Bless this holy meeting. Make it, O God, a base for holiness and hospitality, Make it a base for grace and generosity, Make it a base for peace and unity, Make it a base for mission and ministry Through Jesus Christ our Lord and in the power of the Holy Spirit” (Adapted Prayer for Lambeth … Continued
Archbishop Fred Hiltz: Sermon from the Opening Eucharist of the 41st Session of The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada
Imagine with me for just a few minutes that tiny little community that was the infant Church—Peter and John and James and Andrew and Philip and Thomas and Bartholomew and Matthew and James son of Alphaeus and Simon the zealot, and Judas son of James together with certain women including Mary the mother of Jesus, … Continued
Yesterday, the world witnessed yet another airport bombing- this time at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul killing at least 36 people and injuring at least 150 others. While no one has yet claimed responsibility for this attack, we are told by the media it is believed to be the work of suicide bombers associated with ISIS terrorists.
In just three weeks time, the 41st Session of The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada will be meeting (July 7-12) in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The theme is “You are my witnesses”. This call echoes the voice of the prophet Isaiah in a time of hope for a return from exile for the … Continued
As I have been travelling over the last number of days, I have watched – horrified – as once again the people of the United States of America are plunged into national mourning in the wake of yet another mass shooting. This time in the early morning hours of Sunday, the 12th of June, a … Continued
As wildfires ravage the City of Fort McMurray, l ask for the prayers of the whole church. This is a terrifying time for the residents, all of whom have had to evacuate. I think particularly of how stressful this is for those who are critically ill and those who tend them under these very difficult … Continued
A Message of Congratulations and Best Wishes to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her 90th birthday Your Majesty, It is my delight on behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada to extend congratulations on the occasion of your 90th birthday and to assure you of the affection and respect with which you … Continued
April 20, 2016 Dear friends in Christ: As we observe Earth Day on April 22, we commend to you the Storforsen Appeal, the statement from the conference The Future of Life in the Arctic: The Impact of Climate Change. Indigenous and Religious Perspectives held on Sami Territory in Sweden in 2015. The appeal calls on … Continued
Earlier this week in Pikangikum, nine people, all members of one family, died in a house fire. It is impossible to know all the things that make up this tragedy, but we know that it took place in cramped and inadequate housing that is particularly vulnerable to fire, we know that fire suppression services in Indigenous communities are often inadequate, lacking the resources they need to carry out their life-saving work. We know that 90% of the homes do not have running water.
The liturgy for Palm Sunday invites us to follow our Lord this week “from the glory of the palms to the glory of the resurrection by way of the dark road of suffering and death”. In making that journey, we pray “united with Him in his suffering on the cross, may we share his resurrection … Continued
What follows is a statement from Archbishop Fred Hiltz, responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action # 48 on behalf to the Anglican Church of Canada. The response was presented at Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, Six Nations of the Grand River on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Let our “yes” be yes … Continued
A Reflection on the Meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion in Canterbury, England, January 11-15, 2016
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27) Throughout the meeting of the Primates last week, I thought much about St. Paul’s teaching about the Church being the Body of Christ in the world. It is the image at the very heart of Anglican ecclesiology. It informs the … Continued
Having met this week in Canterbury, England, the Primates of the Anglican Communion committed–even in the face of deep differences of theological conviction concerning same sex marriage–to walk together and not apart.
“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13) With so many others across our beloved Church, I am giving thanks for the life and labours of Jim Cruickshank, who died in his 80th year on December 30, 2015. Jim had an amazing life and an … Continued
A Call for Prayer by Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, for the Meeting of the Primates and Moderators of the Churches of The Anglican Communion