The Epistle of Q — Chapter 118

Music in Cathedrals & Other Great Places of Worship… Is it because I am a sinner that I receive such good vibes when I hear powerful ecclesiastical music coming from choirs and/or pipe organs? Often these presentations are as moving as good sermons. I was reminded of this recently as I sat outside Westminster Presbyterian […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 117

Are we in the Academy really very innovative? This spring/summer has been another interesting experience or perhaps series of experiences for me and not just because of COVID-19. Firstly, I have had little time to write – for one thing this editorialog has not progressed very far. Secondly, my teaching was a mixture of weird […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 116 (b)

oh no… hear we go again…I promised you a second part to my concerns about Covid-19 and here it is… The world of panicking about the panic has firmly taken hold now. We are hearing that universities may well continue in lockdown well into the autumn. The plan is to continue on-line learning. And so […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 116 (a)

Oh no, not another rant about Covid-19! Yes. here again is another rant about Covid-19. Actually there will be probably two rants – this is the one that seems to need to be next. I think it was Peter Lougheed who first told me this. Later I heard it from others. But in a conversation […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 115

Does the phrase Reformed yet always Reforming really mean what it says? Disclaimer: If you are not much interested in theological discourses, you may want to skip this one… Once again my church – The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) – has slid sideways in its efforts to provide even useful commentary on national issues, […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 114

Has COVID-19 caused us to forget the Arts? Okay, I get it. We are not to congregate. We are to stay away from each other. We are only to play on the roads. We are to become introverts in the worst way. But enough, this chapter is about the Arts and like sports writers, I […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 113 (c)

In conclusion…let me take a moment to talk about the main reason I actually travelled to the Southern USA… (and I need to confess that while I am writing this I am also listening to a wonderful version of Bach’s Mass in B Minor presented by the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 113 (b)

Oh my but this part of the Chapter has taken a long time to write… During my trip to the southern states in late February I managed to take in part of a theology conference hosted at Providence Presbyterian Church in Hilton Head, South Carolina. I don’t spend as much time in the presence of […]

a Rant perhaps

Are we going off the rails? Two weeks ago I was feeling pretty upbeat about the future of the Arts in the South Okanagan / Similkameen. We had just finished the Step Two Workshop and there was considerable energy in the room and in the conversations afterwards. In the days that followed I was on […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 113 (a)

I’ve been travelling again… This will be a multi-section chapter as there really is quite a bit to talk about. But let me start with my experience with arts and culture because over the last couple of weeks it seems that it has been a big part of my schedule(s). It actually started even before […]