Anglican Journal

The Anglican Journal is a Canadian national Anglican newspaper. The Anglican Journal includes local, national, and international news coverage, editorials, arts coverage, and stories of particular interest to the Anglican community.

Articles from Vol. 125, No. 7, September

$70 Billion Debt Cancellation `Not Enough' Says Jubilee 2000
Cologne Organizers of the Jubilee 2000 movement -- which is calling for the cancellation of debts owed by the world's poorest countries -- have criticized as "too little" the proposals by the leaders of the world's main industrialized countries...
(Anglican) Journal Cleared of Any Wrongdoing in Handling of New Westminster Story
The Anglican Journal has been cleared by its General Synod subcommittee of an allegation of "unethical journalism" levelled by Bishop Michael Ingham and the communications committee of the Diocese of New Westminster, B.C. In the wake of a story...
Awaiting Redemption
Hal Ketchum Awaiting Redemption Curb / EMI In the early '90s, it seemed that Hal Ketchum had it all. He had translated is ruggedly handsome appearance, rich voice, and knack for hook-fined country pop into seven top 10 hits in the first half of...
Bible Society Protests Lord's Prayer Decision in Saskatchewan
The Anglican Church won't be joining a Canadian Bible Society protest against a human rights ruling that declared reciting the Lord's Prayer in Saskatoon classrooms discriminatory. Bible Society national director Rev. Greg Bailey wrote to leaders...
Biblical Literacy Needed for Vital Congregations
Like many of you, I have given a lot of thought to the question of congregational vitality. What does it take for a congregation to become vibrant and magnetic, growing its members into mature disciples and bearing a credible witness to Christ in our...
Bishops Elected: Debt Reduction Proposed
In other business at the Arctic synod, delegates elected two new suffragan bishops, in addition to Bishop Paul Idlout, elected in 1996. (A suffragan is an assistant bishop who does not have the automatic right of succession, as does a coadjutor bishop.)...
Chrtistian Aid Warns of Risks of Genetically Modified Food
London The international development agency Christian Aid has warned that genetically modified foods are a threat to farmers in the developing world and, contrary to commercial claims, are not the answer to world hunger problems. Christian Aid...
Church Needs Clearer Vision, but It's Not on Death Row
Noticing that something isn't working or is worn out doesn't require a great deal of ingenuity, only a degree of attentiveness. Genius is figuring out how to fix a problem. It's the ability to see the way forward. It's no surprise, then, that lots...
Church Stands with Prairie Farmers
"Act of God" or not, the Anglican Church is lining up behind Prairie farmers facing an economic disaster after a combination of torrential spring rains and low commodity prices played havoc with this year's crop. Bishop Malcolm Harding of the Diocese...
Decisions May Affect Residential Schools Suits: Employers Can Be Held Liable for Abusive Actions of Workers
Two Supreme Court of Canada rulings on vicarious liability have added yet another turn to the legal labyrinth surrounding the residential schools issue. An employer can he held vicariously liable for the actions of an employee, and may be obliged...
Edmonton Churches Face Challenges
The diocese of Edmonton has had some rough sailing over the past few years, but with determination and a dose of optimism, its 59 congregations have weathered the storms. But about a third of churches in the diocese face extinction if their congregations...
England Revives Heresy Trials: Survey Shows Desire for Moral Leadership, except on Sex
York A more outward-looking, confident and united Church of England was promised by the newly formed Archbishops' Council, a cabinet for the church; but General Synod also saw a return to hostilities between lay people and the House of Bishops....
English Ordination Figures Surge Higher
London At a time when many churches in the West face a shortage of new vocations to the priesthood, the Church of England is enjoying a surge in ordinations. Archdeacon Gordon Kuhrt, director of ministry for the Archbishops' Council of the Church...
`Ethnic Cleansing' Feared in Church
It has been 14 years since the Book of Alternative Services appeared on the horizon. Now, with General Synod needing to make a decision in 2001 on its future -- and potentially also on the Book of Common Prayer -- a member of the Prayer Book Society...
Finding Magic in the Cathedral
Emma and I were walking in the park by Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina, and she pointed to the towers of the cathedral, tall twin spires that mark the western skyline of the city, and said in French, her first language, "Look at the castle, Grandpa!"...
Full Communion Nearer: Cheers Greet Lutherans' Decision
Regina Balloons, party streamers and sustained applause greeted the almost unanimous decision of the National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to approve in principle a declaration of full communion with the Anglican Church...
Government, Religious Leaders Draft Tax Guidelines
Now that Revenue Canada has decided not to appeal a court decision on the clergy housing deduction, government officials are working with religious leaders to develop new guidelines. They should be complete this fall. The guidelines are expected...
Iron Giant
The Iron Giant Directed by Brad Bird Voices by Vin Diesel, Eli Marienthal and Harry Connick Jr. **** (out of five) In 1968 Ted Hughes, England's poet laureate (until his death in 1998), wrote a story called The Iron Man for his children to console...
Kenyan Synod Introduces New Rules for Cheaper Funerals
Nairobi An Anglican Church initiative is likely to revolutionize funerals across Kenya, a country in which elaborate and expensive customs are traditionally linked to burials. Last month the synod of the Anglican Church of Kenya approved a program...
Lutherans Want to Be `Welcoming' to Gays
Lutherans endorsed initiatives to become more welcoming to gay and lesbian Christians during their Regina convention. They will also pursue closer ties with their Lutheran brethren. The convention affirmed the National Church Council's long-term...
`One Church - One Book'
It is time for to be one church with one book again: not the Book of Common Prayer nor the Book of Alternative Services; but a new book that will incorporate the main services of worship in both traditional and contemporary forms. This could be...
Pension Committee to Debate Extending Same-Sex Benefits
In the wake of a Supreme Court decision extending spousal benefits to same-sex couples, the Anglican Church must once again wrestle with whether to follow suit. "This issue will be brought to attention of the pension committee when it meets in October,"...
Prayer Book Society Director to Go
The Prayer Book Society of Canada is planning a September special meeting to discuss its future direction in the wake of losing the services of its national director. Earlier this year, the society terminated the services of Graham Eglington, who...
Priest Forecasts Church's Demise
A Toronto-area priest says God has withdrawn his blessing from the Anglican Church, particularly because of its dalliance with homosexuality, and is letting it kill itself. In his self-published book Suicide: the Decline and Fall of the Anglican...
Respected Cardinal Dies
London Basil Hume, who died of cancer in hospital on June 17 at the age of 76, never wanted to lead the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales and he certainly had no designs on the papacy though he was often talked about as "papabile". A...
Restrictions for Gays Suggested: Bishop Says Common-Law Bigger Issue
Should gays and lesbians have full membership rights within the Anglican Church? Officially, though practising gays and lesbians can serve in any role short of ordination, it doesn't work that way in every diocese, and that is prompting a larger debate:...
Ruling Could Affect Camps, Sunday School
The country's top court made its decision but the jury's still out on what impact the ruling on employer's liability will have on a range of church activities, including camps, ministry to the underprivileged and Sunday schools. The Supreme Court...
Sins of Past Rulers Shouldn't Burden People with Debt
As Bandiwagons go, the campaign for more debt relief for the poorest countries has gathered an impressive head of steam, as well as an odd crew of passengers: aid workers and finance ministers, pop stars and bishops. When such a coalition of popularity-seekers...
`Yoke of International Debt' Holding Back Africa
The voices were urgent and angry, calling for the forgiveness of international debts owed by African nations to give them a "fresh start," and also for a new economic order based on mutuality rather than exploitation. An intense three-day consultation...