In its early years, the Canadian Churchman (the Anglican Journal’s predecessor) was dominated by advertisements.

The gift of possibilities

The oldest surviving copy of The Dominion Churchman-now called the Anglican Journal-dates back to Aug. 22, 1878.

Nine-year-old Maryam Al-Masri, who was wounded in an Israeli air strike, comforts her grandmother as she lies in bed at a hospital in Gaza City. Photo: Reuters/Mohammed Salem

PWRDF issues appeal for Gaza

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has issued an appeal for Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza, which has been responding to the needs of

(L to R): Anglican diocese of Saskatoon Bishop David Irving and Roman Catholic Bishop of Saskatoon Donald Bolen. Photo: Contributed

Roman Catholic bishop receives Anglican honour

The Anglican-run University College of Emmanuel and St. Chad has awarded an honorary fellowship to the seventh bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, Donald Bolen.

Diocese of Rupert’s Land Bishop Don Phillips and Archdeacon Anne Germond, diocese of Algoma, participate in “missional speed dating,” a way of introducing participants to each other at the National Consultation on Congregational Vitality. Photo: Marites N. Sison

A hub for healthy and vital churches

Over 70 Anglican and Lutheran bishops, clergy and laity from across Canada on Wednesday began sharing stories of both success and failure concerning congregational health and renewal, at the National Consultation on Congregational Vitality being held at the Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, May 14 to 16.

Council of General Synod members vote by consensus that all submissions to the Commission on the Marriage Canon will need to be identified when posted online. Photo: Marites N. Sison

CoGS discusses marriage canon submissions policy

The Council of General Synod (CoGS) has agreed that all submissions to the Commission on the Marriage Canon will be posted, with attribution, on the Anglican Church of Canada’s website, anglican.ca.

Bishops spent their time praying, participating in Bible studies and group conversations at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls, Ont. Photo: Courtesy Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre

Bishops spend week in retreat

At its spring meeting, the House of Bishops departed from its usual agenda, packed with briefings and program updates, to days spent on a retreat that combined eucharists, Bible studies, moments of reflection, quiet walks and group conversations.

Primate’s prayer for Jerusalem

If prayer is “a gathering into the heart,” as former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams put it, and “a longing of the soul,” as Mahatma Gandhi said, a special prayer recently composed by the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada expresses both intentions.

Five films

A sampling of best films/documentaries that shed light on the Middle East conflict

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop Fred Hiltz met for two hours at the convent of Sisters of St. John the Divine in Toronto. Photo: Michael Hudson

Welby explains gays and violence in Africa remarks

After a 12-hour day of back-to-back engagements, a jet-lagged Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, sat down for a 15-minute interview with the Anglican Journal late Tuesday evening, April 8.

The Canterbury visits

Since his enthronement in March 2013 as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has visited 14 churches and provinces of the Anglican Communion. He and his wife, Catherine, are expected to arrive in Toronto this afternoon for a two-day “personal, pastoral visit.”

Marriage canon commission members will carry out a broad consultation about changing the marriage canon (church) law to allow same-sex marriage.

Marriage canon commission begins work

In a few weeks, the Anglican Church of Canada’s commission on the marriage canon will invite Anglicans in Canada and across the Communion, as well church ecumenical partners, to offer their views about changing the marriage canon (church law) to allow same-sex marriage.

TRC chair: ‘Mutual respect’ key to reconciliation

The seventh and final national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) began in Edmonton March 27 with TRC chair Justice Murray Sinclair stating that the goal of reconciliation must be to establish “a relationship of mutual respect” between indigenous and non-indigenous people of Canada.

“There have been so many people over the years who have worked really hard to establish good relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous people,” says Anglican Healing Fund co-ordinator Esther Wesley. “Our [church] apology hasn’t been empty.” Photo: Marites N. Sison

‘Our apology hasn’t been empty’

Over time, in so many different places and at different times, Anglican Healing Fund co-ordinator Esther Wesley kept hearing people refer to “apologies, empty apologies” whenever they talked about issues related to the sad legacy of Indian residential schools in Canada.

(L to R) Dean Kenneth Davis, and the Rev. Samuel Halkett, have teamed up to bring Cree language classes at St. Alban’s Cathedral in Prince Albert, Sask. Photo: Perry Bergson/Prince Albert Daily Herald

Cree classes at Anglican cathedral

On Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the halls of St. Alban’s Cathedral in Prince Albert, Sask., is abuzz with activity as young and old gather over a typical meal of bannock, soup or stew, vegetables and fruits.

The Rev. Reuben Garang, third from left, with some of his relatives who fled the violence in South Sudan last December and sought refuge at a camp in northern Uganda. Photo: Contributed

South Sudan conflict hits home for Winnipeggers

A refugee camp in northern Uganda was the last place the Rev. Reuben Garang expected to be reunited with his brothers and sisters. They had been separated for 25 years, following the second Sudanese civil war in the 1980s.

Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada members, (L to R, from back to front), Raymond Lafontaine, Alexander Laschuk, David Neelands, Catherine Clifford, Kevin Flynn, Front: Bruce Myers, Joseph Mangina, Bishop Don Bolen, Bishop Linda Nicholls, Eileen Conway, Carolyn Chau. Photo: David Burnstun

Anglicans, Roman Catholics ‘committed to dialogue’

Canadian Roman Catholics have expressed the hope that the Anglican Church of Canada would seek input from its ecumenical partners as it continues discussion concerning a resolution to amend the church’s marriage canon to allow same-sex marriage.

Canon Robert Falby, chancellor of the diocese of Toronto and former prolocutor of General Synod, will chair the commission on the marriage canon. File photo: Art Babych

Marriage canon commission members announced

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, today announced the appointment of the members of a commission that will carry out a broad consultation about changing the marriage canon (church law) to allow same-sex marriage.

Members of the Six Nations delegation from Brantford, Ont., stand outside St. Peter’s Square waiting for the canonization ceremony for Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Photo: Jim C. Powless Turtle Island News.

Parish attends canonization of Mohawk saint

Judy Smith-Martin waited 32 years for Kateri Tekakwitha to become the first Mohawk saint, and when the Vatican set her canonization for Oct. 21, she knew she had to go to Rome to fulfill a promise.

Kateri Tekakwitha was beatified in 1980 by Pope John Paul II.

Newly arrived Syrian children register for school in the Za'atari refugee camp, northern Jordan. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

We want to go home and rebuild our lives’

The national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is urging Canadians to be generous in supporting relief efforts for Syrian refugees in

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