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, unsplash.com/@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, https://unsplash.com/@raimondklavins 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, https://unsplash.com/@bmeyendriesch 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, https://unsplash.com/@ivalex 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, https://unsplash.com/@mohamadaz 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)

Community Catechesis: Climate Crisis and Christian Calling

In a 1988 letter from the Conference of Catholic Bishops in the Philipines entitled, “What is Happening to our Beautiful Land?” the Bishops called on all Christians and people of good will to notice and take action regarding the growing ecological devastation that was spreading across their islands and around

The cover of May's Issue. The cover photo features a fantastical photo realistic image with the silhouette of a deer in front of a glowing sun-like ball. The deer appears to be in a dark forest and there are three other sun-like balls in the background apparently scattered throughout the woods.

May Magazine 2023: Commissioned

Commissioned What is it which we as Christians are called to? This month’s issue of RLN deals with questions of Christian commission. In our Community Catechesis section, Ryan Turnbull deals with the question of Christian calling in the face of climate crisis, and considers what it might mean for our faith communities to act

At St. Thomas, Giving Means Getting Kreative!

Photo: Kseniya Lapteva, https://unsplash.com/@ksushlapush What can I express about the Wednesday night Take-out meal dinner service at St. Thomas Anglican, in Weston? With table fellowships as the goal, Kreative Kitchens was born. The program has evolved since its beginning, but we began by extending an invitation to our surrounding community

“With All Your People”: On the Anglican Church of Canada’s Treatment of BIPOC People

Life-giving and transformative conversations and dialogues are difficult for both listener and speaker. They are difficult because they mandate honesty, vulnerability, trust and the willingness to listen to one another. For example, talking about white privilege, white fragility, and racism in the Anglican Church of Canada is arduous. The speaker

Ours to Tell: A Celebration of Black History

Photo: Praewthida K, https://unsplash.com/@pkvoyage On Sunday, March 19, Black Anglicans of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land hosted “Ours to Tell: A Celebration of Black History” at Holy Trinity Church. The event marked the official inauguration of the Black Anglicans of Canada chapter for the Diocese of Rupert’s Land. Special guests

Cover of RLN's April issue on the theme of "Regeneration." Two purple flower buds are shown from a low angle emerging from brown earth, with the sun rising in the background.

April Magazine 2023: Regeneration

Regeneration Regenerative forces can be felt throughout this month’s issue. In our Community Catechesis section Tapji Garba writes on resurrection and “the good life.” Then March’s “Ours to Tell: Celebrating Black History” event, which marked the inauguration of Black Anglicans of Canada, Diocese of Rupert’s Land chapter, is featured. Included

Photo of a medium-sized black and white dog outside, in the sun, looking contented beneath the branches of a cherry blossom tree.

Community Catechesis: Resurrection and the Good Life

The New Testament speaks of resurrection from two distinct angles: 1) the resurrection of Jesus and 2) the resurrection of the dead. The resurrection of Jesus—his departure from the grave—was the vindication of his mission, his elevation beyond all worldly authorities and dominion (Col 1:15-20). In rising from the dead,

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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)” from the book Wonder-work: Selected Sonnets of Catharina Von Greiffenberg co-translated by Joanne Epp, Sally Ito, and Sarah Klassen.

Next, an interview with The Rev. Wilson Akinwale explores his new position as National President and the Board Chair of the Black Anglicans of Canada and his role on the Evangelical Lutheran anti-racism task force. Akinwale speaks to the joys and challenges of these new roles and his hopes for a Black Anglican Church in Canada.

The Rev. Helen Holbrook discusses a recent workshop on change journeys that she led at Holy Trinity aimed at helping parishioners talk through difficult periods of change in their church communities.

The Rev. Theo Robinson shares an announcement of a joint committee struck between Anglicans and Lutherans to respond to rising anti-2SLGTQIA+ rhetoric and provide community support for those within the MNO Synod and the Diocese of Rupert’s Land.

And finally, a parish profile on Stonewall Church of the Ascension offers a window into the faith community of this parish which extends far beyond the walls of the church, into the town of Stonewall and beyond.

I hope you enjoy this month’s articles.

Read and download the April issue here.

 

 

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