Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 135, No. 10, December

Anglican Observer Asks Tough Questions
Hellen Wangusa, Anglican observer and personal representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury at the United Nations, is a soft-spoken woman. She asks sharp, tough questions, however. And she finds ways of making the Anglican voice heard. When...
Bruised but Still Standing: Primate Says Surprise Vatican Announcement Won't Attract Many Anglicans in Canada or Dent Ecumenical Relations
Admittedly, it was a bit of a surprise. "It's a bit of-a bruise on us, no question," Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, told the Anglican Journal. "It came out of nowhere." Still, Archbishop Hiltz doesn't expect...
Canadians 'Do Not Leave the Table'
Niagara Falls, Ont. The Anglican Church of Canada is "committed to walking together" with the rest of the Anglican Communion, two pastoral visitors commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury have declared. The visitors were charged with listening...
Christmas with the Lutherans: Diversity and Goodwill Have Enriched Us All
WHY WOULD A bunch of Anglicans sit around a church hall and sing lustily in German? Could it possibly be the lively German music, both sacred and secular, accompanied by accordion and guitar? Could it be the traditional German festive baking, loaded...
Church Still Growing in Zimbabwe Diocese: Political, Financial Crises Have Not Dampened Spirit of Anglicans
Niagara Falls, Ont. The Anglican diocese of Harare continues to face challenges related to the high cost of litigation and the effects of the year-long political violence in Zimbabwe. Despite the challenges, the church is growing, Bishop Chad...
Clergy in Same-Gender Relationships Can Now Work in Diocese of B.C
Bishop James Cowan of the diocese of British Columbia has reversed a policy that prohibits clergy in same-gender relationships from serving in the diocese. As a result, he has been able to match up a parish looking for clergy, with "a fine, fine priest."...
Conflict Resolution Expert Sent to Observe at HOB
Conflict resolution is not for the faint of heart. "It's very, very hard work. And it's often a long-term process," says the retired bishop of Coventry, Colin James Bennetts, who for the last 15 years has devoted a great deal of his ministry to healing...
Cryptic Crossword
Across 1 Matron raids it badly for her manager(13) 10 It'll help you speak up--sounds good(9) 11 She teaches about trout(5) 12 Truth or fiction? It's all in the telling(5) 13 Tint crepe poorly and get cut off(9) 14 In anger, he took...
Diocese on the Brink, Bishop Warns
Niagara Falls, Ont. The Anglican diocese of Quebec is "teetering on the verge of extinction" as parish finances continue to collapse and the number of parishioners dwindles. This doom-and-gloom message was delivered to the recent Canadian House...
Do Our Priests Have a Passion for God?
Niagara Falls, Ont. How well is the Anglican Church of Canada recruiting, discerning, encouraging and training candidates for ordination to the priesthood? Are they equipped with "that passion for God and the right skills?" These are some of...
Finding Real Hope and Lasting Joy This Christmas: The True Purpose of Christmas-God's Coming in Flesh and Blood-Is about Bringing Real Hope, Real Healing and Lasting Joy to Our Lives. There Are Lots of Ways to Foster This
ADVENT IS A season of preparation and expectation. In North America, our personal expectations and hopes for December 25 are not only inflated but often impossibly high. In the book, Unplug the Christmas Machine, Jo Robinson and Jean Cop-pock Staeheli...
His Passion Spoke Volumes: Outspoken and Opinionated, Bishop Barry Valentine's Ministry Reflected 'The Quality of Openness'
He was admired as much for being a resolute thinker and writer as he was for being a talented organist and choir director. Bishop Barry Valentine, who served in the diocese of Rupert's Land from 1970 to 1982, died on Oct. 16 at the age of 82. In...
'Mommy, You Have to Dream out Loud!' Boy with Autism Inspires Others to Help Homeless
In December 2006, when he was only five years old, Stephen McPhee learned that children can be homeless. He felt sad. He told his mother, "I have to help them." Stephen has autism. Acute sensory feedback means sights, sounds, smells, space, touch...
One Voice CD Speaks Up Loud and Clear
MUSIC REVIEW ONE VOICE Top Canadian Artists In Support of PWRDF Various artists 2009 $20 THIS 33-SONG double CD is best understood as a sincere offering by Canadian musicians who support the broad goals of The Primate's World Relief...
Ottawa Synchronizes New Fundraising Initiative
The diocesan synod of Ottawa has approved a proposal that will "essentially synchronize" its own financial development appeal with the planned national fundraising initiative of the Anglican Church of Canada. The partnership between the Anglican...
Pet Value: Quebec Church Launches 'Paws and Pray'
An Anglican church in Beaconsfield, Que., has been filling its pews with paws. Last Oct. 4, Christ Church Beaurepaire launched a pilot project called Paws and Pray, a monthly service for people with dogs. Organizers hope it will help people recognize...
Searching for the Star of Bethlehem
FILM REVIEW THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM Frederick A. Larson and Stephen McEveety Genius Entertainment The heavens declare the glory of God: and the sky above proclaims His handiwork (Psalm 19:1). FOR AS LONG as mankind has existed, we have...
Sharing the Experience of God: To Become Relevant to the Secular World, We Must Face Some Hard Truths
I HAVE A CONFESSION to make: I love change. Maybe you've guessed that already. On the other hand, I know that trying to do too much is a trap. It's easy to get caught up in this. In fact, our culture promotes it. If you aren't going 100 miles an hour,...
The Bells of St. Cuthbert's: How One Tiny Parish Created a Dynamic Christmas Eve Service That Packs the House
ST. CUTHBERT'S Anglican Church lies at the top of a steep hill overlooking the picturesque fishing village of Northwest Cove, on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. On almost every Christmas Eve since Rev. Laura McCue has been in the parish, it has rained....
The Song of the Angels
IT WAS A very bright and very hot day in August when we visited The Shepherds' Field just outside Bethlehem. Our guide, Iyadd, told us the history of this field and then gave us some time to roam through it. Rough and barren, the land resembled hills...
The Story of Beth and Ruth: When a Lifetime of Friendship Became More, Two 70-Something Priests Were Forced to Live with Some Harsh Realities
The Rev. Ruth Pogson didn't live to see it, but her spouse thinks she would have been pleased that their "seven years in exile" from the church is now over. Pogson's spouse is Rev. Beth Aime, also a priest. Last fall, the new rector of Aime's church...
What Was That Word I Heard?
IT'S CHRISTMAS EVE in my new hometown. The weather calls for snow as I search the web for Anglican churches offering Midnight Mass. I choose the city's cathedral and make my way downtown. The processional begins with a swirl of colour, rich in song....