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Robert had changed, on that the whole gang was agreed. A long-time fixture in their social scene, his jet black, shoulder length hair, solid six-foot-four frame padded with twenty pounds of good living made him somewhat intimidating. So too did his strongly held, combatively expressed opinions. All the same, he was well-liked, always up for a beer or, even better, a night on the beer. His marriage to Sharon didn’t change any of this, she simply became part of the gang.

No, it was Fatherhood that changed him. Sarah, to be precise. From the day she was born Robert…

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Summer 1982

I’m sitting with my uncle in the backyard of my mother’s Vancouver home when I first hear why I’ll never fully escape my childhood. It’s the summer I turn nineteen. My uncle holds me captive with stories of the poverty he experienced growing up: running away from home at the age of fourteen, living in a tent by the Fraser River with his younger brother, shoplifting their food, and clothing themselves with whatever they could steal from backyard clotheslines.

I’ve never heard these stories before. I’ve long known my mother and her siblings didn’t have an idyllic childhood…

Lilliputian semblance that, she is
vilified prophet — a still small voice
amplified by millions, speaks hard truth
to my generation’s privilege,
our inexplicable inaction.

Ignominious cohort, I am
of a beast which bears not the burden
of our collective sins. That we leave
to our children and to their children,
our graves a refuge from consequence.

Obsequious penitent, I am
bound to their crusade to set things right,
a willing indentured conscript, thus
apostate to a fallacious myth,
the malignancy of status quo.

Juvenescent hope wanes in a world
where opulent now steals from their then,
yet dreams of a bountiful bequest,
a birthright justly preserved by those
hearts wide open to that still small voice.

“Global warming is threatening our planet and living standards around the world, and the window of opportunity for containing climate change to manageable levels is closing rapidly.” — International Monetary Fund (Fiscal Monitor, October 2019)

“We start with the broadly accepted scientific consensus that human activity — principally the emission of greenhouse gases — is causing the earth to warm in ways that are affecting the climate.” — Goldman Sachs (Taking the Heat, September 2019)

“Climate change is…a dire threat to countless people — one that is planetary in scope if not in its absolute stakes.”

A Theology of Creation that Honours our Creator

Christianity renounced Gnosticism for its negative view of the material world. So how did we come to hold such a negative view of the material world?

For you love all things that exist, and detest none of the things that you have made, for you would not have made anything if you had hated it. How would anything have endured if you had not willed it? Or how would anything not called forth by you have been preserved? You spare all things, for they are yours, O Lord, you who love the…

“At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home; by your will they were created and have their being. From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill; you made us the stewards of creation.” — The Book of Alternative Services, Eucharistic Prayer 4

Christians walk by faith in a God who created the world in which we live and entrusted it to our care. Yet, at no point in history have…

Mark Curtis Nichols

Social Justice Activist. Aspiring writer. Co-chair, board of directors, Social Justice Co-operative of Newfoundland and Labrador. (He/Him).

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