The last weekend before Christmas is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year, when the frenzy of planning family gatherings and shopping for gifts can reach fever pitch. But for a group in Victoria, B.C., this coming Dec. 20 and 21 will involve a different type of activity.
In a historic announcement Dec. 17, President Barack Obama said the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba after 54 years of isolationist foreign policy toward the island nation that included a crippling trade embargo. The decision will have far-reaching effects on the island nation’s economic and diplomatic situation and on the lives of its 11.26 million citizens, but it may also mean that new possibilities open up for the Episcopal Church of Cuba (ECC).
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, called for prayers for the families of the 132 children and nine staff members killed in the Dec. 16 attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Many of us will likely say 2014 turned out to be another annus horribilis. Indeed, it seemed as if we were trapped in an endless cycle of violence and misery.
In a Christmas message released on Dec. 17, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, reminded Anglicans not to take for granted their ability to openly celebrate their faith this Christmas.
It is a fractious time in the life of the Anglican church, both in Canada and in the world, but even as the Communion struggles to overcome pernicious divisions over issues such as human sexuality or the ordination of women, it is also turning to the tradition of the scriptures and the indigenous wisdom of its diverse membership to find potential ways forward.
Something special has been happening every year in Sherwood Park, Alta., for the past 25 years.
The Anglican Journal asked readers to tell us about things they have done that have made Christmas more meaningful. Here are some stories.
Each year, a writing team from a different country prepares liturgical materials and resources to be used internationally for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, observed annually from Jan. 18 to 25.