An Easter message from the Primate

The story is told of a janitor who worked at a synod office that was struggling with a multitude of issues. He went from office to office, picking up the garbage, listening to person after person mumble and complain about each other and the problems they were facing. He got to the end of the hall turned back towards the offices and shouted, “You mean he died for this?” Like so many of the parables, the story remains unfinished. We don’t know how the synod office responded but those spoken words always haunt me during Holy Week.

A Christmas message from the Primate

Christmas has taken on a very special significance for Lois and me this year as we prepare to celebrate the nativity of our Lord with a new grandson. At Thanksgiving we travelled to Vancouver Island for a parish anniversary and to share in a dinner that the bishop had organized. One of the joys of visiting that part of Canada is that our son David, his wife Jillian and our granddaughter Jessica live there and so we were also able to share in Thanksgiving with them.

The joy and challenges of small communities

In a new segment of the webcast +Andrew: Conversations with the Primateposted today, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison reflects on valuable lessons to be learned from the challenges of rural ministry. But these pale, the Canadian primate says, when considered in the context of ministry in the North, where the all the skills and resources of the church are challenged in a unique way.

A sermon for the General Synod of Brazil

The Canadian Primate Archbishop Andrew Hutchison was unable to be present at the synod in Brazil. His principal secretary Archdeacon Paul Feheley traveled to Brazil to represent the Primate and to deliver the sermon. The Principal Secretary prepared the preamble while the Primate wrote the actual text of the sermon.

Primate reflects on WCC Assembly

For nine days in February, almost 700 delegates from 348 member churches gathered in Porto Alegre, Brazil, for the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches. Among them were 12 Anglicans from Canada, including the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison.

Primate reviews 'difficult' year

Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, reviews the highlights and difficult moments of the year now ending in a webcast that will be posted to the church’s national web site ( on Monday, Dec. 19.

A letter to the Church from the Primate

Today, I bring to members of the church, especially to our indigenous brothers and sisters who attended residential schools, some very good news.

The federal government working with the Assembly of First Nations, ourselves and other Christian denominations has reached an agreement to all outstanding residential schools issues. I hope that this will bring a just and lasting solution to this painful part of our history for those who suffered either from abuse while they were there, or from the policy of assimilation that the schools were meant to foster.