The Council of General Synod (CoGS) has decided not to ask General Synod 2010 to amend church laws to allow for the marriage of same-sex couples. CoGS is the official arm of the Anglican Church of Canada that meets twice a year between the triennial national synods. It recently convened May 8-10 in Mississauga.
On May 27 Madam Justice J.A. Milanetti issued her judgement awarding the Diocese of Niagara over $75,000 in court costs following a March 20 hearing on the temporary use of church properties. The Diocese had requested $236,893.03. This award has been made against the clergy and churchwardens of St George’s in Lowville; St Hilda’s in Oakville; and the Church of the Good Shepherd in St Catharines who have all affiliated with the Anglican Network in Canada and are being sued by the Diocese. ANiC hopes its Legal Fund will be able to cover these costs, otherwise the wardens and clergy will face personal debt. A later trial will determine permanent ownership of the properties.
March was a busy month for bishops and bishops-elect. One archbishop announced his retirement; one suffragan bishop was elected; and the election of another suffragan bishop was deferred.
The number of teenage atheists is rising at a much faster rate than their parents, setting up what could be a potentially serious threat to organized religion, which is already struggling to regain momentum after years of declining attendance.
On April 12, Bishop Don Harvey, moderator of the Anglican Network in Canada, informally welcomed St John’s Sudanese Anglican Church into the year-old organization. With 5,000 Sudanese in the Greater Vancouver area, many with an orthodox Anglican background, there seemed to be a clear need to plant a Sudanese Anglican church.