December 2021 Issue

National News

December issue offers visions of hope for Advent

Hawkins (right) with Cook-Searson (centre) and LLRIB councillor Devin Bernatchez at the site in La Ronge. Photo: Contributed National News

Bishops attend grave search at Anglican school site

Despite its pristine location in Saskatchewan’s boreal forest on the edge of the Canadian Shield, the town of La Ronge, Sask. (population: ca 5,700) has had its share of pain—experiencing, since 2015, a suicide crisis and evacuation for wildfires.

National News

Building with CLAY

The Anglican Church of Canada had been looking at organizing a national youth gathering for some time when the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) invited an Anglican cohort to Whitehorse in 2008 for its own youth conference.

Key issues facing the diocese, Kennedy said, will be the ongoing pandemic and the church’s relationship with Indigenous communities. Photo: Contributed National News

Helen Kennedy elected bishop of Qu’Appelle

Archdeacon Helen Kennedy has been elected the 13th bishop of the diocese of Qu’Appelle in southern Saskatchewan, winning on the second ballot at an episcopal election Oct. 17.

Opinion

Christmas and the seed of our hope

One of the gifts of our Anglican tradition is the liturgical calendar. Every year we cycle through its seasons following the life of Jesus and his teachings. Every year we are invited again into Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary time, ending with the Reign of Christ. We walk with Jesus and all those whose lives he touched to deepen our own understanding and life in Christ.

Opinion

The birth pains of a new world

“How are you doing in these strange times?” I hear it often. The word “strange” suggests we are in a time that is out of ordinary and hard to interpret. I would suggest, however, that this is a time that reveals something we have forgotten.

National News

New Anglican Journal editor, Anglican Foundation executive director

Two experienced Church House staffers have been promoted to head the Anglican Journal and Anglican Foundation of Canada.

The Rafeeh family, originally from Syria, waits to welcome Syrian refugees at Toronto’s Pearson airport in 2015. Photo: Stacey Newman/Shutterstock International News

COVID-19 challenges refugee work

The pandemic has dealt a massive blow to refugee sponsorship in Canada—but there’s some hope things will get easier soon both for those who hope to make Canada their home and those who help them get here, say some Anglican refugee assistance workers.

Opinion

‘Words that down the ages ring’

Each year, I wait to hear the familiar words from the Gospel of St. Luke that for me are the portal into Christmas Eve.

National News

Honouring life’s final stage

High rates of COVID-19 infection and death in Canada’s long-term care homes have drawn increased attention to their quality of care, and have spurred announcements by provincial and federal governments of new measures intended to improve it, including billions of dollars in new spending.

Bishops of the Council of the North observe social distancing at their October meeting in Toronto. The gathering adopted a hybrid format due to COVID-19 restrictions. Photo: Contributed National News

‘Game-changing’ $400,000 anonymous gift to Council of the North will fund ministry training

Shortly before its first in-person meeting since the start of the pandemic, held Oct. 4-6 at a hotel near Toronto’s Pearson Airport, the Council of the North was given an early Christmas present.