Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 122, No. 10, December

-- and Their Vocation Was Just the Beginning: Church Ordains Women Priests
Reprint of front-page story, January 1977 issue of the Canadian Churchman. "This occasion is particularly happy for some and particularly sad for others," Bishop John Bothwell of Niagara told the people who filled Grace Church here to witness the...
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Anglicans Gather in Panama: Lay, Ordained Delegates from around the World Consider Variety of Issues
Panama City Homosexuality, the crisis of the church in Rwanda, and relations with Islam were among the topics Anglicans from around the world wrestled with in 10 days of meetings here in October. The more than 80 members of the Anglican Consultative...
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Bishop (Dinis Sengulane) Battles Land Mines: War over, but Battleground Remains
There are about two million land mines in Mozambique, a country of 1.8 million people on Africa's southeast coast. "For you, it is just a number, but for me it means my mother cannot go down the road to church," said Bishop Dinis Sengulane of the...
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Blessing Continues to Draw Faithful
Toronto Frenetic shaking of a hand, arm or leg, a convulsive bending at the waist, a twitching of the head are all normal at the renewal services of the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship (TACF), formerly known as the Toronto Airport Vineyard...
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Canadian Artists Put New Spins on Classic Carols
WHILE MOST mainstream albums aim for a clientele and selling base which peaks shortly after release, the Christmas album market is a whole different ballgame. Characteristically, a Christmas album only peaks in its exposure and sales in the years after...
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Christmas Focuses on Family and Values
CHRISTMAS BRINGS A focus to family life as no other season. In our religious calendar, we celebrate the birth of the Son of God as a child into a poor Jewish family. And there is no more joyous or stressful time in the lives of so many people at...
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Christmas Shows Patience of God: `Melt Them Down and Start Again --'
I HAVE A FRIEND in Regina who is a printer in the classic tradition and worked with lead type. Each year he disposed of old type by melting it down and pouring it into moulds of toy figures, which he then gave to the Christmas Cheer Board for children...
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Church Told It Has Spiritual Practical Gifts to Offer World
Panama City The Anglican Church was issued a challenge recently to get its own house in order quickly so it can carry out ecumenical and mission work throughout the world in the next millennium. In a wide-ranging address to members of the Anglican...
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Council Urges Boycott of U.S. Travel Spots
Toronto Thinking about a winter holiday? Disney World? North Carolina? The Anglican Church wants you to consider vacationing in Cuba, the Caribbean or Canada rather than Florida or other American destinations. The Council of General Synod,...
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Ecumenism Inseparable Part of Mission, Says Bishop (Mark Dyer)
PANAMA CITY - Ecumenism is an inseparable part of the mission of the church to spread the Good News about Jesus Christ, says an American bishop. Bishop Mark Dyer said the necessity for ecumenism - ultimately the unity of all Christian churches -...
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Episcopalians Set to Follow Canadian Lead: Changes Proposed for National Office
Toronto After more than a year of study, the standing commission on the Structure of the Episcopal Church of the U.S. has proposed sweeping changes in the church's system of national committees and commissions, as well as in the roles of the presiding...
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God `Does Want Us to Be Ordained': Reflections of a Ministry
ON THE LAST day of November, St. Andrew's Day, 1976, three candidates presented themselves to the bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster for ordination to the priesthood in the Anglican Church of Canada. Two were women. It was the first time in the...
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Goodwill Scarce Commodity in Land Where Jesus Born: Anglicans Obliged to Celebrate Feast Outdoors in Shepherds' Field
For more than a month, North Americans have been bombarded with constant daily reminders of the number of shopping days left before Christmas. It's a different story in the Holy Land, where there is no commercial countdown, and where celebrations...
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Living in Japan Makes My Beliefs about Christmas Clearer: `We Saw His Star When It Came Up in the East, and We Have Come to Worship Him'
SINCE APRIL 1994, I have been stationed in the Diocese of Mid-Japan as a Volunteer in Mission of the Anglican Church of Canada. I am an assistant priest at the cathedral in Nagoya, and do regular supply work at two other parishes in the city. I work...
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Networks Save Time, Effort
Second in a four-part series. Two things in life are certain, so the adage goes, death and taxes. That being the case, everyone should have a will so that they decide what happens to their estate, especially if they want to give a gift to the church....
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Questions on Dialogue Need to Be Answered
Toronto Bishop John Baycroft of the Diocese of Ottawa says his biggest fear about the Anglican-Lutheran dialogue in Canada is that in 2001, when the churches hope to be in full communion, either one may reject the agreement because of questions...
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RCs, Anglicans Make Progress in ARCIC (Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission) Talks: Churches Reach Preliminary Agreement on Authority Issue
The Anglican and Roman Catholic churches have come to a basic agreement on the difficult issue of authority in the church, according to Anglican representative, Bishop John Baycroft. Bishop Baycroft, who cochaired the recent meeting of the Anglican-Roman...
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Reluctance Dogs Some in Shared Ministry: Hinton(, Alberta) Churches like Sharing Pastor (Bill Bulger) but Won't Move in Together
Hinton, Alta. Pastor Bill runs up the street in his vestments, guitar slung over one shoulder, a Smirnoff vodka box of hymn books in the other arm. But such is the life - and Sunday morning - of a Lutheran pastor who splits his time between two...
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Session `Partnership at Its Best': U.S. Bishop (Edmond Browning)
Toronto The inner workings of the U.S. and Canadian Anglican churches were on display for each other when their councils met jointly for the first time here last month. The councils govern the national churches between synods. In his address...
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U.S. Movement Urges Men to `Possess the Land': Promise Keepers Claim to Answer Women's Prayers
Hamilton, Ont. On a rainy day in mid-October, more than 12,000 mostly white men from Ontario, the Maritimes and the U.S. gathered at Copps Coliseum to rally as the new men, the Promise Keepers, the Men of Integrity. Founded in Boulder, Colo.,...
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U.S. Priests Resign after Alleged `Bizarre' Sex
New York Two U.S. Episcopal Church (Anglican) priests have resigned following an article in this month's Penthouse magazine about "bizarre" sexual practices allegedly involving a number of clergy and men from Brazil. Some of the events are alleged...
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We Imitate God's Sign of Love
Adapted from a sermon for Christ Church, Coboconk and St. James, Fenelon Falls I HAVE BEEN thinking recently about what it means to be the church in this day and age. What does it mean to be the church in an age when our global community includes...
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What Do We Mean When We Speak about Spirituality? Pt1
What do people understand by spirituality? The cat slipped out of the bag briefly when the wording of Britain's 1994 Education Act was being framed. The then archbishop of Canterbury, William Temple, was trying to create an acceptable text for the...
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Winnipeg Welcomes Rwandans
Winnipeg Thacienne Karuhije's long journey began outside the Anglican cathedral in Kigali where her husband, Alphonse, fell victim to Rwanda's genocidal fury in August 1994. He had been dean of the cathedral and the father of their five young...
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