Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 129, No. 10, December

Advent Is a Time to Quiet One's Soul, to Sit with God
I MEAN TO get my Christmas shopping done in a week or two. It usually takes about five hours, tops. Some clothes for my husband, computer games and CDs for the kids, a couple of minor things for friends. I'm knitting socks for one stepdaughter and...
A Panoramic View of the King James Bible's Origins
IN THE BEGINNING The Story of the King James Bible and how it changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture by Alister McGrath Doubleday 340 pages, $37.95 Paperback edition, $23.00 GOD'S SECRETARIES The Making of the King James Bible By Adam Nicolson...
Bible Epic Proves a Compelling Film: Word-for-Word Treatment Keeps Action Moving
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN Visual Bible International Directed by Philip Saville Starring Henry Ian Cusick, Daniel Kash, Stephen Russell, Richard Lintern Screenplay by John Goldsmith BEFORE VIEWING The Gospel of John, I don't think I could have been convinced...
Bishops Consider Dissenters: New Task Force Will Consider Care for 'Minorities'
Mississauga, Ont. The continuing debate concerning homosexuality and the church flared into open conflict at the regular fall meeting of Canadian Anglican bishops, with a compromise proposal approved that will consider how best to care for those...
Buckle Withdraws Offer to New West Parishes: Urges Coalition to 'Stand Strong'
Mississauga, Ont. Bishop Terrence Buckle of the Yukon has withdrawn his offer of episcopal oversight to parishes in the diocese of New Westminster that do not agree with the blessing of same-sex unions. "It is apparent to me that the way ahead...
Church Faces ADR Dilemma
Caught in a classic catch-22 situation, the Anglican Church of Canada is weighing its response to last month's announcement from the federal government about an alternative dispute resolution process (ADR) which will compensate aboriginals for abuse...
Church House Packs Up Jarvis Street Offices
People who use the shorthand phrase "600 Jarvis" to refer to the national church office in Toronto will be getting used to saying "80 Hayden" in a couple of months when General Synod and its 100 or so staff move half a block west to 80 Hayden Street....
Conversions Spark Violence
New Delhi (ENI)--Churches in Sri Lanka have urged the government to give protection to Christians following recent attacks on churches and increasing demands for a ban on religious conversions in the Buddhist-maiority nation. "We are appealing...
Council Approves Break-Even Budget: Appeal and Diocesan Support Are Strong
Mississauga, Ont. Council of General Synod--the Anglican Church of Canada's governing body between General Synods--approved a break-even 2004 budget for the national church, but treasurer Jim Cullen warned that some dioceses face significant financial...
Dean Who Married Same-Sex Couple Prayed He Could 'Welcome All People'
Hamilton, Ont. The decision to marry two women in Hamilton's Christ's Church Cathedral last August was "either a moment of grace or a moment of error," said Rev. Peter Wall, dean of the diocese of Niagara and rector of the cathedral. Dean Wall confirmed...
Dioceses Celebrate Arrival of Replica Ship
Quebec After an absence of many years, the Jeanie Johnston sailed into the harbour at Quebec City from Ireland. This was not the original Jeanie Johnston but an intricately-constructed replica, built at Blennerville, near Tralee, Ireland. For...
ECUSA Reassures Mission Recipients
New York (ENS)--The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States (ECUSA) and the director of the grants program at New York's Trinity Church Wall Street have reassured Anglican church leaders in Africa that there are no strings...
Gays and Supporters Rally for Full Inclusion in Church
Manchester, England Gay and lesbian Anglicans have ripped a page from the conservatives' playbook and have begun to raise money and network on a global level after an international conference brought hundreds together to support their full inclusion...
Groups Consider Same-Sex Questions: How Should Synod Deal with Sexuality?
Mississauga, Ont. One of the significant issues that the meeting of General Synod is expected to handle in 2004 is the question of whether the church should permit the blessing of gay relationships. Canon Eric Beresford, a national church consultant...
Housekeeping Task Turns Up Treasures
One steaming hot summer day in 1996, Jennifer Iredale, a curator with the British Columbia Heritage Branch, arrived at the 140-year-old, now-desanctified, St. John the Divine church in Yale, B.C., to vacuum more than 100 aging liturgical textiles stored...
Identity Crisis Addressed in New Plan
Where should the Anglican Church of Canada be going? That is the question facing the 400-odd delegates of General Synod--and the rest of the church--next year in the form of a six-year plan called Strengthening the Church, Serving God's World. ...
Looking Back, Looking Forward
WHAT A YEAR. December draws to a close 12 of the most exhilarating, astonishing and groundbreaking months in recent memory for the Anglican Communion. All of us might wisely use Advent and Christmas to rest and reflect on the church's immediate...
Lutheran Bishops Join Anglicans for Meeting
Mississauga, Ont. While the debate on sexuality formed an important part of the Anglican bishops' fall meeting, the diocesan leaders also considered compensation for aboriginal clergy and spent time with Lutheran bishops. Bishops from the Evangelical...
Nazareth Was a Place of Little Consequence: 'A Christmas Message ... Eventually'
ON A RECENT trip to England (a too frequent occurrence this year!) I saw a newspaper item in which a columnist reports about an encounter with a friend who was in some distress. The columnist wrote, "The reason for this upset was because he was...
PWRDF Sets $1 Million Target for AIDS: Strategy to Be Highlighted at General Synod
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund is beginning a major strategy designed to focus attention on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. Andrew Ignatieff, director of PWRDF, told Council of General Synod (COGS) and the house of bishops that...
Reaction to Gay Bishop Varied: Robinson Pleads for Reconciliation
Last month's consecration of Canon V. Gene Robinson as bishop coadjutor in the diocese of New Hampshire brought swift and varied reactions from Anglican leaders around the world-and dire warnings that the future of the Anglican Communion is in jeopardy....
Reclaim 'Orthodoxy,' Conference Urged
Manchester, England The word orthodoxy has been hijacked by many conservatives in the church and needs to be taken back, says a Canadian bishop who has become the lightning rod for much of the anger and division in the Anglican Communion. The...
Reuters Reverses Ban on Outdoor Religious Messages
STAFF International media giant Reuters has reversed an earlier refusal to allow an American denomination to broadcast messages of hope, peace and reconciliation to millions of persons who were expected to travel through New York City's Times Square...
Soaring Insurance Rates Challenge Most Dioceses
Anglican congregations across Canada will be called upon to make collection plates a little heavier to help offset skyrocketing church insurance rates that have spiked premiums in some dioceses by more than double and added to a range of financial...
The Enigma of Thomas Cranmer
HEROIC DEFENDER of Reformed Protestantism or-villainous betrayer of the Catholic Church? Disobedient schismatic or unifying symbol of resistance? Emblem of an immutable liturgy or one that changes with the times? Who was Thomas Cranmer? Anglicans...
Visitor Sees 'Little Room for Dialogue'
Mississauga, Ont. Bishop William Hockin, charged by the house of bishops with attempting reconciliation in the diocese of New Westminster, said that after six months, he has concluded there is "very little room for dialogue" in the conflict. However,...