Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 133, No. 4, April

Anglican Women Pledge Solidarity at UN Meeting
STAFF A group of Anglican women have reiterated their commitment "to remaining always 'in communion' with and for one another" amid deep divisions over sexuality in the Anglican Communion. "We remain resolute in our solidarity with one another...
'Beloved' Arctic Missionary and Broadcaster to Receive Top Honour
STAFF Two Anglicans--a priest who has devoted more than 50 years as a cleric and volunteer in the Arctic and a popular broadcaster--were among those recently named to the Order of Canada. Dean Mike Gardener, 75, was only 24 years old when he...
Blessings Vote to Be Decided by Resolution: Approval by 60 per Cent Majority Needed
Mississauga, Ont. Sexuality issues, including whether dioceses may decide for themselves whether to allow the blessing of same-sex unions, will be decided by General Synod through resolutions requiring the approval of a 60 per cent majority of the...
Burying Your Treasure in Order to Harvest Abundant Life
AS A Volunteer in Mission in Uganda for the Anglican Church of Canada I have become aware that the Christians of the Global South can bring to scriptural interpretation understandings quite different from ours. Images or events found in Scripture can...
Canadian Response Asserts Autonomy; Will Be 'Mindful' of Common Life
STAFF Mississauga, Ont. The Council of General Synod (COGS) endorsed a response to the Windsor Report that stated Canadians will make decisions around the blessing of same-sex unions at its General Synod "mindful of the common life of the Communion...
Can Primates Enforce Edict? Church Considers Leaders' Authority
Can the primates' meeting, which was created in 1978 to provide leaders of Anglican provinces with an opportunity for "leisurely thought, prayer and deep consultation" enforce penalties and offer recommendations to individual and independent provinces...
Church Maps Could Be Redrawn
STAFF Mississauga, Ont. The Council of General Synod (COGS) voted to bring to General Synod motions that would change the Anglican Church of Canada's governance and structure, including the way it deals with amendments to its canons (church laws)...
Church's Decisions Must Be Mindful of Context
Who's driving the bus?" The question was posed by a member of the Council of General Synod (COGS) at its meeting last month. She was musing aloud about the requests and demands made by the churches' primates (senior bishops of a national or multinational...
Conference Tackles AIDS, Poverty Issues
STAFF AND WIRE SERVICES Boksburg, South Africa Churches "are fundamental to the effective tackling of poverty," Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane of Cape Town in March told an international conference focused on how Anglicans worldwide can address...
Council Paves Way for Election of Special Bishops
STAFF Mississauga, Ont. The Council of General Synod (COGS) will recommend that the coming General Synod amend the church's regulations to pave the way for the election "by an appropriate electoral body" of a national indigenous bishop and the...
Filipino Activists Seek Solidarity
STAFF A five-member delegation of Filipino church leaders and human rights advocates traveled to Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa in March to appeal for solidarity amid what they reported to be a continuing rise in political killings in the Philippines....
Five Lay People Honoured with Award of Merit
STAFF Five individuals will receive the Anglican Award of Merit, the Anglican Church of Canada's highest award for lay people; the honour is given to those who have contributed to the life and work of the church at the national and international...
'Green' Bishop Committed to Moratorium on Air Travel
Wittenberg, Germany (ENI) -- For most of the 150 delegates who traveled to Germany for a gathering of church leaders in historic Wittenberg, the trip was a matter of a few hours, thanks to one of the many low-cost airlines that now ply Europe's skies....
Iranian Refugee Now a Free Man: Lived Three Years in Sanctuary
STAFF In two days in mid-February, Amir Kazemian, an Iranian refugee who had spent nearly three years living in sanctuary at an Anglican church in Vancouver, went from berg a detainee to a free man and permanent resident in Canada. Mr. Kazemian...
Negotiations Underway to Save Bookstore
Lutheran church bookseller Augsburg Fortress Canada is negotiating to take over the operations of the Anglican Book Centre, a move that would allow the Anglican retailer's storefront operation in Toronto to remain open. The Anglican Church of Canada's...
New Direction Set for Stewardship: Development Office Will Head Fundraising
STAFF The process of fundraising at the national office is expected to change as the Letting Down the Nets stewardship initiative becomes a new office of financial development. In its report to the Council of General Synod (COGS), the financial...
Priest to Lose Licence over Same-Sex Marriage Stance
Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck, an Anglican priest in the diocese of Saskatoon, was to lose his licence to minister after March 31 if he did not reconsider his declaration that he intends to marry gay couples, if asked, said diocesan bishop Rodney Andrews....
Primates Push U.S. on Sexuality; Americans Given Deadline to Comply
Primates of the Anglican Communion have given the U.S. Episcopal Church until Sept. 30 to "make an unequivocal common covenant" that its bishops will bar same-sex blessings in their churches and that it would not consecrate another gay bishop "unless...
Primates Worship at Former Slave Market
STAFF Primates of the Anglican Communion gathered on Feb. 18 for a eucharist at a cathedral built atop a former slave market in Zanzibar, with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams praying for "forgiveness for the past, mercy for the present,...
Refugees Face Daily Dilemmas
IT IS AN IMPOSSIBLE dilemma to imagine. James Manyiel, a Sudanese refugee living at the Lutheran World Federation (LWF)-run Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, recently described the fear that refugees have of returning home since parts of the country were...
Schools Accord Given Nod
STAFF All nine provincial and territorial courts approved on March 8 the revised Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA), a move that could mean that the agreement may be implemented by fall. With the collective approval in place,...
Synod Set to Re-Examine Same-Sex Blessings: Conservative Group Lobbies Delegates
The most intense issue on General Synod's agenda is expected to be, once again, the church's view of homosexuality. The 300 delegates to the weeklong meeting, to be held June 19 to 25 in Winnipeg, will take up a resolution deferred from the last...
Synod to Use 'Conversations' for Complex Issues
STAFF Mississauga, Ont. Two blocks of time for ,conversations" will be incorporated in the agenda of General Synod this June in Winnipeg, to enable delegates to "experience, learn and discuss" issues affecting their church in "gentle and participatory...
Union with Rome Not Imminent
STAFF An "organic unity" between" Anglican and Roman Catholic churches is not likely to happen. in the near future, according to the co-chairs of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM). But a recent...

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