The People Here
Chef in a wines and spirits company
What attracted you to CCDP?
My religion and the location, I live in the neighbourhood.
What keeps you here?
The Rev. Canon Kevin Robertson keeps me there, as well as the wonderful people I have met.
How are you engaged in the parish right now and why?
I'm slowing becoming more engaged in the parish by going to coffee hour and attending the Parish Forums. I'm also looking to get into volunteering with the food program as well as participating in the finances of the church.
What word or phrase best describes the community at CCDP?
Devoted, faithful, open, accepting.
How did you come to worship in the Anglican Church?
I was confirmed at the Episcopal Church in New York City (St. Bart's). Prior to being Episcopalian, I was raised Roman Catholic.
What do you think is the most compelling thing about Christianity?
The word of God, seen through the action and life of Jesus Christ and bestowed upon us through the Holy Spirit.
Do your friends and colleagues know that you go to church? Why or why not?
Yes they do. I tell them.
What books would we find on your night table right now?
"Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis, "Pope Francis: Untying the Knots" by Paul Valley, "Cooked" by Michael Pollan, and "The Meaning of Jesus" by Wright & Borg.
What is your favourite - memory, movie, part of Toronto, person, past time or saying - and what appeals to you about that?
My favourite memory would be a vacation in Hawaii with my ex-partner. It was a great time - wonderful scenery, weather - and we were happy. Another memory would be bringing home our dogs, Oscar and Snowball, when they were 6 weeks old. My favourite saying would be, "What the hell am I doing here?", this appeals to me because it is so true for many occassions.
What question do you wish we had asked but didn't?
More religious idiology questions that would really stir-up emotions from people. For example, the issue of same sex marriage or women in the clergy.