Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 131, No. 7, September

Activists Decry 'Diversion' of Aid: Some Tsunami Relief Not Reaching Victims
Some donations given by Canadians for the victims of last December's tsunami have in a perverse way ended up contributing to human rights violations in Aceh, Indonesia and funding so-called reconstruction projects that benefit big businesses instead...
Anglican Council Censures Canada, U.S.: Action 'Regrettable,' Says Primate
Nottingham, England The Anglican Consultative Council, which met June 18-29, voted to censure the Canadian and American churches for their more-liberal stand on homosexuality after listening to presentations from both churches. The council, an international...
Archdeacon Ted Light, 91, Served as General Secretary
Archdeacon Edwin Stanley ("Ted") Light, who served as general secretary of General Synod, the Anglican Church of Canada's governing body, from 1968 to 1979, died Saturday, May 21. He was 91. Born March 19, 1914 on a farm near Leaske, Sask., Mr....
Arctic Diocese Bans Gays from Employment: Bishop Says Church Has 'Moral Code' to Follow
The Anglican diocese of the Arctic has given notice that it will not employ the following: anyone having pre-marital sex, homosexuals, lesbians and bisexuals, those who willingly engage in sexual activities with a minor and with those whom they are...
Beleaguered Churches Receive Crucial Support
DELEGATES TO the third Afro-Anglicanism Conference held in Toronto last July criticized the Anglican Consultative Council, urged greater participation by youth and called for adoption of the United Nations' international development goals. "We have...
Bible Printing Press Thrives in China as Demand Grows
Nanjing DECADES AGO, only a few brave souls dared to own a Bible in Communist China. Owning one--whether smuggled from overseas or copied by hand from dog-eared Bibles that managed to survive the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) when...
Canon John Erb Dies at 72
Canon John Erb, whose exuberant manner and outsized personality marked his eight-year tenure as executive director of the Anglican Foundation, died July 31 in Toronto of a rare brain disorder, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), at the age of 72. "He...
Churches Condemn London Blasts: 'Take Courage,' Says Leader to Faithful
Church leaders around the world condemned the bombings that killed 56 people in London last July 7, and called for peace and sobriety. "The appalling events in London have shocked us all," said Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams shortly after...
Church Should Do More to Support Marriage
IN THE CURRENT debate over extending marriage to gay couples, you will hear some Anglican clergy say that the church should get out of the "marriage business" altogether. "We should give up our roles as agents of the state. Let everyone have a civil...
Church Supports Lump Sum Deal
The federal government's move toward awarding compensation to all former native residential school students won't have an immediate financial impact on the Anglican Church of Canada, according to church officials. However, the church praised the...
Cost of Excluding Gays and Lesbians Will Be 'Much Higher'
LIFE IS A KIND of art form. We draw many conclusions--often conflicting--from identical premises. Like a sharp knife, which slices clean and straight, we make clear-cut decisions, but our rationale is often skewed, like a dull knife which can only...
Council Agrees to Put Pressure on Israel
The Anglican Consultative Council has adopted a recommendation that churches put pressure on firms that contribute to Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, including the removal of investment funds in these companies as a last resort....
Document on Mary 'Gives Hope'
A document released recently by an international group of Anglican and Roman Catholic church leaders, which established some common ground about teachings on the Virgin Mary, is a "positive sign" that relations between the two denominations--strained...
Essentials Forms New Groups: 'Lifeboats' for Conservative Anglicans
Conservative Canadian Anglicans, who met in Toronto June 16-18, were urged to join two new groups, one of them working towards becoming the official replacement for the Anglican Church of Canada in anticipation that it may be "suspended or removed...
G-8 Summit Does 'Too Little' for World's Poor: Kairos
The July summit of the Group of Eight (G-8) leaders fell short of achieving the goal of "making poverty history," according to Kairos, a Canadian ecumenical organization dedicated to social justice, which is calling for the "immediate and unconditional...
Journal Wins 12 Canadian Awards: Synod Coverage Gets First Place
Ottawa The Anglican Journal won a total of 12 awards at the annual Canadian Church Press convention and awards dinner, held at Carleton University May 25-26. The Journal's coverage of last year's General Synod, the Anglican Church of Canada's...
Mission Possible: Orientation Program Prepares Canadian Volunteers for Realities of Life Overseas
"IMAGINE YOURSELF at the airport," Mary Helen Garvin told a group of men and women gathered in a circle, their eyes shut as she guided them to a meditation journey. "Who's seeing you off?. How do you feel as you say goodbye to them? Imagine yourself...
More Women Applying to Be Priests in England
The number of women applying for ordination in the Church of England has risen dramatically to the highest number since they were allowed to become priests 13 years ago. While the number of people going forward for ordination has risen to one of...
Native Anglicans Will Have National Indigenous Bishop
Delegates to the fifth Anglican Indigenous Sacred Circle gathering in Pinawa, Man. on Aug. 11 unanimously asked the Anglican Church of Canada within one year to create the office of national native bishop--an idea that native leaders have supported...
Native Journalist Writes Gripping Account of Residential School
A DARK LEGACY A Primer on Indian Residential Schools in Canada by Enos (Bud) Whiteye Self-published: Watpole Island, ON. 2004, t9 pages. $10. Copies of A Dark Legacy can be secured From the author for $10 by contacting Him al: RR#3, Walpole Island,...
New West Gets Contested Properties: Parishes Opposed to Same-Sex Blessings Move to New Space
Two congregations, which left the diocese of New Westminster following disagreements over same-sex blessings in 2002, have vacated the church buildings they used to occupy to avoid a long and costly litigation. Diocesan officials took possession...
On Broadway, Doubt Weighs Certainty and Fear
New York WINNER OF BOTH the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award, and selling out nightly on Broadway, Doubt presents four unforgettable characters caught in an intriguing detective story, a collision with faith and morals and a journey to the uneasy...
The Hard Choices That China's Churches Make
Beijing WESTERNERS ARE OFTEN baffled at the rate of Christian conversions in China --where public evangelism is banned, where the state imposes regulations on religion and where Christianity continues to carry the baggage of a colonial past when...
The Lure of Old China: City Has Rich, Painful History
We traveled by train from Shanghai to Nanjing, the old capital, for four-and-a-half hours. After bumper-to-bumper traffic and rows upon rows of humongous buildings in Shanghai it was a relief to see vast fields of green and yellow (canola, we were...
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund: Annual Report 2004
A Message from the Primate Dear Friends in Christ, A YOUNG MAN in Fort St. John, B.C. wrote to me, "Mine is the first generation to be obliged to think globally. In everything we do, we must consider the impact on other cultures and other parts...