The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) has urged the Anglican Church of Canada not to amend its marriage canon (church law) to allow the marriage of same-sex couples, saying such a move would “cause great distress for the Communion as a whole, and for its ecumenical relationships.”
Following U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision Dec. 17 to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba after 54 years, the leadership of the Episcopal Church of Cuba released a statement thanking God for the repatriation of prisoners to both countries and thanking the churches in the United States for the “bridges of hope” they affirmed during the decades of separation.
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.
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.
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.
Though many Canadians might not often think about the nation’s mining practices, they are “very well known” to the rest of the world, said National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald in a presentation to Council of General Synod Nov.15. This was not, MacDonald hastened to add, a good thing.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, has issued a statement
expressing sadness and concern and condemning the violent attack in a
Jerusalem synagogue Nov. 18 that left four worshippers and one policeman
dead and many injured.
Andrea Mann, global relations director at the Anglican Church of Canada, took some time during her presentation to Council of General Synod (CoGS) Nov. 15 to talk about how Jerusalem Sunday has furthered the Canadian church’s commitment to building a strong relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.
The Anglican Church of Canada’s special advisor for government relations on Nov. 14 gave a presentation to Council of General Synod (CoGS) about what principles should guide church involvement with government and how churches can best go about giving witness to their faith while trying to effect change in public policy.