October issue examines continued pandemic adaptations

October issue examines continued pandemic adaptations
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As some Canadian churches continue to reopen while others face renewed restrictions, the Anglican Journal’s October issue offers a view into just a few of the places where the church is becoming something new.

From Sunday school to ordination, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how Christians deepen their understanding and practice of faith—yet it hasn’t stopped the church from raising people up. We take a look at how ministries for children and youth have continued online, and the ways that seminaries have continued their efforts to educate future leaders in the church. We also hear from three newly ordained clergy on what it was like to be ordained amidst lockdowns—and to enter a career that changes day by day.

Just as Christian education has continued during the pandemic, so have the efforts of national Anglican organizations. The continuation of a program for expectant mothers in Africa—run by PWRDF partner Village Health Works and made possible by a pandemic-related extension to a federal grant—is featured in this issue. Likewise, we learn about a new online bookstore, launched by General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, that should improve access that Anglicans have to faith-related resources.

What lies ahead for Anglicans as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds? Three theological reflections in this issue may help answer that question. Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, takes a look at the discomfort of faithfulness amid transformation. “As our world opens up again, will we simply try to go back to the way things were before the pandemic?” she wonders. “Or will we pay attention to what we have seen and commit to new ways of mutual care and responsibility within the church and in the world around us?” Archbishop Mark MacDonald, national Indigenous archbishop, also takes a look around to see how God calls people to hope—and to a “World to Come.” And Canon Martha Tatarnic meditates upon bodily pain and what it can teach us about our relationships with the world.

Read the October issue of the Anglican Journal on anglicanjournal.com or in digital PDF.


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Matthew Townsend
Matthew Townsend has worked in editorial, journalistic, and web development roles with a variety of organizations, including the The Living Church, the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY, and the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida. He is a member of Episcopal Communicators and has consulted with a variety of ecumenical organizations, including Atlantic School of Theology, the Presbyterian Endowment Network, and the Associated Church Press.

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  1. I Am member of the Episcopal Church in the
    United States. It is a difficult time here also.
    Because of my age (83) I am in the high risk
    Area and I miss going to church very much. We too have virtual services which I can watch on my computer; however it is not the same as actually going to church. We also have restrictions such as a limited number of people can attend, spacing seating (families can sit together) and you must make a reservation.

    My church has always been important to me and I miss it very much

    I am going to see if I can get your Anglican Journal on my computer as it was very difficult to read on my IPhone, I have son who has lived in Canada for many years in the Ontario area and perhaps he can access the AJ and forward it to me.

    My Parish also is a very giving one.


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