An open letter to all Anglicans from the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation, and Justice

Dear Friends We write to you as brothers and sisters in Christ, as relatives in the Anglican Church of Canada.  We are members of the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation, and Justice.  We are First Nations, Inuit, Métis, settler and newcomers.  We come from all across the country and have had the privilege of becoming … Continued

Gifts for Mission: Provide a safe house for a family

The heartbreaking loss of life resulting from house fires has left a particular impact on many Indigenous communities—a tragedy that Archdeacon Sidney Black knows only too well. Growing up on a small farm in Siksika Nation in southern Alberta, Black—currently co-chair of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples—was in his mid-teens on the autumn night … Continued

Iona Report outlines new vision for diaconal ministry

What is the diaconate and where is it going? More than 25 years have passed since significant reflection on the nature of diaconal ministry within the Anglican Church of Canada took place at the national level. In the ensuing decades, a wide discrepancy in the practice and understanding of the diaconate across the country had … Continued

Gifts for Mission: Help a farmer replant after an emergency

When disaster strikes—whether natural or human-caused—one of the biggest risks to people living in the affected areas is food security. Floods and hurricanes can quickly wipe out farmers’ crops, while refugees fleeing from war and conflict find themselves in new and unfamiliar lands, often without tools to grow food. As a member of the ACT … Continued

National Housing Day 2016: A call to prayer

November 16, 2016 Dear friends in Christ, In the spirit of the 2013 Joint Assembly Declaration, we call on members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) to pray for safe, affordable and adequate housing for all on November 22, National Housing Day. Adequate housing is essential … Continued

Gifts for Mission: Install a solar suitcase in a health clinic

Women in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa face a range of challenges during childbirth. One of the most significant is a lack of electricity that powers critical equipment—a loss that can strike at the most critical moments. During a 2008 trip to Nigeria, Dr. Laura Stachel, an obstetrician-gynecologist, , witnessed night-time deliveries that were often … Continued

Advent Devotions 2016

October 31, 2016 All this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has giving us the ministry of reconciliation. – II Corinthians 5:18 Dear sisters and brothers in Christ: Today in Lund, Sweden, the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church will inaugurate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. … Continued

Congregational development: ‘To be a witness to the kingdom’

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. Whether at the local level or higher, the notion that the church faces a crisis today is a commonly held belief across many Christian denominations. As congregational … Continued

Gifts for Mission: Help in the battle against suicide

The epidemic of suicide casts a shadow over many Indigenous communities across Canada. Young people are particularly at risk, with First Nations youth being five to seven times more likely to take their own lives than non-Indigenous youth, according to Health Canada. The need to prevent future suicides and to heal grieving communities prompted the … Continued