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Thursday
Dec172015

Muslim-Christian gathering: Brotherly Relations in Cairo

Several Anglican leaders meet with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar. Canadian bishop Charlie Masters is on the far left.

(Photo: Reuben Y. Ng / Diocese of Egypt )


SIGNIFICANT MEETINGS in Cairo in early November helped form alliances for peace between Muslims and Christians in Sudan, South Sudan and Malaysia.

The Most Rev. Mouneer Anis, Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East, organized meetings involving Anglican leaders, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (the renowned Islamic university, mosque and centre in Cairo), and Pope Tawadros II, leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

The Most Rev. Daniel Deng, Archbishop of Sudan, thanked the Grand Imam, Ahmed el-Tayyeb, for his remarks that “have brought moderation into Sudanese society and saved lives.”

The leaders encouraged Grand Imam Ahmad el-Tayyeb to “play a role in combatting false Islamic teaching that is propagated by extremists, especially

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Thursday
Dec172015

Ambassadors for Peace program

‘People in Syria know their situation,’ says Rev. Nadim Nassar.

(Supplied Photo)

By Gavin Drake

A SYRIAN PRIEST has launched an innovative educational programme that is helping to turn young Syrian adolescents away from their feelings of hopelessness, despair and anger, and into Ambassadors for Peace – who then help to teach younger generations of Syrians.

The programme began last year in Lattakia [known biblically as Laodicea], a town on Syria’s Mediterranean coast, and has now expanded to Iraq. There is also talk

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Thursday
Dec172015

The most important Christian thinker you’ve never heard of

René Girard (1923-2015)

By Tim Perry

AFTER A RICH academic career spent mostly in California, the French philosopher and critical theorist René Girard died on November 4 at his home.  I doubt many of the Planet’s readers have heard of him. And that’s unfortunate. He is perhaps the last great twentieth century Christian thinker, and he is worthy of our most serious reflection in pulpits and pews as much as in lecture halls.

At a time when “big ideas” are sneered at as “totalitarian discourses” and Christian ideas are mocked more and more, René Girard stood

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Thursday
Dec172015

First Anglican confirmation rite in Moroccan capital

A NEW ANGLICAN congregation in Rabat has held its first confirmation service in what is believed to be the first such rite in the Moroccan capital.

The North African country has had an unbroken Anglican presence for just over 100 years with churches in Casablanca and Tangier – although the first Church of England church, in Tangier, has its origins in the time of Charles II.

Official statistics show that 99.9 per cent of the population is Muslim. Islam is the official religion

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Sunday
Nov222015

Anglicans encouraged to drop Filioque from Nicene Creed

Rev. Canon John Gibaut

(Photo: www.anglicancommunion.org)

HISTORIC AGREEMENTS have been signed between Anglican and Oriental Orthodox Churches helping to heal the oldest continuing division within Christianity.

An Agreed Statement on Christology, published in North Wales in early October by the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC), heals the centuries-old split between the Anglican Churches within the family of Chalcedonian Churches and the non-Chalcedonian Churches over the incarnation of Christ.

As well, the agreement on dropping the filioque clause of the Nicene Creed has moved the two families of churches “one step closer to as close as we can be,” a leading Orthodox bishop has said.

The ancient disagreement centres on the words “and the Son” or in Latin, filioque

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Wednesday
Oct072015

South Asia Bible Commentary ready

A ONE-VOLUME Bible commentary, written and edited by over 90 South Asian biblical scholars, is set to be released this October, and has a definite Canadian touch.

The South Asia Bible Commentary (SABC) is a project of Langham Partnership International, an organization founded by the late Anglican scholar and author John Stott.

While the 1824-page volume is primarily intended for use in the East, it could also prove

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Wednesday
May272015

New General Secretary of Anglican Communion

 

Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, new General Secretary of the Anglican Communion

(Photo: Sue Careless)

By Debra Fieguth

A WELL-KNOWN Nigerian has been appointed the new Secretary General of the Anglican Communion. Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, who has frequently visited Canada to teach and preach, will take up the London-based post in July.

He replaces Canon Kenneth Kearon, who held the position from 2005 until late last year. Kearon was recently consecrated Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, Ireland.

Idowu-Fearon comes to the job with vast experience in interfaith relations, particularly between  Islam and Christianity. He holds a Master’s degree in Islamic theology

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Wednesday
May272015

Kenyan massacre targets Christians  

Eliud Wabukala: ‘The very worst evil can do is not the last word….’

(Photo: www.anglicanink.com)

(Staff)  IN THE EARLY hours of Maundy Thursday, April 2nd, four armed terrorists went systematically through the dormitories at Garissa University, in northeastern Kenya, separating Christians from Muslims and killing the Christians. Some students had their throats slit. Others were shot; a few were reported to have been beheaded. Female students were tricked out of hiding by the gunmen’s assurance that the Koran forbids the killing of women.

At the end of the 12-hour siege 142 students lay dead, along with six policemen and soldiers, plus all the attackers. Eighty people were injured.

Al-Shabab, a Somali terrorist group allied with al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility

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Wednesday
May272015

Martyrs of Ethiopia

Grant LeMarquand:  ‘Their names are known to God.’

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Martyrs of Ethiopia

(Staff)  On Apr. 19th, ISIS released a video showing the execution of 28 Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians at two different locations in Libya. One group of captives in orange boiler suits was beheaded on an eastern beach by masked Islamic militants in camouflage. A second group in black boiler suits was shot in the head by their executioners in a southern desert. The 29-minute propaganda video refers to the victims as “worshippers of the cross belonging to the hostile Ethiopian church.”

The footage also depicts the destruction of churches in Syria and Iraq and condemns the doctrine of the Trinity as apostasy. Prior to the executions

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Wednesday
May272015

700 Women and children freed from Boko Haram 

(Staff)  IN LATE APRIL and early May the Nigerian military rescued nearly 700 women and children in an offensive against the Islamist group, Boko Haram. Some of the women had been in captivity for 11 months. None of those freed are from the group of more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group a year ago in a mass abduction.

The freed captives had been held in nine separate camps

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