• Mary and Eve stand together in a garden in this illustration by Sister Grace Remington, OCSO

    Mary Consoles Eve

    The deliverer is finally on his way. December 20, 2022 By Aimee Patterson
    Filed Under:
    Ethics Centre

    When I approach the season of Christmas, I think about a baby: Jesus, the God-With-Us Deliverer that Israel is waiting for. But despite the beauty of sparkling Christmas lights, I can’t forget the poverty, division, racism and war that still weigh down the world. I find myself longing for this Deliverer, too.

    O come, O come, Immanuel,

  • Getting lost in the constantly changing landscape of bioethics? Looking for accessible teaching materials for use in classroom, church, or small group settings? On October 26, 2022, the Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group of the Canadian Council of Churches launched a new set of resources for churches on biotechnology. This event included...

  • Come to Light

    Exposing the dark corners of power and sexual abuse in ministry. November 11, 2022 by Aimee Patterson
    Filed Under:
    Ethics Centre

    Imagine a well-liked 22-year-old youth pastor of a small congregatio n in the United States. One night, after a church event, he offers a 17-year-old girl a ride home. He sees something he wants—something that doesn’t and shouldn’t belong to him. And he uses his power to take it. Driving to a dark and secluded area, he tells...

  • Live It Out

    Every choice we make is a piece of the puzzle. November 11, 2022 By Eleanor Shepherd
    Filed Under:
    Ethics Centre


    John Woolman was a merchant, itinerant Quaker preacher and social reformer in the 18th century. When he discovered the hazards posed by stagecoaches, the preferred method of transportation of his day, he refused to use them. The post boys who worked on them sometimes froze to death as they travelled overnight....

  • A Lifer's Journey

    A Lifer's Journey

    Hank Dixon’s story is a testimony to God’s persistent life-saving presence. November 11, 2022 By James Read
    Filed Under:
    Ethics Centre

    By his own account, as a 19-year-old drug addict, Hank Dixon and an accomplice broke into a house and ransacked it, tied up the man who was there and beat him. Within an hour, the man was dead. As a result, Hank was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life with no hope of parole for 10 years.

    When he was released in 1985, the...

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    Wrestling With God

    How can we help people reconstruct their faith? May 20, 2022 Dr. Aimee Patterson
    Filed Under:
    Ethics Centre

    Over the past few years, there has been a growing movement of people who are leaving the evangelical church as a result of deconstructing their faith—a process that involves reflecting on which of their beliefs have been shaped by cultural, political or socio-economic values rather than the values of the kingdom of God. Through this...

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    Why are so many people deconstructing their faith? May 18, 2022 Dr. Aimee Patterson
    Filed Under:
    Ethics Centre

    I have long appreciated theologian Walter Brueggemann’s threefold manner of considering the Psalms. Psalms of orientation offer God unmitigated praise, reflecting gratitude for lives of stability. Their voices carry a sense of confidence about their relationship with God: “The Lord is … armed with strength; indeed, the world...

  • COVID-19 and Suffering Well

    January 14, 2022 by Lindsay Reid
    Filed Under:
    Ethics Centre

    COVID-19 and Suffering Well Part 1


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    COVID-19 and Suffering Well Part 3

  • Colonel Eleanor Shepherd, interim executive director of the Ethics Centre

    New Interim Executive Director Appointed to Ethics Centre

    Colonel Eleanor Shepherd to replace Ethics Centre founder Dr. James Read, who retires on October 1. April 30, 2021 by Geoff Moulton
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    Territorial News
    Colonel Eleanor Shepherd has been appointed as the interim executive director of the Ethics Centre of the Canada and Bermuda Territory, effective October 1, 2021. She succeeds Dr. James Read, who will retire after serving since 1994 as the founder and executive director of The Salvation Army Ethics Centre.

    Based in Winnipeg, the Ethics Centre...
  • Let’s Talk

    A new resource will help Salvationists engage difficult topics in ways that bring us together. November 19, 2020 by Aimee Patterson
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    New resource available to help Salvationists have difficult conversations.