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Across Canada: B.C. bishop authorizes same-sex blessings

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article38291
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2013 March
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2013 March
Volume
139
Issue
3
Page
2
Notes
"On Jan. 3 [2013], British Columbia Bishop James Cowan announced he has authorized the blessing of same-sex unions in response to a request made by diocesan synod in March 2010". "Blessings will be subject to guidelines -- among these, that they will be granted only in parishes 'where a majority decision of Vestry requests such a status from the bishop'. The parish must also make its request to the bishop in writing, and such a request must be renewed each time a new incumbent is appointed and takes office. In his guidelines, Cowan emphasized that a blessing should not be construed as a solemnization of matrimony in the church. 'The Anglican Church of Canada does not recognize as marriage civil contracts between persons of the same gender', he wrote. Only incumbents of parishes where permission for blessings is granted will be permitted to bless. Cowan has authorized the blessing rite of the diocese of New Westminster for use in his diocese. No member of the diocese, lay or ordained, shall be required to act against their conscience on the matter of same-sex blessings".
Subjects
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Civil marriage - Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of British Columbia
Cowan, James (James Arnold Jackson), 1951-
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Across Canada: B.C. Bishop Jim Cowan to retire

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article38327
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2013 April
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2013 April
Volume
139
Issue
4
Page
2
Notes
"The bishop of the Anglican diocese of British Columbia, James Cowan, has announced his resignation effective this Aug. 31 [2013] in order to retire. Cowan's resignation has been accepted by the House of Bishops and the metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of British Columbia. Cowan has served as bishop of the Victoria-based diocese for the past nine years. Installed as the 12th bishop of British Columbia in 2004, Cowan worked to transform the structures of the diocese, saying change was necessary in order for the church to be relevant. He emphasized that the restructuring plan was not merely in response to declining membership but was focused on new ministries and evangelism that would engage with lapsed Anglicans and the 'un-churched'. Ordained a priest in 1977, Cowan has been involved in ministries at all levels of the church". [Text of entire article.]
Subjects
Cowan, James (James Arnold Jackson), 1951-
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of British Columbia - Bishops
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of British Columbia - Structure
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Across Canada : Dioceses Offset Legal Fees

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article36851
Author
Murray, Randy
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2012 September
Author
Murray, Randy
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2012 September
Volume
138
Issue
7
Page
6
Notes
"Two dioceses have made generous donations to the diocese of New Westminster to help offset legal costs associated wiith litigation over church property rights. In June [2012], the Most Rev. Colin Johnson, Archbishop of the diocese of Toronto, announced $250,000 was being sent from its ministry allocation fund to the diocese of New Westminster. The on July 26 [2012], six weeks after receiving the news of the diocese of Toronto's gift, Bishop James Cowan of the diocese of British Columbia sent a letter to Bishop Michael Ingham of the diocese of New Westminster along with a cheque for $100,000". "It was just over a year ago that the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear further appeals of a ruling made by the British Columbia Supreme Court. In that ruling, it was decided that four New Westminster parish properties were to remain in trust with the diocese".
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of New Westminster - Finance
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of New Westminster - Trials, litigation, etc
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of Toronto
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of British Columbia
Johnson, Colin (Colin Robert), 1952-
Cowan, James (James Arnold Jackson), 1951-
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Author
Cooke, William G. (William Geoffrey), 1947-
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2000 October
Author
Cooke, William G. (William Geoffrey), 1947-
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2000 October
Volume
126
Issue
8
Page
5
Notes
Letter to the editor responding to James Cowan's letter on disposing of eucharistic remains.
Subjects
Cowan, James (James Arnold Jackson), 1951-
Lord's Supper - Remains - Anglican Church of Canada
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B.C. synod deals creatively with decline : one closure and six mergers

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article35485
Author
Fletcher, Anne
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2008 November
Author
Fletcher, Anne
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2008 November
Volume
134
Issue
9
Page
6
Notes
A September 2008 meeting of the Diocese of British Columbia synod received "recommendations for one closure, St. Alban in Victoria, and for six mergers, involving eight small congregations, in the 56-parish diocese". "The diocese has seen a steady decline in Sunday attendance for at least the last 15 years, with averages dropping 11 per cent to 4,955 in 2007 from 5,555 in 2003. Funerals outnumbered baptisms by 349 to 135 last year, and 25 parishes were running deficits". "The diocese now has a congregational development officer; almost every parish has an action plan; two-per-cent annual growth targets are in place; and several parishes teetering on the brink of closure have pulled themselves back".
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of British Columbia
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of British Columbia - Statistics
Church attendance - Anglican Church of Canada
Congregational development - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Parishes
Cowan, James (James Arnold Jackson), 1951-
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Biblical scholars aid talks on human sexuality issue

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article26266
Author
McAteer, Michael R., 1933-
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1999 May
Author
McAteer, Michael R., 1933-
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1999 May
Volume
125
Issue
5
Page
1,15
Notes
Four biblical scholars have been invited to help the church's Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee widen the biblical discussion on human sexuality. N.B. Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat's name is spelled incorrectly in the article as Keesmat with only one "a".
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Cowan, James (James Arnold Jackson), 1951-
Henderson, Ian
Deller, Walter W.G. (Walter William Garth), 1954-
Humphrey, Edith M. (Edith McEwan), 1954-
Keesmaat, Sylvia C., 1963-
Integrity (Organization) - Canada
Integrity Toronto
Fidelity (Organization)
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Budget 'leaves little room for contingency'

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article31944
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2005 January
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2005 January
Volume
131
Issue
1
Page
1,11
Notes
Detailed description of the budget. The budget for the primate's office has been increased and Bishop Cowan has provided funds so that the primate's wife can accompany him on his travels.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Finance
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod
Blachford, Peter
Anglican Church of Canada. Settlement Fund
Anglican Church of Canada. Primate's Office
Cowan, James (James Arnold Jackson), 1951-
Hutchison, Lois
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Clergy in same-gender relationships can now work in diocese of B.C.

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article35975
Author
Williams, Leigh Anne
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2009 December
Author
Williams, Leigh Anne
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2009 December
Volume
135
Issue
10
Page
1, 14
Notes
"Bishop James Cowan of the diocese of British Columbia has reversed a policy that prohibits clergy in same-gender relationships from serving in the diocese. As a result, he has been able to match up a parish looking for clergy, with 'a fine priest'. She had been on leave for eight years because she was in a same-gender relationship." At the 2008 Lambeth Conference there was a lot of discussion on the three moratoria called for in the Windsor Report: the blessing of same-sex unions; the ordination of clergy in same-gender relationships as bishops; and cross-border interventions in the affairs of other provinces. After much thought about the moratorium on the election of bishops in same-gender relationships, and after consultation with other bishops, Bishop Cowan decided that the "wording said to me [that] Lambeth is acknowledging that there are people in same-gender relationships who are priests who canonically would be eligible for election and consecration, 'The moratoria says we will not elect and consecrate', he said. 'But it [still] says that they are there'."
Subjects
Cowan, James (James Arnold Jackson), 1951-
Same-sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Gay clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of British Columbia
Moratoria
Lambeth Conference, 2008
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Clergy test rulings on same-sex blessings

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article34707
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2007 September

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