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Role for church seen in vaccinating North

In guidance produced during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in April, the World Health Organization (WHO) was emphatic: “Religious leaders, faith-based organizations, and faith communities can play a major role in saving lives and reducing illness related to COVID-19.”

Ottawa youth join diocesan effort against homelessness

On the frigid Sunday morning of Dec. 6, young Anglicans from the diocese of Ottawa gathered in a parking lot to help dozens of homeless youth heading into a long pandemic winter.

Conservative group receives legal opinion on marriage

The Anglican Communion Alliance (ACA), a group of theologically conservative members of the Anglican Church of Canada, says it hopes to see the creation of a task force for discernment on marriage after receiving a legal opinion criticizing the church’s present approach to Canon XXI from a specialist on church law based in the U.K.

Suffering from COVID-19— months after recovering

When she goes on long walks these days, Judy Carson, a member of St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, Shanty Bay, Ont., sometimes takes an oxygen tank with her to keep from getting out of breath.

A ‘difficult year’ and ‘a different normal’

Though many people might not like to hear it, there’s no indication this year will be much better than 2020 in terms of the pandemic and its effects, say two Canadian Anglicans whose professional lives have connected them with the fight against COVID-19.

‘Canada needs healing’: Bishop Isaiah Beardy on Bill C-15 and UNDRIP

In December 2020, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti introduced Bill C-15, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, which, if passed, will require the government of Canada to align the country’s laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

‘The God of the Exodus was able to find them’

The chief influence of Black Christianity on the wider North American church has been to hold it to the idea of freedom in the here and now—with gains that aren’t going to wilt at resistance from the dominant culture, according to Black church leaders the Anglican Journal interviewed.

AFC-funded program helps with homework

The Anglican Foundation of Canada (AFC) has awarded $6,000 to a homework club for kids in downtown Toronto as part of its fall 2020...

Rethinking darkness and light

Leaders in the Lutheran and United churches on language and anti-Blackness Adele Halliday still remembers conversations from a church she attended years ago. The congregation...

‘A narrative of light, hope and truth’: Jubilee Commission launches archival history research project

The Jubilee Commission, the body established by Council of General Synod to propose a sustainable funding base for the self-determining Indigenous church, has officially launched a new archival research project on historical funding trends for Indigenous ministry within the Anglican Church of Canada.

Sam Rose elected bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador

Archdeacon Sam Rose has been elected the sixth bishop of the diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, after being voted in on the fourth ballot at the Nov. 28 electoral synod.

UCC general secretary would like to see African-Canadian theology grants

The United Church of Canada’s recently named general secretary says he hopes to see the creation of an educational institution for African-Canadian theology, funded at least partly by payments of reparation for the colonization of African peoples.

Moosonee priests bring baptisms home

The Rev. Ann Westgate, deacon of St. John the Evangelist Mistissini in the diocese of Moosonee, spent Nov. 15 to Dec. 1 travelling in the Cree Nation of Waskaganish, where she baptized 47 children, infants and teens.

‘We have to help one another to survive’: A conversation with Jonas Allooloo

In December 2020, the Anglican Journal published “No room in the inn.” This article detailed how the Rev. Jonas Allooloo—former dean of St. Jude’s Cathedral in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and a key translator of the first Bible in Inuktitut—was effectively homeless two years after his retirement in January 2019.

Orthodox school finds ‘natural home’ at Trinity

The only Orthodox theological programs in Canada accredited by the Association of Theological Schools are offered at a historically Anglican college—a fact that may seem counterintuitive.