#MeToo and the Church—Part Four: The Safe Church Commission and ecumenical initiatives

Read Parts One, Two, and Three. Even before the #MeToo movement brought the issue of sexual misconduct to the forefront of public conversation, confronting gender-based violence and abuse had emerged as a priority across many provinces of the Anglican Communion. At a communion-wide level in 2016, the Anglican Consultative Council passed resolutions aimed at transforming … Continued

#MeToo and the Church—Part Three: Perspectives on Indigeneity, colonialism and the legacy of the residential schools

Read Parts One and Two. For many Indigenous peoples in Canada, the increased public attention to sexual violence in the wake of the #MeToo movement can carry a very different meaning than it might for non-Indigenous peoples. The historical experience of colonization, widespread abuse of children in the Indian residential school system, the resulting intergenerational … Continued

Bishop’s Confirmation Day in Montreal to build community and prayer partnerships

Montreal youth project coordinator Lee-Ann Matthews pointed out that confirmation after baptism is “not really the end of your faith journey; it’s just the beginning”. In the Anglican Diocese of Montreal, the question of how the diocese could support the faith journeys of those undergoing confirmation—also known as confirmands—became the pondering and project of Matthews … Continued

#MeToo and the Church—Part Two: Development of sexual misconduct policies

Read Part One. The development of sexual misconduct policies across the Anglican Church of Canada starting in the early 1990s reflected wider historical changes in public attitudes towards sexual abuse and harassment. The  public acknowledgement of sexual harassment developed largely out of the women’s rights movement and second-wave feminism in the 1970s and 1980s. This … Continued

#MeToo and the Church—Part One: How can Anglicans respond?

The #MeToo movement has led to an explosion of public discussion around the prevalence of—and disclosure of personal experiences about—sexual violence, harassment, and abuse. In the months since use of the hashtag began trending on social media following allegations of sexual violence by public figures such as Harvey Weinstein, thousands of survivors have shared their … Continued

Lay Spiritual Renewal pilot project earns positive feedback

The Diocese of New Westminster is garnering positive reviews from participants in its Lay Spiritual Renewal pilot project—a “uniquely Anglican” retreat weekend that organizers are hoping will expand into a nationwide program for spiritual formation. Pro Mundi Vita—a Latin term meaning “For the Life of the World”—saw its first two retreat weekends last October at … Continued

LGBTQ rights focus of World Student Christian Federation gathering

The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) recently held a major gathering focused on human sexuality and LGBTQ rights. More than 40 participants from around the world attended the Inter-Regional Leadership Training Program 2017 on Identity, Diversity and Dialogue, which took place from Nov. 1-5 in Bangalore, India. Among those in attendance was Canadian representative for … Continued

Ottawa Youth Internship Program spurs community engagement

In late 2017, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa secured funding for the next session of its Youth Internship Program. Running from January to June 2018, the session will mark the third cohort in an ongoing initiative that has garnered attention from Anglicans across the country. Since its first session in the first half of 2016, … Continued

CLAY 2018 set to weave stories in Thunder Bay

The Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) gathering returns to Central Canada this year, and preparations to host the biennial ecumenical event in Thunder Bay are underway. CLAY 2018 will take place at Lakehead University from Aug. 15-19, bringing together hundreds of young members of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in … Continued