February 12, 2016
The following is the conclusion of a story on an ongoing research project investigating a key episode in the history of Anglicans and the Beothuk people of Newfoundland. Read Part I.
Dr. Hans Rollmann, religious studies professor at Memorial University, calls the Rev. John Leigh “the driving force behind the institutionalization of Newfoundland Anglicanism,...
February 3, 2016
Alongside the legacy of cultural genocide against the Indigenous peoples of Canada, embodied in the residential school system, is the tragic history of what some scholars consider to be a case of full-fledged genocide. The Beothuk, the Indigenous people of Newfoundland, were declared extinct in 1829 following the death of their last known living member, Shanawdithit. The annihilation of a people due to starvation, disease, violence and competition for resources, and the loss of virtually...
February 1, 2016
The 41st meeting of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, set to take place from July 7-12, 2016 in Richmond Hill, Ont., will bring together hundreds of delegates and spectators from across the country to discuss a range of issues and business affecting the church national.
For seasoned veterans and newcomers alike, the format and subject matter under discussion at the forthcoming General Synod—which is built around the theme...
January 19, 2016
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it”
(1 Corinthians 12:27)
Throughout the meeting of the Primates last week, I thought much about St. Paul’s teaching about the Church being the Body of Christ in the world. It is the image at the very heart of Anglican ecclesiology. It informs the manner of our relationships in the Church local, national and global. In 165 countries we are 85 million people proclaiming the Gospel of Christ in more than 1000...
January 15, 2016
Having met this week in Canterbury, England, the Primates of the Anglican Communion committed–even in the face of deep differences of theological conviction concerning same sex marriage–to walk together and not apart. Our conversations reflected the truth that, while the Anglican Communion is a family of autonomous Churches in communion with the see of Canterbury, we live by the long-held principle of ‘mutual responsibility and inter dependence in the Body of Christ’. While our relationships...
January 14, 2016
Helping families in need is the driving force behind Habitat for Humanity, an international non-profit that provides affordable housing for low-income families. For any Habitat affiliate, however, a major challenge always remains: securing land.
Such is the case for Habitat for Humanity Greater Kingston and Frontenac. In the city of Kingston, Ont., a lack of available land has made it increasingly difficult for the local Habitat affiliate...
January 12, 2016
“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”
(1 Corinthians 13:13)
With so many others across our beloved Church, I am giving thanks for the life and labours of Jim Cruickshank, who died in his 80th year on December 30, 2015.
Jim had an amazing life and an incredible ministry that has left a wonderful mark upon our Church. He was known for his intellect and his kindness, his wisdom and his wit. He had a...
January 7, 2016
A Call for Prayer by Archbishop Fred Hiltz
Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada
The Meeting of the Primates and Moderators
The Churches of The Anglican Communion
At the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the primates and moderators of the Churches of the Anglican Communion will meet in Canterbury from January 11 to 16. ...
January 1, 2016
New Year’s Day Sermon 2016
Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, ON
Archbishop Fred J. Hiltz, Primate
At the very heart of Christmas is The Child: The Child whom Gabriel announces and names, Mary nurses and Joseph guards, angels sing and shepherds adore; The Child in whom Simeon and Anna rejoice; The Child to whom magi come from afar bearing sacred gifts of mystic meaning; The Child whose frantic mother clutches closely as she...
December 29, 2015
The second instalment, following the first, on the Primates’ meetings then and now.
The last four Primates Meetings, which took place every two years between 2005 and 2011, saw major discussions break out revolving around issues of human sexuality, particularly concerning the blessing of same-sex unions. Striving for unity amidst open differences, the differing...