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Faith Connections

Dealing with media muggings

As part of Faith Connection’s Media Month, Joe Sinasac and Sara Loftson held a workshop and discussion on dealing with media on May 29, 2007 at the Pastoral Center on 1155 Yonge Street. Joe is editor of The Catholic Register and Sara is the paper’s youth editor.

Joe outlined how certain stories can be reported factually and then gradually, if they push peoples’ hot buttons, these stories get picked up by others and turned into opinion pieces that can distort the facts. Also, headlines can twist a story and send out a more inflammatory message than the story calls for.

Archbishop Collins Describes a Christian's Role

St. Peter's Church, the huge arms reaching out, is the perfect image of Christianity," said Toronto's Archbishop Thomas Collins, pictured above at May 14's Theology on Tap. He described the modern Christian's challenges as living in relationship to others, accepting imperfection, and coming to God through prayer and the sacraments.

He pointed out that the central idea within Christianity is building community: Christians do not travel alone and often come together – like Faith Connection's gatherings.

Theology on Tap – Monday, Jan. 22, 2007

The topic was “Dying to Live:  Desperate and Dangerous Immigration on the US-Mexico Border”. Hilary Cunningham and Stephen Scharper, Associate Professors at the University of Toronto, seen above, presented an insightful talk on their experiences at the border and the underlying theology in border issues. Below, a participant shares his thoughts on the talk:

The Church's Teachings and Catholics

On Oct. 23, 2006, Fr. Tom Rosica filled the house at Theology on Tap! Participants pondered and discussed "When The Church Teaches, Where Do I Fit In?" with respect to three current issues: same-sex marriage, Islam, and AIDS.

He Flies Though the Air

Faith Connections' Nov. 27 Theology on Tap was abuzz with images of circus stunts. Sr. Sue Mosteller shared with us reflections on her experience of living with and learning from trapeze artists.

Listening to Sr. Sue, images of scary heights, exciting flight, hopeful expectations, and dreadful falls flashed through my mind. Rodney, one of the flyers Sr. Sue met, said he was always excited about flying,

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