Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 136, No. 6, June

Addicted to Porn: Understanding This Destructive Behaviour
THE CASES ARE high profile, shocking and mystifying to former flocks and colleagues of the priests charged. Last September, Roman Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey, former Roman Catholic bishop of Antigonish, N.S., was charged with possession and importation...
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'A New Vision of What the Church Can Be': Canon 22 Establishes Self-Determining National Indigenous Ministry
In what was described as an "historic moment," the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has approved the introduction of a new canon (church law) that firmly establishes a self-determining national indigenous ministry within the church. ...
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A Peddler of Heresy? Oh My
LOVE OR HATE the Anglican Journal, readers seem to be paying attention. And in fact, early results from a readership survey rolled out at General Synod 2010 in Halifax revealed some interesting trends. Very interesting. One respondent called the...
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A People of Hope
The bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, urged General Synod to support the peace process in the Middle East. "You have the opportunity to provide hope," said Bishop Dawani, whose diocese encompasses Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon,...
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Better Than Flying Solo: When Two Priests Make Up a Clergy Couple, the Benefits to Ministry Increase Exponentially
HAVE YOU NOTICED a trend that has been around for a few years now: clergy couples (a husband and wife who are both priests)? Have you experienced such a ministry? Has your parish thought about a clergy couple as co-rectors? My wife, Dianne, and...
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Call Me Duke: Service to Others Is His Best Subject
WELLINGTON ("Call me Duke") Murray, 74, spent most of his working life as a troubleshooter for the vast New Brunswick Power Corporation. These days, the retired engineering technician-turned-manager shoots trouble from a much smaller base--his local...
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Embracing Our Differences: Acceptance of Sexual Discernment Report 'A Watershed Moment'
General Synod 2010 did not approve the so-called local option that would allow dioceses to grant same-sex blessings. Neither did it take a legislative decision on the matter. It did, however, recognize that local option has been exercised by some...
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'Faithful, Visionary, Courageous'
WITH HIS soft-spoken ways and easy smile, it is hardly surprising that Canon Laverne Jacobs' quiet, pastoral presence is what strikes those who meet him for the first time. But this calm demeanour belies an intense passion for what friends and colleagues...
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Hope within Diversity: No Legislative Action on Same-Sex Blessings
"Despite all our differences we are passionately committed to walking together." So said a pastoral statement on the issue of same-sex blessings. The statement, approved on June 10, may mark the beginning of a new spirit and approach to a question...
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'I Always Thought I Would Be a Teacher'
ARCHBISHOP Michael Peers, former primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, hopes Anglicans across Canada will find ways to make their churches more welcoming to newcomers. He also hopes we will overcome "difficulties with reaching out beyond ourselves...
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Like Those Who Dream
"WHEN THE LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream" (Ps. 126:1). Our awareness of God's presence often unfolds over time, just like a dream. Consider the appearances of Jesus, after his resurrection. Think of the daily miracles...
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Oasis in a Barren Land
GROWING UP CHRISTIAN: Why young people stay in church and (sometimes) come back to church by John P. Bowen Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2010 CANADIAN BOOKS AND statistical studies on youth in the church are rare. Most material focuses...
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Proud to Be Anglican ... Again
THE TRIENNIAL MEETING of the Anglican Church of Canada has ended and I feel like every member of the Anglican Journal team should be wearing a t-shirt that shouts, "I survived General Synod 2010!" The flip side is a real sense of accomplishment,...
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Rethinking How We Do Church
WE'VE ALL HEARD stories like it. The young girl is sitting in the office, her eight-year-old body shaking with shame. At terrible cost to herself, she finally admits what she has done. Between sobs it comes out. Almost a whisper. "It's my fault....
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So-Called Crime and Punishment
GILBERT AND Sullivan's wonderfully imagined Mikado purports "To let the punishment fit the crime, the punishment fit the crime." In their guest opinion column in the Anglican Journal (May 2010, p. 5), Catherine Sider-Hamilton and Dean Mercer have already...
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Spirit of God Presided: Church Reborn, Says Primate
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, told the closing session of General Synod 2010 that he believes the church has undergone a rebirth. "I believe the Spirit of God has presided in this synod, as we have taken counsel...
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THOMAS VS. THOMAS: The Rematch of Cromwell and More
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel HarperCollins, 2009 $24.99, 651 pp. IN AN AGE of spin-doctors and re-branding, British novelist Hilary Mantel sets herself a near impossible task: the re-envisioning of Thomas Cromwell. That she succeeds so incredibly...
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William and Lydia
DR. WILLIAM Winter, a highly respected elder in Kingfisher Lake, Ont., had a dream many years ago of establishing a program for training indigenous people for ministry. The Dr. William Winter School of Ministry was established in 2003 and since then,...
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