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Diana Swift

Diana Swift

Diana Swift is an award-winning writer and editor with 30 years’ experience in newspaper and magazine editing and production. In January 2011, she joined the Anglican Journal as a contributing editor. 

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  • More Canadians view different religions positively

    More Canadians view different religions positively
    Canadians are growing more comfortable with a range of different faiths, according to a February 2017 Angus Reid Institute opinion poll on six major religions.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: April, 18 2017
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  • Shalom, salam, peace

    Shalom, salam, peace
    What happens when Jewish, Muslim and Christian kids attend an interfaith summer camp together?
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 08 2016
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  • A passion for quilting

    A passion for quilting
    Robert Louis Stevenson celebrated the imaginative magic of the comforter in his famous children’s poem “The Land of Counterpane.” And down on Cape Breton Island, Joanne Turner is still honouring the venerable folk art of the quilt. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 25 2016
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  • Making church safer for all

    Making church safer for all
    The Anglican Communion’s Safe Church Consultation emerged from painful revelations in the 1990s that Christian churches—supposedly places of trust—were sometimes magnets for bullies and predators and sites of misconduct and abuse. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: May, 09 2016
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  • New West honours wizard of public relations

    New West honours wizard of public relations
    In November 2015, Elizabeth Murray was invested into the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster at the nomination of Bishop Melissa Skelton. “It was awesome. I felt humbled and honoured,” said the British Columbia octogenarian.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: April, 18 2016
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  • Cathedral to host Royal School of Needlework lecture

    Cathedral to host Royal School of Needlework lecture
    Not for nothing has the word “embroidering” assumed the figurative meaning of enriching life and experience by adding fanciful details.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: April, 12 2016
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  • Bishop in a Chevy pickup

    Bishop in a Chevy pickup

    Bishop Adam Halkett is so good with numbers that Mary Brown, diocese of Saskatchewan bookkeeper, once teased him about it, saying, “What are you doing here? You could make a lot more money in the business world.”

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: February, 03 2016
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  • Anglicans rally around Peterborough Muslims

    Anglicans rally around Peterborough Muslims

    Anglican churches have joined the broader Peterborough, Ont., community in an outpouring of support and generosity for the members of the city’s only mosque, the Masjid Al-Salaam, which was torched by arson in a probable hate crime late in the evening of November 14.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: November, 17 2015
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  • A very movable feast

    A very movable feast
    As we sit down to creation’s bounty in the form of a magnificent harvest dinner this month, let’s be thankful we can plan for this fine-weather feast on the second Monday in October. Historically, the date of Canada’s day of thanks has been anything but fixed. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: October, 09 2015
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  • Canadian church congratulates Queen on record reign

    Canadian church congratulates Queen on record reign
    On September 9, at 12:30 p.m., ET, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will surpass her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, as the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Victoria surpassed the almost 60-year reign of King George III on Sept. 23, 1896.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: September, 08 2015
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  • Do you know the Rev. Ruth Taylor?

    Do you know the Rev. Ruth Taylor?
    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.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 28 2015
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  • Anglican church publishes election resource

    Anglican church publishes election resource
    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.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 27 2015
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  • Marriage canon report in final stages

    Marriage canon report in final stages
    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.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 21 2015
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  • Indigenous people must stand against climate injustice

    Indigenous people must stand against climate injustice
    The very essence of climate injustice—a better word than mere “change” to describe the environmental havoc wreaked by industrial society—is making those least responsible for it suffer most.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 19 2015
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  • Liturgy 'essential to church's mission'

    Liturgy 'essential to church's mission'
    The International Anglican Liturgical Consultation (IALC), a network of the Anglican Communion, has issued a communiqué summarizing its 2015 biennial meeting, held in Montreal, Aug. 3–8.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 14 2015
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  • Newfoundland’s Anglican-Episcopal pipeline

    Newfoundland’s Anglican-Episcopal pipeline
    The Rev. Steven Maki is part of a long tradition of cross-border religious reciprocity. He’s an American Episcopal priest serving in an Anglican parish in Newfoundland.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 12 2015
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  • Truth and reconciliation exhibit ready to travel

    Truth and reconciliation exhibit ready to travel
    All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, the see of the diocese of Edmonton, will be the next stop for Truth and Reconciliation: A Special Exhibit on the Legacy of the Residential Schools. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 10 2015
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  • Reweaving the unravelled urban fabric

    Reweaving the unravelled urban fabric
    In 1940, Saul Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals and legendary father of community organizing, spearheaded the establishment of the Industrial Areas Foundation in wartime Chicago. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 04 2015
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  • End of a war, start of new ministries

    End of a war, start of new ministries

    On Sunday Sept. 13, the day before Holy Cross Day, Vancouver’s Holy Cross Anglican Church will celebrate two anniversaries—one famous, the other obscure.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 27 2015
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  • ELCIC approves lay communion presiders and preachers

     ELCIC approves lay communion presiders and preachers
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) has voted to authorize temporary lay ministers, under very restricted circumstances, to “proclaim the Word and preside at Holy Communion” in underserved areas.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 22 2015
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  • Cathedral exhibit extends spirit of the TRC

     Cathedral exhibit extends spirit of the TRC
    Toronto’s Cathedral Church of St. James has mounted a historical overview of the Anglican church’s often painful relationship with Indigenous peoples, as part of an effort to keep alive the momentum generated by the final report of the Keeping alive the momentum generated by the final report of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in May.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 17 2015
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  • Archdeacon Ian Stuchbery, 1934–2015: ethicist and activist

    Archdeacon Ian Stuchbery, 1934–2015: ethicist and activist
    Archdeacon Ian Stuchbery, formerly of the archdeaconry of St. Mary’s in the diocese of Montreal, died peacefully on June 2 at his home in Greenwich, N.S.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 15 2015
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  • Federal grant boosts PWRDF maternal/child health program

    Federal grant boosts PWRDF maternal/child health program
    The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) continues its partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) in new multimillion-dollar joint venture focusing on maternal and child health in Africa. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 14 2015
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  • Anglicans send funds for wildfire relief

    Anglicans send funds for wildfire relief
    With 118 wildfires continuing to burn in northern Saskatchewan—some expected to burn until autumn or even the first snow—the Anglican Church of Canada is providing financial aid for victims. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 09 2015
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  • Primate pays tribute to Robert Falby

     Primate pays tribute to Robert Falby
    Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, gave a moving eulogy at a July 8 celebratory memorial for Canon (lay) Robert “Bob” Falby, QC, who died June 8.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 08 2015
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  • Marking 50 years of ecumenical partnership

     Marking 50 years of ecumenical partnership
    Last month, Rome was the venue of the 50-year anniversary of the Joint Working Group (JWG) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Roman Catholic Church (RCC).
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 07 2015
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  • Dialoguing bishops walk Slave Trail

      Dialoguing bishops walk Slave Trail
    For decades, the economy of the American coastal city of Richmond, Va., was dominated by the slave trade, of which Richmond was a major hub. The city was a focal point in an infamous transatlantic triangle comprising Britain, Ghana and the United States.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 03 2015
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  • Bishops apologize for Japanese-Canadian priest’s abuse

    Bishops apologize for Japanese-Canadian priest’s abuse
    For more than 50 years, the late Goichi Gordon Nakayama served as an Anglican priest in the dioceses of Calgary and New Westminster. But the outwardly affable Japanese-born canon was an abusive priest, who preyed sexually on young boys in his spiritual care. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: June, 17 2015
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  • In a league of their own

    In a league of their own
    In the diminutive maritime town of Mahone Bay, N.S. (pop. 1,000), a youth tradition begun in 1960 is still going strong: the Church Boys' League (CBL), headquartered at the picturesque, red-and-white Anglican church of St. James. And while there used to be a number of such Anglican-affiliated leagues across Canada, the St. James CBL may be the last of its kind.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: June, 16 2015
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  • Anglicans, Canadians respond to #22days campaign ‘with passion’

    Anglicans, Canadians respond to #22days campaign ‘with passion’
    The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) may have wound down at its closing ceremony on June 3, but its momentum continues in the Anglican Church of Canada's #22days website campaign, a nationwide initiative of remembering and commitment.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: June, 11 2015
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  • Canon Robert Falby: Jurist, prolocutor, chancellor

    Canon Robert Falby: Jurist, prolocutor, chancellor
    Canon (lay) Robert L. Falby, QC, chair of the Anglican Church of Canada’s Commission on the Marriage Canon and former prolocutor of General Synod, died June 8 in Toronto after a long illness.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: June, 09 2015
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  • Roll up your sleeves! Messy Church Canada is growing

    Roll up your sleeves! Messy Church Canada is growing
    Jesus was a carpenter—a hands-on teacher with a common touch that brought the news of the kingdom to those on the messy fringes of society. It’s not hard to imagine his presence around a crafts table awash in paint, paste and pots of glue in Messy Church, the church of the unchurched.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: May, 21 2015
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  • Knitting nonagenarian

    Knitting nonagenarian

    Mary McDonald, 96, is a veritable “knitting machine. Really. She knits continuously. She never stops.”

    Every day, McDonald’s clicking needles turn out thick, warm mittens and hats for London, Ont.’s, homeless. Each year, she donates boxes and boxes of finely wrought winter wear for people ages two to 92 to the Hospitality/Out of the Cold program at London’s St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: April, 07 2015
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  • Freedom of expression vs. religious sensibilities: What's the balance?

    Freedom of expression vs. religious sensibilities: What's the balance?
    In light of January's tragic events in Paris, Western democracies are reflecting on one of their core values: the right to freedom of expression even if that freedom offends people. A legacy of the 18th-century Enlightenment, this value has given Westerners wide latitude to mock social institutions from the monarchy to the church.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: January, 26 2015
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  • A powerful lesson in Christmas

    A powerful lesson in Christmas
    It was 8 p.m. on December 22, the day after Toronto’s catastrophic 2013 ice storm. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: December, 22 2014
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  • Conference targets ugly reality of human trafficking

    Conference targets ugly reality of human trafficking

    Each year, millions of children, women and men are trafficked into forced labour, domestic servitude and sex. It's a multi-billion dollar global business, and estimates of the number of Canadians lost annually to this trade range as high as 16,000.

     

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: November, 25 2014
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  • Canadian Council of Churches, still vital at 70?

    Canadian Council of Churches, still vital at 70?
    It was 1944. As the war dragged on in Europe and the Pacific, 10 Protestant denominations came together in Canada with a new ecumenical vision: the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC). The council officially antedated by four years the World Council of Churches (WCC), whose long-expected formation was postponed by Hitler's rise.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: November, 17 2014
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  • Walking with the soldiers of solace

    Walking with the soldiers of solace
    To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, Canada's first-ever exhibition on military chaplains is under way at Toronto's Cathedral Church of St. James. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: November, 13 2014
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  • A virtual exploration of the padre's role

    A virtual exploration of the padre's role
    As Remembrance Day approaches in the 100th anniversary year of the start of World War I, Toronto photographer Erin Riley is offering a collection of portraits of contemporary military chaplains online, entitled Vocation.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: November, 10 2014
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  • The soldier as artist

    The soldier as artist

    In a rare moment of calm in an acute environment, some will scribble a poem, some might grab a harmonica and others will pick up any materials at hand and draw. It is the last group that, in the 100th anniversary year of World War I, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa honoured with a special exhibition.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: November, 07 2014
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  • How the Canadian hymnal evolved

    How the Canadian hymnal evolved
    The stormy history of the Canadian Anglican hymnal might surprise many who each week sing contentedly from the Book of Common Praise. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: November, 03 2014
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  • Yukon priest has heart for Swaziland

    Yukon priest has heart for Swaziland
    The territory of Yukon and the kingdom of Swaziland couldn’t be farther apart—in distance, size, climate and economy. But both are home to the Rev. Canon David Pritchard, priest-in-charge—at least until December—of St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Carcross, Yukon.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: November, 03 2014
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  • How to raise kind, caring children

    How to raise kind, caring children
    One feels pity, but one has compassion. Compassion is a proactive principle at Christianity’s core: going beyond passive sympathy for another’s plight and acting to alleviate it.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: October, 29 2014
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  • Church’s Philippine partners offer inspirational resilience

    Church’s Philippine partners offer inspirational resilience
    Last year, Simon Chambers's trip to the Philippines was derailed by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which came just three weeks after the Bohol earthquake. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: October, 22 2014
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  • Sportsnet’s Jerry Howarth gets into the spirit

    Sportsnet’s Jerry Howarth gets into the spirit
    Sports broadcaster Jerry Howarth, of Sportsnet 590 The Fan, has been the radio voice of the Toronto Blue Jays for almost 33 years. He is also a committed reborn Christian and an Anglican—not by birth or design but by pastor.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: October, 08 2014
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  • September 14 is Holy Cross Day

     September 14 is Holy Cross Day
    The cross—a method of ignominious execution in the ancient world—often strikes non-Christians as an unlikely object of veneration. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: September, 12 2014
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  • PWRDF gives $20,000 for Pakistan flood relief

     PWRDF gives $20,000 for Pakistan flood relief
    In early September the monsoon season brought torrential rains, flooding and landslides to Pakistan and northern India, leaving almost 500 dead and thousands injured, homeless and hungry.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: September, 11 2014
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  • Anglican voices in defence of the planet

    Anglican voices in defence of the planet
    Anglicans are being urged to join the global conversation on climate change. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: September, 09 2014
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  • Christians facing more persecution

    Christians facing more persecution
    ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria; Boko Haram in Nigeria; Kim Jong-un in North Korea; the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt—these are all players in a worsening world pattern of persecution targeting Christians as well as other religious and ethnic groups.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: September, 05 2014
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  • Big care on campus

    Big care on campus
    For all its benefits, university can be an unsettling experience for young adults. Some are living away from the familiar shelter of home and community for the first time. Some will encounter ideas that shake their long-held religious beliefs, while others will be struggling with their sexual identity. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: September, 01 2014
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  • Free coffee, cookies and a compassionate ear

    Free coffee, cookies and a compassionate ear
    Devout Hindu Mohit Kallaria, a master’s student from southern India, considers Dalhousie University’s multi-faith chaplaincy service a lifesaver. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: September, 01 2014
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  • 'Church.'No.' 'God.' 'Ah!'

    'Church.'No.'  'God.' 'Ah!'
    Declining resources side, the cultural diversity of today’s campus can be daunting, especially for a new chaplain.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 29 2014
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  • Priest loses ministry licence

    Priest loses ministry licence

      St. John the Evangelist in Topsail, Conception Bay South, Nfld., where John Dinn was former rector.  Photo: Courtesy of St. John the Evangelist  The diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador has revoked John Dinn’s licence to practise ordained ministry in…

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 27 2014
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  • The rising tide of anti-Semitism

    The rising tide of anti-Semitism

    Berlin: “Jews to the gas!”
    Paris: “Death to the Jews!”
    Milan: “Nuremberg trial for Israel!’
    Montreal: “The Diaspora is scattered around the world where they take economic control, provoke the hatred of local nations...They make Washington, Paris and Ottawa submit.”

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 20 2014
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  • Kids’ alumni choir gets adult reincarnation

    Kids’ alumni choir gets adult reincarnation
    If he psychs himself up for it, basso profundo David Michael Legget can still hit the C below the bass line. And for the past two years he’s been the director of a reincarnated choir of 50-somethings that he founded nearly five decades ago. By the way, he’s turning 80 at Halloween.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 18 2014
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  • Anglican Foundation head to receive honorary doctorate

    Anglican Foundation head to receive honorary doctorate

    An honorary Doctor of Divinity degree will be conferred on the Rev. Canon Judy Rois, executive director of the Anglican Foundation of Canada, at the November convocation of Queen’s College. Queen’s is the Anglican theological college on the campus of Memorial University in St. John’s, Nfld.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 13 2014
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  • Vianney (Sam) Carriere, 1947–2014

    Vianney (Sam) Carriere, 1947–2014
    Sam Carriere, the Anglican Church of Canada’s director of communications and information resources, and its director of resources for mission, died peacefully at his home in Toronto on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. He was 67.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 11 2014
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  • Council works for social justice in Philippines

    Council works for social justice in Philippines

    In a passionate talk at the national office of the Anglican Church of Canada in Toronto, Fr. Rex Reyes updated staff on Christian development efforts in the earthquake—and the typhoon-prone Philippines. Reyes, a senior Episcopal priest in the diocese of Central Philippines, is also serving his second term as general secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), a partner of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF).

     
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: August, 07 2014
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  • Interfaith youth defy violence in Jerusalem

    Interfaith youth defy violence in Jerusalem
    As violence continues to rage in the Holy Land and senior world diplomats fail in their efforts to broker a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, a committed group of young people is making a stand for peace.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 25 2014
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  • Anglicans protest sex-trade bill

    Anglicans protest sex-trade bill
    A group of Anglican clergy and laity have taken a stand against Bill C-36, the Conservative government’s proposed legislation whose Scandinavian model shifts the main criminal burden in prostitution from vendors to buyers.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 24 2014
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  • Island church marks 100th year

    Island church marks 100th year
    In 1913, as the clouds of war gathered over Europe, island-dotted Stoney Lake remained the serene jewel of Ontario’s Kawartha cottage region. And serene jewel it still is.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 23 2014
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  • A walk through the ministries of Jerusalem

    A walk through the ministries of Jerusalem
    On June 1, the seventh Sunday of Easter, Anglican churches across the country celebrated Jerusalem Sunday.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: June, 04 2014
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  • Countdown to Jerusalem Sunday

    Countdown to Jerusalem Sunday
    When the Anglican Journal  recently caught up with the Rev. Robert Camara, he was hard at work writing his sermon for the first-time observance of Jerusalem Sunday on June 1. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: May, 30 2014
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  • Welcome to the broadcast

    Welcome to the broadcast
    For more than three decades, Don Newman held what he considers the best job in television: senior parliamentary editor for the CBC and anchor of such influential programs as This Week in Parliament and Politics.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: April, 23 2014
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  • Brave new republic

    Brave new republic

    The high hopes for peace and prosperity that rang in the birth of the world's youngest country in July 2011 have been dashed by armed clashes between government soldiers, rebel militias and tribal loyalists. Since the latest conflict erupted last December, thousands of civilians have been raped or killed and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes. 

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: March, 21 2014
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  • Russell: True son of the land

    Russell: True son of the land
    From his driving, hard-rhotic accent to his fishing-and-hunting boyhood—not to mention summers working fish plants and oil tankers—Todd Russell is a Labradorian, through and through.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: March, 17 2014
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  • Primate's commission announced

    Primate's commission announced

    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.  

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: March, 07 2014
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  • 40 days to Easter

    40 days to Easter
    Derived from the old English word for “lengthen” (as do the days in spring), Lent is the 40-day period of prayer, penitence and pondering before Easter. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: February, 28 2014
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  • Christy Clark: natural-born politician -— of faith

    Christy Clark: natural-born politician -— of faith
    As a teenager, Christiana Joan Clark would stay after class and passionately argue points with her history teacher. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: February, 06 2014
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  • Church at the epicentre of life

    Church at the epicentre of life

    With its theme of “Church for Every Context,” the annual Vital Church Planting (VCP) conference launched on January 30 at St. Paul’s, Bloor Street, in Toronto. Sponsored by the Anglican diocese of Toronto and Wycliffe College’s Institute of Evangelism, the conference brings inspirational speakers and how-to workshop leaders together each year to explore new directions for the missional church. 

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: February, 04 2014
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  • Technology subs for organs

    Technology subs for organs
    Thank heaven for iTunes. And Bose audio. Without these technological tools the 11 congregations in the far-flung parish of southeast Labrador would have no organ, and some even no choral music at Sunday services. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: February, 03 2014
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  • First woman priest honoured

    First woman priest honoured

    On January 25,1944, as much of China lay in the iron grip of the Japanese invasion, the church marked a groundbreaking event. A fearless Anglican bishop, discerning a match between wartime need and a uniquely gifted person, ordained a humble yet steel-spined disciple of Christ into the priesthood. The bishop was Ronald Hall of Victoria and the ordinand was Hong-Kong-born Li Tim-Oi, the church's first woman priest.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: January, 27 2014
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  • The complex journey of Mayann Francis

    The complex journey of Mayann Francis

    Her Honour Dr. Mayann Elizabeth Francis has always gone wherever she felt God was calling her to go. That has made for an exceptionally varied journey that includes sociology, X-ray technology, law, public administration, theology and human rights.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: January, 21 2014
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  • A year of hallowed walls

    A year of hallowed walls
    Anglican churches are among the most picturesque and varied examples of Canadian architecture. Each one is a unique and cherished emblem of its parish and a beckoning sanctuary for the world-weary—whether it's a 19th-century wooden chapel in a field or a glass-and-concrete urban temple.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: December, 03 2013
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  • The irreverent, reverent Don Cherry

    The irreverent, reverent Don Cherry
    Don Cherry is such a devout Anglican that on a visit to National Post columnist Fr. Raymond J. de Sousa, he impressed the Catholic priest by reciting the Book of Common Prayer's Confession—from "Dearly beloved brethren" to the end of the Absolution.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: November, 29 2013
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  • 'Hurricane Hazel' still setting a blistering pace

    'Hurricane Hazel' still setting a blistering pace

    At age 92 and in her 35th year and 12th consecutive term as mayor of Mississauga, Ont., Canada’s sixth-largest city, Hazel McCallion is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, she’s devoting her last two years in office to solving the seemingly insoluble problem of gridlock in the Greater Toronto Area.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: November, 25 2013
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  • All Saints' (All Hallows') Day

    All Saints' (All Hallows') Day

    All Saints' or All Hallows' Day, the Solemnity of All Saints, commemorates all the unsung saints and martyrs throughout Christian history, those who have no designated feast day in the calendar but are believed to have attained the beatific vision of God in heaven.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: October, 31 2013
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  • All Souls' Day

    All Souls' Day
    This is a day of prayer for the departed faithful. Like All Saints’ Day, this commemoration is tied to the profession in the Apostles’ Creed of the communion of saints, which former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams broadly interprets as the “sharing between holy people” or the “sharing of holy things.”
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: October, 31 2013
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  • All Hallows' Eve

    All Hallows' Eve

    Historically, the Western church has observed this as a night of vigil, prayer and fasting before All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: October, 31 2013
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  • A clear vision of what you care about

    A clear vision of what you care about
    The Rev. Tim Sale likes the title “the longest-serving honorary assistant in the world.”  He has earned it at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: October, 15 2013
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  • From Anglican schoolhouse to premier's office

    From Anglican schoolhouse to premier's office
    For the Hon. Clyde K. Wells, early education meant a one-room Anglican schoolhouse in the tiny railway town of Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland-Labrador. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: September, 30 2013
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  • Patten, Member of the Order of Canada

    Patten, Member of the Order of Canada
    Monica Patten came by her lifelong passion for philan­thropy honestly. “My parents were my role models,” says Patten, who in June was named a member of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: September, 03 2013
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  • Praise and criticism at open-mic session

      Praise and criticism at open-mic session

    As the historic first-ever Joint Assembly wound down, attendees stepped up to the mic with sincere praise—and constructive gripes that may help the next assembly go even more smoothly than this one did.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 07 2013
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  • Unsung heroes of Joint Assembly

    Unsung heroes of Joint Assembly

    They’ve been training for weeks. Some are local, others from out of town. They are Lutherans and Anglicans, clergy and laity, young and old. They are the roughly 100 volunteers who help run the complex machine that is Joint Assembly.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 07 2013
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  • Walking the dream of an indigenous church

    Walking the dream of an indigenous church

    With Archdeacon Sid Black at the helm, the presentation by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples kicked off with a couple of rousing Gospel-style tunes sung and played by Bishop Mark MacDonald, NIGP (“national indigenous guitar player").

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 07 2013
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  • Improvements to continuing education and long-term disability plans

    Improvements to continuing education and long-term disability plans

    Bishop Phillip Poole, chairman of the Anglican Church of Canada's  pension committee, introduced resolutions on the church’s pension and continuing education plans. The five resolutions, recommended by the trustees, were previously presented to the pension committee and the Council of General Synod.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 07 2013
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  • General Synod 2016 to be held in Toronto

    General Synod 2016 to be held in Toronto

    The July 6 session of General Synod 2013 ended with an expression of thanks by Archbishop Colin Johnson of Toronto to the diocese of Ottawa for hosting General Synod  2013. He also invited members to attend General Synod in Toronto in three years’ time.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 07 2013
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  • Overwhelming vote of support for JALC

    Overwhelming vote of support for JALC

    Attendees at Joint Assembly rose to their feet in a standing ovation after 98 per cent of delegates voted to support the ongoing work of the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC). The resolution, presented by Richard Leggett of the diocese of New Westminster, read: “That this assembly confirm and support the work of the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission and affirm its continued work, with both the size and membership to be determined by each church.”

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 04 2013
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  • Homelessness: a Canadian reality

    Homelessness: a Canadian reality

    On the first evening of Joint Assembly, attendees viewed a dramatized presentation on homelessness and housing issues. Narrated by the Rev. Laurette Glasgow and Matthew Brown, “Putting a Face on Homelessness—Giving a Voice to the Homeless” contrasted the time-honoured picture of the sanctity of the home with the stark reality for the 400,000 Canadians who lack a healthy place to live.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 04 2013
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  • The Road to Waterloo

    The Road to Waterloo

    Anglicans and Lutherans have been in dialogue since the 16th century, when two denominations emerged as major players in the Reformation.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: July, 02 2013
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  • The ELCIC at a Glance

    The ELCIC at a Glance

    The name Evangelical—“based on the good news of the Gospel”—is applied to the young reformed church developed by Martin Luther in the early Reformation.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: June, 28 2013
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  • A six-point joint parish in LAAMB

    A six-point joint parish in LAAMB

    For most active members of the clergy, the weekly day of rest is, ironically, the day they really hit the ground running.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: June, 27 2013
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  • Lutheran pastor, Anglican priest

    Lutheran pastor, Anglican priest

    Under the terms of 2001’s full communion agreement, pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada do not need re-ordination to serve as clergy in the Anglican Church of Canada—and vice versa.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: June, 27 2013
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  • Anatomy of a blended parish

    Anatomy of a blended parish

    Rocky Mountain House is a resource-industry town of 7,000 souls in west central Alberta. In addition to its thriving activities in oil, gas and forestry, it’s also home to a flourishing experiment in shared ministry.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: June, 26 2013
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  • General Synod archivist honoured

    General Synod archivist honoured
    Nancy Hurn, General Synod archivist of the Anglican Church of Canada, is this year’s recipient of the Membership Recognition Award of the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA).
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: June, 17 2013
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  • Archbishop and Pope to meet

    Archbishop and Pope to meet

    The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will pay a brief, informal visit to Pope Francis I in Rome on June 14. According to a Lambeth Palace statement, it will be a “personal and fraternal” visit.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: June, 12 2013
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  • Jane's Test

    Jane's Test
    A new partnership between the parishes of the diocese of Niagara and the national church is leading to promising new conversations between Anglicans at all levels and their non-church communities.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: June, 07 2013
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  • Solemnity meets humour

    Solemnity meets humour

    They play the mightiest of instruments in the most solemn of settings, but they’re not above having a little fun. Listen carefully and you may discern a bar or two of a nursery song or sea shanty in the hymns played by your church organist.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: June, 06 2013
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  • More community partnerships, fewer church-centred silos

    More community partnerships, fewer church-centred silos
    A new partnership between the parishes of the diocese of Niagara and the national church is leading to promising new conversations between Anglicans at all levels and their non-church communities.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: June, 06 2013
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  • Crowning celebrations across the Communion

    Crowning celebrations across the Communion
    Shortly after noon on June 2, 1953, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop Of Canterbury, placed the ancient St. Edward’s crown on the 27-year-old head of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: May, 28 2013
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  • Churches urge Harper to act in Middle East

    Churches urge Harper to act in Middle East

    As the multiple crises in the Middle East continue, the 24-member Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) has sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging vigorous federal action on four main fronts.


     

     

     

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: May, 22 2013
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  • The forgotten feast

    The forgotten feast

    Why doesn’t the Anglican church avidly celebrate Pentecost, and its important encounter with the Holy Spirit, with the same fervour as the mega-feasts of Christmas and Easter? The Rev. Dr. David Reed, professor emeritus of pastoral theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, offers this possible explanation.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: May, 17 2013
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  • $5,000 reward for stolen cathedral artifacts

    $5,000 reward for stolen cathedral artifacts

    Victoria’s Christ Church Cathedral may soon step up its security system after the May 11 theft of at least $10,000 worth of historical artifacts, some dating back to the 17th century.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: May, 16 2013
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  • Canons made doctors of divinity

    Canons made doctors of divinity
    Two Toronto Anglican canons, one clergy, one lay, became honorary doctors of divinity on the May 14. The Rev. Canon Mary Alice Bielesch Medcof and Canon Robert L. Falby, QC, received these honours at the 2013 convocation of the Faculty of Divinity at Trinity College, University of Toronto.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: May, 15 2013
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  • R.A. Dickey: athlete, author, doctor, disciple

    R.A. Dickey: athlete, author, doctor, disciple

    The language at this year’s Wycliffe College Convocation took an unusual turn. A baseball feeling sneaked into the customary academic parlance as Toronto star pitcher R.A. Dickey—clothed in a scarlet gown instead of his Blue Jays uniform—received an honorary doctorate in sacred letters.


     

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: May, 14 2013
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  • A unique partnership is born in Bangladesh

    A unique partnership is born in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh has a high rate of maternal mortality—about 194 per 1,000 births in 2010—but this is steadily falling. And the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is helping the developing country to reach its targeted reduction to 143 maternal deaths per 1,000 by 2015.


     

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: May, 13 2013
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  • Parliamentarian and priest

    Parliamentarian and priest

    For the Rev. Canon Reginald Stackhouse, public service is part of the Christian vocation. A former priest in two west-end Toronto parishes and former principal of Wycliffe College, Stackhouse has a long list of elected and appointed public offices on his resumé:  two terms as a Conservative MP, a commissioner on both the Canadian and the Ontario Human Rights commissions, member of the board of regents of Toronto’s Centennial College and a member of public library and school boards.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: May, 06 2013
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  • Lambeth Palace Library regains stolen books

    Lambeth Palace Library regains stolen books
    From the standpoint of the Church of England’s intellectual heritage, Justin Welby’s new archiepiscopy is off to a very positive start.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: May, 01 2013
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  • Liturgy should serve life

    Liturgy should serve life

    The Consultation on Common Texts—an ecumenical roundtable of U.S. and Canadian churches that seeks interdenominational agreement on the language of worship and the cycle of prescribed scripture readings at services—held its annual meeting in Toronto on April 15.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: April, 30 2013
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  • Clean-water waterfall on the Hill

    Clean-water waterfall on the Hill
    More than 800 out-of-town delegates to Joint Assembly and local people are expected to gather for prayers and readings on the main walkway of Parliament Hill on the morning of July 6.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: April, 26 2013
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  • Abduction of Syrian archbishops condemned

    Abduction of Syrian archbishops condemned
    Dr. Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador of Religious Freedom, has issued a statement condemning the abduction of Metropolitan Paul Yazigi of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese and Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Archdiocese. Based in Aleppo, Syria, the prelates were returning to Syria from a humanitarian mission in Antioch, Turkey.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: April, 26 2013
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  • Michael Lloyd, accountant and priest, 1935–2013

      Michael Lloyd, accountant and priest, 1935–2013

    The Rev. Dr. Michael John Lloyd, CA, passed away on April 21, 2013, at the Toronto Grace Hospital.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: April, 25 2013
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  • 'Cross Canada Checkup

    'Cross Canada Checkup

    The Anglican Church of Canada and its full communion partner, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), will gather at the Ottawa Convention Centre from July 3 to 7.

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: April, 16 2013
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  • Teacher well schooled to bring gospel to rural Canada

    Teacher well schooled to bring gospel to rural Canada
    On March 19, another Anglican centenarian came of age and received a congratulatory certificate from the primate. Archbishop Fred Hiltz sent congratulations to Mildred Richardson, who has spent a lifetime serving the Anglican Church of Canada and is still a member of her parish in Woodstock, Ont.
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: April, 08 2013
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  • Argentine elected Pope Francis I

    Argentine elected Pope Francis I

    The next successor of Saint Peter to the papal throne is an Argentine cardinal, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, archbishop of Buenos Aires.  

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: March, 13 2013
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  • Sharing the good news in Rupert's Land

    Sharing the good news in Rupert's Land
    As anticipation of July’s joint Anglican-Lutheran assembly intensifies, an experimental issue of Rupert’s Land News (RLN) features contributors from both churches (rupertsland.ca/wp-content/uploads/RLN-January-2013.pdf). 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: March, 11 2013
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  • Joint Assembly to gather

    Joint Assembly to gather

    In 2001, after many years of discussion, the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) broke new ecumenical ground by entering into full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). Called the Waterloo Declaration, the agreement was signed during the two churches’ respective national meetings in Waterloo, Ont. 

    By Diana Swift
    Posted: March, 01 2013
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  • Out of harm's way

    Out of harm's way
    Today, a glance at a newspaper or a quick tune-in to TV news will affirm the reality of abuse, sexual and otherwise, within religious and educational institutions. Like many other large organizations where imbalances of power can lead to exploitation, the Anglican Church of Canada is committed to ensuring a healthy environment for vulnerable people who seek sanctuary within its walls. 
    By Diana Swift
    Posted: February, 19 2013
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