My journey with AIDS…and more!: Press Release: The United Theological College / Le Séminaire Uni, Montréal – Honours at Convocation 2017

  The Senate and the community of the United Theological College are honoured to recognize the leadership and ministry of two colleagues at our Spring 2017 Convocation. At 2pm on May 10th 2017, at Roxboro United Church in Roxboro, Quebec, Rev. James Scott will be recognized through the conferring of the degree Doctor of Divinity ...

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Susan Mabey to receive 2017 Chaplin Memorial Award

“A Christian who happens to be a lesbian”, Susan Mabey’s is a name which has been more than incidental in the long struggle for LGBT inclusion in the United Church of Canada.  Cited by the Chaplin Award committee for her recent bridge-building, even as a self-described ‘lightning rod’, as the multi-ethnic Toronto school where she ...

My journey with AIDS...and more!: May 9, 2007

The assignment for this week (Sept. 28, 2015) at the Mount Sinai Narrative Writing Group was “Write a story about a decision you have observed or experienced.”   May 9, 2007 The indicators of Craig’s brain activity were not at all promising more than two weeks after his fall.  He continued to feel no pain, ...

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Early morning, April 25, 2007

A prompt this week to write about something in a health-care context brought out this story which, despite having been told over and over in my head, had heretofore not made it down in writing. It wasn’t quite 5:30 am and Janice was already waiting for me on the main floor of Union Station. Her ...

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Shaun Fryday, whose faith community emulates his personal hospitality, to be this year’s recipient of the Craig Chaplin Memorial Award

Rev Shaun Fryday has been selected by Montreal’s United Theological College to receive the award, established by my late brother, at the UTC Convocation on May 8th, 2013. Fittingly, the ceremonies will take place in Shaun’s congregation of Beaconsfield United Church. When he received the news, Shaun is said to have been deeply moved, recalling ...

My journey with AIDS...and more!: I’m sure that Craig would be proud of his United Church of Canada electing a gay man as Moderator

The criteria my brother Craig set out for the United Theological College award in his name reads in part: To recognize the powerful and passionate ministries of gay and lesbian persons and to honour one whose life’s work has been particularly distinguished in its clear commitment to such central Gospel values as personal courage and ...

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Craig`s timing

When Craig died five years ago today he could not have ordained that his memory would loom large during this week each year as the award in his name is presented at today`s Convocation ceremonies of United Theological College. He would not have chosen, for Mom`s sake at least, to die so close to his ...

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Two names to be added to Craig Chaplin Memorial Award

This spring’s presentation of the award in my brother’s memory will include a couple of firsts – two individuals are being cited and they’re from across the Canada-U.S. border in neighbouring Vermont. To be more accurate, one-half of the couple of Dr. Delores Barbeau and Carol Olstad, R.N. will be honoured posthumously as Carol, who ...