About Rebecca

Rebecca and family

As of writing this, I am a mother of 3 year old twin boys, a Ph.d. candidate at McMaster University, a professional blogger, and an associate intern with Hamilton Navigators.

I got involved with the Navigators sort of by accident.  I was walking through campus on clubs day and ran across the Navigators booth.  As a new Christian (more on that shortly) looking for a home in a new place, it seemed like the perfect fit.  Little did I know at the time that this would turn out to be my "forever home".

I like to say that I became a Christian "for real" in 2010, while doing my Master's degree in Ottawa, ON.  A friend of mine invited me to an event called "The Art of Incarnation".  I was studying embodiment and the mind-body problem in the philosophy department at the time and, needless to say, I was fascinated with others' reflections on what it means to be embodied creatures.

So I went to the event and it turned out to be "just" a talent show.  But in this talent show was a woman who talked about finding a God "big enough for her adult self", along with what she saw as the differences between God as portrayed in the Old Testament and God as portrayed in the New Testament.

That got me to thinking - really thinking - about the Incarnation of Jesus Christ and what really happened 2,000 years ago.

So that started my journey to Christianity.  It was an intellectual journey, and an intellectual conversion, if there ever was one.

I came to accept that Jesus Christ really was God Incarnate, and that He really died and was resurrected, intellectually at first.  It was something that I believed with my head, and it was only over time that it became something that I believed with my heart, and something that would inform my whole life.

This new journey took my to McMaster University to complete a Ph.D. in religious studies, and it connected my up to Hamilton Navigators.  

It has shaped my life in many untold ways.  

It has given me many meaningful relationships with people I otherwise never would have met and never would have become friends with.  It has also put me into the path of people who are searching for something greater, people who are suffering, and people who doubt.

This is where I fit: as a Christian intellectual, as a testament to the marriage between faith and reason, and (I hope) as a light shining on a hill.  

God is our refuge

My goal in my Navigators ministry is to create public space where we can discuss the tough questions of faith and reason, of religion and science, of miracles, of belief, of the reasons for believing what we believe.  Outside of the small group bible study isolated within churches, this public space is difficult if not impossible to find.  It is something that we need to revive, to encourage people to question, to discuss, and to make connections in casual, public places.

My first project, Theology on Tap, is run in a pub for this reason.  We hope to be overheard talking about Christianity.  We hope to encourage drop-ins and those who are curious or seeking for something greater, but who are repelled by the stained glass, Sunday school associations of a traditional church.

I feel that God has prepared me well for meeting and engaging with the intellectual challenges to Christianity through my 6 years spent in philosophy, and in my rational and skeptical nature.  

I am thankful for all that He has given me, and all the doors that have been opened, all the relationships that have been formed.

If you would like to join me on this journey and contribute to creating more public space for those who are searching for something, then I invite you to donate to my Navigators ministry and become a part of a team that seeks to minister among the lost and be a light in the darkness.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. - 1 Peter 3:15

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