"The cherished bells of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Thunder Bay, Ont., tolled for eight days in October , mourning thousands killed by bombing and other strife in Aleppo, Syria's largest city. Tolling church bells, long a sign of mourning, was intended to remind people of the bombing of homes and hospitals and the suffering of innocent civilians in Aleppo, said the rector, Archdeacon Deborah Kraft. .... St. Paul's began tolling the bells after an initiative went viral on the web, when it launched in Finland five days earlier. Thunder Bay has a significant community of people of Finnish origin and a parish family heard about the Bells for Aleppo campaign from a family member now living in Finland. The Evangelical Lutheran Parish of Kallio in Helsinki [led by Pastor Teemu Laajasalo] began tolling its bells October 12  and the initiative was taken up by over 250 churches in several countries around the world, but especially in Scandinavia and Western Europe".
"When the House of Bishops met in Niagara Falls, Ont., from April 13 to 17 , they discussed some contentious issues, including possible amendments to the marriage canon and a call from the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) for significant changes to church structures. But Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said there was, nevertheless, 'a spirit of hopefulness' at the gathering". "The bishops discussed the document, 'Where We Are Today: Twenty Years after the Covenant, an Indigenous Call to Church Leadership', in terms of what they thought needed more clarification, what they found encouraging and what they found challenging." "Hiltz observed that what underlies much of these discussions is the question, 'What is everybody's understanding of self-determination ?' This is a conversation that needs to continue, he said. People are not sure what self-determination will mean in terms of concrete changes, said Hiltz". "Bishops also endorsed the #22days campaign calling Anglicans to commit to working toward healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. ... Hiltz noted that Bishop Robert Hardwick of the diocese of Qu'Appelle shared plans to ring church bells for murdered and missing women and girls, and other bishops decided that could be done in all of their dioceses".
"Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, is asking that churches across the country ring their bells for peace as the sun sets on Remembrance Day this year -- the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War" (p. 1). "The bell ringing is one of many special commemorations planned by Anglican churches across Canada this Remembrance Day, of which the Journal was able to note only a sampling. Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Edmonton, Alta., regimental church of the Canadian Armed Forces' South Alberta Light Horse unit, has for the past several years held a Remembrance Day service and commemoration that draws in about 500 people from the community, says the church's rector, the Rev. Chris Pappas" (p. 9). "History is also a focus at St. George's Anglican Church in London, Ont., where parishioner Nancy Dodman has been working on a four-year project to commemorate the more than 130 men from the church who served, and the 14 who died in battles, in the First World War" (p. 7). "This year at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Halifax -- situated at the south end of historic military parade square in front of city hall -- members of the public will be invited to come in, warm up, drink some hot chocolate and look through a placarded art exhibit, 'St. Paul's and the Great War', drawn from the church's archival material" (p. 9). "Bishop Nigel Shaw, Anglican bishop ordinary to the Canadian Armed Forces, says the First World War demonstrates 'how far we can go, and how terrible a situation we can create, when we stop looking at each other as being equally children of God. That's what we need to remember when we're tempted to treat the other as somehow less worthy of respect and consideration', he says" (p. 9).
"This month is one of much remembering. It begins with the Feast of All Saints .... Then comes All Souls Day." "As we come to Remembrance Day, we reach the 100th annirversary of the signing of the armistice that brought the First World War to an end. 'The ringing of church bells erupted spontaneously across the country, as an outpouring of relief that four years of war had come to an end' (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41957521). In recognitions of this anniversary, the Royal Canadian Legion has announced the Bells of Peace initiative, inviting all churches and other religious traditions to ring their bells -- in honour of all who, in the service of their country and the freedom of the world, made the supreme sacrifice, and in the hope of peace among the nations in our own time. I call on all our churches to take up this invitation". "As we honour our war dead, let us also pray for the men and women currently serving in the Canadian Forces and their families".