BEHIND THE SCENES
Karen Stiller of Port Perry, Ont., and
Bill Fledderus of Hamilton, Ont., are senior
editors of Faith Today.
If you tend toward the “conserv- ative” side of life – as labelled by others, probably – you likely know how rare it is to open a
newspaper and see your viewpoint
on issues such as religious freedom
and euthanasia reasoned out by a
Margaret Somerville does just
that. She is not without controversy. The Australian-born professor with positions in both the faculties of law and medicine at
McGill University in Montreal
cannot be easily categorized, to the
chagrin of many.
Her views often align with a
Christian ethical way of looking at
the world, yet she does not place
herself easily in that camp. She
writes widely on issues Christians
tend to care about, almost inevitably providing a counterargument
to the spirit of the day.
In our cover story we interviewed
Somerville about her views on a
current hot topic, euthanasia, but
also how she sees herself fitting
into Canada’s cantankerous public
square. We think you’ll be as fascinated as we were.
When May comes around, so
does the National March for Life in
Ottawa, with smaller pro-life
marches across the country. We
remain a nation with no law when
it comes to abortion – an issue that
just won’t go away.
Every year we try to think of some
fresh way to talk about the pro-life
movement. This year, we think we
found a winner. Turn to page 30 to
have your hopes for the future of our
society renewed by an eager, dedi-
cated and very intelligent group of
campus pro-life activists.
They are living out their beliefs in
one of the most hostile environments
you could choose: a Canadian university campus. And many seem to
be doing just fine. Our online version
expands to include moving testimonials from pro-life witnesses
across the country who are of all ages
and in all stages of life. We encourage
you to check those out as well.
With each issue of Faith Today we
aim to serve you with the kind of
articles you won’t get elsewhere.
There aren’t many other periodicals or websites where you can
read about Canadians remembering and celebrating a pioneering
missionary to China (“The Thousand Lives of Hudson Taylor”).
Where else would you hear the
voices of Canadian aboriginal leaders such as Chief Reggie Neeposh
and Grand Chief Harvey Yesno
(“Hope and Healing for First Nations and the Canadian Church”)?
And there’s lots more for you to
explore in this issue.
Thank you for reading. Thank you
for helping to make Faith Today truly
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Volume 33 • Number 3
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