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CoGS hears of decrease in diocesan proportional giving in budget presentation, votes on 2021...

Mississauga, Ont. Diocesan contributions, which account for 87% of General Synod’s net revenue, have decreased by around 20% over the past 25 years, Council of...

‘Wake-up call’: CoGS hears statistics report on church membership decline

The Anglican Church of Canada’s first reliably-collected set of statistics since 2001 show the church running out of members in little more than two...

Working group to begin review of ‘governance of the church’

Mississauga, Ont. The Council of General Synod (CoGS) voted Nov. 9 to refer a review of General Synod’s membership and rules to the council’s Governance...

Next Sacred Circle planned for June 2020

The next gathering of Sacred Circle—a meeting of Indigenous Anglicans from across Canada—will be held June 14-19 in Orillia, Ont., the Council of General Synod (CoGS) heard Friday, Nov. 8.

Jubilee Commission presents early work on path to ‘equitable funding base’ for Indigenous church

Mississauga, Ont. The Jubilee Commission has started the work needed to propose a “just, sustainable and equitable funding base for the self-determining Indigenous Anglican church,”...

“A searching world” still needs the church, new primate reassures CoGS

Mississauga, Ont. In the face of falling membership and financial challenges, Canadian Anglicans should feel encouraged that there remains a role for their church in...

Church engagement with veterans ‘primarily ad hoc’: Bishop ordinary

Active members of the Canadian Forces (CF) have the benefit of military chaplains, including many Anglican chaplains, to provide pastoral and spiritual care to them and their families. But what happens when those members leave the military?

Indigenous midwives exchange knowledge: PWRDF program shares best practices from Canada, Mexico and Peru

Earlier this year, Indigenous midwives from Canada, Mexico and Peru came together for two gatherings as part of a three-year pilot project, in which PWRDF is providing more than $100,000 to facilitate the exchange of knowledge by midwives in all three countries.

New bishop elected for diocese of Huron

Canon Todd Townshend was elected 14th bishop of the diocese of Huron at a diocesan synod Oct 26. Townshend was elected on the third ballot...

‘Count on what’s true to do its own solicitation’: VST’s Richard Topping on preaching...

Since 2013, the Rev. Richard Topping, a Presbyterian minister and professor of systematic theology, has been principal of the Vancouver School of Theology (VST).

‘Standing at the church door’: The role of the diaconate

While the role of deacon in the church can be traced back to the book of Acts and through a period of flourishing in...

Queer hymn collection offers ‘much-needed’ resource for LGBTQ+ Anglicans and allies

Produced by a volunteer committee from the Hymn Society, an ecumenical non-profit association that seeks to promote congregational singing, Songs for the Holy Other includes almost 50 “queer hymns” by and for individuals who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.

Reconciliation, restoration vision for Sorrento Centre, new executive director says

The Rev. Michael Shapcott has made a habit of asking a question during the opening orientation of the Sorrento Centre’s Five Weeks of Summer,...

Retired bishop of Quebec to run for Greens in ‘election like no other’

Dennis Drainville, retired bishop of the diocese of Quebec, is re-entering politics by running for the Green Party of Canada in this fall’s federal election.

Election resources go ecumenical

Anglicans casting a ballot in Canada’s federal election on Oct. 21 will find a range of ecumenical resources to help them learn more about the issues and converse with candidates.