• 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

  • In the Valley

    Learning to suffer with each other. March 30, 2020 by Aimee Patterson
    Filed Under:
    Feature, Ethics Centre
    Compassion means being present with the person and grieving with them as they grieve. Lament is prayer to God uttered out of the sorrow, confusion, even anger felt in suffering.

  • Free and Equal

    Dignity is inherent; it cannot be given or taken away. October 22, 2019 by James Read and Aimee Patterson
    Filed Under:
    Opinion & Critical Thought, Ethics Centre
    Dr. James Read, director of The Salvation Army Ethics Centre in Winnipeg, and Dr. Aimee Patterson, a Christian ethics consultant at the Ethics Centre, dig deeper into one of the Canada and Bermuda Territory’s core values: dignity.