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Revive — equipping lay leaders

Revive: Equipping lay leaders to be spiritual leaders Revive is a small-group discipleship programme that celebrates the dedicated service of lay leaders and helps them grow into deeper relationship with God. A new programme offered by Forward Movement seeks to inspire and reinvigorate lay leaders of the church. Created by the Rev. Canon Dawn Davis, Revive is…

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A Word to the Church from General Synod

A Word to the Church: Considering the proposed amendment of Marriage Canon XXI This Word to the Church was passed by consensus by the Council of General Synod on March 16, 2019.BY GENERAL SYNOD COMMUNICATIONS ON 16 MARCH 2019 NOTE: The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada is comprised of lay and clerical representatives…

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Just when you thought you missed Saint Paddy’s

You didn’t miss Saint Paddy’s after all Even if you did take in Saint Patrick’s Day, you can never get enough home-made real Irish Stew There is absolutely no reason not to do Saint Paddy’s Day twice. Or if you missed it on the 17th, you’re in luck — the ‘wee people’ are still around!…

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The truth about St Patrick’s Day

The truth about St Patrick’s Day James Farrelly — Religion News Service 15 March 2019. Republished from The Conversation under Creative Commons Licence. In 1997, my students and I traveled to Croagh Patrick, a mountain in County Mayo, as part of a study abroad program course on Irish literature I was teaching for the University…

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Weeping, praying, and standing with our Muslim neighbours

Weeping, praying, and standing with our Muslim neighbours BY FRED HILTZ, ARCHBISHOP AND PRIMATE ON MARCH 15, 2019 — The Anglican Church of Canada Our hearts are aching for Muslims across our country and around the world in the wake of the massacre of so many faithful Muslims in the midst of their Friday prayers in Christchurch, Aotearoa-New Zealand.…

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Ashes: Should they stay or should they go?

Ashes: Should they stay or should they go? By SCOTT GUNN, Executive Director, Forward Movement · Published 5 March 2019. Used with permission. There are a few predictable moments on churchy social media. You can expect that ’round about November, people will start arguing about how to keep Advent and what colors to use for vestments.…

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Pancakes and Shrove Tuesday?

Pancakes and Shrove Tuesday? What’s the connection with Shrove Tuesday and pancakes and what about ‘mardi gras’ According to Wikipedia, “The tradition of marking the start of Lent has been documented for centuries. Ælfric of Eynsham‘s Ecclesiastical Institutes from around 1000 AD states: ‘In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess…

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New resources for Social Justice

Social Justice and Advocacy – resources A collection of resources for learning about social justice issues Jesus’ teachings make it clear that we are called to care for the poor and for those in need. The resources here are to provide some references about needs and to foster thinking about how best to engage intentionally…

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Parish rolls out new programme and valentines

New learning programme and valentines Yes, we know. There’s no feast day in the Church for Valentine but when the customary day is not far off, what d’ya do. Plus it was a great way to connect young and old. It was the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany but a few days later, it would be…

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Acknowledging the painful errors of our past

Acknowledging the painful errors of our past By Mark Macdonald 29 January 2019, The Anglican Journal A few decades ago, I heard a classmate-friend give a comparison and an example that has been clinging to me since. He had been a conscientious objector serving as a medic in Vietnam. Speaking of the intense preparations to be ready for surgeries…

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