Love Thy Neighbour: How the church is getting involved

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to become acquainted with a couple churches around the South Shore and in Montreal, getting a better sense of what each is doing in order to get involved with their community and with global issues.

Growing up in a Christian community, I’d sometimes felt that the church was separate from the outside world. It seemed as though there was an invisible rift between the people I would see during a Sunday service and those that would sit next to me in class; sermons and worship seemingly never intersected with real-world issues.

INTERVIEW: Matheus Schultz

The following is the transcript of an interview between the author, Julie Brown, and Matheus Schultz, a college student and member of Saint-Marc's Parish in Candiac. The interview was conducted on April 6th, 2016. The event discussed took place on April 3rd, 2016. 

The article that these interviews were conducted for can be found here.


BROWN: Tell us a bit about the event that you orchestrated.

A Warm Welcome for Refugees


300 Syrian Armenian refugees were welcomed to the Montreal community with a special Sunday service and lunch at a church in Outremont, according to CBC News.

The St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Cathedral, where the event was held, is part of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Canada, “which has co-sponsored more than 1,000 Syrian Armenian refugees” and continues to offer their support to newcomers.

Updated Challenges for Innocent Syrians: Starvation in the Cold of Madaya


In the article Inside Madaya: Videos Show Suffering of Starving Syrian Town by Nick Paton Walsh, published by CNN on January 26th of 2016, some of the atrocities of the Syrian war are exposed. In Madaya, a town in the middle of the conflict, and sieged by pro-governmental forces, are confined innocent children and adults. These people did not received medical, nor food support for the last ten days.

Humanity’s Latest Failure




Aylan Kurdi. Do you remember that name? It’s been all over the news in the past couple of days. He is the little boy who was washed up the shore of a beach in Turkey. That little boy’s death is the latest display of society’s failure.

Aylan and his family were hopeful refugees, who just wanted to get away from all of the horror that is talking place in their native country of Syria caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) and by the country’s dictator Bashar Hafez al-Assad.

Syria: Deaths In Refugee Camp


Although the new year has only yet begun, the bad news has already started coming. The aftermath of activity in Syria has begun taking it’s toll on refugees. According to an online article on The Huffington Post, 63 refugees have been found dead in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp so far.

The world regroup

Syria’s starting to be a real horror scene. We can believe it; childs killed, population intoxicated, guns, missiles, chemical weapons … To talk about it & move, the G20 regroup in Russia, on wednesday 4th.


Protect and strike

I have always been interested in international politics. When I read an article describing the recent events in Syria (, I felt obligated to critically analyse it from an ethical point of view. As of August 31th, an alleged chemical strike that killed hundreds of civilians in the city of Damascus, Syria, is still under investigation by UN officials.