When Ian Aley & Megan Bjella found out they were expecting a child the week that COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, they knew this journey to parenthood would be different than anything they had planned. But there was a time not too long ago when they struggled to agree on whether to become parents at all.
When Jessica Rose left for L.A. two years ago to pursue her acting dreams, all signs pointed to it being a life-changing move. But soon after arriving, Jessica's life fell apart and she found herself alone - with no job, nowhere to live and no one to lean on. But instead of running from the chaos, Jessica decided to sit in the middle of it. To dig deep and ask what it had to teach her. And that turned out to be the most life-changing move of all.
Talia Chernow grew up between worlds - being raised Jewish by her father, and attending Unitarian Universalist services and Pagan rituals with her mother. And now, she's figuring out how to make it all fit as she adds one more tradition to the mix - as she shares her life with an atheist, raised Muslim.
Alkarim Versi grew up loving urban life in Nairobi, Kenya.
But it wasn't until he ventured outside the city and into the natural world, that the deepest parts of him truly came to life. And since then, he's learned to lean on this connection to help him find his ground, no matter where he finds his feet.
Danielle Webber grew up struggling to explain her Unitarian Universalist faith to her friends.
Because while she went to church on weekends, services began with the lighting of a chalice and included Buddhist meditations and modern poetry more frequently than stories about Jesus.
So as an adult, when she began looking for a career to bring together all of who she is, she saw it as an opportunity dig deeper into the complex faith she's held dear all her life - going to seminary to become a Unitarian minister.
Growing up with a scientist father in one of Toronto's most culturally diverse neighbourhoods, Luke LaRocque's life looked different than what you'd expect of a "traditional" Christian upbringing. So it wasn't a surprise when in college he began to question whether the term "Christian" even fit him at all. But after years of searching, he came to realize that what really mattered was whether that faith felt true to him
When Stephen Scharper saw his childhood nature area bulldozed to make way for a new rec centre, he felt a spark alight within him. It was a deep understanding that the health of natural world is a direct reflection of the health our societies. And that in order to save one, we have to fight for the health of both. And this belief has driven his curiosity about the cosmic connection between us and the natural world in every aspect of his life.
For the last epsiode of Season 2, we're bringing you some light in the darkness of a challenging year on our Keeping Faith Holiday Special. We're catching up with Kate Werneburg, Luke LaRocque and Dave Photiadis from episodes past to hear what's bringing them joy, connection and yes, even faith in this holiday season like no other.
We'll be back in the new year with more info on what's coming up next for Keeping Faith...