You’re an IT specialist working under strict confidentiality rules. During routine spam maintenance, you stumble upon an e-mail that suggests your company is in secret merger talks and hints that unspecified supervisory jobs will be eliminated. Your supervisor and longtime mentor is about to begin a major home renovation. Do you tell her?
Every year on Remembrance Sunday, the church where you minister holds a ceremony to honour the congregation’s veterans and to remember their fallen comrades. The congregation’s peace committee complains that the practice glorifies war and promotes nationalism. They’ve asked you to put a stop to it. How do you handle this?
Your 30-something son works a stable job in insurance. Ecstatic, he calls up to announce he’s quit work to pursue his new-found dream of becoming a musical theatre actor. You fear his stage talents are mediocre at best and worry this foray into theatre will leave him broke and directionless.
Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.
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