"This book offers a personal view of corporate life and the training of ordinands in Bishop's College, Calcutta, in the late 60s. The college was then the central seminary of the Church of India (Anglican) prior to the inauguration of the Church of North India. .... A concluding section of the book assesses college life and Christian history in relation to these changes. It celebrates a continuing challenge to build 'communities, relationships in which good can be realized and incarnated in human lives'." -- back cover.
The author is a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada and wrote this "partial and personal record of life in Bishop's College through one year, 1969-1970 ... My wife Elaine and I were then in our eighth year in the college. We had been sent to it by the Anglican Church of Canada in 1962, at the request of the Indian Church."
Contents: Foreword / S.B. Joshua, Bishop of Bombay, Church of North India -- Introduction -- The Hot Weather -- A Death in Calcutta -- The Mountain World -- The Cathedral -- The Trinity Term -- Rain -- The City -- The Country -- The Swimming Club -- The Sound of Music -- Going to the Movies -- Saints' Days -- The Spirit of Vatican II -- Gandhi and Us -- Durgapur -- Durga Puja -- Gardening -- Divali -- The Annual Retreat -- The Annual College Picnic -- The Bairagi Madonna -- The Teape Lectures -- Christmas in Calcutta -- Serampore -- The Oxford Mission -- Republic Day -- Spring -- Holy Week and Easter -- Retrospect.
Contents divided into two parts: Part One: My Journey to Anglicanism -- Part Two: My Response to Blessing Same-Sex Unions.
"This writer has attempted to show that the exclusion-inclusion motif was an issue which Jesus himself implicitly addressed during his ministry and which was a theological-doctrinal challenge for the early church as well. .... The overall argument of the book is that the above bible texts suggest that a paradigm shift away from the old biblical theological worldview of exclusion was begun by Jesus who, in his ministry, demonstrated attitudes favoring inclusion of groups of people who were usually ostracized by mainstream Jewish society. .... This book has shown that in doing theology classical Anglicanism has used not one only, but three important pillars: Scripture, Tradition and Reason as criteria and means of reaching consensus regarding its theological and doctrinal positions. .... The Anglican Church has sought in the past to steer a middle road between extremes, while allowing people and movements with different theological positions to remain within the Communion and to work collegially and collaboratively based on their commonalities or common ground despite, and without stressing, their theological differences. It is the hope and prayer of this writer that this ethos will eventually prevail and continue. Finally, it is important to note too, that in the present theological-doctrinal impasse on the blessing of committed same-sex unions, those in opposition appear to be focusing exclusively on some selected parts of Scripture as their 'controlling images', interpretive lens or guiding texts for looking at the whole bible; and have excluded other parts. .... In addition, the opposing groups do not seem prepared to look at the historical Tradition of diversity, inclusion and comprehensiveness. This demonstrates a lack of appreciation of the historic nature and the history of the Anglican Church. The purpose of this book was simply to highlight another selection of biblical texts as controlling images and interpretive lens for looking at the whole bible regarding the matter of blessing same-sex unions. If this book has been able to show that there are other equally valid biblical ways of looking at the same issue, it will have served its purpose." -- Overall Conclusion, p.143-146.
Contents: Introduction -- A Spiritual Journey -- Where Are You Coming from ? -- Where Are Your Methods Coming from ? -- In Whose Hands: Ours or God's ? -- Back to the Bible, Tradition & Reason ! -- How Doctrine Develops and the Church Grows -- Did They Say "Integrity and Sanctity ?" -- Facilitating God's People's Growth -- Creation in Revelation: How Doctrine Develops -- Conclusion -- Bibliography.
"Reverend Dr. Carlos Roberts was ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church in 1976 in Trinidad-Tobago in the Caribbean and became an Anglican priest in Canada in 1999. His parish was severely impacted by the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod 2004 resolution to 'affirm the integrity and sanctity of committed same-sex relationships'. This crisis led him to the theological reflection on blessing same-sex unions that he outlines in this book". -- back cover.
"Clergy from several denomination traditions served in the Canadian Anglican ministry in the nineteenth century. One with a Lutheran background left a record worthy of remembrance" (p. ). After training and ordination as an Anglican priest in London, England, Haensel went to Sierra Leone as a CMS missionary and served there from 1827 to 1835. After brief service in Jamaica and Ohio, Haensel moved to Quebec where he served as a parish priest and teacher in Frost Village, Three Rivers and Quebec City. "In the summer of 1842 a group of Quebec evangelicals met at Haensel's school room to plan the publication of a church newspaper. Haensel, under pressure, was persuaded to be the editor ... The first issue of the newspaper named 'The Berean' appeared in April 1844 and the paper continued to be published in Quebec until 1849, the final issue coming from Christieville (Iberville) where Haensel was then licensed as incumbent of Trinity Church. For over four years 'The Berean' was a welcome weekly in many homes in Canada East and West ... during its lifetime 'The Berean' was the only newspaper which gave prominence to church news and its pages record the heroic story of the church's ministrations at Grosse Isle during the typhus fever epidemic of 1847" (p. 119-120). Later, Haensel moved to Hamilton for one year before settling in Saint John in 1866 before his death in 1876. "Here he was briefly associated with the 'Church Witness' an evangelical newspaper similar to 'The Berean' but with a longer life. It first appeared in September 1850; ceased publication because of financial difficulties in 1864; reappeared in a new series in 1865 and finally expired in 1868. .... It is conjectured that Haensel acted as editor during the short lifetime of the second series of the newspaper" (p. 120-121).
"We may live away from the city itself, but to be within sound of a radio or within sight of a television screen, or to see a weather station on a nearby mountain top or the winking light of a jet-liner -- all these things make us to some extent city folk. There are very few rural men and women in the true sense of the word. For all our long-time dwelling in cities we are not yet fully reconciled to the city being the natural habitat of faith. Deep down we feel the city is essentially human rather than divine. We betray this in many ways. Hardly a Christian hymn refers to the city in other than negative terms. We have never fully acknowledged that the Bible ends in a Holy City. We wax much more eloquent about churches in green fields and villages than about churches crouched at the bottom of canyons of gleaming glass and steel. ... Priesthood of course is priesthood wherever it is practiced.". -- The City, p. 9.
Contains 102 short meditations divided into seven main sections: Home -- Downtown -- Streets -- Altar -- Laboratory -- Highways -- Outdoors. "City" section at beginning serves as Introduction.
"These entertaining sketches of city life discover the presence of God in the meeting between a priest and his people". -- back cover.
"More of the popular radio talks by Herbert O'Driscoll". -- back cover.
The autobiography of Constance Williston, born in China to Anglican missionary parents, and her own life as a missionary, deaconess, deacon and ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. Although she never married, Canon Williston adopted two Chinese orphans and raised them as a single mother. She has maintained a lifelong connection to the church in China and in now retired from the Diocese of Niagara.
Includes bibliography, p. 112.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Preface -- Unto good works -- I back on the child I was -- Hey days in Cochrane -- To be a pilgrim -- Look what the Lord has wrought -- Single all my life -- The three S's and two T's of China -- It was tough going -- On taking baths -- The trip of the tongue -- A trip of consequence -- Photo Gallery -- Of food and table talk -- Give up ? Never ! -- The priest lady -- Oh bother ! Not again ! -- To which there is no response -- Ring-a-round-a-daisy -- You were there when I needed a hug -- When the elevator is not full -- Will I ? Won't I ? Will I join the dance ? -- Until the loom is silent -- Appendix: Chinese Names -- Bibliography.