Michael Thompson

Author

  • The Ven. Dr. Michael Thompson was the General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada from 2011 to 2020.

ARTICLES

Beeswax and sweetgrass

As we gathered in the chapel to celebrate Eucharist, our friend and colleague Barbara was preparing to smudge the altar. In attempting to light her sweetgrass braid from the altar candle, she held it too close to the flame and for a moment too long, and the flame sputtered and died.

Unlikely friends

“Friendship-I am allowing myself to be changed by you, and I trust that the change will be positive” (Sam Wells).

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Lent: Time to take heed

After a while, the thread of truth, the rhythm of life and death, thevisceral loneliness-after a while they are impossible to ignore.Standing, kneeling, the liturgy of ashes gets personal, as the sign ofour origin and our end smears the foreheads of the faithful: “Remember,you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19).

Revolution is a film that's "looking for change, and starting with a sense of wonder and beauty doesn't hurt." Photo: Contributed

A film to cause change

Rob Stewart’s new film, Revolution, charts a new chapter in the life of the activist filmmaker whose first film,Sharkwater, challenged the slaughter of sharks for their fins.

A whisper, quiet words…

Photo: Blue Orange Studio Beginning with a dramatic donkey ride on Sunday, Jesus’ presence in Jerusalem provoked response. Those with power—religious, political—were profoundly worried. He

Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio Photo: Richard Schori

‘Turning weapons into farm tools’

Havana Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio, in her first sermon as the first female diocesan bishop in Latin America, invited her community to watchfulness and

So-called crime and punishment

Gilbert and Sullivan’s wonderfully imagined Mikado purports “To let the punishment fit the crime, the punishment fit the crime.” In their guest opinion column in

Punishment without the requisite crime

Michael Thompson is the Rector of St. Jude’s Church, Oakville, in the diocese of Niagara. (Contributed) In the work that bears his name, Gilbert and