Ben Graves


Testament to a life thoughtfully lived

As a student first of history and now of library and archival science, I am acutely aware of an existential crisis currently ongoing in both fields.

Nobody writes letters anymore.

The moral complexity of war

American historian David A. Bell once cautioned that “few subjects are more dangerous than war to discuss in a dry, abstract manner, without a sense of the human costs involved-without hearing the screams, seeing the bodies, and smelling the powder and the blood.”

Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh booth at General Synod 2016. Photo: Simon Chambers

Display booths a big hit at General Synod 2016

Stretching all the way from the dining room to the plenary area, the display booths lining the halls at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites represent a plethora of organizations and causes as diverse as those gathered together for the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod 2016. A total of 48 displayers are present at this year’s synod, with space having sold out before the beginning of the event.

Suzanne Lawson and Edmonton Bishop Jane Alexander share their experiences at the April 2016 meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka, Zambia. Photo: Art Babych

Get involved in networks of the Anglican Communion, GS 2016 urged

In their joint address to General Synod on the subject of the April 2016 meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) in Lusaka, Zambia, Anglican Church of Canada delegates Bishop Jane Alexander and Suzanne Lawson drew particular attention to what they described as the ACC’s resounding commitment to a new evangelism and, more specifically, the concept of intentional discipleship.

The new chapel onsite the venue for General Synod 2016 is the base of operations for synod's first volunteer pastoral care team. Photo: Art Babych

Pastoral care team at GS 2016 offers ‘ministry of presence’

Tucked away on the lower level of the Sheraton Parkway North Toronto Hotel & Suites, the Newmarket Room has been transformed into a place of quiet, prayerful respite amidst the bustle and noise of the 41st General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada.

General Synod members listen to the address by Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. Photo: Art Babych

What stood out for you in the primate’s address?

“It was all-encompassing, it was a wonderful address, very sensitive to the issues facing our church today, not just the marriage canon proposal, but all the major challenges that are facing the world and how important it is for the church itself to make a stand and to speak for Christ and for Christ’s church in the world especially.” -Bishop Robert Hardwick, diocese of Saskatchewan

A selection of pictures submitted to's first Instagram contest on food security. Photos: Contributed

Instagram contest focuses on food security

In a photograph, Zaida Bastos, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) program manager at the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), and a group of proud, smiling farmers in Rugombo, Burundi, are holding up freshly picked eggplants. What is not readily apparent in the picture is that the farmers are HIV-positive.

Campers and volunteer leaders at the second Music for the Spirit summer camp in Ohsweken, Six Nations. Photo: Richelle Miller

Music camp connects Six Nations’ youth with heritage

The village of Ohsweken in Six Nations of the Grand River, Ont., recently played host to the second Music for the Spirit summer day camp, which three Anglican Church of Canada agencies co-sponsored with other faith groups and charitable organizations.

Award-winning poet and Episcopal priest Spencer Reece with some of the 72 girls who call Our Little Roses home. Photo: Diana Frade

Honduran girls give voice to their stories

“We live in a world full of hate. I live in Pequeñas Rosas, in Honduras, which is close to El Bordo. El Bordo is one of the most dangerous places, because they kill you, attack women, and follow you when you aren’t looking.”

Children who take part in the centre’s home-school group activities have “grown into the space,” says one mother. Photo: Andre Forget

Church-based community centre a chance to ‘do more’

The mingling of Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries with the laughter of excited children is, on the surface, something of an odd combination. Emanating as they are from St. Peter’s Anglican Church on a Monday morning in downtown Hamilton, Ont., the sounds are stranger still.

Dean Dermont Dunne, Church of England Archbishop Michael Jackson, sculptor Tim Schmalz and Roman Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the blessing and unveiling of the Homeless Jesus sculpture. Photo: Church of Ireland

Jesus the Homeless inspires, divides

Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz’s life-sized bronze statue, Jesus the Homeless, did not have the most auspicious of beginnings. The oft-controversial piece, which depicts Jesus as an all-but-anonymous homeless person curled beneath a blanket on a park bench, spent close to a year stranded in Schmalz’s studio after it was first cast.

Board members of the Nepalese Canadian Community Services present PWRDF with a cheque for $13,075.25 for earthquake relief at PWRDF offices in Toronto. Photo: Simon Chambers

NGO presents PWRDF with cheque for earthquake relief

Three board members representing Nepalese Canadian Community Services (NCCS), a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization, visited the offices of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) on June 4 to deliver a cheque for $13,075.25 bound for earthquake relief in Nepal.

A remarkable journey through the years

As part of the Anglican Journal‘s 140th anniversary milestone, I was tasked with sifting through the newspaper’s substantial archives in search of stories significant to the history of the Anglican Church of Canada, and to the history of the Journal itself.

Archbishop Fred Hiltz and National Bishop Susan Johnson of the ELCIC lead an event on water issues on Parliament Hill as part of the 2013 Joint Assembly. Photo: Art Babych

Earth Day time to focus on climate justice, say leaders

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and Bishop Susan Johnson, national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), have issued a joint statement in anticipation of Earth Day 2015, to be observed April 22.

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