Alpha course proves ‘gospel communication tool’ in Toronto

The following is the second instalment of a two-part article detailing experiences of the Alpha course in the Anglican Church of Canada. Read Part 1. Alpha Canada national director Shaila Visser estimated that in 2016, there were 3,800 Alpha courses being run across Canada in more than 1,750 churches, including both youth and adult courses. … Continued

Discipleship and the Alpha course in Montreal

The following is the first instalment of a two-part article detailing experiences of the Alpha course in the Anglican Church of Canada. Pioneered in the late 1970s at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) church in London, England, the Alpha course has found a niche at many Canadian Anglican parishes as a method of teaching basic tenets … Continued

New Public Witness team finds its bearings

The Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice (PWSEJ) Coordinating Committee for the 2016-2019 triennium held its first face-to-face meeting on April 27-28 at Church House in Toronto. Led by chair Nancy Harvey and facilitated by PWSEJ lead animator Ryan Weston, the meeting provided an opportunity for committee members to learn about their mutual commitment … Continued

Indigenous language project shares stories of loss and resilience

How would an attempt to wipe out your language affect you? How would it affect your children, and future generations? For Indigenous peoples of Canada, this question is no abstract thought experiment, but a living reality—one of the most harmful and far-reaching impacts of the Indian residential schools, many of which were run by the … Continued

Drought and famine relief embodies spirit of Lent

For one small congregation in the Anglican Diocese of Saskatchewan, the spirit of the Lenten season found palpable expression at a March 12 Sunday service in response to the threat of drought and famine in East Africa. The week prior to the service, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien declared to the Security Council … Continued

‘Undone, only to be renewed’

As we make our way through Holy Week – that time of such wondrous love, when for my sake and that of all the world Christ gave himself to death, there are two moments when I am invariably ‘undone’. One of those moments is on Maundy Thursday. We will have recalled the Last Supper and … Continued

Yukon bishop’s ministry of presence brings him back to parish life

Making crafts with children is not the first activity one typically thinks of when considering Episcopal ministry. But for Bishop Larry Robertson, it’s all part of the job in his new role as rector of the Church of the Northern Apostles in Whitehorse, Yukon. Since last summer, Bishop Robertson has been serving a hybrid role … Continued

General Synod appoints reconciliation animator

Taking another step towards healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has appointed Ms. Melanie Delva as its reconciliation animator, effective June 1, 2017. Ms. Delva currently serves as Archivist for the Diocese of New Westminster and the Provincial Synod of B.C. and Yukon, a position she … Continued

Cree Language Healing Project restores cultural identity

Raised by his grandparents in northern Saskatchewan, the Rev. Samuel Halkett never attended a residential school. “I was one of the lucky ones,” said Halkett, who grew up speaking Cree and worked as a Cree language instructor before becoming an Anglican priest. “That’s the only language I knew,” he added. “And it’s the culture I … Continued