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. 4, April

Alpha Continues Phenomenal Growth: Program Shuns Controversy
AS ATTENDANCE in many churches declines, a controversial evangelism program is bringing new life to others. The Alpha program is growing exponentially, attracting the churched, people on the fringes of society, and "the unchurched". The growth has...
Anglican Colleges, Universities Group to Meet in Toronto: International Conference to Bring Church, Academic Leaders Together
Organizers in 20 nations are busy planning the Third International Conference of Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion, to take place at the University of Toronto's Trinity College Aug. 4-9. The conference is expected to attract some...
Anglican Rep at UN Ousted: (George) Carey Seeks `Restructuring,' Forces (Jim) Ottley Out
Following a "deterioration" in support from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishop Jim Ottley, outspoken Anglican Observer at the United Nations, has agreed to step aside to make way for "restructuring." His last day was March 31. "My contract is...
Balancing Competing Values at Heart of `Open Table'
DAVID HARRIS IT'S NO SECRET that as the village becomes more global, the more people ponder what values mark their house from the one next door or across the street. Competing values are at the heart of many of the disputes between nations, between...
Banners Recall Fierce Determination: Soft Images Combine with Stark Words (Women's Christian Temperance Union Banners - Exhibition)
A SIMPLISTIC, black and white view of the world: Black and white photos of stiff-backed, Victorian women wearing white ribbons attached to their blouses. These are the images typically associated with the Woman's Christian Temperance Union movement...
Bishop Ingham Outlines Plans to Gay Lobby Group: Voices Fears about Role of Essentials in 2001
Opposition to gay and lesbian people is "irrational" and "based on a history of discrimination," said Bishop Michael Ingham of the Diocese of New Westminster at a February meeting with the gay lobby group Integrity - Vancouver. He told the group...
Christian Charities Overlooked: Voluntary Sector Panel Focuses on Secular Non-Profits
Though Christian churches and other faith communities make up about 40 per cent of the 75,000 registered charities in Canada, these were virtually ignored by a panel reviewing charities in Canada. The government appointed panel devoted almost all its...
Council Airs Varying Views on (Anglican) Journal
Depending on who is doing the talking, the Anglican Journal is a left-wing rag that muzzles conservative voices or an outlet for right-wing ideas and views. When it comes to news coverage, the Journal is Toronto-focused or it provides wide coverage...
Faith Today Changes, Loses Editor
Proposed changes in a review of Faith Today's "mission statement" have prompted the magazine's managing editor to leave after three and a half years at the helm. Marianne Meed Ward told the Journal she feared the changes would compromise her journalistic...
Former Pentecostal Leader Becomes Anglican
IT'S NOT UNCOMMON to hear stories of people who were raised Anglican or Roman Catholic becoming Pentecostals later in life. But recently, a prominent Pentecostal theologian has become an Anglican and is seeking ordination. Dr. Ronald Kydd, a history...
Fred's Favourites
Oak Street Music WILFRED LANGMAID WHILE I HAVE been a music reviewer since 1981, it is certainly true that I was singularly unqualified to review children's albums until the birth of our daughter, Bethany, in 1996. Readers who are parents...
Greatest Success in Homeland among Roman Catholics (Alpha Program)
If the advertising campaign is anything to go by, Alpha's success in its home in the United Kingdom is a raging success. Last year it launched a [pounds sterling]1-million ad campaign that caught even the attention of the CBC. It has just announced...
Group Pressed for Women's Rights, Vote
The drunkard shall not perish In misery and pain, But wife and children cherish And grace his home again; And sobered men, repenting, Will bow at Jesus' feet, Their thankful hearts relenting Before the mercy-seat. The preceding...
Halifax's `Round Church' Nears Completion: Landmark Recovers from Fire
Halifax More than 2,000 people have contributed to the restoration of St. George's Church in Halifax in the last four years but more money is needed. Accompanying special thank you notes that have been sent to donors recently is a special request...
Lawsuits Threaten Church's Future: Residential School Claims Shoot Past 200
A steady increase in the number of residential schools lawsuits has led to growing concerns about the church's future financial health and its ability to carry out its work and mission. With the church involved in more than 200 lawsuits it is obvious,...
October Sky
Directed by Joe Johnston Starring Jake Gyllenhaal *** (out of five) PETER ELLIOTT IT'S THE EVENING of October 5, 1957, in Coalwood, West Virginia. A high school student, Homer Hickman (Jake Gyllenhaal), and others from the town stare into...
Ordination of Women Main Block to Union with Rome - (John) Baycroft
Ottawa The ordination of women as priests remains the main obstacle to the union of the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches but Bishop John Baycroft of Ottawa, the Anglican Communion's newly appointed ambassador at the Vatican, says dialogue between...
Our Infrastructure Rooted in Tradition
`What's the holdup?' IN SUNNY APRIL it's hard to remember that my city had a couple of weeks in January that brought the place to a standstill more than once. Two heavy snowfalls, with smaller storms between, brought us over a metre of snow,...
Parish Fetes Nunavut Territory: Aim Is to Teach Southerners Abut the Inuit
Ottawa Bannock anyone? How about a tasty bowl of Caribou stew? The congregation of Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa not only sampled Inuit food but also learned to sing hymns in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit. The occasion was a two-day...
Pioneering Spirit Drives Diocese On: Fallout from Residential Schools Suits Threatens Finances (Diocese of the Cariboo)
WHEN GOLD FEVER hit the country in the mid-19th century, thousands flocked to gold fields to seek their fortunes. Prospectors built camps along routes in the interior of central British Columbia. Anglican missionaries arrived from Victoria between...
Primate Pays Tribute to a `Great, Great Person'
ROBIN GIBSON was "not just able and competent, but a great, great person. He was among the most distinguished thinkers in the development scene in Canada." That assessment of Mr. Gibson, late director of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund,...
Primates Keep Lambeth on Front Burner
Bishop Frank T. Griswold of the Episcopal Church has invited primates from Africa and Asia who have been critical of how the church is handling the issue of homosexuality to "visit those parts of our church which cause you concern so that you may inquire...
PWRDF Director Lived His Vocation: Valued Friends and Humour
My own recollection of Robin begins with his beginning with PWRDF. I was serving my first term on the national committee at more or less the same time. One of my clear remembrances of that time is of language. I found it distressing within a group...
Roof Repairs Start at St. Anne's: Group of Seven Art Already Damaged
The scaffolding is up inside St. Anne's Church in west Toronto to allow art conservators to evaluate the damage done to valuable paintings, by members of the Group of Seven, on the walls of the church. Meanwhile outside, workers have begun fixing the...
Some Things Never Change
100 years ago: April 1899 Canadian Churchman reported that when we are told that public opinion tends in a certain direction, we naturally pause and ask what is the exact meaning of such a statement. Very often it means very little. Very often it...
`Stop the Killing in Sudan': Churches Call for Action on Genocide
Ottawa A coalition of five Canadian churches including the Anglican Church of Canada has called on the federal government to help stop what they are calling genocide in Sudan. Since the civil war started in 1983, 1.9 million people have died...
Sudanese Lawyer Raises Human Rights Concerns
(ENS)-The message Abel Alier brought to his audiences during a nine-day visit to churches and human rights advocates in the United States was a grim one as tensions mount between the Islamic government based in Khartoum and the armed resistance in...
West Has Much to Learn from Third World Believers
I AM DEEPLY GRIEVED to learn that there are post-Lambeth rumours and accusations of bribes to Third World bishops. I wonder why the voices and opinions of Third World bishops have upset us so much in the West. Have they not listened and obediently...