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Clergy should show their wounds, says priest who opened up about past alcoholism

An Ontario priest who opened up to his congregation this winter about his past struggles with alcoholism and depression says clergy might be more effective if they worry less about trying to seem flawless.

A gentle invitation to worship

As people enter through the narthex of St. Faith’s Anglican Church, Vancouver, B.C., on a Sunday evening, they are greeted by a small table...

Across the Church: January 2019

Curry and Makgoba honour retiring Archbishop Johnson at dinner Friends and colleagues paid tribute to retiring Archbishop Colin Johnson, bishop of the diocese of Toronto,...

Prayer: There’s an app for that

Smartphones dominate daily life, used for everything from ordering takeout to mapping directions to snapping photos to, occasionally, talking on the phone. So why...

B.C. neo-monastic community brews in Trappist tradition

A small spiritual community in Victoria, B.C., is paying its bills partly with the help of a centuries-old tradition: monastic brewing. Since summer 2016, the...

Medical assistance in dying: One Anglican family’s story

By the time 68-year-old Carolyn Sitlington was to be given a death-causing drug at a London, Ont., hospital on July 5, 2016, the pain from her Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, had become considerable.

Ontario priest’s YouTube spoofs draw congregants

It’s a video to make your hair stand on end. Creepy sounds and whispers lend an eerie feeling to dizzyingly quick shots of a...

‘Mystery worshippers’ see church through a visitor’s eyes

It’s difficult to know what someone is experiencing when they walk into your church, says Tasha Carrothers. “They come and they may or may...

‘Prayer is what God does in and through us’: Church of England bishop

On May 12, participants at a conference of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (Canada) in Cochrane, Alta., were treated to a “powerful” presentation that “engaged everyone completely” for two and a half hours, says event organizer the Rev. Bonnie Luft, priest-in-charge at Saint Francis of Assisi Anglican Church in Airdrie, Alta.

‘You can’t be selfish and survive’ in Canada’s harsh but beautiful North

The Ungava Peninsula in Nunavik, northern Quebec, is flanked by Hudson Bay on one side and Ungava Bay on the other. Here, above the...

Arctic Anglicans face dangers of climate change

City dwellers may not know just how many kinds of ice there are. “There are all sorts…just the same way that there are all sorts...

Indigenous family finds ancestors in spirit in General Synod archives

For Larry Beardy, Indigenous suffragan bishop of the Northern Manitoba Area Mission, genealogy is not a mere hobby. His family feels the same way....

C.S. Lewis’s tales a window to divine mysteries, audience hears

Their unique appeal to the imagination allows the stories of C.S. Lewis to reach us in ways that ordinary discourse about God often can’t,...

Indigenous marriage talk may ease tensions

As the November meeting of Council of General Synod (CoGS)  approached, it was clear that the same-sex marriage debate and a self-determining Indigenous expression...

CoGS roundup: Hiltz calls for apology for ‘spiritual abuse’ of Indigenous people

The Anglican Church of Canada should apologize to the country’s Indigenous people for having “demonized” their traditional spirituality, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the...