The May issue of the Anglican Journal is here, with reflections on reconciliation and changes in the church during the COVID-19 crisis—plus news updates on a formerly homeless Northern priest, the Council of General Synod and more.
Five years after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report on Canada’s Residential Schools system, Archbishop Mark MacDonald and Reconciliation Animator Melanie Delva reflect on how things have changed, both in and outside of the church. And in his monthly column, MacDonald shares the hardship facing Indigenous communities as the pandemic rages on, while issuing a call for Indigenous church leaders to be ordained for the whole church, regardless of whether they have a Western seminary education.
After more than a year of living through the pandemic, church statistician Canon Neil Elliot shares his insights and observations on how the Anglican church has adapted. Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, meditates on the future and what “signs of new life” the Holy Spirit is showing the church as it anticipates an end to the crisis.
This issue also brings news from across the country. In an update to an early Anglican Journal story, this issue reconnects with the Rev. Jonas Allooloo, the retired former dean of St. Jude’s Cathedral in Iqaluit, Nunavut, who found himself homeless last year. Allooloo has found housing, and support from Anglicans in Waterloo, Ont., though the housing crisis in the north continues on. You’ll read about the March meeting of Council of General Synod, which is modifying its agenda in response to the pandemic, and an update on the Anglican Church of Canada’s pension fund, which grew by nearly 12% in 2020. You’ll also find the news of Archbishop Lynne McNaughton’s election as metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of British Columbia and Yukon.
And finally, the Anglican Foundation of Canada is launching an ambitious new fundraising campaign, with the goal of raising $100,000 to support post-pandemic programs for children, youth and young adults.