Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 124, No. 2, February

Aging No Tragedy When You Know Your Destiny
We cannot avoid growing old physically. If we live long enough we discover that grey hairs eventually begin to show. Very often the discovery of the first one quite startles us. We then make jokes about it. "If I'm going to get grey-headed, I hope...
Apology Garners Mixed Reaction
STAFF WRITER Native Anglican church leaders had mixed reaction to the federal government's expression of "profound regret" for racist attitudes and policies towards indigenous peoples, including establishment of the residential school system. ...
Bible `Promotes' Colonialism: Scholar Prescribes Penance for Wrongs
ECUMENICAL NEWS INTERNATIONAL London A Roman Catholic scholar in Britain has called on the Christian churches to do penance for centuries of colonialism carried out in the name of the Bible, which he believes portrays God in the role of an "ethnic...
(Bishop Frank Tracy) Griswold Inherits Fractured U.S. Episcopal Church
EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE In a sweeping liturgy that combined soaring choral music, the heady rhythms of Native American drums and African American spirituals, with the spectacle and colour of stately processions, Frank Tracy Griswold of Chicago was...
Canon John Webb Graham
Toronto Despite the fact he was almost 85 at the time, Canon John Graham said last spring that he was stepping down from his church duties not because his health was failing, but because he was feeling well and wanted to retire "while I still have...
Choir Supplies Background Music to Worship Styles
WHEN NOEL EDISON, choir director of St. John the Evangelist since 1988, was offered the position of interim conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir last summer, some parishioners feared he would leave the parish, given his other duties as artistic...
Churches Condemn Cloning
ECUMENICAL NEWS INTERNATIONAL Richard Seed, the U.S. physicist who prompted outrage last month when he announced that within three months he would begin work on the production of a cloned human being, has declared that he is "a Christian and a Methodist,...
Dean (Doug Stoute), the Eagle (Alan Eagleson) and the Problematic Letter
NO SOONER had the deluge of stories and letters dried up following United Church moderator Bill Phipps' declaration that Jesus wasn't God, just a really excellent chap, when ex-hockey czar Alan Eagleson, of all people, managed to get the church, if...
Dioceses See Warmer Side of Ice Storm
STAFF WRITER Embattled churches in eastern Ontario and in Quebec coped as well as they could with a crippling ice storm that lasted almost a week in some areas. Many closed, particularly in Ottawa, where officials declared a state of emergency as...
Falling Membership Not Only Option
Editor's Note: This is the second part of a two-part article on growth churches. GROWTH IS A FEATURE of church life on the prairies too. When Rev. Murray Henderson arrived at St. Aidan's, Winnipeg, he found a respectable Sunday attendance of about...
Group Pledges High-Tech Funds: Project Links Churches on Web
ECUMENICAL NEWS INTERNATIONAL New York The American Bible Society is giving backing of $5 million to a project intended to link every church in North America to the World Wide Web. The project - called HOW (Houses of Worship)-aims to enlist...
I Only Want to Reclaim the Centre
THERE HAS BEEN A death in the family, but somehow I missed the funeral! As a lifelong Anglican, I am sensing a profound grief over something that used to be and now seems dead. No, it is not our former commitment to one book or prayers for the Queen,...
Lent a Good Time to Examine Confession
THE APPROACH of Lent makes this an appropriate time to stop and reflect on the sources of our moral life as Christians. This is not because the moral life is about sin and penitence, although these are important aspects of our moral experience, but...
Let Me Ask You a Question: `But What Do I Know?'
I DISCOVERED LONG AGO that the quick est ways to find out what I know, and how well I know it, are either by being asked questions, or by having to explain something to another person. Some years ago I was persuaded to teach a course at a university...
Living on the Boundary
HI! MAY I COME IN?" I called, as I knocked on the door of the room in a Toronto hospital. "Sure-come on in," replied the patient. He was lying on the bed, gaunt, drawn and hooked up to an IV. "My name is Colin Proudman," I announced. "I'm...
New Documentary on Rwanda, Suggests UN Should Apologize
Towards Healing Produced by Ghideon Musa and Omega Bula Premiering on Vision TV April 8, 1998 9 p.m. (Eastern) THIS NEW documentary by Toronto filmmaker Ghideon Musa and produced by Omega Bula raises a number of questions that many will...
Programs Put Church at Centre of Town: `Silly Old Rector' Grounds Elora's St. John
IT WAS 33 YEARS AGO when the young priest arrived in a picturesque village the 20th century seemed to have passed by. But as Rev. Robert Hulse was driven into Elora, north of Guelph, Ont., he noted that change was afoot. He had come to start work at...
Stewardship of Volunteers Key to Church Finances
EACH YEAR, more than $150 billion is donated to churches and other not-for-profit organizations in North America. But in seeking funds for mission and ministry, many churches find themselves competing unevenly with universities, hospitals, museums...
Titanic
Written and directed by James Cameron Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, David Warner and Bill Paxton (out of five) CANADIAN-BORN director James Cameron's...
Toronto Dean (Doug Stoute) Stands by Defence of Hockey Czar (Alan Eagleson)
The Dean of Toronto's St. James' Cathedral says he stands by his assessment of disgraced former hockey czar Alan Eagleson as a "decent and honourable" man. Very Rev. Douglas Stoute wrote the laudatory description in a character reference submitted...
Way It Was -- as Seen by the Churchman
100 years ago: February 1898 Canadian Churchman reported parishes should see that lay delegates they send to diocesan synods are men of the missionary spirit; that the diocesan synods who send delegates to the provincial and general synods have...
Who's the Boss in Diocese? Secretaries Often in Office Longer Than Bishops
STAFF WRITER Toronto They are the gatekeepers of the dioceses - although that description makes them sound more ominous than they are. Still, if you want to talk to, or book some time with the bishop, you'd better be nice to them. They are...
Women Protest Massacre (of 45 Civilians in Chiapas, Mexico)
Acteal, Mexico A group of Mexican women - partners of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund - participated in a hunger strike last month to protest the Dec. 22 massacre of 45 civilians in the Chiapas state of Mexico. The women, members...
You Pay Your Money and You Take Your chance:Bruce Cockburn
Bruce Cockburn You Pay Your Money And You Take Your Chance True North / MCA WILFRED LANGMAID AFTER THE ODD FORAY into the mainstream commercial market in a career of nearly 30 years duration, 53-year-old Ontario native Bruce Cockburn has...