The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer "Alongsiders" program has distributed over 2000 kits in the last seven years. The program has not only encouraged "seniors and shut-ins to pray daily but has released a powerful source of support for local congregations and churches".
"Beginning next September , the sisterhood [of St. John the Divine] plans to host up to 10 young women a year at its convent in north Toronto. Like the 36 young men and women of the Community of St. Anselm [at Lambeth Palace], participants in SSJD's Companions on the Way program will spend 12 months praying, studying and doing mission work. And like many recently founded spiritual communities, the Companions program, [Canon Sr. Constance Joanna] Gefvert says, will be inspired by new monasticism, a less formal approach to spiritual community that evolved in the late 20th century. 'The church is not going to be the same 50 years from now -- it's going to look completely different from what it looks like now. And so is the monastic life. These kinds of experiments are ways of trying to fall in with the Spirit', she says". "The only real requirement beyond those of age and sex -- the program is open to women age 22-40 -- is that would-be companions intend to be followers of Jesus, [Sr. Sue] Elwyn says". "At the heart of the Companions program will be prayer. Prayer, the sisters say, is a skill that has to be learned, and the spiritual resources the Companions will take away from the program will really come out of their prayer. Historically, say Gefvert and Elwyn, renewal in the church has often issued from the monasteries, because of the centrality of prayer, to the monastic life".
Essays first published in the Ottawa Citizen 1999-2004.
"The words that follow were written over a period of about six years. Throughout, I worked as an Anglican priest, serving in a very public way as the Dean of a Cathedral, writing about faith regularly in the newspaper, and going about my duties as pastor. .... The interweaving of personal searching with the questions and issues that were posed to me from the lives of other people created occasions to reflect deeply on the faith that I had committed my life to .... But more than being a cause for introspection, these questions called forth expression: not the proclaiming of theology to an anonymous audience that needed to hear certain things, but words that responded to things people wanted to hear about -- theology that had come through and was being spoken into the crucible of human experience. What follows in these chapters is a series of concise reflections in the form of responses to the experiences, questions, issues and situations of many people." -- Intro., pp. 7-8.
Contents: Introduction -- Who is God ? -- What is faith about ? -- How is faith lived out ? -- Is there faith in the world around me ? -- Why go to church ? -- Does prayer make a difference ? -- What role does the Bible play ? -- Is there any sense to all the confusion ? -- Conclusion.
Author is an Anglican priest and dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa.
"Since the mass shooting February 14  at a high school in Parkland, Fla., news articles have reported a backlash on social media against the practice of pledging prayer". "The Rev. Lizette Larson-Miller, a professor of theology at Huron University College at Western University in London, Ont., and the keynote speaker at an upcoming Anglican-Lutheran conference of responding to disaster through worship. says the trend speaks to 'exhaustion and, I think, a sort of righteous anger' with the way prayers are sometimes pledged. To many people, 'it almost seems rote and a very empty promise -- 'Well, we'll hold you in our prayers' -- which then becomes a substitute for actually doing something', she says". Br. James Koester, the Canadian superior of the Anglican Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) based in Cambridge, Mass.,"says that because God is unchangeable, prayer is really about changing the person praying, not trying to sway God to make things other than they are". The Rev. Laura Piotrowicz, a member of the executive of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer sees "the pledging of prayers as 'almost political currency' [and] reminds her of Jesus' condemnation of showy prayer, and exhortation to pray in private, in Matthew 6:5-6". But as well, "prayer is about learning the will of God, and being inspired to act on it. 'we know that thoughts and prayers on their own will not stop bullets or prevent floods or provide safe drinking water', she says. ... prayer can still make a difference by motivating us to advocacy or other forms of concrete action".
"Rob Hardwick, bishop of the diocese of Qu'Appelle, will spend much of his four-month sabbatical -- May 14 to Sept. 3, 2018 -- bicycling across Canada to raise money for ministry projects within the diocese and beyond. Hardwick plans to cycle from Victoria, B.C., to St. John's, Nfld., a total of about 7,877 km. With one rest day factored in each week, the trip is expected to take 82 days, with Hardwick aiming to cover 114 km. each day that he rides. This may seem a less-than-restful sabbatical, but Hardwick says that the pedalling pilgrimage will be an 'opportunity to pray -- throughout the ride -- for unity and reconciliation, and also for unity across the church'."
"'[O]ur order was not founded to be a nursing or teaching order, as many of the Roman Catholic orders were', says Sister Elizabeth Ann Eckert, the convent's reverend mother. 'We were founded first and foremost to be a community of prayer. Our original charter says that we are to work wherever God calls us'. As part of their response, the SSJD have founded hospitals and schools and provided social services. They also teach, preach, lead retreats and quiet days, make altar linens and write hymns and music". "Once numbering about 70, today the sisters are a smaller group of 20 in full life profession and four in the novitiate at the Toronto site, with an additional four at the small sister house of St. John in the Victoria, B.C". "The community combines contemporary cloister life with active mission, hospitality and community service. Pioneers in health care since the order's founding in Toronto by Hannah Grier Coome in 1884, the sisters still play a role in the hospital, providing spiritual, pastoral and library support and sitting on boards and committees. Convent funding, says Sister Elizabeth Ann, comes from many sources. These include revenues from guests, donations from supporters, pensions, diocesan support in B.C., outreach budgets, and honorariums for teaching, preaching and leading workshops".
Article includes inset piece "The Way of Life" about the Sisterhood.
The primate invites ALL Anglican to the General Synod meeting that will take place in Halifax in June 2010. "Some of you may be thinking .. 'Me ? The Primate's inviting me to General Synod ? I am not a delegate. I am not an observer and I am not a guest'. No, but you are a faithful parishioner, a member of your diocesan family, and a contributor to our church's commitment to God's mission in Canada and throughout the world". After reviewing the major agenda items including Vision 2019, conversations about human sexuality, governance, the Primacy and the Anglican Covenant he concludes: "For this Synod, I am issuing a nationwide call to prayer. I hope every parish will organize vigils, pray daily for our delegates, partners, guests, staff, story-tellers and for me. Pray that our beloved church will be graced in new ways for its service in God's mission. Thank you for coming to Synod in this important way".
"St. Luke writes that following the Ascension of the Lord, the disciples were gathered in an upper room 'constantly devoting themselves to prayer'." "Since those first days of the church, the time between Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost has been marked by calls to prayer for strength and wisdom in bearing a faithful witness to the gospel, for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit to grace and guide the church in every age". "In the spirit of that long-standing tradition, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, in 2016, invited 'a wave of prayer' across the Church of England. The response, according to Justin Welby, was 'astonishing'. Thousands of people joined in -- not just Anglicans, but people of many other denominations, too, and not just in England, but many other countries around the world. The response inspired the archbishops to launch 'Thy Kingdom Come', a global call to prayer between Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost, 2017". Archbishop Fred Hiltz has called on the Anglican Church of Canada to participate. Article includes day by day prayer intentions with image of the logo of the 10-day global prayer initiative "Thy Kingdom Come".
"As the outgoing primate, my primary task is to call the church to prayer. In the first instance, I ask you to pray for the bishops and for wisdom in discerning whom they will nominate for the primacy. Pray for those who wrestle with that invitation and for those who accept it. Pray, too, for their families and for their dioceses". "He or she is called to an office of huge responsibility yet great privilege: leading our church in God's mission in these times; visiting all of our dioceses and territories; pastorally caring for our bishops and nurturing them for their apostolic leadership; working in a particularly close relationship with the national Indigenous Anglican bishop; representing our church throughout the Anglican Communion; strengthening our relations with over churches, particularly in Canada; writing and speaking prophetically to the issues of our times; forging relationships with people of other faith traditions and all people of goodwill dedicated to the building of a truly just, healthy and peaceful world".