Hungry for Theology?

St. Margaret’s, Winnipeg, to Offer Theology Courses in 2015-2016 It can be hard to find a comfortable place to talk about theology, and with dwindling programming in Masters-level theology courses in Western Canada, it’s increasingly difficult to find a classroom to study it in. Saint Margaret’s, in partnership with St.

Visit from the Anglican Communion’s Director for Mission

Rupert’s Land is please to be welcoming John Kafwanka, Director for Mission for the Anglican Communion, on Sunday, June 14.  John works out of the Anglican office in London, England, and met Bishop Donald at the African-Canadian companion diocese consultation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in May. After listening to

Golden Jubilee for Four Rupert’s Landers

On Trinity Sunday, May 31, 2015, David Pate, Peter Flynn, David Jackson, and Duncan Wallace celebrated the 50th anniversary of their ordination to the priesthood at St. John’s Cathedral. The four men were ordained priests together on June 13, 1965, the entire theological class of St. John`s College that year. Unfortunately,

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

Lieutenant Governor Presents Medal to St. Peter’s Parishioner

May 12 was Manitoba’s 145th birthday. To celebrate the auspicious event, the Queen’s representative in the Province, His Honour the Honourable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor presented gold medals to five citizens dedicated to history and heritage in Manitoba. manitoba_day.html Of the five exemplary citizens honoured on May 12, one name is

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

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

“When we pray at church, it combines our hearts with God”, a child commented as he watched the mingling of the water and wine. Another child answered, “We belong to him.  He is strong and we are weak.” The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd answered a lifetime of vocational questions

60 Years at St. Stephen & St. Bede

      In their 60 years of ministry, St. Stephen & St. Bede have learned the essence of the Lund principle that churches should act together in all matters except those in which deep differences of conviction compel them to act differently.      On May 3, the Church of

Science Vs. Religion?

In this edition of our Via Media column, Professor and Economist Anthony Waterman explores the relationship between science and religion. Anthony Waterman is a writer and retired Professor of Economics at St. John’s College. His recent works can be found at Protestant fundamentalists think that Evolution ought not to

Pembina Hills Ordination

St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church, Swan Lake, was filled with well-wishers on Saturday, April 25 for the commissioning and ordination of the Pembina Hills Ministry Support Team of the Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land. Pembina Hills parishes are: St. Paul’s, Clearwater; St. John the Evangelist, Pilot Mound; St. John the Baptist, Manitou;

New Eucharistic Prayer Used at St. Chad’s

Bishop Donald Phillips gave permission for the use of his recently composed Eucharistic Prayer at a Confirmation Service that he presided over at St. Chad’s on April 26th. Six young St. Chadians had spent a year preparing for this occasion, which included the blessing of pottery chalices painted by the candidates. Bishop Donald was

May Magazine

This month’s magazine has a special focus on children’s ministry. Also look for the Via Media column on faith and religion, the Saints’ Story about the life of Margaret Etter, and a piece on living with Autism in the Church. Click on the link below to view the magazine online.

Pain and Blessing: Autism and the Church

A longer version of this article was originally published in the Canadian Lutheran. As a family living with autism, we’ve experienced both pain and blessing through the Church, but overall I’d describe the Church’s attitude toward disability as “benevolent indifference.” There’s a general feeling of good will toward people with

Indigenous Anglicans in Canada: A New Agape and the Path to Self-Determination

Deacon Tanis Kolisnyk has recently completed her Master’s thesis, which looks at self-determination among Indigenous Anglicans in Canada. Indigenous Anglicans in Canada: A New Agape and the Path to Self-Determination. The encounter between Indigenous peoples and settlers in North America is rife with challenges, missed opportunities, and marred by colonial

Holy Smoke!

The choir was practising as I entered and I heard the very Tudor Anthems which had so captivated me in my listening lesson assignments. But this was no recording. “This is surely what heaven must sound like,” I thought.  But what was that incredible smell? I came to Anglicanism as

Book Review: A Journey Just Begun

A Journey Just Begun: the story of an Anglican sisterhood is a beautifully colour illustrated coffee table book complied by famous Canadian writer Jane Christmas and Sister Constance Joanna with a foreword by Primate Fred Hiltz. The book tells the story of the only indigenous Canadian Anglican religious order for women, the Sisterhood of St. John the


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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