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Vol XV. No. 24

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Wayne A. Holst, Editor

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Dear Friends:

Early in 2020 I am pleased to introduce a book by
colleague Reginald Bibby and associates Joel Thiessen
and Monetta Bailey. Like a good pioneer in any new
field of endeavour, Reg is on the lookout for quality
people to carry on his work. While Bibby is not past
it, yet, he - like me - must be wondering about legacy.
I think he has found some worthy disciples.

I hope you will enjoy and value my Special Item this
week - a book notice for The Millennial Mosaic.

Please enjoy my other offerings for you.


PS. A note about links to articles in this letter. 
Hardy Schroeder of Winnipeg suggests that if
a link seems dead or does not call up an article,
cut and paste it into your address bar at the top
of your web page and it should work. 

Thanks Hardy.



Book Notice -

How Pluralism and Choice are Shaping
Canadian Youth and the Future of Canada
By Reginald Bibby, Joel Thiessen and Monetta Bailey

Dundern Press, Toronto, ON. 2019
333 pp. $26.72 CAD paper. $10.69 CAD Kindle
ISBN #9781459745605

Publisher's Promo:

There’s a lot of consternation about the Millennial generation — Canada’s youngest adults born since the mid-1980s and now reaching their thirties. But the speculation has not been accompanied by sound and comprehensive information --- until now

Highly respected sociologist and veteran trend-tracker Reginald W. Bibby teams up with two Gen X colleagues, Joel Thiessen and Monetta Bailey, to provide an up-to-date reading on how Millennials see the world — their values, joys, and concerns; their views of family, sexuality, spirituality, and other Canadians; and their hopes and expectations as they look to the future.

What’s more, the authors compare Millennials with Gen Xers, Boomers, and Pre-Boomers. Their conclusion? Canada’s much-criticized Millennials may well be a solid upgrade on previous generations — speaking well for the country’s future.


Authors' Words:

"I cannot recall a time over the past twenty-five centuries 
(of my studies) when the old were fully satisfied with the 
young," wrote educator Anthony Kerr in 1985, and that has
not changed in our modern times.

The generation upon which we focus in this book are 
known as Millennials, commonly understood to have been 
born between the ages of 1986 and 2005). What kind of 
future do they portend to those of us who worry about 
what the young will do?

Our focus is on Canadian Millennials, and if we want to 
understand the ideas that people like Millennials have in 
their heads, we have to ask them (and) that's what we've 
done. We held two national surveys in 2015 and 2016, 
talking with more than 6,000 Canadians. This included 
more than 1,000 young people between the ages of 15 
and 29, and born between 1986 and 2000. We have also
begun to anticipate 'how they have turned out.'

Our primary concern does not have to do with numbers 
but ideas.We are not so much concerned about statistics 
but how people live their lives...

Our starting point is to recognize that life in Canada has 
come to be characterized by a central defining characteristic - pluralism.

We have always been a diverse people, and in the face of 
that diversity we have made a conscious effort to accept 
differences, to interact and learn from one another.

Historically, we have been involved in creating a country 
out of diverse parts. We have continued to do that all 
through our history. This has profoundly influenced the 
variables we live with - like cultural background, gender, 
age, sexual orientation and physical abilities. So pluralism 
has been at the heart of our cultural life and continues to 
define us. Pluralism is Canada's response to diversity.

Life in a pluralistic Canada has many determinants - 
including immigration, education, government, technology, 
media, economy, globalization/Americanization, religion 
and changes in outlook and values.

All this leads us to a sense that 'change' is a dominant 
factor in our society. But, in a truer sense, that is not so. 

Ultimately, most things do not change. Most things are 
constant. This will become clearer when we study how 
Millennials are assuming their roles in our society.

So, here is our book The Millennial Mosaic: How Pluralism
and Choice are Shaping Canadian Youth and the Future of

The authors of this book reflect the diversity that is Canada,
and our pluralism. They help to create a sense of balance 
with  their interpretation of the data and trends.

- interpreted from The Introduction 


Authors' Bios:

Reginald W. Bibby photo
Reginald W. Bibby, O.C., Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at the 
University of Lethbridge. The author of seventeen books, he has 
been monitoring adult and youth social trends in Canada for more 
than four decades. He lives in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Joel Thiessen photo

Joel Thiessen

Ph.D., professor at Ambrose University, specializing 
in religion, family, and youth. He is the author of 
several books and lives in Calgary.

Monetta Bailey photo
Monetta Bailey, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of sociology at 
Ambrose University specializing in racialized youth, immigration, 
gender, and crime. She is a recent graduate of the University of 
Calgary, and worked for a time with troubled youth in Alberta. 
She lives in Calgary.

My Thoughts:

Reg. Bibby has been writing about Canada, Canadians
and particularly religion in this country for more than
forty years.

In this book, he is joined by two younger scholars. 
While all three co-writers featured here are currently 
Albertans, they reflect both common and differing 
perspectives that will speak to many across this 
country and beyond.

I have always admired the tenacity and attitude that
Reg. brings to his work. That same spirit is reflected
in the contribution of his co-authors. Just as he is
open to new perspectives from younger associates,
I hope that many of us will be encouraging as well.

We all build on the shoulders of those who have gone
before us, and this book is also a reflection of the
foundations our writers have assumed for their work.

The themes over which they collaborate include values, 
concerns, how they see life as individuals and as part 
of institutions, sexuality and gender-equality issues,
families, the gods/religion/spirituality, and the future.

As usual with a book to which Reginald Bibby lends
his name, the closing themes are hopeful.

Welcome aboard, Joel and Monetta. You have big
shoes to fill, but you also have much to offer us all!

Buy the book from



Elfrieda  Schroeder,
Winnipeg, MB

In Transit Blog
January 14th, 2020

"Musings in Early 2020"


Jim Taylor,
Okanagan, BC

Personal Web Log,
January 15th, 2020

"The Mark of Moral Progress"


Philip Jenkins,
Waco, TX

The Christian Century,
January   2020

"Major Stories of American Christianity in the 2010's"


Martin Marty,
Chicago, IL

January 10th, 2020

"Sunday Is..."


Ron Rolheiser,
San Antonio,TX

Personal Web Site
January 13th, 2020

"The Little Way"


Mark Whittall
Ottawa, ON

Sermons and Blog
January 10th, 2020

"Where's Your Altar?"




Sr. Sue Mosteller Gets Order of Canada

Catholic Register,
January 10th, 2020


Regional Division Over Country's
Future at the Beginning of 2020

Angus Reid Institute,
January 14th, 2020



Embracing Diversity in Christian Community
New Book by Missiologist Dana Robert

Englewood Review of Books
January 15th, 2020


Does the Truth Set You Free?
by Joan Chittister

National Catholic Reporter,
January 14th, 2020



He Was Raised as a Jew

Christian Week
January 15th, 2020


I Was Raised in a Small Rural Congregation

Anglican Journal,
January 14th, 2020


Connect Nazi and Current American Situation

January 16th, 2020


Many Victims in Muslim Lands

La Croix International
January 16th, 2020


Beaconsfield UK Catholic Writer's Site

Christian Post,
January 16th, 2020


WISDOM OF THE WEEK - January 19th

Provided by Sojourners and the Bruderhof online:

It seemed rather incongruous that in a society of
super sophisticated communication, we often suffer
from a shortage of listeners.

- Erma Bombeck


Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate
agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up
the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning.
They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

- Frederick Douglass


If the world has not approached its end, it has reached
a major watershed in history, equal in importance to the
turn from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It will
demand from us a spiritual blaze; we shall have to rise
to a new height of vision, to a new level of life where
our physical nature will not be cursed as in the Middle
Ages, but even more importantly, our spiritual being
will not be trampled upon as in the Modern Era.

- Alexander Solzhenitsyn


Patience is more than endurance. A saint’s life is in
the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands
of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint
cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every
now and again the saint says, “I cannot stand anymore.”

God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His
purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself
in God’s hands.

- Oswald Chambers


Christians must always nourish in their hearts the
fullness of joy. Try to do that, sisters and brothers. 

have tried it many times, and in the most bitter
situations, when slander and persecution are at
their worst, I have united myself intimately with
Christ as my friend, and I have tasted a sweetness
that all the joys of earth cannot give. It is the joy of
God’s intimacy, the profoundest joy the heart can
experience, even when people don’t understand you.

Christ pronounced these words of joy on the tragic
last night of his life, knowing that the next day even
his disciples would abandon him. No doubt there
was fullness of joy in the depths of Christ’s soul
even when he was ascending Calvary in the bitter
agony of his passion, because he was doing the
will of his Father and he felt that God was not
abandoning him despite all appearances of
abandonment. “I have told you this so that my
joy may be in you and your joy may be complete”.

- Oscar Romero



We cannot change the past, but we can change our
attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness.
Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange
love for hate - thereby, making the present comfortable
and the future promising.



For those interested:


A Ten Week Series January 13th - March 23rd, 2020
(Family Weekend exempted)
Monday Evenings, TM Room 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

"FUTURE FAITH - Ten Challenges Reshaping 
                              Christianity in the 21st Century"

Author: Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

Registration/Hospitality and Book: $60.00.
Book only: $25.00

37 copies of the book were made available for sale.
All are now sold. 

Total on-site registrations: 32
(plus 3 on-line participants). Grand Total: 35 to date.

Book Description -

Study Notes -



Our theme this winter: 

"Jesus' Parables and Miracles" 
  (a total of 10 examples)

Recorded in Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke
and the Gospel of John

Ten Sessions - January 23rd-March 26th, 2020

Gathering at 9:30 AM in the St. David's TM Room
and meeting 10:00 - 11:00 AM.

No charge

Study resource -

"The DK Complete Bible Handbook"
  Edited by John Bowker


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