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CoGS hears of progress, priorities at triennium’s halfway point

At this year’s first meeting of the Council of General Synod (CoGS), members heard of progress made by leaders, committee members and staff of the Anglican Church of Canada towards goals established at General Synod 2019—and the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new challenges in this triennium.

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.

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.”

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 grant

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