Say the words “Indigenous ministry,” and the first image that comes to mind might be of a priest flying into a remote community in a bush plane, or advocating for clean water on reserves.
The Anglican Church of Canada’s Indigenous ministries department has highlighted the importance of ongoing conversation by giving laptop computers to nine community leaders in order to strengthen communications among Indigenous Anglicans.
What do young Indigenous Anglicans want from their church? According to a youth panel at the eighth National Anglican Sacred Circle in Port Elgin, Ont., the answer is pretty clear: engagement with issues that matter in their own lives.
History recorded that when Constantine ordered the building of a great church in Jerusalem, the labourers, in the course of digging to lay its foundation, found a large beam of wood. Said to have been from the cross on which Christ died, it was enshrined near the altar of the new church, which was dedicated on September 14 in the year 335. Ever since then, Christians have kept this date as Holy Cross Day.
Repentance is a concept that isn’t very popular in contemporary society. You don’t hear about it in mainstream culture, at least not in a positive way.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) may not have the same residential school history that the Anglican Church of Canada does, but its national bishop, Susan Johnson, has committed her church to walking together in partnership with Indigenous Anglicans.
The final meeting of the Anglican Church of Canada’s commission on the marriage canon took place at the national office in Toronto on Friday, August 21.
In 2014, the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) released a statement entitled Where We Are Today: Twenty Years After the Covenant, A Call to the Wider Church, that spoke to the ongoing crisis in Indigenous communities.
“We’re not going to talk about statistics: we all know them,” said Canon Ginny Doctor, Indigenous Ministries co-ordinator for the Anglican Church of Canada, to a plenary on suicide prevention at the eighth National Anglican Sacred Circle. “Many in this room have been touched by suicide; we know that there is a lot of healing to be done.”