Diana Butler Bass: Gratitude isn’t just an emotion Posted in: Books - Diana Butler Bass admits she’s not good at gratitude. She has trouble with keeping a gratitude journal, and she struggles writing thank-you notes. Her own personal difficulty with gratitude, as well as her long-standing interest in spiritual practices, prompted her to delve more deeply into the notion of gratitude. What she found as she… … Continue reading "Diana Butler Bass: Gratitude isn’t just an emotion"
A New Book on Joshua Posted in: Books - For many people – believers or not – the Old Testament book of Joshua is a difficult book to read. The lectionary pays scant attention to it, and doesn’t engage any of the difficult passages. I grew up in the church, and well remember the (very old!) flannel-graph portrait of Joshua: it was all about… … Continue reading "A New Book on Joshua"
What it means to be whole Posted in: Features - By Archbishop Linda Nicholls Some years ago a group in the diocese of Toronto sought to develop a healing centre similar to that of Burrswood in England. I was on the board of that effort, and one of our first tasks was to define what it means to be whole—to be healed. This is actually… … Continue reading "What it means to be whole"
Mitigating burnout Posted in: Discussion - By Tali Folkins In 2017, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told the Church of England’s General Synod that being a parish priest was the most stressful job he had ever had. “It was isolated, insatiably demanding and I was on the whole working without close colleagues—and that wears people down,” said Welby, who has also… … Continue reading "Mitigating burnout"
Outreach conference hears justice work is church work Posted in: General, Reviews - 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"
Education and formation: A new frame for a new world Posted in: Discussion - By Mark MacDonald A simple and heartfelt acceptance of the present reality of the church’s relationship with the broader culture would bring massive, transformational changes to our educational efforts. Christendom—the era of a strong mutual relationship of the church, as an institution, with Western governments and culture—is over. Though it needs to be said that… … Continue reading "Education and formation: A new frame for a new world"
‘Sustainability Book’ offers Christian perceptive on Sustainable Development Goals Posted in: Books - A new publication, The Sustainability Book offers online texts and resources about the Sustainable Development Goals for use by congregations, gatherings, and individuals. Edited by Anne Marte Skaland and Guro Almås, The Sustainability Book is a toolbox that will help people fight for a better world. “It is this will that drives a peace activist in Cambodia, a human… … Continue reading "‘Sustainability Book’ offers Christian perceptive on Sustainable Development Goals"
Reconciliation, restoration vision for Sorrento Centre, new executive director says Posted in: Features - By Joelle Kidd The Rev. Michael Shapcott has made a habit of asking a question during the opening orientation of the Sorrento Centre’s Five Weeks of Summer, one of the centre’s signature annual programs. “I always ask, ‘Who’s here for the first time? Who’s been here for five years? Ten years?’ And so on,” says… … Continue reading "Reconciliation, restoration vision for Sorrento Centre, new executive director says"
2020 Canadian Church Calendars now in stock Posted in: Links - The 2020 Canadian Church Calendar is now available for purchase. The images represent a diversity of churches from across Canada, and verses and images feature the theme, "Light and Darkness." Order online today through Parasource or through the regional calendar representative for your area/diocese. Order now from Parasource — Printable order form Phone: 1-800-263-2664 Fax:… … Continue reading "2020 Canadian Church Calendars now in stock"
An emoji for forgiveness? It’s on the way… Posted in: Computers - Photo: Forgivemoji Hundreds of people voted for their #forgivemoji favorite when the campaign was launched and exciting design suggestions very submitted. A coalition of peace-building organizations in Finland has launched a campaign to crowdsource an emoji that symbolizes forgiveness. The idea was created by the Evangelical Lutheran church of Finland, which is also one of… … Continue reading "An emoji for forgiveness? It’s on the way…"
Four key strategies that help pastors flourish Posted in: Discussion - By Claire Cusick Composite illustration by Jessamyn Rubio. Unsplash / Photos by Victor Freitas, Sylwia Bartyzel, Anthony Tran and Gift Habeshaw. Pastors who implement practices like prioritizing their mental health or nourishing friendships flourish in their careers, the Duke Clergy Health Initiative found. Reading the Bible in the early morning quiet. Taking a walk… … Continue reading "Four key strategies that help pastors flourish"
Holy tech! Churches try new ways to connect Posted in: Computers - By Caroline Bullock "At first we didn't really know what social media meant for the church and fell into the trap of simply chasing the number of likes and followers on our Facebook page," he says. But when a parishioner credited the Facebook page for her decision to return to the church, then he… … Continue reading "Holy tech! Churches try new ways to connect"
What does Newman’s canonisation mean to Anglicans and why does it matter? Posted in: Discussion - By The Revd. Dr. Benjamin King The Revd Dr Benjamin King from the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee in Tennessee reflects on the importance of the canonisation of Newman for Anglicans. Newman's canonisation is important to Anglicans because he was a bridge between communions, transferring a Catholic vision to worldwide… … Continue reading "What does Newman’s canonisation mean to Anglicans and why does it matter?"
Joint Statement of the Occasion of the Canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman Posted in: Links - JOINT STATEMENT by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Anglican Church of Canada on the Occasion of the Canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman, 13 October 2019 Dear friends in Christ, Saint John Henry Newman was a disciple of Jesus Christ who was uniquely graced by the Holy Spirit with many… … Continue reading "Joint Statement of the Occasion of the Canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman"