December 20, 2013
In 2009 I visited Bethlehem in the Holy Land.
I remember bending over, as everyone must, to pass under the tiny doorway that takes you into the Church of the Nativity. I remember standing in Manger Square with hundreds of pilgrims from around the world.
I remember waiting in a long line of people wanting to kneel and pray in the grotto over the very place where it is believed Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Son of God. The closer I was drawn to this incredible...
In late November 2013, Indigenous Anglicans from around the communion traveled to Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand for a meeting of the Anglican Indigenous Network (AIN)—a recognised network of the Anglican Consultative Council, which facilitates communication and cooperation between the different provinces of the Anglican Communion.
Attending from the Anglican Church of Canada were National...
December 19, 2013
Continuing a yearly tradition that has become a warm reminder of the full communion partnership enjoyed by their two churches, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), and National Bishop Susan Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) share a joint Christmas video message with Lutherans and Anglicans across the country.
In their 2013 Christmas message, Johnson and...
December 9, 2013
One of Canada's foremost experts in philanthropy has been appointed interim director of General Synod's Resources for Mission Department, the group charged with promoting stewardship and developing partnerships throughout the church.
Monica Patten, chair of the Resources for Mission coordinating committee, will take up the position in January. She succeeds Vianney (Sam) Carriere who has served as interim director and director since 2010. The Rt. Rev. Rob Hardwick, bishop...
The Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, will participate in an evensong service at St. James Cathedral in Toronto on Sunday, Dec 15 at 4:30 pm. Those gathered will be offering prayers for the life of Nelson Mandela.
Archbishop Hiltz will preach on the life and legacy of Mandela, "one of the greatest men of our times... destined to be remembered in the calendar of holy men and women through the ages."
What should church hospitality look like? Is "hospitality" enough?
The church has wrestled with these questions for some time, and recently in response to "open table"—the practice of welcoming unbaptised people to participate in the Eucharist.
At the spring 2012 meeting of the House of Bishops, the bishops opted for a broader conversation, moving from discussing open table exclusively to a conversation on hospitality and how it connects to discipleship....
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...
December 5, 2013
Today the world mourns the passing of one of the greatest men of our times. Nelson Mandela's life is the story of the prisoner who became the president of his beloved country. He is the icon of South African's long road to freedom from apartheid. He is "the father of our nation", writes Desmond Tutu, "the pride of our people."
Mandela only ever looked back to remember those who had been so sorely oppressed, who suffered and died. He looked ahead...
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...
About 130 young people gathered in a heavily fortified bank vault in the depths of the ‘Diefenbunker' near Carp, Ont., on Nov. 17, 2013. They were there for a Eucharist and sermon comparing the pacifism of Christ and the "redemptive violence" of the bestselling novel and movie The Hunger Games.
The once-secret underground bunker near Carp, Ont., was built more than 50 years ago to protect the Canadian government from nuclear attack.
"The Hunger Games is a...