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Amazon: Will it Steal Your Soul?

Travis Black I felt a close friendship with Amazon. We talked a lot, so much so that he had no problem recommending interesting books to me. (The “he” of Amazon is not a gender statement. It was just easier for Amazon to be a guy so that things didn’t get confusing between us spending so [...]

Thanksgiving for a Life: Remembering Rev. Harry Robinson

Loren Wilkinson The Rev. Harry Robinson, rector of St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church, died last week of a heart attack while walking with a friend near his home on Mayne Island.   His funeral is at 1:00 pm this afternoon (which will explain  why the faculty panel in the CTC course will be a little slimmer [...]

Et Cetera Endnotes

Jonathan Reimer, Et Cetera Editor 2010/2011 As with all community endeavors, the success of Et Cetera this year may be entirely attributed to those individuals that gave of their time, energy and heart to supporting this conversation. Thay are (in no particular order) Lydia Crutwell, Travis Black, John Gardner, Dan Porter, Hannah Coyne, Sarah Clarke, [...]

Loving Men and Loving Women: Some Concluding Thoughts on Gender

By Lydia Cruttwell (with thanks to Monica Westerholm) So, my dear Regent community, are you sick to death of reading about gender in the Etc.?  Do you wish never to see another article about men and women, about equality, about painful past experiences of gender discrimination or the difficulty of creating workable rubrics for gender?  [...]

“You Don’t Have to Go to Galiano for This Food Course”

Hannah Coyne Summer is hot on our heels, so design your own food course in the sunny months ahead with these “best of” restaurant reviews.

Looking Back and Moving Forward: Two RCSA Presidents Reflect

In light of the ending school year as well as the transition of RCSA elections we at Et Cetera asked the outgoing and incoming RCSA presidents for their reflections on this year as well as the one to come:

Goodbye and Thank You to Allan Lake

Rick Smith After 15 years of faithful service to the Regent Community Al Lake is retiring. Although his final day is not until May 19th we wanted to ensure that we would give the largest part of our community possible an opportunity to celebrate Al’s time here at Regent before they take off to various [...]

Gardening the City of God: An Interview with Loren and Mary-Ruth Wilkinson

transcribed and edited by Thea and Jon Reimer JR: This summer you will be piloting a new course entitled ‘Gardening the City of God’.  What was the impetus behind this course and what are your hopes for it? LW: Well, for about forty years now we’ve been teaching courses that try to help Christians be [...]

“The Poor Always Pay Back” or… Do They Really? : Four Myths about Microfinance that You Should Know

Soohwan Park Several enthusiasts interested in working in the relief and development industry have come to talk to me about microfinance in the last couple of years. Some wanted to help the poor by giving them a chance to do business, utilize capital, and get out of poverty. Others were simply curious because of its rising popularity, [...]

Broken by Fragmentation: A Missional Response

Hannah Coyne Like pottery dashed to the ground, many people today have lives marred by fragmentation. A life lived in pieces—in fragmentation—is no life at all. Given that Jesus has come that we may have full and abiding joy, not snatches of happiness in the midst of a lonely and meaningless world, it is imperative [...]

By Grace: Maturing into the Image of God in our Difference

Immanuel Koks As a person with a disability I am used to people saying, “because you’re disabled you can do this, but not that”. I am used to having to work hard not to be marginalised. There is a group of people in our churches who have heard that same message. Not because they are [...]

An Excerpt of Spiritual Autobiography

Laura Werezak Then, the people standing, one of the Ministers shall say: Hear the words of the Gospel, written by Saint Mark, in the tenth chapter, beginning at the thirteenth verse. People. Glory be to thee, O Lord. They brought young children to Christ, that he should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those that [...]

Spiritual Formation and the Public Sphere

Christy Hilderbrand As I have pondered my experience of participating in the Marketplace Institute internship this year, the word formation comes to mind. Prior to coming to Regent, I associated “spiritual formation” with the individual practice of spiritual disciplines. Reading Richard Foster’s A Celebration of Discipline as an undergrad opened me to a rich tradition [...]

Reframe: Conversations on Faith and Life in a Complex World

Virginia Cowie Since first coming to Regent from New Zealand in 2007, I have had a secret fantasy.

Living Water: Reflections on Learning at Regent

Sarah Chen Sometime during Winter 2009, I met my friend Thom. In one of our initial conversations as Regent rookies, we asked each other the usual questions: Where are you from? What were you doing before Regent? Are you in MDiv or MCS? What do you hope to do after Regent? etc. Thom told me [...]

Folklore & Community at a Place Like Regent

Steve Shaw There’s a fine line between nostalgia and remembering. As I get on in my time at Regent I look back from time to time at the people I’ve walked with along the way, reminiscing about the fun times we had together. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had a few conversations with [...]

Worth the Wait

Connie Siedler Waiting is hard work. And the practice of waiting well seems like an art that has to be acquired. At least I have yet to meet a person who naturally waits well. Either people have learned how to wait over time, sometimes the hard way, or they still struggle with it.


Hannah Coyne Leaving Regent next month makes me think about shampoo. Namely, will I finish the four bottles of Herbal Essences straightening shampoo that I bought on sale in a (regrettable) spirit of hoarding in December? This is a critical issue. My next thought is, if I don’t finish them, and since I can’t take [...]

On Orange Fleece and Greenpeace: A Review of the Museum of Vancouver

Rod Schellenberg In the case of Vancouver, stunning geography dominates any sense of history. Yet, you can’t know someone simply by staring; you need to talk with them, to learn where they’re from. Being from British Columbia, I thought I knew Vancouver. A recent trip to the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) exposed my presumption.

Divine Incomprehensibility and the Birth of Modern Science

Alex Abecina In my article ‘Gregory of Nyssa: Scientific Theologian’ (Issue 5) I suggested that “a belief in the incomprehensibility of God actually helps to free up science to be science so that science may attend to the world as the world.” Benj Petroelje, never one to let a brother get away with such hand-waving [...]