Feature Articles

Jul 27, 2014

Your Work Matters: What Christianity Is Missing, How to Find It

I was eighteen years old, on a mission trip, when I lost my faith. It was the Lin Yeng Temple, a Hindu temple in Richmond, BC, and we were supposed to be praying over the false spirits, we were supposed to be converting lost souls, but I found myself taking...Read more +
Jul 31, 2014

‘Calvary’ Exclusive: The High Risks of Pursuing a Vocation

"There's no point in killing a bad priest, but killing a good priest, they wouldn't know what to make of that." With this confession, the superb new film Calvary opens, introducing viewers to a wry, funny, upstanding priest whose vocation could cost him his life—not through any fault of his...Read more +
Jul 30, 2014

Your Work Matters: On Slow Work

I am currently an administrative assistant in the head office of a large nonprofit. I was hired to assist with marketing and communications and spend most days waiting for tasks, answering the occasional email, and working on social media projects. Often I have hours (and hours) which I am free...
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Jul 27, 2014

Your Work Matters: When It Feels Like It Doesn’t

“I need this,” she said, looking each one of us in the eyes. “I need to hear your stories. It reminds me why I am doing this. Why I started in the first place.” We were sitting in a circle on a rooftop in Port au Prince, Haiti—a ragtag team...Read more +
Jul 30, 2014

Yes, I'm the Mechanic

For a lot of people, making the transition from being an international realty broker to running an auto mechanic shop might seem pretty tough—and George Zaloom wouldn't tell you otherwise. But the process through which George became able to answer, "Yes, I'm the mechanic" without it sounding like "Yes, I'm...Read more +
Jul 29, 2014

Your Work Matters: On the Work of Motherhood and Dreams

Lying across the “big bed," an open window invites a breeze to tickle my spine. Stretching out like this feels good for the kink living in my lower back, and I pour myself into the purr escaping my lips. Unplanned moments of self-care are welcomed and I melt into the...
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Jul 27, 2014

Your Work Matters: Depression, Dishes, and Delight

“How old is your son?” the woman sitting next to me asked. “Four months,” I mumbled, quickly taking a bite of my salad and faking a smile. I thought of the piles of dirty clothes and clutter at home and wished for the tenth time that morning that I hadn’t...Read more +
Jul 28, 2014

Your Work Matters: Choosing Order Over Chaos

He used a device on a tripod and I had no idea how in the world it worked. That was his department. And someone else was hauling the fence posts. Someone else was mixing concrete. My job was to dig the holes centered where the stakes had been meticulously placed...
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Jul 27, 2014

Your Work Matters: When Others Don’t Appreciate

I have a job that sounds exciting—I lead the social media team for a large publicly held company. Every day is different. No day is like any other. I can plan my day—schedule meetings, carve out chunks of time to get work done, make phone calls, set aside some time...Read more +
Jul 26, 2014

Your Work Matters: Making History (or Not)

I was running afternoon errands and pulled into a parking spot between the Rockrimmon Library Branch and Safeway. First on the list: return library books. Near the library entrance, I spotted a bumper sticker that said, “Well-Behaved Women Don’t Make History,” which immediately triggered some thoughts, including: The woman who...
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Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

Praying with Faith

When we come across a verse like Mark 11:24, we can easily miss the point. Some Christians don’t pay attention to Jesus’ hyperbolic teaching style or broader biblical teaching on God’s nature, and we turn Mark 11:24 into a rule for how to get what we want in prayer. The key, these Christians say, is to have enough faith, which means convincing ourselves that we already have what we seek from the Lord. If we can make ourselves believe something,...Read more +