In tandem with the global outpouring of sorrow over the death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi on September 2, the Anglican Church of Canada issued a statement calling Anglicans to a threefold response to the refugee crisis by bolstering aid, sponsoring refugees, and petitioning the government to increase its own efforts.
In 1986, the United Nations awarded the people of Canada the Nansen Medal, its highest distinction for aid to refugees, for their “major and sustained contribution to the cause of refugees in their country and throughout the world for years.”
Random Acts of Evangelism usually leave me grappling with a complex set of emotions. First and foremost, there’s anger.
Earlier this summer, on a tiny island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Anglicans from All Saints Memorial Church gathered on a patch of land beside the rector’s cabin and started planting a garden.
On June 6, when Mary Irwin-Gibson, the dean and rector of St. George’s Anglican Cathedral in Kingston, Ont., was elected bishop of the diocese of Montreal, the Anglican Journal published an online story that carried the headline, First woman bishop for Montreal.
The General Synod that met in Halifax in 2010 passed a resolution repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery, but the Anglican Church of Canada is still struggling to break free from the legacy of institutional racism that resulted from this ideology.
One woman was permitted to audit a few of our male-dominated seminary classes, which I attended during the mid-60s. We were happy to include her, but all of us assumed that she was just “interested” in the subjects and that she would never be ordained a priest.
The Rev. Ruth Taylor, 94, formerly of the dioceses of Qu’Appelle and Moosonee, is writing her memoirs with the assistance of B.C.-based writer/speaker Donna Jean Richards. After an ordained ministry that began 36 years ago, Taylor retired to Powell River, B.C., where she’s now a member of the Anglican Parish of St. David and St. Paul.
The August 2 announcement of the October federal election may have caught some Canadians by surprise, but a working group of Anglicans has been preparing for this since last fall.
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.