October 2, 2015
Located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Québec, the Kahnawà:ke territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) people, faces an issue shared by First Nations communities across the country: the preservation of its language and culture.
Out of a population of approximately 8,000 people, less than 200 speak Kanien’kehá:ka as their first language. The majority of native speakers are elders, whose advancing age means that that number declines further each year.
October 1, 2015
In advance of the annual Sisters in Spirit Vigils, which take place across Canada on Sunday, Oct. 4 to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the Anglican Church of Canada has provided a resource offering guidelines for prayers and ceremony.
Available free online, the resource includes suggested guidelines on creating Sacred...
September 30, 2015
In March 2015, 17 Anglican bishops from six continents met at a summit in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss how Anglicans could respond to climate change. Their talks eventually led to a written declaration, The World is Our Host: A Call to Urgent Action for Climate Justice.
For the Rev. Canon Ken Gray—rector of the Church of the Advent in Colwood, B.C., co-chair of the...
September 24, 2015
In an open letter, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald encourage Anglicans and Lutherans to write letters to the federal government expressing solidarity with the northern community of Pikangikum, Ont.
September 24, 2015
September 23, 2015
Council members gathered at 9 a.m. in Cody Hall at St. Paul’s Bloor Street Church in Toronto.
Bible Study and Worship
Sister Elizabeth Rolfe-Thomas led an opening Bible study and worship service to start the day. Members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS)...
September 22, 2015
Council members gathered at 1 p.m. in Cody Hall at St. Paul’s Bloor Street Church in Toronto.
Welcome, Prayer, Remarks
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, thanked assembled members of the Council of General Synod (...
Dear Friends in Christ,
Today the Council of General Synod received The Report of The Commission on The Marriage Canon. The report is very comprehensive and reflects the commitment of the members to address General Synod 2013’s Resolution C003 in its fullness.
You will recall that the resolution requested consideration as to whether the proposal for amending The Marriage Canon would...
September 21, 2015
Members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS) will meet in Toronto this week to receive a report from the Commission on the Marriage Canon, paving the way for a resolution on the blessing of same-sex marriage to be made at General Synod 2016.
The report—which will be presented to CoGS members on Tuesday, Sept. 22 and made available to the public later that same day—represents the culmination of work by the commission, formed after the passing of a resolution at General Synod 2013...
September 18, 2015
The proposed Charter of Québec Values in 2013 was a watershed moment for interfaith dialogue in that province. Through their shared concern and opposition to the bill—which among other provisions would have banned the wearing of “conspicuous” religious symbols for public sector employees—members of different faiths found themselves united in a common struggle.
In the diocese of Montréal, Anglicans marched alongside their counterparts in opposition to the Charter, met to plan a public...
September 11, 2015
“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” —Luke 9:58
Over his decade of work as a street outreach priest in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the Rev. Matthew Johnson has seen firsthand the difference that affordable low-income housing can make in a person’s life.
He recalled the past experience of his friend Dennis (not his real name), who was not homeless but living in what Johnson called “an absolute hellhole—...