Smoke detector. Photo illustration by Tumi-1983 (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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

Deacons walk together at the 2014 meeting of the Association of Anglican Deacons in Canada. Submitted photo

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

Peter Frisus, who fled fighting during South Sudan's civil war to Mundri where he has relatives, prepares the ground for planting peanuts and corn with the help of agricultural tools provided by the Mundri Relief and Development Association, which is supported by the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund. Photo by Paul Jeffrey

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

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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

Solar suitcase demonstration at a medical clinic in Mozambique. Submitted photo by PWRDF

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

L-R: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church,  National Bishop Susan Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and Primate Fred Hiltz of the Anglican Church of Canada meet at the ELCA Churchwide Office in Chicago, Ill.

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

The Rev. Dr. Jay Koyle speaks at the Vital Church Maritimes 2015 Conference in Halifax, N.S. Photo by Paul Sherwood

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

The Rev. Norm Casey performs music with youth at the Iroquois Lodge seniors' residence during the second Music for the Spirit day camp in July 2015, which took place in the village of Ohsweken in the Six Nations of the Grand River, Ont. Submitted photo

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

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Theology of Money resource tackles economic ‘idolatry’

The Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011 brought economic inequality and its attendant social ills to the forefront of public conversation, marked by its language of the ‘99 per cent’ and the wealthiest one per cent. Five years later, the questions raised by the movement continue to resonate. Within the Anglican Church of Canada, the … Continued