January 2022 Issue

January issue shares news and reflection from CoGS, Sacred Circle, COP26

General Synod may revisit rules for membership, voting

When it meets next summer, General Synod is expected to vote on a set of proposals concerning its own rules for membership and voting.

‘Realistic hope’ needed as church weighs pandemic’s toll, primate says

The pandemic has left its mark on the church in many ways—including, possibly, a permanent decrease in in-person attendance—and new spiritual resources will be needed as the church continues to emerge from it, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, told the Council of General Synod (CoGS) Nov. 5.

Choosing life over consumption in a time of crisis

“Multitudes [upon] multitudes in the valley of decision, for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:14) Whatever the original context of Joel’s prophecy, our time fits these words like no other.

‘The climate conversation will define us’

I’ve been involved in the Anglican church’s response to the climate crisis for a few years now. At one point, early on, I proudly told my teenage daughter Hannah that I had said no to an invitation to sit on my diocese’s climate response committee. It is so important to role model not over-committing!

CoGS joins call against forcible correction of children

CoGS has endorsed a statement calling on the federal government to repeal a section of the Criminal Code of Canada that authorizes parents, guardians and teachers to forcibly discipline children.

B.C. floods prompt Anglican vigil, support

As November floods brought death and devastation to parts of southern British Columbia, Canadian Anglican offered prayers and help to residents.

‘We look at it as God’s money’

Amal Attia, a former private-sector chief financial officer (CFO) and controller, has been appointed as the Anglican Church of Canada’s new treasurer and CFO.

Can running bring you closer to God?

Over the centuries, many people have associated closeness to God with a sense of oneness, and they’ve sought that oneness in a range of ways—prayer, meditation, fasting, chanting, dance, immersion in nature and the consuming of hallucinogens, to name a few.

Epiphany and our call to inner sight

Seeing is a prominent theme in the stories and parables of Jesus. Although sometimes it is in the context of stories of the healing of physical blindness, it is also used as a metaphor for insight into truth.

Sacred Circle continues to refine key documents of Indigenous church

A November meeting of Sacred Circle, a gathering of Indigenous Anglicans from across Canada, saw members continuing to polish a pair of foundational documents for the self-determining Indigenous church within the Anglican Church of Canada.