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Desiring the Kingdom: Christian Formation in the Here and Now

You become what you love more than what you think. Liturgies are those shaping practices that direct our desires to God's Kingdom, transforming our hearts through worship. 

ACA 2014 Advent Letter

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The Season of Advent

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Advent Week 1
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Archbishop on the Commission's Challenges and the Way Forward | Episcopal News Service


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November 17, 2014

[Lambeth Palace] In his presidential address to the General Synod on Nov. 17, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby spoke about the issues faced by the Anglican Communion and possible ways forward.

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Pro-Choice Groups Merge Amid Abortion Access Concerns | CBC
By Laura Payton

November 14, 2014

Three pro-choice groups in Canada are merging to try to increase their reach and influence on issues related to sexual and reproductive rights.

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The Rise of Christianity in China | FT Magazine
Jamil Anderlini in Beijing

November 7, 2014


As he stood in the hot sun and watched a dozen earth movers smash through the walls of the Sanjiang church, Mr Dai felt a great sadness and also fear – for himself and for the future of his fellow Christians. “There were so many police blocking the road and surrounding mountains. They had cut off power to the whole area and blacked out mobile phone coverage and they were trying to stop anybody coming near,” he says. 


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Commission Reviews Opinions on Same-Sex Marriage | Anglican Journal
By Leigh Anne Williams

November 6, 2014

When the deadline for making submissions to the Commission on the Marriage Canon passed at the end of September, 222 individual Anglicans, two dioceses, seven parishes, one theological college, one ecumenical partner and several Anglican organizations had shared their views about the possibility of altering the marriage canon to allow for same-sex marriages.


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Author Claims Abortion is Bad for Mothers and Society
Author Ian Gentiles is Interviewed by Michael Coren on SunNews

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Mark Labberton: This is the Best of Times for Following Jesus
Interview by Derek Rishmawy

October 30, 2014


Photo courtesy of Fuller Theological Seminary


Following Jesus has never been an easy task. All the same, from the time of the disciples until today, Christians have been called to strap on their sandals, so to speak, and walk the road their Lord calls them down. While the basic New Testament call remains the same, though, each age places unique speed-bumps and detours along the path of discipleship. In Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today (InterVarsity Press) Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, gives a bracing assessment of the challenges facing the North American church, as well as a hopeful invitation to trust the promises of God as we respond to the call of Jesus in the world. Derek Rishmawy, a minister to students and young adults in California, spoke with Labberton about that vision.

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Marriage for the Common Good 
By James K.A. Smith

Tis the season to make weekend forays to events that will light up Facebook and swamp Instagram with a deluge of sepia photographs. Years of hopes pinned on Pinterest will become a reality as we dance long into the night. 


Nope, it's not Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo. It's your cousin's wedding.



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Tracking Christian Sexual Morality in a Same-Sex Marriage Future | The Witherspoon Institute

August 11, 2014

Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to think pornography, cohabitation, hook-ups, adultery, polyamory, and abortion are acceptable. And it’s reasonable to expect continued change in more permissive directions.


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Desire of the Everlasting Hills, A Film by Courage Int.

Film Synopsis

"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."


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Tracking Christian Sexual Morality in a Same-Sex Marriage Future
By Mark Regnerus

August 11, 2014


Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to think pornography, cohabitation, hook-ups, adultery, polyamory, and abortion are acceptable. And it’s reasonable to expect continued change in more permissive directions.


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'The Liberal Delusion', A Book Synopsis By John Marsh  | Anglican Mainstream

Aug. 4, 2014

Of course there is a good side to liberalism: greater freedom and equality, tolerance, better treatment for women and for racial and sexual minorities, a concern for fairness and social justice. So what’s the problem? In some case the problems have arisen by taking liberal values to excess: the pendulum has swung too far; liberty has become licence – this has happened I believe with freedom. So I argue for a reappraisal of liberalism which keeps the good aspects, and rejects those that harms society. I am not arguing for a total rejection of liberalism. The flaws in liberalism I have called THE LIBERAL DELUSIONS...

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Christian Principles Hold Steady as the System Worsens, New York Times

By James K.A. Smith, June 25, 2014

Christianity isn't incompatible with free markets. But it may be incompatible with modern capitalism and its growing inequality and exploitation.

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The New College 'Thought Police', CNN.com

By Jay Parini, June 13, 2014

There has always been a fine line between freedom of speech and the right to practice one's religion in the way one sees fit. The Founding Fathers struggled over these rights in framing the First Amendment, with Thomas Jefferson calling for "a wall of separation" between church and state -- a wall that has become mighty thin in recent years.


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Colleges and Evangelicals Collide on Bias Policy | New York Times

By Michael Paulson, June 9, 2014


BRUNSWICK, Me. — For 40 years, evangelicals at Bowdoin College have gathered periodically to study the Bible together, to pray and to worship. They are a tiny minority on the liberal arts college campus, but they have been a part of the school’s community, gathering in the chapel, the dining center, the dorms.


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First Indigenous Diocese Celebrated, Anglican Journal

ByLeigh Anne Williams, June 6, 2014

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. 

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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.


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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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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"The 160-Year History Behind What's Happening in the Ukraine Today" - Philip Jenkins, Christianity Today

March 5, 2014


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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.


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10 Things I like about Going to An Anglican Church

By Erin Ortlund

 

My family has been part of St. Aidan Anglican Church in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, for over 5 years now. I grew up Presbyterian, with a foray into the Vineyard Christian Fellowship during my college years, so I’m rather surprised to find myself here! I can’t say much about the wider Anglican Communion, or even other congregations in the Anglican Church of Canada, but here are 10 reasons I like worshipping with our specific body of believers:

 

The liturgy: Our church uses the Book of Alternative Services (BAS), which is similar to the Book of Common Prayer, but with more modern language. I have grown to love it, as the liturgical prayers have become familiar and soul-nourishing

 

The Eucharist: The Eucharist (communion) is the central part of the worship service, and it happens every week. It starts with one of several Eucharistic prayers, either spoken or sung. 

 

The gospel focus: Our church focuses on the essentials of the Christian faith. Christ crucified, Christ risen, Christ working through us in the world. There is very little emphasis on secondary theological issues that, at least for me, can be more distracting than inspiring. I have never detected any arrogance or sense of superiority in relation to other Christian denominations. Of course, this may be due to general Canadian politeness!

 

The music: There’s a nice mix of hymns, contemporary worship choruses, Taize songs, and traditional Anglican music. Many parts of the liturgy are sung as well.

 

Emphasis on Scripture: Every week, we hear passages from the Old Testament, New Testament, Gospels, and the Psalms. The sermon always relates to one or more of these readings.

The children’s ministry: 
The preschool and elementary age children at our church use the Godly Play program for Sunday school. Every few months, St. Aidan has an intergenerational worship service, where the kids stay for the whole service, participating in music, prayer, skits, and Scripture reading. We also have an Advent Brunch every year.

 

Connection to history: I like being part of a church that’s been around for a very long time. Also, many of my favorite authors are/were Anglicans: C.S. Lewis, N.T. Wright, Madeleine L’Engle, and Alister McGrath.

 

Connection to the world: The Anglican Communion is worldwide. Our church has a special relationship with dioceses in Malaysia and England.

 

Outreach to the world: Our church has done a wide variety of outreaches, such as Operation Christmas Child, clothes drives, Vacation Bible School, outreach lunches after our church service, Habitat for Humanity projects, and ministry to immigrant high school students.

Diversity: 
We have college students, singles, families, and many elderly people. Some are lifelong Anglicans, and others have come from other faith traditions, or from none at all.

 

The original post can be found at Cheesewearing Theology

Two African Primates to Respond to Letter on Sexuality - Anglican Journal

By ACNS on February 6, 2014Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya, at Wycliffe College in Toronto in October 2013
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A second African Primate has issued a response to a recent letter by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York recalling Anglican Communion leaders' "commitment to pastoral care and friendship for all, regardless of sexual orientation".

In his response, the Archbishop of Kenya the Most Revd Eliud Wabukala said, "Christians should always show particular care for those who are vulnerable, but this cannot be separated from the whole fabric of biblical moral teaching in which the nature of marriage and family occupy a central place."

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New Prayer App

St. Meinrad Archabbey, of Saint Meinrad, Indiana, has released a new prayer app for mobile devices! Simple yet effective, this app provides opportunities for prayer and reflection during your busy day. To download the app, click the image below.

Honor Your Inner Monk - Saint Meinrad Archabbey Prayer App

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