Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 135, No. 7, September

Anglican Values Inform Lions and Werewolves
HOW DO YOU convince someone like Ken Nelson--a much respected and in-demand music producer--to leave his Liverpool recording studio and head for small town Manitoba? When do you tell him that you want him to work his craft in an old Anglican church,...
Bureaucracy and Mission
OLD CAL CAUGHT me off guard when he walked into my Journal office last week carrying two cups of coffee and exactly four Timbits. He said he wanted to check out my office before I vacated it. "I'm not sure whether to celebrate or to mourn your departure,"...
Dancing Nfld. Priests Raise $92K
In an Atlantic variation on the television show Dancing with the Stars, 11 Anglican priests from the diocese of Newfoundand and Labrador kicked up their heels to raise a significant chunk of change for charity. The Dancing with the Priests event,...
Give Us Our Daily Bread
RECENTLY, I HAD an opportunity to visit the Church of St. John in Gothenburg, Sweden. Set on a hill overlooking the harbour, there was a growing line of people waiting for the daily bread distribution at 10 a.m. Although the exterior of the church...
'God Is Calling Us to Move in This Direction': Niagara's Nod to Same-Sex Blessings Draws Mixed Reviews
The decision by the diocese of Niagara to offer same-sex blessings as of Sept. 1 has drawn mixed reactions from Anglicans in Canada. Niagara is now the second diocese in the Anglican Church of Canada, after the Vancouver-based diocese of New Westminster,...
Joy Incarnate
I WAS INTRODUCED to Joy Davidman through C.S. Lewis, whose Christian conversion and reflections on the human condition propelled him into fame. Many experiences of grief have been solaced by A Grief Observed, which Lewis wrote upon the death of Joy...
Kairos Gathers to Strengthen Ecumenical Social Justice Movement: Priority Given to Diverse Voices
Cydney Proctor, a second-year university student in Halifax, had her "first brush with Kairos," with about 350 other people at the first national gathering of the ecumenical social justice organization in Waterloo, Ont. One of the aims of the June...
Let's Talk about Sex: When Two Straight Men Meet for a Series of Same-Sex Lunches, Anything Can Happen. Canon Harold Munn Recalls the Year of Living Dangerously. More Important, He Shares What Each Learned about the Other While Discussing Same-Sex Blessings
WE MET IN one of those dreaded clergy gatherings where the bishop numbers you off into groups of five. It was time, the bishop insisted, to discuss THE issue. We went around the little circle, most of us opposed to any change in the traditional practice,...
Primate Heads to Jerusalem: Solidarity Visit Based on 2007 GS Resolution
The primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, was scheduled to make his first visit to the Middle East and to the Episcopal diocese of Jerusalem Aug. 22-29. The diocese extends over Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel....
PWRDF to Change Name after 50 Years
What's in a name? A lot, it turns out, if you're Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) and you want to improve the way you're telling your story to Canadian Anglicans. PWRDF, the relief and development arm of the Anglican Church of...
Re-Thinking How We Do Church: Is It Possible to Grow the Anglican Church in Canada Today? Rev. Gary Nicolosi's Response Is an Emphatic 'Yes'
When it comes to declining enrolment in the Anglican Church of Canada, there is hope. In the first of a series of articles about a paradigm shift taking place across Canada, Rev. Gary Nicolosi, congregational development officer for the diocese of...
Sexuality Resolutions Don't Defy Moratoria: TEC
The U.S. Episcopal Church (TEC) may have to accept a secondary role within the worldwide Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has suggested. This follows resolutions passed at the recent General Convention that were widely...
'That's My Grandfather!' Photos from St. Philip's Residential School Stir Bittersweet Memories
FOR TWO-AND-a-half years, the photographs sat on Dean Bob Osborne's desk gathering dust. Mr. Osborne was going to donate them to the General Synod archives. The photographs documented life in the 1950s at St. Philip's, an Anglican-run Indian residential...
TRC Commissioners Face 'Daunting' Task
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will consult churches, aboriginal groups and government representatives on how best to involve Canadians in documenting the 150-year legacy of Indian residential schools. The Ottawa-based TRC is also...
Turkey Says Okay to Christian Worship in Birthplace of St. Paul
Warsaw The government of Turkey has agreed to extend indefinitely permission for Christian worship at an historic church in Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul, says the head of the country's Roman Catholic bishops' conference. "I'm confident...
Two Christian Leaders Different in Theology, United in Love for Their Lord
TWO CHRISTIAN leaders--one from the 19th century, the other from the 20th--vastly different in theology but united in love for their Lord--are featured in these books. William Booth made his mark in the 19th century a+89s founder and autocratic "General"...
Wafergate: Should the Average Person, Even If He's the Prime Minister of Canada, Know the Niceties of Church Practice? David Crawley, Retired Archbishop of Kootenay and Former Metropolitan of British Columbia and Yukon, Weighs In
WHAT A FUSS over "Should or shouldn't the Prime Minister have done it?" and "Did he or didn't he eat it?" Even the venerable CBC, dowager queen of broadcast land, featured five days of comedic comment on "Wafergate!" It does appear that Mr. Harper's...
What Did Jesus Look like? No One Knows
"Jesus wept!" is the shortest sentence in the Bible. The fact that Jesus cried is proof that He was fully human as well as divine. Life in Biblical times was, no doubt, very hard, Still, there must have been times when Jesus took time out from preaching...
What Will It Take to Get Us Unstuck? Let's Change Gears and Move Forward
Before he left this office, Keith Knight expressed his dismay about the bureaucracy that dominates our reporting (see View from a Loft). In so doing, he has provided me with the perfect springboard to my own views about what's in store for readers...