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.
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.
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.
Archbishop Andrew Hutchison challenges Canadian Anglicans to find ways to get involved in the battle against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in a new webcast posted to the church’s national website today.
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.
A statement from the Primate, the Most Reverend Andrew S. Hutchison, concerning the violence in the Middle East
A statement from the Primate, the Most Reverend Andrew S. Hutchison concerning the violence in the Middle East
Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, examines the history and legacy of Sacred Circle gatherings of indigenous Anglicans in a new production of Conversations with the Primate, which is now online.
Following is the text of a letter to the Church from Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada:
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As we move through this holiest of weeks towards the victory of the cross, I greet you in the name of the Risen Christ.
Homelessness and the lack of affordable housing are a “pernicious plague” which the new federal government must address immediately, says Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.
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.
The following is the text of a sermon preached on New Year’s Day at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa by Archbishop Andrew S. Hutchison, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.
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 (www.anglican.ca) on Monday, Dec. 19.
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.
The decision by indigenous Anglicans to seek the appointment of a national bishop to provide pastoral support to indigenous communities is hailed as “a historic moment” by Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, the Canadian Primate, in a new webcast, which will be posted to the church’s national website next week.