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Sunday
Aug282016

Refreshing the Spirit


  

(Photos: Sue Careless)

From top: Richard Foster, Sharon Garlough Brown and Nathan Foster gave keynote addresses on 

spiritual formation in May at Wycliffe College in Toronto.

By Sue Careless

A TRIO OF WRITERS offering two generations’ experience in spiritual formation recently gathered in Toronto. Richard Foster, his son, Nathan, and Sharon Garlough Brown gave keynote addresses to about 170 participants in a Refresh! conference May 6-7 at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto.

Thirty-eight years ago Richard Foster published his landmark work, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, which explored a dozen spiritual practices for the Christian life. Christianity Today named Celebration of Discipline one of the top ten books

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Sunday
Aug282016

Former street kid new bishop

(Photo: Terry J. Saunders)

John Watton started living on the street when he was only 13.

(Staff) Just days after being consecrated bishop of the Diocese of Central Newfoundland, a former street kid went off to attend General Synod.

The Rev. John Watton was elected bishop of the Diocese of Central Newfoundland after seven ballots on April 30th. He was consecrated on June 29th at St. Martin’s Cathedral in Gander, where he had served as rector for the past 11 years. He succeeds Bishop David Torraville, who served for the past decade.

Born in Manitoba, Watton moved to Newfoundland as a child and grew up in a small community not far from Gander. He told the Gander Beacon that he started living on the street

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Sunday
Aug282016

A Joyful Update

(Photo: Sue Careless)

J.I. Packer informs us that by God’s grace, his doctors recently have been able to reverse partially (not totally) the macular degeneration that was causing

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Wednesday
Jul272016

One-third / two-thirds split: Anglican Church of Canada deeply divided 

 

Bishop Lydia Mamakwa of the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh spoke against the motion.  

(Photo: Sue Careless) 

By Sue Careless

A motion to solemnize same-sex marriage that passed by one clergy vote at its General Synod has revealed just how deeply divided the Anglican Church of Canada is today. 

Moreover, pastoral letters from its Primate and several bishops sent within days of synod closing on July 12 only confirm that the Church is not of one mind.

Several bishops who had voted in favour of the motion declared they would proceed

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Friday
Jul152016

A Statement from some Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada July 15th, 2016

To all the faithful in the Anglican Church of Canada and the Anglican Communion

At its recent General Synod the Anglican Church of Canada took the first step in changing its Marriage Canon to allow for the solemnization of same sex marriages by its clergy.  The entire process, beginning with the hasty vote in 2013 and concluding with the vote and miscount this past week, has been flawed and has inflicted terrible hurt and damage on all involved.  We absolutely condemn homophobic prejudice and violence wherever it occurs, offer pastoral care and loving service to all irrespective of sexual orientation, and reject criminal sanctions against same-sex attracted people.

Though the change to the Marriage Canon would require a second vote in 2019 in order to come into effect, some bishops have vowed to proceed with same sex marriages immediately, contrary to the explicit doctrine and discipline set out in our constitution, canons and liturgies.

In passing resolution A051 R2 the General Synod has taken a further step in ordaining something contrary

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