New wineskins for new wine

By Alison Hari-Singh The Rev. Alison Hari-Singh is the Assistant curate, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Toronto.   The recent statistics report for the Anglican Church of Canada begs unavoidable questions: What factors account for the ongoing decline of the Anglican Church of Canada? And where is God in all of this? While 20th century theological shifts in ideas … Continue reading “New wineskins for new wine”

Demographic, cultural changes key to declining church membership: Sociologist of religion

By Matt Gardner Shifting immigration patterns and broader social changes are key factors in declining membership within the Anglican Church of Canada, according to a sociologist who studies religion in Canada. But while many Protestant denominations face similar challenges, growing congregations also exist within these traditions that share a number of common features. Joel Thiessen, a … Continue reading “Demographic, cultural changes key to declining church membership: Sociologist of religion”

The theological perils of abundance

By Rev. Maggie Helwig Not very many Anglicans have been taken in by the “prosperity gospel” in its cruder versions, and we are not likely to suppose that God actually delivers piles of cash in exchange for good behavior or fervent prayer, after the manner of a divine ATM. However, we should not let ourselves … Continue reading “The theological perils of abundance”

B.C. priest’s study finds gratitude a potential tool in fighting loneliness

By Tali Folkins Some studies suggest up to 30% of people experience chronic or long-term loneliness. Photo: De Visu/Shutterstock Prayers and other expressions of gratitude may hold significant potential in making people feel less lonely, a small study by a B.C. priest suggests. Last summer and fall, the Rev. Eric Partridge, rector at the Anglican … Continue reading “B.C. priest’s study finds gratitude a potential tool in fighting loneliness”

Outreach conference hears justice work is church work

By Murray MacAdam The “radical, revolutionary” message of Jesus can sustain us when the signs of the times can cause us to lose hope, said Thea Prescod, the keynote speaker at the diocese’s annual Outreach Conference, held Oct. 19 at Havergal College in Toronto. More than 100 Anglicans from across the diocese attended the event, … Continue reading “Outreach conference hears justice work is church work”