Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 134, No. 10, December

'... and He Shall Reign Ever'
'Tis the season for lessons and carols. In story and song we hear of God's plans to restore all things through his Anointed One. Once again we delight in readings from the prophets who speak of his coming. Isaiah writes, "a shoot shall come out...
Augsburg Fortress Closes U.S. Stores
STAFF Augsburg Fortress, the publishing ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), recently announced the closure of its nine bookstores in the United States, but said that its two Canadian bookstores, including Augsburg Fortress/...
Bishops Moved by Refugee Story: PWRDF Plans to Sponsor 50 Additional Refugees
Niagara Falls, Ont. Annie Kashamura-Zawadi came to Canada with five children, $20 in her pocket and a huge dream. When she arrived in Toronto with her children, aged between 9 and 19, on Oct. 6, 1999, her heart was bursting with hope and possibilities....
Calvinism Is 500 Years Old
Geneva Jean Calvin, known for his role in the Protestant Reformation from Geneva during the 16th century, has been praised as one of the history's most astute theologians at a ceremony to launch a year of events to mark the 500th anniversary...
CoGS Approves Budget with $745,000 Shortfall: Already Pruned by $1.3 Million
Toronto The Council of General Synod (CoGS) on Nov. 16 approved, but not without dissent from some members, the 2009 General Synod budget. Although pruned by $1.3 million, the budget still projects a deficit of $745,639, with revenues anticipated...
Deposed Pittsburgh Bishop Elected: Another Diocese Leaves Episcopal Church
EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE Deposed Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan was elected Nov. 7 to serve as bishop of a diocese where a majority of members recently voted to leave the Episcopal Church and realign with the South America-based Anglican Province...
Dioceses Consider Next Steps towards Same-Sex Blessings: Most Bishops Will Proceed with Caution, Discussion
Bishops from four dioceses emerged from the house of bishops meeting in October struggling with how to proceed with plans to introduce same-sex blessings in their dioceses. While the majority of bishops agreed to a moratorium on same-sex blessings,...
Encounter with God
"Are you God?" Six-year-old Madison was staring up at Old Cal, her eyes filled with admiration. The question seemed quite logical to her. Over the past two weeks she had heard her dad refer to God as "the man upstairs," and a dear aunt regularly...
Final Draft of Anglican Covenant Could Take Five Years to Sign On: Commentary Reacts to St. Andrew's Draft
EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE The Covenant Design Group has published a document "which sets out the responses of the bishops at the Lambeth Conference in their discussions of the St. Andrew's Draft for an Anglican covenant," an Oct. 22 news release...
Iacobucci to Facilitate Truth and Reconciliation
Former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci has agreed to act as facilitator to the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), in the wake of the sudden resignation on Oct. 20 of its chair, Justice Harry LaForme. Counsel...
Majority of Bishops Endorse Moratoria: Some Consider 'Incremental' Steps
Niagara Falls, Ont. The Canadian house of bishops on Oct. 31 said a "large majority" of its members could affirm "a continued commitment to the greatest extent possible" to a moratorium on the blessing of same sex unions but also recognized that...
Moratorium Allows for Time to Create a Way Forward
PEACE on earth, and a moratorium. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the great reconciler, we also live with the daily reality that reconciliation within the Anglican Church of Canada seems tentative at best. We have churches at both ends...
Moving to the Images of Poetry and Psalms
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ALEXANDRA Caverly Lowery has danced for God for over 50 years. A student and teacher at the National Ballet School, a tenured professor of dance at York University, she has long been a liturgical dancer and choreographer....
Music Makes the World, Especially When It Is Religious
The World in Six Songs How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature Daniel J. Levitin Viking Canada ISBN 978-0-670067-88-6 $32.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ODDS ARE WE each have a favourite piece of music that opens us to the divine....
My Favorite Christmas Carol
Last October, we asked Anglican Journal readers what their favourite Christmas carol is and why. Some of the readers' responses about what song makes their hearts sing are found on these pages. All the responses are on our Web site, www.anglicanjournal.com...
New Indigenous Province Proposed
Niagara Falis, Ont. The Governance Working Group (GWG) is proposing the creation of a new ecclesiastical province that would allow the Anglican Church of Canada's indigenous members to govern themselves and achieve "self-determination, jurisdiction...
Symposium Will Help Shape Future: Focus Will Be on the Relevance of Religion within Canada
STAFF Niagara, Ont. A national symposium about faith in the Canadian context is being proposed by the Vision 2019 Planning Task Force as one way of engaging Anglicans across the country to "help shape the mission priorities" of the Anglican...
Two Christmas Titles Sprinkled with Love
The Christmas Blessing Donna VanLiere St. Martin's Press ISBN 0-312-32293-3 $14.95 Gifts from the Heart Simple Ways to Make your Family's Christmas More Meaningful Virginia Brucker Insomniac Press ISBN 1-897178-30-1...