Peter Stockland

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

Bio last modified January 11th, 2021.
Articles by Peter Stockland
  • Not Alone

    Peter Stockland

    God being only and lonely is confounding to the point of terrifying, and at the same time comforting to the core of our being, writes Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland. From His eternal knowing of loneliness, He reaches across and through creation to touch and comfort each of our lonely hearts.

  • The Aftermath of Genocide

    Peter Stockland

    On International Human Rights Day, survivors of histories and geographies torn apart by crimes against humanity used a Parliament Hill panel discussion to etch a path of repentance, repair, reconciliation and renewal. Convivium’s Peter Stockland reports.

  • Home at the Library

    Peter Stockland

    Today, Peter Stockland writes a letter to his past self, and extends his gratitude to the people whose words lined the library he liked to call home. These minds shaped him, and lead him to keep asking the questions that keep him coming home to wonder.

  • Beneath the Summer Jobs Controversy

    Peter Stockland

    Promised changes to the embattled summer student employment program won't resolve the deep divide separating Canadians of faith from the Liberal government's “true believers” in radical secular autonomy, Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett tells Convivium’s Peter Stockland.

  • Prizes for Poets

    Peter Stockland with Doug Sikkema

    The Mitchell literary prize is ramping up to receive poems eligible for a $20,000 first prize. Doug Sikkema, managing editor of Comment magazine, talks to Peter Stockland about partnering with Image Journal to host the prize, and why faith-based poetry must become central to Canadian letters.

  • Data to Put Your Faith In

    Peter Stockland

    Cardus executive vice-president Ray Pennings has spent a lot of time speaking about the data around the role of faith in public life. But, says Pennings, data doesn't exist for itself. Today, Peter Stockland reports on Pennings' recent presentation in Montreal as a shining example of how data lets institutions and society adjust to new realities.

  • Facing What Facebook Feeds Us

    Peter Stockland

    With Ottawa set to bailout Canadian newspapers, and even the advertising industry alarmed by the media havoc Facebook has caused, Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland argues we should all look in the mirror for the culprits.

  • Flagging False Comparisons

    Peter Stockland

    This past weekend, John Carpay made an unfortunate connection between the rainbow flag and Nazi and Communist symbols. This week, Peter Stockland explores the meaning of dialogue, and what we stand to lose when we don’t stop to listen.

  • Late To Find Love

    Peter Stockland with Peter Jon Mitchell

    Senior researcher Peter Jon Mitchell talks with Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland about a Cardus Family study released yesterday showing a steep decline in young Canadians tying the knot or even living together.

  • A Flare for Science and Faith

    Peter Stockland

    Convivium’s Peter Stockland dropped by the Canadian Science and Policy Conference in Ottawa today where Cardus’ Program Director Milton Friesen diplomatically called on scientists and faith leaders to work together for the public common good.

  • Uber or Later

    Peter Stockland

    The Ottawa Senators are in for awkward times after team members mocked their coach in front of the watchful eye of an Uber camera. But the conversation buzzing today is a chance to rethink the ride-hailing services many of us don’t give a second thought, argues Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland.

  • The Writing on the Wall

    Peter Stockland

    The subterranean (and perhaps metaphorical) walls of our cities are teeming with the words of would-be prophets, but we’re being made oblivious by the meaningless. Peter Stockland warns that truth is getting jumbled—right under our noses.

  • Religious, Not Holy

    Peter Stockland

    Patti Smith—the punk poet laureate—identifies Christ as an artist, crafting his ideal of salvation with imagination. Smith’s own art and imagination, writes Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland, is a cry against the modern mania for “God usurped by Goal.”

  • Pause and Effect

    Peter Stockland

    Today, Peter Stockland explores how the act of running is not some Olympic-level commitment to all-in exhaustion. Rather, this discipline creates space in our lives to move away from stress and towards a fuller sense of health and goodness.

  • The Lost Art of Asking

    Peter Stockland

    Whatever happened to saying “I just don’t know”? Today Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland shares concerns, in light of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation debacle, about troubling changes to public dialogue and the growth of political tribalism. Words are used to impress others with a willingness to think as they think—rather than to express thought.

  • Full House Religious Freedom

    Peter Stockland

    Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland says next week’s Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom might be just the ticket for bringing newly arrived and long-standing Canadians of faith together to safeguard religious freedom

  • Independent Doesn’t Mean Isolated

    Peter Stockland with Deani Van Pelt

    Who’s blazing a trail on school funding in Canada? Turns out it’s Saskatchewan. And as Cardus senior fellow Dr. Deani Van Pelt tells Convivium publisher Peter Stockland, two new education research papers hold some fascinating findings for Canadians interested in public education.

  • Drawing the Stranger Near

    Peter Stockland with Anika Barlow

    Anika Barlow, hospitality coordinator at Vancouver’s Kinbrace Refugee Community Society, talks to Convivium about the power of faith to bring new arrivals and hosts alike closer to encountering God.

  • Pigskin Crossing Pattern

    Peter Stockland with Rodd Sawatzky

    As the Calgary Stampeders prepare for their annual Labour Day Classic against their CFL rivals from Edmonton, team chaplain Rodd Sawatzky’s role is to help the team’s strong cohort of Christian players remember true victory is in Christ. The director of pro ministries for Athletes in Action spoke recently with Convivium’s Peter Stockland.

  • When Politics Goes Wrong

    Peter Stockland

    Convivium publisher Peter Stockland argues recovery of genuine political conversation requires that we start asking the right questions about our political differences.

  • New Catholic Hymnal is Nothing to Sing About

    Peter Stockland

    We tend to treat music like entertainment breaks from the serious phases of our church services, writes Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland. But music ought to be so much more. Today, Peter defends the core of music: to lift our hearts, and our voices, towards God's love.

  • The NDP’s Anti-Labour Paradox

    Peter Stockland with Brian Dijkema

    Cardus’ director of Work and Economics made waves on Canada’s West Coast this month with a report critiquing the B.C. government’s move to let only unionized construction companies bid for major infrastructure projects. But, Brian Dijkema tells Convivum, the policy will cost taxpayers billions, punish workers, and risk damage to democracy itself.

  • Canada Missing in Action on Religious Freedom

    Peter Stockland with Andrew Bennett

    Top cabinet ministers from more than 80 countries are in Washington D.C. today planning global action against religious persecution. Rev. Andrew Bennett, Director of the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute, is there and tells Convivium he’s hearing widespread disappointment over Canada’s absentee leadership on the critical issue.