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Why can’t there be a big red button?

-War Doctor

           Like any good science fiction questions around the essence of us (humanity) should be brought forward. This is at the bedrock of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary movie (watch trailer here), Day of the Doctor.  It is the deepest plunging into the hardest thing to  comprehend for any person… ourselves.

As the regeneration who chose themselves undeserving of the name, but asks the question as in the clips above, the Warrior Doctor, “I am looking for the Doctor.” The one who is called to heal, to help to aid…or as Clara will note the thrum of the Tardis is a sound of hope. But this is about that corner of the mind of the Doctor, no, the heart where hope has gone out.

For it was in the 9th regeneration that the fabled time war happened. When Daleks and Time Lords went to war to end all wars. Where the rest of the universes saw the Time Lords just as evil as the Daleks who view anything outside their race as need to be exterminated, which this mini-episode Night of the Doctor expertly portrays as the Doctor must make a choice to not be apart of the war or to be apart of the solution?

The haunting begins.

Much like we make choices within our own lives at any given moment with the information available. Whether it is good, bad, horrible or indifferent. It is what is possible and probably for us at that moment. Much like moments in human history (very hard to bring 21st century morals onto situation 400 years old or 150 years old as we try to erase instead of critically teach history so the cycle can be fully broken. Just ask any abuse survivor, the story and triumph need to be spoken so that it will not be repeated, in all its darkness).

This literally becomes the story. As the device designed to end the Time War by the Doctor is AI with a conscience and brings the Doctor to begin interacting with his decision. The decision? At that moment and time in war as the Daleks are all gathered at Gallifrey—to end it all, Daleks and his people. The haunting ripples this will bring through time.

The decision driven by the motto burned into a wall by him “No More.” The war must end.

The journey forward form that choice showing the grief cycle. The short regeneration shortly after not even there. The true shock.

But the struggle between who are known as the Tenth (David Tenant) and Eleventh (Matt Smith) Doctor’s to forget this period in time. How it shapers personality. One who lives in pained regret and the other who lives to forget, to move forward.

The haunting question answered by 2.41 billion.

But with the Eleventh Doctor being 400 years out…is there another decision that can be seen?

What if that decision can be tried?

What if in your moment of darkness your future selves could stand with you and you would not have to be alone?

What if, you live in acceptance of the choice and find hope in spite of it to move forward in a better life for yourself and others?

This may seem like nothing more than a toss away sci-fi movie from the BBC. Apart of geek culture and nothing more.

Yet we live in a time of reconciliation.

A time when groups who have been oppressed and the former oppressors know that something needs to change.

But how do we get there?

Sometimes a science fiction story can show us the interior and exterior journey in a way that creates conversations that can create the space for critical discussion and active listening, that other venues cannot.

Just think of using this in a religious or political or classroom setting with the Time War as the metaphor for residential schools, Canadian Eugenic practices for those with disabilities, the destructive LGBTTQ2+ laws; the dying with dignity or abortion laws; slavery, the list can go on…

For what questions would haunt our journey where the answer 2.41 billion could just be as haunting.

But even more so.

What is the new life?

What is the regeneration that awaits each one of us?

Where does hope exist?

Do you hear the thrum of the TARDIS? Or are you blocking it out?


I woke up the morning of December 19 for work with my shirt soaked with tears. It is not a normal occurrence, but my son had a rough night of emotional pain and crawled into bed and couldn’t stop crying. Why you ask?  Well that is an intriguing story that actually started a reminiscence for long time readers.

A few years back when I was editor of socialist paper, I had a column dubbed “View from the Pew” where I would ruminate on the crossroads of the spiritual and political. As those in Canada know (or may need to re-learn) that the progressive movements started over coffee and tea in church basements in trying to build our just society.

A society that a spiritual centre dubs in their Metro paper ads as “inclusive” and my son learned far to devastatingly that this was false on the morning of December 18, which led to the tears overnight.

It was a secondary response from a pulpit that was anything but inclusive, and sadly so different from what he, in his joy, was used to feeling/experiencing.  Our world is not comfortable with those blessed and experiencing the world differently abled, we like to sidebar or over see or exclude. As some may realize, my family is not like that, when we speak of an open door for anyone, and even to loss of spiritual homes we have lived this.

So a few years back, we were attending and about to join the Roman Catholic church (I know shocking with their conservative theology, but bear with me on this)…and my sons joyful noise was addressed from the pulpit during High Mass, and y’know what the Priest came back with?  Hallejuah that there is someone so alive with love and the Spirit here today, that is how we all should be in our faith and living of love.

A faith home, that also had leadership that essentially stated all were welcome, all ages were welcome, and those raising complaints would be dealt with by the leadership for not including all God’s children.

Fast forward a few years and we are a family in a spiritual centre that speaks of inclusion, that never raises any issue with my son’s joyful noise. One time, the av guy had to come speak with us, he was respectful needing us to move from the back to the front so the sounds did not overcome the recording microphone. We got it, and even though the stadium seating stair case at SAIT Orpheus Theatre are not easy for someone with Cerebral Palsy to move down, supported by me, that is not always the strongest of backs, we made it work.

Then as my son in his grief cycle of loss, got to the point he wanted to go back to “church” to hear music, and hear about Santa…we went.  The morning music was about Santa, he was rocking in joy, and excited with pics of his buddy (Santa) up on the screen…when it happened.

The Minister decided it was time to attack as he was taking a moment to gleefully calm down. Asking him to move to the back or not make a noise while she talked. My son said No. He knew there was no option to move to the back, and by asking he was being kicked out.  With the next noise he made in glee…my son and me left. It was a hard walk up, as he did not want to go, but I could not deal with any more spiritual assault from the pulpit to my little boy. Eyes were averted.

Of this great spiritual place that boasts 9 other “deeply trained” practitioners and ministers, none followed, no members of the congregation that always said how they enjoyed my son followed to see if we were okay…sorry check that…one loan lady came running out in tears pleading for us to go back in saying he wasn’t bad, but that’s all my son could repeat:

Santa thinks I’m naughty. I spent time calming him, soothing him, reminding him no he was not naughty, this is the ugliness of prejudice that he is far to young to experience.

A few members came out to use the washroom or get a drink, he would say hi, they would not make eye contact and hustle past completely ignoring him. We were waiting as I did not want my daughter to feel the pain of being cast out to by pulling her out of Funday early.

But as we waited,

I watched the sparkle leave my son’s eye. His joy fade to a pale facade, as each of these “holy” people ran away…

my little boy who a few years earlier when we became members thanked this place for loving him…looked at me and said, “Daddy they no love me.”

Was there an outreach for an apology? A feeble attempt of the, it was handled badly moments…made worse by the centre believing they could post the video unedited of the talk, so that I actually had to contact them to deal with it in a respectful way…because that act in itself tells me you saw nothing wrong with the actions as a community, and do not see him as a full person.

But it was the ringing silence that morning that struck me…one person whose heart is bigger than her, but no one else, and those that did averted like you think we had the plague. That is when it hit me. The progressive spiritual movements were in shock when someone like Trump road a wave of lowest common denominator to the presidency and in shock asked how?

Sunday Morning December 18 when my little boy was asked to leave a spiritual gathering over joy in Santa, and all but one person in a 100+ person gathering remained silent. Sat in silent solidarity with the most vulnerable being cast out…that is how a USA 2016 election result happens, you are now part of the tipping point to the opposite of love and inclusion.

This is my humble view from my pew (or in this case padded seat in an Orpheus Theatre to a wooden bench in the SAIT Student Centre).



A Rainbow Creed

Posted: February 11, 2013 by Ty in Archives, Rainbow Chapel, Spirituality

We are not alone,

we live in God’s world.

We believe in God: who has created and is creating,

A Holy Mystery who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,

born of a teenage peasant, to reconcile and make new,

Within the family of the Holy Spirit Love pours out to all.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s Love, hope, and communion with us, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified for his message of inclusion and change and risen in glory witnessed by those he loved,

Brother Jesus our hope In life, in death, in life beyond death,

God is with us.

We are not alone.

Thanks be to God.


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The Rainbow Chapel is a Home Parish for all of God’s Children.

Why these two words instead of House Church or Gathering Place or Church…

Simple, home is a place where people care about you. A safe place to be you and grow. This is a H-O-M-E.

Parish is after the pre-Vatican II model of being intentional in their community. Not a destination, but rather a place to come together a live life for the better.


  • Dinner & Bible have currenlty concluded. Watch here for an update on when they return.
  • Pizza n’ Movie happens sporadically on Fridays for all ages. Pitch in for pizza and come view/discuss a movie.
  • Family Services periodically throughout the year we host services for all ages for a myriad of reasons:
  1. Lent/Holy Week
  2. Christmas
  3. Rites of Passage
  4. Just because we like to.

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  1. 1. I do not like Mathew Fox. 2. I do not approve of Gay Marriage, nor watering down God’s condemnation of that sin. 3. I do not approve of Abortion or Contraceptives. 4. I am not a Democrat 5. I am ROMAN Catholic.

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      I thank you for leaving the comment, for it is a broad illustration of what our chapel exists to counteract, that is one narrow focus of what it means to be a follower of Christ. We are a family of believers that are as diverse as the world itself, yet we are able to come together, to discover our faith, and grow/challenge/disciple one another.  (But a hint, before making a political declarative you should check the country you are condemning, we don’t have a Democratic Party in Canada). I enjoy Matthew Fox for his ability to reignite the indiginous voice in the Holy. I approve of marriage between consenting adults within the civic marketplace, and then true active members in a faith family being blessed under God (regardless of where the bits go); Abortion is a necessary evil until WE as church have created a world where every conceived child will be as beloved as we are to God, and contraceptive just makes sense. I am a progressive; and as for my denom; I am ecclectic, but what I know is that I am a follower of the living Cosmic Christ within the Franciscan Charism. Thank you for sharing your views, may we become more open to all for as St. Paul has told us, each part of the body is necessary.

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Mary Mother Of Jesus Vector Illustration

Mary Mother Of Jesus Vector Illustration (Photo credit: Vectorportal)

Dear Friend,

It seems within the church there are two schools on Mary of Nazareth, either over veneration or total ignoring. This is not the case for this beautiful young woman of God. Her story is one of liberation, freedom, and living in such a counter cultural way that her world changed as she bore the Christ-Child.

My retreat offering is simply: She Said Yes: Mary for the 21st Century

It is best in the format of a Friday Evening, Saturday morning/afternoon; but can be adapted to several evenings, or Sunday afternoons as the church needs.

The Sessions which are also interspersed with spiritual practices to aid in the formation and growth of participants:

1) The History of Mary of Nazareth

2) The multiple church doctrines of Mary

3) Extra-biblical legacy of Mary

4) Biblical story of Mary

5) Our Yes: Who is Mary for us today?

What’s the cost?

Coming alongside your congregation for the time. A space where tables can be set up for participants to speak in a round. The church making available tea, coffee, juices & water throughout as well as healthy snacks and lunch on the Saturday. As well as an honorarium for myself (I am setting aside my normal $1-1500 retreat leader fee so any church can have this experience for whatever they can afford).

My last two urban retreats book quickly, but the books are still available (Pilgrimage to the Heart of the Sacred, The Bard’s Spirit: Shakespeare‘s Social Gospel).

I look forward to hearing from your church, and coming alongside for a weekend of discovery.

For booking contact:

Coming to the Chapel?

Posted: December 22, 2012 by Ty in Rainbow Chapel

Please answer our survey:

Attention all Community Members:
Heading into the new year we have 2 questions that we would like answered:
1) Which night works best for you for our potluck gathering: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday?

2) For our new study would you like to:
– Explore a Spiritual Book (please suggest some titles)
– A video series (which Shawna and I have purchased)
– Continue our Bible exploration with 1 & 2 Peter

Please comment to share your thoughts, thank you.


Location: Kitchen of the Rainbow Chapel.

Presider: Friar Ty

Altar dressed with Communion elements; four Advent Candles, Christ Candle, Gingerbread house made for Jesus, Mary & Joseph to return to from Egypt by the Children; statue of Our Lady of Mount St. Carmel, statue of St. Francis of Assisi

Opening Prayer:

From Mother Theresa:

Jesus in my heart,The Altar of Gift-Mass, celebrating the five gifts Mary's saying yes birthed into this world.

Increase my faith,

Strengthen my faith,

Let me live this faith

Through living

humble oberdience.


Gathering Psalm: Psalm 150

Candle one:

Gift: Peace

Story: Desmond Tutu‘s story of the Noses

Song: Let there be Peace on Earth

Candle of Peace is lit.

Candle Two:

Gift: Hope

Story: Mother Teresa’s wedding gifting story

Song: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Candle of Hope is lit.

Candle Three:

Gift: Faith

Story: Francis and the Lepers

Song: Peace Like a River (with actions)

Candle of Faith is lit

Candle Four:

Gift: Joy

Song: Joy in my Heart

Story: Mary Said Yes, Mary visits Elizabeth Luke 1:26-56

Song: Jingle Bells

Candle of Joy is Lit

Christ Candle

Gift: Love

Story: Here come the Shepherds (Luke 2:1-21)

Song: Jesus loves me

Prayers of thanksgiving from the gathered family


Story of Friends, where Jesus calls us his beloved friends which for today means we are family.

The Bread of Life Given for you

The Cup of Promise poured out for you


Closing Prayer:

Our Lady of the Yukon

Arise- go! Sell all you possess…give it directly, personally to the poor. Take up My cross (their cross) and follow Me – going to the poor- being poor- being one with them- one with Me.

Little- be always little…simple-poor- childlike,

Preach the Gospel with your life- without compromise – listen to the Spirit – He will lead you.

Do little things exceedingly weel for love of Me.

Love-love-love, never counting the cost.

Go into the market place and stay with Me … pray … fast … pray always… fast

Be hidden – be alight to your neighbour’s feet. Go without fears into the depths of men’s hearts . .. I shall be with you.

Pray always. I will be your rest.


The Altar of Gift-Mass, celebrating the five gifts Mary’s saying yes birthed into this world.

From the Children, joining hands around the altar, singing “Let their be peace on Earth”


English: The photo was taken by Joe Murray, an...

English: The photo was taken by Joe Murray, and it is used internationally as the symbol for the Rainbow Sash Movement (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I know, someday I should really get around to making the Rainbow Chapel an “official” non-profit religious entity, but then, I fear, we would be easily set aside.

What do you mean? It’s kind of like being classed as a saint, people will look and go, oh isn’t that nice, but then ignore the idea(l). And what is the dream of the chapel?

Simple to enter Day Light…that is to live out the promise of John 1, where we as living Christ‘s shine brightly into our community and confound the darkness.  This is why we are not caught up on money, or whom plants a chapel.

We are inspired. My personal dream is much like the organic nature of the early Catholic Worker‘s Movement ( that Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin started, that the Rainbow Chapel becomes a place of welcome, service, and discipleship.

Day Light to me is simply living these principles and I encourage anyone who wants to join our little movement to embrace the Rainbow (and know that you do not need to be Christian, we embrace the beauty of all God‘s Children):

*Reflect on the sacred teaching you want to centre your life on discovering how to truly live.

* Announce proudly that your home is a Rainbow Chapel (and please join us on facebook, start your own blog or website so we can spread the word), and that you will gather for discussion, meals to grow together in creating a new world.

*Never ask for donations for your chapel, instead encourage people to share their gifts within their communities and circles of influence, whether this is time, talent or treasure, or all of the above.

*Always have an welcoming heart and home.

Simple we know…let the Day Light shine through so that Rainbow is bright.


St Luke the Physician

St Luke the Physician (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

Quite the catchy title eh? It is a biblical account by the Physician Luke in Acts 16, just on  the heals of the Jerusalem council that stipulated new converts to The Way did not need to adhere to the Mosaic Law or Covenants (ala circumcision).

Then we hit this passage in Acts:

Acts 16

New International Version (NIV)

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas

16 Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek. The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.

Now to the untrained eye it looks as it Paul totally just went against the message he was to give to the new church members. Yet there is a deeper question to be asked here. Timothy’s mother was Jewish, his father was not. This was a patriarchal society where non-Jews really had no truck with Jewish custom, in fact the circumcision was a sign against the Emperor because it placed allegiance to an authority higher.  So Timothy was uncircumcised.  But did Paul just arbitrarily force Timothy to be circumcised to come on this trip, or perhaps within the new found family freedom in Christ, with a household of believers, Timothy saw a way to embrace his heritage and requested such act?

This is the deeper questions we must ask about the living texts. Why? Simple, otherwise we may miss something simply because of the way the historian or writer recorded it. Timothy was getting the opportunity to experience the heritage of half his family (the Matrilenial line) that he had never had the opportunity to experience growing up possibly. As such, then it would make sense he would want full inclusion.

So is the text as simple, black and white we are doing this because it is what the culture I am going to wants done (as a recent sermon proposed it in church)? No. It can very much be read as a story of a young man finally free from the oppressive practices of his society and being able to make a choice of his own volition of what would be his path to God.

The Lord's Prayer (1886-1896) from the series ...

The Lord’s Prayer (1886-1896) from the series The Life of Christ, Brooklyn Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A spiritual exercie for you to consider, spend time in a Lectio Divina with each of these Lord’s Prayer versions from Pilgrim Uniting Church in the City. Once you have completed this reflection in about 7 days (possibly more if you find other versions) and then spend time in reflection and through art or word craft your own Lord’s Prayer, how do you pray to your loving creator?

Lord’s Prayer


On occasions, the Lord’s Prayer may be used in communion, to conclude prayers of intercession etc. Other versions of the Lord’s Prayer may be considered for use, including from other cultures. As well, it may be said in language groups represented in the congregation.


Contemporary English version
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever.



Central American Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who is in us here on earth,

holy is your name
in the hungry who share their bread and their song.

Your kingdom come,
a generous land where confidence and truth reign.

Let us do your will
being a cool breeze for those who sweat.

You are giving us our daily bread
when we manage to get back our lands and to get a fairer wage.

Forgive us for keeping silent in the face of injustice
and for burying our dreams.
Don’t let us fall into the temptation
of taking up the same arms as our enemy,
but deliver us from evil which disunites us.

And we shall have believed in humanity and in life
and we shall have known your kingdom
which is being built for ever and ever.
(Central American Lord’s Prayer, shortened)

Source: Dare to Dream: A Prayer & Worship Anthology from around the world, p.56


The Lord’s Prayer (New Zealand)
Eternal Spirit,
Earth-maker, Pain bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:

The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth!
With the bread we need for today,
feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another,
forgive us.
In times of temptation and test,
strengthen us.
From trial too great to endure,
spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil,
free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and forever. Amen.

Source: A New Zealand Prayer Book (Harper Collins, 1997), 181.


The’Abba‘ Prayer

Gracious Spirit,
Who loves us like a mother,
Whose realm is blooming among us now.
And within.


We pray that your compassion guide us in every action.
Give us what we need for each day,
and help us to be satisfied with the miracle of that alone.


Forgiver, whose embrace brings us to wholeness without our asking,
May we reconcile ourselves to one another in humility.
And may we cancel the crushing debts that imprison our neighbours
So that communities of joy and health may flourish.


May we neither profit from nor ignore evil.
But ever work to thwart it with non-violence
As we co-create the realm of peace in this world.
Now and each day.
Amen.  (Bret Hesla/wsj)








The Lord’s Prayer (The Message)


Our Father in heaven,

Reveal who you are.

Set the world right;

Do what’s best— as above, so below.

Keep us alive with three square meals.

Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.

Keep us safe from ourselves and what is evil.

You’re in charge!

You can do anything you want!

You’re ablaze in beauty!

Yes. Yes. Yes.


Source: The Message by Eugene H. Peterson (paraphrase of Matthew 6:9-13)


THE LORD’S PRAYER – an adaptation


Our Father in heaven, may Your name be kept

in reverence, honour and awe.

Let Your Reign come and Your will be done,

on earth as in heaven for all.


Feed us today with the food we need;

nourish, refresh us, we pray.

Forgive us our wrongdoings as we forgive

those who have wronged us along the way.


And as we go through hard-testing times

deliver us from Evil’s way.

For the Reign, the Power and Glory are Yours

today and forever always.  AMEN.


(Translated by Rev. John Maynard, April 2011.)


Sung versions of the Lord’s Prayer


1. Aboriginal Lord’s Prayer (All Together for Good 574)


You are our Father, You live in Heaven

We talk to You, Father, You are good. (repeat)


We believe Your Word, Father, we Your children.

Give us bread today.   (repeat)


We have done wrong, we are sorry.

Help us Father, not to sin again. (repeat)


Others have done wrong, to us

And we are sorry for them, Father today. (repeat)


Stop us from doing wrong, Father,

Save us all from the evil one.            (repeat)


You are our Father, You live in Heaven.

We talk to You, Father, You are good. (repeat)