Opinion

From the Primate: Discerning when to speak

When we can gather at a watercooler at work or in the pub with friends, we enjoy expressing our opinions on the latest sports...

Pandemics and evangelism: The martyrs of the plague of Alexandria

“Many who had healed others fell victims themselves. The best of our brethren have been taken from us in this manner: some were priests,...

The Eucharist and coming out of lockdown: A tract for these COVID-19 times

The challenges presented to churches by COVID-19 are numerous. Debates over whether to celebrate the Eucharist during the height of the crisis, and when...

The Primate: ‘We are building resilience’

Reflections on the new life of the Primate A few years ago, “zoom-zoom” referred to a Mazda car commercial. Today people are more likely to...

From beach to altar: Reflections on 20 years as a priest

Canon David Harrison expected to mark the 20th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on the beach. As luck, pandemic and God would...

Longing for a post-apocalyptic Easter

For a number of years in the early 2000s, Thomas Roach, then artist-in-residence at Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral, created an installation of veils that...

God’s question for the church: ‘Are you ready?’

As a pandemic rings in dramatic changes across the world, Canadian churches will face long-deferred decisions about property, worship and attitude—but some signposts point...

From the Primate: “Be still and know…”

All around us, creation is waking up from its winter hibernation. Birds have returned from their wintering places; snow is melting; grass is greening;...

The resurrection is not all in your head

Every Easter, without fail, media outlets trot out someone—usually a scholar or a minister—who offers the secular world a more “believable” understanding of the...

The May issue of the Journal—written in mid-March

This editorial letter first appeared in the May 2020 print issue of the Anglican Journal. Editorials don’t usually appear on the front page of the...

Every day is Earth Day in God’s world

It’s Earth Day. In the middle of such a large generational phenomenon that is COVID-19, let’s not forget how this is affecting people all around...

Cultivating perseverance and patience on the road ahead

When we first heard the orders to self-isolate or go into quarantine due to COVID-19, there was a faint hope that, of course, this...

An unmistakable sign

Though the church of my youth taught about the Second Coming of Christ, there were not many specifics, nor was there much guessing about when, where and how.

Lessons in liturgy from The Two Popes

There was no way that I was going to miss The Two Popes, the 2019 biographical drama film about Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, because I am a sucker for all things papal.

Waiting for hope

As a young person in the church, I was taught that the first words to be spoken on Easter morning—and to everyone you met that day—were: “ALLELUIA, CHRIST IS RISEN!” and, in response, “THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA!”