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Pulpit and Politics

Dennis Gruending is an Ottawa-based author, blogger and a former Member of Parliament. He has worked as a print and television journalist and a CBC Radio host. He is the author of six books, including the best-selling Great Canadian Speeches. He has written biographies of Emmett Hall, whose Royal Commission recommended medicare for Canada, and of former Saskatchewan premier Allan Blakeney. In his Pulpit and Politics blog, Dennis examines the connections and collisions between religious faith and politics. Prior to serving as an MP in the late 1990s, Dennis spent four years as Director of Information for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pulpit and Politics examines the connection, and frequent collisions, between religious faith and politics. His blog can be found at: www.dennisgruending.ca
Blog - Pulpit and Politics September 16
NDP leadership contender Guy Caron (left) at Ottawa event in August 2017.
Dennis Gruending | Some pundits have written off the NDP leadership race. Here's why they're wrong.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics September 4
Unions are good for individuals, communities and society at large.
Dennis Gruending | It's Labour Day this week and the message is that unions are good for individuals, for communities and for society at large.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics September 1
Sir John A Macdonald. Was he a founding father, a racist, or both? Some want his name removed from buildings. Image: Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending | Sir John A. Macdonald: Was he a founding father, a racist, or both? Some want his name removed from buildings.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics August 25
Even after a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, white evangelical leaders continue to support Donald Trump.
Dennis Gruending | Even after Donald Trump's support for neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, white evangelical leaders continue to support him.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics June 30
Image: Flickr/European Parliament. Syrian refugee camp in Turkey.
Dennis Gruending | According to the United Nations there are 65 million forcibly displaced people in the world. Canada can do more to help.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics June 13
A large chunk of ice melts in Antarctic Peninsula, November 2014.
Dennis Gruending | The Trump administration has pulled the U.S. out of the historic agreement, but there is still much that Canadians can do.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics May 31
Participants in Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights.
Dennis Gruending | While participating in a pilgrimage in support of Indigenous rights we met a middle-aged settler who said it was his rights that need protecting. Really?
Blog - Pulpit and Politics May 15
Ottawa rally in support of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Dennis Gruending | People from various faith groups walked 600 km recently in support of Indigenous rights
Blog - Pulpit and Politics April 18
Some say modern Canada was born at Vimy Ridge. That's more trope than truth.
Dennis Gruending | Some politicians, journalists and historians says that modern Canada was born at Vimy Ridge. That's more trope than truth.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics March 14
Dennis Gruending | Just four of the 14 Conservative leadership candidates could be said to be fit for office. None of them are likely to win, however.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics February 25
Dennis Gruending | Asylum seekers, hunted and harried in the U.S. are turning up at remote and frigid Canadian border crossings
Blog - Pulpit and Politics January 28
Dennis Gruending | While Trump's desire to renegotiate NAFTA might not be motivated by altruism, free trade also hasn't eradicated inequality.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics January 15
Image: Art Babych. Used with permission.
Dennis Gruending | During his 2015 election campaign Trudeau promised to repeal the nastiest aspects of the anti-terror law. Why hasn't he done so yet?
Blog - Pulpit and Politics December 19
A 2016 rabble blog piece on Justin Trudeau's "over-promising" drew hot comments.
Dennis Gruending | Dennis Gruending looks back at his 21 blog posts on rabble in 2016, and talks about what he got right and what he got wrong.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics December 3
Critics says that Justin Trudeau is "disengaged" on nuclear weapons file
Dennis Gruending | Canada has voted against a UN recommendation to launch negotiations aimed at prohibiting nuclear weapons. Critics say Justin Trudeau has not "engaged" in the issue.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics November 27
More than 600 attend multi-faith solidarity event in Ottawa against racism
Dennis Gruending | More than 600 people attended a recent multi-faith solidarity event at an Ottawa synagogue against racism and xenophobia.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics November 23
Doug Gruner says a warm welcome is key to refugee integration
Dennis Gruending | Physician Doug Gruner says that a welcoming approach toward refugees is a key to their successful integration into Canadian life, and access to health care is vital to the process.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics November 13
Trump wins U.S. election but Clinton gets more votes. What now?
Dennis Gruending | A race-baiting sexual predator wins the U.S. election but Hillary Clinton gets more votes. What happens now?
Blog - Pulpit and Politics October 23
Scientist and evangelical Katharine Hayhoe on climate change
Dennis Gruending | Scientist and evangelical Katharine Hayhoe talks softly to fellow Christians on climate change. Is there a better way?
Blog - Pulpit and Politics October 3
The world has 65 million forcibly displaced people. What are we doing about it?
Dennis Gruending | There are 53 million forcibly displaced people in the world. What are we doing about it?
Blog - Pulpit and Politics September 20
Brian Day's medicare challenge; he's no freedom fighter
Dennis Gruending | Vancouver orthopaedic surgeon Brian Day can't convince politicians to undercut medicare, so he is going to court instead.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics August 28
Dennis Gruending | The shooting in Saskatchewan of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man, has fuelled a racist backlash on social media.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics August 15
In the US election Donald Trump doesn't do the Beatitudes
Dennis Gruending | Both candidates in the U.S. presidential election are attempting to attract votes from religious believers.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics July 4
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to reporters at June news conference. Photo
Dennis Gruending | Canadian democracy has it faults, but we are a peaceable kingdom compared to Trump's U.S. and Brexit Britain.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics June 19
Dennis Gruending | A recent column in the Sun newspaper chain shows that climate change deniers are still at it, both in Canada and south of the border.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics June 6
A B.C. writer has challenged Canadians to read the entire TRC report.
Dennis Gruending | A B.C. writer is challenging Canadians to read the entire report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics May 14
Stephen Harper has vanished. Where is he? Does he have anything to contribute?
Dennis Gruending | Stephen Harper has dropped from sight. What is he up to? And does he have anything to contribute to the common good?
Blog - Pulpit and Politics May 3
Faith groups are one voice among many in the C-14 assisted dying debate
Dennis Gruending | In the debate about Bill C-14, legislation regarding medical assistance in dying, faith groups are one voice among many.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics April 16
Canada's government and some churches promise to implement TRC recommendations
Dennis Gruending | The Canadian government and a number of churches say they accept and will attempt to implement recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics April 5
Gerard Powers, Notre Dame University, on religion and peacebuilding
Dennis Gruending | The "war of religions" paradigm often diverts attention away from other causes of conflict, and religious actors are actually playing an important role in peacemaking on a daily basis.

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