The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “Faith

Life Among the Stones – On Her Own Terms (Chapter 15)

Posted on January 24, 2019

A few weeks later, Alberta surprised her children by entering the kitchen in a fashionable dress, with the desire to go to church.  When they informed her that it was Thursday evening and not Sunday morning, she grew confused and disappointed.  She looked at her watch – an old, but elaborate, self-wind timepiece – and couldn’t figure out what had gone wrong. “Did you remember to wind it, Mom?” asked Jennifer, to which her mother closed her eyes in understanding. “But I want to pray,” she affirmed. On a whim, Robin phoned the church and discovered that the choir practiced every Thursday evening, and that the church would remain open until the session had concluded.  “Come on, Mom, I’ll take you.  The last time I was in church…

2019 Wish – Faith Groups Cooperate to Face Our Greatest Challenges

Posted on December 30, 2018

The annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland gets widespread media coverage in all corners of the globe.  Most are aware that economic, political and celebrity speakers address the conference, yet few have heard that the Forum earnestly seeks faith leaders to participate and that they are seen as essential to the betterment of the world.  Many toss cold water on the concept of faith playing a prominent role in helping the world with its greatest challenges, but a significant portion of those from fields as diverse as health, climate change, democracy, politics and media are themselves of religious persuasion and they can look past the ills of religious institutions and see their strengths.  For this reason, faith leaders and grassroots religious movements have been provided…

Christmas and Trust

Posted on December 14, 2018

Living in a more jaded world, where things no longer feel as secure and where the news feels predominately negative, has magnified the loss of trust in our generation.  We see institutions as failing us.  Relationships lie in ruins.  People become undependable.  It leads many to agree with researchers who say that trust is a dying commodity. Except that it’s not. Humanity is still capable of great trust and faith; it’s just that such things become lost in the din of dysfunction. We still count on friends, trust our workmates to get the job done and believe most of those around us will remain with us when tough times descend.  And that goes for our faith in institutions as well.  We count on our banks or credit unions to safely keep and…

The Secret Nook – Chapter 11 (Under the Sun)

Posted on October 10, 2018

Perhaps “lost” wasn’t the right word.  More than anything, she felt hopeless.  On a whim based on a recurring dream, Meadow had taken time off from work, borrowed her boss’s truck, driven back into her childhood, and ended up in a place that seemed to have no open doors. Lying in her bed and waiting for the sun’s morning rays to warm her, she thought of just how much her life had followed this pattern.  She had wanted to go back to college and take business courses, but didn’t have the money. Two failed romantic relationships had done little to build her confidence.  She had buried her talent.  And now she had returned back home in an effort to uncover some secret from her past…

Smoke Signals

Posted on March 14, 2013

Long before the white smoke emerged from the small chimney in Rome the Roman Catholic church was already suffering from a thousand cuts. The occasion of papal succession served as a global lightning rod for the church’s many sins and its army of critics. And who can deny the troubling revelations that made their way into the public discourse over recent decades? Nobody seeking the truth of humanity and history, God-fearing or not, desires to gloss over the findings or put such failures back in the box. Yet I observed in mild alarm as contributors to both social and mainstream media alike took to trouncing the Roman Catholic church beyond all reasoning or charity. To the church’s sin were now added the iniquities of…