November 2023: All Souls

In this month’s issue, Bishop Geoffery Woodcroft writes about discipleship that extends beyond the walls of church buildings. As the institution of the church changes and is in a period of decline, we must continue to go about our work with grace, carrying out the love of God to all

Parish Profile: St. Matthew’s Anglican Church

St. Matthew’s Anglican Church   How does your church community understand “place”?  We are located in the West End neighbourhood of Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty One territory. Our location is significant to our identity as our church has been shaped by our surrounding community.   In the 1950s and 60s

Honouring Legacies of Black Anglicans in the ACC

Header Photo: Maud Slats  This article is a continuation of the feature “Dismantling Anti-Black Racism: An Interview with Black Anglicans of Canada, Diocese of Rupert’s Land Chapter” published in RLN’s September Issue. Interview conducted by: Jude Claude and Misha Pensato   Black Anglican Experiences Given the many instances of anti-blackness

Reconsidering What is Sacred

Image: Jonathan Dyck This reflection was given by pastor and theologian David Driedger as the opening remarks for an event titled Which Violence, Whose Safety? hosted by First Mennonite Church. The event was a non-partisan discussion of the political rhetoric around “violent crime” in the lead up to the recent

October 2023: Harvests

A harvest is both a celebration of our work and a promise for the coming season – that even through the dead of winter, there will be enough. In this month’s issue, Bishop Geoff explores the radical hope expressed in the passover story in Exodus, comparing this to other readings

Anglican Journey

Image: Kentaro Toma By: Mark Friesen I was raised in an evangelical Mennonite church in Winnipeg, and in my teen years made this faith my own. This included being baptized in the church and being active in its youth group. This commitment continued into my adult life although at a

Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land

Header Photo: Shreyas Kakad This is an incomplete segment of an ongoing piece on the Black Anglicans of Rupert’s Land, Diocese of Rupertsland chapter and its members. October’s issue will continue this article. Interview conducted by:  Jude Claude and Misha Pensato   The Anglican church became a global church in

September 2023: Fruits of the Spirit

What would a society based on the fruits of the spirit look like? What kind of vulnerability and courage would it take to let go of our selfishness, fears, and jealousy? In this month’s Community Catechesis section, drawn from discussions at A Rocha Canada and St Margaret’s Anglican Church’s Be

What Do You Believe?: Prison Abolition and the Quaker Tradition

Header Photo: Markus Spiske By: John Samson Fellows An earlier version of this article was originally published in Quaker Concern by Canadian Friends Service Committee. It has been updated and republished here with permission. The question “What do you believe?” is a challenge for an unprogrammed Quaker like me to

Is the Earth Cursed?

By Deanna Zantingh The text of this article is drawn from a roundtable session of A Rocha Canada and St. Margaret’s Anglican Church’s Be Not Afraid/Consider the Liliesconference. An audio recording of this session can be found here. I stumbled on a publication this week that a former professor of

Grow Hope Continues to Grow

The Grow Hope program continues to flourish and grow in the diocese of Rupert’s Land. The Grow Hope project began several years ago and continues to be a significant PWRDF program within our diocese. The Grow Hope project is designed to help bring rural and city Anglicans together, helping to

Repping Justice and Renewal: R. Susan Smandych on Being a PWRDF Diocesan Representative

Image: Pawel Czerwinski, How did you come to be involved with PWRDF? What drew you to become a diocesan representative? In Spring of 2022, Bishop Geoff approached me to see whether I would consider serving as the Diocesan Representative, given my background in international development. I readily agreed, since

Seven Sacred Teachings Event: A Reflection by the People of St. Peter’s

Photo: Raimond Klavins, Love. Respect. Courage. Honesty. Wisdom. Humility. Truth. All of these virtues were embodied by our Indigenous guests at a well-attended event held in mid-April at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Winnipeg. Elder Mike Monias and Indigenous Cultural Programmer, John McKay, from 1JustCity, along with assistants Marie and

October Magazine 2023: Harvests

A harvest is both a celebration of our work and a promise for the coming season – that even through the dead of winter, there will be enough. In this month’s issue, Bishop Geoff explores the radical hope expressed in the passover story in Exodus, comparing this to other readings

Walking the Camino de Santiago with the Saint Margaret’s Youth Group

Photo: Burkard Meyendriesch, The Camino de Santiago or “Way of St. James” is a renowned pilgrimage leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Northwestern Spain. Saint Margaret’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba has sponsored several groups of parish youth to travel the El Camino. Below are reflections

Gary Russell on Pockets of Grace in a Profane Economy

Photo: Ivan Aleksic, Gary Russell has a PHD in economics and spent many years as a teacher in the field. But over time he became reticent about what he was teaching, recognizing there was something he didn’t fully believe in. His questioning manifested as a blog, “The Profane Economy”

A photo which shows a mirror lying amidst tall grasses. Reflected in the mirror is a blue sky with clouds in it floating above.

Faith is the Workshop of the Resurrection

Maybe it’s just me, but the resurrection seems to remain something of a stumbling block. In some traditions the resurrection is heightened and isolated as a test of faith, with Christians being called to believe in the full alignment of this miraculous event with all modern disciplines of knowledge. Here

Resources Relating to the Reporting of Sexual Misconduct

Photo: Mohammad Alizade, Below is a list of resources, sourced and compiled by RLN’s Editor, which relate to the reporting of sexual misconduct experienced within the church. Legal Supports and Related Resources Manitoba: Community Legal Education Association Legal Help Centre Victims Services Manitoba Safe Work Manitoba (Workplace Harassment Specific)


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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