Anglican Journal

The Anglican Journal is a Canadian national Anglican newspaper. The Anglican Journal includes local, national, and international news coverage, editorials, arts coverage, and stories of particular interest to the Anglican community.

Articles from Vol. 123, No. 5, May

Alpha Program Suspended at Toronto Church: Signs of the Spirit Cause Sharp Division
Toronto Speaking in tongues, spontaneous laughter, falling down and healings may be signs of the Holy Spirit but they have caused a split in one of Canada's largest parishes and a moratorium on the popular Alpha evangelism program. Alpha is an...
Bishop (Gordon Beardy) on 3,000-Km Walk to Raise Funds
Sioux Lookout, Ont. Keewatin Bishop Gordon Beardy has reached the half-way point on a 3,000-kilometre journey of hope and inspiration to help end the sexual and physical abuse that is tearing families apart in the North. Bishop Beardy and community...
Bishops Michael (Peers and Michael Nazir-Ali) Mend Relationship after Row: Prelates Don't Mind Debate
Rochester, England Almost a year after a very public row between the Canadian Primate and a Church of England bishop over the role sexuality will play at Lambeth, the gap between the prelates' positions appears to have narrowed. In recent interviews,...
Burmese Refugees Live Faith in Camps: Karen People Still Not Safe from Army
Toronto Burmese refugees who have sought refuge in neighbouring Thailand from persecution in their own country are keeping their faith alive, said a Canadian priest who recently returned to Canada after teaching in Thailand for two-and-a-half years....
Church Growth Possible: (Reginald) Bibby: Relevance of Religion in Life a Must
Canadians are open to church involvement, but they need to see its relevance in their lives, concluded a new study on spirituality. According to just published data, the number of people regularly attending churches is still declining, but much of...
Church Leaders Stand in Solidarity with Refugees
Ottawa Ten Canadian church leaders marched on Parliament Hill last month calling on Canadians and their government to show solidarity with uprooted people, who include refugees, displaced persons and economic migrants. The call is in response...
Compassion Must Be Embraced by All
Compassion is not a political word. That has never been more evident than now as governments cut public spending in the name of reducing the budget with seemingly little or no compassion. For Christians of whatever political stripe, this is unacceptable....
Irish Bard's Imprint Seen in Celtic Church: St. Columba's Life Rich in Legend, Literature, Arts
ST. COLUMBA, A MONK, prince, scholar, and bard, had his choice of vocations in 4th-century Ireland. Born in the time of the legendary King Arthur (in present-day County Donegal), Columba's royal pedigree, talents and ambition could have assured his...
Jews Lose Court Battle for Paid Holy Days
Ottawa A Jewish computer analyst in Toronto and 15 other Canadian Jewish public servants have lost a court action in which they called for holy days of their faith to be put on a par with Christian holidays in their union's contract with the government....
Joy of Christ Has Marked Singer (Al Green)'s Long Career
Al Green Anthology Hi Records / EMI "That life is to be enjoyed as opposed to endured is not a question of conjecture, but of fact ... It would therefore seem that the logical thing to do is to first realize that the universe is infinite and...
Make Church Worth People's While
I WAS INVITED to be interviewed briefly on the CBC radio program Cross Country Checkup on Easter Sunday. The topic for the day was the decline in membership among the mainline churches, and what, if anything, should be done about it. During the course...
Meditations on Grief
Meditations on Grief by Ann Silversides ISBN 0-968 1410-0-5 2 audio cassettes, 54 mins. each $17.99 Available from the author: 10 Dearbourne Ave. Toronto, ON M4K 1M7 Tel.: (416) 465-6088 Fax: (416) 465-7141 MEDITATIONS...
Ministry of All Baptized Explored: Churches Look at New Models
Carson City, Nev. The meeting was unusual for several reasons. Bishops, lay people and clergy sat in circles, with no clerical collars or colours to distinguish them. They came from the United States, Canada, Australia and England to explore new...
Monastic Communities in (St) Columba's Europe
THE CELTIC MONASTERIES established by St. Columba helped to not only establish Christianity in North Europe, but were also instrumental in ensuring that education and written language gained a foothold in the culture. These early missionaries accomplished...
Primates Scale Back Meetings to Help Balance the Books
The Anglican Communion has opted to make more realistic financial requests of churches, like Canada's, that have not been meeting their obligations. But that move will result in a scaling back of some programs of the Anglican Consultative Council....
Primate's World Relief and Development Fund - 1996 Annual Report
Making a Difference in People's Lives PWRDF Development Program $2,717,732 Support for long term community development is guided by the following priorities: -- Working with partners (development programs of the local Anglican Church, ecumenical...
Quebec Church Rises from Ashes: Tireless Priest Leads Efforts to Re-Build Church
ALISON RAMSEY New Glasgow, Que. On Easter Sunday, parishoners at St. John's in New Glasgow, a Laurentian village 60 kilometres north of Montreal, were back in their beloved 156-year-old church after a December 22 fire gutted its interior. ...
(Robert) Runcie's Revelations Make (Archibishop George) Carey `Cross'
London (ENI) -- Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has made an outspoken public attack on his predecessor, Robert Runcie, in a recent television program. Archbishop Carey's criticism follows the publication last year of a biography of Lord...
Sisters Elect (Sister Nirmala) Successor to Mother Theresa
Calcutta A Hindu convert to Christianity has been elected to succeed Mother Teresa of Calcutta as leader of the Missionaries of Charity, the order of nuns founded and led by Mother Teresa to promote her vocation to work with the poorest of the poor....
Sling Blade
Sling Blade Directed by Billy Bob Thornton Starring Billy Bob Thornton and Lucas Black *** (out of five) Warning: swearing, violence are part of this film. THE BIGGEST SURPRISE of the 1997 Academy Awards was Billy Bob Thornton's Oscar for...
Three Voices Calling Form Powerful Trinity
`un silence voute' WE, ALL THE Primates of the Anglican Communion, set out in buses early on a Friday in March to go from Jerusalem to Gaza. That meant tension -- crossing into Palestine is always tense. It meant jubilation -- rededicating...
Time of the Great Fire
IN BYGONE GENERATIONS the presence of comets in the heavens heralded the births and deaths of kings and empires. The last time the Hale-Bopp comet was seen from Earth, the first of the pyramids was being built in Egypt, the Chinese had just created...
Trek Tackles Spectre of Suicide: Inuit Trio Brings Healing by Snowmobile
Ottawa The idea, half formed, nagged at Paulusie Padlayat for more than a year as he made a slow recovery from life-threatening abdominal surgery: there are too many young deaths in the Arctic. In the past year, there have been six suicides in...