November 29, 2013
Canada's federal prison chaplain system is going through dramatic change as it adopts a private contractor model to provide services across the country. In the midst of this reorganization, Anglicans are helping to make sure the spiritual needs of prisoners are met.
"It's a significant political and religious issue for our times," says Archdeacon Wayne Varley, diocesan executive officer for the Diocese of Ontario.
Varley and the Rev. Dale Gillman of the Diocese of...
About 130 young people gathered in a heavily fortified bank vault in the depths of the ‘Diefenbunker' near Carp, Ont., on Nov. 17, 2013. They were there for a Eucharist and sermon comparing the pacifism of Christ and the "redemptive violence" of the bestselling novel and movie The Hunger Games.
The once-secret underground bunker near Carp, Ont., was built more than 50 years ago to protect the Canadian government from nuclear attack.
"The Hunger Games is a...
November 18, 2013
After a hymn and morning Bible study at 8:45 am, committee members and COGS associates broke off for committee meetings and further training sessions. There was no morning session of COGS.
All enjoyed a break, and then gathered in the chapel for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
COGS members enjoyed their last lunch of the...
November 16, 2013
COGS convened once again at its usual meeting place, Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga, Ont. COGS members began their day with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the chapel at 8:45 am. After a brief break at 10 am, business began with opening formalities....
COGS convened once again at its usual meeting place, Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga, Ont. COGS members began their day with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the chapel at 8:45 am. After a brief break at 10 am, business began with opening formalities.
At 8:45 am, COGS members gathered for Bible study. The morning session began at 9:15.
General Secretary's Report
The Ven. Dr. Michael Thompson, General Secretary, presented his report.
Mr. Thompson emphasized early on that the national church...
November 8, 2013
This Christmas season, take some time out from stress with "In days to come," a series of Advent devotional podcasts available soon from the Anglican Church of Canada.
General Synod's partner this year is St. Benedict's Table, an arts-centred Anglican community in downtown Winnipeg.
"Our Lent and Advent podcast series have not only provided the church with excellent material for seasonal reflection, but they've given...
The Anglican Church of Canada's Indigenous Ministries department and Anglican Video (part of Communications and Information Resources) are teaming up to share important news for Indigenous Anglicans from this year's General Synod.
Together they have produced A Spiritual Movement, a short video that continues "the relationship and tradition" between Indigenous Ministries and Anglican Video. This is the first time, however, that they have produced a video together in four...
October 31, 2013
This January, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) turns 106 years old. Every year Christians gather to pray together across denominational boundaries–and every year a different country produces resources to be used around the world.
"Its preparation is very inclusive," says the Ven. Bruce Myers, General Synod's coordinator for ecumenical relations. "It tries to offer a glimpse not just of the diversity of the church, but also the diversity of humanity. As...
October 25, 2013
Many Anglican parishes across the country face the question of what to do with aging church buildings–churches and parish halls that have structural problems, waste energy, and are just too big for congregational needs.
Three Anglicans will be sharing the stories how their congregations tackled these problems at a conference in Ottawa on Oct. 26 called Mission Building: Regenerating faith property for faith missions with community partners.