"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".
Two page tribute to her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with colour photographs on page 8 and text on page 9.
"On Sept. 19 , 11 days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, two Canadian Anglican churches delivered gifts of condolence to the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace in London. John Fraser, the founder of the Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada (ISCC), a monarchist group, presented two packages of tobacco on behalf of the Mohawk and Mississauga first nations, who sent them from their chapels royal, the Mohawk Chapel near Brantford and the Massey Chapel at the University of Toronto, to be passed on to the Royal Family on the occasion of the Queen's funeral" (p. 9). "Mohawk Chapel was commissioned [as a royal chapel] in the 18th century by Queen Anne, and Massey Chapel by Elizabeth herself on National Indigenous People's Day (June 21) 2017". (p. 9).
"In Toronto's Cathedral Church of St. James, speaking to a congregation that included Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, gave the sermon at a memorial service for the queen on Sept. 20 ". "'In the face of her death, we say thank you. Thank you for showing us a life lived in service, and in Christian witness, with grace, courage and resilience. Thank you for accepting the duty thrust upon you and embracing it with joy and care for all you served', said Nicholls". (p. 9).
"Canon Michael Jackson, the current president of the ISCC, and an Anglican deacon at St. Paul's in Regina, told the Journal that the queen embodied ideals Canadians felt they shared. 'She was the ideal constitutional monarch', Jackson says. 'She never showed any bias in favour of one side or the other. She set out to embody the values that unite us rather than the divisions [of culture and nations]" (p. 9). "As Canadians mourn Elizabeth's death, Jackson said, 'I hope the focus will be on the queen's personal commitment and sense of duty to the realms of which she was sovereign -- as a person of faith, as a person of great commitment to the peoples of the Commonwealth and the multicultural and multiracial ideals of the Commonwealth" (p. 9).
"Fraser added that he believes the queen had a special relationship with Canada among the other Commonwealth nations. 'She made sure Canada knew it was number one of the overseas realms. It was the one she visited the most', he said. Over the course of her reign, the queen visited Canada 31 times, nearly twice as many times as her next-most frequented country -- Australia" (p. 9).
"The primacy has evolved throughout the history of the church. In 1893, the church's first primate was a diocesan bishop chosen from among the metropolitans whose only specific duties were to serve as president of General Synod and of the House of Bishops. Since that time, the office of primate has steadily grown to encompass a national episcopal ministry, in which the primate serves as a figure of unity and a reflection of the diversity, challenges and ministries of the church" (p. 8). "Misunderstandings about the primate's role are common, according to Archdeacon Paul Feheley, who has served as principal secretary to the last two primates. Anglicans on different sides of various debates will often send letters to [the Primate Archbishop] Hiltz asking for him to intervene in order to resolve an issue. But, Feheley notes, metropolitans actually have far more influence over matters than the primate. ... 'If you're looking for a whole ton of power, it's not the position to go for', he adds" (p. 8). "'Many of our early primates died from overwork', says [retired Bishop Michael] Ingham. 'The job is just too large for an incumbent to exercise responsibilities as a diocesan bishop as well. This has only become more true over time, rather than less. In 1969, General Synod adopted the model of a detached primacy, in which primates were no longer burdened by the responsibilities of a diocesan bishop" (p. 9). "[Former Primate Michael] Peers traces the seeds of reform to the 1830s, when Thomas Fuller proposed a synodical model of church government, in which dioceses would be led by a synod, or governing body of licensed clergy, lay representatives from the diocese's parishes, ex officio members, and the bishops. Over the following decades, this became the model the church follows today" (p. 9). "An 1893 [Solemn] Declaration which established the Church of England in Canada as a separate and independent body described the church as being 'in full communion' with the Church of England (as opposed to 'an integral portion'), Peers noted. ... 'In a time when there has been pressure to make the Communion more monolithic, more a single entity presided over by primates, I continue to look to this foundational document'" (p. 9). "'Our primates have been and are people of exemplary faith and integrity, asked to hold together the wide diversity of our Anglican Church of Canada with its challenges of geography, cultural and theological differences', [Bishop Linda] Nicholls says. 'Our primate is a mirror for the life of our church, and deserves our deepest commitment of prayer and support'" (p. 9).
Article includes a large colour photo of the primatial cross with caption: "The primatial cross is the only official symbol of the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. It was presented to General Synod in 1937 after the submission of numerous designs. The cross is made of silver gilt and features the arms of General Synod and of the four original dioceses of the Canadian church".
Four page insert (1-4) included with September 2020 issue of Anglican Journal. Colour insert with seven (7) individual articles indexed separately.
"The election of a new primate [the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls] and the establishment of a self-determining Indigenous Anglican church were only some of the highlights of the 42nd General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, which met July 10-16 in Vancouver. In these seven days, General Synod took concrete steps in helping realize the dream of a fully self-determining Anglican Church of Canada and advance reconciliation. It affirmed the creation of the Jubilee Commission, tasked with finding 'just, sustainable and equitable' ways of funding the Indigenous church. Synod also approved the creation of a permanent committee to carry on the work of the Primate's Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice, established in 2013. And, in a speech that brought many members of General Synod to their feet, outgoing Primate Archbishop Fred Hiltz apologized, on behalf of the church, for the spiritual harm it had historically inflicted on Indigenous peoples". "A vote to replace the 'Book of Common Prayer's' existing prayer for the conversion of the Jews with a new prayer for reconciliation with them -- written in consultation with the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus, and approved by the Prayer Book Society of Canada (PBSC) -- passed its first reading". "The same day, General Synod signed on to and endorsed 'A Common Word', a letter inviting Christians and Muslims to dialogue". A resolution of sorts was reached on the often painful discussion of same-sex marriage, with the House of Bishops recommending dioceses make their own decisions on the matter in the wake of a vote against changing the marriage canon. There were also votes urging the church to adopt new ecological practices, the approval of new liturgical texts, and much more -- all of it made possible by the donations of Anglicans like you".
"Canadian Roman Catholics have expressed the hope that the Anglican Church of Canada will seek input from ecumenical partners as it continues discussion concerning a resolution to amend the church's marriage canon to allow same-sex marriage. The marriage canon resolution was among matters discussed at a joint meeting of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops' Dialogue (ARCB) and the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada (ARC Canada). Anglican Bishop Linda Nicholls, ARC Canada co-chair, reported on last summer's Anglican-Lutheran Joint Assembly which included an explanation of the said resolution passed by General Synod. Nicholls assured Catholic representatives that since the resolution calls for 'broad consultation', this could be interpreted to include consultation with the church's ecumenical partners, including the Roman Catholic Church, said Archdeacon Bruce Myers, General Synod's co-ordinator for ecumenical and interfaith relations, who attended the meeting. The ARCB also agreed that Anglican and Catholic bishops could have issued a joint declaration, instead of separate statements, about the controversial Charter of Values and the proposed end-of-life care legislation in Quebec, which would have offered 'an even stronger Christian witness', said Myers". [Text of entire article.]
"Anglican churches joined the broader Peterborough, Ont., community in an outpouring of support and generosity for the members of the city's only mosque, the Masjid Al-Salaam, which was torched by arson in a probable hate crime late in the evening of November 14 . The clericus of the regional deanery of Peterborough donated an initial $250 and called on all deanery parishes to match this amount, which should bring in several thousand dollars, according to Dean Gloria Master". "All Saints' and St. Luke's Anglican parishes offered to provide the mosque's members with worship, meeting, and educational facilities". "'The community has responded very admirably to declare its opposition to this act', said [Bishop Linda] Nicholls, area bishop for Trent-Durham (diocese of Toronto). She drove to Peterborough and personally delivered a letter of support and condolence to the mosque". "On Twitter, the Peterborough mosque tweeted this comment: 'There are no words to describe how amazing[ly] our community has represented itself as a giving, loving, peaceful and supportive community'."
"On Sept. 18 , the Anglican Health and Community Network (AHCN) and Anglican Alliance called for an emergency meeting of the G7 countries to address 'hoarding and wastage' of vaccines. 'Globally over 5.5 billion vaccine doses have now been administered, but 80 per cent have been administered in high-and upper-middle income countries. Meanwhile, Africa's vaccination coverage is at 2 per cent', the two groups said in a news release. Formed in April , the AHCN supports Anglicans around the world who work in health care. The Anglican Alliance helps coordinate Anglican churches and agencies to fight poverty and injustice. Also in April, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, joined nearly 150 religious leaders around the world in signing an open letter that called for equal global access to COVID-10 vaccines". "Meanwhile, the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) announced in April the launch of its Vaccine Equity Fund, intended to contribute to the global vaccination effort. Donations to the fund go to support PWRDF's partners as they vaccinate people in some of the world's most vaccine-poor countries".
"Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will visit Canada from April 29 to May 3 , accepting an invitation from Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and National Indigenous Archbishop Mark MacDonald" (p. 1). He will meet with "Indigenous leaders in three communities: Prince Albert, Sask., Six Nations of the Grand River and Toronto. During his visit, Welby will hear from residential school survivors, visit Indigenous communities and share in the Anglican Church of Canada's work of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples" (p. 8). "Nicholls said the invitation to Welby emerged out of conversations between herself and the national Indigenous archbishop regarding the role of Anglican missionaries and clergy in forging relationships with Indigenous people prior to the setting up of colonial government in Canada" (p. 8). "MacDonald said that to this day, many Indigenous people look to the Crown, the Church of England and in particular the Archbishop of Canterbury 'as a guarantor of the treaties and of their ongoing rights in the Canadian project'" (p. 8). "Welby previously visited Canada in 2018 for a meeting of primates from North and South America, and in 2014 to discuss issues such as reconciliation and same-sex marriage with then-primate Fred Hiltz" (p. 8).
The Anglican diocese of the Arctic has given notice that it will not employ anyone who does not conform to a strict moral code. Questions are being raised as to whether their decision to not hire gays contravenes the Canadian Human Rights Act.