Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 133, No. 10, December

Art Installation Provides Window on Conservation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The first photovoltaic art glass--which combines the ancient art of stained glass with the latest solar technology--was recently installed at Vancouver's Regent College, a graduate school affiliated with the University of...
Artist Shines Footlights on Spiritual Theatre Scene in UK
SOME PEOPLE return from overseas trips with chocolates in their luggage; one Toronto dramatist brought back an entire musical about a chocolate magnate. Sally Armour Wotton, director of drama at St. John's York Mills in Toronto, traveled to the...
A Time to Share God's Love
I AM THE deacon in the church of St. John the Evangelist in Leamington, Ont. My outreach ministry is as chaplain in Leamington District Memorial Hospital. Although my main ministry is to the patients, their families, and the staff, my call as a deacon...
Bishops Hold Line on Moratorium: Church Leaders Worry about Possible Schism
London, Ont. Canada's Anglican bishops, at their regular fall meeting, decided to leave in place a set of pastoral guidelines concerning church services for gay couples that stops short of blessings or marriage. They also expressed serious concern...
Churches Warned about Arson
An insurance company that specializes in churches and faith-related groups is cautioning churches to take precautions since arson has become one of the most serious threats to places of worship. Ecclesiastical Insurance believes that most houses...
Church Leaders Call for Abortion Review
London To mark the 40th anniversary on Oct. 27 of Britain's 1967 Abortion Act that legalized abortion in specified circumstances, church leaders called for a reexamination of the situation. The department of health in Britain reported that in...
Communication Must Be Transparent, Timely and Accurate
ALTHOUGH IT PASSED with little fanfare last spring, the Anglican Church of Canada endorsed a document entitled Vision and Principles of Communications. Drafted by the national church's communications and information resources committee and commended...
Concerts and Outreach That Blend Sacred and Secular
I AM A chaplain at Canadian Forces Base Shilo, in Manitoba, working with the military that is getting ready to be deployed in February 2008. I currently work as the chapel life co-ordinator of St. Barbara's Chapel. This will be the first time in...
Conference Urges Bishops to Allow Gay Marriage
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] London, Ont. A group of Canadian Anglicans on the liberal, or "progressive," side of issues concerning homosexuality and the church have urged Anglican bishops to "proceed to (the) full inclusion (of gay and lesbian people)...
Finances Concern Bishops
London, Ont. Several bishops criticized the national church's budget process, complaining that financial statements were only received just before the budget presentation at the General Synod governing convention last June. "There were two substantial...
Former Students Sue Grenville: Church Named in Class Action
Former students of Grenville Christian College filed a class-action lawsuit on Oct. 17 that seeks $1 billion in damages as a result of abuse allegedly suffered at the school and names as defendants the now-closed school, the Anglican Church of Canada,...
Lambeth Boycott 'Sends Wrong Message': Communion Official Briefs Canadians
A boycott of next year's Lambeth Conference by bishops concerned about the issue of homosexuality "would affect the whole relationship of the Anglican Communion," said Rev. John Kafwanka, research/project officer in the London-based Anglican Communion...
Montreal Synod Votes Yes to Blessings
Montreal The annual synod of the diocese of Montreal has become the second to urge its bishop to allow clergy to bless previously solemnized civil marriages between same-sex couples. Like the bishop of Ottawa, whose diocese approved on Oct. 13...
Moxley Elected Diocesan Bishop of NS and PEI
Bishop Susan Moxley, the suffragan, or assistant, bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, was elected diocesan bishop on Oct. 20 in an episcopal election at All Saints Cathedral, Halifax. She was chosen on the first ballot, receiving 196...
New Traditions That Draw People Together
THE CHRISTMAS STORY, in my work as chaplain at Tyndale St. George's Community Centre, is not a once-a-year facet of that ministry, although for many years I have helped actively in the delivery of Christmas food baskets in our inner-city area. Christmas,...
'No Urgency' to Oust Zimbabwe Bishop
Harare Zimbabwe's High Court has ruled that there is no urgency, in hearing a case in which the Anglican Province of Central Africa is seeking the expulsion of Bishop Nolbert Kunonga of the Harare diocese, after he sought to withdraw his diocese...
Ontario Priest Disciplined for Marrying Same-Sex Couple
A priest in the diocese of Ontario has been disciplined and had his licence to marry cancelled after he officiated at the wedding of a same-sex couple last August in a church in rural Ontario, where he is the incumbent. Rev. Michael Bury, rector...
Primate Pays Visit to Canterbury
London, Ont. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, in his new role as primate (national archbishop) of the Anglican Church of Canada, paid a courtesy call on Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on Oct. 16 at Lambeth Palace in London, England, briefing him...
Quebec Divided over Financial Questions
The diocese of Quebec is in turmoil over conflicting reports about whether there were irregularities connected with the accounting for the Church Society, the oldest missionary society in the Canadian church, which disburses funds from parishes and...
Retiring Liturgist Managed Common Praise Hymnal Project
Rev. Paul Gibson retires at the end of this month as co-ordinator for liturgy for the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), a position which he held for about 20 years. As co-ordinator for liturgy, Mr. Gibson's work involved monitoring liturgical...
The Long Road Behind ELCIC's First Female National Bishop
WITH THE ELECTION last June of Rev. Susan Christine Johnson to national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), a 45-year history of women seeking ordination to the Lutheran Church was realized at the highest level. It began...
'There Is Goodness in the World'
WE HAVE A program called the Good Samaritan which links various churches in our community through outreach and social projects. It was developed to provide support to people who have slipped through the cracks of our social system. At Christmas time,...
Top Architecture Award Goes to Newly-Restored Toronto Church
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Toronto's St. Paul's church, Bloor Street, which completed a four-year, $23-million restoration and expansion project in 2006, recently received the Award of Excellence for the William Greer Architectural Conservation and...
WCC Welcomes Better Relations with Muslims
Geneva/Rome The head of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Samuel Kobia, has welcomed an open letter by 138 Muslim scholars urging Christians and Muslims to seek common ground and he said the Geneva-based WCC is ready to help "It is significant...