Mark MacDonald


  • Mark MacDonald

    Mark MacDonald was national Indigenous Anglican bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada from 2007 to 2019, and national Indigenous Anglican archbishop from 2019 to 2022.


A taste of the future

It has been said that the churches of the Christian West, our Anglican Church included, have tried to establish the meaning and practice of the

Mission from the margins

“God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:27–29).

Save us from the time of trial

Not really knowing what to do, writing this piece might be merely therapeutic for me; thinking out loud, perhaps.

Spiritual struggle, systemic evil

The recent acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the death of Colten Boushie has revealed a deep and abiding difference in the experience of Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous people across Canada.

A struggle for hope

(This article first appeared in the February 2018 issue of the Anglican Journal.) Yesterday, we received news that another young person in an Indigenous community

A return to spiritual formation

The early Christian church spent the greatest portion of its time on matters of spiritual formation. Every aspect of teaching and practice was oriented toward


Since the beginning, the church has participated in a gospel transaction between the particularities of local cultures and the universal message of Christ. This is

Becoming what God wishes us to be

(This article first appeared in the November 2017 issue of the Anglican Journal.) We have just returned from a consultation on Indigenous self-determination. Seventy people,

An unholy trinity

Martin Luther King identified racism, excessive materialism and militarism 
as three primary forces corrupting modern Western society. We may identify them with what Paul calls

Learning to live right

(This article first appeared in the September issue of the Anglican Journal.) Although there are many other factors involved, it is clear that the Western


Our work in reconciliation

Canada is in the process of a bold experiment in reconciliation and much is riding on it. 


The power of hope

“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).


The liberating power of the Good News

In the man from Galilee, God becomes the exploited, inferior, impure, enslaved human being-not to approve of this condition and just make us feel good because we are crushed but to lead us out of this destructive spiral of evil”-Virgilio Elizondo, A God of Incredible Surprises: Jesus of Galilee.


How do we act like a church?

Until very recently, it was widely accepted that models of governance, administration and decision-making used in government were also appropriate for the church.


The second coming of Christ

In many circles of our church, outside of the liturgy itself you don’t hear much about the second coming of Christ.

Finding our hidden humanity

God has placed much of our true and full humanity in each and every heart. But we only begin to find it there. God hides fragments of our true and full humanity in other places.

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When preaching becomes a challenge

I preached at the ordination of a dear friend recently. Feeling a bit too nervous to be comfortable, it made me wonder beyond the event at hand.

Our high calling

Fr. George Metcalf was one of the most dedicated and holy people I had ever met.

Blessed are the troublemakers

For many centuries,the church has considered itself the religious aspect of the larger society. Entrance in the church was entrance into society and vice versa. Everyone was to live in harmony with the larger pattern of life in what was thought to be a Christian society. Fitting in with the expectations of civil society was an unquestioned norm. This approach reached its height, it would seem, in the 1950s, the last great period of growth and influence for the church in North America.


The sacred walk

I have heard elders describe the way of life God desires and designs for every creature as “the good walk.” This is, I believe, a dynamic translation of the word Bimadiziwin, which means to live and also, to walk. To live is to walk. Elders use it to holistically describe ethics, spirituality, sociology and psychology in a comprehensive term-they are all needed for the good walk.

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