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Articles from Vol. 130, No. 6, June-July

A Calm but Eventful General Synod
General Synod 2004 may well be remembered as much for what did not happen as for what did. A surprise upset in the election of the primate, with an unforeseen candidate becoming the head of the church? A clear decision on the church's position on...
African Mission Funds Remain in Question
There are mixed reports about whether primates of the Anglican Communion in Africa have decided not to accept money from American churches that ordain gays and lesbians as members of the clergy. Associated Press quoted Archbishop Peter Akinola of...
AIDS Envoy Challenges Delegates: UN's Lewis Urges Church Leadership on Pandemic
St. Catharines, Ont. United Nations special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis challenged the church to "provide the religious leadership" that would help stem the AIDS pandemic not just in Africa but around the world. "I beg you to allow...
Baker Signs off Once Again
CANON GORDON Baker, a man who has left his mark on several church institutions, is retiring. Again. This time, it may actually stick. After three years as Anglican Journal's book reviews editor, Mr. Baker, 75, writes his last review in this issue....
Bishop Undergoes Surgery for Cancer: Matthews Says She Is 'Aware of God's Love'
"This timing leaves a lot to be desired." That was the first thought that crossed Bishop Victoria Matthews' mind when her doctor broke the bad news recently that she had breast cancer and needed surgery right away. She was, after all, in the thick...
Book Seeks Understanding for Gay and Lesbian Christians
A new book, Living Together in the Church: Including Our Differences, released one month before General Synod, explores ways Anglicans can stay together in the church they love, even as they disagree over homosexuality. Supportive of gay and lesbian...
Buckle a Welcome Visitor in Alaska
While questions of alternate episcopal oversight--bishops ministering to disgruntled parishes in dioceses that are not their own--continue to plague the church, a conservative Canadian bishop has been invited to oversee a parish in Alaska that disagrees...
Change and Challenges
THIS IS MY first message to you as the 12th primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, still very much in the wake of the General Synod in St. Catharines, Ont. It is a time of radical transition, both personally, and in the life of our church. After...
Choirmaster's Presence Troubles Bishops
Bishop George Bruce of Ontario has expressed his concern to Bishop Peter Coffin of Ottawa that a well-known convicted pedophile is now performing choir and other duties at a downtown Ottawa church. Bishop Coffin said he is still "mulling over" what...
Church Appraises Episcopal Visitor: Priest Pronounces Arrangement a Success
The arrangement made by the diocese of New Westminster to provide pastoral care through an episcopal visitor to churches opposed to same-sex blessings has worked for the first parish which accepted this special ministry, its rector said. The assessment...
Churches Warn of Threat of Genocide in Sudan
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has sent $20,000 to a worldwide appeal for thousands of Sudanese civilians who have been displaced from their homes by ongoing violence in the Darfur and Upper Nile regions. The All Africa...
Church Examines Licensing Law
St. Catharines, Ont. General Synod has begun the process of softening a canon or church law that allows a bishop to fire a priest for any reason without right of appeal. In response to a directive from the 2001 synod, aimed at limiting arbitrary...
Church Recognizes Former Schools Workers
In a presentation marked by expressions of pain and forgiveness, a former teacher in native residential schools, Bernice Logan, and Archbishop John Clarke of Athabasca said many men and women who worked in Indian residential schools were not abusers...
Church Warns of Reaction to Anti-Terror Measures
London (ENI)--The world has become a more dangerous place because of the failure to tackle terrorism by non-military means, said a Church of Scotland inquiry into anti-terror operations. The Church and Nation Committee of the Presbyterian church,...
Daily Bible Readings
Daily Bible readings for the month will be printed in every issue of the Anglican Journal They are based on readings recommended by the Canadian Bible Society. JULY Date Reading 1 Isaiah 32.1-20 [] 2 Isaiah 66.1-21 ...
Delegates Help Craft Giant AIDS Ribbon
St. Catharines, Ont. "Forgive us our silence," someone wrote in one denim square. "May God direct the wills of those who can help," said another. And another: "Bring healing of body and spirit." These were among the sentiments expressed by delegates...
Displays Show Wide Range of Church Life
The Anglican Book Centre sold books ... and golf shirts. Nuns talked about their vocation. Theological students talked of their colleges. Supporters and opponents of same-sex blessings offered their views. Fabric artists displayed vestments. Anglican...
Financial Plan Will Help Church Pay for New Work
General Synod also approved a financial plan, called Letting Down the Nets, to support the framework, which acknowledges that resources for expanded church work do not yet exist. The plan envisions raising significant new funds for mission and ministry...
First-Timer Valued Gracious Debates: Transplanted Ugandan Liked the Fellowship
St. Catharines, Ont. Delegates from the diocese of Rupert's Land immediately put forward the name of Canon Godfrey Mawejje when asked to recommend a newcomer to General Synod that Anglican Journal could interview. It was easy to see why. Mr....
General Synod at Its Best and Its Worst
ONE OF THE most jarring moments of General Synod 2004 came not during the debates, nor the lengthy election process, nor during a presentation on AIDS in Africa by a United Nations envoy, nor when nine bishops read to the gathering their statement...
Grim AIDS Statistics Emerge from Swaziland
(ACNS)--Twenty thousand people are dying of AIDS-related illnesses every year in Swaziland. National life expectancy is projected to drop to just 27 from 62 by 2010. The most productive section of society (around 30 years old) has effectively been...
Hutchison Is New Primate: cShurch Unity Is 'Greatest Challenge'
St. Catharines, Ont. Archbishop Andrew Hutchison of Montreal was elected the 12th primate of the Anglican Church of Canada by lay and clergy delegates at the General Synod held at Brock University here. Archbishop Hutchison was elected on the...
It Is More Blessed to Give Than to Receive: What Would You Do If Someone Gave You $100 and Told You to Spend It Doing Good for Others?
WHAT WOULD YOU do if someone gave you $100 and told you to spend it doing good for others? Parishioners at All Saints church in Waterloo, Ont., faced this challenge when their rector, Canon Robin Lyons, told them during a Lenten sermon that he was...
Jackson Album Evokes Memories
MUSIC NOTES Joe Jackson Live in Tokyo A&M We are young but getting old before our time We'll leave the T.V. and the radio behind/ Don't you wonder what we'll find / Steppin' out tonight. --"Steppin' Out" by Joe Jackson IT WAS AN opportunity...
Jesus Meets a Parable
Jesus Meets a Parable (Mark 7:24-30) There is a lesson you've been teaching them for almost three years now, so patiently--your every blessed word and gesture hung upon, your pedagogical resources mined almost to nothing. They follow...
Journal Lauded at Church Press Awards
Anglican Journal recently won 11 awards from two press associations in North America for stories published last year. It received five awards, including an award of excellence for best feature article in the newspaper category, at the Associated...
Lutherans Adopt New Three-Fold Strategy for Life of the Church
ONE OF THE hallmarks of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is our phenomenal diversity. We are a people of unique cultures and ethnic traditions. We Canadian Lutherans worship in at least a dozen languages and utilize a plethora of liturgies....
Marriage Canon Relaxed: Weddings May Take Place outside Church
St. Catharines, Ont. Divorced Anglicans hoping to re-marry in church may soon have to deal only with their parish priest instead of having to apply to a diocesan matrimonial commission for approval. General Synod gave second reading to an amendment...
Music and Multilingual Service Mark Installation of New Leader
Hamilton, Ont. "I, Andrew, chosen to be primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, commit myself to this new trust and responsibility, and promise, with God's help, to be a faithful shepherd and pastor among you." With those words uttered June...
National Office Cuts Budget: Donations Fall Due to Blessings Debate, Settlement
The 2004 budget for the national church, called General Synod, has been reduced by $307,000 to avoid a deficit due to lower-than-expected donations resulting from debates on the issues of same-sex blessings and payments to the residential schools settlement...
Native Anglicans Tell Synod of Increasing Self-Determination
St. Catharines, Ont. The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples brought General Synod up to date on its work by posing three questions: How, did we get here? What do those Indians want now? What are the challenges? ACIP co-chair Todd Russell reviewed...
New Primate a Born Peacemaker
St. Catharines, Ont. THREE MONTHS before he was elected the 12th primate, or national archbishop, of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison of Montreal did not intend to be a candidate for the office. Now, he said, he is enthusiastically...
Panel Unites Hearts and Minds: Dalai Lama Calls for Human or Secular Values
They were the Nobel Trio singing a three-part harmony. South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined fellow Nobel peace laureates the Dalai Lama and Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi at the University of British Columbia for a round-table talk on bringing...
Parties Allowed Delegates to Unwind
Scrumptious spreads of cheese, crackers, fruit, mini wraps, pate, vegetables with dip and kebabs were laid out for delegates during socials held at various nights after the end of plenary sessions at General Synod. Wine, beer and juice flowed as...
Partners Note Difficult Process
St. Catharines, Ont. The issue of same-sex blessings was like an elephant in the room at General Synod--not even the Canadian ecumenical and overseas partners of the Anglican Church of Canada who attended the gathering could ignore the issue in...
Primate's Wife Will Play New Role 'By Ear'
WHEN HER HUSBAND, Andrew Hutchison, became bishop of Montreal in 1990, Lois Hutchison said he suggested she might want to resign as secretary to the executive officer of the diocesan synod office to prevent any talk of nepotism. She retorted: "I've...
Sexuality Questions Leave Church at Odds: Synod Defers Vote on Same-Sex Blessings
St. Catharines, Ont. Deeply divided over liberalizing church attitudes toward homosexuals, Canadian Anglicans meeting at their triennial governing convention here voted to defer a decision on whether gay relationships should be blessed in church....
Sweet, Soothing Harp Music Delights and Heals Audience
USUALLY WHEN the parishioners of St. James church come to hear the story of Jesus at their medieval-looking stone church in the heart of this Annapolis Valley town, there is an organ and choir to carry the words home: a familiar comfort to many. ...
Synod Approves Six-Year Plan for Church Work
General Synod approved the Anglican Church of Canada's framework or strategic plan for the next six years after some debate about where the money will come from to pursue the proposed goals. The plan, Serving God's World. Strengthening the Church,...
Synod Bids Warm Farewell to Peers: Dinner Features Video Tribute
Niagara Falls, Ont. In a long evening of tributes both live, videotaped and musical, delegates to General Synod and other distinguished guests bade farewell on May 30 to the outgoing primate, Archbishop Michael Peers. The gala dinner event at...
Synod Meeting Has Changed 'For the Better'
St. Catharines, Ont. It was only by chance that Dr. David Gould of Algoma first became a delegate to General Synod at Vancouver in 1965. "I became an alternate delegate four days before General Synod," he recalls. Since then, he has only missed...
Twelve-Step Mantra a Product of Its Times
THE SERENITY PRAYER by Elisabeth Sifton W.W. Norton & Co. 367 pages, $37.50 FROM THE beginning there has been a tension the Christian family between those who struggle with the dynamics of applying their faith within the rigorous exigencies...
Two Peters Elected Officers of Synod
St. Catharines, Ont. General Synod elected two well known members to its top legislative positions. They will serve as of General Synod for the next three years Dear Peter Elliott of the diocese of New Westminster, who had been the deputy prolocutor...
Vatican Cracks Down on 'Liturgical Abuses'
Rome (ENI)--The Vatican has severely criticized "liturgical abuses" that include the concelebration of the eucharist by Roman Catholic priests and ministers of Protestant denominations. The criticism came in a document, Redemptionis Sacramentum...
Votes Stir Reaction in Communion
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams was among those who welcomed the decision by General Synod to defer a decision on the issue of same-sex blessings until 2007, saying it "offers hope for the continuing collegiality of the Anglican Communion."...
Who Owns the Name 'Anglican'? Question Is Raised: 'What's in a Name?'
Anglicans wanting to get online information about General Synod 2004 might have entered "General Synod 2004" or the acronym "gs2004" into a search engine. Either way they were likely to come across two similarly-named Web sites: gs2004.anglican.ca...
Youth Question New Primate on Spirituality, Generation Gap
Anglican Journal canvassed General Synod youth delegates about their questions for the new primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison. The questions, put to Archbishop Hutchison by the Journal, are below with his responses. DAVE THOMAS, youth member of...