Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 134, No. 7, September

100-Year-Old Shaw Drama Shows Shades of Lambeth
I HAD NO INKLING taking my seat in The Royal George Theatre at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake that what I was really doing was attending a backgrounder on the Anglican Church's Lambeth Conference. But then again that simply reflects the enduring...
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ACIP Calls for National Summit: Cite Pastoral Concern for Unpaid Aboriginal Clergy
Mississauga, Ont. The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) has proposed a national summit to discuss the issue of non-stipendiary, or unpaid, aboriginal clergy, most of whom are serving in large native communities across Canada. "Nobody...
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Anglicans Invited to Reflect on What 'We're Called to Be and Do'
Mississauga, Ont. Anglicans across Canada will be invited to "help shape the mission priorities" for 2010 to 2019 of General Synod, the governing body of the Anglican Church of Canada, by participating in a voluntary, congregation-based lenten study...
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Archbishop Delivers Powerful Addresses
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Canterbury, England The 2008 Lambeth Conference Will be remembered as the time that the Archbishop, of Canterbury Archbishop Rowan Williams delivered a series of speeches that gave his most thorough and direct response...
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Arctic Critical of Four Dioceses: Expresses 'Great Disappointments' over Same-Sex Blessings
The synod of the diocese of the Arctic, meeting in Iqaluit, Nunavut from May 27 to June 3, passed a motion criticizing decisions by four dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada that support blessing same-sex unions. "Synod expressed great disappointment...
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Barber's Six Words That Have a Connection to 'Church': To St. Thomas's by Way of Oxford University Press
WHEN SHE ISN'T pursuing lexicography, Katherine Barber is an avid ballet fan and volunteer with the National Ballet of Canada, as well as an alto in the choir at Solemn Eucharist at St. Thomas's. "My presence at St Thomas's is, in a convoluted way,...
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Bishops End Conference with 'Wide Agreement' on Moratoria: 'There Is No Desire to Separate'
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Canterbury, England Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on Aug. 3 said that the world's Anglican bishops ended their conference with a desire to remain together despite differences over sexuality and with "wide agreement"...
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Bishops Issue Several Statements of Solidarity
Canterbury, England While much attention has been given to how the world's Anglican bishops have sought ways of mending relationships fractured by deep divisions over homosexuality, there were a host of other life and death global issues that preoccupied...
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Bishops, Spouses Tackle Abuse against Women: Domestic Violence, Rape Rampant throughout World
Canterbury, England Bishops and their spouses attending the Lambeth Conference held a joint session July 29 to discuss what a Maori Anglican theologian called a "grave, grave issue" that has not been addressed enough by the Anglican Communion --the...
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Boycott Caused 'Great Grief': Absent Bishops Leave Noticeable Gap in Conference
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Canterbury, England Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said it was a "great grief" that some bishops chose to boycott the Lambeth Conference because of deep divisions over the place of homosexuals in the church. ...
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British Government 'Religiously Illiterate'
London A new report commissioned by the Church of England said the British government is uninterested in the church's social role and focuses instead on minority religions. "We encountered on the part of government, a significant lack of understanding...
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Bruce Howe of Huron
The diocese of Huron has announced that its bishop, the Rt. Rev. Bruce Howe, retires effective Sept. 1, 2008. A letter, signed by the diocesan executive staff, said, "For 40 years Bishop Howe has served the church that he loves and cherishes, and...
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Canada Apologizes for Residential School Abuse: Thousands Witness Event in Ottawa
When Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood in the House of Commons on June 11, facing leaders of Canada's aboriginal community, it was described as one of the most profound moments in Canadian history. Hundreds packed the visitor's gallery and hundreds...
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Canadian Bishops Reflect: Blogs, Emails, Conversations Capture Emotions
From the rare privilege of having Canterbury Cathedral all to themselves for a three-day retreat, to Bible study sessions that gave them a new understanding about their fellow workers in Christ, to trying to make sense of a new process called indaba,...
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Canadian Church Is 'Frustrated': Not Given Opportunity to Be Heard
Canterbury, England Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has expressed "frustration" that the Canadian church has not been given an opportunity to present its Situation with regards to the blessing of same-sex unions...
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Cartoonist Licensed to Poke Fun at Lambeth
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Canterbury, England Dave Walker's hair is a wacky mass of curls. His sense of humour is wackier still. And he put it to good use at the Lambeth Conference which, for the first time since its inception 1867, featured him...
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Church of England Votes to Ordain Women Bishops
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] London The (Anglican) Church of England's governing general synod, meeting in York, has voted by more than two to one to bring forward legislation to allow the consecration of women as bishops. "I'm absolutely delighted...
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Church Records $777,000 Deficit: Residential Schools Refund Prevents Much Larger Loss
Mississauga, Ont. The national office of the Anglican Church of Canada has reported a deficit for the fifth straight year in 2007, with a shortfall of $777,195; the amount is $290,768 more than the loss recorded in 2006 of $486,427. The deficit...
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Climate Change Affects Places Where Churches Work
Canterbury, England Anglican bishops expressed their concern for the devastating effects of climate change which they say are affecting the world's poorest countries the most and urging churches to advocate for the environment as a moral imperative....
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Cutler Is Suffragan Bishop: Diocese of Nova Scotia and PEI
The diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island on May 23 elected Archdeacon Ronald Cutler, who is rector of St. John the Evangelist in Lower Sackville, N.S., as suffragan or assistant bishop. He was elected on the third ballot with 170 lay...
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Dialogue, Compromise Highlight Communion's Lambeth Conference: Anglicans Take Strong Stand against Poverty
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Nearly every Lambeth Conference has had a hot button issue. In 1948, bishops were divided over what to do with the bishop of Hong Kong's decision two years earlier to ordain the first woman priest, Florence Li Tim Oi. In 1998,...
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Diocesan Theological College Sold to McGill
Montreal-based McGill University has bought the century-old neo-Gothic building of the Anglican Diocesan Theological College on University St., north of Sherbrooke St., for an undisclosed amount. The college, which finalized the sale in May, said...
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Draft Covenant Improves
Mississauga, Ont. The second draft of the proposed international Anglican covenant shows "a significant improvement" from the previous one although there are still some areas that require "greater clarity," the Anglican Communion Working Group told...
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Ecumenical Partners Stand by Communion as It Struggles
Canterbury, England The world changed dramatically after 9/11. So, too, have the relationships between churches of the Anglican Communion and other faiths, with inter-faith dialogue now figuring in their agenda like never before. When bishops...
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Fighting Poverty, Inequality: Walk of Witness Attracts More Than 1,500 People
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] London The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams urged world leaders to "find greater political commitment to addressing poverty and inequality" as he and 1,500 Anglican bishops, their spouses as well as other faith leaders...
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Hiltz Marks First Year as Primate: Highlight Includes Pastoral Visits
Mississauga, Ont. Displaying a Bible, a clay chalice and communion plate from the diocese of Cuba, photographs, posters, books, and documents, Archbishop Fred Hiltz offered members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS) a glimpse of the places he's...
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Is It 'Editorial Independence' or 'Editorial Integrity'?
The Anglican Journal takes considerable pride in the fact that it is editorially independent. In fact, that editorial independence was mentioned numerous times by many people when I accepted this position as interim editor. There is something challenging...
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It Is Impossible to Go Back, Bishops Say of Moratoria
Canterbury, England Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said he wasn't surprised with " the Lambeth Conference's call for a moratorium on actions that have led to divisions over sexuality. He said that bishops needed...
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Journal Writer Named Editor of Episcopal Life Media
Solange De Santis, a staff writer for the Anglican Journal since February 2000, resigned as of June 27 to take up the position of editor, Episcopal Life Media,-at the national office of the Episcopal Church in New York City. In her new position,...
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Lutheran Dialogue Has Mission Focus
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said that "an emerging focus around mission" characterized a spring gathering of the third Anglican-Lutheran International Commission (ALIC) in Chennai, India. Meeting from April 28...
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Meet Old Cal, the Philosopher
I FIRST MET Old Cal in the kitchen of the parish hall where he was brewing a cup of tea. He wore baggy pants and suspenders over a plaid shirt. His lined face featured an immaculately combed grey beard that fell like a sparkling waterfall. His name...
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Narnia Film Long on Action, Short on Faith
"Make me a dean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence: and take not thy holy Spirit from me. O give me the comfort of thy help again: and stablish me with thy free Spirit." (Psalm 51, v. 10) AT THE...
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One Body Breathing One Air
Faith groups need to "dismantle the culture of fear that discourages civic encounters," says Rev. Giorgio Di Cicco, poet laureate of Toronto. The Roman Catholic priest believes that the environment can only be saved if people care about each other...
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Ownership 'Clearly Vested in the Diocese'
A British Columbia Supreme Court justice on May 28 ruled that a group of dissident parishioners at Victoria's St. Mary of the Incarnation, Metchosin, diocese of British Columbia, may not have exclusive use of the church building while the question...
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Primate Disputes Charge That Church Offers 'False Gospel'
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, challenged the statement issued by a global group of conservative Anglicans accusing the Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church in the United States of proclaiming a "false...
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Primate of Sudan Asks Gene Robinson to Resign as Bishop: Says Election Harmed Church's Witness in Africa
STAFF Canterbury, England U.S. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori indicated it would "not be in my purview" to ask Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop of New Hampshire, to resign as suggested by the primate of the Episcopal Church of...
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Proposed Covenant Receives Tentative Nod
Canterbury, England Bishops of the Anglican Communion ended their conference with a statement saying that "there were many positive responses to the idea of a covenant," but that they continued to have some "concerns and reservations" about it....
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Ronald Ferris of Algoma
Bishop Ronald Ferris of the northern Ontario diocese of Algoma, who also served as bishop of the Yukon, will retire on Sept. 30, 2008. "Thank you, Algoma, for what has been a most joyful and productive era in our lives. We will miss you dearly....
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'Siyahamba': Marching in the Light of God
THE LAMBETH CONFERENCE 2008 will be remembered for many things--four in particular. First--The incredible leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury. In a pre-conference retreat, the Archbishop described a bishop's vocation as "someone around whom...
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Spouses Partners in Bishops' Ministries: Expectations Are Often Too High
Canterbury, England When bishops' spouses ended their conference, each was given tangible reminders of time spent in the company of others who, like most of them, perform huge--sometimes even heroic--tasks on behalf of the church that are largely unpaid...
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The Anglican Church Is Going through a Reformation
THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION is alive and vibrant. It has survived another Lambeth Conference, a bit bruised, battered and fragmented. Bishops at Canterbury rallied around pertinent issues of social justice, poverty and the environment, and they reached...
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Theological Reflections: Commitments of the Mind and Heart: Will the Centre Hold?
WHEN A FAMILY is in conflict, avoidance isn't a good idea, though it may be wise first to improve communication, find better settings to meet, and share confidence-building projects. If the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams ever supposed that...
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Theological Reflections: Stepping Back from Full Inclusion of Gays and Lesbians
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A FRIEND WHO is deeply read in Anglican history and theology predicted that Lambeth 2008 would give a negative response to gay and lesbian people on the matter of their full inclusion in the life and orders of the church and...
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'Transformation' Theme of Opening Service
Canterbury, England In a eucharist rich in symbolism--from the transporting of the gospel in a flower-bedecked mini-canoe by Melanesians to the choice of homilist, music, and processional robes--Anglican bishops, their spouses and ecumenical participants...
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Women Bishops Gain Wider Acceptance
Canterbury, England There were still requests from the media to photograph them separately after the official photo session that included all bishops. But other than that, the 18 women bishops who attended the Lambeth Conference were no longer the...
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Word Lady Dissects the 'Crazy' English Language
WHO HASN'T struggled with the irregular and irrational spellings of the English language? Even the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary admits the pitfalls are numerous. "Some of our spelling still reflects old French pronunciation, even...
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Youth Leaders Catch the Beat
London, Ont. Ministry to youth--in all its glory, frustration, joy and difficulties--was the focus of a six-day conference called Generation 2008--Empower, Renew, Equip, held from June 10 to 15 at Huron University College in London, Ont. "I came...
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Yukon Diocese Unable to Elect New Bishop
Members of the diocese of the Yukon, meeting in Whitehorse on May 31, failed to elect a new bishop, and Archbishop Terrence Buckle said he would postpone his retirement and remain in office. Archbishop Buckle, who is 67, had said earlier this year...
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