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Sunday
Nov222015

Anglicans encouraged to drop Filioque from Nicene Creed

Rev. Canon John Gibaut

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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

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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….’

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(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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Friday
May012015

Syrian Christians abducted 

 (Staff) BY LATE February the number of Christian Assyrians abducted by ISIS in northeastern Syria rose to 220, as militants rounded up more hostages from a chain of thirty villages along the Kabur Rover. Thousands fled to safer grounds but the fate of the hostages remains unclear.

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Friday
May012015

FGM temporarily banned

 (Staff) IN AN EFFORT to stop the continued spread of Ebola, the government of Sierra Leone has placed a temporary ban on female genital mutilation (FGM). While more than 9,500 people have died from Ebola in West Africa, more than 3.5 million women and girls in Sierra Leone have undergone FGM. So while the decision to ban it is a positive byproduct of Ebola – a silver lining of sorts – it’s only a temporary one, motivated not by the aim to protect females from FGM, but to protect the country from Ebola.

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Friday
May012015

Recent study supports Dutch ethicist who changed his mind

 

 A RECENT STUDY has found that over one third of Dutch doctors will consider euthanizing a person who is either mentally ill, living with dementia or simply “tired of living.” The report was published Feb. 18th in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

 

An earlier study in the Lancet in 2010 found that 23% of the assisted deaths in the Netherlands were not reported and 310 assisted deaths were done without request.

 

These studies only reinforce the reasons for a Dutch ethicist’s u-turn on the issue of euthanasia.

 

Last July, Theo Boer, who was a member of a euthanasia review committee for nine years, addressed the British House of Lords on why he had changed his mind and now opposes euthanasia. Speaking in a personal capacity he explained how the Netherlands’ law has expanded its reasons for euthanasia and how the number of euthanasia deaths are constantly increasing making euthanasia “a right” rather than an exception.

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Friday
May012015

Archbishop of Canterbury opposes assisted dying

 (Staff) LORD FALCONER’S Assisted Dying Bill is set for its second reading in the British House of Lords on July 18th. The Bill would allow doctors to prescribe terminally ill patients a lethal dose of drugs. Two doctors would have to agree the person was likely to have less than six months to live, was of sound mind and had a clear intention to die.

 

Last July the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, joined the leaders of all the major faiths in Britain in issuing an unprecedented attack on Lord Falconer’s Bill, condemning it as a “grave error” which would change British society forever.

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