Letter to the editor from Capt. Canon Al Knight responding to December 2005 letter from M. Lane about the Diocese of the Arctic's decision to not employ homosexuals. "The church is called to stamp out sin by the blood of the Lamb rather than encourage it".
"In this paper I want to look critically at the BAS [Book of Alternative Services] from the perspective of one who cares deeply for liturgical reform. I will examine it in relation to three different questions which, taken together, give a broadly based perspective on the text's approach to Christian activity in the world: To what extent does the liturgy reflect an understanding of corporate and structural evil ? How is God described ? And, what expectations for the `aeternum' and the `parousia' are evident ? Each section of this paper will consider various prayers drawn from the different liturgies in the BAS and offer some preliminary evaluation in response to the above questions. The final section of the paper will contain some conclusions".
See also Letters to the Editor in the All Saints issue (vol. 3, no. 3) pp. 2-4 for responses to this article.
"Addresses by the Most Reverend Edward W. Scott at the Ten Days for World Development workshop, St. Stephen, N.B., Saturday, March 17, 1979". -- p. 3.
"It was not an easy day for the Archbishop. Not only did he present prepared talks, but responded spontaneously to the small group discussions held throughout the all day sessions, prepared the 150 who attended who attended to see the controversial film 'Controlling Interest', and brought the workshop to a close with a summation of what he felt was happening during the day". -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction -- Opening Remarks -- Response to Discussion Groups -- Response to Film Reports (Film: 'Controlling Interest') -- Closing Remarks to the Workshop.
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"Regarding the letters 'Cherry-picking God's advice' and 'As a role model, Cherry is the pits' (January 2020 issue, p. 5), I am neither a fan of pro hockey nor of Don Cherry, but it struck me that it would have been a more Christian response not to kick someone when they're down. Have letter writers Judith Butler and John Whitmore never spent time in the proverbial penalty box ? ... I'm not surprised that the January issue deals with the church's rate of decline. Rampant hypocrisy is one of our main challenges".
"As a young Christian I was captivated by Jesus' vision for our human community rooted in love and lived with mercy, compassion, justice and human dignity". "Yet me experience of God's community revealed that we could also be the place where human desires could wage battle in jealousy, rivalry, power or other manifestations of broken boundaries. The church is a living paradox with a vision of the possibilities for healthy, whole human community in relationship with God ... alongside the capacity to harm and hurt one another deliberately and accidentally through human weakness, misunderstandings and sun. Over the past few months, we have seen this paradox revealed as allegations of misconduct led to the resignation of Mark MacDonald and #ACCtoo raised concerns about the ways in which the church handles allegations of sexual misconduct". "It is understandable that when any of these things happen, anger boils over at the disparity between out vision and our reality. We want the church to be perfect now. We want it to be a safe haven in a broken world. When it is not, our disillusionment is painful. Some walk away from the Church at our hypocrisy. Some lash out in anger. Others acknowledge the paradoxical tension that we always live with and dig in to the hard work of transforming hearts, minds and systems to come closer to the reality we desire -- the kingdom of God". "May our Church be humble about its weaknesses yet committed to its vision of transformation into the vision of the kingdom of God".
Author is "the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada".
"For Christians ... spiritual wholeness is found in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. ... Any break in that relationship -- sin -- has an effect of our whole lives. The harmony of our life is disrupted and we are not well. We all have experienced how guilt or hurts given to others disrupt our lives with emotional and mental pain and destroyed social relationships. Our health is restored as much through forgiveness and grace as it is through medicine and therapy. That is why our wholeness is found in a partnership between the wisdom and gifts of medicine and the gifts of pastoral care and the sacraments. The former restores the harmony of body and mind, while the latter restores the harmony of relationship with God and one another -- our deepest values and beliefs about who and why we are. This partnership is particularly demonstrated in the work of chaplains in hospitals and nursing homes". "It was my joy to share this partnership in parish ministry with a team of clergy and a parish nurse. The parish nurse was a key link between the physical, mental, social and spiritual aspects of the lives of parishioners, knowing how to connect with the medical systems and linking needs for sacramental or pastoral care with the clergy and pastoral caregivers".
"Archbishop Linda Nicholls is the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada".
"[By] The Primate's Theological Commission Anglican Church of Canada".
At head of title: Wrestling with God : Book 2.
The second in a series of theological workbooks from the Primate's Theological Commission which was established in 1995. The Commission is composed of ten persons and chaired by Bishop Victoria Matthews.
Includes bibliography ( p. 104-105) and index.
This second book in the series by the Primate's Theological Commission looks at a "set of questions clustered around How then do we turn to God ? Here we look first at the human condition and the Christian condition, at the meaning of conversion, sin, and grace. And then, having turned initially to God (again an ongoing process), how are we nourished in the Christian life ? By prayer (including mystical prayer and the sacraments). What is the relations between prayer and Christian living ? How then, should we live ? The group presents various understandings of what it means to live in the Spirit, followed by one member's view of what the Christian life entails." -- Intro. p. 6.
Contents: Preface / Victoria Matthews -- Introduction / Joanne McWilliam -- Sin and Grace -- Nourished by Grace -- How Then Should We Live ? -- Ways to Use this Book -- Contributors -- Bibliography -- Index of Explanatory Notes.
Contents of Sin and Grace section: Key Questions -- Different views on sin / Members of the PTC [Primate's Theological Commission] -- 11 September 2001 / Members of the PTC -- 1. Turning away from God / Joanne McWilliam -- 2. God's free gift of grace / Robert Crouse -- 3. Conversion: opening to love / Eileen Scully.
Nourished by Grace section divided into two sub-sections: The Sacraments -- Prayer.
Contents of Nourished by Grace: The Sacraments sub-section: Key Points -- The Sacraments: a means of grace / Robert Crouse -- Baptism in the New Testament / Edith Humphrey -- Grace in Baptism / Eileen Scully -- The Baptismal Covenant: Book of Alternative Services -- The Eucharist / Joanne McWilliam -- The Eucharist in the Book of Common Prayer / Robert Crouse -- The Eucharist in the Book of Alternative Services / Walter Deller -- Some questions about "sacrifice" in the liturgy / David Reed -- Penance / Joanne McWilliam and Victoria Matthews -- Confirmation / Robert Crouse -- Matrimony / David Reed -- Ordained Ministry / Walter Deller -- Anointing / David Reed and Laverne Jacobs.
Contents of Nourished by Grace: Prayer sub-section: Requests -- 1. Individual and corporate prayer / Victoria Matthews -- 2. Mysticism: union with God / Robert Crouse -- 3. Mysticism in the modern age / David Reed -- 4. Pilgrimage / Joanne McWilliam -- 5. Santiago de Compostela / Victoria Matthews -- 6. Contemplation and action / Eileen Scully.
Contents of How Then Should We Live section: Key Questions -- 1. The life of the Spirit / Members of the PTC -- 2. Christian moral life / Christopher Lind -- 3. Discernment and discipleship / Eileen Scully -- 4. Native and Christian / Laverne Jacobs -- 5. Evangelicals and salvation / David Reed -- 6. The language of morality / Christopher Lind -- 7. Reverence towards creation / Laverne Jacobs -- 8. Jubilee / Victoria Matthews -- 9. Contextual theology / Christopher Lind -- Financial stewardship: Questions / Members of the PTC -- Breaking the law of love / Laverne Jacobs and Eileen Scully -- The Saskatchewan farm crisis / Christopher Lind -- 10. Spiritual healing / David Reed -- 11. Mission today / Members of the PTC.
"For a number of years, it has been very important for me to research and discuss the communal nature of sin and evil. Often, this is referred to as systemic evil. Under this category, we have mentioned things like the Doctrine of Discovery, racism and colonialism." "We must examine our own individual conscience and deal with sin and evil in ourselves at a personal level. This is an indispensable component of our participation in God's plan to overcome sin, evil and death, both corporate and individual". "We cannot join the struggle against systemic evil without taking responsibility for our own entanglement in it. We are wounded by systemic evil and, at the same time, wound others and God's creation. Lent is a time for us to enter, afresh, the gift of repentance and walk the way of the cross towards new life -- for ourselves, for humanity, and for creation".
Author is "national Indigenous archbishop of the Anglican Church of Canada".