The Rev Christopher Page, parish priest at St. Philip Anglican Church in Victoria, B.C., speaks to children during an Easter service. Submitted photo

Congregational development: ‘Being the people God calls us to be’

The following is part of an ongoing monthly series on congregational development, which features reflections from Anglicans on how they are responding to the challenges facing churches today. For Anglicans concerned about how to develop and grow their congregations, the Rev. Christopher Page has a simple suggestion on where to begin. “I think the first … Continued

Participants in Justice Camp 2016 were given a cross based on the event logo—a stylized image of Jesus on the cross that represents the reign of God and God’s personal relationship to humankind.

Justice Camp 2016: Final days and reflections

The following marks the fifth and final instalment of our report on Justice Camp 2016. Read parts one, two, three, and four. Back at the Matanzas Retreat Centre, Canadian and Cuban participants assembled for morning prayer on Friday, May 6, the last full day of Justice Camp. After breakfast, they split into groups for a series of … Continued

Justice Camp participants in the social engagement immersion group discuss the impact of Cuba's tourism industry at the Plaza America Centro de Convenciones y Comercial in Varadero.

Social engagement shares Cuban perspectives

The following marks the fourth instalment of our report on Justice Camp 2016. Read parts one, two, and three. The resort town of Varadero leaves a different impression than most cities in Cuba. Dominated by hotels, shops, and restaurants, its raison d’être is catering to the tourists who contribute valuable income to the island nation’s economy. Among the … Continued

A painting depicting Cuban revolutionaries Camilo Cienfuegos and Che Guevara overlooks one of two dormitories at the Colony shelter for poor elderly men in Havana, Cuba.

Working for economic justice in Havana

The following marks the third instalment of our report on Justice Camp 2016. Read parts one and two. I soaked in the sights of Havana as the Anglican Video crew and I drove to meet the Justice Camp economic justice immersion group on the morning of Wednesday, May 4. One of the most distinguishing features of Cuba is the almost total … Continued

Justice Camp participants in the food security immersion program clear weeds from around yuca plants in the organic farm located behind the Iglesia Episcopal Santa Maria Virgen in Itabo, Cuba.

Cuban church farm bolsters food security

The following marks the second instalment of our report on Justice Camp 2016. Read part one. I set out with the Anglican Video crew from Matanzas at the crack of dawn. Riding shotgun in the van, I was exhausted. Having failed to sleep at all the previous night due to constant crowing from the retreat centre rooster, I used … Continued

Justice Camp 2016 participants listen to a presentation by Dr. Carlos Emilio Ham—flanked on the left by Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio—at the Matanzas Retreat Centre in Cuba.

Justice Camp 2016: Exploring the common good

Our plane touched down in Varadero, Cuba in the early afternoon of Saturday, April 30. Stepping outside after passing through security, Canadian Anglicans gathered in front of a sign made by our Cuban counterparts welcoming us to the first international Justice Camp. We drove a half-hour to the city of Matanzas aboard a school bus … Continued

St. Jude's Cathedral in Iqaluit will be the new location of the Arthur Turner Training School when it re-opens this fall.

Arctic diocese set to re-open training school

After nearly a decade interval, the Arthur Turner Training School (ATTS) will open its doors again this fall, spearheading diocesan education across the Arctic from its new location at St. Jude’s Cathedral in Iqaluit. Re-opening the school has long been a priority for the Anglican diocese of the Arctic, with the Rt. Rev. Darren McCartney, … Continued

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Anglican entities’ financial obligations under the Residential School Settlement Agreement

To members of the Anglican Church of Canada, and ecumenical and interfaith partners: Since the article “Other churches escape residential-school settlement obligations in wake of Catholic deal” was published in the Globe and Mail on April 27, 2016, the General Synod and several dioceses and partners have been receiving questions about the reported $2.8-million return … Continued

The Penman Medical Clinic, located in Zababdeh in the West Bank, is one of the most prominent ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. As part of its annual Jerusalem Sunday celebrations, the Anglican Church of Canada collects donations to help support the clinic.

Jerusalem Sunday and the ties that bind

For the Rev. Canon Richard LeSueur, the meaning of Jerusalem Sunday was encapsulated in a letter he received from Archbishop Michael Peers, then-Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, while living in Jerusalem during the First Intifada. “We would go to bed at night and we would hear gunfire echoing off the Mount of Olives,” … Continued

The Most Rev. George Takeli, sixth Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia. Submitted photo

The Sixth Archbishop of Melanesia: The Most Reverend George Takeli

On Sunday April 17, 2016, the Most Reverend George Takeli, former bishop of the Diocese of Temotu, was installed and seated as the sixth Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) amidst more than 3,000 church members, partners and visitors gathered at the Provincial Cathedral of St. Barnabas, Honiara, Guadalcanal Island. Archbishop Takeli will … Continued

Participants assemble at the 2014 Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) gathering. Photo by Hannah Shirtliff

Joint Anglican-Lutheran youth gathering sells out

When Anglican and Lutheran youth come together for their national gathering later this summer in Charlottetown, P.E.I., they will be doing so with a sold-out crowd. The National Planning Committee for the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) gathering recently announced that the venue had reached its maximum capacity for the 2016 event and no new … Continued

The Justice Camp Planning team works out the details of the three immersion group experiences for the upcoming international camp in Matanzas, Cuba. Submitted photo by Bill Mous

Justice Camp furthers bond between Canadian and Cuban churches

When the eighth Justice Camp begins on April 30 in Matanzas, Cuba—the first time the event has taken place outside Canada—its participants will include 25 Canadians and 25 Cubans, brought together by their common faith in Christ and a shared commitment to social justice. Justice Camp 2016 is organized by the Episcopal Church of Cuba, … Continued