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A Tapestry of Nations

Posted on Feb 17, 2018 in Featured | 1 comment

Epiphany Indigenous Anglican Church “All the nations that you have established will come and worship you, my Lord. They will honour your name.” ‒ Psalm 89:6 Many different peoples demonstrate praise in celebrations of worship that come from within their cultures. This unique cultural richness, which God has placed in all the nations of the earth, make up a glorious sound that echoes into the Holy throne room. We at Epiphany Indigenous Anglican Church, along with all the saints throughout the nations of the world, have become a part of this wonderful tapestry of praise within the Anglican Communion. We celebrate the gifts of the one true and triune God, who is revealed in creation, scripture, and in the person and work of Jesus the Christ. This is expressed throughout the liturgy, music, and indigenous imagery in our common...

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For the Beginning of Lent

Posted on Feb 14, 2018 in Featured | 0 comments

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’.” Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone’.” Jesus...

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Diocesan Survey

Posted on Feb 12, 2018 in News | 0 comments

The Diocesan Search Committee has the task of putting together a Diocesan Profile to help them with the election of the Bishop Coadjutor, who will become bishop after the Rt Rev Don Phillips retires. To help them create a clear profile of our Diocese and its needs moving forward with new leadership, the Diocesan Search Committee has put together a Diocesan Survey for the clergy and parishioners to complete. Please go to this link and fill in the survey; it will only take a few minutes. Please complete it only once. Hard copies will be provided by your parish for those who prefer, or you can download them here. If you fill out the survey on the hard copy, please mail it to Anglican Lutheran Centre, 935 Nesbitt Bay, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 1W6, Attn: James Dugan. The survey will...

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Ritual and Beauty

Posted on Feb 9, 2018 in Featured | 0 comments

St. Michael & All Angels St. Michael & All Angels Church, or SMAA, is the only Anglo-Catholic church in Winnipeg. I came to be a parishioner by marriage, and have spent more than a decade being actively involved in this church. So what makes SMAA different from other Anglican churches? What does it mean to be Anglo-Catholic? Perhaps a better question to answer in this short article is “what does it mean to me to be Anglo-Catholic?” The shortest answer I could give to all these questions is to say that our theology is in line with the Anglican Church (Church of England), and our practices are more in line with the early church – the Nicene creed, the keeping of Feast days, the use of incense throughout the mass, icons, bowing our head at the name of Jesus,...

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What Unites Us?

Posted on Feb 2, 2018 in Featured | 1 comment

I venture to say that the question put to me by the Rupert’s Land News editor – what unites us as Anglicans, even if our worship styles differ? – would have been an easy one to answer 60 years ago. To walk into any parish in the diocese on a Sunday morning in 1958 meant worship according to the rites of the Book of Common Prayer. To be sure, there would have been variations across the Diocese, ranging from the Anglo-Catholic ceremonial of St. Michael & All Angels to the decidedly low church commitments of parishes such as Holy Trinity, Winnipeg or St. Andrew’s, Woodhaven. Feathers would ruffle (and occasionally sabres even rattle) over matters such as candles on the altar, coloured vestments, and the frequency of communion, yet what was held in common was the Book of Common...

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February Magazine 2018

Posted on Feb 1, 2018 in Featured | 0 comments

February’s issue of Rupert’s Land News is on “Expressions of Anglicanism.” Rupert’s Land is uniquely situated with a diverse number of parishes; this issue will explore what unites us as Anglicans, but also celebrates our differences. Also included is a short reflection for Lent and a via media piece on what the Gospel of Mark can teach us about living with difficult questions and uncertainty. Download the pdf or read it in Issuu...

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Wisdom from the East

Posted on Jan 26, 2018 in Featured, via media | 1 comment

After the season of the Incarnation, the Church calendar turns to Epiphany, heralded on January 6 by the story of the Magi, wise ones from the East. It is a story of how Jesus comes to be perceived as One in whom the very nature of God is uniquely revealed, not only to those shaped by Judaism, but also to those shaped by other cultures and geographies. This November, for the second time in two years, I had the privilege of travelling to China, not as a tourist, but as a guest and pilgrim – perhaps a kind of reverse Epiphany journey, discovering the wisdom of the East and the light it casts on the human and divine nature of Christ. I went as part of a small, unofficial group of eight touring West China. The theme of our...

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Feature Art: Tiffany Munro

Posted on Jan 22, 2018 in Featured | 1 comment

I’m a digital painter. For this piece, I used Manga Studio 5 and a Wacom Cintiq. Most of my art is done digitally. This painting of a deer was a quick sketch I made to challenge myself; I don’t often draw animals. The mythical, dreamy sort of landscape surrounding is absolutely my style, though. I’ve always messed around with creating “soft” digital art. A lot of digital work has very crisp, edges, and neat lines, but when I digitally paint I want to focus on light, colour, and the scene’s luminescence. I find inspiration in impressionist and romantic traditional works, the sky (why do you think I stay in Manitoba?), light interacting with objects, colour, and watching people. I bet if you poked most creatives, they’d fess up and say something like “I make art because I can’t help...

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Message from the Diocesan Search Committee

Posted on Jan 22, 2018 in News | 2 comments

January 22, 2018 The Search Committee for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor held its first meeting on Friday January 19. The members of the committee are: James Dugan, Chair, Heather Birtles, Rob Hardwick, Ted Henderson, Helen Kennedy, Karen Larsen, Gary Russell, Scott Sharman, and David Widdicombe. Bishop Don Phillips, while named in Provincial Canons as a member, chose to chair the first meeting, and then to remove himself from the work of the committee. Norms for confidentiality and collegial working relationships were agreed upon. The Constitutional and Canons of the Ecclesiastical Province were reviewed which sets out a process for the amount of time available for developing a Diocesan Profile, receiving nominations, and circulating information about the nominees to synod delegates. Various methods of input into a Diocesan Profile were discussed and will be determined at the next...

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The Path and Process for Discerning and Electing a New Bishop

Posted on Jan 16, 2018 in News | Comments Off on The Path and Process for Discerning and Electing a New Bishop

At a diocesan Synod meeting on October 21, 2017, the Diocese of Rupert’s Land decided to elect a coadjutor bishop prior to the retirement of the current diocesan bishop, Donald Phillips. A coadjutor bishop, once elected and ordained, serves in episcopal ministry, subordinate to and alongside the current diocesan bishop. However, once the diocesan bishop retires, the coadjutor bishop automatically becomes the new diocesan bishop without any further process needed. To celebrate that transition, the new bishop will be installed at a service at St. John’s Cathedral. Most of the ministry and mission of our diocese falls under our own jurisdiction. However, the election of a bishop is governed by the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert’s Land (made up of 10 dioceses in central, western, and northern Canada). Hence, on November 16, 2017, the Executive Council of the Province received...

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Cultural Epiphany Customs

Posted on Jan 12, 2018 in Featured | Comments Off on Cultural Epiphany Customs

Epiphany is celebrated all over the world with different customs and traditions. In the Western Christian tradition, Epiphany commemorates the visit of the Magi. However, in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, Epiphany celebrates the moment of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River; it is called Theophany (from the Greek meaning “God shining forth” or “divine manifestation”) and it is the third of the Great Feasts of the liturgical year. Aside from putting away Christmas decorations, some of the more common traditions include eating Epiphany cake, giving and receiving gifts, and winter swimming. Below are explanations for these cultural traditions. Epiphany cake Also known as King Cake, this cake is eaten in many different countries to mark the feast of Epiphany. The type of cake differs from country to country, but one commonality is that the cake generally has something hidden...

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What if God was One of Us?

Posted on Jan 5, 2018 in Featured | Comments Off on What if God was One of Us?

Along with thousands of others Winnipeggers, I rely on the bus to get around. More often than not, the ride is pleasant enough. Fellow passengers keep to themselves, are polite if interaction is required, give up their seats when needed – in short, they follow the rules that make sharing a small, crowded, space with strangers comfortable. There is a small subset of bus users, however, whose conduct can alter the atmosphere for everyone around them. Rightly or wrongly, most people have a private face and a public face. There are certain kinds of behaviour and certain types of conversation that are understood to be for public spaces. Boundaries exist that are not usually crossed. Care is taken to protect what is too personal to share with strangers. Of course, not everyone has the same idea of where the...

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January Magazine 2018

Posted on Jan 4, 2018 in Featured | 1 comment

January’s issue of Rupert’s Land News explores Epiphany and the Mystery of the Incarnation. There are articles from Shelagh Balfour and Maylanne Maybee, cultural Epiphany customs from around the world, Feature Art, and an explanation for how Bishop Don will be transitioning to retirement. Download the pdf or view it in Issuu...

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Immensity Cloistered in Thy Dear Womb

Posted on Dec 29, 2017 in Featured | 2 comments

There is a form of prayer, particularly fostered by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, which encourages the exercise of the imagination. Supplicants are encouraged to pray by imagining themselves in the Gospel story. They are invited to step into the story with their minds in order to look, touch, smell, hear, and taste the Gospel. This form of prayer uses the senses to help the seeker be vividly present to the mysteries of faith. In Advent and through the Feast of Christmas, this form of prayer comes most naturally. History is replete with art that celebrates the annunciation, the incarnation, and the birth of Christ, and feeds the imagination. Almost every church has an Advent festival or a Christmas Nativity pageant where children and adults can physically and with their imaginations enact the story of their faith ‒...

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O Magnum Mysterium

Posted on Dec 22, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on O Magnum Mysterium

This poem was reprinted with permission from Alert to Glory (Turnstone Press).     Sally Ito is a poet and translator of poetry who lives in Winnipeg. Her latest book of poetry is “Alert To Glory,” published in 2011. She also translated a book of the children’s poetry of Misuzu Kaneko, “Are You an Echo: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko,” published in...

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Share Work and Traditions

Posted on Dec 15, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on Share Work and Traditions

The initial year in a new city and new ministry sometimes feels like a series of “firsts” strung together: first meal in a new home, first day in a new office, first holiday away from community and family. One of the “firsts” I was looking forward to this fall was attending the Feast for Friends at the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre outside of Beausejour. This year the Feast took place at the end of the week long Mamawe Ota Askihk Festival – an inter-cultural and inter-generational event focusing on traditional food gathering and preparation. Those of us who came out for the Saturday Feast were able to see the projects and learn about hide tanning, processing wild rice, and gete okosomin squash (a huge indigenous varietal!). A sacred fire burned all day, and teachings were offered before we enjoyed a game...

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Waiting, Hoping, Feasting

Posted on Dec 8, 2017 in Featured | 1 comment

Early in November, there was a story going round the internet that Stove Top Stuffing was offering branded stretchy pants in time for American Thanksgiving. I don’t know if these really exist. They seemed to be off sale almost as soon as they were offered. However, this tells us something about one of the most common ideas surrounding feasting. When we talk about feasting it so often seems to be that we are talking about the greatest amount of food, or about the best of foods. We often think about dish after dish of our favourite foods ‒ so much food that we eat until we are more stuffed than the traditional turkey. This is not surprising, as at one time feasts were associated with successful hunts or harvests, where the produce needed to be consumed lest it go...

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December 2017 Magazine

Posted on Dec 1, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on December 2017 Magazine

December’s issue is on Feasts. We’ll hear from Donald McKenzie, priest at St. Philip’s, on the spiritual aspects of feasts, and from Michelle Owens, newly-appointed principal of the Centre for Christian Studies, on her experience at Feast for Friends, held by the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre. We’ll also hear from James Kornelsen, from Canadian Foodgrains Bank, about feasting on a low income. Also included in this issue is a poem from Sally Ito and a reflection on Mary from Kirsten Pinto Gfroerer in via media. Download the pdf or read it in Issuu...

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Shared Pain: The Power of Jeremiah’s Laments

Posted on Nov 24, 2017 in Featured, via media | Comments Off on Shared Pain: The Power of Jeremiah’s Laments

“You deceived me, LORD, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long.” ‒ Jeremiah 20:7-8 Jeremiah is known as the “Weeping Prophet.” These words are part of a series of laments in which Jeremiah pours out his anger, anguish, loneliness, sense of betrayal, and despair in a form similar to the laments found in the Psalter. Jeremiah ministered in Israel’s final years, through the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, and the peoples’ exile into Babylon. He called God’s people to repent and return to the goodness of covenant life (Jeremiah 1:4-19). Despite God’s assurance that he would be with Jeremiah and strengthen him,...

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The Same Old Thing: an Interview with Mike Koop

Posted on Nov 17, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on The Same Old Thing: an Interview with Mike Koop

Mike Koop is a musician who regularly leads worship at saint benedict’s table, where most of what we sing is original music written by members of the community. I asked him a few questions about how he approaches writing music for Sunday worship and how he views his role as a musician in the Church. ‒ KN KN: Can you tell me a bit about your musical career and influences? MK: I have been making music since 1987-88 or so, though I would say the music I’ve been making could start being vaguely classified as “good” somewhere around 1992-93. This is, obviously, open to debate. I’ve released around nine or 10 albums both solo and with various groups, such as The Bonaduces, Buick Six, The Kicker, and The Waterworks. Most of my stuff is available on YouTube and The...

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Why do We Sing what We Sing in Church?

Posted on Nov 10, 2017 in Featured | 2 comments

I love music. I particularly love hymns ‒ at least most hymns. Ancient office hymns and gospel hymns each have their niche. I love what we call “praise music” as well. I like to think that each person who sits in the choir or in a pew is open to receiving the message in the music. As Christians we rejoice in music that brings glory, praise, thanksgiving, and prayer to God. We take solace in songs that tend to the injured soul and respond to themes that give hope and call us to action and justice. So, why do we sing what we do during Sunday service? It has a lot to do with who we are as a Christian community, as well as where we are in the liturgical calendar. The preparation of the music for a particular...

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Music and Spirituality

Posted on Nov 6, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on Music and Spirituality

Music has had a significant place in my life and in some ways has been a “character” or perhaps more accurately a kind of dialogue partner in my life story. Music has invited me into new spaces of existence and existentiality, has confronted me, and has comforted me. When approached with the topic for this month’s edition of RLN, I asked if I might include a bit about music and scripture, and then interview two Winnipeg musicians on their understanding of music and spirituality. Thus, the format for this article includes first some roles of music in scripture and, next, comments on experiences of music and spirituality from two Winnipeg musicians, Cate Friesen and John K. Samson. Music in biblical texts Music arrives on the scene very early in the biblical canon. Genesis 4:20-22 relates a brief account of the...

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November Magazine 2017

Posted on Nov 6, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on November Magazine 2017

November’s issue of Rupert’s Land News is all about how music connects to spirituality and its role in the Church. View it below in Issuu or download the pdf...

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Division and Unification

Posted on Oct 27, 2017 in Featured, via media | 2 comments

Anglicans tend to be ambivalent about the Reformation. Are we a reformed church or not? I can already see the letters to the editor answering this question vehemently from both sides – and that very disagreement tells us something about the Anglican Church. Certainly the Church in England was caught up in the political struggles of the time as the newly emerging nation-states centred on various monarchies asserted their independence from Rome, took control of their own taxation, and took control over their lands and laws. Following the Lutherans, we uphold the doctrine of “justification by faith alone,” but our Church has never made this a theological necessity. With Calvin we uphold the absolute sovereignty of God and the covenants that God has forged with God’s people, although we are decidedly ambivalent on predestination. Undoubtedly, one of the chief...

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The Persecution of the Anabaptists

Posted on Oct 23, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on The Persecution of the Anabaptists

I pushed on the worn, stout, wooden door with oversized iron hardware and ducked as I stepped over the threshold and into the dim, stone-walled cell. A rough bed-like wooden frame, with iron chains, stocks, and shackles, took up most of the room. I tried to grasp what went on here at the Trachselwald Castle in Switzerland and why Anabaptists were imprisoned here. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, I had joined the TourMagination Anabaptist History Tour that wound through Southern Germany, Switzerland, and dipped into France. Martin Luther’s suggestions for church reforms in 1517 set in motion the wheels of religious and social change. Ulrich Zwingli in Zürich, Switzerland agreed with many of Luther’s reforms, including the nature of salvation: that it was a gift; that the role of the Bible was central; that people did not need...

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Support for Rupert’s Land Orphan’s Fund

Posted on Oct 23, 2017 in News | 1 comment

The Companion Diocese partnership between Rupert’s Land and Central Buganda Diocese in southern Uganda is entering its third decade of shared ministry. This valued partnership rooted in the great commission of the Gospel is a constant reminder of the good work to which we, on two separate continents, are called. The partnership consists of two programs: the Parish Links Program and the Orphan’s Fund Program. During a 2002 visit to Rupert’s Land by a delegation from Central Buganda Diocese, our African partners were asked what assistance could be offered? Their response: “Help with the orphans.” At that time, Uganda had one of the world’s highest rate of orphaned children due to the aftermath of civil war, malaria, and the AIDS epidemic. Soon after, the Rupert’s Land Orphan’s Fund was created. Its purpose was to provide education and basic healthcare...

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Reformation and Renewal

Posted on Oct 16, 2017 in Featured | 1 comment

When we start something new, we most often begin with good intentions. We want what is best for our communities, for our faith, for our families, and for our world. I believe Martin Luther fully intended to address the injustices he found in his faith community and in his context. He felt a call to renewal and reform, which he expressed through posting his Ninety-five Theses. I don’t believe Luther meant to divide the body of Christ, but that is what happened as a result of his writings, actions, and collaborations, as well as the resultant reactions of others. Good intentions created fresh approaches to the scriptures, worship, and church leadership, but they also created divisions within the Church, which have had a lasting effect through 500 years. These divisions have perpetrated violence against other humans, mistrust within communities,...

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Changing the Legacy of the Reformation

Posted on Oct 6, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on Changing the Legacy of the Reformation

The year 1517 is the symbolic heart of the Reformation and has led to the commemorations of its 500th anniversary in 2017. It is the year in which Martin Luther was purported to have nailed his Ninety-five Theses for the reformation of the Roman Catholic Church to the door of the church in Wittenberg. Although this was a powerful and dramatic action, it was simply a symbol of a much larger movement of reform and transformation happening across Europe, England, and Scotland that resulted in schism from the Roman Catholic Church and led to the creation of what are now the Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Anglican Churches. The Anglican split from the Roman Catholic Church occurred for both political and religious reasons, often symbolized in the rejection of papal authority by King Henry VIII over his desire to divorce his...

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October Magazine 2017

Posted on Oct 5, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on October Magazine 2017

October’s issue of RLN explores the continuing legacy of the Reformation for its 500th anniversary. You can download the pdf or read it in Issuu...

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A Return to Allegorical Readings of Scripture

Posted on Sep 25, 2017 in Featured, via media | Comments Off on A Return to Allegorical Readings of Scripture

There are texts in scripture that present moral problems and, throughout history, the Church has found it difficult to come to terms with many of the teachings and stories in scripture. Today, the Church employs various approaches to these difficult texts: the more conservative voices usually place the importance of maintaining the integrity of scripture foremost and, therefore, find philosophical justifications for God acting the way God did, while the more liberal voices place the importance on maintaining a moral integrity and thereby find ways to exclude these texts from their working canon of scripture. There are merits to both these approaches, but ultimately I am unsatisfied by them. I want to continue to have a high view of all of scripture, but I also recognize that there are some parts with which I will have moral concerns, no...

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Children’s Place in Church Community

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on Children’s Place in Church Community

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me,” but how do we do that in these changing times? Our approach to children’s spiritual formation in the Church is changing, as we have seen through the “Killing Sunday School & Birthing Cross+Gen Community” movement and other conversations exploring ways of including children in corporate worship. Faced with the challenge of fewer children and young people on a Sunday at St. Chad’s, we acknowledged that we lacked the energy needed for a vibrant and varied Sunday school. After prayer and discussion, we felt the call to include children in corporate worship rather than try to find ways of sending them out to a facsimile of church in another space for part or all of service. As is the practice of most churches, we have a children’s talk, where we incorporate...

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Mickey Mouse and Youth Ministry

Posted on Sep 8, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on Mickey Mouse and Youth Ministry

In a 1989 article for Youthworker Journal, Stuart Cummings-Bond declared, “Churches with strong youth programs have usually controlled adolescence by corralling it, by institutionalizing it ‒ and not within the daily rhythm of the church, but outside of it, in a smaller circle that is tangent to the larger one, like a one-eared Mickey Mouse.” The short story is this: someone saw adolescence and said, “It is good.” It needed to be directed and channelled so church youth groups were formed. Beyond Bible studies, it was crazy games, relevant talks, and a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility. These elements were eventually codified into a model of effective youth ministry to which missions trips and youth worship were added. This well-intentioned model has dominated the shape of youth ministry in churches, morphing into what Sharon Ketcham, Professor at Gordon College, has...

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September Magazine 2017

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on September Magazine 2017

RLN is back with September’s issue on the Inter-generational Church. In this issue, we take a look at how the different generations of the Church relate to one another. Also included is an update from the Anglican Foundation on its 60th anniversary and a piece on allegorical readings of scripture. Download the pdf here. Or, read on Issuu...

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Statement Denouncing White Supremacy, Terrorism, and Violence

Posted on Aug 23, 2017 in Featured | 1 comment

“My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh, the walls of my heart! My heart is beating wildly; I cannot keep silent.” – Jeremiah 4:19 Such are the words of a Middle Eastern prophet some 2,700 years ago. During their time, ancient prophets exposed and challenged social injustice, abuses of power, and particularly violence against the less powerful and marginalized. They did so without weapon or armour – but with the words of truth. The events in Charlottesville, VA, the anti- Semitic graffiti in Winnipeg, and all of the lesser-known acts of racial violence (including the “freedom of speech” demonstrations designed to legitimate such behaviour), demand a response, not just from law enforcement agencies or civil governments, but from all people who can clearly see the fear and hate that lies behind such actions. We unequivocally denounce these...

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River Life, Theologically Speaking

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 in Featured | 1 comment

Before arriving in Winnipeg just over a month ago, I lived in cities in Ontario, the UK, and, briefly, the American Midwest. What links these distant places to Winnipeg is how important their rivers are to the social life of the city. Guelph, Ontario, has the Speed River; London has the Thames; Oxford has the Cherwell; Northfield, Minnesota, has the Cannon River; and Winnipeg surrounds the intersecting Assiniboine and Red rivers. We should not be surprised that societies gather next to rivers. There are obvious reasons for this, which are both biological and prudent: water satisfies our thirst and cleans our bodies, but rivers are also a very effective way to transport things and people. Beyond the obvious, or maybe because of it, or perhaps in spite of it, rivers have tremendous symbolic and narrative power for us. Think...

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Restorative Justice: listening with the heart

Posted on Aug 10, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on Restorative Justice: listening with the heart

A man in his late twenties sits across from the woman whose house he entered to steal articles that he could sell in order to buy the drugs he desperately needed to feed his habit. He listens as she tells him about the impact his actions had on her family, especially her young children. Her eight-year-old can’t understand why he had to break the window in his bedroom to get in. Could he not ask to come into the house? Could he not ask if he needed help? The man is full of remorse and wishes he could turn back the clock — but he can’t. He can only express how deeply sorry he is. He offers to pay for the damage he caused in the house and for the things he stole. She is anxious to know if...

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Job Posting: St. Aidan’s Christian School

Posted on Aug 9, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Job Posting: St. Aidan’s Christian School

St. Aidan’s Christian School is looking for a a new principal. St. Aidan’s Christian School, Winnipeg, is a small Christian school in Winnipeg comprised of two campuses, one in the North End, working mainly with Indigenous students, the other downtown, working mainly with an immigrant and refugee student population. View full job details here. Please submit a resume outlining teaching/administrative experience by August 28, 2017 to: C. Holland at...

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Diakonia: Serving with Authority

Posted on Aug 2, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on Diakonia: Serving with Authority

Jesus came to bring good news to the poor. That is one of the reasons the Church calls people to be deacons, who will help us find and be among those who are poor of body and spirit. Churches of the Orthodox, Catholic, Reform and Evangelical traditions all have some way of signifying the ministry of diakonia (pronounced dee-AH-kon-ee-ah). As a sacramental church, we Anglicans ordain people to the diaconate, to be living signs and reminders to the people of God that Christ came to serve. When speaking of the diaconate, I like to stay with the Greek word diakonia rather than the common translation of “ministry” or “service” because it has a richer meaning. The noun form, diakonos, has been linked with konis (dust), suggesting someone who works close to the ground, not as a doormat, but as...

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Mental Illness through a Biblical Lens

Posted on Jul 27, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on Mental Illness through a Biblical Lens

Religion and psychiatry have a long and complex relationship, not always a positive one. However, in recent years there has been an increase of interest in, and openness to, spirituality in mental health care. When mental illness enters the picture, spiritual well-being suffers. The person may feel alienated from, or abandoned by, God. Long-held beliefs are called into question. The person may not have opportunity or feel well enough to attend worship services. There is a profound sense of loss and grief, stemming from loss of hopes, dreams, and control. Sadly, there is often rejection and stigma that leads to a loss of self-esteem and a sense of shame. The person must search for a new sense of meaning and purpose, new hopes and goals, and the elusive sense of acceptance and peace. It’s not just the individual who...

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When God was Young

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on When God was Young

“I’m only 19, but my mind is old, and when things get for real, my warm heart turns cold.” I heard these words at 1:00 a.m. on a Saturday night while sitting at home attempting to read my notes from psychology. These are the words of Prodigy (one half of rap duo Mobb Deep). Why do these words matter? What is Prodigy trying to say? These words of his come from what is easily the grittiest song on the entire album. From beginning to end, the song speaks of the reality of death and alienation built into the fabric of the Queen’s Bridge housing projects in New York City. Prodigy wrote his lyrics twenty years ago, when he was my age. The world of the young Prodigy and the world that Ilive in couldn’t more different. I don’t live...

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