All posts in "Connecting"

Small moments of grace

By Cathryn Wellner / July 20, 2015

Sunday was a hot, but not scorching, day in Kelowna, British Columbia. I set out on foot to do a little shopping at a nearby supermarket. Crossing the parking lot of Prospera Place, I was stopped by a family of Japanese tourists. Several of them spoke excellent English so I was able to help them […]


Mending clothes, mending hearts in San Francisco’s Tenderloin

By Cathryn Wellner / June 29, 2015

San Francisco’s Tenderloin is the one of the city’s seediest neighbourhoods, a place where crime, drugs, prostitution and homelessness are everyday realities. It is also a place art professor Michael Swaine calls “beautiful, magical”. The beauty and magic come from the generous project Swaine began 15 years ago. On the 15th of every month he […]


Would you hug a strange Muslim?

By Cathryn Wellner / April 15, 2015

That is what the Blind Trust Project set out to discover. If a blindfolded Muslim stranger stood on the street, arms outstretched, would you hug him? What if he had two signs explaining himself? One would read, “I am  Muslim. I am labelled as a terrorist.” The other would carry this simple message, “I trust […]


Muslim families invite you for dinner

By Cathryn Wellner / March 13, 2015

It sounds so Canadian. Concerned about widespread misconceptions about what it means to be Muslim, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community decided to invite people to their homes and mosques. Between March 1 and 14, anyone from Newfoundland to British Columbia could sign up online to be paired with a Muslim family. The idea behind “Meet a […]


Whatever we do ripples outward, good or bad

By Cathryn Wellner / March 6, 2015

This short video has been viewed millions of time, and it is no wonder. It is an example of compelling storytelling. If you watch until the end, you will understand what this Thai ad is selling. But that is the only time you will be aware of the marketing message. As this young man goes […]


#1193 A joyful tribe of hope-filled people

By Cathryn Wellner / January 23, 2015

Regular Hope visitors may remember I wrote about Nimo Patel in April and June 2014.  He is the high-flying rap star who chucked the excesses of the material world to share his music in an open-hearted, generous way. His lyrics reflect that. In November 2014 he posted yet another of his joyous songs, “To My […]


#1176 Second grader’s lesson in compassion

By Cathryn Wellner / December 12, 2014

Caiden Perez wanted to make homeless people happy. At first the 7-year-old figured a pizza party would be a good idea, but he talked it over with his dad. The two of them came up with a better idea: “blessing bags”. The second grader and his dad put together bags filled with items such as […]


#1168 Gratitude for a cracked skull

By Cathryn Wellner / November 24, 2014

With no ice to slip on, no major trip hazard to catch my foot, I took a head-splitting tumble…literally. The crack in my skull is small. My brain appears to be fine. The bruises in various parts of my body are already healing. But the unexpected blessings keep rolling in.   The sun broke through […]


#1163 New immigrant women transform a neighbourhood

By Cathryn Wellner / November 12, 2014

If you love the taste of naan baked in a traditional tandoor oven, be sure to stop by R.V. Burgess Park next time you visit Toronto. The city’s first public tandoor oven will likely be surrounded by community people enjoying the aroma and waiting for the next round to come off the sides of the […]

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