Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 131, No. 6, June

Anglican Leaders Meet Pope
The Archbishop of Canterbury and other Anglican leaders were among ecumenical representatives greeted by Pope Benedict XVI during an April 25 audience at the Vatican Archbishop Williams attended the inauguration of the new pope at St. Peter's Square...
Arctic Cathedral Expansion Stalls: Wider Church Asked to Help Raise Funds for 'Igloo' Church
Arctic bishop Andrew Atagotaaluk plans to request dioceses across the country to set aside one Sunday for special offerings to help boost the fundraising campaign for the renovation of St. Jude's Cathedral in Iqaluit, which is not only aging but bursting...
Bishops Agree to Hold off on New Blessings
Windsor, Ont. Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada have agreed not to make any new moves toward blessing same-sex couples at least until General Synod 2007. The decision was made at the bishops' regular spring meeting held here in April. ...
Bishops' Meeting Spans Border
A five-day meeting brought together Canadian and American bishops for sessions in Windsor, Ont. and Detroit to share common concerns and strategies. The joint meeting followed the regular three-day spring gathering of Canadian bishops' and brought...
Canadian Donations Aid in Reconstruction
Some of the donations given by Canadian Anglicans to the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) for victims of the powerful tsunami that hit parts of Asia last December are now being used for reconstruction and rehabilitation purposes,...
Canadians to Sit on Sidelines of Meeting: Will Not 'Participate Fully' at ACC
Mississauga, Ont. Council of General Synod (COGS) has instructed the Anglican Church of Canada's representatives to "attend but not participate fully" in the meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) scheduled in Nottingham, England this...
China May Restore Ties with Vatican
Beijing The Chinese government said it is ready to restore diplomatic relations with the Vatican under the new Pope, Benedict XVI, provided the Holy See severs its relations with Taiwan, recognizes the People's Republic of China and guarantees "non-interference"...
Church Budget Goes under the Knife
Mississauga, Ont. Council of General Synod (COGS), during its spring meeting here, approved a proposal to reduce the $10.7 million 2005 budget of General Synod by $415,000 following a shortfall in expected revenues from Anglican Appeal and the Anglican...
Church Growth Exciting but Challenging Too
Beijing An ecumenical delegation led by Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada ended a visit to China's Protestant churches exhilarated by the continuing growth of Christianity in this predominantly atheist state but...
Church Will Ask All Dioceses to Reopen Schools Agreement
Mississauga, Ont. Two years after securing a residential schools agreement with the federal government that limits liability, the national church is signaling that it would like to reopen the agreement to allow claimants the opportunity to sue for...
Commission Rules on Doctrine of Blessings
Mississauga, Ont. A national church commission has concluded that the blessings of same-sex unions is "a matter of doctrine," thereby giving General Synod, not diocesan synods and bishops, the final authority to decide whether they should be allowed...
Conference Will Gather Conservative Voices: Essentials Enjoys Uneasy Truce in Some Dioceses
Anglican Essentials Canada, an 11-year-old coalition that has become the predominant voice for conservatives disturbed with more-liberal church views on homosexuality, is planning a major conference this month in Toronto. Called the "Open Door"...
Council Eyes Details of 'Consultation': Presenters List Not Yet Chosen
Mississauga, Ont. From practical considerations (where to sit) to strategic (who should go), Council of General Synod (COGS) members pondered how the Anglican Church of Canada could put its best foot forward when it appears before the Anglican Consultative...
Daily Bible Readings
Daily Bible readings for the month will be printed in every issue of the Anglican Journal They are based on readings recommended by the Canadian Bible Society. JULY Date Reading 1 Genesis 24.28-67 [] 2 Romans 7.1-25 ...
Diocese Still Negotiating for Calgary Bishop's Resignation
The diocese of Calgary, in mid-May, was still negotiating the terms of Bishop Barry Hollowell's departure, according to the bishop, who said he could not add further details while negotiations were underway. In March Bishop Hollowell announced he...
Dizzying High in Shanghai: Tempo of City Can Be Disorienting
Shanghai WE ARE A delegation of 11--four from the Anglican Church of Canada, four from the Presbyterian Church in Canada and three from the United Church of Canada--visiting Shanghai, Nanjing, Kunming and Beijing at the invitation of the China Christian...
Education Plan Rules Tightened
Mississauga, Ont. Effective July 1, employees who are part of the national church's Continuing Education Plan (CEP) must prove that any course they plan to take or any books and equipment they wish to purchase benefit the employer. Council of...
Faith Blooms in Communist China: Churches Still Draw Crowds
Beijing IT IS NOT quite a church yet but this Sunday (as in any given Sunday) a nondescript two-storey building on the outskirts of China's capital is teeming with young and old Chinese sitting quietly in Formica chairs, reverently clutching a Mandarin-language...
Journal Wins Seven International Awards
Nashville The Anglican Journal ranked as one of the top national or international church newspapers in North America, winning seven awards, including two awards of excellence at the Associated Church Press (ACP) convention here in April. The...
Lutheran Vote on 'Local Option' Will Be Difficult Decision
WE LUTHERANS are now in the home stretch, just weeks before our national convention in Winnipeg, July 21-24, 2005. The 400 or so delegates will vote on the recommendation of National Church Council (NCC) for the approval of same-sex blessings with...
New West Votes to Limit Blessings to Eight Parishes
The diocese of New Westminster's annual synod, or general meeting, voted on May 14 to limit the blessing of gay relationships at Anglican churches within the Vancouver-based area. Meeting in North Vancouver May 13-14, about 300 delegates decided...
Other CoGS Business
In other business, the Council of General Synod: * Heard that the diocese of New Westminster has donated $320,000 in seed money to General Synod's Letting Down the Nets stewardship and gift planning initiative. Canon Geoff Jackson, who was recently...
Primate Marks One Year in Office: Bridge Building Is a Goal for Hutchison
Archbishop Andrew Hutchison celebrates his first year as primate of the Anglican Church of Canada this month and, in an interview, cited a "rebuilding of relationships and trust" among bishops, reaching out to dioceses through direct visits and Web...
Questions about Our Humanity Cannot Be Answered Simply
WHAT DOES IT mean to be human? As medical science takes us deeper, the answer to that question is increasingly clouded. New questions emerge, such as, to what degree can we play with the genetic material we are given? When may we terminate life? Is...
Saints and Sinners on Stage
Stratford, Ont. Historic sports arenas and majestic banks are sometimes called temples or cathedrals but Richard Monette's church is the theatre and this year the artistic director of the Stratford Festival is exploring the nature of good and evil...
Saskatoon College Saved at 11th Hour
An 11th-hour surge of contributions in early May has allowed Saskatoon's College of Emmanuel and St. Chad, an Anglican theological school, to withdraw a recommendation made in late April that it close. "I'm overwhelmed with the generosity and commitment...
Schools Award Honorary Degrees at Spring Convocation Ceremonies
Vancouver School of Theology celebrated the 20th anniversary of its native ministries program by awarding honorary doctorate degrees at its May 9 convocation to the program's founders, Archdeacon Ian MacKenzie and Rev. Cecil Corbett. Mr. MacKenzie,...
Sexuality Issue Very Personal for One Bishop: Robinson Is 'Painfully Aware' of Situation
Windsor, Ont. One bishop called the sexuality issue "the elephant in the room," because it was never on the agenda and was discussed only informally in a hotel hospitality suite. But the "elephant" question was very personal for one bishop at the...
When the Calling Is a Mistake
Do You Hear What I Hear? Religious Calling, the Priesthood and My Father Minna Proctor Viking, 2005, 253 pp., 0-670-03326-X THE TITLE CAUGHT my eye at once. As a bishop, one of my most important and challenging responsibilities is to participate...
Why Can't We Simply Say What We Mean?
PARSING THE STATEMENTS that emerge from the church is an art, not a science. Such statements are often the product of writing teams who agonize over verbs, massage texts and sometimes skillfully inject nuance into what is ultimately released to...