January Magazine

The January magazine is out. This month has a special focus on housing and hospitality and has pieces on intentional community, new housing projects, centring prayer, and liturgy. There is a Saint’s Story covering the life of Lindor Reynolds, beloved Anglican journalist, and a profile of John Thompson, a formerly

Street Store

I’d like to tell you a story. It’s mostly accurate and completely true. I say it’s mostly accurate because it’s from my own perspective. Someone else would likely have a different story to tell. In the first few days of September, 2014, I saw a video. It was about something

A Slice of Hope

Gilbert Berg imagines the helpless children of Bethlehem during Herod’s reign and wonders what would happen if he, a military underling, chose to disobey a commander’s order because of the wish to save innocent children. The poem arises from Gilbert’s belief that negotiation is preferable to the forceful imposition of

Christmas in Prison

“Would you want to be born in a prison?” The question was pretty direct, and somehow our Christmas conversation had steered into uncharted territory.  But it was exactly the kind of question I had been hoping for. Since the beginning of December, I have been meeting with small groups of

Appendix C to the final report from the Commission on Theological Education

I. Resources for Theological Education and Development Rupert’s Land theologians and educators Options for theological education Local (for ordination) Distance (for ordination) Local (for lay education) Local discernment bodies for ordination Alternative diocesan models for local formation Qu’Appelle School of Mission & Ministry Kootenay School of Ministry Episcopal Church in

Pistis Christou: faith IN Christ or faith OF Christ?

Biblical scholars, like those of every discipline, look at the broad ideas of their material, the Bible, reading and analyzing its narratives, its proclamation, its theology, and its faith and ethical concerns.  They also look at details, recognizing that both meaning and wisdom become understood more clearly by drawing out

Christmas Gift to the Diocese

The Christmas gift to the Diocese is a way for individuals to make contributions directly to the ministry and mission of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land. This year, consider giving a gift to the diocese, perhaps on behalf of a friend or family member. Gifts can be directed to one of

Expecting Christ in a Smartphone Age

I love my technology. I love social media. We have new ways of communication that were previously only the domain of science fiction writers. Yet with every gain, there comes loss. One notable loss seems to be in our inability to let any story play out. It is easier than

Cathy Mondor’s Retirement

There was a lovely service of celebration for Cathy Mondor’s retirement from the position of Administrative Assistant for the diocese on Saturday. Folks from across the diocese turned out to wish Cathy well and thank her for her many years of ministry among us.

Hurry Up and Wait: practicing Advent at home

In our churches across the diocese, Advent tends to look pretty predictable. We have set colours, prayers, and practices in use from Portage la Prairie to Atikokan. But while there are only four Sundays in Advent, there are some 21 days we spend at work and home. The practices during

December Magazine

The December paper is out! This month has a special focus on Advent. See the online edition below. If you’d like to be removed from the print mailing and only receive the online version, please be in touch with us. Our apologies, the print edition of this paper is unusually

New Priest at St. George’s

After a year’s interim and an extended search, St George’s, Crescentwood, has announced that they have found a new incumbent. Simon Blaikie, a priest in the diocese, will join the parish in February. Please pray for the parish, for Simon, and for the interim priest, Brent Neuman, as they make this

On the Ground: Youth Ministry Favourites

We asked two youth leaders, one in Winnipeg and one in Ottawa, to give us a sketch of their best and favourite practices in youth ministry. Here’s what the people on the ground are saying. Spontaneous Relationship: Zack’s favourites  It’s all about relationship – This is why many teens go

Trailblazing: a new resource for youth leaders

“I love working with youth in my congregation but sometimes I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing.” “How do I get training as a youth leader?” “I want to put more spiritual content in our youth program in ways that the kids can relate to.” Across the country,

Bishops Dinner

A gathering from across the diocese enjoyed a lovely dinner at the Viscount Gort Hotel last Thursday, an annual event to raise money for the bishop’s discretionary fund. This year’s speaker, Dr. David Barnard, spoke of his journey of faith diversifying and growing over the course of his life. Dr.

A Covenant 20 Years in the Making

Part One: The Birth of the Covenant In the book of Genesis, we read of a covenant between God and God’s people: “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you” (Genesis 9:9). A covenant is a sacred agreement between two parties; in this

Articulating Faith Across Generations

Have you noticed how passionate and articulate teenagers can be about anything except their faith? Eavesdrop on a conversation amongst teenagers and you’ll hear them talking passionately about many things: Friends. Video Games. Relationships. Celebrities. The Environment. School (well, scratch that). But try to engage many young people in a

CURRENT ISSUE

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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