The cross of Christ confronts a love of power, often exercised with no regard for others.

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During this season of Lent, the sign of the cross takes on renewed importance for us, especially during this time of the pandemic. We are challenged to reflect deeply on what carrying our crosses means in discipleship, and on…

On the fourth Sunday in Lent, we reflect on the personal struggle between accepting God’s grace and doing good works.

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God’s grace, God’s gift, and good works, how do all of them relate to one another? We might focus on good works during the season of Lent and struggle to appreciate God’s love for us. Or we might neglect caring for our neighbors when we are preoccupied with our personal struggles. The age-old debate between accepting God’s gift and accelerating our good works haunts us occasionally during the season of…

We wait in hope, in Christ who waits with us, even in the places where God appears to be absent.

Holy Saturday invites us to wait. During this past year, we have lived through and are still coping with many days of waiting impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Waiting for life to get better or at least return to ‘normal’ as much as possible. Our waiting includes lamenting so much that has been lost: time, opportunities, livelihoods…

Savoring the beautiful years we spent in Norway…

or Surviving ‘double parenting’ year?

Now that everyone is ‘stuck’ at home, parenting takes on a new meaning. 2020 will be over soon, will 2021 be better? We have done more ‘double parenting’ this year that’s for sure. Did we survive ‘double parenting’ year?

Again, I’m reposting some old posts from elsewhere to get myself into writing new stuff.

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I survived ‘single parenting’ the last two days. I’m happy my wife is now happily enjoying a well deserved holiday in London with family and friends. Meanwhile, it’s getting cold and wet over here; but the weather inspires my return to evening storytelling…

There’s no snow but still, there can be laughter

Maybe just maybe we might have some snow this weekend at our 4th home — Geneva. Last year, we didn’t get much. So we had to head to higher ground to enjoy some snow. We have now spent more than one year here. Making Geneva our home during this exceptional season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t fun at all. But we are still able to treasure significant moments and reflect on precious lessons.

I must admit I still miss Kristiansand … we do have some laughter since being stuck at home for most of the year 2020, but it…

Recounting all those steps and the people who accompanied me along the way is good for the soul

My Ph.D. public defense at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway on 5 December 2014 with the first examiner Professor Jørgen S. Nielsen, now Emeritus Professor of Contemporary European Islam, University of Birmingham

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

The ancient wisdom from the Book of Changes above reminds us how many adventures in life begin. My own journey all the way from Malaysia to Norway began after a comment I left on a blog in 2010.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Religion, Ethics, and Society program coordinated by the Institute of Religion, Philosophy, and History. I also appreciate the academic environment, intellectual freedom and the stipend from the University of Agder (UiA) necessary for the completion of my Ph.D. journey.

Shaping peace together in the middle of a pandemic

📷 LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano

In 2020, the theme for the UN international day of peace was “Shaping Peace Together.” The theme for the Geneva Peace Week on the first week of November is “Rebuilding trust after disruption: Pathways to reset international cooperation.” In a world still plagued by war, conflict, and extremism, the struggle for solidarity to resist forces that separate and incite us to hate remains. When will we truly experience world peace? While we have been preoccupied with public health and economic troubles during this time of pandemic, we recognize…

Sivin Kit

Life Adventurer, Christian Theologian, Peace Catalyst, Change Collaborator, Transmodern Malaysian

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