The Rev. Dr. Joanne Mercer, rector of the Parish of Twillingate, stands beside Gerald Squires' statue "The Spirit of the Beothuk"  in Boyd's Cove, Nfld. The statue depicts Shanawdithit, the last known living member of the Beothuk people. Submitted photo

Research project shines light on Beothuk-Anglican relations – Part I

Alongside the legacy of cultural genocide against the Indigenous peoples of Canada, embodied in the residential school system, is the tragic history of what some scholars consider to be a case of full-fledged genocide. The Beothuk, the Indigenous people of Newfoundland, were declared extinct in 1829 following the death of their last known living member, … Continued

General Secretary Michael Thompson appears in a screenshot from the first in a series of orientation videos that will be released on the first and 15th day of each month leading up to General Synod 2016.

Orientation videos prepare General Synod attendees

The 41st meeting of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, set to take place from July 7-12, 2016 in Richmond Hill, Ont., will bring together hundreds of delegates and spectators from across the country to discuss a range of issues and business affecting the church national. For seasoned veterans and newcomers alike, … Continued

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A Reflection on the Meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion in Canterbury, England, January 11-15, 2016

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27) Throughout the meeting of the Primates last week, I thought much about St. Paul’s teaching about the Church being the Body of Christ in the world.  It is the image at the very heart of Anglican ecclesiology.  It informs the … Continued

The Good Shepherd Mission as it currently stands in Kingston, Ont. Submitted photo

Anglicans partner with Habitat for Humanity in Kingston

Helping families in need is the driving force behind Habitat for Humanity, an international non-profit that provides affordable housing for low-income families. For any Habitat affiliate, however, a major challenge always remains: securing land. Such is the case for Habitat for Humanity Greater Kingston and Frontenac. In the city of Kingston, Ont., a lack of … Continued

Primates from the Anglican Communion gather together at the 2005 Primates Meeting in Dromantine, Ireland. Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada from 2004 to 2007, is third from left in the front row. Photo from Anglican Communion Archives

Twenty-first century brought family disagreement at the Primates Meeting

The second instalment, following the first, on the Primates’ meetings then and now. The last four Primates Meetings, which took place every two years between 2005 and 2011, saw major discussions break out revolving around issues of human sexuality, particularly concerning the blessing of same-sex unions. Striving for unity amidst open differences, the differing views … Continued

Solar panels provide electricity to a health clinic in rural Tanzania.

Gifts for Mission: Decrease infant mortality by installing solar panels on a health clinic

Electricity is one of the cornerstones of development—a key part of the infrastructure that enables poverty reduction and the provision of vital services such as health care. In many rural areas of Tanzania, conventional sources of electricity delivered through the national grid are prohibitively expensive and will not be available for years or decades to … Continued

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Visits and Carols: A Christmas Reflection

One of my happiest childhood memories of Christmas is the visiting that happened. Every night between Christmas and New Year’s Day, one part of my family would welcome all the rest of us around their Christmas tree and their kitchen table – a table laden with all the festive food and drink of the season.

Primates of the Anglican Communion attend the 2003 Primates Meeting at Lambeth Palace in England. Photo from Anglican Communion Archives

The Primates Meeting: Bringing together parts of one whole

With the latest Primates Meeting set to take place in Canterbury from January 11-16, Primates from across the worldwide Anglican Communion will soon be making their way to England to address some of the most pressing concerns for Anglicans around the globe. Each of the 38 provinces that make up the Anglican Communion is autonomous, … Continued

Archdeacon John Clarke presents 'My Last Day at Church,' the first instalment in a new Keeping Anglicans Talking (KAT) video series comprised of 15 presentations filmed in Halifax and Vancouver.

Keeping Anglicans Talking: New video series ponders big questions

A new Keeping Anglicans Talking (KAT) video series is starting to roll out online. Bringing together a range of diverse voices from the Anglican Church of Canada, the latest round of KAT Talks presents two topics: “Choosing Christ” and “What Could We Be?”. Filmed in Vancouver and Halifax by Anglican Video and made possible through grants … Continued