Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 130, No. 10, December

10 Ways to Brighten a Caregiver's Christmas
THE CHRISTMAS season is a hectic time for many, due to the preparations and festivities that typically take place. Staying sane, not to mention enjoying this special time of year, is even more of a challenge for those providing care to a chronically...
Africans Will Not Apologize for Interfering: Primates Call Report's Request 'Offensive'
Calling it "offensive," African Anglican primates have dismissed a recommendation made by the Lambeth Commission that they apologize for having unilaterally provided pastoral care and oversight to conservative Anglican parishes and clergy opposed to...
A Sorry State of Affairs
SORRY REALLY DOES seem to be the hardest word. In the weeks following the release of the Windsor Report, which bemoaned the sad state of affairs in the Anglican Communion, the church has heard a number of variations on the theme of apology. Or should...
Bishops Agree on 'Shared' Ministry: Revised Plan Accepted
Saskatoon Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada, at their regular fall meeting, cited a new spirit of reconciliation and co-operation among themselves and approved a plan that allows bishops to cross diocesan boundaries when parishes do not agree...
Breaking Bannock on City Streets
ON A WARMISH Saturday morning in October, Rev. Andrew Wesley walks along one of Toronto's major thoroughfares, Bloor Street, carrying a plastic container of blueberries and a bag of flatbread. While most city dwellers are just beginning to enjoy the...
Calgary Set to Close Three Parishes
Three parishes in the diocese of Calgary are being disestablished next year because they have been "unable to maintain their viability and parochial "status," according to diocesan bishop Barry Hollowell. A member of one of the parishes said the...
Christianity Is 'One Big Murder Mystery'
MURDER mysteries start at the end of the story--with a murder. And so, says Wilfrid Laurier University professor Peter Erb, does Christianity. He believes it is no accident that so many Christians enjoy mystery novels or that Christian writers and...
Christmas Carols Go Unplugged
MUSIC NOTES A Very Special Acoustic Christmas Lost Highway/Universal THE "VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS album series is some 15 years old now. Six albums later, the projects have raised more than $60 million for the Special Olympics. Look for that...
Churches Pin Hopes on Fundraisers for HIV/AIDS
Anglicans across the country, in ways large and small, are taking the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa seriously and are finding ways to help. To mark World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, here is a sampling of some of these efforts: * Churches in the dioceses of...
College Chapel Window Is a First in Inuit Art World
Oakville, Ont. THE FIRST STAINED glass window ever designed by an Inuit artist was dedicated recently during a special 75th anniversary service at the John Bell Chapel at Appleby College. Designed by Inuk artist Kenojuak Ashevak, 78, of Cape...
Despite Vote, Bishop Holds Line on Blessings
The diocese of Niagara in mid-November became the second Canadian diocese to approve the concept of blessing ceremonies for gay couples, but Bishop Ralph Spence declined to endorse such action, saying that the diocese needed to discuss it further....
Dream Plants a Seed in Young Girl's Mind: Nine Year Old Raises $1,455 for HIV/AIDS
It all began with a dream whose meaning Clara Loweth Reeves, then eight years old, could not fathom. In Clara's dream more than a year ago, all of her home town Aurora, Ont., had a "market day" where they gave away food, medicines and books in Africa....
England Ponders Women Bishops: Church's Synod Will Debate Report Next February
London (ENI)--The Church of England will be "increasingly isolated and anachronistic" unless it accepts women as bishops, a house of bishops working party which looked into the issue of women in the episcopate has concluded. "Gender-blind equality...
Film Provides a Glimpse of an Early Schism
LUTHER NFP Teleart Production (2003) Directed by: Eric Till With: Joseph Fiennes, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Firth, Claire Cox, Sir Peter Ustinov, Bruno Ganz, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Mathieu Carriere and Benjamin Sadler. ANGLICANS and Lutherans...
Lawrence Elected Archbishop of Ontario
Caleb Lawrence, bishop of Moosonee is the new metropolitan of the ecclesiastical (church) province of Ontario. He was chosen as the province's senior bishop on the second ballot at an election held Nov. 9 during Ontario's provincial synod in Mississauga,...
Lutherans Urged to 'Accompany' Anglicans in Prayer
THE CURRENT questions related to human sexuality, such as the blessing of same-sex unions, continue to be a divisive issue from which church, media and politics are not detached. Like the Anglican church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada...
Primate Extends a Hand to Church's Youth: 'Disconnect' Cited in Declining Involvement
Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has challenged bishops and other church leaders to come up with programs that would result in greater youth involvement in parishes across the country. Citing a "disconnect between...
Robinson Sees 'A Way Forward': But Gays' Pain Ignored, He Says
On Oct. 18, the day the Windsor Report was released, Anglicans heard many voices reacting to itfrom those in favor of a church that fully includes homosexual members to those who believe homosexuality is a grave sin. But a representative of the...
We All Come Home for Christmas
Later this month I will celebrate first Christmas in Toronto in 20 years. As I look forward to the wonderful occasion of our Lord's birth there is strange sense of nostalgia, for I have come home for Christmas. In a very real way I think that all of...