"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".
Includes bibliographical references and bibliography, p. 62.
"The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) recognizes and values the efforts carried out by religious groups in care and treatment of people living with HIV infection and AIDS. This is the first of what UNAIDS hopes will be several documents reporting on the work of leaders from different religions (Christian, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist) addressing the challenge of HIV and AIDS from their own religious perspective. .... In order to start this process of collaboration UNAIDS supported a workshop to which 62 leading academic theologians from Christian traditions were invited. It took place in Windhoek, Namibia in [8-11] December 2003". -- Background, p. .
Contents: Background -- Acknowledgements -- Acronyms -- Foreword -- Workshop participants and additional signatories -- Outcome from the workshop : HIV and AIDS related stigma : a framework for theological reflection -- Speeches.
Speeches: HIV and AIDS: the challenge and the context: stigma and discrimination: incarnation and the Namibian experience / Richard W. Bauer -- Why should Churches respond to issues of stigma and discrimination in reaction to HIV and AIDS ? / Robert J. Vitillo -- HIV- and AIDS-related stigma: living with the experience / Johannes Petrus Heath -- Conceptualizing stigma / Gillian Paterson -- HIV- and AIDS-related stigma: possible theological approaches: stigma and Christian theology / Enda MacDonald -- HIV- and AIDS-related stigma: implications for theological education, research, communication and community: stigma: implications for the theological agenda / Denise Ackerman -- HIV- and AIDS-related stigma: responding to the challenge: stigma: communicating the message, influencing church leaders and members / Musa Dube.
Anglican participants are: the Rev. Dr. Denise Ackermann and the Rev. Johannes Petrus Heath, both of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa.
The author considers "the over 600 missing and murdered indigenous women -- women who died because of their vulnerability to violence, women whose deaths seem neither to be mourned nor even noticed by the government of Canada and the majority of the Canadian public. There are close to one and a half million indigenous people in Canada, slightly more than the population of Ottawa. Imagine if 600 women from Ottawa were to disappear in a similar fashion. Would the government -- or anyone -- tolerate their disappearance ? Wouldn't we work urgently and tirelessly until every woman was accounted for, until all women were safe ?" "We are sadly, witnesses of such hideous evil -- certainly, in the growing worldwide poverty, which so disproportionately impacts women and children, but just as really and dramatically in the indigenous women whose tragic lives have been denied justice".
Author is "national indigenous bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada".