Phil Robertson’s reality TV show Duck Dynasty changed my life—even though I’ve never seen the show, am only vaguely aware of its content and know nothing about its characters. I can’t tell you when it’s on, or even on what channel. And yet, for some reason, in late December the show presented me with an incredible opportunity for discussion...
In the foreword to the book entitled Audacious Anglicans, written by Canadians Ralph Moore and the late Gerald Rayner, Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote: “What the Body of Christ really is only appears as you tell the stories of how he has been real in this or that specific life…We need these human narratives.
Archbishop Caleb Lawrence (left) with Logan McMenamie (centre), the new bishop of the diocese of British Columbia at his installation service at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. Photo: Ed Lewis 0 0 1 594 3388 Anglican Church of Canada 28 7 …
This spring the 17 members of the Primate’s Commission will start considering how to translate General Synod’s 2010 repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery into tangible action. The commission also has mandates to address the practicalities of reconciliation and the persistent injustices in Canada’s indigenous communities.
After a while, the thread of truth, the rhythm of life and death, the visceral loneliness—after a while they are impossible to ignore. Standing, kneeling, the liturgy of ashes gets personal, as the sign of our origin and our end smears the foreheads of the faithful: “Remember, you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19).
I get a little anxious before Lent. Forty days of self-examination, purification and closer journeying with Christ feel like a set-up for failure on my part. I have a lot on my plate: highly engaging work for justice, long daily commutes, people in my life who need my active presence, things to do and places to go.
In recent years I have come to deeply appreciate the rites of smudging conducted by indigenous peoples. From a pouch containing cedar, sweet grass, sage and tobacco, an elder draws a handful and places the mixture in a shell.
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