Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 123, No. 6, June

Anglican Archibishop (Patrice B. Njojo) Praises New Leader of Former Zaire (Laurent Kabila)
The Anglican Archbishop of Zaire has welcomed the takeover of his country by rebel leader Laurent Kabila. Archbishop Patrice B. Njojo was interviewed in New York last month as rebels marched towards the capital, Kinshasa. Archbishop Njojo told...
Bishop Likens Third World Debt to Apartheid: Churches Increase Pressure to Cancel Arrears
The unpayable debts owed by many Third World countries to the West amount to a form of oppression similar to the former apartheid system in South Africa, the head of the South African church has declared. Archbishop of Cape Town, Njongonkulu Winston...
Bishops Brave New Open World
DAVID HARRIS THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS came out at its recent meeting -- not from the closet -- but from its customary closed session to wrestle openly with the issue of homosexuality for the first time in several years. The bishops have almost always...
Bishops Favour Apology to Gays
A majority of Canadian bishops favour apologizing to homosexuals for the church's treatment of gays and lesbians - but they wouldn't change the original intention of their existing guidelines. Those guidelines, released in 1979, bar both the ordination...
Churches, Charities Get New Accounting Rules: Guidelines Will Make Financial Reports Uniform
A new set of accounting guidelines for non-profit organizations has been released by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. These were approved by the institute's accounting standards board in March last year and were to be effective by April...
Council Supports Call for Residential School Inquiry: Members Urge Church to Explore New Relationship with Aboriginals
Meeting just steps from a museum of anthropology featuring totem poles, crafts and tools of the West Coast First Nations, the Council of General Synod decided at its May meeting to pressure Ottawa to establish a public inquiry into residential schools....
Essentials (Leadership Consultation) Regroups for Representation at Next Year's General Synod
Building a network of conservatively minded delegates to the 1998 General Synod was to be a key proposal at the Essentials Leadership Consultation in Ottawa May 25-28. Representatives of the three Anglican groups forming the Essentials coalition were...
Floods Rage: Water Surprises Athabasca; Church Helps Manitobans
Rising flood waters in both Manitoba and Alberta have initiated special financial appeals, one of them co-ordinated through the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund. The flooding has affected both people and property in the dioceses of Rupert's...
Forum Examines Voisey's Bay Project: Innu Fear Impact on Environment
The Voisey's Bay nickel mine project in Labrador, which promises to be a bonanza for its developers, has the potential to play havoc with the environment and the region's Native people, a leading Innu spokesperson says. Calling for broad-based Canadian...
Glaswegian Bible Takes Heed O Way Folks Really Talk
What outsiders often see as Britain's most impenetrable dialect -- from the Glasgow region -- now has its own Bible, compiled in a shortened version by a Church of Scotland elder. The Creation story starts this way in the Glasgow version: "It wis...
How They Voted, What They Said
ECCLESIASTICAL PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Bishop Barry Jenks Diocese of British Columbia Voted for option 1. "I think that helping the church to affirm and support gays and lesbians in our churches and carrying out the General Synod resolution...
Hymn Marches into Book
The onslaught of Onward! Christian Soldiers couldn't be held back and the hymn has marched onto the pages of the new hymn book. The Council of General Synod - the church's legislative body which meets between General Synods - approved the publication...
It's a Personal Thing Laura Smith
MANY CANADIAN listeners came to know Laura Smith through Peter Gzowski's strong endorsements of her 1994 independent release B'tween the Earth and My Soul, on CBC Radio's Morningside. Her cover on that album of the old Scottish standard My Bonny introduced...
Lambeth Conference Agenda Set
The question of international debt will be front and centre on the agenda when the 840 bishops of the Anglican Communion meet for the Lambeth Conference next year. International debt was identified by all the regional pre-Lambeth 1998 meetings as...
Native Americans Decry European Church Structures
A church-sponsored gathering of 125 American Indians has strongly criticized what it described as the "colonial imposition" of European church structures on indigenous communities and has called for a new relationship with the churches and society...
Paradise Road
How silent is this place The brilliant sunshine filters through the trees The leaves are rustled by a gentle breeze A wild and open space By shrubs pink tipped, mauve blossomed, is o'ergrown A hush enfolds me, deep as I've ...
Priest (Michael Lapsley) Won't Be Victim of African Violence
This story constantly forces the reader to confront, through the intense personal suffering, the suffering of so many people in our country and the world beyond. Although historically located here in Southern Africa, it has a universal message about...
Religious Leaders Press (Allan) Rock over Nazis: Interfaith Groups Backs Jewish Call to Bring War Criminals to Justice
Some Canadian religious leaders felt encouraged by Justice Minister Allan Rock's renewed commitment to prosecute Nazi war criminals in this country during a visit with them at Anglican Church House last month that organizers called an historic and...
Residential Schools-Where Do We Go from Here?
WE KNOW THAT past injustices within the Indian residential schools system wrought both a spiritual and financial cost, but are lawsuits and financial compensation the way to mend this? Healing the brokenness of a spirit that has undergone the dehumanization...
Rwandan Church Takes Step Forward
My most recent visit to Rwanda, on behalf of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, coincided with the Provincial Council meeting of the Eglise Episcopale du Rwanda. On April 3, the provincial council (the Rwandan equivalent of the Canadian...
Scholars Issue Challenge to Jesus Seminar
Drawing more than 500 people to consider The Truth About Jesus, a recent Anglican Institute conference in Birmingham, Ala., offered a direct challenge to the Jesus Seminar, a longstanding but controversial consultation of scholars seeking to determine...
Trinity Wall Street Marks 300th Year
A unique Anglican parish on Manhattan held a special service last month to celebrate the climax of its 300th anniversary Among the many church heads present was George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, who expressed the gratitude of the church worldwide...
Water Can Be Devastating, Yet Life-Giving
`Water, water everywhere' AT THE HEIGHT OF the flood I flew into Winnipeg for a parish celebration arranged more than a year before. From the plane I could see the water south of the city, stretching as far as the eye could see. In its midst,...
Women's Writings Add to Bible Study Literature (out of the Garden; Wrestling with Angels; Reading Ruth)
RECENTLY THERE HAVE been a number of new books about the Bible written by women. Some are collections of writings by a variety of authors, some are by a single author. I want to comment on three of these, all books about the Hebrew Scriptures (the...