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  • Joint Assembly is a hopeful witness

    Joint Assembly is a hopeful witness

    The head of the World Council of Churches (WCC) says the Joint Assembly is a hopeful witness to the wider church.

    by Bruce Myers
    Posted July, 05 2013
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  • Another step toward indigenous self-determination

    Another step toward indigenous self-determination

    On July 4, General Synod unanimously passed Resolution A051, which set out the criteria for the selection of future national indigenous Anglican bishops (NIAB) as well as members of the Anglican Council of Indigenous People (ACIP) and Sacred Circle.

    by Leigh Anne Williams
    Posted July, 05 2013
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  • General Synod approves structural change

    General Synod approves structural change

    After some debate, General Synod members on July 4 voted to abolish all but two of the national church’s standing committees, as part of proposed changes to its governance structures.

    by Marites N. Sison
    Posted July, 05 2013
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  • Primate 'filled with much hope'

    Primate 'filled with much hope'

    Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, delivered a presidential address to the members of General Synod that offered snapshots of what’s happening in the church across the country, some of the challenges that lie ahead and the reasons why he is full of hope.

    by Leigh Anne Williams
    Posted July, 05 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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  • Ecumenical guests greet Joint Assembly

    Ecumenical guests greet Joint Assembly

    International and ecumenical guests brought greetings to members of Joint Assembly on Thursday morning, and they all offered some words of inspiration about the meeting’s theme, “Together for the Love of the World.”

    by Leigh Anne Williams
    Posted July, 04 2013
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  • ELCIC faces looming crisis with hope

    ELCIC faces looming crisis with hope

    Lutheran delegates were shown a sobering portrait of their church’s present and future prospects during the first business session of the ELCIC's National Convention.

    by Bruce Myers
    Posted July, 04 2013
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  • 'The critical justice issue of our time'

    'The critical justice issue of our time'

    Joint Assembly members were challenged on July 4 to think beyond the economic impact of resource extraction and to consider its “life and death” impact on indigenous communities in Canada and overseas and on the earth’s “ecological integrity.”

    by Marites N. Sison
    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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  • An aboriginal welcome

    An aboriginal welcome
    Annie Smith-St. Georges, an Algonquin elder, and her husband, Robert St. Georges,  officially welcomed the members of Joint Assembly to Ottawa, which is in the territory of the Algonquin First Nation.
    by Leigh Anne Williams
    Posted July, 04 2013
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