the concept of other potential parallel realities and universes, it occurred to me that the Marvel universe and the enormous world of comic book […]

Lewis Cardinal – Indigenous Spirituality Educator & Activist

One of the many organizations Lewis is involved with is the Parliament of the World’s Religions. As a trustee and member for many years, Lewis has shared his Indigenous culture and spirituality at global tables and conversations that he describes as being like “the Olympics of world religions”, in that they gather in a different […]

Jocelyn Bell – Editor/Publisher of Broadview

  Working as a freelance writer for the the United Church Observer 20 years ago, Jocelyn realized she had a passion for journalism and for sharing stories that inspire, inform and challenge her readers. Over the last two decades she has seen journalism evolve into the digital realm, the rise of social media, and also […]