The following is the speech Kevin Vickers gave in November of 2015 during the launch of Faith in Canada 150 at the CBC Headquarters in Toronto. While his story is quite unique, it’s also quite familiar to many Canadians of faith who seek to live out of their deepest beliefs and convictions every day. Although most of us only know of Kevin Vickers because of his heroic actions during the tragic events that befell the Canadian Parliament in 2014, much of Kevin’s earliest life is marked by the profound habit-shaping formation that gave him the resources to not only act, but seek forgiveness, when his character was put to an ultimate test.
For both son and his father, travelling to holy sites in Israel deepened understanding of Christianity as a faith rooted in place. For Marceau, 45, it also illuminated the relationship between the Jewish faith to which he converted in his 30s.
Pianist Chiara Bertoglio reflects on her two-fold identity, as both a musician and a Christian. When, as a child, she wanted to be the greatest pianist in the world, she now realizes she was trying to be something other than the actual, flesh-and-bone Chiara – and something other than what she was designed to be.
In her Golden Thread submission, Denise Mallett writes of her Prince Edward Island home and her heart bursting with "God’s golden goodness."