Hearing God in silence

For several years now, the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine in Toronto has opened its doors on New Year’s Eve to those who want to usher in the new year “in an environment of peace and quiet fellowship.”

This Christmas, lay out the welcome mat

Year in and out, it seems, Canadians get bombarded with the same kind of news about Christmas. By now, these headlines have become as familiar as a Christmas music loop, and they simply switch depending on the state of the nation’s economy: Canadians plan to spend less on gifts this Christmas…Canadians set to spend more on holidays.

Now is the time for honest engagement

As much as some quarters would have everyone believe, there’s no telling how the 2016 General Synod will act on a motion to change the church’s law so that clergy can marry same-sex couples.

Mother and child refugee enter Macedonia after crossing the border with Greece, September 1. They are trekking from the southern Macedonia border to the northern border of Serbia, on their way to Western Europe. Photo: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

The inescapable responsibility

In 1986, the United Nations awarded the people of Canada the Nansen Medal, its highest distinction for aid to refugees, for their “major and sustained contribution to the cause of refugees in their country and throughout the world for years.”

Women bishops at the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Bishops. Photo: Marites N. Sison

The stained glass ceiling holds

On June 6, when Mary Irwin-Gibson, the dean and rector of St. George’s Anglican Cathedral in Kingston, Ont., was elected bishop of the diocese of Montreal, the Anglican Journal published an online story that carried the headline, First woman bishop for Montreal.

Diocese of Yukon Bishop Larry Robertson and Archbishop Fred Hiltz drove 3,000 km visiting five parishes, mostly in remote rural communities of northern B.C. and the Yukon. Photo: Diocese of Yukon

‘Ministry of presence’ alive in the Yukon, says primate

Archbishop Fred Hiltz recently returned from an eight-day visit to the diocese of Yukon where, he said, alternative approaches to ministry have allowed cash-strapped local parishes to not only meet the needs of their communities, but to actually thrive.

Photo: Saskia Rowley

Dear editor…

“Why does Lincoln get 250 and the rest of us a measly 150?”

(L to R) Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonal, and ACIP members Sheba McKay and Ruth Kitchekesik. Photo: Marites N. Sison

TRC report will advance Indigenous self-determination in church, says bishop

National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald said he is hopeful that the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) outlining concrete actions that would respect the sovereignty and integrity of Canada’s Indigenous peoples would help Indigenous Anglicans’ own struggle for self-determination within the Anglican Church of Canada.

About 300 people gathered at Rideau Hall, the official home and workplace of the governor general, for the ceremony marking the end of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s work. Photo: Art Babych

As TRC ends, Johnston asks Canadians: ‘Where do we go from here?’

In a solemn ceremony marking the conclusion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Governor General David Johnston urged Canadians to seize a historic opportunity “to look back, and to look forward together” and to begin “a new chapter in the story of Canada and its diverse peoples.”

ArchbishopFred Hiltz calls release of the TRC report "an historic day for Canada,a sacred day for most of us, an absolutely great day" for residentialschoolsurvivors. Photo: Art Babych

TRC report ‘comprehensive, far-reaching,’ says Hiltz

ArchbishopFred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, today praised theTruth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for issuing a final reportthat he describedas “very comprehensive and far-reaching into the soul of the countrywith respect to what we need to do to bring about reconciliation[between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians] that is just so longoverdue.”

“We are all Treaty people who share responsibility for taking action on reconciliation,” TRC Commissioners Chief Wilton Littlechild, Marie Wilson and Justice Murray Sinclair say in their final report. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Residential schools a form of ‘cultural genocide,’ says TRC report

Addressing what it described as a “cultural genocide” inflicted for over a century on Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on June 2 issued 94 wide-ranging “Calls to Action,” including the creation of a National Council for Reconciliation, a Royal Proclamation and Covenant on Reconciliation and an apology from the Pope for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in residential schools.

Inuit elder Sally Webster lights the quliq, an oil lamp traditionally used by Inuit, during the opening ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's closing event in Ottawa. Photo: Marites N. Sison

TRC chair: Reconciliation requires commitment of all Canadians

At the conclusion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) six-year work of collecting testimonies and facts around the Indian residential schools, its chair Justice Murray Sinclair urged Canadians to believe not only that healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people can happen, but that “it should happen.”

Anglicans were among thousands who took part in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Walk for Reconciliation May 31 in Ottawa. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Why are you walking?

On May 31, thousands of people took part in the “Walk for Reconciliation,” organized by the Truth and Reconciliation of Commission (TRC). The walk was meant to “transform and renew the very essence of relationships between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.”

What do they want now?

Many indigenous Anglicans have noted that this has been the inevitable, if not caustic, response of some in the church whenever they air a concern or demand change in order to address historical injustices, or even simply to make their ministries work better.

Being Easter people

April is here and for those fortunate enough to be surrounded by caring family or friends, there is much to celebrate-both sacred and secular.

Why count our blessings?

(This editorial first appeared in the January issue of the Anglican Journal.) For over a decade now, many in the church have bemoaned the lack

Journal launches special TRC web page

The Anglican Journal‘s extensive and award-winning coverage of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) national events-from 2010 to 2015-has now been compiled into a single web page . Click here.

A young girl who fled the violence in Mosul carries bottled water for her family at a camp on the outskirts of Arbil, capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, where thousands of Christians have taken refuge. Photo: Reuters

A boy named Andrew

People who keep up with the news will, by now, be familiar with the name James Foley.

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