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Desire of the Everlasting Hills, A Film by Courage Int.
"Here are three intimate and candid portraits of Catholics who try to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith, and homosexuality:
Dan, a gregarious artist who spent his life hiding a deep sense of isolation from those who loved him;
Rilene, a successful businesswoman who realized that twenty-five years with her partner did not provide the fulfillment she had hoped for;
and Paul, an international model who, after a life of self-indulgence, found grace in the last place he expected."
Tracking Christian Sexual Morality in a Same-Sex Marriage Future
On June 4, Bishop Lydia Mamakwa was installed as bishop of Mishamikoweesh, the new indigenous diocese in the Anglican Church of Canada. Photos: Anglican Video
It was a historic day for the Anglican Church of Canada as it celebrated the birth of the first indigenous diocese and the installation of its first bishop in Kingfisher Lake, Ont.
The Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh’s installation service for Bishop Lydia Mamakwa was held in a school gymnasium that had been transformed for the occasion with red and white banners, garlands and a profusion of flowers around the altar. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, offered the homily. Archbishop David Ashdown, metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Rupert’s Land, formally seated Mamakwa as bishop and blessed the episcopal chair. National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald participated and offered a reflection. The service was in English and Oji-Cree. Bishops from across the country attended, along with many members of the 400-person Kingfisher Lake First Nation, which is located 350 km north of Sioux Lookout, Ont.
Staying Put | First Things
Peter J. Leithart, May 23, 2014
When tensions grow among us, many consider their church environment as less than ideal and ask themselves, "Should I go or stay?" Here is an article by a well-known Presbyterian clergyman, Peter Letihart, that will give you pause for thought.
The (Rolling) Stone That the Builders Rejected
January 30, 2014
By Sam Sawyer, From Patheos.com
I started out yawning at the Pope Francis cover at Rolling Stone. Then I read it, and was frustrated and saddened. But after a day of trying to ignore it, and hoping that I wouldn’t have to bother writing about it (and with a helpful challenge from another Patheos blogger), I think it might deserve more than just a dismissal.
Making Gay Okay
How Rationalizing Homosexuality is Changing Everything
Robert R. Reilly
Available from Ignatius Press
At stake in the rationalization of homosexual behavior is the notion that human beings are ordered to a purpose that is given by their Nature. The understanding that things have an in-built purpose is being replaced by the idea that everything is subject to man's will and power, which is considered to be without limits. This is what the debate over homosexuality is really about-the Nature of reality itself. The outcome of this dispute will have consequences that reach far beyond the issue at hand.
"A rare tour de force on a defining question of our time."
- Robert Royal, PhD, President, Faith & Reason Institute
Andrew White: Being Jesus in the Kill Zone Christianity Today
May 6, 2014
Iraq is worse than ever. So says Andrew White, vicar of St. George's Anglican Church in Baghdad, where he pastors the only Anglican church in Iraq. Since March, 2,100 people have died in sectarian violence. With 260,000 Christians left in the country, where 1.5 million Christians used to live, White works for reconciliation between religious and political factions in one of the world's most volatile areas.
The ACA and ACI (Canada) write a letter to the House of Bishops, Primate
April 28, 2014
On April 28, the Anglican Communion Alliance and the Anglican Communion Institute (Canada) wrote a letter to the House of Bishops and the Primate critiquing the recently formed Marriage Commission. With the deadline for submissions to the Marriage Commission being set for September 20, 2014, we wanted to register our concern for the lack of representation of members who exclusively support the traditional view of marriage to the assembled House of Bishops prior to the closing of submissions. The House of Bishops began their week-long meeting on April 28 at Mount Carmel, Niagara.
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Invitation for Submissions to the Commission of the Marriage Canon
Anglican Church of Canada
April 28, 2014
In 2013, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada passed a resolution directing the drafting of a motion to change Canon XXI on marriage. This proposed change to church law would “allow the marriage of same-sex couples in the same way as opposite-sex couples, and that this motion should include a conscience clause so that no member of the clergy, bishop, congregation or diocese should be constrained to participate in or authorize such marriages against the dictates of their conscience.” This motion will be considered by the 2016 General Synod.
Marriage Canon Commission Begins Work, Anglican Journal
April 4, 2014
In a few weeks, the Anglican Church of Canada’s commission on the marriage canon will invite Anglicans in Canada and across the Communion, as well church ecumenical partners, to offer their views about changing the marriage canon (church law) to allow same-sex marriage.
Marriage Canon Commission Members Announced - Anglican Journal
January 6, 2014
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, today announced the appointment of the members of a commission that will carry out a broad consultation about changing the marriage canon (church law) to allow same-sex marriage.
"The 160-Year History Behind What's Happening in the Ukraine Today" - Philip Jenkins, Christianity Today
March 5, 2014
Image: Rumlin/Wikimedia Commons
In recent days, the Crimean peninsula has been at the heart of what some have described as the greatest international crisis of the 21st century. But this is not the first time the region has been so critical to international affairs. Many educated people have at least heard of the great struggle known as the Crimean War (1853-56), although its causes and events remain mysterious to most non-specialists.
If the conflict is remembered today, it resonates through the heroic charitable efforts of Florence Nightingale and the foundation of modern nursing. Actually, that earlier war deserves to be far better known as a pivotal moment in European religious affairs. Without knowing that religious element, moreover—without a sense of its Christian background—we will miss major themes in modern global affairs, in the Middle East and beyond.