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Saturday, February 23, 2013

One Man's Journey...Our Privilege

C2Q-Paradigm Shift
One Man's Journey...Our Privilege 


'A huge and radical change can occur within oneself when they discover that 
things are not always as they appear to be'

Through the story of one man, a friend and colleague, comes a message that things may not always appear to be as the are. He shared part of his story, his struggles and the lessons he has learned. He listened to and answered personal questions, so that, in learning more about him,  we could then learn more about ourselves. I want to give a big thanks to Don Maxwell, for his willingness to share his story in an open and honest way. It is always a risky business sharing your story and I thank you for having the courage to do so. I was encouraged as, I am sure, others were also. 


Thank you all for the wonderful Called To Question evening. It was great to hear from so many of you and wonderful to meet some new faces. If you have some thoughts that you would like to share about the event, please feel free to leave a comment below and continue the conversation of C2Q's Paradigm Shift. 














Monday, February 18, 2013

C2Q Presents- Paradigm Shift: One Man's Journey.

Called To Question invites you to attend an evening of authentic dialogue and community.




Paradigm Shift: One Man's Journey

Listen in on the journey of one man's life, beliefs and philosophies and how they have evolved, impacted and shaped who he is today and who he may become tomorrow.

Guest Speaker: Don Maxwell

Feb 22nd @ 7:30pm 
If you are interested in attending please contact me at calledtoquestion@gmail.com

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Feeding The Soul


The soul, like the body, lives by what it feeds on.
- J. G. Holland


What does my soul feed on? A question that is in no way an easy one to answer. It requires a deep analysis into my soul, body and mind. An answer, of which, I am not entirely sure I can understand and/or give. However, I will try. 

A few thoughts that have just come to mind:

-Working with plants, trees and shrubs and their landscapes feeds my soul.  
-Playing with my children.
-When I have just finished cleaning up the sheets, floor, and pajamas of my son's after a violent episode of vomiting and hearing him say, "Thank you daddy, for cleaning up after me." as he looks up at me with weary and exhausted eyes. 
-Reaching out to people who have felt set aside or ignored by the majority. 
-Standing up for the underdog.
-Teaching my children.
-Embracing my wife.
-Embracing my children.
-Laughter.
-Reconciliation 
-Imagination.
-Reading.
-Friendship.
-Lord of the Rings.
-Learning with my wife.
-Contemplating the divine or lack there of.

While they are not exactly concentrated thoughts, they are definitely notes to come back to at a later time. 

What feeds your soul?




Thursday, February 14, 2013

What Do We Love When We Say, I Love You?


 Happy Valentine's Day 

 Today is a day in which we celebrate love. Stores and business windows are decorated with all different shapes coloured in red and white. Cupids flutter here and there looking to create a perfect match. Roses bright red, glittering white, red dark as night, pink flashing bright. Everywhere one looks symbols of love reside.



 What do we love when we say, I love you? Think about who or what it is that you love today. What all does that thing or person entail and is it all that they are that you love or only parts of them or it.
To love... is it to love all that one is or are there conditions?


Why do we celebrate this day? What possesses such a fascination? And if what, then why only one day, do we make such reflection and celebration?

 I love you my dear wife, in all your entirety. You are precious to me and I love sharing this life with you. You will always be my Valentine, as you have always been.










Friday, February 1, 2013

Writing to the Public


Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. 
- Benjamin Franklin


I believe that I have posted this letter here once before, however, I thought that I would re-post it as it I have done some editing to it and it has finally made it's way into my local newspaper. Hope you enjoy. 


Called To Question

Wednesday Jan 30, 2013     PHILip A


To the Editor;

There is no doubt that we live in a community that has a large religious populace. Of this, I have no problem, however, a problem arises (At least for myself, and I am sure that there are others), when members of this populace feel the need to forcefully convert everyone to his or her own personal beliefs and/or dogmas. You may have encountered the ever-popular questions of "Where do you go to church?" or "Are you saved?" This often occurs through door-to-door visits, tracks left on windshields to face-to-face encounters on our streets, homes and work places. These well meaning peoples, at times, stop at nothing, for this is their "calling". Don't get me wrong, I am fully aware that everyone is guilty of this, in one way or another, religious or not.

Most of us, if not all, have grown up in a culture of answers. The modern era was one of exactly that, answers, and with it came rules. Rules and answers are not to be questioned and if questioned, only allowed to go so far. Obedience was, and is, of the upmost importance. To question is a sign of disobedience, defiance and weak faith. 'Keep the rule and the rule will keep you', it has been said. Authority figures such as parents, police, clergy and political leaders with everything they represent, are the last word. However, societies, religious establishments, institutes and families that have all the answers and are void of questions, are, often, void of possibility.

Within the last century, modernity, with all its answers, has had to face some very difficult questions that have arisen along side of and with post-modernism. The answers we were once given have lost their merit. The unquestionable is now questioned more then ever.
The loudest voice is most often heard, and we have indeed heard our fair share. The loud voice of one will mute that of another and I am left wondering, what of the muted voices? Where might they be heard? Where are the perspectives of the others?

It is for this reason that "Called To Question" has been given its birth. Called To Question, multiple evening events, invites a variety of guest speakers to share their own perspectives, philosophies and views on differing topics from atheism-theism, evolution-creation, faith-reason, war-peace, chauvinism-feminism, love-hate and the list goes on. The evenings are an opportunity for members of the community to share in on and take part of authentic dialogue, a chance to question ones own beliefs, regardless of what they are. To understand that there are more ways to think, believe and have faith, then what may, most popularly, be presented to us.

Possibility is a freeing concept. Instead of giving answers, Called To Question provides an opportunity to ask questions and broaden the mind's horizon.

If you are interested in having a topic presented or attending an event, please contact me atcalledtoquestion@gmail.com. Look for ads of upcoming events around town at local retail stores or in your local newspaper.
Philip A.
Founder and Director of Called To Question

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. 
- Ernest Hemingway