March Magazine 2016

This month’s magazine has a focus on living missionally. What does that even mean? How can we do it or should we even care? Explore these questions as you flip through the March RLN. To read online, please click the image below. To download it to your computer for easy

The God Nudge Factor

Has it ever happened to you where you were rushing to get somewhere and you ran into someone you knew who appeared in distress? Did you feel a little nudge to stop, listen, and love? Did you ignore this nudge and hurry away to fulfill yet another obligation and regret

Nearer the Heart of our Longing: Addiction, Suffering, and Hope

Addiction can be a bewildering affliction. We’ve all heard the stories: tragic, heart-breaking accounts of betrayal and defeat; of ruin and despair too heavy to bear. It’s not hard to imagine the final dissolution of a life nearing the end of that strange illness of mind, body, and spirit that

Ethics of Dying Well

St. Peter’s, Winnipeg, is hosting a conference on physician-assisted dying titled “Suffering and Hope.” The keynote speaker is Eric Beresford, the chairperson of the Primate’s Theological Commission on Physician-Assisted Death. Below, three of the workshop presenters tackle two of the many issues surrounding the primary discussion: what it means to

Why Do We Suffer?

Sobbing and gasping, Tom (not his real name) sat up in bed, his gaunt frame hunched forward, struggling to breathe. His scarecrow-thin arms clutched a pillow to his skeletal rib cage as he groaned with the effort of drawing air into his emaciated frame. His blue lips pursed as his

February Magazine 2016

The February issue on suffering is available now to be read online or downloaded for reading on your home device or printing. You can find the easy download and print version (PDF) here.

Spend a Year Living in “God’s Rhythm”

The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine is inviting young women to spend a year living in “God’s rhythm.” The Sisters are inviting up to 10 women, age 22 to 40, to live with them at St. John’s Convent in Toronto, where they will experience the Benedictine life of prayer,

Millennials and Our Questions (a Shreddies parable)

Does Church need to change to keep young people interested? I hesitate to answer this question hastily. In fact, it very well may be the wrong question to ask. Several months ago, popular Episcopalian blogger Rachel Held Evans sparked a fire in the blogosphere when she published an op-ed on CNN

The Living Story of Epiphany

On November 26, 2015, Nancy and I received a wonderful gift on our smart phones: the ultrasound picture of Meghann and Peter’s baby at 19 weeks. He appeared to be resting comfortably on his back, perhaps doing a knee lift to try out some developing muscles. We can easily take

Responding to a Changing Church

The Anglican Church has had a presence in the area of Rupert’s Land for 195 years. Over that time, congregations, liturgies, and church buildings have shifted and changed. Change is difficult for everyone, with both congregations and parishioners responding differently in each situation, whether it results from immigration, changing relations

January Magazine 2016

The magazine this month has a special focus on the changing Church. Click the photo below to open the January magazine in an online magazine format. To download it for easy printing or reading on your computer, open the pdf here.

Caravaggio and the Doctrine of Humanity

Jane Barter Moulaison is currently writing a book that takes up the Christian doctrine called anthropology, or the doctrine of humanity. Below is an excerpt in which she argues that the New Testament understands the human creature primarily as one who is called by Christ and called to respond to

Mukluks and Giggles: My Year at Stringer Hall

The letter arrived at Old Sun, the Anglican Residential School on the Blackfoot Reserve, in early August, 1966. I had been offered a position as the Senior Boys’ Supervisor at Stringer Hall, the Anglican Residential Hostel in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, for the 1966-67 school year. I was looking forward to having

Hospitality Nation?

Many of us have been raised to think of Canada as a country built of refugees and other immigrants. When we think of the nation’s his- tory, early religious refugees come to mind, as well as waves of newcomers following the World Wars, the Vietnamese boat people, and others fleeing

December Magazine 2015

Click the photo below to open the December magazine in an online magazine format. To download it for easy printing or reading on your computer, open the pdf here.

Saints’ Stories: Kerr Twaddle

A Great Manitoban and an Even Greater Friend: Kerr Twaddle, 1932-2015 Remembered by Tony Harwood-Jones I first met Kerr when he and his wife were looking for a church near their home and chose St. Chad’s, of which, at the time, I was Rector. I had no idea that he

Journey around the Sacred Circle

Sacred Circles are national gatherings of Indigenous Anglicans for prayer, worship, discernment, and decision-making. Hundreds of participants gather for these meetings every two to three years. This year’s August Circle was held in Port Elgin, Ontario. All three Indigenous groups — First Nations, Metis, and Inuit — were present at

The Gospel for Turtle Island

Central to the proposal to develop a truly indigenous American Christianity – the Gospel of and for Turtle Island – is the re-conception of the communion of God and humanity as essentially a communion between God and Creation. This communion is conceived as a dynamic ecological relationship between all that


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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