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Welcome, Rest and Dignity at the Open Door

(Photo: David Chapman)

In March, an Anglican mission group from Ontario spent four days at the Open Door, a homeless day shelter in Montreal. Sharon Dewey Hetke participated in a round-table discussion with The Rev. David Chapman, Director of the Open Door.  Chapman, who attends Emmaus Fellowship, an ANIC parish in Montreal, spoke about his work and about the clients he serves – who have become like his “extended family.” This interview was distilled from that discussion.

TAP: When we first toured the centre, it was remarkable to see the beautiful stained glass, the worn wood floors, and so many folks sleeping on the pews!

DC: Yes, well, a typical night outside for our clients involves

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Catherine Sider Hamilton

(Photo: Sue Careless)

After the recent consecration in Toronto Sue Careless spoke with Catherine Sider Hamilton, who is the priest-in-charge at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Riverdale and Assistant Professor in New Testament and Greek at Wycliffe College.

ON JAN. 6th, the day before the controversial consecration of three new bishops in the Diocese of Toronto (see p. 6 for story), the Rev. Dr. Catherine Sider Hamilton wrote personally to Archbishop Colin Johnson, her diocesan bishop:

“As one of the concerned clergy and laypeople in this diocese I want to thank you for your willingness to hear the deep dismay

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Joey Royal 

The Rev. Joey Royal (centre) with his ATTS students Martha Kunuk, Esau Tatatoapik, Nina Kautuq, Sarassie Arragutainaq, Manasee Ulayuk and Annie Keenainak in St Jude’s cathedral.

Photo: Lucas Attagutsiak  

Sharon Dewey Hetke talks with the Rev. Joey Royal about this Fall’s reopening of the Arthur Turner Training School in the Diocese of the Arctic, and about teaching with the Scriptures at the centre of the classroom.

 TAP: Tell us about the beginnings of ATTS.

JR: The Arthur Turner Training School first opened in Pangnirtung [on Baffin Island] and ran for 34 years. Many of our Indigenous clergy over the years have been trained at ATTS. The building we were using was a little mission hospital but it became unusable – the climate in the Arctic takes its toll

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Howard Edwards 

Mchungaji (Pastor) Howard Edwards and his family divide their time between Kingston, ON and ministry in Tanzania. Howard was recently made a Deacon by Bishop John Adiema in the Diocese of Rorya, Anglican Church of Tanzania, and will be priested in December 2016. Sharon Dewey Hetke talked with him recently in Kingston.


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TAP: Tell me about ACrossMission and its focus.

HE: We work in Northwest Tanzania, in the Mara region, and we work across denominations. I would say that about half of our supported ministries are Anglican. They’re a wonderful group of Indigenous Tanzanian pastors.

TAP: How did you first became connected with mission work?

HE: I met Bishop Mwita Akiri from Tanzania in the foyer of Wycliffe College where I was studying. It was an interesting conversation, and ended with “You should come and visit Tarime.” So I went and a lot of the things that I presumed about the church in the Developing World were shaken away. I found a church with very knowledgeable, very gifted pastors who were living in very hard physical circumstances

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Kate Bowler: Understanding the Prosperity Gospel

(Photo: Duke University) 

Dr. Kate Bowler is assistant professor of History of Christianity in North America at Duke University and author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (Oxford, 2013), which traces the rise of a Christian belief that emphasizes faith, wealth, health and victory. Her recent diagnosis with stage 4 cancer has cast a shadow on her life and work, but has also, paradoxically, led to a deeper spiritual understanding in the midst of suffering and loss. Roseanne Kydd interviewed her this past April.

RK: Could you define the Prosperity Gospel for us?

KB: It’s known either as the Prosperity Gospel (PG), or sometimes Health and Wealth Gospel where God desires all to be healthy and wealthy in this lifetime. In the eighties they called it the Name It and Claim It

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