Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 136, No. 2, February

Beating the Rat Race
THE FIFTY-SOMETHING guy sitting next to me on the GO train looked like any other frazzled commuter who had put in a hard day's work. "If only I could win the Lotto," he told me, "I'd get out of this rat race so fast they'd never know I was here in...
Blessed Are the Confused
REMEMBER THE SIX-year-old boy who thought crosses were plus signs? Adults also suffer from mathematical faith confusion. I'd been introducing a post-graduate student and his fiancee to the basic experiences of the faith as part of their marriage...
Equipping Our Leaders for a Changing Church: Conference Calls for National Training Standards for Clergy
Chateauguay, Montreal Anglican bishops, heads of theological colleges and seminaries, students and professors who gathered for the first National Conference on Theological Education have agreed to re-examine how they discern and prepare candidates...
I'm Sorry: Former Anglican Priest Explains Why Learning to Forgive Lightens the Load
AFTER 45 YEARS of marriage, forgiveness was slow to come. Countless hurts and a growing contempt were buried under layers of bitter resentment. For much of their time together, the couple's relationship had been marked by frustration, anger and sorrow....
Investigating Miracles
BOOK REVIEW THE MIRACLE DETECTIVE by Randall Sullivan Grove Press, 2004 ISBN: 0-8021-4195-1 $25.00 450 pages IN THE MID-1990S, Randall Sullivan stumbled upon claims that the Virgin Mary had been appearing to children in a village...
Let's Focus on the Positive: Are You Answering God's Call to Help Move the Church Forward?
I'M EITHER A slow learner or a quick study, depending on your point of view. I say this because I've finally learned how the expression--What you focus on is what you get--actually works. Focus on same-sex blessings: you get frustration, anger, schism....
Making It Happen: Parishes Respond to PWRDF Refugee Sponsorship Initiative
YOU COULD CALL Caroline Fitzpatrick a veteran of refugee sponsorships. Since 1985, Fitzpatrick and a small ecumenical group of Anglican and United Church volunteers from Ottawa have helped 10 refugee families begin a new life in Canada. A member...
Not Your Father's Church Music: Old Favourites Are Updated Beautifully, Their Charm Intact
MUSIC REVIEW SWINGIN' THE PRAISE Paul Keller/Steve Richko Quintet PKO Records, 2009 www.PKOrecords.com FOR A LONG time, jazz was regarded by the church as the black sheep of the musical family. After all, didn't it start in the honky-tonks...
Olympic Spirit
WITH GREAT excitement we have followed the crosscountry journey of the Olympic torch, the longest domestic trek of the torch in Olympic history. By the time it reaches its destination in Vancouver, it will have passed through 1,000 communities across...
Quebec Diocese Works toward 'New Reality'
A resurrection is taking place within the diocese of Quebec: a slow, steady and persistent rebirth. Bishop Dennis Drainville has been on a mission to personally deliver this message of hope to each of the 82 congregations in the diocese. It's a message...
Saskatoon's Flying Bishop Will 'Take Off' during Retirement ... but He'll Keep Writing His Farm Magazine Column
Bishop Rodney Andrews, 69, plans to soar off into the wild blue yonder after he retires at the end of this month as the bishop of the diocese of Saskatoon. A licensed pilot, Bishop Andrews will fly with the ecumenical ministry, On Eagle's Wings, which...
Trafficking: A Global Tragedy
LOOKING INTO THE issue of human trafficking takes you to some very dark places. Described by the United Nations as the world's fastest growing organized crime, the trafficking of people into forced labour or sexual slavery is a massive problem, with...
'You See Them Heal': Sue Garvey's Passion for Helping the Homeless Paves Way for $11-Million Ottawa Facility
FOR MOST OF her life, Sue Garvey has felt a responsibility to help women overcome poverty, especially when it results in homelessness. She will tell you that everybody needs a permanent home to feel secure and to have a sense of self-worth. "The minute...

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