Author Archives: macconlon

About macconlon

Artist, activist, community organizer now working as a Community Minister for the Davenport Perth Community Ministry of the Shining Waters Region of the United Church of Canada.

The Sovereign Couple


At yesterday’s Festival of Homiletics, I heard Willie James Jennings speak at the workshop, “Speaking Words Against Whiteness: Remapping the Message of Reconciliation.” In that workshop he spoke about “The Sovereign Couple” in Ananias and Saphira. As a Missioner and … Continue reading

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You are Invited to An Art Exhibit.


If these were in a different time, my mama would have made hundreds of her “lumpia shanghai… Continue reading

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Recycling Love


Coming to Canada in 1972, we were surprised with what Canadians throw away. We found fish heads, meat bones and vegetables that did not sell late Saturdays at the market that made great meals. We found clothing in thrift shops … Continue reading

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Rainy Night on the 504


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The night someone asked if I were a moose.


The summer of 1980 was to have been the first of two summer internships required in my candidacy for ministry in the United Church of Canada. The woman who has given me hospitality to stay at her house woke me … Continue reading

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Lola Tia Maria


Originally posted on MaC Conlon's Blog:
She came at summer’s end and needed a place to stay for a few days. She stayed  for almost  a year.  And in my heart, forever. She was quiet, mostly kept to herself,…

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TIFF 2018


It was a few weeks left before leaving my teens in July 1974 when I was invited to the Brunswick House. I did not drink beer but thought cider was safe as it was a drink made from apples. These … Continue reading

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A pizza party in Silvi


Guest of our dear friend Tony in Silvi, met his friend Lorenzo who hosted a pizza party baked in an outdoor, wood-fired oven. Lorenzo has 200 and 400 year old olive trees that produced Lorenzo’s oil, other trees include laurel, … Continue reading

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His parents’ sculpture


The soapdish had no fresh bar of soap. Instead there were bits and pieces of a variety of soap bars that have been put together and formed into a ball. He told his parents to throw these bits out but … Continue reading

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Riding the Rails


During the Great Depression, many people forced off the farm hopped on freight trains, illegally, to chase after work they heard of from hundreds of miles away. If they are lucky, they would have prepared for provisions along the way, … Continue reading

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