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

The Centre of Faith

So, what is your take on the Resurrection, I’m asked.  What stories do you have about Resurrection in your life? Frankly, it’s not something I’ve thought of. Resurrection has always been a given, a gift, although for sure in talking to others about Christ, I realize how much I to

Learning Eastertide from the Monks

From my very first visit to Collegeville, Minnesota, I’ve been smitten by the place. It was the summer of 2008, and I’d been given the opportunity to attend a Collegeville Institute writing workshop. Since that first visit, I’ve returned four more times, including a month-long sabbatical stay in 2011. But

View from the Empty Tomb

In John’s account of the resurrection, Simon Peter and “the other disciple” race to the tomb after being told that Jesus’ body is gone. The other disciple hesitates at the entrance, but Peter goes in to see for himself. The Empty Tomb, a painting by Presbyterian minister and artist John

Lives of the Desert Fathers

By “Desert Fathers” we mean the earliest Christian monks: Egyptian men (and some women) who chose to exchange life as it was lived in towns and villages for an austere existence in the desert, largely inspired by the example of Abba Antony of Egypt, ca 250-356. Shortly after Anthony died,

St. Aiden’s Christian School Dinner

St. Aidan’s Christian School is holding its annual fundraising dinner on Thursday, April 16, at Calvary Temple. Money raised will go toward education for students in the inner-city who attend the two St. Aidan’s campuses. Tickets are $30 each. The program includes a sit down dinner, silent auction and entertainment and testimonials

The Last Keewatin Baptism

I am a retired priest at the Church of St. John the Baptist in Fort Frances, Ontario. I would like to share with you a story about the last baptism in Keewatin Diocese. In the summer of 2014, our grandson, Daniel, his wife, Krystal, and their three little boys, who

Blessing of the Oils

On Sunday, March 15, folks gathered from across the Diocese to renew their vows and observe Mothering Sunday. At the same time, little oil bottles were brought from far and wide to be refilled and consecrated for use in healing and blessing throughout the year. Our new steward of the

The Brighter Side of Lent

Lent is often perceived as a dark and solemn season. Common practices involve refraining from pleasures during these 40 days. What is forgotten about the season of Lent is that it is meant to cast light upon our Christian behaviour. The very word “Lent” means light. It is in reference

The Sledding Priest

Priest and archdeacon Godfrey Mawejje was spotted this week at a sledding party with the children of his parish. The people of St. Clement’s, Mapleton, were thrilled to see that Mawejje, who arrived in the area from Uganda two decades ago,  has become a true Rupert’s Lander! What about you

Small Church, Big Story

If you visit the tiny church on the Brokenhead Ojibwa Nation in March, you will find Doc Vezina stoking the big wood stove in preparation for the afternoon service. His wife, Marcella, will regale you with stories of the surrounding nations and their ancestors, as she prepares the music for

Attention: Updates Mistake

If you are seeing this post, you have mistakenly signed up to receive an update every time there’s a new post on This would have only happened if you were leaving a comment on one of the pages. This was not intended to be an option, since the pertinent

Prayer for South Sudan

The following letter is from Reuben Garang, the priest at Emmanuel Sudanese Mission in Winnipeg. He requests our prayers for his home country and our brothers and sisters there. March 5 was the deadline set by the East Africa regional body, IGAD,  for South Sudan’s warring parties to end the

The Theological Education Commission Final Report

The Theological Education Commission was inaugurated as a response to the suspension of the Faculty of Theology at our diocesan college, St. John’s College at the University of Manitoba. Below are the elements of the Commission’s report as submitted on March 2, 2015, after one year of research. Cover letter

St. Matthew’s Maryland Community Ministry Wish List

The drop-in at St. Matthew’s is currently in need of the following emergency food supplies: Soup Kraft Dinner Baked beans Large Pasta Sauce Large bags of pasta Rice Cereal (cheerios, corn flakes, rice krispies) Chili or stews Canned vegetables & fruit Single serving size items Snacks for kids lunches: snack



We start this month’s issue off with an article from the Rev. Theo Robinson on the resolution at General Synod on Pastoral Liturgies for Journeys for Gender Transition and Affirmation. This article explores the context leading up to the resolution and the good news of the Anglican Church of Canada becoming the first in the worldwide communion of Anglican Churches to have a pastoral liturgy for gender transition.

Next, the Rev. Dixie Bird describes the experiences and teachings shared at Sacred Beginnings. Sacred Beginnings is an embryo of Sacred Circle for youth to learn traditional teachings and get involved in the work being done by Indigenous Anglicans and just had its second gathering in May this year.

The Rev. Alan Hayes reflects on the 1963 Anglican Congress in Toronto which was a turning point in Anglican history and began significant conversations about decolonization and the Anglican Church’s relationship with the British empire. A recent conference marking 60 years since this congress has brought forward reflections on what has changed in the Anglican church in the intervening years.

A note from Refugee Coordinator Marlene Smith invites you to the diocese’s marking of World Refugee Day on June 23rd at Epiphany Indigenous Church. This day is meant as an invitation to “welcome the stranger” and calls us to explore the relationship between moving towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and supporting those displaced by war abroad.

Robyn Sulkko of the PWRDF youth council announces their 12 month Youth to Youth program which provides opportunities for people ages 12-16 to learn about each other’s cultures and build right relationships with each other.

Finally, a parish profile on St. Michael and All Angels’ explores how that community’s unique Anglo-Catholic worship connects with both retired clergy and congregants in their 20s all looking to worship with all the senses in a context outside of the business of daily life.

I hope you enjoy this month’s articles.


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