Environmental action in Canadian faith communities

The following article is a research summary of Justine Backer’s Master’s thesis, Contributions to Sustainability Practices of Faith Communities in Canada: The roles of learning, action, and faith. Introduction In 2019, I completed my Master’s thesis at the University of Manitoba. My research focused on environmental sustainability action in Canadian

It Starts With Wonder

An hour and a half east of Winnipeg, where the prairie grasses meet the rocky outcroppings of the Canadian Shield, there is a lodge surrounded by forest. A small river, aptly named the Boggy River, meanders along the edge of this land. I walk into the forest beside the river,

Faith Perspectives: A Photo Essay by Kenji Dyck

How might we look at the church within the architecture of the natural world? In Faith Perspectives, the photographer turns our eye to the physical structures of the church, only to bolster a larger, wilder scaffolding around it. We see the church as enlivened in its earthly environment: summer camp

A Eucharist for the Environment: Environmental activism in Rupert’s Land

We are hurtling towards climate disaster. With the rampant rise of heat waves, forest fires, tropical storms and more, we are already in the thick of it and things will continue to get worse. However, there is still hope for change and climate activists are working tirelessly around the world

March Magazine 2022

March’s issue on “Creation Care” grapples with the issue of climate change, climate justice, and what it means to have faith in the midst of it all. RLN Reporter at Large Hannah Foulger reaches out to individuals and ministries in the diocese that are at the forefront of climate action. In

Reading Laudato Si’: A Lenten study in Rupert’s Land

An Introduction to Laudato Si’ as Lenten Study By Bishop Geoffrey Woodcroft In 2015, Pope Francis wrote Laudato Si, Our Common Home, an encyclical focusing on climate action, and how it impacts human relationships in religion and in the entirety of creation. Laudato Si is quickly becoming a timeless speech,

Faith, Coleridge, and Poetry: An Interview with English Poet Malcolm Guite

The poet-priest Malcolm Guite is difficult to define in such a short space. Guite is an an immensely gifted poet, Anglican priest, and singer-songwriter in the rock band “Mystery Train.” In the Anglican Communion, he is known and celebrated for his work Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian

Call to Prayer — February 24, 2022

February 24, 2022 The news of violent and hostile military action against Ukraine today reveals the fragility of the peace on which the health of the human family depends. The images of war and fear are only part of the evidence that this beautiful planet is under threat by the

Three Poems by Kyla Neufeld

One of my favourite poems is Mary Oliver’s “Making the House Ready for the Lord.” In it, the poem’s speaker is trying to clean up her house, to make it “as shining as it should be,” for a visit from God. But, she keeps running into problems: mice under the sink

RLN in Conversation with Joanne Epp

Joanne Epp is a poet from the Canadian prairies, born and raised in Saskatchewan. Joanne has published poetry in literary journals including The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, and CV2. Her chapbook, Crossings, was released in 2012, followed by her first full poetry collection Eigenheim. Her second collection of poetry,

February Magazine 2022

This February, we’re turning an eye to the poets. How does poetry feed the soul(s) of the Church? Hannah Foulger opens with a tribute to the American poet-witness Carolyn Forché. Hannah is the new RLN Reporter/Writer at Large, and we’re thrilled to welcome her to the RLN team. Look out

Rupert’s Land Wechetowin: Deacon Report 2021

Rupert’s Land Wechetowin Rev. Deacon Tanis McLeod Kolisnyk – Deacon Report 2021 Rupert’s Land Wechetowin efforts have continued during the entire year of 2021. In June we were blessed with a grant by the Anglican Healing Fund to help with this ministry. Our efforts work towards healing, wellness, and reconciliation.

A Statement on the Vaccination Mandate Protest Convoy

February 1, 2022 A Statement on the Vaccination Mandate Protest Convoy Over the past number of days, we have seen people from across our country exercise their right to gather and protest what they believe to be unjust laws. We fully support that right and encourage people to speak up

A New Year in Inuit Nunangat

Aijajaja Alianaiɫaliqpuq inuuniarliqtunga Aijajaja Akuttujuuk saqirput ulluq suli tauvva Aijajaja   Aijajaja It fills one with joy that I will continue to live Aijajaja Akuttujuuk is appearing; surely there will be day – Sung by Arnaujumajuq in Arctic Bay, December 1980   In North Baffin Island, the sun goes below

The Annual Cycle in our lives: What does the New Year mean for us?

Some four thousand years ago, Babylonian culture celebrated the new year at the beginning of spring in our contemporary month of March. Since that time, various societies have based their year on the movement of both the moon and the sun.  Europe (along with those countries who trace their roots

Reimagining the Anglican Church of Canada during a Triennium of Transition

In response to a call from the church at General Synod 2019, a Strategic Plan Working Group (SPWG) has been struck to develop and initiate a process to re-examine the mission and structures of General Synod. In partnership with the entire church, the working group works prayerfully to undertake a strategic

Advent: Neither Here nor There

Today, it is commonplace for us to think of Advent as the beginning of the Church’s year and the time of preparation for Christmastide’s celebrations. This is how we arrange our liturgical calendars and, at worship on the morning of the First Sunday of Advent, people are often heard wishing

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In the Silence

This month, contributors to the magazine converse with silence.

In our Community Catechesis section, Phil Barnett writes about the Christian contemplative tradition and introduces readers to spiritual practices of silence. Kirsten Pinto-Gfroerer meditates on silence amid suffering—on “trusting silence” which may sit with pain. Allison Abra and Matthew Bowman are interviewed about St John’s College’s efforts to house Ukrainian refugees and the gift of enlivenment that the college’s guests have brought amidst the quiet isolation of the pandemic. Finally, Theo Robinson challenges readers to consider “silent voices,” those persons whose voices are suppressed through means subtle and direct, and consider how we might speak up for all.

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