Anglican Journal

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Articles from Vol. 141, No. 4, April

An Evolving Relationship
IT'S ALMOST seven feet when it's rolled out full length! Connected by a dotted line through a ribbon of landscape from one end to the other are 72 entries by way of date and significant development that tell the story of "Indigenous Peoples and The...
Anglican Alliance Acts as 'Catalytic' Group
What role does the Anglican Alliance play in the life of the Anglican Communion, and how can the Anglican Church of Canada be an active partner in its work? This was the focus of a briefing given by the Rev. Rachel Carnegie, co-director of the Anglican...
Being Easter People
APRIL IS HERE, and for Canadians fortunate enough to be surrounded by caring family or friends, there is much to celebrate-both sacred and secular. After Good Friday and Holy Saturday, when devout Christians reflect on the suffering and death of...
Chaplains Take Pragmatic Approach to Supreme Court Ruling
While the decision of Canada's Supreme Court to strike down the ban on physician-assisted dying has elicited a whole spectrum of responses from Anglicans across Canada, chaplains and ministers who work closely with the dying have taken a pragmatic...
Choosing the 'Escape Clause'
The Rev. Eric MacDonald, a retired Anglican priest who lives in Windsor, N.S., said he was "overjoyed" by the Supreme Court of Canada's decision to legalize doctor-assisted suicide."I think it was about time," he said, but added,"For Elizabeth, it...
Church-Backed Co-Operative Offers RRSPs
Oikocredit Canada has announced that, for the first time, people in Ontario can invest in microfinance projects in developing countries as a part of their registered retirement savings plans. "There's lots of ways for people to invest in global...
'Climate Change Evangelist' Visits Cathedral
In a winter when much of Canada has endured frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall, it may be hard for some to take climate change seriously. But the deep freeze many of us have experienced this winter, said renowned climate scientist Katharine...
Faith Groups Back Anti-Poverty Campaign
Faith groups, including the Anglican Church of Canada, have thrown their support behind Dignity for All, a national campaign that urges Ottawa to legislate an anti-poverty plan to address the plight of 4.8 million Canadians who struggle to make ends...
Has the Digital Revolution Hijacked Our Sense of Wonder?
The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Communication (winner of the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction) explores how the digital revolution now dictating so much of our day-to-day activity unfolded,...
Heeding a Gospel Warning
THE hypocrisy and corruption associated with the Pharisees, as portrayed in the gospels, has made their name a potent insult. But Christian teaching, despite describing this corruption as extremely dangerous, often places the threat of the Pharisees'attitude...
Knitting Nonagenarian
To hear her daughter Dorothy Willar tell it, Mary McDonald, 96, is a veritable "knitting machine. Really. She knits continuously. She never stops." Every day, McDonald's clicking needles turn out thick, warm mittens and hats for London, Ont.'s,...
Life Is 'Larger Than One's Ownership of It'
Excerpts from an interview with the Anglican Journal and from his column in the Algoma Anglican (April 2014): My dad died in October. He had a massive stroke, and my brother and 1 were able to fly down to be with him and he lingered for a little...
Ministry Means 'Rolling Up Your Sleeves'
The Rev. Sam Rose, rector at St. Michael and All Angels in St. John's, Nfld., laughs as he tells an old joke about how many Anglicans it takes to change a light bulb. "Change?" says one of the Anglicans. "My grandfather gave us that light bulb--why...
Mixed Reactions to Assisted Dying
Responses to the Supreme Court of Canada's decision on Feb. 6 to strike down the ban on assisted dying reveal just how diverse opinions on this subject are within the Anglican Church of Canada. This was acknowledged directly in the diocese of New...
PWRDF Helps Syrian Refugees
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has sent an additional $21,000 to its long-time partner. Refuge Egypt, to help care for an influx of Syrian refugees who have fled to Cairo, adding to the already large population of refugees...
Task Force on Physician-Assisted Suicide to Outline the Church's Response and Guidelines This Spring
Following a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Canada on Feb. 6 to strike down as unconstitutional the ban on assisted dying, the Anglican Church of Canada's task force on physician-assisted suicide will release this spring a new document outlining...
'We Have to Speak out for Christians'
Andrew Bennett has served as Canada's first Ambassador to the Office of Religious Freedom since the position was created in February 2013. Previously, Bennett, a native of Toronto, Ont., served as a professor and dean at Saint Paul University in Ottawa...
Why Not Put a Face to Those in Favour of Same-Sex Union?
I disagree with the findings of the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (Don't change canon, says commission, Feb. 2015, p. 1), which is always on the side of the evangelical conservative belief. When will the Anglican...
Writing of Love and Loss
There are no measures of the depths of grief, but the death of a child is often said to be one of the most traumatic kinds of losses that people endure. When Ruth Lee-Knight wrote The Mountie's Girl, a book about the life and loss of her daughter Lorie...
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