Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 131, No. 1, January

A Fresh Look at a 'Dark Topic': Book Examines Conflicts between Islam, Christianity
BOOK REVIEW Infidels A History of the Conflict between Christendom and Islam Andrew Wheatcroft Penguin Books, 2004 ISBN 0-140-25738-1, 436 pages $21.00 IN 1993, Andrew Wheatcroft started to research what he calls "this dark topic." Ten years...
AIDS Infections Up, Funding Down, Say Advocates: Donations from Churches Also Down
Los Angeles (ENS)--Across the United States, as health care advocates observed World AIDS Day Dec. 1, they were also facing such hard realities as fewer funding dollars, growing infection rates, and increased public apathy. In Houston, state...
Altering the Altar
WHEN CANON Michael McKinley arrived as rector of St. Thomas' church in St. Catharines, Ont., the first thing that struck him was how this downtown Richardson Romanesque church built in 1875 was "just crying out for improvement." The building itself...
Arctic Postpones Election of Third Suffragan Bishop
The diocese of the Arctic will not be immediately electing a successor to retired suffragan (assistant) bishop Paul Idlout, said diocesan bishop Andrew Atagotaaluk. Candidates for bishop are not limited to clergy within the diocese, but Bishop Atagotaaluk...
A Report Card to Emily, Age 7
JANUARY IN MANY ways is a very strange month. The weather across the country is "often at its worst, and many are still suffering from the excesses of the Christmas season. Yet, it is also a time of new beginnings with resolutions at least being in...
Blessings Vote Causes Rift with Catholics
The diocese of Niagara's approval of same-sex blessings during its November synod has caused a rupture in its relationship with local Roman Catholics. The Roman Catholic diocese of Hamilton in southern Ontario has decided not to take part in the...
Budget 'Leaves Little Room for Contingency': Threats Remain to Expected Revenue
Mississauga, Ont. The national church's governing body has approved a balanced 2005 budget but one that the treasurer said "leaves little room for contingency," and where significant threats remain that could reduce anticipated revenues for the...
Changes Made to Long-Term Disability Plan
In other business, the Council of General Synod: * elected Susan Moxley, suffragan bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as the new bishop delegate to the Anglican Consultative Council, succeeding Bishop Michael Ingham of New Westminster,...
Church Carefully Weighs Divestment Issue: Issue Is Delicate Due to Concerns of Anti-Semitism
Mississauga, Ont. Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said Anglicans must attempt to "have a balance" when dealing with the issue of Israeli-Arab conflict in the Middle East, even as some denominations are reviewing...
Clergy Shortage Looms for ELCIC
MY CLASS OF '74 at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon was a portrait of homogeneity: young, male, married and invincible. Many of us were PKs (preacher's kids), steeped in denominational traditions and practices, secure and convinced in our...
Commission Will Decide on Doctrine Question
A little-known group with an unwieldy name--the Primate's Theological Commission--has begun work on a question put to it by General Synod last year: is the blessing of same-sex relationships a matter of doctrine, that is, something essential to the...
Council Members Spar over Windsor Report
Mississauga, Ont. The Council of General Synod (CoGS) averted division in the house when movers of a resolution endorsing the Lambeth Commission's call for a moratorium on public rites of blessing of same-sex unions opted to withdraw it after much...
Court Says Class Action on Schools May Proceed
In a victory for former students of Indian residential schools, the Ontario Court of Appeal on Dec. 4 ruled unanimously that pupils who attended the Mohawk Institute near Brantford, Ont., may file suit as a group. Former students, alleging they...
Education Program Aimed at Newcomers: Via Media Similar in Style to Alpha Course
Via Media, a fast-growing eight-week Christian education program for adults developed by the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA) and aimed at providing "an open forum where people can discuss the basics of the Christian faith"...
Flock Is Returning to Church: Question Is How to Keep Them There
CANADIANS ARE coming back to church, but a lot of churches cannot figure out how to respond. This apparent paradox is at the heart of Restless Churches: How Canada's Churches Can Contribute to the Emerging Religious Renaissance by Reginald Bibby,...
Group Will Frame Church Response to Report
Chairs of General Synod (national church) standing committees and councils have struck a task force that will advise the primate and Council of General Synod about "an appropriate process" by which the Anglican Church of Canada would respond to the...
How We Cope When It Is Time for a Change
IN SOME OF my rare, quiet moments, I enjoy watching home decorating television programs. I can usually turn to Home & Garden Television and find something to escape my own surroundings, with their battered baseboards and chipped walls. In addition...
Niagara Struggles with Budget Challenges: Special Synod Will Vote on Finances
Unable to pass a 2005 budget at its November meeting, the diocese of Niagara has scheduled a special financial synod for Jan. 8, 2005 at Christ's Church Cathedral in Hamilton, Ont. Many delegates at the last meeting, held Nov. 12-13 at the cathedral,...
Police Seize Material from Office of B.C. Youth Minister: Man in Mexico Jail on Sex Abuse Charges
Police in South Delta, B.C., have seized "sensitive material" from the office of an Anglican youth pastor from Tsawwassen, B.C., who is currently in jail in Baja Peninsula, Mexico, over allegations of child sexual abuse. Last July 15, Mexican authorities...
Primate Identifies Bridge Building and Indigenous Issues as Priorities
Mississauga, Ont. The Anglican Church of Canada must "re-establish a rapport with those who direct the affairs of the nation," according to Archbishop Andrew Hutchison in remarks delivered during the first meeting of the newly-elected members of...
Primate's Fund Approves New Standards for Reserve Fund Investments
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) board of directors has approved in principle the adoption of a mission-based investing (MBI) approach to its reserve funds that are being held in long-term investments. The board will strike...
Primates' Response to Resort Will Be Key
The meeting of 38 primates in Northern Ireland next month could be a turning point for the Anglican Communion, currently threatened by schism over the ordination of a gay bishop in the United States and the blessing of same-sex unions in a diocese...
Sanctuary Still on Agenda for Churches and Minister
Church leaders were scheduled to meet anew with embattled Immigration Minister Judy Sgro on Dec. 10 to clarify their position on a "confidential offer" for refugees that she made during their first dialogue last Sept. 29, and to push for the implementation...
Toronto Defers Vote on Blessings: 'Sanctity' of Same-Sex Unions Affirmed
The diocese of Toronto voted by a L to defer a decision on issue of same-sex blessings until a national theological commission rules whether it is a matter of doctrine, that is, essential to the Christian faith as interpreted by the Anglican church....