‘Holy Goose Window’ adorns Ottawa-area church

Between 2006 and 2012, I was privileged, as a volunteer for the diocese of Ottawa archives, to create a photographic inventory of all the stained-glass windows in the diocese. That project resulted in a printed and digital database of more than 900 windows that included their descriptions and other information.

Gathering as ‘life-giving offering for the brokenness of our world’

The pandemic brought us remote learning, remote working, remote meetings, remote parties. Now that we can gather again, why should we make the effort when we can continue to worship remotely from the comfort of our homes? The short answer to this question is, of course, community.

‘Be of good cheer: It is I; Be not afraid.’

St. Bartholomew Church, in Pelican Narrows, Sask., is at the end of the road on a rock, almost surrounded by water. If you’re out on a boat coming back to the point where the church sits, the water seems deep and wide.

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Toward ‘an honest theology of human sexuality’

I can still remember my shock and dismay upon hearing that Jean Vanier, someone whose talks and writings influenced my thinking on Christian community, had been sexuality inappropriate and L’Arche, the organization he founded in 1964 for people with intellectual disabilities, was being transparent in acknowledging the damage this had caused and would continue to cause.

Indigenous Anglicans are building a church in our own image

The visit to Canada by the Archbishop of Canterbury and meetings with Indigenous groups in Saskatchewan were significant and vital steps on our path to healing. We thank him for his apology and for accompanying us briefly on our journey. But we do hope that he also recognized that Indigenous Anglicans have embarked on our own journey of self-healing.

The good news about bad news

(This article first appeared in the June 2018 issue of the Anglican Journal.) It’s a question that never gets old. Why do media, including the

A journey into prayer

(This article also appears in the April 2018 issue of the Anglican Journal.) Kneeling, hands folded, eyes fixed on the church altar. Sitting by the

What happens when a church closes?

By now it has sadly become a familiar story that we hear about or read in the news—a church is being closed, deconsecrated and put

Anglican Journal regrets error

The Anglican Journal regrets a significant error that appeared in the story, Diocese of Brandon denies breach of duty in sex assault lawsuit, published on

The arrival of God’s love

(This editorial first appeared in the December issue of the Anglican Journal.) Christmas is upon us. For some, it hasn’t come soon enough—that time of

It cannot be business as usual

(This article first appeared in the October issue of the Anglican Journal) Statements of condemnation have been issued. Prayers have been said and rallies for

Will you drop us a line?

“I am 96—so if I don’t reply next year—I’m probably gone to be with God.”

Letters to the Editor, June 2017

Synodical government ‘has served church well’ Bishop Mark MacDonald notes similarities between synodical and parliamentary government, wondering whether this model is appropriate for church governance

As long as there are those who feel that it is their duty to protect the church’s image rather than come to the aid of God’s most vulnerable, children will continue to be at risk. Photo: PhotoDonato/Shutterstock

Challenging a culture of silence

In March, Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its initial report on how Australian institutions—including churches, schools, sports clubs and government organizations—have responded to allegations of child sexual abuse.

"Our Creator put us here on earth. He gave us different languages to use," says John Mosquito of the Nekaneet First Nation. Image: Goldenarts/Shutterstock

So-kaa-de-se-win* (The power of language)

Esther Wesley once attended a Sunday service at St. Alban’s Anglican Cathedral in Prince Albert, Sask., and could hardly believe it when she heard the entire congregation sing The Doxology in Cree.

As the battle for Aleppo intensifies, Toronto activists stage a rally Dec. 14 calling for the protection of civilians. The UN human rights office says it has received reports of civilians being killed, “either by intense bombardment or summary execution by pro-government forces.” Photo: M. Sison

Where’s the world’s outrage for Syria?

“What would make you care about Aleppo?” A CNN article carried this headline on its website in October, at the height of the Syrian and Russian military assault on east Aleppo, where about 275,000 civilians were trapped inside rebel- held parts of the city.

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A place of ‘sober second thought’

This month, the new members of Council of General Synod (CoGS)—who will help govern the church for the 2016-2019 triennium— meet for the first time.

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