Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 125, No. 1, January

Anglicans Take Up Child Custody Issue: Ottawa Group Says Divorced Dads Are Losing Custody Battles
KATHY BLAIR STAFF WRITER A group in the Diocese of Ottawa has taken up the cause of separated and divorced dads and their children. "The project is motivated by the pain experienced by both separated fathers and their children," says a news...
Bell Tower Death Prompts Inspections: Two Bells Found in Need of Repair after Falling Bell Kills Parishioner
DIANE PAQUETTE STAFF WRITER Archbishop David Crawley has ordered inspections of all church bells in the Diocese of Kootenay after a freak accident in which a parishioner was killed by a falling bell. "Two parishes have written to say that...
Cathedral Plans Musical Tricentennial Festivities: National Anglican Choir Will Sing at St. John's in June
DIANE PAQUETTE STAFF WRITER Newfoundlanders are preparing to celebrate the 300th anniversary this year of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in St. John's and music will be a big part of it. "To the best of our knowledge, this makes the parish...
Committee Tackles Ethical Questions on Eve of New Millennium: High-Priority Items Include Euthanasia, Sexuality and Reproductive Technologies
KATHY BLAIR STAFF WRITER Euthanasia, human sexuality, review of the marriage canon, reproductive technologies, evangelism and the use of Scripture: these are a sampling of issues the church's faith, worship and ministry committee will give high...
Diocese (of British Columbia) Defies West Coast Stereotypes
KATHY BLAIR STAFF WRITER TWO FACTORS spring to mind immediately when Bishop Barry Jenks is asked to describe what makes the Diocese of British Columbia distinct: a continuing influx of retirees moving to Vancouver Island, and its focus on mission...
Heresy Still Alive and Well Today
Heresy is a word many Christians would shy away from in an age where tolerance is seen as a virtue. But heresy accurately describes many modern ideas about central Christian dogma, including notions of tolerance and acceptance instead of repentance...
Homelessness: In the Midst of Plenty, Despair
IN SUMMER, the trees conceal them. But now it's a grey, chilly day at the end of November and the leaves have fallen. If you look carefully through the barren branches, you can see the tents and lean-tos of people roughing it in the bush. But this...
Jews Upset at Remarks: Controversy over Use of Holocaust
Ottawa Charges that Jewish leaders use the Holocaust as a club to oppress others drew an angry response from a spokesman for the Canadian Jewish Congress during an ecumenical conference to help North American Christians better understand the plight...
Jubilee (2000) Debt Cancellation Raises Other Concerns
John Dillon and other members of the Ecumenical Coalition for Economic Justice prepared this article on behalf of the Canadian Ecumenical Jubilee Initiative. FRANK GUE RAISES important questions concerning the Jubilee 2000 campaign for debt remission...
Lawyers Scramble for Native Clients: Woman Received Unsolicited Letter
KATHY BLAIR STAFF WRITER Some lawyers may be using questionable tactics in their rush to get a piece of the legal action on Native residential schools, charges one of their own. Merrilee Rasmussen of Regina says one of her Native clients was...
Legal Fees Cause Deficit
KATHY BLAIR AND DIANE PAQUETTE STAFF WRITERS A proposal to review salaries of the primate and bishops, a discussion of the Anglican Journal's coverage and a decrying of hate crimes against gays were among resolutions passed by the new Council...
Mountain Pass Leads to Peace
`The road less travelled, and how!...' LAST SUMMER I SPENT a week driving alone in the American Rockies and Prairies, all on roads I had never driven before (except for Yellowstone Park which I had visited 50 years ago). Each evening I chose...
Music Notes
Willie Nelson Teatro Island / A&M /PolyGram WILFRED LANGMAID ONE OF THE MOST common storylines for a song is the shattered love relationship, and this tendency is even more prevalent in country music. Few do it with more consistency,...
Natives Say Spirituality Led to Firing
DIANE PAQUETTE STAFF WRITER The chief of the predominantly Anglican Lac La Ronge Indian Band in Saskatchewan is determined not to compensate or hire back three fired Native justice workers who practised traditional Native spirituality. Chief...
New Church Forum Approved: Inclusive Body Could Meet in 2001
ECUMENICAL NEWS INTERNATIONAL Harare At the same time as some Orthodox churches are threatening to desert the World Council of Churches, the eighth assembly of the council has endorsed creating a new forum that could extend its ecumenical reach...
Red Violin
Directed by Francois Girard (out of five) PETER ELLIOTT THE SCENE is an up-scale auction house in Montreal; the time is the present. The auctioneer (Colm Feore) has come to the final item available: "Here she is now, lot 72 ... the so called...
Reflecting on Matthew before Annual Vestry Meetings
IT WILL SOON be time in many of our congregations for the annual vestry meeting. In my conferences on congregational development and in my own congregation I try to remind people that when we gather to discuss the business affairs of the church, it...
Religion Can't Afford to Ignore Science
The church needs a reconstructed theology to get its message across in this age of "startling new scientific insights and their provocative technological implications," a U.S. theologian says. Past theologies were constructed and expressed in the...
Same-Sex Question: The Debate over Homosexual Clergy and Laity Needs a New Focus
IN SPITE OF being stretched out over years of intense debate, the controversy about ordaining active homosexuals is closer now to confusion than consensus. At Lambeth 1998, the African bishops took a firm stand on an invincible rock that wasn't...
Singing the Praises of a New Hymn Book: Ten Years to Create, Worth Every Minute (Common Praise)
DIANE PAQUETTE STAFF WRITER IMAGINE IF a record company tried to put together a new CD with the greatest hits from the past few hundred years, from Beethoven to the Beatles to the Barenaked Ladies. That was the kind of job facing the Hymn...
Speakers Focus on Fund-Raising
What's the difference between fund-raising and stewardship? Stewardship is when we pray before we put our hands in your pockets. That was a joke told at the fourth annual Anglican/Episcopal Stewardship and Christian Philanthropy Symposium, held...
Temptations Old and New
100 years ago: January 1899 - Canadian Churchman reported that in a time of strongly conflicting ideas and aims - and I suppose our own is such a time - there are obvious and special dangers very subtle, but very formidable, to wise and faithful...
Women's Work Still Not Done (Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women)
THE ECUMENICAL Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women has been a failure, and more work is needed, says a group that gathered to celebrate the decade's conclusion and plan for the future. Women (and a few men) representing a wide diversity...
World Council and Host Zimbabwe Each at Crossroads
IT WAS A TENTATIVE 50th anniversary but with an infectious dose of vibrant African hospitality, the World Council of Churches recently concluded its eighth assembly in Harare since first meeting in Amsterdam 50 years ago. For most people, the council...