Students take part in a theology class. Submitted photo

Young people today: On intergenerational inequities

Seven years after the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing global recession, the situation facing young workers remains challenging amidst periodic reports of economic recovery. As precarious jobs with fewer benefits and irregular work hours become ever more prevalent, youth and young adults are increasingly struggling with massive student loan debts, underemployment, reduced social mobility, and … Continued

Drummers and marchers walk through the streets of Ottawa on May 31 during the Walk for Reconciliation, which kicked off the closing ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Photo by Matt Gardner

Walking with Indigenous peoples: Making reconciliation an election issue

Reconciliation has been on the hearts and in the minds of our church for decades. In 2015, the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report, the #22Days project, and eighth national Anglican Indigenous Sacred Circle among others further highlighted the issue of reconciliation with Indigenous people, putting it front and centre for and … Continued

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Primate’s 2015 Election Message to Political Leaders

With the 2015 Canadian federal election underway, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, addresses the leaders of Canada’s five largest political parties, including Stephen Harper (Conservative), Tom Mulcair (New Democratic Party), Justin Trudeau (Liberal), Elizabeth May (Green), and Gilles Duceppe (Bloc Québécois). Outlining some of the major issues facing Canada and … Continued

Marion de la Ronde, director of the Tóta tánon Ohkwá:ri children's TV show which teaches the Mohawk language, shows off one of the puppets used in the show. Submitted photo

Gifts for Mission: Help preserve Indigenous languages

Located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Québec, the Kahnawà:ke territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) people, faces an issue shared by First Nations communities across the country: the preservation of its language and culture. Out of a population of approximately 8,000 people, less than 200 speak Kanien’kehá:ka as their first language. … Continued


Resource guides vigils for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls

In advance of the annual Sisters in Spirit Vigils, which take place across Canada on Sunday, Oct. 4 to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the Anglican Church of Canada has provided a resource offering guidelines for prayers and ceremony. Available free online, the resource includes suggested guidelines on creating Sacred … Continued

Canon Linda Nixon (left) of the diocese of Huron and Henriette Thompson, General Synod director of Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice, hold a sign at the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate, which took place in Toronto on July 5. Submitted photo

Rising tide: On caring for creation

In March 2015, 17 Anglican bishops from six continents met at a summit in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss how Anglicans could respond to climate change. Their talks eventually led to a written declaration, The World is Our Host: A Call to Urgent Action for Climate Justice. For the Rev. Canon Ken Gray—rector of … Continued


A joint letter on the situation in Pikangikum

In an open letter, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald encourage Anglicans and Lutherans to write letters to the federal government expressing solidarity with the northern community of Pikangikum, Ont. September 24, … Continued

Members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS) meet in November 2014. A special meeting of CoGS to receive the report from the Commission on the Marriage Canon will take place this week in Toronto on Sept. 22-23.

CoGS to receive report from Commission on the Marriage Canon

Members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS) will meet in Toronto this week to receive a report from the Commission on the Marriage Canon, paving the way for a resolution on the blessing of same-sex marriage to be made at General Synod 2016. The report—which will be presented to CoGS members on Tuesday, Sept. … Continued

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Finding common ground: On diversity and interfaith co-operation

The proposed Charter of Québec Values in 2013 was a watershed moment for interfaith dialogue in that province. Through their shared concern and opposition to the bill—which among other provisions would have banned the wearing of “conspicuous” religious symbols for public sector employees—members of different faiths found themselves united in a common struggle. In the … Continued

Youth ministry leaders walk around an outside labyrinth at the Galilee Retreat Centre in Arnprior, Ont. as part of a meditative activity at the 2013 Stronger Together event. Submitted photo

‘Stronger Together’ advances youth ministry

In sharing their ideas and experiences, youth ministry leaders from across Canada are able to create a shared vision—a broad outlook that allows them to return to their communities and make their ministry more contextual, and more effective. Professional development is a major focus of “Stronger Together,” a grassroots initiative started five years ago by … Continued