Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 123, No. 2, February

Axe Falls on China Program: Member Churches Hope to Maintain Ties Formed with Chinese Christians
The Canada-China Program, an ecumenical coalition supported by Anglican, United, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic Churches for the past two decades, has been disbanded. Declining support from the churches forced the board to make the decision, said...
CBC-TV to Board Up Unique Meeting Place: Anglican Host (Hope) Seeley to Lose Job
Meeting Place, CBC Television's long-running weekly broadcast of religious services, has been cancelled due to budget cutbacks and will air its last program on Easter Sunday. The demise of Meeting Place leaves Man Alive as the only CBC show which...
Christians 'Chief Victims of Religious Persecution': Author Says Freedom of Faith at a Premium in the East
"Fear not: For behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy." Every Christian knows what the angel said to those shepherds 20 centuries ago in Bethlehem. In the United States, where history's most powerful community of Christians dwells in peace and...
Group Eases Transition for Newcomers: Drop-In Nights Aid Immigrants, Refugees
The first thing you notice about the small, utilitarian room in the first floor of this dingy apartment building is the noise. The sounds of children playing and adults talking is overwhelming. And then there's the laughter. Lots of it. There are...
Lawyer (Margaret Best) to Ask Panel to Terminate Church Hearing (on Sexual Harassment Charge)
The hearing into a complaint of sexual harassment against national church treasurer Rob Armstrong has been adjourned until Feb. 8 when the panel hearing the matter will likely have to rule on whether the case will proceed. The complaint was made...
Material Mentality Can Hurt Body as Much as Soul
A YOUNG ACQUAINTANCE of mine was recently robbed on a city street. It was a jarring experience. I understand that; I have certainly found it jarring when it has happened to me in England and in Peru. But the particular circumstances of the robbery...
Montreal Church Seeks 'Market Niche': Traditional Anglo-Catholic Parish Seeks to Be Vibrant
Editor's note: This is the first of a new series profiling some of the church's many fascinating, famous and historical parishes across the country. St. John the Evangelist Montreal When Douglass Dalton -- full of enthusiasm about an Anglican...
Multi-Talented (Anne Storey) Spent Life 'Cleaning Up after Wars'
Born in Sturgeon Falls in 1913, and raised in Sudbury, Ont., Anne Storey was a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto. She went on to receive a master of social work degree at U of T. She died suddenly last month in Toronto. Mrs....
National Fund-Raisers Fall Short
Although final figures aren't in yet, donations to the major national church appeal and the Primate's Fund have declined significantly; a third appeal by the Anglican Journal has surpassed last year's total. Anglican Appeal, the national church's...
People Are Church's Strongest Asset Pt4
Editor's note: This is the final story in a four-part series on the Nurturing Planned Giving Conference held in Toronto last fall. "The church is essentially in the people business," says Rev. Jack Crouch, a retired priest who helped establish Camp...
Pilgrims Set to Descend on Europe
THIS YEAR marks a number of significant anniversaries for the church. It is the 1,600th anniversary of the deaths of St. Martin and St. Ambrose and the founding of St. Ninian's monastery in Scotland. It is also the 1,400th anniversary of the death...
Praying in Public Worship
LEADING PRAYER in public worship arises out of a disposition to pray. Prayer is essentially an attitude to life: a conviction and a recognition that this universe and all within it -- all we have and all we are -- were created and are sustained in...
Priests Not Employees, English Judge Rules in Labour Dispute
Priests are not employed by the Church of England under a contract of service, Britain's Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled in a case heard last year. An industrial tribunal, therefore, cannot entertain a priest's complaint of unfair dismissal. ...
Primate (Michael Peers) Quits International Group after Churches Criticized
The Primate has resigned as chairman of an international Anglican finance committee. The move is apparently connected with public comments made by the Archbishop of Canterbury about some member churches not pulling their weight financially. The...
Scholar-Priest (Paul Friesen) Looks to Combine Traditions: Bible College Teacher Ordained in Anglo-Catholic Parish
Evangelical and Catholic traditions, seemingly at opposite ends of the broad Anglican spectrum, can coexist. This was demonstrated recently as Rev. Paul Friesen, an evangelical Bible college teacher was ordained at St. Mary Magdalene's here, the...
Shine
Scott Hicks' movie Shine tells the true story of Australian pianist David Helfgott, the child prodigy success, emotional breakdown and recovery. This film documents young David's (played by Alex Rafalowicz) childhood relationship with Peter, his father...
Some Christians Believe Differences between Religions Worth Dying For
Christians in North America don't know how good they have it compared with their fellow believers in many parts of the world, says the author of a new book on persecuted Christians. Professor Paul Marshall, a Toronto Anglican on the faculty of the...
Sponsored Refugees Become Part of Parish Family
Since the plight of Vietnamese boat people made headline news almost 20 years ago, St. Matthew's Anglican parish in downtown Winnipeg has been involved in sponsoring refugees to Canada. They have been brought here from more than a dozen nations...
Stubble and Hay: Gord Johnson
The field of contemporary Christian music is not the normal scope of this column. An exception has been the delightful craft of Steve Bell. On two occasions, his releases on the independent SignPost label have been reviewed in this space. Occasional...
Sydney Says No to Female Priests: Head of Church, House No Role for Women-Synod
Headship was the main issue as the synod of Sydney, the largest diocese in the Anglican Church of Australia, decided a second time not to ordain women to the priesthood. Although the General Synod of the Australian church allows the ordination of women,...
Taxing Questions Raised by Ruling
DAVID HARRIS DEATH AND TAXES, as we are frequently reminded, are the two inescapable facts of life. Both bring their own kind of grief. The church, at least, can bring some comfort in the case of death, but it looks as if there may be some misery...
Taxman Eyes Clergy Couples
Back when "man" truly represented gender in the word "clergyman" and when the church represented the nucleus of a community, the Income Tax Act was drafted to include a tax break for clergy housing. Among the act's assumptions was that the church...
U.S. Bishop (John Spong) Still Stirs Pot of Controversy: Christians Miss Gospel's Original Meaning-Spong
American Episcopal bishop John Spong was in Toronto recently promoting his new book, Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes. As with his previous books such as Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Born of a Woman, and Resurrection:...
U.S. Sex Scandal Investigation Expected to Continue a While
An investigation into allegations that Brazilian men were sexually exploited by a group of Long Island Episcopal Church clergy will continue for several weeks, says the president of the standing committee of the Diocese of Long Island. Rev. Richard...
Women Plan International Anglican Network
Anglican women from around the world are planning to create a network to help them communicate with one another and to have greater input into deliberations of church bodies. A proposal for a global Anglican Women's Network will be on the agenda...
World Council (of Churches) Forced to Rethink Itself
The World Council of Churches -- the world's biggest ecumenical body -- is considering radical changes in its structure, including the creation of a new ecumenical forum which could include the Roman Catholic Church and other churches which are not...

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