March 30, 2013
This is an Easter message from the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.
"I have seen the Lord!"
That's the incredible breaking news that Mary Magdalene has for the disciples! Her encounter with Jesus in all his Resurrection glory is overwhelmingly joyful. But Jesus says the joy they share must be shared with all the disciples.
From the garden Mary runs through the streets, tears up a set of steps a couple at a time and pounds on...
March 27, 2013
New research by the Rev. Canon Dr. Judy Rois and the Rev. Dr. Alex Faseruk proves that throughout the Anglican Communion women have a hard time reaching top episcopal jobs—even when they're technically allowed to become bishops.
Dr. Rois and Dr. Faseruk's paper "Why is the Stained Glass Window a Stained Glass Ceiling? Organizational Perspectives on Female Bishops in the Anglican Communion," was presented February 2013 at North American Management Society conference...
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The Anglican Province of the Southern Cone has reconsidered the diocese of Uruguay's appeal and has voted to ratify the election of Archdeacon Michael Pollesel as co-adjutor bishop.
The decision came 10 months after the province's house of...
March 25, 2013
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has issued this joint Easter pastoral letter with Bishop Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The two churches share a full communion agreement that includes joint mission work and a joint national meeting in July 2013. This letter is designed to be read in parishes on Easter Sunday.
Dear friends in Christ,
Grace and peace be to you from God our...
March 22, 2013
Daniel Brandsma's snapshot of a sunset Frisbee toss is the grand prize winner of General Synod's Marks of Mission photo contest. The photo features Mr. Brandsma's wife and sons, ages 3 and 5, playing at Craigleith Provincial Park near Collingwood, Ont., in summer 2012.
"It was one of those moments where I realized that I am blessed. I have a happy, healthy family and we're...
The Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, shares this reflection in advance of Palm Sunday:
Over the course of my ministry I have been given a number of crosses. I still cherish the Celtic cross given at my consecration as a bishop in 1995. Like many other bishops around the world, I also have a Canterbury Cross. It's a sign of our common life and witness to Christ throughout the Anglican Communion.
I sometimes wear a simple wooden cross handcrafted by a priest...
March 21, 2013
Preaching to 2,000 people inside the cathedral and millions more watching and listening around the world, Archbishop Justin said that fear imprisons us and stops us from being fully human.
Drawing on the story of Christ beckoning the disciples to leave the boat and walk across the waters, the Archbishop recalled Jesus' words: "Take heart, it is I, do not be afraid."
On the day of his inauguration — which he acknowledged helped him sympathise with Peter's '...
March 17, 2013
COGS members began the day with a 9:00 Eucharist where the Primate was presider and homilist. Members then each received certificates in appreciation for their work at COGS.
At 10:30, after a short coffee break, members gathered for business.
Anglican Award of Merit
The General Secretary, the Ven...
March 16, 2013
At 8:45, COGS members began their day with Bible study. At 9:30 they gathered for business.
The Very Rev. Peter Elliott, chair of the Planning and Agenda Team, said that the schedule for the day would be fairly flexible in order to give members time to discuss and make decisions on structures.
March 15, 2013
For their spring meeting, COGS members gathered at their usual setting: Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga, Ont. They began their day with Bible study from 9:00 to 9:30.
The Very Rev. Peter Elliott, chair of the Planning and Agenda Team, introduced the meeting agenda. He noted that this longer COGS meeting (four days instead of three) is a tradition for the last meeting of the triennium. This is to give enough time for business before the national meeting, Joint...