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.

March issue marks 12 months of disease and distancing

Although the virus that causes COVID-19 was publicly identified in late 2019, it wasn’t until last March that life began to change substantially for...

Preparing to meet the ‘final wave’: grief

Seven months after the attacks on the United States that reduced the twin towers of the World Trade Center to a smouldering mass of rubble, I flew into New York. It was the week before Holy Week of 2002.

Withered—and filled with power

“For in his power are the hidden mysteries of earth.” This translation by Rabbi Hillel Danziger of the first part of Verse 4 of Psalm 95 reveals a rabbinic insight about the presence of God’s energies and power in Creation.

‘A piece of the continent, a part of the main’

At Ash Wednesday we were invited “to observe a holy Lent by self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, and by reading and meditating on the word of God.” Yet we have, in a sense, been in an extended Lent through the past year as the COVID-19 pandemic has invited us, through radical disruption of our lives, to examine ourselves and the world around us in light of the gospel.

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.”

Ottawa youth join diocesan effort against homelessness

On the frigid Sunday morning of Dec. 6, young Anglicans from the diocese of Ottawa gathered in a parking lot to help dozens of homeless youth heading into a long pandemic winter.

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.

‘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.

Identity and idolatry

The apostle Paul says that “enemies of blood and flesh” (Ephesians 6:12) are not our greatest challenge in life.

‘A narrative of light, hope and truth’: Jubilee Commission launches archival history research project

The Jubilee Commission, the body established by Council of General Synod to propose a sustainable funding base for the self-determining Indigenous church, has officially launched a new archival research project on historical funding trends for Indigenous ministry within the Anglican Church of Canada.

White Jesus and me

When I first published a version of this column in September, another Black man in the United States had been shot (seven times in the back) by a white police officer.

Seeing God beyond our mirror images

Although some people find February a dismal month as we long for the end of winter, it is, for me, a month of good memories and celebrations.