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Articles from Vol. 130, No. 5, May

A Look at the Formation of Ted, the Leader
ONE RECEIVES from this book a very clear picture of the priorities of Archbishop Ted Scott. His primary attention was always given to the person in immediate need. One of the best of many stories in the book is told by Suzanne Rumsey, daughter of the...
Bequest Buoys AIDS Research
A man whose son died of AIDS in 1991 and his wife a year later of a heart attack has left his estate valued at almost $490,000 to an AIDS research facility in a country where he sought refuge from the grief over his double loss: Cuba. In making...
Bishops Delay Oversight Decision: Will Revisit Report in Fall
Regina Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada, at their regular spring meeting, shelved the concept of alternate episcopal oversight (AEO), deferring further discussion until their fall meeting. In several divided votes, the bishops demonstrated...
Bishops Pick Four Candidates for Primate
Regina Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada meeting in mid-April selected four nominees for the office of primate, or national archbishop: Victoria Matthews of the diocese of Edmonton, Ronald Ferris of Algoma, Andrew Hutchison of Montreal and...
Books Encourage a Second Look at Scriptures for Church's Renewal: Capon Mourns Loss of Sense of Poetry
WHEN I FIRST picked up Genesis: The Movie by Robert Farrar Capon, I was fully expecting a rather frivolous read. How wrong I was. But it is certainly a different approach to the first book of the Old Testament. For those who enjoy having their understandings...
Church Has Lost Voice in Society, Says Matthews
A NATIVE of Toronto who broke new ground for women in episcopal ministry, Bishop Victoria Matthews believes the primate "must be a deeply committed disciple of Christ" who also finds joy in ministry. Internationally, the primate needs to be sensitive...
Church Property at Heart of New Battle
A legal battle looms in the diocese of New Westminster as four of its priests resigned over the issue of same-sex blessings, formed a new "fellowship of Anglican congregations and ministries" and those who have parishes vowed to take church properties...
Covenant Is Back on the Table for Indigenous Anglicans: Possible Proposal of Self Determination
Native Anglicans will be going to General Synod determined to renew and revitalize a covenant with their church that was written 10 years ago in Winnipeg. However, many Anglicans might reasonably ask, "What covenant?" There was no mention of the...
Discord Haunts ECUSA
Dissension over the issue of homosexuality continued last month to mark Fife in some areas of the Episcopal Church of the United States (ECUSA). On March 14, five conservative retired Episcopal bishops, one bishop from Brazil and 110 laypeople took...
Ferris Says He 'Values Comprehensiveness'
THE second-longest serving active bishop, Bishop Ronald Ferris believes the primate must be "an ambassador for Christ and for the whole community." The national bishop represents Canada to the Anglican church worldwide and must also "comprehend and...
Gathering Examines Schools Legacy: Disconnect between Two Cultures Evident
Calgary Is reconciliation possible amid the legacy of residential schools? No clear answer emerged from a two-and-a-half-day conference March 12-14 sponsored by the Assembly of First Nations and the law faculty of the University of Calgary. Sparked...
Group Presses Middle East Peace
A Canadian delegation of church leaders and staff that recently visited Israel and Lebanon has vowed to press the Canadian government to "take the strongest stance it possibly can" in seeking a negotiated peace between Jews and Palestinians, and to...
Groups Rally the Faithful around Sex Issues
Anglicans on all sides of the same-sex blessings issue are quietly gathering forces before General Synod, where the debate concerning the church's view of homosexual relationships promises to be one of the more dramatic events of the governing convention....
Hutchison Embraces Church's Diverse Cultures
FLUENTLY bilingual in French and English, with a smattering of German, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison said the "requirements of the primate's job will vary as the contexts vary." With a great interest in the theological theme of reconciliation, he notes...
Lawrence Says Primate Should Be Inclusive
BISHOP Caleb Lawrence, who is fluent in the Cree language, believes that the primate "has to be a different kind of primate for each age and provide leadership in different circumstances." Archbishop Michael Peers, he said, brought "tremendous intellectual...
Navigational Troubles on Good Ship ELCIC: Last Month, Anglican Journal Welcomed a New Column Entitled concerning Lutherans, Modelled after a Similar Feature in Canada Lutheran Magazine, concerning Anglicans. the Column Is Written by a Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)
WHEN THE good ship ELCIC was launched on Jan. 1, 1986, a blueprint for its biennial conventions was endorsed, whereby a delegate, lay or clergy, would represent each parish. A constitutional formula was established to ensure a greater number of lay...
Refugees Find Help from Church Sponsorships
ON A BLUSTERY winter morning, Gail Holland walks gingerly through hardened snow on a Toronto street. She is carrying two bags of toys from parishioners at Holy Trinity church where she is a warden. They are for the children she is visiting at Costi...
Strong Reaction to 'Local Option' Resolution
Canadian Anglicans opposed to the blessing of same-sex unions have reacted strongly to the resolution asking General Synod to affirm that such rites are within the authority and jurisdiction of the diocesan synod and its bishop. "The direction of...
Two Former Primates Reflect on the Church's Top Job
Later this month, the meeting of General Synod will convene in St. Catharine's, Ont. One of the first responsibilities of the delegates will be to elect a primate from a slate of four candidates (featured on these two pages), as chosen by the house...
What Face Will General Synod Show the World?
AS THE MEETING of General Synod inches closer, plans are afoot to cope with the anticipated media interest. If the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in the United States (ECUSA) is any indication, a denominational gathering that is planning...
Young to Step Down
Citing the need for "new, fresh and strong leadership," Bishop Donald Young, 59, said he will retire as bishop of Central Newfoundland, effective Dec. 31. In a letter dated March 17 to the diocesan executive committee, Bishop Young noted that as...