Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 126, No. 1, January

Abuse Claims Investigated at Boys' School
The Anglican boys' boarding school that operated in Selkirk, Man., from 1962 to 1990 conjures up a mix of memories for those who attended: for some it was a challenging boot camp that made them into better human beings; for others it was a physical...
Avoiding Extremes: `Where Wealth Accumulates and Men Decay'
I BELONG TO that small group of precise calculators who insist that Jan. 1, 2000, is not the beginning of the third millennium (who ever heard of a millennium ending after 999 years?), and therefore not the first year of the 21st century. But I...
Bishops Seek Unity While Admitting Diverse Views on Homosexuality
Ten Anglican bishops from around the world, including Terence Finlay, Bishop of Toronto, met recently to begin talks aimed at bridging the wide gulf over views on homosexuality in the Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop,...
Building Interfaith Relationships Crucial, Leaders Say
Building relationships among different faiths is going to become increasingly important, especially in a multicultural country like Canada, religious leaders say. Delegates to two recent international interfaith meetings said the clear message is...
Canadians Turn Attention to Sudan's Civil War
Sudan is one of the most war-shattered countries in the world but until recently, few Canadians likely cared or knew much about Africa's largest country. As Canadian media have recently focused on two Sudanese issues -- the resurgence of slavery...
Closer Relations Sought for Christians, Muslims
The Archbishop of Canterbury wants to see closer relations at a "senior level" between Muslims and Christians in the hope of bringing peace to religious hot spots in the world. In an interview following his address to the opening assembly of the...
Creche Project Part of Bethlehem Celebrations
There are nearly 80 of them, made of many different materials: rubber, marble or even silver. Every one of them portrays the tender scene -- mother, father and child -- at Jesus' birth 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, according to Gospel accounts. And...
Diocese of Quebec Inaugurates First Francophone Parish
For the better part of two centuries, Anglicans in Quebec subscribed to the conventional wisdom that if you're a francophone, you're a Roman Catholic. The result was that for 206 years, the overwhelmingly francophone territory covered by the Diocese...
Donors to Anglican Church Still Ready to Be Generous: Consultant
Put "money" and the "Anglican Church of Canada" in the same sentence these days and you're likely to hear something gloomy. But not all the news is bad. In fact, Rev. John Robertson, the national church's planned giving consultant, is remarkably...
Jerusalem Sacred for Palestinians, King Says
Jerusalem must be the capital city for Palestine as well as Israel, King Abdullah of Jordan told delegates at the World Conference on Religion and Peace. "Jerusalem is too sacred and too symbolic for it to belong exclusively to one party," King...
Kootenay Focusing on Spiritual Needs of under 35s
THE DIOCESE of Kootenay covers about 215,000 square kilometres of Canada's most beautiful and difficult terrain. Just getting from one place to another affords Archbishop David Crawley the chance to relax and recharge during long treks to various parish...
(Nelson) Mandela Praises Role of Religion
Cape Town Without South Africa's religious institutions, former president Nelson Mandela said he would not be where he is today. Mr. Mandela was the star speaker at the eight-day Parliament of the World's Religions which ended in Cape Town Dec....
New Congregations Can Grow within Shadow of the Old
THE BEGINNING of a new year, of a new century, of a new millennium is a good time to think about new directions and new initiatives. I'm thinking that this would be a good time for us in the Anglican Church of Canada to be thinking about how to plant...
No Need to Fear Talking to Neighbours of Different Faiths
RELIGION WAS THE motivating factor in everything we did ... without religious institutions and churches, I would not be here today." For anyone who forgets or ignores the impact of religion on governments and people's lives, Nelson Mandela's passionate...
Soundtrack for a Century - Folk, Gospel & Blues: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Soundtrack for a Century -- Folk, Gospel & Blues: Will the Circle be Unbroken Columbia / Sony A SURE SIGN of a new millennium for the music buff is the deluge of boxed sets and compilations that dominated the late 1999 market. The most ambitious...
Sunday School Successes Seen in Midst of Sobering Statistics
When the congregation at St. George's Anglican Church in Victoria sings the Lord's Prayer on Sundays, many of the 300 plus parishioners require more than the average amount of elbow room. As the organ swells and voices are raised in song, the hands...
Theologians Debate Authority, Interpretation of Scripture
The Bible is primarily a story, or collection of stories, and it ought to play a decisive role in shaping the lives of Christians, agreed Marcus Borg and Tom Wright, during seminars in Vancouver on the authority and interpretation of Scripture. Beyond...
Week of Prayer Focuses on Commonalities of Faith
The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is fast approaching and Canadian parishes of all denominations have no shortage of resources to help them celebrate. The Canadian week (each country is invited to set its own dates), Jan. 23 - 30, has...
White Anglicans Snub Black Priests in Zimbabwe
Harare, Zimbabwe Black priests in the Anglican church in Zimbabwe say they are not allowed to baptize, marry or bury white parishioners. At least four priests have resigned from their parishes in Harare because of the alleged racism. The dean...
Work Harder to Promote Peace: Dalai Lama
Cape Town The world's religions must make a greater effort to promote basic human values, the Dalai Lama said during the Parliament of the World's Religions. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet's Buddhists, who has lived in exile from...