More than 200 Lutherans and Anglicans from across Canada are gathering this week at the Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton for the biennial National Worship Conference that runs from July 20 to 23.
As a five-hour temporary ceasefire between Hamas and Israel expired and fighting resumed today, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, added his voice to the many calling for an end to the violence.
With the deepening conflict in the Middle East, Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance, a global grouping of church-based agencies working in emergencies worldwide, has announced that it is working with local partners to provide support for civilians who have been wounded and displaced by the ongoing Israeli operation against Palestinian militants in Gaza.
Growing up in a village of about 500 people in the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of the Saint Lawrence is, in many ways, a world away from big city life in Toronto. But for 10 young students travelling with a teacher and an Anglican priest, coming to the city in May was meant to be more than tourist trip: it was an urban pilgrimage.
Bishop Susan (“Sue”) Moxley, well known to Anglicans in Canada and overseas as a passionate advocate for social justice, has been appointed convenor of the Anglican Peace and Justice Network (APJN). The APJN assists the Anglican Communion in addressing peace and justice issues around the world.
(Ret.) Bishop Thomas William Ralph Collings, who was known for having devoted much of his ministry with Canada’s native people, died after a long battle with cancer on July 8 in Winnipeg. He was 76.
When the heads of the Anglican and Lutheran Churches in North America met recently in Toronto, a common theme emerged when they shared developments in their respective churches: all felt a sense of “renewed energy” that they attributed to a “renewed focus on mission.”
Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) member Marie Wilson has commended the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) for taking an active role in forging reconciliation between Canada’s indigenous and non-indigenous people even though it is not one of the churches implicated in the Indian residential schools system.
Two Canadian Anglicans will join the roster of Anglican Communion representatives to two international-level ecumenical dialogues that are being revived after a long hiatus.
In what is sometimes thought of as a dying church, Amanda Longmoore of Plaster Rock, N.B., was not exactly surprised but at least impressed to find that her conversations with about 35 other young Anglican clergy from across Canada has left her with quite a different impression.