Ten short questions with answers. "1. What's being commemorated this year ? ... 2. What's the significance of this event ? ... 3. How did this lead to the existence of Protestant churches ? ... 4. What was Luther so upset about ? ... 5. What do the 'Ninety-five Theses' say ? ... 6. Is that all the Reformation was about ? ... 7. What is justification by faith ? ... 8. Was there one single idea behind the Reformation ? ... 9. Some of Luther's ideas sound very modern ... 10. Why is this event being 'commemorated' rather than 'celebrated' ?" Includes bibliographical references.
"The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has committed $40,000 to help those stricken by Hurricane Irma in Cuba and Haiti, it announced September 12 . PWRDF set aside $20,000 for an appeal for Cuba announced by the ACT Alliance, a network of faith-based aid groups of which PWRDF is a member. The agency allocated another $10,000 for the Episcopal Church of Cuba and $10,000 for a request for rapid-response funds from the Haiti ACT Alliance forum, PWRDF said. Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm to have swept the Caribbean in a decade, passed through several Caribbean islands and into Florida and other south-east U.S. states September 5 . As of September 21, 73 people were reported to have died as a result of the hurricane". "PWRDF said it is also accepting donations to help those stricken by an earthquake that hit Mexico's south coast September 7 . As of September 23, 320 people were reported to have been killed by the quake, the strongest to have hit Mexico in a century".
"Four decades after the first women were ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada, much progress remains to be made, say female priests who profess to have struggled with everything from unequal pay to inappropriate touching by some parishioners. From November 28-December 1 , more than 40 female priests from the Anglican Church of Canada for 'Unmasking the Feminine', a conference marking the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women in the church. For participants, the event seemed an occasion both for celebrating the achievements made in advancing the rights of women and being mindful of the challenges many say yet remain". "Asked what they felt were the continuing challenges for women in the church, some noted that women priests are still being paid less than their male counterparts". "Many parishes in Canada, some participants said, still will not accept women priests". Participants at the gathering included: Canon Judy Rois (Anglican Foundation), Bishop Linda Nicholls (Diocese of Huron), the Rev. Trish McCarthy (Regina, Sask.) and the Rev. Karen Laldin (Manitoba). "Rois is also the co-author of a 2013 study, 'Why is the Stained Glass Window a Stained Glass Ceiling ? Organizational Perspectives on Female Bishops in the Anglican Communion. The study explores how gender bias has worked against female priests becoming bishops. According to Anglican Church of Canada statistics, 406 out of 1,139 active clergy -- 35.5 per cent -- are women; of retired clergy, females number 369 out of 1,750, or 21.1 per cent".
"To date, roughly $700,000 has been raised in 2017 for the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation, Council of General Synod (CoGS) heard November 10 ". "This means fundraisers are well on their way to reaching the target of $1 million in 2017 for the fund ... If $1 million is raised for the fund, Thompson said, it should be able to support projects to the tune of about $200,000 per year over the next five years. This amount is less than the fund has spent annually in the past, he said, but it would allow continued support, especially for Indigenous language recovery programs, which are now the fund's main focus". The fund "was originally intended to disbursed the last of its money in 2019. However, by June 2017, it was almost entirely depleted, Healing Fund co-ordinator Esther Wesley told CoGS when it met last summer ". "Since the Healing Fund began, it has funded more than 705 projects totalling just over $8 million".
"Instead of featuring photos of Anglican churches from across the country, next year's calendar  will show Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans engaged in mission work, the national office announced earlier this year". "'There are some beautiful church buildings, there's no doubt about that', he said. 'But the loveliest thing about the church is God's people engaged in the transforming mission of God; feeding the hungry and looking after .. the poor, sheltering AA groups, welcoming refugees'. Production of the calendar, formerly handled by the 'Anglican Journal', will now be overseen by Trina Gallop Blank, director of communications and stewardship of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Meghan Kilty, director of communication and information resources for the Anglican Church of Canada. The new concept for the calendar stems from a meeting between the Anglican and Lutheran staff in 2014. The ELCIC had been expressing interest in a jointly produced calendar for several years already".
"Four Advent devotions, written by four leaders of the Anglican and Lutheran churches in North America, have been made available to members of all four churches". "On October 12-13 , Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, met with National Bishop Susan Johnson, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC); Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, of The Episcopal Church (TEC); and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The meeting, held at the ELCA office in Chicago, was the four bishops' latest four-way dialogue, a tradition of informal annual meetings begun in 2010". "The [Advent] devotions are on the theme of next year's 500th anniversary of the Reformation: 'Liberated by God's Grace', and three of the theme's sib-headings: 'salvation not for sale, human beings not for sale and creation not for sale'." "The four also heard reports on the progress of the two Anglican-Lutheran ecumenical bodies in Canada and the U.S., the Joint Commission for Anglican Lutheran Communion in Canada and the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee".
"When it come to raising money through enterprise, Chris Henderson has one word of advice for the Anglican Church of Canada: think of projects or partners that will be in line with your values -- otherwise, it won't work. 'You've got to be true to mission', he says. 'Not being true to mission means you're almost writing a cheque for failure'. Henderson is the founder of two clean energy companies -- Lumos Energy and the Delphi Group -- and much of his work involves consulting with Aboriginal communities on clean energy projects. A member of the United Church of Canada, Henderson also helped the United Church divest itself of old church property in Ottawa in a way that attracted national media attention".
"Canadian Anglican bishops have responded to General Synod's provisional vote on same-sex marriage in starkly different ways: a number have called for prayers, some announced they will now allow religious weddings for same-sex couples and others have expressed anxiety about unity in the church". "The impact of the vote was undeniable. Some bishops and members of their dioceses were noticeably absent at the meeting's closing worship July 12 , including those who had walked out after it was announced that the same-sex marriage motion had passed".
"The synod of the diocese of Calgary has asked the diocesan bishop to allow the blessing of same-sex union". The 14 October 2017 motion "passed with 57.4 % of votes. Archbishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson, diocesan bishop of Calgary and metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Rupert's Land, confirmed October 20". "As of press time, Kerr-Wilson has said he expected to announce his decision on the request in mid-November". Both Kerr-Wilson and the Rev. Brian Pearson of St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Calgary, who supported the motion, "say that despite high levels of anxiety and tension around the issue, the debate in synod was respectful". "Pearson was among a number of clergy in the diocese who received a warning from the bishop after jointly blessing the civil marriage of a non-heterosexual couple (a woman and her transgendered partner) last year".
Part one of a two-part series. "Hannah Roberts Brockow is a therapeutic musician. She regularly visits two palliative care wards in her adopted home of Montreal -- one for adults and one for children -- to play her instrument, a harp, to the patients there. The music, she says, helps relieve people's anxiety and ease their pain in their final days". "Although she herself has never actually seen an angel, Brockow says, they are a huge part of her spiritual life". "An Angus Reid poll on faith, released in March 2015, suggested that 62 % of Canadians believe in angels. Belief in angels has remained quite constant over the last few decades: it sat at 61 % of Canadians in 1985 and 63 % in 2000, the poll noted". Anglican priest, Christopher Snow, now at Grace Anglican Church in Milton, Ont., speaking about angels, says "'Protestants have trouble with intermediaries' between humans and God. At the same time, Snow notes, angels play a prominent role, not only in the Bible but in much Anglican liturgy. 'Every Sunday, Anglicans gather at the Eucharist and we sing the angelic chorus -- 'Holy, holy, holy' Snow says. 'We join with the angels and archangels as part of our eucharistic prayers'". "If belief in angels among parishioners seems mixed, among theologians the topic has become distinctly unfashionable; courses on angels do not figure prominently among most seminary curriculums today, Snow says. Much Protestant theology over the past two centuries, says Wayne Hankey, a specialist in medieval philosophy at Dalhousie University and a former Anglican priest, 'has made belief in the angels meaningless, or worse'".