Tag Archives: Islam

Dervish Dance

I had mixed feelings about attending – but I am glad I did. Whirling dervishes are part of an obscure branch of Islam, an ecstatic dance performed only in a few places. I won’t go into details, you can look it up. I am extremely reluctant to contribute financially to something I don’t believe in, […]

The Church

“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” That line is a paraphrase of a statement popularized by philosopher George Santayana. It was running through my mind a lot this week, with the news that Ottawa’s Northwestern United Church building is being sold to the mosque next door. I assume the reason […]

The Mosque

The first mosque I ever visited was in a Toronto building that started its life as a Presbyterian church. I don’t think that usage was predestined. It was the Summer of 1989 and the mosque visit was part of an orientation session being given before we moved to Africa. I think the idea was that, […]

Speaking Christian

I didn’t know it was a language. The taxi driver asked us, “Do you speak Christian.” I don’t. Though I am a Christian, I try to avoid some of the jargon that has sprung up around the faith. In North America it is all too easy to live in a Christian sub-culture that bears absolutely […]

The Niqab Debate

It is a discussion that needs to be had, though it is unfortunate that it became an election issue. Political points were being scored over something that is far more fundamental than party politics. The niqab has been much discussed in Canada recently, with the government and the courts taking opposite positions. Strangely, they are […]

The Blue Mosque

It is one of the most visited tourist sites in Istanbul, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, commonly referred to as The Blue Mosque. Of course it was a must-see when I visited Istanbul a year ago. I have visited dozens, maybe hundreds of churches in my travels over the years but I have been in very […]