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


The Living Past

February is Black History Month! This issue of RLN starts off with a message from the Rev. Wilson Akinwale who was recently elected National Board Chair of the Black Anglicans of Canada and an announcement of an afternoon celebration of Black excellence. 


Next, Chris Trott discusses the history of Inuit catechists, many of whom are little known in Anglican history or whose names and lives have not been documented at all. Trott shows that these catechists have and continue to be integral to Indigenous Anglicans. 


Diocesan Archivist, Mary Horodyski, writes about the troubling history of the Dynavor ‘Indian’ hospital which the Diocese of Rupert’s Land ran from 1896 to 1939. This article responds to the 59th Call to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by shedding light on a difficult and little known part of Anglican history. A warning to readers that the history discussed in this article is troubling. 


Based on an interview with members of the Committee on the Land Statement, the article “Land Acknowledgement as Confession” explores the work and thinking this committee has undertaken to reassess their parish’s land acknowledgement, exploring deeper ways to commit themselves to reconciliation as a collective effort and a call to action


This issue also includes a Parish Profile on St. Aidan’s Anglican exploring the deep sense of connection members of this parish have found in their love for God the creator and their commitment to creating little corners of God’s glory


I hope you find learning and enjoyment in reading this month’s articles.


Read and download February’s issue here.


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