About

Rupert’s Land News is the official monthly publication of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land, in the Anglican Church of Canada. The e-magazine is published 10 times per year (September – June) and connects churches and communities from Portage la Prairie, MB, to Atikokan, ON by offering news, events, opinions, and ideas to thousands of readers per month.

Since 2014, RLN has evolved and achieved status as an award-winning publication in faith journalism. Our mission at RLN is to explore issues at the intersections of faith and life. This means that we are doing more than simply getting the news out. Our platform provides a voice for parishioners who would like to explore difficult or challenging topics and offer opinions and insightful solutions for moving forward. Parishioners have the opportunity to write about items close to their hearts as well as read and benefit from professional writers and experts on matters relevant to church and culture.

RLN solicits writers from both inside and outside of the Diocese, and thus publishes a range of opinions, not all of which reflect the official positions of the Diocese. Our team, composed of a part-time editor (Misha Pensato), external designer (Mike Berg), advertising manager (Angela Rush), and volunteer Advisory Board, strives to be innovative in the ways we serve the multiple demographics within our Diocese and the larger faith community.

In addition to our monthly e-magazine, RLN also distributes a weekly newsletter via email.The newsletter provides a format for current news and events relevant to our diocese to be shared in a concise matter.The magazine, in contrast, is a platform for exploring difficult and challenging topics, for creative expression, for learning about and from those within and without our churches, and for complex theological engagement. With the magazine we hope to cultivate thought, while enriching faith.  While the newsletter is about the diocese, the magazine is for the diocese. Subscribers to RLN can choose to receive our monthly e-magazine exclusively, or our weekly newsletter in addition to our monthly magazine.

CURRENT ISSUE

Songs of Praise

In this issue, Edmund Laldin’s article “Sing a New Song unto the Lord: The Relationship of Music and Liturgy” explores the implications of understanding liturgy as the “work of the people.” He asks important questions about how Anglicans must reflect the full diversity of their congregations through liturgical practice.

Next, three interviews with past synod delegates give insight into the experience of attending synod and the relationship between the institutional practices of the Diocese and their experiences of God within it.

Dr. Ebele Felix’s article “Celebrating the Voices of Black Anglicans” offers possible modifications to the Anglican liturgy to celebrate the voices of Black Anglicans. This article places these modified liturgies in context of the longer history of Black Anglican’s contributions to shaping the Church’s musical identity.

Gary Russell follows up on his Synod interview in an article titled “What is the Anglican Franciscan Order?” Russell describes the journey undertaken by members of the order and calls for those interested to reach out and learn more.

Earlier this year, Archbishop Linda Nicholls invited dioceses to create a Refugee Sunday in the leadup to World Refugee Day. In her article “Why Refugee Sunday?” Marlene Smith writes about the work Anglicans have done through the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) to support refugees. She argues that creating a Refugee Day would help uplift the ministries involved in supporting refugees.

Last, a parish profile on St. Thomas Weston discusses the inspiring work of “christiaction” carried out by this community and invites all readers to join St. Thomas for their Pride Barbecue on June 2nd.

I hope you enjoy this month’s articles.

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