Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 132, No. 2, February

Afghan Appointee Worries Rights Activists
ECUMEICAL NEWS INTERNATIONAL The appointment of a religious affairs official of Afghanistan's former Taliban regime to the country's new parliament is prompting concern among international human rights advocates. "There's a growing feeling of...
A Funny Thing Happened to Mavis
HAVE YOU HEARD the one about ... the woman whose daughter died in a terrible ski accident and later found healing through comedy? Doesn't sound very funny? It isn't at first, but it is a true story that began-with tragedy and continues with hope and...
Anglicans Join Protest of Global Warming
EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE Braving gusty winds, Anglicans joined tens of thousands of marchers in Montreal Dec. 3 to lead a worldwide protest against global warming--demonstrations that coincided with the United Nations climate change conference, held...
Anglican Women Will Help Mark 50th Anniversary of UN Gathering
STAFF About 100 women from across the Anglican Communion are set to attend the 50th anniversary celebration and meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNC-SW) scheduled Feb. 27 to March 10 in New York. Archdeacon Taimalelagi...
Archbishop Unveils Details for Lambeth
Some details about the next Lambeth Conference of bishops have become clearer but one key question--will North American bishops receive an invitation?--can only be answered by one person: the Archbishop of Canterbury. Lambeth, a conference of the...
Author Returns to Holy Lands
BRUCE FEILER is on the move again. In his 2001 book, Walking the Bible (now also a television miniseries on the U.S. Public Broadcasting System), he followed the inspired idea of searching for personal meaning in the first five books of the Bible by...
Basic Rights Lacking in Asia: Torture 'Endemic' in Some Nations, Warns Watchdog
Manila (ENI)--The rule of law does not exist in most parts of Asia, thus denying the basic human rights of many citizens in a vast continent, home to more than half of the world's people, says a regional inter-faith human rights watch body. In...
Canadian Bible Society Turns 100 Years Old: Cross-Country Trek Hopes to Raise Money and Awareness
STAFF This year marks the centennial of the official chartering of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) and special events have been lined up to celebrate it, including a Bike for Bibles across Canada and a symposium that will gather thousands of scholars,...
Church in Burma Challenges Visiting Canadians
The church in Burma thrives, despite operating under difficult circumstances in a largely Buddhist nation that is under military rule, reported Bishop James Cowan who visited Burma recently with a delegation from the diocese of British Columbia. ...
College's Bible a Rare Find
St. John's College, a small Anglican college located on the University of Manitoba's campus in Winnipeg, has discovered it owns a half-million-dollar book: a first edition of the King James Bible, printed in London in 1611. Shelley Sweeney, head...
Conditions Improved for Cuban Churches
The relationship between church and state has "positively changed" in Cuba in recent years, and there is "more space" for churches to engage in social work, according to Rev. Reinerio Arce, principal of the Evangelical Seminary of Theology in Matanzas,...
Doing This Work 'Makes Risks Worth Taking'
THE NEWS OF the four Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) members abducted in Baghdad last November--all of whom, at this writing, are still missing-has brought home to many of us the reality of the world in which we live. For most of us in Canada life...
Hong Kong-Born Priest Is New Bishop
STAFF The Anglican Church of Canada has its first bishop of Asian descent--Canon Patrick Yu, the Hong Kong-born incumbent of St. Timothy's church in Agincourt, Ont., who was elected suffragan (assistant) bishop in the diocese of Toronto Jan. 7....
Primate's Fund Tries to Revive Flagging AIDS Campaign: Donors Focus on Major Disasters
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has been working to revitalize its Partnership for Life Campaign: For a Generation Without HIV-AIDS, which has a goal of raising $1 million to help increase the capacity of its partners here and...
Schools Deal Goes under Scrutiny: Some Dioceses Are Entitled to a Refund for Payments Already Made
Bishops and chancellors of Canada's 30 Anglican dioceses have expressed "strong support" for the revised Indian residential schools settlement agreement and are prepared to endorse its approval before their respective governing bodies, which are expected...
The Book of Daniel Is Not a Closed Tome Yet
DESPITE controversy over characters including a pill-popping Episcopal (Anglican) church priest, his martini-imbibing wife, his gay son, his dope-dealer daughter, The Book of Daniel--a mid-season NBC television series--entered the public consciousness...
The Story Behind the Story of Church Membership
WE WOULD LIKE to offer some clarification for our fellow scribes, many of whom picked up on a December Anglican Journal story that detailed a presentation at last fall's meeting of the house of bishops about declining church membership. Starting with...
'Think Tank' Ends Its 10-Year Run
Fidelity, a 10-year-old Canadian Anglican group that supported a theological and doctrinal approach to same-sex issues, has voted to disband. Rev. Dean Mercer, rector at St. Paul (L'Amoreaux) in the diocese of Toronto and former president of Fidelity,...
Vatican Meets with Anglicans after Year-Long Break: Talks Ended Due to Gay Bishop's Election
STAFF After a year-long break sparked by the election of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire, talks have resumed between the Vatican and the Anglican Communion, reports the Church of England Newspaper. In a communique released Dec. 12: the...
Week of Prayer Focuses on Christ as Source of Unity
STAFF Churches and communities around the world gathered Jan. 18 to 25 for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity; the event, which some churches mark on alternate dates, focused on the theme and central biblical text, "Where two or three are gathered...