Epiphanies

Processing of oilsands in Alberta. Photo: Russ Heinl

Anglican Voices: Living as ecological refugees

“Today the tar sands of Fort McMurray have poisoned the land and water. The fish and four-leggeds are full of poison.” —Vivian Seegers In 1962, at three...
Photo: Dolores Harvey

‘Nothing’s like it used to be’

Ask people about buying food in Newfoundland and Labrador, and you’ll start hearing a few consistent comments: that fresh produce can be very expensive, that storm-related shipping delays can cut off the supply of food, and that the island of Newfoundland has, at any given time, three days of fresh food on the shelves.
Photo: DK Samko

Ten ways to green your church without breaking the bank

Greening your church may seem an overwhelming task, but there are affordable ways to improve your parish's environmental friendliness.
One parish’s green audit called on it to switch from using Styrofoam cups. But in the end the parish decided against this, Rois says, because they felt the Styrofoam cups were “part of their congregational culture.” Photo: Redcom Productions

O greenest church?

Churches can face many hurdles in improving their environmental impact—but those that have persevered offer insights into walking a greener path.
Porcupine caribou subsist on lichen, a slow-growing plant that forms a surface over rocks and trees. Snow that used to stay frozen now melts and re-freezes, forming a layer of ice over the lichen that makes it difficult for the caribou to eat. photo: Mike Boylan USFWS/Pixnio

Climate change in the North

Graves in the northern Arctic, as in most places, are dug six feet deep.
Photo: Stephan Morris / Shutterstock

How to plant a pollinator garden

Plants and pollinators from the same geographical area have co-evolved to work well together, so look for native species of plants.
The Rev. Sheilagh Ashworth keeps three essential items with her: her hive tool, her pen knife and an oil stock, for anointing. Photo: Saskia Rowley

For the love of bees

There’s an old custom called “telling the bees.”

General Synod passes environmental justice resolutions

General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada passed four resolutions on July 13 related to the church’s public witness for social and ecological justice.
Floodwaters menace a house beside the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, May 2017. Once again this spring, the Ottawa area was subjected this spring to record-setting floods. photo: Clarke Colin/Shutterstock

‘Ten months away from the next flood’: deluge now a fact of life, Ottawa-area...

As record-breaking floodwaters began to recede along the Ottawa River, priests in two of the hardest-hit areas were wondering when the next deluge will sweep the area—and how faith organizations can be better engaged when it does.
Photo: Roman Mikhailiuk

Global danger, spiritual danger

There is a growing consensus that we have 10 to 12 years left to act on climate change.

No hiding place

Over the past 50 years, we have been challenged to realize our share in the devastation of our planet.
From regular flooding in Miami to unprecedented fires in the Arctic, climate change is making itself known everywhere. meunierd/shutterstock

And all who live in it

Welcome to this first edition of EPIPHANIES from the Anglican Journal.