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December issue marks Christmas in a time of pandemic

A very different kind of Advent and Christmas season beckon this year, as the world continues to struggle with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For Christians, the birth of the Christ child is a story of new life—and with it new hope for the future. These ideas permeate the December issue of the Anglican Journal, which examines struggles and hopes across the Anglican Church of Canada as we head into a Christmas like no other.

Church mourns former General Synod prolocutor, Anglican Award of Merit recipient

Dorothy Davies-Flindall, a former General Synod prolocutor, recipient of the Anglican Award of Merit and Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) chair who...

Calgary priest elected 14th bishop of the diocese of British Columbia

The Rev. Anna Greenwood-Lee, incumbent at St. Laurence Anglican Church in the diocese of Calgary, was elected bishop of the diocese of British Columbia...

Pandemic-era wedding a simple, beautiful day for bishop of Ontario

Bishop of the diocese of Ontario Michael Oulton was married July 25, but the ceremony was not exactly the one he and his fiancée,...

Indigenous Ministries ramps up pandemic pastoral care

General Synod’s department of Indigenous Ministries is adjusting its pastoral support program to better respond to increasing levels of pandemic-related stress in Indigenous communities across Canada, says National Indigenous Archbishop Mark MacDonald—work in which Resources for Mission (RfM), the national church’s fundraising arm, has been a valuable partner.

Positive presence

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on seniors’ and long-term care homes, with the advanced age of residents making them particularly vulnerable to the virus. Since 2018, the Rev. Joanne Webster, associate priest at St. Matthias Anglican Church in Edmonton, has served as a part-time chaplain at local seniors’ residence the Canterbury Foundation.

Fyfe voted bishop of Nova Scotia and P.E.I.

The consecration of Sandra Fyfe as the new bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island was scheduled to take place on Nov. 30. But for the bishop-elect, her involvement in episcopal ministry, in a certain sense, began much earlier.

No room in the inn

Two years ago, the Rev. Jonas Allooloo was dean of St. Jude’s Cathedral in Iqaluit, Nunavut, preparing to retire after more than four decades of work in the Anglican Church of Canada that included stints as a member of General Synod, participation in various national committees and work as a translator who helped produce the first Inuktitut Bible.

Saskatchewan bishops recovering from COVID-19

Bishop of the diocese of Saskatchewan Michael Hawkins is thankful for the prayers and support he’s received while in the hospital with COVID-19, and...

Pandemic puts vulnerable food workers in focus

The people who come from other countries to work on Canada’s farms have never had it particularly easy—but the pandemic has added a sharp...

Church launches new online bookstore

The Anglican Church of Canada has a new online bookstore—and ordering books and other resources should be faster and easier as a result, the church staffer tasked with managing the switch to the new e-store says.

Primate: Concerns around societal stress grow as pandemic lingers

Concerns about mental health are growing as the church settles into an often-stressful “semi-permanent pattern of living and working” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, told the Council of General Synod (CoGS) which met online Nov. 6-8.

CoGS mulls possible changes to General Synod membership, Order of Bishops

In a session during a virtual meeting of the Council of General Synod (CoGS) Sept. 12, the Governance Working Group presented potential changes to...

Borders in focus for November issue

People who have crossed our border, and the people who live south of it, are a prominent theme in this month’s Anglican Journal.

Podcast explores generosity “as an outlook, as a worldview, as a way of life”

“The management of money and generosity were concepts I think I learned from my parents,” says Canon Judy Rois, executive director of the Anglican...