Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 124, No. 6, July

Alpha Grows in Spite of Controversy
Suspension by Toronto's St. Paul's Bloor St. of an Alpha group last year might have jolted the evangelism program-but it has not derailed it. Alpha organizers and supporters say the worldwide movement aimed at bringing people to Christianity continues...
Author (Joy Kogawa) on Journey of Self-Discovery
EVERY BOOK I've written has changed me," says poet and novelist Joy Kogawa. "The journey of the pen is a transforming one because when you use the pen as a pick axe to delve as deeply as you can, it will bring up the most amazing jewels, not only of...
`Balanced' Slate of Nominees Lauded: Second List of Candidates Wins Approval
Choosing the most suitable candidates to sit on the Anglican Church's seven standing committees is a bit like juggling several balls in the air while balancing on a high wire, says Archdeacon Rod Andrews. And as far as some people were concerned,...
Bishops Vote Down Bill of Rights: Debate Focuses on Sexuality
A contentious, comprehensive bill of rights for church members and employees, almost 18 years in the making, was narrowly defeated by the bishops at synod. The human rights principles called for protection from discrimination on the basis of age,...
Bridging the Gap between North and South
Shortly after Bishop Gordon Beardy of the Diocese of Keewatin was consecrated, his diocesan bishop asked him to officiate at an ordination service. There was Bishop Beardy with mitre and staff, dressed in full episcopal regalia and some of the congregation...
Canada Creating `Road Map': Work Is Critical for Entire Anglican Communion
The Canadian church is ready to be a primary voice in world Anglicanism, says Rev. Randall Chase, a member of the U.S. Episcopal Church's executive council and a partner to the Canadian church's Council of General Synod since 1995. Telling synod...
Christian TV Gets Licence: No Loss of Vision (TV) Anticipated by Multi-Faith Station
Religious television in Canada is headed for uncharted territory following the granting to televangelist David Mainse of a licence for a station in lucrative southern Ontario and the multi-faith Vision network being forced higher on the converter dial...
Church Helps Move Families out of Brazilian Dump
A human life can be worth no more than the price of a pair of brand name running shoes in the tough world of Brazil's street kids. Rev. Simea de Sousa Meldrum is all too familiar with that world. "I've seen people killed because someone wanted...
Church Still Together after Somnolent Synod
WE ARE NOT (divided)." With those words, Archbishop Michael Peers brought the church's 35th General Synod to a close in a short speech that summed up nine days of polite but dull meetings. The Primate's comment was at least partly a response to...
Church's Unity Role Hotly Debated: Dinner Speech Surprises Delegates
The "s" words were not officially supposed to be part of the discussions on nation and identity during General Synod, but it didn't take long for them to come up; the "s" words being separation and sovereignty. They were first uttered by Serge Menard,...
City of Angels
Directed by Brad Siberling Starring Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan ** (out of five) (PG-13 for language, sexuality and some nudity) IN 1988, the German director Wim Wenders made a movie called Wings of Desire. It was an ethereal, haunting tale...
Council to Advise Bishop after Vote to Bless Gay Relationships
A vote by the Diocese of New Westminster in support of blessing same-sex unions put the cat among the pigeons at a national meeting of bishops just before General Synod. Bishop Michael Ingham had asked for time at the House of Bishops meeting to...
Healing the Body, Mind and Church: `My Feet Are Killing Me'
IN JERUSALEM A YEAR AGO I was going up a set of stairs made of rough stone when I turned my ankle and fell. The consequence was a serious sprain which healed after about two months of daily physiotherapy and home exercise. This spring I seem...
Lambeth (Conferences) to Reflect Shifting Demographics
ECUMENICAL NEWS SERVICE Stretching back to 1867 when an archbishop of Canterbury first invited the world's Anglican bishops to meet, Lambeth Conferences have played a key role in the Anglican Communion's sense of historic continuity. They have also...
List of Delegates to General Synod
How people get elected to synod Each of the 30 diocesan synods across Canada elects a prescribed number of delegates. The delegates include both clergy and lay people. The delegates are elected by ballot; clergy voting for clergy members,...
Little Peace Evident in Middle East Peace Process: Death of Hamas Leader (Muyideen Sharif) Turns Jerusalem into Siege City
Jerusalem IN THE PECULIAR logic of the state of Israel, when a Palestinian leader dies under violent and unexplained circumstances, every fellow Palestinian in the country pays a price. The checkpoints go up, manned by heavily armed Israelis,...
Meltdown in Montreal: Agenda Slides through Sauna of a Synod
ANGLICAN NEWS SERVICE Montreal In nine days of meeting on McGill University campus here at the end of May, the Anglican Church's chief governing body approved legislation bringing the church closer to Lutherans and opposing euthanasia and cloning....
Mourning Parish (Trinity Anglican Church in Streetsville, Ontario) Looks to Future
COULD YOU TELL US how you are feeling right now?" The question was asked as a bright light was shone into my eyes, and a microphone thrust into my face. The question was asked by a TV news reporter. It was 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 26. I was standing...
Neighbours Talk about Sex: Maintaining Dialogue Important
Two Anglican church groups with profoundly different views on homosexuality say there is more uniting them than pulling them apart. Indeed, the members of Fidelity and Integrity hosted information booths next to one another at General Synod and...
New Procedures to Elect Primate Allow Time for Prayer
Canada's next primate will be elected under new procedures adopted by synod. A key change is a requirement that candidates be nominated at least a month before the election, replacing the current system of nominations and elections the same day....
No Appeal Allowed for Fired Clergy
Priests can now be fired from their jobs by their bishops for any reason and may not appeal. General Synod adopted a new licensing canon which allows a bishop to revoke the licence of a clergyperson under any circumstances. The dismissed cleric...
No Such Thing as Conversions in Cairo: Anglicans Tolerated in Egypt but Not Welcome
Cairo In a land where conversion is as dangerous to the convert as it is for the evangelist, the Anglican Church has learned to minister by example. So it is that Christian books at an Anglican school in Menouf about 60 kilometres west of the...
Notebook (Travel Diary through the Middle East)
Dinner is done and a lazy evening lies ahead at the diocesan guest house a laneway across from All Saints' Cathedral in Cairo. We gather in the living room along with fellow guests, two from England, two from New Zealand and, when understanding dawns...
Organizational Structure of General Synod
Pension Committee 17-19 members 6 elected by General Synod (2 bishops, 2 clergy, 2 lay) 6-8 trustees 5 members appointed by other members Responsible for pension plans and employee benefits under the direction of General Synod. Council...
Police Launch Probe into Use of Healing Fund
Controversy and a police investigation continue to dog Keewatin Bishop Gordon Beardy over a $5,000 grant from a healing fund to pay for flying lessons for a survivor of sexual abuse. Detective William O'Lynick of the Kenora detachment of the Ontario...
Primate Says Evangelism Most Effective at Local Level
Winnipeg "Evangelism as an activity is something that happens most forcefully, effectively and appropriately at the local level," said Archbishop Michael Peers at the opening session of Courage to Speak, a conference organized by the Primate's Commission...
Responses Sought to Anti-Euthanasia Report
Helping terminally ill patients cope with their sickness and combat their pain more effectively is better than helping them to die. That's the conclusion of a report presented to synod. Anglicans are being asked to respond to the document that...
Rethinking Evangelism
Five years ago, Bishop Donald Harvey would not have expected an invitation to be a panelist at a forum on evangelism. Had he been asked, the bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador would have declined. Back then, Bishop Harvey said, evangelism...
(Royal Chapel of the) Mohawk Chapel (in Deseronto, Ontario) to Be Restored
A two-year campaign has been launched to raise $850,000 for restoration of Christ Church, Her Majesty's Royal Chapel of the Mohawks in Deseronto, on eastern Ontario's Bay of Quinte. Heritage Canada has committed $425,000, another $35,000 will come...
(Semisonic) Still Grooving after Second Album (Feeling Strangely Fine)
Semisonic Feeling Strangely Fine MCA / Universal IN 1996, the Minneapolis-based trio Semisonic served notice that they had a future in pop music with their debut album Great Divide. Among the attention that it received, the best publicity...
Synod Approves Three New Prayers on Trial Basis: Some Delegates Fear Changes Ambiguous
General Synod has approved three supplementary eucharistic prayers for a three-year trial, concluding at the 2001 synod. The Faith, Worship and Ministry committee has been directed to report on the use and reception of the prayers to synod. Any...
Synod Calls for Review of Marriage Canon
A proposal to allow dioceses to choose whether to continue using matrimonial commissions to deal with requests from divorced persons to remarry in the church was soundly defeated at synod. However, synod did approve a motion calling for a complete...
Unbaptized Receive Communion: Traditional Rules Exclude Seekers, Say Some Clergy
The welcome is upbeat, gracious and theological: All persons who seek God and are drawn to Christ are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Open-door hospitality, says San Francisco's Grace Episcopal Cathedral-on its worldwide web...
Working towards Full Communion with Lutherans: Idea Approved in Principle
Cordial relations over the past 30 years have blossomed into potential full communion between the Canadian Anglican Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Approving in principle a declaration of full communion between the two churches,...