December 6, 2013
A globalized church in a globalized world finds itself present at the meeting of many different cultures—both at home and in mission around the world. Navigating and flourishing in intercultural contexts takes skill, knowledge, and sensitivity—so having a little extra help is always welcome.
The Canadian Churches' Forum is ready to offer that help in the form of two programs: Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) and Learning for...
November 29, 2013
Canada's federal prison chaplain system is going through dramatic change as it adopts a private contractor model to provide services across the country. In the midst of this reorganization, Anglicans are helping to make sure the spiritual needs of prisoners are met.
"It's a significant political and religious issue for our times," says Archdeacon Wayne Varley, diocesan executive officer for the Diocese of Ontario.
Varley and the Rev. Dale Gillman of the Diocese of...
November 18, 2013
After a hymn and morning Bible study at 8:45 am, committee members and COGS associates broke off for committee meetings and further training sessions. There was no morning session of COGS.
All enjoyed a break, and then gathered in the chapel for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
COGS members enjoyed their last lunch of the...
November 16, 2013
COGS convened once again at its usual meeting place, Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga, Ont. COGS members began their day with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the chapel at 8:45 am. After a brief break at 10 am, business began with opening formalities....
COGS convened once again at its usual meeting place, Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga, Ont. COGS members began their day with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the chapel at 8:45 am. After a brief break at 10 am, business began with opening formalities.
At 8:45 am, COGS members gathered for Bible study. The morning session began at 9:15.
General Secretary's Report
The Ven. Dr. Michael Thompson, General Secretary, presented his report.
Mr. Thompson emphasized early on that the national church...
November 8, 2013
This Christmas season, take some time out from stress with "In days to come," a series of Advent devotional podcasts available soon from the Anglican Church of Canada.
General Synod's partner this year is St. Benedict's Table, an arts-centred Anglican community in downtown Winnipeg.
"Our Lent and Advent podcast series have not only provided the church with excellent material for seasonal reflection, but they've given...
October 31, 2013
This January, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) turns 106 years old. Every year Christians gather to pray together across denominational boundaries–and every year a different country produces resources to be used around the world.
"Its preparation is very inclusive," says the Ven. Bruce Myers, General Synod's coordinator for ecumenical relations. "It tries to offer a glimpse not just of the diversity of the church, but also the diversity of humanity. As...
October 24, 2013
A new peer-to-peer learning program in the Diocese of Fredericton is changing the way the diocese–and now the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada–looks at continuing education for clergy.
The program, known simply as 12-12-12, gathers 12 clergy together once a month for 12 months to discuss 12 different topics that affect their ministries.
Archbishop Claude Miller believes the program meets a need–helping diocesan clergy adapt to social change. "It...
October 18, 2013
"This is not a blueprint, it's a vision of what the church can be. Its first purpose is renewal—and renewal is about unity, because the more faithfully we live into God's will for what it means to be church, the closer we draw to those who seek the same thing."
The subject is a document:...