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Archdeacon Michael Thompson, the church’s general secretary, decided not to make the documents available, saying, “We have not developed a policy about how a not-public document becomes accessible to the press.”

Anglican Journal denied access to CoGS documents

Documents that traditionally have been made available to Anglican Journal staff were withheld from them at the March 10-13 meeting of Council of General Synod (CoGS), the church’s governing body between General Synods.

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Happy Family Day

The Anglican Journal office will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, for the Family Day holiday.

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A holy Lent

February 10 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, says primates remain committed “even in the face of deep differences of theological conviction concerning same-sex marriage – to walk together and not apart.”

Censure of U.S. church will weigh on Canada, says Hiltz

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, acknowledged tonight that the decision by the majority of primates to temporarily suspend the Episcopal Church from taking part in the Anglican Communion’s decision-making related to doctrine and polity “will weigh into” the Anglican Church of Canada’s own deliberations about same-sex marriage this July.

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Merry Christmas

The Anglican Journal office will be closed for Christmas holidays from Dec. 23, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016.

Bishop William Anderson was elected bishop of the diocese of Caledonia in 2001. Photo: Contributed

Bishop of Caledonia to retire

After a decade and a half of service, the bishop of the diocese of Caledonia, William Anderson, will be retiring next fall.

Happy Labour Day

The Anglican Journal office will be closed Monday September 7 to celebrate Labour Day.

A Syrian refugee from Aleppo holds his one-month-old daughter after arriving on a dinghy at the Greek island of Lesbos on September 3. Photo: Dimitris Michalaki/Reuters

Church calls for urgent action to address refugee crisis

In tandem with the global outpouring of sorrow over the death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi on September 2, the Anglican Church of Canada issued a statement calling Anglicans to a threefold response to the refugee crisis by bolstering aid, sponsoring refugees, and petitioning the government to increase its own efforts.

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. Photo: Screen capture from Anglican Video

‘Speak truth to power,’ primate urges Anglicans

The church’s “absolute and unwavering commitment” to addressing the injustices that Canada’s Indigenous people continue to experience is one of the key elements in achieving meaningful reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada has said.

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, the Rev. Joanne Mercer (diocese of Central Newfoundland), Penny Noel (diocese of Montreal) and Valerie Bennett (diocese of Montreal) at a banquet prepared by St. John the Evangelist parishioners for Provincial Synod.

Primate hopes marriage canon debates will be respectful

Archbishop Fred Hiltz said he is aware that there is anxiety among Anglicans about how the 2016 General Synod will deal with a motion amending the marriage canon (church law) to allow the marriage of same-sex couples.

The Provincial Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada gathered for its triennial meeting June 25-28.

Examine mission of church, archbishop asks Anglicans

Archbishop Percy Coffin, metropolitan (senior bishop) of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada, on June 25 urged Anglicans to examine its mission in the 21st century and to look beyond maintaining the church as an institution.

An estimated 10,000 people joined the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Walk for Reconciliation, which included representatives from various dioceses across Canada. Photo: André Forget

Key recommendations of the TRC report

In its final report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) issued 94 calls to action that it said would “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.”

Walk for Reconciliation videos

Videos taken during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Walk for Reconciliation, May 31, Ottawa.

Northwest Territories sun dancers perform at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Northern National Event held in Inuvik in June 2011. Photo: Marites N. Sison

The next steps forward

As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) wraps up its work this month, the
Anglican Journal asked four Anglicans to reflect on the following questions: Where do you see reconciliation happening between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians now? What needs to happen going forward?

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