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Why Refugee Sunday?

Photo: Annie Spratt   By: Marlene Smith Earlier this year the Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, issued an invitation to dioceses and parishes across the country to mark a Refugee Sunday at some point in the lead up to World Refugee Day (June 20) or at some other time in the

Celebrating the Voices of Black Anglicans

  Image by: KaLisa Veer   By: Dr. Ebele Felix When we consider the broader framework of worship, there are many diverse and interconnected components that come together to create a meaningful and holistic expression of faith. In this tapestry, there exists a melody that transcends time and space—a song

Synod Delegates Speak

Image by: Jennifer R.   Susan Roe-Finlay RLN: How did you first become a Synod Delegate? SRF: At first [St. Luke’s] just needed someone to be a delegate and I thought I could do that. I’d been in my parish long enough I thought I knew enough. That was in

Sing a New Song unto the Lord: The Relationship of Music and Liturgy

Image by: Austin Pacheco   By: Edmund Laldin One of the definitions of liturgy is the ‘work of the people.’ It simply means that the liturgy is composed for and by the worshipping community to be relevant and representative of their needs, concerns, thanksgivings, and inspiration for the kingdom of

May 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,

Parish Profile: Stonewall Church of the Ascension

Interview with Walter, Jean, Joyce, and The Rev. James Gomez   RLN: Could you tell me about the name of your parish? Jean: We used to have an Ascension Day service. Walter: The Bishop would come out and we’d have confirmation that day. Jean: The church was founded in 1884.

Joint Committee Struck Between Anglicans and Lutherans

Image by Clark Van Der Beken   By: Theo Robinson Over the last few years, there has been an increase in attacks on the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Certain persons in positions of power have done and said things that encourage homophobic, transphobic, and biphobic actions and attitudes. Quite often, the arguments

Change Journeys at Holy Trinity

  While working in healthcare, I attended at one-day workshop on change for chaplains. During the workshop, we discussed the book Guiding Change Journeys by Rebba Chan Allen and incorporated spirituality into its teachings. The memory of this workshop inspired me and led me to creating a workshop at Holy

Preparing Disciples for the Inevitable Unknown

Photo by Mona Eendra   By: Janet Ross How do we prepare for what we don’t know? We live in an environment of expected and unexpected change in our churches and in our lives. How do we become grounded disciples who can embrace the unknown? How do we let go

April Issue: Transitions

  In this month’s issue, an article by Janet Ross from the Centre for Christian Studies shares experiences of transformation from those who’ve participated in leadership and discipleship training at CCS. April is National Poetry Month, and we have included a poem titled “Spring Delight in Praise of God (IV)”

“Disrupt, Heal, and Lead”: An Interview with The Rev. Wilson Akinwale

I sat down to interview The Rev. Wilson Akinwale about his new position as national board chair of the Black Anglicans of Canada. The day before our interview, he also received news of his appointment as the Anglican representative of the board  of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada on

When Faithful Leadership is not Effective Leadership

Photo: Torsten Dederichs By: Cass Smith When we think about influential leaders, we often name Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr, or Mahatma Gandhi… people who have created large movements to effect change. We see their faithfulness in partnership with filling a human need – be it feeding the hungry,

Aaron Bushnell and Faithful Service

Image: “The Right to be Held,” poster by Lala Montoya, @the_edge_project, via Artist’s Against Apartheid   It is not enough that the history of Jesus Christ should be objectively revealed to all men, in His resurrection from the dead, as the history of the one man who was faithful to

Two Movies for Lent

Image by Lloyd Dirks   By: Paul Dyck This past week I had opportunity to watch two astonishing movies in the theatre, and it struck me after the second that they had led me into a thoughtfulness appropriate to the season of Lent, that time of contrition in preparation for

March Issue: Faithful Service

In this month’s issue, former RLN editor Jude Claude writes a community catechesis reflecting on Karl Barth’s understanding of the “pistis Christou” debate –  the theological distinction between “faith of Christ” and “faith in Christ” – as it relates to the recent protest by self-immolation of US serviceman Aaron Bushnell.

“A Corner of God’s Glory”: St. Aidan’s Parish Profile

Photo by RLN   Interview with Les, Ruth, and Lynne   RLN: Could you tell me about the name of your parish? Lynne: St. Aidan was known as “the Saint of Surprising Gentleness.” He was a seventh century missionary who came from Ireland. He was a missionary to England primarily

2024 Holy Week Services

Image by James Coleman     St. George’s Transcona Rev Wilson Akinwale presiding   Palm Sunday – March 24 at 10:30 a.m. Maundy Thursday – March 28 at 2:00 p.m. Good Friday – March 29 at 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday –  March 31 at 11:30 a.m.   St. George’s Crescentwood

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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