Anglican Journal

The Anglican Journal is a Canadian national Anglican newspaper. The Anglican Journal includes local, national, and international news coverage, editorials, arts coverage, and stories of particular interest to the Anglican community.

Articles from Vol. 124, No. 7, September

Algoma a Wide Swath of Urban and Rural
This month we begin a new feature focusing on dioceses across Canada. We will be moving through the 30 dioceses alphabetically. Look for the Diocese of Arctic next month. KATHY BLAIR STAFF WRITER CHARACTERIZED BY wide open spaces, a mix of...
Anglican Video Wins Bronze
DIANE PAQUETTE STAFF WRITER For the first time, Anglican Video has won an award from the prestigious International TV and Video Association of North America. Its half hour documentary, A Journey Begins ... With a Dream, beat 1,200 other productions...
Bishops Called to Repent, Reconciliation
IF LAMBETH DOES NOTHING else but enable us to discover some of the deeper truths about God, and how, in His various ways, he has shown his generosity, He has expressed his love and has drawn us closer to Him, then it will have put everything in place....
Calgary Congregation Divides over Gay Issue: Former Rector Takes Half of Flock
KATHY BLAIR STAFF WRITER An Anglican congregation in Calgary has split in two, with the former rector leaving with half his parishioners to form the Church of the Messiah. The break at St. Luke's, characterized by an angry public meeting,...
Can Christianity and Islam Co-Exist? Fierce Fundamentalists Outnumber Friends
E.T. MALONE, JR. ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE News of the murder of three Roman Catholic nuns in an Islamic nation, Yemen, prompted an unexpected moment of silence at the beginning of the Lambeth Conference's plenary session on Christian-Muslim...
Cardinal `Cautious' in Remarks: (Edward) Cassidy Oblique about Concerns, but Warns against Disunity
JAMES H. THRALL ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE A top official of the Roman Catholic church has offered a positive but cautionary assessment of the relationship between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, say ecumenical consultants at Lambeth....
Cardinal's Statement `Disappoints' (Michael) Peers
KATHY BLAIR STAFF WRITER A formal letter from the Pope to his church and an accompanying explanation from Cardinal Ratzinger, released just before the Lambeth Conference, upset many Anglicans and liberal Roman Catholics. The Pope reasserted...
Chaplains from Missions to Seamen across Continent Share Stories
KATHY BLAIR STAFF WRITER The issues Rev. Brian Evans deals with are sometimes very similar, but in other cases vastly different, from those faced by his fellow ministers. "I've done grief counselling, I've shown pictures of my granddaughter,...
Charity Council Fights Tax Moves: Fears Donations Threatened
Revenue Canada faces a fight over moves to restrict issuance of tax receipts by religious charities. The Canadian Council of Christian Charities, which embraces a number of evangelical denominations and para-church groups, is pulling together a...
Church Adopts New Sex-Harassment Policy
In the wake of criticism of its handling of a sexual harassment complaint, the Anglican Church of Canada has adopted a new policy and procedure. The policy replaces an adversarial formal process with mediation, shortens the timeline for dealing...
Church Attacks Governments' Gambling Plans
The debate over gambling is far from over at least in Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia. While many Albertans will be voting in municipal plebiscites this fall regarding whether to keep video lottery terminals, the provincial government has not committed...
Churches Challenged to Put Money on Resolution: Relief Agency Video Allegations Upset President of World Bank
NAN COBBEY, DAVID SKIDMORE AND ALLAN REEDER ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE A Lambeth Conference resolution on international debt and economic justice demands action by governments and banks, but also by churches. Bishop Peter Selby of Worcester,...
Church House Staff Approve New Model
KATHY BLAIR STAFF WRITER Employees at Church House have voted in favour of a staff association model that will give them a unified voice for the first time. The model was developed and proposed by a volunteer committee. Sixty-two people...
Church Stays Committed to Unity: Ecumenism `Vital Part of Our Ministry'
ALLAN REEDER AND NAN COBBEY ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE The Lambeth Conference sent a stong message of committment to church unity. The bishops recommitted the international Anglican Church to journey towards "the full, visible unity of...
Church Struggles with Native Abuse Lawsuits
KATHY BLAIR STAFF WRITER Closing arguments will be heard beginning Sept. 28 in the residential schools case in Vancouver in which Floyd Mowatt is suing the Anglican Church and the federal government for abuse he suffered at the hands of a former...
Class System Alive and Well
RECENTLY THE NEW YORK TIMES did a front-page study of U.S. airlines, comparing life at the front of the plane with life at the back, and noting the trends for the future. Over the last decade there has been a marked improvement in service for people...
Cleansing of Feet a Cleansing of Hearts: Canada's (Jean) Vanier Provides Spiritual Interval
ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE The Lambeth Conference broke from its regular business halfway through the conference for a vigil. Jean Vanier, founder and director of the L'Arche network of communities for people with learning disabilities, spoke...
Debt Eclipsed by Sexuality Concerns: Poverty Remained Issue but Sex Raised Passions
The following is an edited version of a speech by Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane to a Lambeth plenary session, Aug. 5, 1998. Archbishop Ndungane chaired the section, Called to Full Humanity. He is Archbishop of Cape Town and Primate of Southern Africa....
(Gordon) Beardy Cleared after Police Investigation
No criminal charges will be laid by the Ontario Provincial Police following an investigation into the use of proceeds of a walk for Native healing by Keewatin Bishop Gordon Beardy. But the stress of the investigation and its attendant publicity...
Homophobic Comments Upset Canadian Bishops
Canterbury "There were no surprises at all." That succinct observation by Bishop Michael Ingham could probably cover most of the reaction of Canadian bishops on the outcome of the resolution on sexuality. "Anyone expecting a progressive statement...
Human Rights Abuses Still Happening: Anglicans Encouraged to Take a Stand as Peacemakers
NAN COBBEY ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE In a report both horrifying and compelling, the part of Section 1 which focused on human rights challenged the Anglican Communion to continue its heritage as a church of peacemakers and prophets. ...
Lambeth (Conference) Lambastes Liberals
Canterbury In 1978, it was women's ordination to the priesthood, in 1988, women bishops, in 1998, it was homosexuality. But unlike previous Lambeth Conferences that have weathered the threat of a massive divide in the communion, this one did not...
Lambeth Conference Needs to Rethink Itself
PUNDITS HAVE ALREADY marked this as a watershed Lambeth Conference. "It's a new church," said one observer in the press gallery near the end of the conference, referring to the conservative shift evidenced in the vote on homosexuality. The cultural...
Land Where the Sun Rises When It Sets
WHEN WE LOOK to the northwest sky the sun has dyed the ash-grey clouds a muted pink. They resemble a gigantic, suspended, amorphous bubblewrap just about to envelop the brown silhouette of mountains below. The water between our boat and the far...
New Formula Alters Contributions (Given by Dioceses)
Dioceses will start giving to the national church based on their total diocesan income rather than total parish income as they have done until now, according to a proposal adopted by General Synod. Synod was told the intent is neither to increase...
New Mission Challenges: Urbanization, Youth among Top Priorities
DOUG TINDAL ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE Mission and evengelism are like two sides of a coin for Christians, as "all are called and all are sent" to live and proclaim the Good News, says the report from Section 2. The report quotes Archbishop...
No Surprises as Conservatives Win Sex Vote: Church Still Opposes Same-Sex Unions and Ordination of Non-Celibate Homosexuals
JAMES H. THRALL ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE In a session Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey called "difficult and painful," the Lambeth Conference approved a statement on sexuality on Aug. 5 that rejects homosexual practice as "incompatible...
Peace Activists Target Cenotaph: Trading Sword for Ploughshare
DIANE PAQUETTE STAFF WRITER Like the prophet Isaiah, former Toronto New Democrat MP and anti-war activist Rev. Dan Heap wants to turn swords into ploughshares. His target is the cenotaph outside St. Paul's, Toronto's largest Anglican church....
Pension Debate Expected: Same-Sex Pension Ruling on Agenda
KATHY BLAIR STAFF WRITER The Anglican Church may soon extend pension survivor benefits to same-sex spouses of national church staff and clergy, just as it has done in the area of benefits. The issue is on the agenda at this month's meeting...
(Peter) Toon Article Displayed at Society Table
The Prayer Book Society of Canada is not just about "the little red book" says the society's national director, Graham Eglington. As well as protecting and defending the Book of Common Prayer, the society is concerned about any attempt to dilute...
Pioneering Paleontologist Recognized
TWO HUNDRED YEARS after her birth, a seminal figure in the development of science-and an Anglican in her later years-is finally receiving her due. Born on May 21, 1799, in Lyme Regis, England, Mary Anning made three great paleontological discoveries...
Primate's Fund Aids Victims of Hunger and Tidal Wave: Anglicans Call to Offer Assistance
DIANE PAQUETTE STAFF WRITER The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund has sent $25,000 to help a drought-and war-stricken Sudan. That's in addition to the $25,000 it sent earlier this year. "The needs are so great there," says Elsa...
Progressive Christianity - the Freedom to Be Oneself
A CONFERENCE sponsored by a group calling itself the Centre for Progressive Christianity? As a citizen of a country where even conservatives call themselves progressives and we know where that got them, this did not seem an attractive prospect. On...
Raised by Wolves: Colin Linden
Columbia / Sony Music Canada HAVING SETTLED into a comfortable niche as a guitarist, songwriter, producer and wide-ranging collaborator, Colin Linden has become an elder statesman of Canadian rock music. He might be better known as a sideman for...
Saving Private Ryan
Directed by Steven Spielberg Starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon **** (out of five) (extreme and graphic gore and violence, profanity) THERE'S A POIGNANT moment near the end of Steven Spielberg's film, Saving Private Ryan, when Private James...
Sppuses' Program Varied: Problems of Poverty Highlighted
ROLAND ASHBY ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE From one spouse's point of view, the Lambeth Conference "was like the curate's egg" - good in parts. Joan Bubbs, a senior civil service lawyer, came with her spouse Archbishop David Crawley of Kootenay....
Statement from the Primate
Among this newspaper's readers are some who are confronting agonizing decisions about medical treatment for loved ones who are no longer capable of making decisions for themselves. At what point, if ever, should the goal of medical treatment shift...
Vision Celebrates 10th Year on Airwaves: Vision Developing Sister Station in Quebec
AS THE MAJOR media centre for Canada, Toronto is dotted with huge broadcasting centres such as the CBC's imposing, red-trimmed edifice on Front Street and the hip and youth-oriented CITY TV - Much Music studios on trendy Queen Street West. Tucked...
Way It Was -- as Seen by the Churchman
100 years ago: September 1898 Canadian Churchman reported that it must surely be reckoned among the blessings accorded to the Canadian Church that there has been, of late years, at least, hardly any friction between the bishops and the people. Of...
Weekend in Kingston: A View from the Other Side
MAYBE I'M JUST a grumpy, anti-social, middle-aged crank. Maybe my sympathies are easily skewered. Maybe that's the easiest explanation for why I spent a long weekend locked in a cell in Canada's oldest federal dungeon, Kingston Penitentiary,...
What Happened at Lambeth (Conference) ... ?
Part of the story begins with the two most important political events at Lambeth. The first was the high degree of interest shown before and during the conference in alleviating poverty, particularly in the Third World, where loans to unscrupulous...
Women Bishops Warmly Welcomed: Fears of Open Opposition from Hardliners Misplaced
Canterbury One of the great ironies of Lambeth 1998 is that the supposed stumbling block of women bishops failed to materialize. Right up to the conference, stories appeared in newspapers talking about the "Lambeth walk" and how there would be...
Women Divide over Ordination
E.T. MALONE, JR. ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE The Lambeth Conference approved a controversial resolution that bishops should not be compelled to ordain or license women. The resolution was hammered out during meetings between female and...
Workers Starting to Come out of the Spiritual Closet
PEOPLE YEARNING to express the spiritual side of their nature at work were invited "out of the closet" at a recent workplace conference. "Many of us have been preparing for a lifetime for this conference," said Michael Stephen, chairman of Aetna...