Since the termination of Project North in 1987, further evaluation and consultation between the churches in Canada has led to a new coalition on aboriginal justice concerns. This is the result of discussion between the churches, network groups, and native organizations. It shifts the focus of the former Project North to include justice issues for native people all over Canada and is based upon the church leaders' recent statement: "A New Covenant".
That this National Executive Council support and participate fully in the new coalition: Project North - Ecumenical Coalition for Aboriginal Justice; and request the Program Committee to appoint two representatives from the Anglican Church of Canada to its Steering Committee. CARRIED #54-11-88
Bishop Morgan drew attention to the document "The New Covenant" stating that appeals have been received from native people that the Sunday before the First Minister's Conference be designated a Day of Prayer.
That this House of Bishops respond to the request of Native leaders for the Churches to name a Day of Prayer to precede the final First Ministers' Conference to be held on March 26-27, by designating Sunday, March 22, as a Day of Prayer for Aboriginal Peoples:
And that we commend the document entitled "A New Covenant" prepared as a Pastoral Statement by leaders of the Christian Churches to be used as a focus for this Day of Prayer. CARRIED
"This book of prayers, blessings and liturgies for lesbian and gay Christians was initially commissioned by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK)". -- Preface, p. xi.
Contents: Preface dated 1992 / Elizabeth Stuart -- Foreword dated 3 June 1992 / David Jenkins -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1. Celebrating Lesbian and Gay Relationships -- 2. Housewarmings -- 3. A Celebration of Coming Out -- 4. Partings -- 5. Healing Liturgies for People Living with HIV and AIDS -- 6. The Death of Friends -- Notes, Sources and Acknowledgements -- Useful Organizations.
Section 1. Celebrating Lesbian and Gay Relationships includes notes about examples/samples of liturgies for the blessing of same sex unions.
Includes bibliographical references and bibliography: p. 167.
"The time is ripe for a collection of worship services, ceremonies, and celebrations created by lesbian and gay people for use in communities that affirm them." -- Intro. p. xi.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1. Rites to Mark Spiritual Beginnings -- 2. Rites of Healing -- 3. Funerals and Memorial Services -- 4. Rites of Blessing -- 5. Seasonal and Holiday Rites -- 6. Covenant Rites for Couples -- 7. Rites of Holy Communion -- 8. Rites of Lesbian/Gay Pride and Empowerment -- Contributors -- Appendix: National Lesbian/Gay Christian Organizations -- Selected Bibliography.
Contents of section 1. Rites to Mark Spiritual Beginnings: Coming Out: Coming Home / Diann L. Neu -- A Coming-Out Liturgy / Malcolm Boyd -- Coming-Out Rite: I Acknowledge My Queer Identity / Zalmon Sherwood -- Rite of Welcome / D.B. Gregory Flaherty -- Christian Baptismal Covenant Liturgy: A Celebration of the Feminine Divine / Stephen J. Moore -- Rebaptism: A Transforming Time / Jane Adams Spahr and Kittredge Cherry -- Baptismal Liturgy / James Lancaster -- The Mixing of Our Earth: A Ritual for Creating Community / Sylvia Perez.
Contents of 2. Rites of Healing: Invocation of Remembrance, Healing, and Empowerment in a Time of AIDS / Elias Farajaje-Jonez -- A Healing Service / A. Stephen Pieters -- Rite of Healing from Life-Threatening Disease / Zalmon Sherwood -- A Litany for Dialogue among People with Different Sexual Orientations / Eric H.F. Law -- Rite of Healing from Lesbian/Gay Bashing / Zalmon Sherwood -- Rite of Healing from Rape / Zalmon Sherwood -- Litany of Affirmation / Colleen Darraugh -- Ceremony of Dissolution / James Lancaster.
Contents of section 3. Funerals and Memorial Services: Telling Love's Story: Remembering and Responding to AIDS / Diann L. Neu -- Litany for the AIDS Crisis / Paul A. Tucker -- Community Memorial Service / A. Stephen Pieters -- Graveside Service for a Gay Man Who Has Died Young / Zalmon Sherwood -- Funeral for a Lesbian Activist: Celebrating the Life of N. / Zalmon Sherwood and Kittredge Cherry -- Yom HaShoah: Day of Remembering the Holocaust / Steve Carson.
Contents of section 4. Rites of Blessing: Home Blessing / James Lancaster -- Animal Blessing Service / Kittredge Cherry -- Rite of Blessing: For the Dedication of New Hymnals / Nancy Wilson -- Motorcycle Blessing: The Blessing of the Bikes / Steve Carson.
Contents of section 5. Seasonal and Holiday Rites: Thanksgiving Rite / Zalmon Sherwood -- Rite for Advent / Chris R. Glaser -- Rite for Lent / Chris R. Glaser -- Rediscovering God as Father / Louis F. Kavar -- Maundy Thursday Service of Foot Washing / Troy D. Perry.
Contents of section 6. Covenant Rites for Couples: A Celebration of Love and Commitment / Chris R. Glaser -- A Sample Service of Holy Union Based on the Tradition of Kwanzaa / Darlene Garner -- Celebration and Blessing of a Covenanted Union / Eleanor L. McLaughlin -- The Wedding: A Demonstration for the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Couples / Troy D. Perry.
Contents of section 7. Rites of Holy Communion: Eucharistic Prayer for the Powerless, the Oppressed, the Unusual / Marilyn McCord Adams -- The Great Thanksgiving: A Rite Based on the Song of Mary / Carter Heyward -- Dignity/USA Convention Eucharist 1991 / James E. Snight, Jr., adapted by Kevin Calegari and Thomas Kaun -- The Desert Experience / Christine Nusse -- Earth Communion / Sylvia Perez.
Contents of section 8. Rites of Lesbian/Gay Pride and Empowerment: Invocation for All Saints' Day / James Lancaster -- A Celebration of Lesbian and Gay Pride / Michael S. Piazza, Carol A. West, and Paul A. Tucker -- A Rite of Commissioning for Lesbian/Gay Pride Celebrations / D.B. Gregory Flaherty -- Christian Affirmations of Lesbians and Gay Men: A Service in the Taize Style / Kittredge Cherry and Nathan Meckley -- Litany of Justice / Colleen Darraugh -- Litany for Divine Intervention / James Lancaster -- A Service of Worship for Empowerment / Lindsay Louise Biddle, editor -- What is Church ? / The Cathedral Project -- A Prayer / Malcolm Boyd.
Kittredge Cherry is a member of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. Zalmon Sherwood is an Episcopal priest. -- back cover.
"Written and edited by Ed Bianchi, Maura Hanrahan, Jennifer Henry, Shannon Neufeldt, and Chuck Wright". p. iv.
"The article, 'Understanding Treaty as Covenant', was graciously provided by Stan McKay". -- p. iv.
"'In Peace and Friendship' is a response to those who faith or conscience compels them to understand more deeply the struggles of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. It provides an opportunity, particularly for non-Aboriginal people, to open themselves to a new perspective by exploring a relationship with the original inhabitants of this land that recognizes their unique nationhood. .... [It] is an educational resource for groups of youth or adults, within a congregation, a regional church body or as an open community event. There are five sessions. This resource could be used as a series of weekly workshops for a local group or linked together for a 2-day conference or retreat. The first and fifth sessions assume a Christian perspective". -- p. i.
Contents: [Prefatory Material i.e.] Purpose -- Uses -- Facilitators -- Format -- Before You Begin -- Terminology -- Table of Contents -- A New Relationship: Contextual Article -- Session 1: Renewing the Covenant -- Faithful to God's Covenant: Theological Reflection -- Session 2: Nation to Nation -- A Continent of Nations: Background Article -- Session 3: Collective Rights -- In Common: Background Article -- Session 4: A Case in Point -- Reclaiming Land in Caledonia: Background Article -- Session 5: Churches in Solidarity ? -- The Churches' Role in Recognizing Aboriginal Rights: Background Article.
"Produced by the Aboriginal Rights Coalition (Project North)".
"You have in your hands an introduction to the Canadian churches' work on Aboriginal issues. This booklet was compiled for you by the Aboriginal Rights Coalition (ARC). 1995 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Aboriginal Rights Coalition (formerly Project North). Project North was born in 1975 after Aboriginal leaders called the national churches to do more than pass resolutions and issue statements on Aboriginal issues". -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction / Lorraine Land, National Co-Chair, Aboriginal Rights Coalition (Project North) -- Theological Preface / Menno Wiebe, Mennonite Central Committee, Canada -- History of Contact between Indigenous Peoples and Newcomers in the Country Now Called Canada -- The Untied Church of Canada Apology to Native Congregations -- A New Covenant: Towards the Constitutional Recognition and Protection of Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada: A Pastoral Statement by the Leaders of the Christian Churches on Aboriginal Rights and the Canadian Constitution: February 5, 1987 -- Key Issues -- A Selective Resource List: Churches and First Nations -- Resources on Aboriginal Land Rights and Self-Determination -- Aboriginal Rights Coalition Network Groups -- Notes [blank pages headed "Notes"] -- What is ARC ?
"We [the Primates of the Anglican Communion] commend the wonderful range of resources contained in this pack as community based groups seek to engage in the moral, spiritual and medical issues that affect both family life and the spread of HIV/AIDS. It is our hope that it will assist our partners as we work together in different ways to equip our children and churches to protect themselves from HIV". -- inside front cover.
Contains 8 booklets and Feedback Sheet in folder.
Contents:  How to use this pack --  Trust and participatory exercises --  Introducing the HIV/AIDS issues --  Code pictures and role-plays -- Prayers and reflections -- Faith and HIV/AIDS -- Personal stories --  Raising awareness and campaigning --  Feedback Sheet.
The Advent 1996 issue of the International Anglican Family Network "tells of just a few of the projects, linked with churches, which are trying to alleviate the suffering and halt the spread of the disease. In this terrible situation there are signs of hope." Article includes reports from 12 different countries.