Archives for August 2015

Church of England joins worldwide prayer for care of creation

[Church of England] The Church of England’s lead Bishop for the environment, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam is calling on congregations to join Pope Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew, members of the global Anglican Church and Christians around the world to fast and pray for the care of creation on 1st September. Bishop Nicholas said: “It will do […]

Historic move towards Indigenous province in Canada

[Anglican Church of Canada] As the cool evening air settled, Sacred Circle participants congregated around a small evergreen tree ready to be planted as part of a tradition at the end of the gathering. Before the tree was planted, Bishop Lydia Mamakwa of the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh offered a few words. “Planting a […]

RIP: Former Jerusalem and Middle East Bishop Samir Hana Kafity

Beloved Palestinian bishop dies in California

[Episcopal Diocese of San Diego] The Most Rev. Samir Hana Kafity, twelfth president-bishop and primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East, and bishop-in-residence at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Poway, died on the afternoon of Aug. 21 at home after a stroke. He was 81 years old. “Bishop Kafity kept a ball of barbed wire […]

Indigenous people must stand against climate injustice

[Anglican Journal] The very essence of climate injustice—a better word than mere “change” to describe the environmental havoc wreaked by industrial society—is making those least responsible for it suffer most. That was a core message that Mark MacDonald, national Indigenous bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, sent in his August 17 address on climate change […]

‘Speak truth to power,’ primate urges Anglicans

[Anglican Journal] The church’s “absolute and unwavering commitment” to addressing the injustices that Canada’s Indigenous people continue to experience is one of the key elements in achieving meaningful reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada has said. “I pray that as a church, we will rise up to this […]

Anglican bishops call for climate justice action in new video series

[Anglican Communion Environmental Network] Several bishops around the Anglican Communion have made short videos describing the impact and implications of climate change in their dioceses and calling for prayer and action. The series of videos – produced by the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN) – is intended as a resource for Anglicans and partners who […]

Instagram contest focuses on food security

[Anglican Journal] In a photograph, Zaida Bastos, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) program manager at the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), and a group of proud, smiling farmers in Rugombo, Burundi, are holding up freshly picked eggplants. What is not readily apparent in the picture is that the farmers are HIV-positive. With that in […]

Music camp connects Six Nations’ youth with heritage

[Anglican Journal] The village of Ohsweken in Six Nations of the Grand River, Ont., recently played host to the second Music for the Spirit summer day camp, which three Anglican Church of Canada agencies co-sponsored with other faith groups and charitable organizations. The nine-day camp, held July 2-10, was geared toward youth ages nine through […]

New words for the old service

[Anglican Journal] Across the Anglican Church of Canada, the Book of Alternative Services and the Book of Common Prayer are the liturgical foundation for Sunday morning services. But at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church in Burlington, Ont., the traditional liturgy is getting a reboot. “For the last six years we’ve hosted a gathering to which everyone […]

Consultation centralizes liturgical life

[Anglican Journal] The International Anglican Liturgical Consultation (IALC), a network of the Anglican Communion, has issued a communiqué summarizing its 2015 biennial meeting, held in Montreal, Aug. 3–8. The network, which met in Dublin in 2013, reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening the spiritual exchange between the churches of the Anglican Communion “by renewing its life of […]