Bishop Melissa Skelton (front, third from right) attends a stewardship conference with participants from East Vancouver. Submitted photo courtesy of the Diocese of New Westminster Communications Office

Congregational development: On the rediscovery of Anglican identity

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. Decades of building congregations in the Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church (in the United States) have left Bishop Melissa Skelton with some expansive views … Continued

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“Forbearing one another in love”

In light of decisions made at General Synod 2016 concerning the solemnizing of same-sex marriage, I pray our Church can and will take to heart Paul’s plea with the Christians living in Ephesus, “I beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, … Continued

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, delivers his closing homily at the final worship service of General Synod 2016. Photo by Art Babych

Daily Report from the 41st General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The sixth and final day of General Synod 2016 began after breakfast in the Grand York Ballroom of the Sheraton Parkway North Toronto Hotel and Suites, located in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Morning Plenary Artist Elizabeth Adams started the morning plenary with the daily reflection, Praying the Cloth. Hearing Isaiah 43 once more, members of General … Continued

Members of General Synod pray together before the first reading of a vote on proposed amendments to the marriage canon. Photo by Art Babych

Daily Report from the 41st General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada: Monday, July 11, 2016

The fifth day of General Synod 2016 began after breakfast as members of General Synod filed into the Grand York Ballroom at the Sheraton Parkway North Toronto Hotel and Suites in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Morning Plenary Artist Elizabeth Adams led a Morning Prayer session, Praying the Cloth, in which table groups reflected on individuals in … Continued

Members of General Synod discuss proposed changes to the marriage canon. Photo by Art Babych

Daily Report from the 41st General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada: Friday, July 8, 2016

Members of General Synod gathered in the Grand York Ballroom after breakfast to begin the second day of General Synod 2016 at the Sheraton Parkway North Toronto Hotel and Suites in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Morning Plenary The day began with worship. Artist Elizabeth Adams, who attends St. George’s Anglican Church in Guelph, Ontario, and created … Continued

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate, breaks bread during the opening Eucharist at the 41st General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada. Photo by Art Babych

Daily Report from the 41st General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada: Thursday, July 7, 2016

The first day of General Synod commenced on July 7, 2016 at the Sheraton Parkway North Toronto Hotel and Suites in Richmond Hill, Ontario. General Synod members, guests, partners, staff and observers registered throughout the day. Orientation Members of General Synod assembled in the Grand York Ballroom in mid-afternoon for an orientation session. The Very … Continued

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Archbishop Fred Hiltz: Sermon from the Opening Eucharist of the 41st Session of The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada

Imagine with me for just a few minutes that tiny little community that was the infant Church—Peter and John and James and Andrew and Philip and Thomas and Bartholomew and Matthew and James son of Alphaeus and Simon the zealot, and Judas son of James together with certain women including Mary the mother of Jesus, … Continued

Bishop Barbara Andrews (writing on notepad), pastoral elders, and other members of the territory formerly known as the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (APCI) attend a deciding meeting to discuss suggestions for new names. Going forward, APCI will now be known as the Territory of the People.

APCI enters new territory with name change

Inclusivity is at the forefront of the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (APCI) as the territory rebrands itself with a new moniker—one better reflecting the diversity and shared sense of community championed by its members.