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Faith, research, writing -

I have a large envelope filled with old sermons that were written and delivered by my grandfather, Kalman Doka, throughout his ministry as a pastor of some 50 years.  They were given to me by my grandmother a few years ago.  I started to ask her questions about her life as a young girl, how she fell in love, what it was like to survive the Great Depression and live the War years.  And after that, she started to send me his sermons, and her letters, and then more.

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justice, passion -

Have you ever felt so deeply about something you don’t know what to say?  You know something in your guts, and yet you can’t shape the knowing into a word. It’s often how I feel about the big questions – about life and what it means, the things of faith, and big words so easily thrown around like “justice.”

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human trafficking, play, She Has A Name, writing -

Two things have clearly crystalized through the process of bringing this story to life: we want produce great theatre and we want to lead people in a response. The play is the dramatic telling of an imagined story placed in a plausible setting of a fictional trafficking case.  It is meant to shine light on the real world of trafficking, to ask big questions, and dare I say, make some suggestions.

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reading -

I’m reading a biography about Oswald Chambers recently given to me by a friend.  I’m finding it a fascinating read of a very fascinating man, whose personal history I know little of but whose writings I’ve read almost daily for over a decade.

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Disappointed by Hope, refugees, writing -

I sat close to the seven men, shook their hands, prayed for them under my breath as Ellen took what information she needed from them in order to get them out of detention.  The young man I spoke with, his English simple but clear, told me a little about life in the detention centre.

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