Peter Stockland

Peter Stockland is Senior Writer with Cardus, and Editor of Convivium.

Bio last updated September 16th, 2021.

Peter Stockland

Articles by Peter Stockland

  • Solitude

    Join us in being prompted to a sense of awe in the possibility for intimacy that solitude holds as inspired by David Marcu’s photograph of a single human being atop an outcropping in a Romanian forest. 

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  • Elections are About the Electorate

    The fruits of his approach, Seymour says, were born out two decades after Jackson’s last unsuccessful run for president, when voters in “both the rural south and the urban North help(ed) create the consensus that would…twice elect the country’s first African American president They give us only Dona...

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  • A Knock at the Door

    Peter speaks with Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan about her spiritual journey. For her, interfaith work means being rooted deeply in your faith, then reaching out. 

    But Duhan Kaplan says many Christians, and even Western secularists, have no clue how much fear endures among Jews because of historic persecution As would be expected for someone with strong roots in the ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, Duhan Kaplan is profoundly engaged by both the ideas and id...

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  • Full of Life

    Kevin Daudlin’s vocation has taught him to seize the day. As a funeral director, he comes face to face with the reality that life is short. That's why his faith means so much to him. Read more here. 

    On the contrary, long before he took us his calling dealing with death, Daudlin began living his deep Catholic witness through charitable work as a member of the Knights of Columbus fraternal order Daudlin, a funeral director in Maple, Ontario, says the profession he first pined to join in universit...

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  • Publisher's Letter: Signs of Purpose

    Our purpose will always be to provide thinking on faith in common life to which our audience can respond body and soul. For the first time in history, McLuhan contended, human communication became instantaneous regardless of distance ...

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  • Vanity and V-8s

    In a wrecking yard south of Ottawa, Convivium publisher Peter Stockland finds cars that people might have cried in coming home from a funeral, giving him a key to one of the most perplexing books in the Hebrew Bible.

    In the 50 last words, Shields argues, the epilogist stands on its head not merely the "festival of negation" that runs riot in the previous chapters written in the guise of Qoheleth the sage but the very idea that wisdom is, as Frye and many others would have it, the way out of the forest "The sages...

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  • Gun Control: Right Trumps Rights

    “The NRA may advocate for an individual right, but its influence derives precisely from collective democratic action,” Cole writes in a recent New York Review of Books Black Americans, Cole writes, are much less sympathetic to gun rights than whites: “Only 24 per cent of African-Americans support th...

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  • France’s Fear is More Troubling than Trump

    As reporter Ben Judah writes in a fine piece of journalism for the UK’s Standpoint Magazine, the mayor of the economically depressed town northeast of Paris near the Belgian border is a touchstone for a seismic shift in French political life, and so for the near to middle-term future of Europe Since...

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  • ‘Inclusion’ to the Exclusion of Religious Freedom

    In fact, as lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos told me in an interview following the recent Ontario Appeal Court decision in the Trinity Western University case, what we should be concerned about is the implacable use of “inclusion” to exclude Canadians from their Charter Rights around religious freedom...

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  • A Parliamentarian's Pursuit

    Six years ago, after a decade in the House of Commons, David Anderson was in search of a new issue to pursue as an MP. Eventually, freedom of religion became his personal and vocational pursuit.

    Despite his parliamentary emphasis on international religious freedom, however, Anderson acknowledges deepening concern about intolerance toward religious belief and practice here in Canada The group’s work was influential in Canada’s own House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights i...

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  • Portraits of Faith

    Lloyd Mackey set out to highlight Canadian Christian leaders after a long career in faith-based journalism. Read about Mackey's Encyclopedia project here.

    As it stands, the site is populated with reprinted content from Michael Clarke’s 1998 book Canada: Portraits of Faith, but Mackey and team intend to go further with features of contemporary leaders He to touches a bit on the faith aspect, how the faith will influence the kind of leadership or the ki...

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  • A Calling at Oxford

    Thana de Campos, Brazillian academic living in Ottawa, Ontario, discovered God while studying at Oxford. Read her story here. 

    There are little things I can do to open eyes a bit to faith and God Thana de Campos came home to God by travelling thousands of miles from her home in Brazil to complete a PhD at the University of Oxford in England ...

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  • Publisher's Letter: Eichmann and Us

    Most people know Eichmann in Jerusalem as the work for which Arendt coined the phrase "the banality of evil" in the book's subtitle and final words In Eichmann in Jerusalem, Arendt makes clear she is not merely trading in the banality of there being a little bit of the infamous S.S ...

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  • A Jew by Choice

    A former Bloc Québécois politician, Richard Marceau converted to Judaism in 2004. Since 2011, he has worked for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs as a senior adviser. In 2011, he published A Quebec Jew: From Bloc Québécois MP to Jewish Activist, detailing his spiritual journey and involvement in the Jewish community. He recently sat down to talk to Convivium publisher Peter Stockland

    C: It’s interesting that the campaign itself was directed, and this is obvious, first to the Jewish community, to mobilize the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affair’s natural constituency, then to Christians to raise alarm It made me think that I like the fact that in Judaism, Hebrew is the original l...

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  • A banquet of hospitality for Fort McMurray evacuees

    Upon hearing news of the Fort McMurray fire, Suzanne Gross thought evacuees needed a meal fit for a banquet- so she gave them one. Read Peter Stockland's report here.

    On what she calls “Inferno Day,” Suzanne Gross was planning to attend a reception and banquet at the very centre in Edmonton where evacuees from Fort McMurray were being given emergency shelter Gross and her colleagues set up shop at the University of Alberta’s Lister Hall, and plunged into the enor...

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  • Al Rashid: Mosque and Refuge

    Peter Stockland visits Al Rashid in Edmonton, Canada's first Mosque, to talk about their efforts to rebuild community and offer support to evacuees of Fort McMurray.

    She points out that those who found shelter at Al Rashid in the first week after the evacuation of more than 80,000 people from Fort McMurray were almost entirely working people with financial means For Jaffar Pathan, a volunteer from the Islamic Circle of North America working with the Edmonton Eme...

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  • Give Where You Live

    Gertie Groenweg's faith called her to serve her neighbours in distress. Reporting from Edmonton, Peter Stockland watches how faith communities have responded to the Fort McMurray Fire. 

    “I have such admiration for first responders in any emergency, and especially for what the first responders were able to do in Fort McMurray,” Jacquie says “Certainly as Catholics, we are called to corporal works of mercy, and that’s what this is ...

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  • Syrian refugee extends hope to Fort McMurray evacuees

    Syrian refugee, Basel Abou Hamrah, volunteers at Edmonton's Evacuee Reception Centre to help residents of Fort McMurray who were forced to flee in the wake of forest fire catastrophe.

    Last week, he signed up as a volunteer to help at Edmonton’s Evacuee Reception Centre to help residents of Fort McMurray forced to flee south from a May 3 wildfire that destroyed their northern Alberta community A Druze Christian, with a faith rooted in all three of the great Abrahamic monotheisms, ...

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  • Help in the Wake of the Fort McMurray Fires

    Peter Stockland reports from Edmonton in the wake of the Fort McMurray fires to see how faith communities respond to the catastrophe: "As she seems to do with everyone, Dalia Abdellatif listens calmly to the agitated young man in front of her at Edmonton’s Evacuee Reception Centre."

    Arriving in Canada with her physician husband and children five years ago, Dalia began volunteering with the Islamic Family and Social Services Association, then helped with Edmonton’s Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and then Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society (EERSS), where she is both a vol...

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  • Fire in Fort McMurray: A Proper Response

    But a first response that reaches down to the grocery checkout, and stays there for the time being, must be good for Canada, good for Canadians, and even good for the people of Fort McMurray, difficult as that may be to believe right now. Canadians, en masse, are turning their eyes, hearts, mind and...

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  • 50 Years of Yes

    Fifteen years into ministry, he questioned himself rigorously about carrying on as a priest. Thirty-five years later, now retired, he still sometimes asks himself “why” he said yes time after time. 

    Walsh came out of the seminary eager to minister in a Church he believed was renewing and re-orienting itself in accordance with God’s calling ...

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  • Publisher's Letter: Choosing Our Fire

    We had just brought together for April-May essays on the roots of religious violence, centred on the thinking of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and his remarkable recent book Not in God’s Name “This Convivium is an invitation to resist those urges to isolate and marginalize and, in the face of violence, ...

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  • Letting God Take the Wheel

    In the 1990s, Bruce Myers was chasing political news stories as a member of the national press gallery in Ottawa. As of May, at age 43, he will be an Anglican bishop in Quebec, pastor of a small flock spread across hundreds of thousands of square kilometres. Myers tells Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland that, like a good reporter, he is confident he’ll be in the right place at the right time as Quebecers overcome their violent reaction to organized religion and let God into their lives again..

    I think he’s helpfully named how we’ve gotten to this place we’re in, especially in the Quebec context, where the Church in many ways has lost its traditional place in society and where there’s much that the Church has traditionally taught and offered that people aren’t willing to accept or aren’t n...

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