November Magazine 2015

The November magazine has a special focus on Indigenous ministry. Read a special story about refugee sponsorship and a tribute to a great Manitoban, and then share your ideas and responses to the articles in the comments section below. Download and read or print the simple pdf version here.

A Citizen of Nowhere Finds Hope in Education

Hussein Sheikh doesn’t look like the refugees you might expect to see in the news. Wearing a bright blue shirt with the words, “Education changes the world” splashed across the front, his grin is as contagious as his excitement for refugee sponsorship. In excellent English, he tells the story of

Learning to Do Community Like Jesus

Community is my life. I often hear comments about how hard community is and how not everyone can “do community”, but I genuinely believe that it is a calling from Jesus; it is as fundamental to our faith as prayer, worship, or service. It is not an “extra” we choose in

Letter to the Editor: Our Children in Church

Dear Editor, I am sorry to read that I am a solitary voice, but I must then write: I am that mother who strongly believes in keeping my children with me in church. It has not been an easy road, but I have never believed that easy meant right. My husband being the

Heart Surgery: Old Testament Metaphor and New Testament Realities

There are several metaphors used in both the Old and New Testaments to describe spiritual realities. One such familiar image is God as a shepherd. The power of metaphor lies in its unexpected pairings (God and shepherd). These arrest us, enable fresh engagement with the subject, and often effect new

Election 2015: A Christian Vote?

Two retired priests address the question, “What is the most important issue for Anglicans to consider in the upcoming election?”… each from personal perspective and experience. Tony Harwood-Jones: Dual Citizenship Anglicans — indeed, all Christians — are dual citizens. I don’t mean “British Canadian” or “Lebanese Canadian.” Our other citizenship is

October Magazine

Click the picture of the magazine below to read it online. To download the October magazine to your computer for printing or easy reading, open the pdf version here.

Laudato Si: Pope Francis on the Ecological Crisis

Anthony Waterman is Professor Emeritus in Economics at St. John’s College. Here, he addressed Laudato Si, the papal encyclical on the environment and human ecology. It can be found at laudatosi.com. “The Ecological Society of America commends Pope Francis for his insightful encyclical on the environment… The Pope is clearly

Ancestors of the Faith: Richard Hooker

Many Anglicans will have read some of Richard Hooker’s writings, although he is now mostly known by reputation (1554-1600). His major work, The Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie, was published over a period of years beginning in 1593. Hooker was a complex, brilliant theologian and widely read. Born in Exeter, Devon,

Discovering Vocation

Kirsten Pinto Gfroerer One day when I was twenty, I found myself sitting in the sunlight on the kitchen floor, deep in conversation with my brother. I am not sure if we were arguing or simply exploring a thought. However, in the midst of the dialogue, I unwittingly said the words

Back to School: St. Aidan’s Downtown

The happy laughter of children is a common sound to come ringing through the halls of Calvary Temple on a Sunday, but to hear it on a Monday morning feels a bit unusual. St. Aidan’s Christian School opened its second campus at the downtown, Winnipeg, church three years ago with

September Magazine

The September magazine is now completely online. If you’re new to reading online, watch this short tutorial with a few tips. If you’d like to download it to your computer for reading later or printing instead of reading the copy below, you can open the pdf here.

I Will Not Be Shaken: a songwriter’s journey through the Psalms

[box] This is the perfect way truly to HEAR the Psalms — with scholarship and music, with mind and heart, with intelligence and emotion, with our whole unified soul! — Marva Dawn, theologian, speaker, and author[/box] I have to confess that it felt slightly surreal to finally hold a copy

High-Powered Reconciliation

Healing the Wounds of Dams Premier Greg Selinger stood on a stage in a school gym in Cross Lake, Manitoba in front of a crowd of 225 people who came to hear something they had never heard before. “I wish now on behalf of the Government of Manitoba,” Selinger said,

Eat Me: What Did Cranmer Really Mean?

Cranmer on ‘This is my body’: Literal or Figurative? “This is my body… this is my blood.” These “words of institution” are taken literally by some Anglicans and figuratively by others. What was the view of Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), the first Anglican archbishop of Canterbury and primary author of the

Coming Up Jesusie: early Inuit reception of Christianity

When I went to Arctic Bay, Nunavut (then part of the Northwest Territories), in 1979, I was surprised to find an active and clearly committed Christian community with no ordained minister. My anthropological training had taught me that the missionary influence had undermined and destroyed the “traditional” cosmologies and was

Saints’ Stories: Margaret Ada Etter

Remembered by Doreen Belair Margaret Ada Etter, originally from Aulac, New Brunswick, first travelled this part of Canada with “Miss Hazel’s Van,” setting up Sunday School by post and holding Vacation Bible Schools.  She fell in love with Ontario and felt called to stay. Thus, Margaret came to the Diocese of



We start this month’s issue off with an article from the Rev. Theo Robinson on the resolution at General Synod on Pastoral Liturgies for Journeys for Gender Transition and Affirmation. This article explores the context leading up to the resolution and the good news of the Anglican Church of Canada becoming the first in the worldwide communion of Anglican Churches to have a pastoral liturgy for gender transition.

Next, the Rev. Dixie Bird describes the experiences and teachings shared at Sacred Beginnings. Sacred Beginnings is an embryo of Sacred Circle for youth to learn traditional teachings and get involved in the work being done by Indigenous Anglicans and just had its second gathering in May this year.

The Rev. Alan Hayes reflects on the 1963 Anglican Congress in Toronto which was a turning point in Anglican history and began significant conversations about decolonization and the Anglican Church’s relationship with the British empire. A recent conference marking 60 years since this congress has brought forward reflections on what has changed in the Anglican church in the intervening years.

A note from Refugee Coordinator Marlene Smith invites you to the diocese’s marking of World Refugee Day on June 23rd at Epiphany Indigenous Church. This day is meant as an invitation to “welcome the stranger” and calls us to explore the relationship between moving towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and supporting those displaced by war abroad.

Robyn Sulkko of the PWRDF youth council announces their 12 month Youth to Youth program which provides opportunities for people ages 12-16 to learn about each other’s cultures and build right relationships with each other.

Finally, a parish profile on St. Michael and All Angels’ explores how that community’s unique Anglo-Catholic worship connects with both retired clergy and congregants in their 20s all looking to worship with all the senses in a context outside of the business of daily life.

I hope you enjoy this month’s articles.


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