There are "about 450 life-professed members in more than 20 monasteries and convents in the US and Canada". "Despite dwindling numbers and ageing populations, the superiors see their orders adapting to the needs of people in late 20th century culture. Many of their ministries have changed, primarily from running institutions, such as schools, to offering havens of retreat and spiritual directions in a fast-paced, stressful society." The communities also model an example of community in which various theological opinions "liberal and conservative" "live together in mutual love and respect.
Article includes quotation from "Brother" [i.e. the Rev.] Richard Johns of Salt Spring Island, formerly of the National Office of the Anglican Church of Canada, Sister Anita of the Community of the Sisters of the Church and Sister Constance Joanna, superior of the Community of St. John the Divine.
Brief description of the Quiet Garden Trust program which began in 1992 when the Rev. Philip Roderick ran a series of courses on discipleship and shared his vision of a new ministry of hospitality and prayer. "A network of hospitality and prayer houses around the world has grown up in the last three years. A Quiet Garden `comes into being when someone agrees to open their home and garden to occasional days of stillness and reflection' .... Another model for a Quiet Garden is when a Retreat Centre or local church decides to develop within its grounds an area of beauty and peacefulness dedicated to quiet prayer and solitude." There are now nineteen Quiet Gardens in the Anglican Communion including one in Canada.
Extensive preparations are now underway to prepare for the Lambeth Conference which will take place in July 1998. "The goal of the Lambeth Conference and the Spouses' Programme us to support and enable our episcopal leadership in their vocation and ministry throughout the Anglican Communion". One of the key elements of preparation before and during the Conference will be prayer. Printed prayer resources are in production but as well a "special Nine Days of Prayer, following the biblical example in Acts, from Ascension Day to Pentecost ".
"The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Canon John L. Peterson, has asked every congregation of the Anglican Communion to observe the nine days between Ascension Day and Pentecost as a time of prayer for the forthcoming Lambeth Conference of Bishops 1998."
The author, editor of `Anglican World', talks about receiving one of the "meanest notes I have ever seen" from an angry priest. Talks about his pain and disappointment and his conviction that "Sometimes in the Church we forget the basis for which are mandated to operate. There is no room in the Church for mean-spiritedness, none whatsoever. I would go so far as to say that anyone who believes that there is, is in a serious situation that needs some sort of ministry of healing, redemption and forgiveness." Author looks for an answer in the Anglican tradition of "being open to dialogue and open to each other" and also in prayer.
"What is a saint ? How does a person become one ? Will an Australian soon be officially recognized as a saint ? These were some of the questions raised in 1995 when Pope John Paul II visited Australia for the ceremony to mark the beatification of Mary McKillop. The celebration caught the imagination of many Australians, and it provided the stimulus for this paper on prayer and the saints, prepared by and for Roman Catholics and Anglicans". Includes eight "Questions for reflection and discussion" at the end.
Text of the pastoral letter and call for the observance of a time of special prayer, across the Communion, between Ascension and Pentecost. Produced by the Primates of the Anglican Communion and dated 8 March 2001.
Pastoral letter from the 13th Primates Meeting intended for distribution on Pentecost 2003. The letter spoke about: theological education, which is facing different kinds of crisis in all provinces; HIV/AIDS and the churches continuing engagement with sufferers; the nature of communion itself, and of our shared communion in Christ; human sexuality; a proposed Anglican Gathering in 2008; an invitation to prayer.
The bishops meeting at the 1998 Lambeth Conference "there was a request that a system of Bible readings providing a single lection for each day be attached to the Anglican Cycle of Prayer." The proposal was discussed by the members of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation and as a result of meetings and discussions held in London, England, in 2004, decided to adapt the work of one member of the group who had been working on a one-reading-per-day lectionary. "Her scheme includes a selection from the psalms (or from Lamentations in Holy Week) as well as readings from other books of the Bible. The group took her lectionary home with them to study it. After some revision the scheme was integrated with the Anglican Cycle of Prayer as it appears on the Anglican Communion website. The rationale includes a link to an evaluation site, where those who use the lectionary may offer comments for its improvement".
"St. Luke writes that following the Ascension of the Lord, the disciples were gathered in an upper room 'constantly devoting themselves to prayer'." "Since those first days of the church, the time between Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost has been marked by calls to prayer for strength and wisdom in bearing a faithful witness to the gospel, for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit to grace and guide the church in every age". "In the spirit of that long-standing tradition, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, in 2016, invited 'a wave of prayer' across the Church of England. The response, according to Justin Welby, was 'astonishing'. Thousands of people joined in -- not just Anglicans, but people of many other denominations, too, and not just in England, but many other countries around the world. The response inspired the archbishops to launch 'Thy Kingdom Come', a global call to prayer between Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost, 2017". Archbishop Fred Hiltz has called on the Anglican Church of Canada to participate. Article includes day by day prayer intentions with image of the logo of the 10-day global prayer initiative "Thy Kingdom Come".