Louise McEwan

Everyday Theology: The IOC puts sport at the service of refugees

"In a metaphorical sense, we are all refugees. We live in exile and are spiritually separated from a state of “wholeness”."

Everyday Theology: Seeds put us in touch with goodness

"Keeping seeds was a symbolic way to stay connected with the land that my father’s family had farmed for generations."

Everyday Theology: The Gospel is political

"Trump must have forgotten that the Vatican doesn’t need a savior; it already has one."

Everyday Theology: Money can’t buy me love

"Sometimes we need to be distracted, but let’s not forget that “man does not live on bread alone.”

Everyday Theology: Physician assisted dying is coming soon

"It reflects shifting national values about the nature of human suffering."

Everyday Theology: The real work of Christmas begins now

"The work of Christmas asks us to honour the dignity of every person and invites us to walk with others in their hour of need."

Teach children the story of Christmas

"In the classroom, a babe in a manger and three kings co-existed with Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman."

Teaching our kids gratitude at Christmas

“In the consumer age, our happiness is based on consuming the latest and greatest and newest.”

Everyday Theology: Faith shapes morality

"Faith can be a strong influence on morality and can govern behavior, for better or for worse."

Everyday Theology: New tolerance is intolerance in disguise

"If we disagree or reject that view, the dominant group accuses us of bigotry."

Everyday Theology: Thoughts while running in a cemetery

"...the commentary in my head was curiously uplifting despite its morbid subject. I actually felt more alive."

Everyday Theology: Life is an invitation to gratitude

"Despite the positive benefits of a grateful disposition, gratitude does not come easily to most people."

Everyday Theology: To view the pasture, leave the sheep pen

"Francis is a case study for leadership; he has every attribute that shows up on checklists for good leaders."

Everyday Theology: The joys of a staycation

"We were masters at the staycation, long before the concept became trendy."

Everyday Theology: Beauty is more than skin deep

The entire selfie craze suggests that we are pretty darn pleased with ourselves."

Everyday Theology: Some good summer reads

"The Rosie Project is a delightful, warm romantic comedy by Graeme Simsion."

Everyday Theology: Human arrogance harms the environment

"In our hubris, we have fallen prey to “unrestrained delusions of grandeur” and a utilitarian mindset."

Everyday Theology: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission

"There can be no doubt that the IRS system was an assault on human dignity."

Everyday Theology: Euphemisms make lies sound truthful and murder respectable

"Euphemisms have been around at least since biblical times when to uncover a man’s foot was an idiom for making sexual advances."

Everyday Theology: Proclaiming a creed is not always the best choice

"It’s time for more compromise when it comes to freedom of conscience and religion."