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. 126, No. 5, May

Art Exhibit Dismays Parishioners
Those who may doubt the power of images to stir emotions and challenge intellect should consider an art exhibit that was recently held at St. John's Church in the little community of Forest, Ont., and may be exhibited in other locations. Entitled...
Bankruptcy May Offer Anglican Church New Life
BANKRUPTCY. It is the b-word, the death knell, the headline grabber. Bankruptcy is the Sword of Damocles hanging over the head of the Anglican Church of Canada. In early May, the Council of General Synod will consider several options for the future...
Canadian Natives' Expertise Sought by Indigenous Groups (in South America)
Indigenous groups from Central and South America are looking to the expertise of Canada's Aboriginals to help them develop their business know-how and post-secondary education. This good-news story might surprise non-indigenous Canadians accustomed...
Cuba Hosts Partners (in Mission Meeting of Anglican Church)
With the possibility of bankruptcy hanging over the church, Partners in Mission -- the church's international relations arm -- considered the unusual question, "Should Partners go out of business?" It was a top item on the agenda in February at...
Dealing with Eucharistic `Leftovers' Can Cause Deep Offence
"WE LIKE HIM well enough, and he preaches a good sermon, but I don't like the way he treats the communion." The speaker was a churchwarden in an Anglican parish under the care of a Lutheran pastor. "The leftover bread gets thrown on the grass for the...
Diversity Offers Hope: `All Churches Great and Small'
I WRITE this on the way home from a meeting of the primates of the Anglican Communion. For me, one of the high points of such meetings comes on Sunday when we worship with the local community. In 1993, we were meeting in Cape Town, at a time...
Do Saints Go to Heaven?
100 years ago: May 1900 Canadian Churchman reported that it is interesting to note the various streams of tendency, in our own day, setting in opposite directions, one towards liberalism, another towards something like despotism; one towards socialism,...
If We Can't Be Evangelists, We Can at Least Be Witnesses
I HAVE BEEN reflecting on a fascinating incident in the ministry of Jesus, as recorded in the fourth chapter of John's Gospel. Seated beside a well, Jesus begins a conversation with a Samaritan woman who comes to the well to draw water. By the time...
Leaders Preach near Homes: Lutheran, Anglican Leaders Visit Local Church Counterparts
The leaders of the Anglican and Lutheran churches in Canada each spent the fifth Sunday in Lent preaching in churches blocks from their homes. What made April 9 more unusual was that each spoke in the other's church. Archbishop Michael Peers preached...
MP Raises Financial Case of Churches in House: Swift Justice Needed for Natives, NDP's (Bill) Blaikie Says
A New Democratic Member of Parliament has raised in the House of Commons the financial situation of Canada's Christian churches over the residential schools lawsuits. "Surely it is important to make sure that the churches involved de not go bankrupt...
`New' Bishop (Ralph Spence) Puts His Stamp on Niagara: Diocese Launches Campaign for Education, Training
HE'S BEEN bishop of the Diocese of Niagara for two years and he's visited 97 per cent of its parishes, but Ralph Spence, 58, says he's just getting over that "new kid on the block" feeling. "I don't know when I'll stop being the new bishop," he...
Ottawa Experimented on Native Kids: Deliberately Denied Basic Dental Care
The federal government denied basic dental care and experimented with the diets of Native children in order to study the effects of Vitamin C and fluoride treatment. The controlled experiment took place in the late 1940s and early 50s in at least four...
Pope John Paul's Apology Praised by Christian Leaders
Leaders of Christian denominations in Canada praised Pope John Paul's recent sweeping apology for sins committed by Roman Catholics, suggesting his message should prompt further action toward communication and understanding of other religions and reconciliation...
Primates Remain Divided: Gay Issue Caused Friction in Portugal
Porto, Portugal As expected, homosexuality proved to be the major dividing issue for 38 leaders of the Anglican Communion meeting here for the first time since the 1998 Lambeth Conference. But signals also emerged of an even sharper split on the...
PWRDF (the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund) 1999 Annual Report
See and Hear the Call GOD IS always `doing a new thing' (Isaiah 43.19). God is always calling us into the future. To see the new thing and to hear the voice that beckons, we need to know our history. A colleague of mine has said it well: "Since...
Sins of the Fathers: The Legacy of Indian Residential Schools Is One of Physical and Emotional Scars, Nasty Lawsuits, a Questionable Medical Study, and Suicide
What happens next will shape much of Canada's secular and religious landscape, and determine the fate of many "survivors" of a fatally flawed system. Ben Pratt is squeezing a dirty old baseball cap between his beefy fingers. We are seated in a small...
So Many Roads (1965-1995): Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead So many Roads (1965-1995): Grateful Dead Records / Artista / BMG WHILE AT Wycliffe College in the late 1980s, I had three pivotal points of spring. Two were common for all seminarians -- Lent/Holy Week/Easter and end-of-term exams....
United Church Refused Special Stamp: New Stamps Feature Mailboxes, Tall Ships
Vancouver (END Canada's biggest Protestant church is preparing to celebrate its 75th anniversary but Canada Post has turned down the church's request for a commemorative stamp to be issued to honour the event. The three-million member United...
Urgent Appeal Launched for Africa: Primate's Fund Warns of Famine
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund has launched an urgent appeal to Canadians to help African countries hit by drought, conflict and flooding. More than 16 million people in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania,...