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Rachel Kessler

About Rachel Kessler

I am an Associate Priest at Grace Church on-the-Hill in Toronto. I’ve spent many years in higher education, none of which has prepared me at all for the joys and challenges of parenthood. I’m married to Leeman, an actor and stay-at-home Dad. When not trying to keep a small human alive, I enjoy watching way too much TV, playing obscure board games, baking, and hanging out with my border collie Bilbo.

Editing our children’s reality

It is inevitable that we as parents will lay the foundation for the world our children are beginning to explore. We teach them what is good or bad, right or wrong, safe or dangerous. We will teach our children their first words—colours, numbers, shapes, and more. Perhaps most importantly of all, though, we as parents have the responsibility for teaching our children about God. Continue reading

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Expectation vs. reality

Parental reality has a way of setting in and crushing even our loftiest of expectations, as we ourselves discovered all too quickly. Continue reading

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Thoughts from the train

In all of our diversity and relatively brief acquaintance, was are the church, called by God, nourished by the body and blood of Christ, and strengthened by the Holy Spirit. Realizing that we are the people who will be leading the church into a perhaps uncertain future, I actually grew a little teary-eyed. It’s good … God’s got this well in hand. Continue reading

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