Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 133, No. 7, September

Bishop Matthews of Edmonton to Resign
Bishop Victoria Matthews, who broke new ground for women in episcopal ministry and was twice a candidate for primate, or national archbishop, announced on Aug. 2 that she will resign as leader of the diocese of Edmonton, citing that she believes "God...
Building Leak Puts Church Archives at Risk; Historical Records Sustained Minor Damage
A leak in a neighbouring mechanical room has once again put the archives of the Anglican Church of Canada at risk. Four boxes of archival records sustained "minimal water damage" when a spill from the mechanical room, housed above General Synod's archives...
But Never, Never on a Sunday ... History Books Examine Day of Rest and Christianity
TWO QUITE different books on the history of Christianity are the subject of this month's review. A Short History of Christianity, by Stephen Tomkins, lives up to its title. In 247 pages the author zips through 2,000 years of a complicated and convoluted...
Cardinal Avoids Testifying in U.S. Sex Abuse Lawsuits
Los Angeles (ENI) -- The archdiocese of Los Angeles' agreement to a $660 million US clergy abuse settlement will amount to $1.3 million for each plaintiff, and it prevents Roger Cardinal Mahoney, the archbishop of the Roman Catholic diocese, from...
Church Music Institute Offers New Concert Program
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Canada's venerable Summer Institute of Church Music is branching out into the rest of the year with a new program aimed at developing an individual congregation's musical life--an engaging, humorous evening that is both seminar...
Clergy Test Rulings on Same-Sex Blessings
Varying interpretations of the decisions made in June by General Synod about human sexuality have already led one Canadian parish to publicly offer blessings to same-gender unions, and another to say that it would not deny a parishioner's request for...
Foundation 'Branches' out in 50 Years of Helping the Church
IT WAS THE early days of the Anglican Foundation and its first donor, P.H.B. Dawson of Victoria, was peeved. [ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] He had been reading the Canadian Churchman (predecessor to the Anglican Journal) and saw the foundation's austere...
International Focus Turns to U.S. Bishops; Lambeth Likely to Face Boycotts
The rift within the worldwide Anglican church over homosexuality is focusing attention on this month's meeting, from Sept. 20-25, of the Episcopal Church's bishops, since the national archbishops, or primates, of the worldwide Anglican Communion gave...
Legal Experts Tackle Same-Sex Questions
Conflicting interpretations of the ramifications of General Synod's recent decisions around same-sex blessings have led the bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada to consult with their chancellors (legal advisers). Among the questions that have...
'Old-Style Priest' Blessed 60,000 Animals
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Canon Horace Baugh Canon Horace Baugh, an Anglican priest well-known for inaugurating Montreal's annual blessing of the pets atop Mount Royal Park and building the skiers' chapel in St. Sauveur des Monts in the Laurentians,...
Ottawa May Close Under-Used Chapels; Study Sees Growth Potential in Diocese
A comprehensive study of the diocese of Ottawa recommends closing eight little-used rural chapels and allowing another 34 to live out their natural lives with no subsidies. It also recommends establishing a new church in the growing Ottawa suburb of...
Pronouncements Are Never Read Just by 'Our Own'
THE VATICAN caused a bit of a stir in the otherwise quiet summer by issuing two statements that gave some readers concern that the reforms of the Second Vatican Council were being rolled back. One is the reauthorization of a form of the Roman eucharistic...
PWRDF Invests in Microcredit; Investment Turns Landowners into 'Backyard Entrepreneurs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Lapologa! The Sotho sign on the otherwise bare walls of a tiny watering hole in the neighbourhood of East Orlando invites neighbors to one of a handful of plastic patio tables and 'refresh themselves' with a cold drink. ...
Spy Accusation Forces Vicar to Flee Iraq
Baghdad (ENS) -- An Anglican vicar who was working to secure the release of five British hostages in Iraq fled the country on July 11 after being denounced as a spy. Canon Andrew White, who ran Iraq's only Anglican church, left Baghdad for London...
Where Are the Next Examples of Women in Leadership?
THE NEWS CAME as a complete surprise to many church observers: Victoria Matthews, the bishop of Edmonton' and the first woman to be elected to the Canadian episcopate, announced she was resigning as diocesan bishop, effective Nov. 30, (please see p....
Winning Hymn Inspired by Algoma Diocese's Motto
Anglican musician Jane Best was a winner in a recent hymn competition centered on an unusual area-songs for congregation unaccompanied by instruments or choir. Pepperdine .University based in Malibu, Calif., chose to focus on congregational singing...