Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 133, No. 6, June-July

AIDS Program Targets Migrants; HIV Awareness Poor among Foreign Workers
Migrant workers in Hong Kong continue to lack knowledge and awareness about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and are mostly unable to access AIDS-related services because of language and other barriers, according to Elijah Fung, manager of the HW Education...
Archbishop's Successor to Be Elected in Fall: Stavert Set to Retire in Early 2009
The diocese of Quebec will elect a co-adjutor bishop this fall to succeed Archbishop Bruce Stavert, diocesan bishop, when he retires in early 2009. The election will take place at a diocesan synod in Quebec City Oct. 1114. A search committee has...
Australian Court Considers Issue of Women Bishops
Sydney The Australian church's highest court is deciding whether women can become bishops, leading to tensions between some evangelical groups and those who say they want a more inclusive church. Early in April, the church's Appellate Tribunal...
Bishops Discuss Fallout from Same-Sex Votes at General Synod: Eyes Will Be on Niagara at Its Synod in Fall
Winnipeg Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada met June 26--the morning after General Synod ended--to discuss the ramifications of their slim vote against allowing dioceses to offer church blessing rites to gay couples. "It will be perceived...
Churches Announce New Sanctuary Movement
New York Members of the religious community in the United States are reviving the ."sanctuary movement" of the 1980s by launching a national drive to protect undocumented workers who face possible deportation from the U.S. The sanctuary movement...
Churches Turn over New Leaf as They 'Go Green'
BEHOLD THE CABBAGE. Where most would look at this leafy vegetable without much thought except perhaps how to serve it for dinner, Rob Kenned), sees in it a deep connection to the divine. "Just to hold a cabbage, with its colour and shape, that...
Church Reports 2006 Deficit
The national office of the Anglican Church of Canada reported a deficit for the fourth straight year in 2006, but the shortfall, at about $486,000, was less than half the $1.1 million loss recorded in 2005. Revenue shortfall primarily came from...
Church's Shepherd Prepared to Take on Even Bigger Flock
The image of Jesus as shepherd is one that Archbishop Fred Hiltz particularly loves. He has committed to memory passages of the Bible referring to Jesus as the shepherd that tends to his flock, leads them to other pastures, and asks his disciples...
Commission Will Probe School Deaths: Church Applauds Expanded Mandate
The Anglican Church of Canada has welcomed the call by Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice for a yet-to-be formed Truth and Reconciliation Commission to probe the deaths and disappearances of former students of Indian residential schools. "We had...
Curb Mining Abuses, Say Church Leaders
Canada's reputation as a human rights leader is being damaged by environmental and human rights abuses of Canadian mining companies overseas, say church leaders and activists from the Philippines and South Africa. "The Canadian government must enact...
Diocese of Niagara Elects New Bishop
Archdeacon Michael Bird, 49, whose interests include curling and playing the bagpipes, on June 2 was elected bishop of the diocese of Niagara. He was elected on the fifth ballot at an electoral synod held at Christ's Church Cathedral in Hamilton,...
Five Years after Vote, Life Goes on for Diocese: Four New West Parishes Remain as Dissenters
For five years, an empty table has sat among the bustling hall full of tables occupied by 300 delegates and mounds of paperwork in the diocese of New Westminster's annual synod, or governing meeting. The table has always been "sex aside for the...
General Synod Elects Fred Hiltz as Primate: National Leader Vows to Address Divisions over Same-Sex Issues
General Synod 2007, held June 19-25 in this weather-whipped prairie city, was defined by the issue of human sexuality and by the election of Bishop Fred Hiltz as the 13th primate, or national archbishop, of the Anglican Church of Canada. In a week...
Hiltz Chosen as New Primate: Close Election Almost Decided by Bishops
Winnipeg In an inner-city church reflecting the diversity of the Anglican Communion, Frederick James Hiltz was installed on June 25 as the 13th primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and national archbishop. "Overwhelmed and humbled by the...
Journal Editorial among Best in Religion Writing Compilation
An award-winning Anglican Journal editorial has been included in a collection of the-best religion writing in North America. Good News; The Best Religion Writing in. North America was recently published by Seabury Books, an imprint of Church Publishing...
Journal Honoured as 'Best in Class': Newspaper Wins 18 Awards for Writing, Art Direction
The Anglican Journal was named top national or international newspaper by the North American Associated Church Press (ACP), one of 18 awards the newspaper received recently. The awards were presented at the annual gatherings of the ACP, North America's...
Lambeth Invitations Exclude American Gay Bishop
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has invited all bishops in North America, except Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop of New Hampshire, to the Lambeth Conference of the world's Anglican bishops scheduled next year in the United Kingdom....
Long-Time Volunteer Served on National and Diocesan Councils
Betty Livingston Betty Livingston, who served the Anglican Church of Canada at the local, diocesan, provincial, and national levels, died June 6 in London, Ont. Ms. Livingston became ill at a dinner following a meeting of delegates scheduled...
Network Makes Case for Native Clergy
The Anglican Indigenous Network has put itself on a new and firm bureaucratic footing in order to push forward on its number one concern--the faster ordination of more native priests. At its biennial meeting, held May 17-22 in Vancouver, 25 delegates...
Observers Give Bird's-Eye View of Synod Meeting: Members Listen to Voices of the Wider Church
Winnipeg International and local observers at General Synod not only brought greetings from their churches and organizations but most also commented to the gathering on the issue of human sexuality that has divided Anglicans in Canada and around...
Primate's Wife Looking Forward to Life in Toronto
Three years ago, Lynne Samways Hiltz vehemently declared, in a casual conversation, that she would never move to Toronto. Her husband, Bishop Fred Hiltz, now primate-elect, at the time had withdrawn his name from consideration in that primatial election,...
Reforming Church Needed after Close Vote on Same-Sex Blessings
"This is not a one-agenda church!" declared National Bishop Raymond Schultz in his opening remarks to the 394 delegates and 168 visitors registered for the 1 lth biennial National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) in Winnipeg....
Same-Sex Questions Still Vex Synod
Winnipeg In decisions that will lead to varied interpretations over the next three years, General Synod 2007 agreed that blessing rites for gay couples are "not in conflict" with core church doctrine, but refused to affirm the authority of dioceses...
Synod Defeats Windsor's Moratorium on Blessing; Change Would Have 'Pre-Empted' Debate
One of the first skirmishes on same-sex issues took place early in General Synod as members defeated a motion that would have called on dioceses to comply with a moratorium on blessing ceremonies for gay couples. The vote came on an amendment to...
Synod Examines Church's Governance; Lack of Consultation Raised by Members
Members of General Synod took a step toward changes in the governance and structure of the Anglican Church of Canada by approving a motion allowing the primate, after consultation with the house of bishops, to begin discussion with the provinces and...
Synod Issues End in a Question Mark, Not a Period
THERE WAS A distinct feeling and some evidence) midway JL through the June meeting of General Synod that most members wanted to decide, finally, the all-consuming matter of whether the church should bless the relationships of gay couples. Not another...
Synod Meeting Upheld in Prayer: Pastoral Care Team Cared for Members' Souls
General synod delegates were constantly upheld in prayer during their week of exhaustive meetings in Winnipeg. A core team formed by the national executive of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (AFP) drew up a roster in advance of Synod to ensure that...
Water Theme Flows through Shared Anglican/Lutheran Day
Winnipeg Anglicans and Lutherans took a pause from their respective annual conventions to flow together for a day of worship that celebrated their six-year-old Full Communion relationship and was centered on the theme and imagery of water. Since...