Congregation of St. George's Anglican Church in Guelph, Ont. The Rev. Canon Ralph Blackman, rector, can be seen near centre in the front row wearing a green stole. Submitted photo

Congregational development: ‘An opportunity for a reformation’

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. What is the end goal of congregational development? Some view it as preserving the institution or the business of the church, which often involves bringing in more … Continued

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On the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer 2016

June 21 marks the annual commemoration of the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer, established by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada. In response to Call to Action #48 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Archbishop and Primate Fred Hiltz has called for a public reading of the United Nations Declaration on the … Continued

Participants converse in table groups at the third Vital and Healthy Parishes consultation, which took place from June 6-8 at the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. Submitted photo

Mutual learning thrives at Vital and Healthy Parishes consultation

The third annual Vital and Healthy Parishes consultation saw a record turnout, as 79 Anglican and Lutheran church leaders gathered at the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg from June 6-8 for discussion on how to build strong missional congregations. The Rev. Dr. Eileen Scully, director of Faith, Worship, and Ministry and a key organizer, described … Continued

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Resource offers pastoral approaches to physician assisted dying

Eighteen years after the release of Care in Dying, a document produced by the Anglican Church of Canada which sought to provide a theological perspective on physician assisted dying, and 16 months after the Supreme Court of Canada struck down its previous ban on the practice, the church has released a new resource reflecting the … Continued

The General Synod 2016 app is now available for tablets, mobile phones, and through the web for desktop.

General Synod greener, more accessible with new app

The 41st General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada will be the most accessible and environmentally friendly yet, thanks to a specially designed web and mobile app that will connect delegates to each other while offering a window into the proceedings for Anglicans across Canada and the general public. All delegates will be provided … Continued

Past editions of the Canadian Church Calendar published by the Anglican Church of Canada. The 2017 calendar will see a shift in focus from church buildings to engagement in God's mission by members of both the Anglican Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

Church calendar shifts to missional focus

The Canadian Church Calendar published annually by the Anglican Church of Canada will take a new direction in 2017, bringing aboard a full communion partner in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and changing focus from church buildings to church ministry and engagement in God’s mission. Praising the legacy of the buildings bequeathed to … Continued

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