Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 126, No. 3, March

Act Seen as Direct Challenge (Consecration of Bishops)
`Crisis' in church prompts move New York (ENI) -- Critics see the consecration by several foreign Anglicanprimates of two American priests as bishops as a direct challenge to church authority and tradition. "I am appalled by this irregular action,"...
Amity Press Prints Bibles for Chinese Christians
AMITY Press' strong presence in China got its start in 1987 with three questions the United Bible Societies asked of the Chinese government: Would it permit the UBS to build a printing press? If so, would it permit the press to print Bibles? If so,...
Bishops Sign Accord Decrying Violence against Homosexuals
More than half of Canada's bishops have signed a statement condemning violence against homosexuals and calling for gays and lesbians to be treated with dignity and respect. But at least two bishops who declined to sign say they did so because they...
Books Affirm Making Meditation, Spiritual Growth, Goals for Lent
INDIVIDUAL spiritual growth has always been an "assumed" part of Christian life, (I sometimes think we belong to "The Church of the Basic Assumption") and too often taken for granted. Both within and outside the Christian church there has been an increasing...
Building Sacred Spaces beyond the Church: Spirituality Honoured at Home and Work
ANNE Elliott and Patricia Smith both have a "sacred space" in their homes. There is also a sacred mantle-top space at Spiritworks, the business they own in Saskatoon. "More and more people are creating sacred spaces for themselves," Ms. Elliott...
Church Built by Pennies Pays off Loans
Co-operation key, priest says The creation of a new church in the tiny community of Birch Hills, Sask., is a remarkable story in several ways. It's remarkable that the $430,000 church got built at all by a community of fewer than 1,000 people,...
Church Directory Stuck with Outdated Statistics
United Church said to do better than Anglicans Statistics seldom excite. But just get them wrong or let someone discover they're unreliable and watch what happens. This issue came up recently when the Anglican Church Directory 2000 -- probably...
Consecrations (of Bishops) Spark Outrage: Primate Decries `Open Assault'
The consecrations of two conservative American priests in Singapore -- for service in the United States -- have been criticized by liberal and conservative Anglicans worldwide, including Canada's primate, as everything from "desperate" to "an act of...
Hurricane
The Hurricane Directed by Norman Jewison Starring Denzel Washington *** (out of five) Adult Accompaniment -- coarse language IT BEGINS movie about as a movie about boxing and ends up as a parable of the human spirit. Based on the real life...
Image of Tiny Hand Does Not Resolve Abortion Debate
IT IS A Poignant picture. A tiny hand reaches out of an incision made in a womb in order to undertake corrective surgery on a fetus that has been diagnosed with spina bifida. In fact, although it looks as though the tiny hand is grasping the hand of...
Interest Picks Up in Diocese of Arctic Priest Jobs
Enquiries coming from Canadians, Americans after media stories Media coverage is sparking renewed interest among Canadians and even some Americans in the job openings for priests in the Diocese of the Arctic. Bishop Chris Williams is hoping to...
It's Easy to Forget to Say "Thank You"
A PLEASANT THING happened this week. I received a lovely note from a parishioner saying thanks for some small thing that I had done, that had been particularly appreciated. After I read the note, I was aware how good I felt. I was in a great mood....
Making Your Prayer Experience More Fulfilling
AS LENT approaches, we begin to reflect on how best we might use this special time in our church year. All the five books reviewed here are on the subject of prayer, and thus offer some options. They may be helpful to anyone looking for a more fulfilling...
Moosonee Encourages Lay, Baptismal Ministry
GEOGRAPHICALLY, Moosonee is the Anglican Church of Canada's second largest diocese, covering about 560,000 square kilometres, an area roughly the size of the Atlantic provinces. It encompasses the northernmost areas of Ontario, around James Bay, and...
Musical Priests Sing for Charity's Sake
Primate's Fund big winner in benefit concerts FOR THREE YEARS, three priests of the Diocese of Huron have been singing in benefit concerts. In early 1097, they thought their work would be a one-time thing. As they say, the rest is history. ...
Opinions Sought on Euthanasia
Was Robert Latimer justified in killing his severely disabled daughter, Tracy, in order to end her suffering? Twelve-year-old Tracy had cerebral palsy which left her unable to walk, talk or feed herself. She had endured a number of operations in...
Qu'Appelle's Legal Bills Pass $200,000 before First Lawsuit Heard
Bishop Wallace sends pastoral letter The Diocese of Qu'Appelle has rung up $215,000 in legal bills to date in dealing with the residential schools legacy. That information is contained in the latest of a series of pastoral letters issued by Bishop...
Refugee Ordained Deacon: Canadian Church Sponsors Liberian
JOHN Freeman's recent ordination in Monrovia, Liberia was a joyous event, as it typically is in the life of any new deacon. What makes his story unusual is that he endured unimaginable hardship and great loss in the years leading up to that day. Along...
Rwandan Calls for Spiritual Healing: Prisoners Confess after Visit from Lay Leader
"I want to confess before God and all of you the sins I committed when I was still in darkness. A time like this gives me the opportunity to offload all the burden of guilt I had on my heart and I'm even prepared to confess before the judges because...
Singapore Consecrations Not What Being Church Is About
SURPRISE, America! You are considered a mission field. As reported elsewhere in this issue, two American clergy travelled all the way to Singapore to be consecrated bishops so that they could return and serve as missionaries to the New World. Two...
Stained-Glass Cross Is Woman's Donation of Love
Tools untouched for 15 years WHEN Maidie-Anne Turner of Inuvik picked up her cutting wheel after 15 years, she didn't know if she could still handle the stained glass that lay before her on the kitchen table. After that amount of time, she expected...
Steve Bell Band in Concert
Steve Bell Steve Bell Band in Concert Signpost Music THE DECADE just passed saw Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter Steve Bell develop a unique niche in Christian music. A move into some secular markets and an American distribution deal coincided with...
Tales of (Desmond) Tutu
I WRITE THIS in the midst of difficult and joyful task, preparing to present a longtime friend with an honorary degree. The joy is in the length of our friendship; the difficulty is in his fame. He is Desmond Tutu. The grandeur of the occasion (my...
Wanted: Volunteers in Mission
No new applicants for 42 positions Gillian Clarke fully expected to experience culture shock when she left her Vancouver Island home in January 1997 and travelled to Tanzania to work as a Volunteer in Mission at a theological college. And she...