Rev. Maria Christina Conlon acknowledges the divine joy found in simple things.

A etching of a woman sipping tea. Done on large white paper, with the lightest of touch.
Credit: © Maria Christina Conlon
Published On: December 7, 2022

In the new world, I hope to give us pause

To see peace in that moment when heated water danced with leaves

To taste joy from that cup

To know that you are loved

And in that sip of tea you can say, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”


— Rev. Maria Christina Conlon is the Davenport Perth Community Minister in Toronto. She came from the Philippines in 1972 and has been actively engaged as a community organizer in the communities where she has lived in Canada.  As she serves both locally and internationally in community organizing, development and advocacy, she recognizes the need for discerning the unseen. She was ordained by Shining Waters Regional Council in May 2022.

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