Archbishop Linda Nicholls

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Giving back to the gracious other: a Lenten prayer

The last few months have been hard. Although I am an introvert—and introverts have had a built-in advantage during pandemic restrictions—I have had enough of uncertainty and lockdowns. I know I am not alone in that sentiment!

Seeing through the pandemic’s haze

I left home very early that morning to prepare for the 8 a.m. Eucharist at the parish I served, driving in a dense fog. As

Epiphany and our call to inner sight

Seeing is a prominent theme in the stories and parables of Jesus. Although sometimes it is in the context of stories of the healing of physical blindness, it is also used as a metaphor for insight into truth.

Christmas and the seed of our hope

One of the gifts of our Anglican tradition is the liturgical calendar. Every year we cycle through its seasons following the life of Jesus and his teachings. Every year we are invited again into Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary time, ending with the Reign of Christ. We walk with Jesus and all those whose lives he touched to deepen our own understanding and life in Christ.

The illusion of control—and the reality of hope

One of the great illusions when life is stable is that we are in control. The pandemic has shattered that illusion; a tiny virus broke through all our expectations. Plans were disrupted; families separated; and many of the ways in which we manage our lives were no longer effective. We discovered our vulnerability, and that we need each other for survival and are not in control.

The church’s need for pruning

It is the task at the heart of John 15:2: “God cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

Listening for the Spirit in a liminal time

As I write this on the cusp of the spring equinox, I am so deeply grateful for the gift of light as the spring sunshine has melted the snow, is greening the grass and is offering such promise for warmth and renewal.

‘In sure and certain hope’

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the event that defines Christian faith. It is the unique event that affirms Jesus’s identity; and confirms, with power,

‘A piece of the continent, a part of the main’

At Ash Wednesday we were invited “to observe a holy Lent by self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, and by reading and meditating on the word of God.” Yet we have, in a sense, been in an extended Lent through the past year as the COVID-19 pandemic has invited us, through radical disruption of our lives, to examine ourselves and the world around us in light of the gospel.

Seeing God beyond our mirror images

Although some people find February a dismal month as we long for the end of winter, it is, for me, a month of good memories and celebrations.

Finding joy in our challenged assumptions

When life is stable and all its interlocking parts are running relatively smoothly, we simply assume it will always be that way. We make plans

A message from the Primate

Dear friends in Christ, On October 8th we learned of the death of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Curtis Ralph Peddle, Bishop of the Diocese

Something new waits to be born

Going back is never what you thought it would be! Do you remember returning to your hometown and discovering a new building on the corner?