Among those whom we’ve reached out to for reflection are renowned Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, who spoke with us on why churches are losing members—and how Christians might see God’s work in this trend. We also hear from Bishop Maria Griselda Delgado del Carpio, of the Episcopal Church of Cuba, who tells us how her church made new disciples in the face of state-imposed atheism.
Since the young are the future of the church, we also asked for the thoughts of some Anglicans aged 20-40 on what needs to be done. We heard from Canon Martha Tatarnic, rector, St. George’s Anglican Church, St. Catharines, Ont.; the Rev. Cole Hartin, assistant curate, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Saint John, N.B.; the Rev. Orvin Lao, community connections pastor, Little Trinity, Toronto; the Rev. Alison Hari-Singh, assistant curate, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Toronto; Shilo Clark, youth member, Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples; Canon Jeffrey Metcalfe, canon theologian, diocese of Quebec and interim priest, St. Michael’s, Sillery, Que.; and the Rev. Leigh Silcox, PhD, priest-in-charge, St. Matthias’ Anglican Church, Toronto.
Of course, you’ll find more reflection on the present and future of the church in monthly columns by Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop Mark MacDonald—as well as in a letter from Anglican Journal Editor Matthew Townsend. And, speaking of letters, our correspondence from readers includes two missives concerning one Canadian Anglican who attracted controversy this fall (background courtesy of the CBC).
This issue also keeps you up-to-date on some other recent developments in your church, including the election of a new bishop for the diocese of Athabasca, and the appointment of the Anglican Church of Canada’s new director of communications. You’ll also get a briefing on discussions from the November meeting of Council of General Synod (CoGS), on church finances, racial justice, the next meeting of Sacred Circle and the funding of the self-determining Indigenous Anglican church.
Read this issue’s articles on anglicanjournal.com or download the pdf version of the full issue here.