Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 123, No. 1, January

Best Chance for Parishes to Influence National Policy: General Synod Delegates Originate at Annual Meetings
General Synod's next meeting is still 18 months away - but this month, as they elect delegates to their diocesan synods, many parishes will start deciding who attends. At the diocesan level, some delegates will be elected to serve as members of General...
Christmas a Time to Take Delight in All of Life
IN PANGNIRTUNG, the week of Christmas games begins on the morning of Dec. 26, after the feasting has ended. During the previous 24 hours, 400 people will have crowded into each of the two services at St Luke's Anglican Church. The sign nailed to the...
Church Boycott (of Travel to United States) Hot Media Story: Talk-Show Host Throws Sand in Interview
Toronto A suggested boycott of travel to the United States in favour of tourist destinations in Cuba, Canada and the Caribbean, has raised the ire of some Canadians and caught fire with others. National and international media have contacted...
Council (of General Synod) Needs to Consider More Than Cuba
YOU CAN'T AFFECT PEOPLE in the pew much more than getting involved in their travel plans, especially when you suggest they "consider" boycotting their favourite travel destination - Florida. It is a bold move by the church and worthy of consideration....
(Crash Test) Dummies Say in Their Lyrics There Is a God
THROUGHOUT THE 1990s, Canada's Crash Test Dummies have honed for themselves an odd, unique niche. Unlike any other rock lyricist, Brad Roberts ruminates upon the mundane matters of life with a wry, oft-jaundiced eye. These crisp snapshots of the...
Ecumenical Council (Canadian Council of Churches) Cuts Staff
Toronto Two of eight Canadian Council of Churches staff have been let go in a restructuring designed to cope with a $100,000-short-fall in income from member churches. Coincidentally, a third staff member associated with international development...
Ecumenical Dialogue an Intricate Dance
BOB TUCK'S CARTOON in the December Journal helpfully reminded readers that the Anglican Church of Canada has a growing relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. It is a relationship intended to lead to full communion rather than...
Evangelicals Work Together to Solve Country's `Fragmentation, Brokenness'
A floodlit stage with sensurround sound ... TV cameras transmitting images on floor-to-ceiling megascreens ... ballrooms full of vendors promoting religious books to CD-ROMs ... videos and audio cassettes of seminars and keynote speakers available...
Evangelism Has Many Faces in Anglican Church
The English word "evangel" comes from the New Testament Greek euangelion. It means "good news" or "gospel" and is the root of "evangelism" and "evangelical". "There is an unfortunate confusion in terms," said Rev. Harold Percy of the Institute of...
Group Begins Asking Theological Questions: (Primate's Theological) Commission Is Result of General Synod '95 Request
Oakville, Ont. The Primate's Theological Commission, a new body that has just held its first meeting, is inviting Anglicans to comment on its newly drafted questions of theology. In their first meeting, commission members constructed a list of...
Link between Religion, Spirituality Needs Nurture Pt2
Prof. Alister Hardy's positive evaluation of spirituality - that it evolved in humans through the process of natural selection because it had survival value - contrasts radically with other better-known scientific interpretations which dismiss it as...
Ministry of Reconciliation `Thrust' on Church: Christians Called to Lead during Conflicts, Delegates to Evangelical Conference Told
Almost every instance in which Christians are called to give leadership is a situation of conflict, discord is a constant in life, and leadership must be a ministry of reconciliation, South African human rights reformer Michael Cassidy told the World...
New Indigenous Justice Co-Ordinator One of Several National Staff Changes
Toronto Catherine Morrison has been appointed indigenous justice co-ordinator in the Partnerships department of the Anglican Church of Canada. She succeeds Donna Bomberry, who left the position recently to become indigenous ministries co-ordinator....
Ordination of Women Chief Obstacle as (George) Carey Visits Pope (John Paul II)
Rome As they prayed together on an early December evening in a small chapel on one of Rome's hills, Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey and Pope John Paul II tried hard to cast a harmonious glow over one of the most contentious dialogues in the...
Papers Challenge Ottawa's Claim (That It Wasn't Responsible for the Church-Run Indian Residential Schools)
Toronto Newly discovered documents contradict the federal government's claim that it was not responsible for the church-run Indian residential schools, according to a report in a recent issue of Prairie Messenger, a western Roman Catholic newspaper....
Report Prompts Call for More Education: `Anglican Perspective' on Native Issues Needed in Schools
Toronto The best way to ensure that the report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples is not shelved is to educate Canadians about indigenous people and justice issues, say General Synod staff members involved in the church's response to...
Shared Ministry Cuts across Denominational Barriers: Alberta Parish (St. Peter's Ecumenical Church) Has Members from Many Backgrounds
Alberta parish has members from many backgrounds Slave Lake, Alta. Asking some members of St. Peter's Ecumenical Church what denomination they belong to is a little like asking their sexual orientation. You get the raised eyebrows, the look of...
Signs, Symbols Convey Good News of Church
Clergy and laity are often asked what is the point of organized religion in our modern society. This is not surprising, given that newspapers seem to report the bad news about churches and not much of the good works. Like the daily routine of a...
Ten Tips on Evangelism: Where to Start, What to Do
TWO QUESTIONS I am often asked by people who are interested in learning to share their faith with others are, "Where should I start?" and "What should I do?" Here then are what I consider to be 10 very important issues for witnessing Christians to...
Value of Life Not Measured by Economics
`virtually spotless ... virtually real' I RECALL SOME YEARS ago reading a list of words called "weasel words," and "virtually" is one that sticks in my mind. A weasel word is one which sounds splendid but means either less than it sounds or even...