Author: David Warkentin

Walking Together

David Warkentin interviews Patti Victor about the hopes and challenges of Christian and Indigenous reconciliation. “I’m an Indigenous leader and a Pentecostal pastor.” This is how Patti Victor introduces herself. And many find it surprising. These two roles don’t normally go together in Cascadia. Why? Because Cascadia’s Indigenous communities and the church have had a tenuous relationship, to say the least. In the Vancouver area, Christians often played a prominent role in the area’s settlement. Churches were active partners with the government in running residential schools. These schools forced the removal of children from their communities, stripping them of...

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Welcome to the Land of Losers

Cascadian athletes have experienced a lot of disappointment, but there’s still plenty to cheer. Cascadia could be called the land of sporting disappointment. Between Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, championships are few and far between. Most prominent, no doubt, are the Seattle Seahawks, who after suffering years of futility and loss, finally won the coveted Super Bowl, only to see that celebration quickly tempered by an errant play call the next year. Victory, it’s clear, is fleeting. For sport in Cascadia, disappointment is our way. Baseball fans are left with a Mariners’ legacy that includes record seasons and hall of...

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Seek the Welfare of the Suburbs

 They may not be seen as exciting, but the ‘burbs need a Christian presence, too. Suburbs are the place not to be. In conversations around creative cultural engagement, I’ve noticed suburbs are viewed as boring, a kind of anti-culture to be avoided if at all possible. Defined by car dependence, generic housing, sprawling development, big box business stores, and a host of other negative characteristics, many see suburban culture as unappealing, repulsive even. In these places of hyper-consumerism and selfish isolation, any grander vision of a flourishing social culture seems lost. Sociologist John Macionis describes the ‘burbs with unflinching candour:...

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Does Vancouver Have a Soul?

Religion reporter Douglas Todd discusses faith and culture in British Columbia’s largest city. Interview by David Warkentin   There aren’t many people, if any, who have spent more time reflecting on religion and culture in Cascadia than Douglas Todd. As a lifelong resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, and a journalist in the area of North American spirituality and culture, Todd has a passion to explore the deepest human experiences while paying attention to the nuances of culture as well. He edited Cascadia: An Elusive Utopia and has been a columnist for The Vancouver Sun in the area of spirituality,...

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