WHERE IS THE GOD OF HUMBOLDT?Canadians have all been processing the tragic loss of 16 lives cut short after the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus collided with a tractor trailer last week, on the way to a playoff game. It seems like the entire country is looking inside and upwards, asking “WHY?” If there is a God, how could he allow something so horrific to happen?” During the memorial service last Sunday, team chaplain Sean Brandow spoke. Afterwards, media reported on how “even the minister” seemed shaken and unable to provide answers. But how did our society get to the point of expecting spiritual leaders to always have the answers and to appear steadfast and certain? What are the spiritual questions that really need to be talked about in the aftermath of such a horrific event?
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Paul Henderson - Canadian Hockey Legend
Paul Henderson will forever be recognized and remembered for his goal with 34 seconds remaining in the 8th game of the 1972 Summit Series, giving Canada the lead and winning them the series. With that, the team became known as “the Team of the Century” and Paul’s goal as “the Goal of the Century.” But, there is more to Paul Henderson than just that one goal. Despite his recent diagnosis with cancer, his positive demeanor and zest for life remain. In his memoir The Goal of My Life, Henderson opens up about his success both on and off the ice. Henderson’s career spanned 19 professional seasons during which he played over 1,000 major league games in the NHL and WHA. He was a two-time NHL all-star, playing in the 1972 and 1973 All-Star Games. Sportswriters and fans have frequently called for Henderson to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on the strength of his performance. Commentator and former coach Don Cherry argued that Henderson’s status as hero of the “greatest series in hockey history” was enough to qualify him. Henderson has been inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on two occasions. He was first inducted as an individual in 1995, and again ten years later along with his 1972 teammates. He has been honoured by Hockey Canada with the Order of Hockey in Canada as part of its 2013 class. Henderson was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2012 in recognition of “his engagement in support of a range of social and charitable causes” along with his achievements on the ice.
Paul Allen - Team Leader, Hockey Ministries International
For 40 years, HMI has conducted chapel programs throughout the hockey season for over 300 teams, across 42 leagues - including the Humboldt Broncos. These interactive sessions provide players with a message, a prayer time and an opportunity to talk about what is going on in their own lives. “HMI understands that for the people who play, coach, officiate and parent, hockey is more than a sport – it is a culture. It’s a community where a theme of “survival of the fittest” often prevails. People can become so consumed with winning at all costs that they struggle for inner peace and purpose beyond the game. And for those players and families that do recognize the importance of peace and significance outside of hockey, the demands of the sport make it difficult to fill that need through consistent worship opportunities. Hockey Ministries has stepped into the gap by bringing much needed spiritual support for those in the world of hockey.” www.hockeyministries.org
Ted Dibiase — WWE Hall Of Fame Professional Wrestler, “The Million Dollar Man”Ted Dibiase, AKA The Million Dollar Man, was once again an icon walking amongst today’s wrestling heros at Wrestlemania 34 last weekend. Ted DiBiase became a professional wrestler in the summer of 1975 and he paid his dues in the early years of his wrestling career, traveling thousands of miles by car, spending many nights in less than luxurious hotels, and making little money. His big break came in the spring of 1987 when he headed for New York and the WWF to become the “Million Dollar Man”. It was from here that his career skyrocketed. Ted literally traveled the world with the WWF, wrestling in some of the biggest venues in the world. Places like Madison Square Garden, The Superdome, The Skydome, The Tokyo Dome, and Wembley Stadium, all became familiar places to Ted. After six years with the WWF, seeing his likeness made into action figures, characters in video games and his face on everything from T-shirts to pinball machines, he ended his active career at the end of 1993 due to a neck injury. He then went on to be a ringside manager and commentator with the WWF from 1994 to the fall of 1996. During that time, he managed such wrestling superstars as “Stone” Cold Steve Austin and Bam Bam Bigelow. Ted finished his career working for Ted Turner owned World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from the Fall of 1996 to the Fall of 1999, spending a total of twenty-five years in the industry. As he was ending his wrestling career, Ted was already turning his talents elsewhere and looking to the future. *A documentary called “The Price Of Fame: A Story Of Hope, Faith & Wrestling (The Ted Dibiase Story)” is out on DVD now in Walmart and also on iTunes and Amazon!
JESUS & BUDDHA — How Are They Similar? How Are They Different?Robert Thurman - First American Ordained Tibetan Monk, World Renowned Buddhist Scholar
President of Tibet House US, Je Tsongkhapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and friend of the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman along with actor Richard Gere, founded Tibet House in New York. A recognized worldwide authority on religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Robert is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of Buddhist ideas to our daily lives. In doing so, he has become a leading voice of the value of reason, peace and compassion. He was named one of Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Americans and has been profiled by The New York Times and People Magazine. Thurman travels internationally lecturing to universities, companies, conferences and think tanks. He reasons passionately that H. H. the Dalai Lama, a true man with no worldly rank, is the most practical leader of world leaders, with principles that must be heeded by them to avert the worst outcomes of our present global crisis: nonviolent dialogue in place of war, environmental restoration in place of consumerist exploitation, inter-religious mutual affirmation in place of ideological competition, hope and determination in place of cynicism and denial. Bob has been a personal friend of the Dalai Lama for over 40 years and has been hailed by the New York Times as "the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism”. *Bob's latest book is called MAN OF PEACE - a graphic novel about the life of His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Lama Tsultrim Allione - Author of Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine
Lama Tsultrim Allione is founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala. She is author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons. Born in New England to an academic/publishing family, she traveled to India in her late teens and was ordained as a Buddhist nun at the age of 22 by H.H. the 16th Karmapa. She was the first American to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in the Karma Kagyu lineage. After living in the Himalayan region for several years she returned her vows and became the mother of three, while continuing to study and practice Buddhism, particularly focusing on the lineage of Machig Labdron and Dzogchen teachings. In 1993, Lama Tsultrim founded Tara Mandala, a 700-acre center in southwest Colorado where an extraordinary three-story temple in the form of a mandala, dedicated to the sacred feminine in Buddhism has been constructed and consecrated. In 2007 while traveling in Tibet she was recognized as an emanation of Machig Labdron at the historic seat of Machig Zangri Khangmar by the resident lama. This recognition was confirmed by several other lamas, and in 2012 she was given the Machig Labdron empowerment by HH the 17th Karmapa. As an incarnation of the Mother of Tibetan Buddhism, Lama Tsultrim has a unique perspective on female strength and enlightenment. In Wisdom Rising, she shares from a deep trove of personal experiences as well as decades of knowledge as one of the preeminent teachers of the mandala of the five dakinis.
Bruxy Cavey - Teaching Pastor at The Meeting House, Author of “The End Of Religion”
Bruxy Cavey is the senior pastor at The Meeting House, a church for people who aren’t into church. The Meeting House is a multisite Anabaptist congregation in Ontario, Canada where thousands of people connect to God and each other through Sunday services, online interaction, and a widespread house church network. www.themeetinghouse.com Bruxy is also author of the bestselling book, The End of Religion and his new book, (re)union, is an overview of “The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners.” For fun, Bruxy loves to dance and deejay. He is also gaga for movies. Current favourites? Hacksaw Ridge & Arrival, along with longstanding favourites like Gladiator and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. (Fun for the whole family!)
Dr. John G. Stackhouse Jr. — Prof. of European History, Prof. of Religion, Prof. of Theology & Culture, Author of Why You're Here: Ethics for the Real WorldWhat are Christians to be and to do in the world? What does faithfulness look like in these complex and confusing times? Christians are often told either to take over the world in God's name or to withdraw into faithful sanctuaries of counter-cultural witness. John Stackhouse offers a concise, vivid, and practical alternative based on the teachings of Scripture about the meaning of human life in this world and the next. Why You're Here provides an accessible, concrete program for the faithful Christian living in today's world, fraught as it is with ambiguity, irony, and frequent choices among unpalatable options. Stackhouse speaks directly to everyday Christians who are searching for straightforward advice on some of their most complex quandaries and the challenges inherent in staying true to the Bible's teachings. Politicians, medical professionals, businesspeople, professors, lawyers, pastors, students, and anyone else concerned to think realistically and hopefully about Christian engagement in society today will find here a framework to both guide and inspire them in everyday life. *John G. Stackhouse, Jr. is an award-winning scholar and public communicator who has spent years adventurously mapping our complex cultural terrain, identifying both its worthy achievements and its zones of confusion. He collects research from a wide range of sources, corrects currently popular interpretations, and connects audiences with information and insight they can put immediately into practice. He is therefore a skilled guide in helping us chart a course through the prospects and impasses of modern society. And he does all this with a wit you’ll find surprisingly refreshing in a scholar.
Dr. Rose Zacharias Meeder — Host Of Intersection “Where Real Life And Faith Collide”Dr. Rose Zacharias Meeder believes that being a Christian means meeting people where they’re at. Through honest interviews, Rose hopes to discover how God has revealed himself in the lives of her guests, no matter where they’re at in their journey. And she is inviting you to join her! Rose lives in Orillia, Ontario with her husband Rob and their four children. She is a runner and an active member of Connexus Church. She is passionate about genuine human connection and sharing people’s authentic stories.
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Shawn William ClarkeShawn William Clarke is an indie folk songwriter, twice nominated as Songwriter of the Year in NOW magazine's Best of Toronto poll. His release, TOPAZ, was inspired by 80's Gordon Lightfoot, Kenny Buttrey's drumming on Neil Young's "Harvest"; and various existential dilemmas we face. His song "William" was nominated best folk/roots in Toronto Independent Music Awards and "Like Birds" won Folk Album of the Year by Toronto Exclusive Magazine. Shawn has performed at the NXNE music festival, Canadian Music Week, Roots North Music Festival, Mudtown Music Festival.
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