As our church observes Jerusalem Sunday on May 17 (the Seventh Sunday of Easter), we will give special thanks to God for the ministry of Major the Rev. Canon John Organ, who has served as chaplain for Archbishop Suheil Dawani in Jerusalem for the past three years.
Why 'check in with the Pharisees’? Re: Don't change canon, says commission (Feb. 2015, p.1). Somehow the world did not end in 2005 when the Canadian governm ent made it the law of the land that same-sex couples could marry and h ave all the rights and protection of…
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
And that changes everything—backwards and forwards.
Our story—the world’s story—is rewritten in this moment. Everything that came before means something a little different now—everything needs to be re-remembered in light of this new fact.
Ask most anyone to name images of Easter. Chances are they will answer “bunnies” and “eggs.” But before we hasten to caution them with advice like, “Really, Easter is about Jesus risen from the dead and that’s why we celebrate this most important festival of the church year,” it might be wise to do a background check.
It’s almost seven feet when it’s rolled out full length! Connected by a dotted line through a ribbon of landscape from one end to the other are 72 entries by way of date and significant development that tell the story of “Indigenous Peoples and The Anglican Church of Canada.” Half of the entries cover 140 years and the other half the last 20 years.
The hypocrisy and corruption associated with the Pharisees, as portrayed in the gospels, has made their name a potent insult. But Christian teaching, despite describing this corruption as extremely dangerous, often places the threat of the Pharisees’ attitude and actions far away from our present day context. This is a mistake.
April is here and for those fortunate enough to be surrounded by caring family or friends, there is much to celebrate—both sacred and secular.
The church where I served as student minister has a number of very large stained glass windows: Christ with the children, the women at the empty tomb, and a rather lurid depiction of Christ on the cross, featuring a great deal of purple and agony.
This weekend, I am meeting with two young Muslim friends, Ola and Hana, whom I met first when they were undergrad university students.
Recently, I was talking with a friend who is, I think, a most important Indigenous theologian. As we discussed the church’s teaching on the Trinity, we observed that many non-Indigenous commentators assume that Indigenous people would have no interest or time for this foundational Christian doctrine.