Sean Frankling


  • Sean Frankling

    Sean Frankling’s experience includes newspaper reporting as well as writing for video and podcast media. He’s been chasing stories since his first co-op for Toronto’s Gleaner Community Press at age 19. He studied journalism at Carleton University and has written for the Toronto Star, WatchMojo and other outlets.

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Kirk B. R. Woller in costume as Gaius speaks to director Dallas Jenkins on the set of The Chosen. Photo: The Chosen Press Centre

“God doesn’t choose the qualified, he qualifies the chosen.”

“Can I just get rid of the subterfuge and say that it’s Gaius?” said Ryan Swanson, appearing with fellow writer of the TV series The Chosen, Tyler Thompson, revealing some minor spoilers about the show’s Roman soldier character at a Jan. 31 Q&A at a cineplex in Oakville, Ont. 

“Don’t worry, we’ve read the book,” someone called back amid the chorus of agreement from the audience.  

That unnamed theatre-goer was right. Many people in the full-house audience were intimately familiar with the show’s source material (the gospels, as hardcore fans know them) and have been attending a weekly lecture (or sermon, as some call it) unpacking its key themes and applicability for much of their lives. It’s a level of fandom even some of pop culture’s biggest franchises—Marvel, Game of Thrones, Star Wars—can’t count on from their average fans. 

Roman Catholic document on blessings could bring new perspectives to Anglican same-sex marriage debate, leaders say

A document released by the Roman Catholic Church reconsidering its policy on blessings—including those to people in same-sex relationships—offers Anglicans a new way to think about divisions within their own communion, says the Rev. Iain Luke, principal of the Saskatoon-based College of Emmanuel and St. Chad and a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue.

Mission into Eco: M.Div student explores ministry in a virtual world

As many Anglican leaders look for alternative ways of being church in the 21st century, one M.Div student at Halifax’s Atlantic School of Theology is investigating ways of branching out into digital gathering spaces. In a research project he’s developing as part of his degree, Blane Finnie, a postulant to priesthood, has built several church buildings and run daily services in Eco, an online multiplayer video game that simulates a world in which players must cooperate or compete to survive, typically harnessing natural resources, taking specialized roles and trading with one another in an in-game economy.

CoGS ponders financial future as revenues drop

A drop in diocesan contributions to the national budget along with lingering financial uncertainty spurred a conversation about the long-term stability of the Anglican Church

Final form of MAID essay collection in works

Leaders ponder what’s next in church’s ‘deep, deep wrestling’ with issue as eligibility expected to widen A collection of 25 writings by clergy, caregivers, academics

Primate yet to fix final day

Will retire sometime before next October, Nicholls says in wide-ranging talk to CoGS that also touches on Gaza war, division within Anglican Communion Archbishop Linda

Rachael Parker elected bishop of Brandon

Archdeacon Rachael Parker, a self-described “cradle Anglican” with experience priesting in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta, was elected bishop of the diocese of Brandon Nov.

Gentle outreach, deep questions

Church leaders reflect on what it takes to rebuild public trust SPLINTERED TRUST: Rebuilding the church’s public image Second of a two-part series About 150

Church targeted in ‘malicious cyber attack’: Primate

The office of General Synod has been targeted by cyber attackers who stole money from its bank account, announced Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada in a Nov. 25 session of the Council of General Synod (CoGS).

Anglican, Lutheran leaders criticize Canada’s response to Gaza war

In a Nov. 17 open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, heads of the Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) question the government of Canada’s commitment to safeguarding the human rights of Palestinians living in Gaza, expressing shock and disappointment with Canada’s recent voting record at the United Nations and failure, in their words, to directly condemn Israel’s attacks on United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools.

Sowing food security awareness

Diocese of Qu’Appelle, PWRDF join Grow Hope Saskatchewan The first year of Anglican participation in an agricultural famine relief charity is aimed at raising awareness

Preaching the gospel to a wary world

Step one, some priests say, is making space for people’s anger SPLINTERED TRUST: Rebuilding the church’s public image First of a two-part series When she

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