September 1, 2015
The Anglican Church of Canada continues the journey of healing and reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples. This path away from the legacy of colonialism and racism including the Indian residential school system reflects the unfortunate universal experiences of human conflict and resilience against egregious acts.
Prevailing over such historic divisions through sacred rites and a theology of reconciliation was a major theme at the latest meeting of the International Anglican...
August 28, 2015
People everywhere are becoming more and more urgently aware of the perilous state of much of creation, and our responsibility as stewards of the earth which we inhabit.
Earlier this month Pope Francis called the 1.25-billion members of the Catholic Church to annually observe on September 1 a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Since 1989 many Eastern Orthodox Christians have observed on that same date as a Day of Prayer for the Environment.
August 27, 2015
Just in time for the 2015 federal election, a new non-partisan resource offers support for Canadian Anglicans to engage with parties and candidates on a range of vital issues rooted in shared prosperity and protecting the most vulnerable members of society.
Entitled Compassion, Justice and Reason: An Anglican Approach for Election 2015, the free downloadable resource consists of double-sided...
August 22, 2015
As the cool evening air settled, Sacred Circle participants congregated around a small evergreen tree ready to be planted as part of a tradition at the end of the gathering.
Before the tree was planted, Bishop Lydia Mamakwa of the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh offered a few words.
“Planting a tree is an occasion for us to learn from,” Bishop Lydia said. “This kind of tree, it never loses its...
August 21, 2015
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”—Romans 8:18
The tribulations of the past and present intermingled with hope for the future at Sacred Circle on Thursday, Aug. 19, as a new generation of Indigenous Anglicans stepped forward to address the ongoing issues faced by Indigenous communities across Canada.
August 20, 2015
More than most Anglican gatherings, Sacred Circle is characterized by the ever-present role of music. The sheer joy and enthusiasm of participants is matched only by the frequency and variety of the songs.
Throughout each day, agenda items are bookended by musical segues led by either National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald playing guitar or by members of a particular diocese, with heartfelt hymns sung in Indigenous languages such as Cree, Ojibwe or Inuktitut along with...
August 19, 2015
The value of listening was an important lesson drawn from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, the Commission argued, required listening to the stories of those who endured the intergenerational trauma of the Indian residential school system.
For non-Indigenous members of the Anglican Church of Canada, a similar lesson has unfolded in recent decades. As the church grappled with its historic role in...
August 18, 2015
Gathered outside in the early morning hours, a circle of onlookers watched as volunteers rubbed spindles into fireboards, trying to produce enough friction to create an ember.
For young men in the Diné tradition, building a fire from scratch remains a rite of passage. The hard work of sparking a blaze without the aid of matches, lighters, etc. teaches virtues such as patience, forbearance, and perseverance.
For those attending the eighth national...
August 12, 2015
More than three decades ago, the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada came close to a full structural merger, the result of which would have been known as the Church of Christ in Canada.
The planned organic union never came about. Yet despite some rough patches in the fallout after the talks, the two churches remain close to this day, as illustrated by the official Anglican presence at the ...