Eighty does not seem like a big number. What is so historic about that? But it IS very significant here in Kugluktuk. Our oldest parishioners remember life in igloos. They remember life before Jesus, and became the first converts to Christianity in this part of Canada. Most Canadians don't realize that the Inuit of the Central Arctic were among the last people to be reached by the outside world -- along with the mountain tribes of New Guinea and the Amerindians in the jungles of Ecuador.
In a 2009 Lenten Meditations booklet published by the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), Jesus is portrayed as a recovering racist. The booklet’s reading for March 27 is taken from Matthew 15, which relates the familiar story in which Jesus has a discussion with a Canaanite woman. According to the ACC, "This is not a story for people who need to think that Jesus always had it together, because it looks like we've caught him being mean to a lady because of her ethnicity."
The Bishop of Niagara has informed the Archbishop of Canterbury that his south central Ontario diocese will begin blessing same-sex unions. The March edition of the Diocese of Ottawa’s newspaper also announced plans for blessing same-sex unions.
That's theologian David Reed's offering, when asked to give an alternative to the atheistic slogan that's been plastered on British buses, and will soon come to Toronto and Calgary.
The largest and oldest Chinese Anglican congregation in Canada has struck a deal to purchase the facility it has been leasing. On Jan. 29th, the Anglican Network Church of the Good Shepherd in Vancouver officially closed the purchase of the church building at 189 West 11th Ave. at $3.4 million.