All posts in "Spirituality"

Anti-Islam protester silenced with a hug

By Cathryn Wellner / October 26, 2015

It’s no wonder this story has gone viral. One lone protester turned up at an anti-Islam demonstration outside an Ohio mosque. She was clearly disappointed her comrades left her in the lurch. But she hesitated to accept offers of coffee and conversation. Then Cynthia DeBoutinkhar walked up and gave her a hug. That broke the […]


Hope – for lovers, dreamers and me

By Cathryn Wellner / October 9, 2015

We can get pretty discouraged about the world and our human species when we read the news, but we are capable of making that rainbow connection. If you need a boost, watch Kermit singing this sweet, encouraging song. Thanks, DisneyVideo for making it shareable. undefined on Disney Video


Mindfulness for children

By Cathryn Wellner / October 2, 2015

When Julie Bayer Salzman and Josh Salzman overheard their 5-year-old son talking about things like the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex and how they were affected by emotions, they wanted to know more. The Citizens of the World Charter School in Mar Vista, California was teaching the children mindfulness. It was making a difference. You […]


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 […]


The woman who faced the Ku Klux Klan and won

By Cathryn Wellner / April 10, 2015

  Michael Donald left home the evening of 1981 and never returned. He just wanted a pack of cigarettes. What his murderers wanted was ugly and complex. The young Donald was 19 years old, youngest son of Beulah Mae Donald. He bought his cigarettes at a convenience store, then started for home. That same night, […]


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 […]


#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 […]


#1184 The sacred web of life

By Cathryn Wellner / January 2, 2015

Just before Christmas I received the letter below from my dear friend, Deepthi Jayatilaka. I read and re-read it, stirred to the core, and then asked Deepthi if I could share it with all of you. She graciously agreed. This feels like the right post to start the new year. This year, instead of my […]


#1170 Cosmic Happy Ass on the spiritual path

By Cathryn Wellner / November 28, 2014

In her pursuit of meaning and transcendence, Diane English follows the path of laughter. With her Great Cosmic Happy-Ass Card Co., she shares her spiritual odyssey with irreverence and playfulness. For those willing to take themselves and their spiritually yearnings lightly, she is a beacon of humour. English owned a successful bookstore but says in […]

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