Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 123, No. 4, April

`Best Kept Secret' Marks 40 Years: Anglican Foundation Supports Both Parishes, Students
Toronto Tucked away in an upper corner of the church's national office is what its employees call "the Anglican Church of Canada's best kept secret." But, in fact - perhaps surprisingly - the Anglican Foundation has no corporate relationship...
Bishops Anchor Same-Sex Lectures: Talks Address Wide-Ranging Issues at Stake
Toronto During the opening session of a four-part educational series entitled Toward a Hallowing of Permanent Sexual Commitments, Bishop Terence Finlay of Toronto asked members of his diocese to help him respond pastorally to people in committed...
Bishop (Walter Asbil) of Niagara to Retire
Hamilton, Ont. After six years as Bishop of Niagara, Walter Asbil is retiring. The bishop said in an interview that it has been his plan all along to retire at the age of 65, which he will reach in October. He will retire Dec. 31, though the...
Boycott `Fizzled,' Florida Tourism Up: Primate's (World Relief Development) Fund Defends Decision
Toronto Canadians seem to be ignoring the boycott of Florida called by Canadian churches and unions. Tourism was actually up in Florida last year, recent statistics show, and analysts predict another boost this winter season. The boycott had...
(Bruce) Cockburn Prophet of Anger, Hope: `Evolution' to Christianity Chronicled in Latest Album
Bruce Cockburn The Charity of Night True North/Ryko/MCA WHILE SEVERAL artists have fit into the general scope of this column - an examination of contemporary music in light of Christian spirituality - few are as natural a fit as Canadian singer-songwriter...
Cardinal (Basil Hume) Keeps Police out of Confessionals
London After an intervention by the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, the British government has decided to exempt religious confessionals from a new law giving police wider powers to conceal microphones to monitor conversations....
Christianity Still Influenced by Old African Traditions
The Christian faith brought to Cuba by the Spanish in early colonial times is alive and well in the hearts of the people. In popular culture, it is expressed in a unique synthesis with African religious traditions imported during the slave trade, principally...
Christian Schools Facing Move: Diaconal Ministry Training Centre Seeks New Space
Two Toronto Christian schools are facing changes as one prepares to leave its current location after selling its building and the other considers affiliation with a Prairie college. The Centre for Christian Studies, the largest school in Canada...
Church, Media Relationship Failing - Journalists
`THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me ... to bring good news to the oppressed ... to proclaim liberty to the captives ... to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour" (Isaiah 61:1-2). Are mainstream churches missing the media boat? "For the last...
Countdown about Year of Our Lord
Sunday, April 6, is exactly 1,000 days before January 1, AD 2000 -- the year of millennium. The countdown begins. It hinges on an event so significant that it actually changed how the world counts time: that God became Man in Palestine; died, rose,...
Cubans Aware of Their Choices - Primate
Toronto Archbishop Michael Peers had a quick reminder of the hardships faced everyday by Cubans when he visited the country recently for the synod of the Diocese of Cuba. Just 24 hours before synod was due to start in Camaguey, the group was...
Ethiopian Priest-Monk (Abba Gabre Selassie Tibebu Taye) Received Scholarship
Toronto Rev. Abba Gabre Selassie Tibebu Taye is a living example of the work of the Anglican Foundation. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church priest is the first recipient of the Scholarship of St. Basil the Great, which funds student exchanges between...
Failing to Say What We Mean Dangerous Habit
`Are you up yet?' `Almost.' This exchange was a daily ritual in our household. Mother called upstairs with the same question, and I replied with the same answer. The answer was true, if "up" is interpreted as "awake," but not true if it means...
First Female Diocesan Bishop Elected: (Victoria) Matthews to Move West to Emonton Diocese
Edmonton Canada's only woman bishop is moving west. Victoria Matthews was elected ninth Bishop of Edmonton at a special synod March 8. She was chosen on the fifth ballot from a field of 20 nominees, including two other women. Bishop Matthews...
For Some, Study Guide Goes Too Far, for Others --
The study guide that formed the basis for St. Clement's educational series is entitled Permanent Sexual Commitments: The Development of Anglican Tradition. It was designed to provide a context for the church's discussion of homosexuality and same-gender...
How to Have Your Faith Cake and Eat It Too
I AM A 'TWEENER. I have known it in my gut for over 25 years. But I have been able to name it for only 10. It is that blessed curse of inhabiting two worlds without being totally at home in either one. It is the ability to speak two languages, without...
Madonna and Child or Plaster Problems? Canadian Priest's Austrailian Church May Be First Appearance of Mary in Anglican Building
Yankalilla, Australia Rev. Andrew Nutter previously had his name known throughout the Anglican Church for his involvement with a symbol -- he designed the communion's Compass Rose flag in 1991. But his name is becoming more widely known for its...
Mine-Shaft Prisons Slammed: African Bishops Shocked by Plan to Lock Up `Animal' Prisoners in Underground Jail
ECUMENICAL NEWS INTERNATIONL East London, South Africa A proposal to use underground mine shafts as "super maximum security prisons" in South Africa has been slammed by the country's Anglican bishops as callous and offensive. Khulekani Sitole,...
Modern Scholars Fail to Shake Faith
IT'S A TUESDAY morning at St. Aidan's Anglican Church in Toronto's east end and a group of people are meeting in a back room for an ecumenical bible study class. The group members are from diverse Christian backgrounds. Most are long-time church-goers...
Movie Series (Star Wars) Proves Basic Morals Still Popular: Film Ought to Force Church to Rethink How to Portray Simple Story
Star Wars Special Edition Directed by George Lucas Starring Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill **** (out of five) TWENTY YEARS after its initial release, the producers of Star Wars, and sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi,...
Temporary Halt in Cloning Worth It to Allow Careful Study
WELL, HELLO DOLLY! Almost as stunning as the news concerning Dolly herself, has been the strength of reaction to reports of the first successful cloning of an adult mammal. This is all the more surprising given that cloning is not really new. It has...
`Tyranny of Piety' Must End: Pakistani Ambassador Admits Country Needs to Rebuild
"The government has to rebuild not only Shantinagar, but the whole nation of Pakistan," 90 Pakistani Christians were told recently by Pakistani ambassador Dr. Farouk Rana at the Holiday Inn, Brampton, Ont. A mob of 30,000 Muslims looted and burned...