Articles by Lloyd Mackey
By Lloyd Mackey
March 12, 2019
The life story of B.C. entrepreneur and philanthropist Jim Pattison testifies to his Christian capacity for working across differences to achieve the greater good, writes Convivium contributor Lloyd Mackey.
As the volunteer chairman of the Expo ’86 board, Pattison was successful in getting both union and non-union contractors – and their workers -- to live and let live Braun’s run for office grew out of his 27 years as a union member and leader in the Pattison Group’s Save-On Foods organization
October 19, 2018
Convivium contributor Lloyd Mackey was at the release of Cardus data on West Coast educational innovation this week as program director Beth Green explained what the numbers reveal. The news is good. The challenges are real, Green says.
Green and her fellow researchers concluded that independent education is a "public good" because graduates of such schools are "just as likely – and often are more likely – than their peers in the non-religious public sector to cultivate diverse social ties The baseline, Green said, was the public s...
October 16, 2018
Convivium contributor Lloyd Mackey talks to Cardus’ Beth Green about “exciting” educational data she’ll release Wednesday at Surrey B.C.’s Pacific Academy.
Public school graduates, who have the same trust in civic institutions as their peers, but are less likely to be engaged with such institutions than their peers who graduated from independent schools Their school also forms graduates who attend church, observe religious disciplines, and strengthen t...
August 9, 2018
Lloyd Mackey explores the rich role of churches and other faith-based ministries in the social, economic, governance and health of Surrey and White Rock, British Columbia.
The book includes a comprehensive and, hopefully, almost totally accurate list of churches and Christian ministries in Surrey and White Rock, containing names, addresses, phone numbers, web-site links and e-mails The role of churches and other faith-based ministries in the social, economic, governan...
February 22, 2018
Veteran Canadian journalist Lloyd Mackey, a senior editorial advisor to Faith in Canada 150’s Thread of 1000 Stories, recounts meeting Billy Graham while still a school boy in 1951, an encounter that helped shape Mackey’s life and faith.
On the final day of the mission, Edna and I, along with Smith were among the people invited to sit on the platform behind Graham It emerged that, during those years, Graham cultivated several Canadians who participated in his ministry and helped him to understand aspects of the Canadian faith ethos ...
January 26, 2018
Convivium reviewer Lloyd Mackey finds David Kitz brings a dramatist’s gifts to his novel which re-tells the Passion story in The Soldier Who Killed a King.
(For background purposes: the implicit meaning of the Christian denomination of which Kitz is a part and a minister – the eight million member International Church of the Foursquare Gospel is couched in the firm belief in Jesus as Savior, Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, Healer and Soon-coming King Ki...
October 10, 2017
Katharine Hayhoe, one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014, appreciates both science and faith. Hayhoe states: "I don’t accept global warming on faith: I crunch the data, I analyze the models, I help engineers and city managers and ecologists quantify the impacts."
Katharine Hayhoe, one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014, delivered three lectures relating to her field, climate science, three years ago this month, at Trinity Western University, near Vancouver, in Langley BC Hayhoe, a Canadian, is a climate science professor at Texas Tech Uni...
July 28, 2017
Robert Norman Thompson was part of a cross-partisan group of Canadian leaders that made a 1960s era “House of minorities” almost accidentally effective in its pursuit of far-reaching social and economic legislation. Indeed, many people, around the time of Canada’s 1967 Centennial referred to Thompson as “Mr. Canada”.
Judi Johnston Vankevich, a Langley, BC, based author, speaker, ethics advisor, frequent consultant on matters of faith, politics, education and family issues, and Executive Director of Canadian Centre for Manners & Civility, holds a bachelor of arts in Business Administration and Political Science f...
June 23, 2017
In the last half of the 20th century, the son of a Canadian prairie Pentecostal pastor emerged as a leader within what was then a burgeoning evangelical Christian movement, bringing to it a constructive influence in the national corridors of governance, academe and activism.
Stiller often cites a timeline of three different leadership experiences, each of which brought a range of opportunities to add vigor and thought to the Canadian evangelical Christian movement He is founding editor/director of the Online Encyclopedia of Canadian Christian Leaders, an outgrowth of hi...
May 5, 2017
In a lecture at the University of British Columbia this week, Canada’s eminent pollster, Angus Reid, dug deep into the intriguing data from recent polling commissioned by the think tank Cardus.
Veteran Canadian pollster Angus Reid used results of recent research to encourage people of faith to exercise good communication skills, link together across the faith spectrum and exercise leadership rooted in hope, when he delivered the Father Henry Carr Lecture in the chapel of St The basis for t...
April 28, 2017
Preston Manning came by his interest naturally, in what he calls “navigating the faith-political interface.” His father, Ernest C. Manning was premier of Alberta for over two decades in the mid-twentieth century. During that time, he was the voice of Canada’s National Bible Hour (CNBH) – which attracted 600,000 listeners weekly, nationwide.
One of the consequences of such was that when western interest began to coalesce around Manning’s interest in developing the Reform Party of Canada, in the late 80s, many of those Christian political aspirants liked what they saw in the new party Much of his leadership in this process could be easil...
April 19, 2017
During Edwin Phillips' formative years, he was increasingly attracted to the business world – and a life of faith. And his location within the Hollywood orb led to crowd bit parts – with payment in free popcorn – in such biblical epic films as King of Kings and Ben Hur.
Phillips became imbued with the congregational concepts that shaped that movement and, during his early years, was a lay leader in what became Westway Christian Church in the western suburbs of Toronto Phillips also became part of a weekly downtown Vancouver prayer breakfast group whose major annual...
March 31, 2017
Bernice Gerard was a pastor, university chaplain, social activist, politician, media host … and feminist. Dr. Linda Ambrose points out that influential Vancouver pastor and politician Bernice Gerard was a convinced feminist.
Her autobiography, Today and for Life, appeared three years after she concluded her pastoral ministry that had stretched from 1964 to 1985, when she co-pastored a Vancouver church, Fraserview Assembly [now Harvest City Church], with Velma Chapman, her life-long ministry partner The tent work continu...
March 10, 2017
Charles Ellington is a “product” the Protestant Orphanage in Victoria. Ellington later played a pivotal role in the transitioning of the traditional and now-outmoded orphanage to a multi-faceted government-assisted cluster of family services and facilities.
Oaklands, and the evangelical Christian community of which it was a part, was home to Ellington as a young adult and he grew exponentially in his leadership skills in that community Most significant, among these leadership activities, given the place of his “home” as a young child, was his 25 years ...
December 2, 2016
Through Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and Pioneer Camps, Cathie Nicholl played a major role in faith formation and leadership development for many Canadian high school and university students.
Inter-Varsity and its high school affiliate, Inter-School Christian Fellowship played significant roles for decades in giving a faith-based perspective, to thousands of students in Canada’s public education systems She never did get to university – at least not as a student – instead, beginning work...
November 25, 2016
David See-Chai Lam, a Hong Kong-born businessman/philanthropist, served several years as British Columbia’s lieutenant-governor. A strong evangelical Baptist by faith, he also brought Confucian concepts of “harmony” into play in creative encouraging conflict resolution and management in business, public and religious life.
The chief markers of his next 17 years in Hong Kong were his advancement in the family-owned Ka Wah Bank, his marriage to Dorothy Lam, his emerging skills as a prudent and wise financial investor and his increasing sense of wanting to be independent – yet in harmony with – his family and other Hong ...
November 18, 2016
Ernest Manning is best remembered as Alberta’s premier from 1943 to 1968 – the longest-serving premier in the Commonwealth. Manning’s understanding of the Scriptures gave him an appreciation of human need as enunciated by proponents of the social gospel.
At Ernest Manning’s funeral in February 1996, Reform Party of Canada leader Preston Manning suggested that his father’s last political words could well be: “Do not let internal discord do to Canada what wars, depressions and hard times were unable to do When oil revenues brought Alberta into unprece...