Guidelines for Common Worship for Lutherans and Anglicans in Canada

Revised document (circa spring 2003) by National Church Council of ELCIC and Council of General Synod for ACC, detailing guidelines for common worship among Lutherans and Anglicans. Topics include principles of common planning, contexts and occasions, roles of leadership, guidelines for specific liturgical celebrations and commonly used resources.

Guidelines for Inter-Faith Dialogue

Guidelines for inter-faith dialogue prepared in October 1988 for Canadian Anglicans by the Ecumenical Office of the Anglican Church of Canada. As explained in detail here, the church’s approach consists of two separate but inter-related aspects, dialogue and common action.

Healthy Churches Handbook / Revitalization Process

Helps parish leaders assess their parish using seven marks of healthy congregations. Working with a diocesan facilitator, parish leaders carry out a self-assessment. Following this, parish leaders receive support from a diocesan facilitator in developing plans to become healthier.

Human Sexuality: A Statement by the Anglican Bishops of Canada – 1997

Statement approved in 1997 by Canada’s Anglican bishops updating thier 1979 guidelines for dealing with the ordination of homosexual individuals and pastoral relationship with the gay community. Includes discussion of gay and lesbian people in society and the church, blessing of covenanted relationships and the ordination of gay and lesbian people.

Hymn Book Supplement Task Force

Introduction to apologia for Hymn Book Supplement Task Force, describing its mandate and approach. Lists members of task force.

Interfaith dialogue

Commentary on the importance of interfaith dialogue and its role in the Anglican Church of Canada. Includes contact information for Archdeacon Bruce Myers, the church’s co-ordinator for ecumenical and interfaith relations, as well as a list of interfaith resources.

Kootenay School for Ministry

Accessible seminary-level training for locally trained priests and deacons. Over a three-year cycle, participants take nine 21-hour courses. Most participants have completed Education for Ministry prior to taking this program, so courses are focussed on practical ministry concerns, assuming that participants already have a grounding in theology and bible. Courses are hosted by parishes around the diocese, which builds community and support for the program. A separate shorter course is offered for licensed lay ministers.

Liturgical Principles

Principles to guide the revision of contemporary language common worship texts of the Anglican Church of Canada Document prepared by the Faith Worship and Ministry Committee of General Synod outlining liturgical principles to guide the revision of contemporary language common worship texts of the Anglican Church of Canada. PDF file.

Liturgical Texts Online

The Book of Alternative Services (BAS) and supplementary resources are now available for download. In 2009, the Council of General Synod authorized the online publication of these texts. The goals are to assist liturgy planners and to encourage future web-based work of liturgical text development.

Making Disciples: the Catechumenate in the Anglican Church

List of resources created by group of lay people and clergy working with John Hill as further development of ideas in his book “Making Disciples” to make catechumenate easier to understand and implement in parish, offered by Liturgy Working Group of FWM for purposes of study and evaluation.

Messy Church / Fresh Expressions

Designed to reach young families who have not had a church experience as well as those families for whom traditional Sunday morning church is not appropriate. Most Messy Churches gather once a month in a church, usually on a day other than Sunday, and use a Biblical story as the theme of the gathering.