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CHILD SOLDIER: THE JENNIFER MITCHELL STORY

Nine-year old Jennifer held her breath until she felt she would pass out. She begged herself, lie still. Just a bit longer. Rebel soldiers of Uganda’s murderous leader – Joseph Kony - would surely move on. Soon. The soldiers’ boots were inches from Jennifer's and her seven-year old sister’s bodies. And then one of the soldier’s stepped on her sister and the little girl cried out. (more…)
Bob Jones
July 24, 2020
Health MattersLife Stories

WHO YOU GONNA TRUST?

During COVID the one thing that is certain is uncertainty. Politicians and world health leaders flip-flopped on protocols. Experts disagree on everything from the use of masks to school closures. So, who you gonna trust? (more…)
Bob Jones
July 12, 2020
Life FormationLife Stories

FINDING BEAUTY IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD

Jocelyn and I have lived in our home for 30 years. Previous to us, the owners planted wild rose bushes in the backyard flowerbeds bordering the property. Typically, the rose bushes bloom, and drop their petals all within two weeks. Up until this summer I’ve been too busy or travelling to be around at the height of their beauty. This summer, COVID, injury and health problems have confined me to home, and our backyard. Serendipitously, I discovered the beauty eluding me for decades. (more…)
Bob Jones
June 28, 2020
Life Stories

BRING THE MICHAELS HOME

I do not know Michael Kovrig or Michael Spavor but they are Canadians and they desperately need help. I can’t help everyone, but I go on record as standing up for the Michaels. So can you. (more…)
Bob Jones
June 24, 2020
Life FormationLife Stories

WHEN YOU’RE CALLED A MUTT: RACISM

"Where you from?" asked the lady that I was checking in at the front desk a few years ago. I gave the usual explanation of being a mix of French Canadian, Black Canadian, Metis, and Scandanavian, which I understand is a mix that's not that common. The look I got was a slight look of disgust. (more…)
Bob Jones
June 21, 2020
Life FormationLife Stories

WHEN YOU’RE CALLED OUT TO SPEAK UP

This week I got called out by someone in our black community to speak up as a leader on #blacklivesmatter. I was a little taken back because I wanted to remain in a posture of listening and learning. I am bravely stepping out to do what I can to lean into hard conversations presently. (more…)
Bob Jones
June 13, 2020
Life FormationLife Stories

IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Thousands of police officers from across Canada and around the world marched through the streets of downtown Edmonton to honour Cst. Daniel Woodall of the Edmonton Police Service, a husband and father of two, slain in the line of duty. (more…)
Bob Jones
June 11, 2020
Life FormationLife Stories

A CITY TURNS BLUE

Claire Woodall was aware something bad was going down on Monday night, June 8th in Edmonton’s Callingwood neighbourhood. She was tuned in not only because of her employment at a local Edmonton radio station, but her husband Daniel was on duty that night with the Edmonton Police Service. He was working in Callingwood. (more…)
Bob Jones
June 10, 2020