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Stephen London elected bishop of Edmonton

The Rev. Stephen London, rector of St. Thomas’ Anglican Church in Sherwood Park, Alta., was elected bishop of the diocese of Edmonton at an online electoral synod June 26.

Church treasurer announces retirement

Hanna Goschy, the Anglican Church of Canada’s treasurer and chief financial officer since 2013, announced her retirement effective Aug. 13.

Anglican Journal loses editor, writer

The Anglican Journal found itself editorless this summer with the resignation of Matthew Townsend June 11. The same month also saw the departure of staff writer Joelle Kidd, on June 10.

Ottawa Anglican’s sock ministry touches thousands

On Dec. 24, 2017, Jessica Baird, a teacher and a parishioner at Julian of Norwich Anglican Church in Ottawa, was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a rare type of arthritis causing, among other things, severe and long-term pain in the spine.

‘We have a great task before us’

The 10th Indigenous Anglican Sacred Circle took place online from July 14 to 17, with the theme “Returning Home: Remembering the Lost”. Delegates mourned those who had died while forging ahead with discussion of the Covenant and Our Way of Life—foundational documents that will determine the shape of the emerging Indigenous church.

David Ashdown bridged Western and Indigenous ways

The establishment of the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh, the church’s first Indigenous diocese, in June 2014 was a watershed moment for Indigenous self-determination within the Anglican Church of Canada—and Archbishop David Ashdown played an indispensable role in it.

Vivian Seegers lived out gospel through pain and triumph

On June 2, the Rev. Vivian Seegers, founder and gathering priest of Urban Aboriginal Ministry (UAM) in the diocese of New Westminster, died at Vancouver General Hospital from complications due to COVID-19. She was 62.

Territory of the People bishop inhibited from ministry

Bishop Lincoln McKoen of the Territory of the People has been formally inhibited from ministry, following unspecified allegations that will now be subject to disciplinary proceedings by the provincial synod.

‘Her voice will never die’

The Rev. Canon Virginia “Ginny” Doctor, coordinator of Indigenous Ministries and a major architect of the self-determining Indigenous church, died on May 26. She was 71 years old.