My Thoughts on Synod 2019

Here is my attempt to summarize the events and decisions at our General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada which is held every three years.

The first decision is, I think it would be fair to say, monumental. That is that Indigenous Anglicans now have formed their own Province within the Canadian Church. Until now there have been 4 (I hope I have that right) such Provinces each with their own Archbishop/Metropolitan with a great deal of authority. There are many Indigenous Anglicans in Canada and (I think the number is right) 11 Indigenous bishops. This is somewhat reminiscent of when the British bishops left places like Nigeria and Uganda after independence. Those churches exploded with energy and power (from 2 million to 22 million Anglicans in Nigeria for example) under their own bishops. This is the result of years of work and guidance from the Holy Spirit. Indigenous Anglicans are for the most part highly evangelical and their place in our discussions is quite powerful.


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This Sacred Thing: Marriage

We all know the plot of the romantic comedy

  • Boy meets girl
  • Boy loses girl
  • Boy finds girl

And usually (if they are doing it right) there is some kind of party at the end. A wedding banquet or something like it.

Even Aristotle writes about this back in the day.

The Wedding is “not just a piece of paper” it is deep within our minds and hearts.


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Is Nothing Sacred Anymore?

Incumbent’s Report for the AGM February 2019
Sacred
“Is nothing sacred?” I can’t remember the last time that I heard this question. Throughout history (until now) human beings have marked the course of life with sacred events. As Christians these sacred events have been: baptism, confirmation, marriage, sacraments for the sick and dying and burial of the dead. This is all within the context of our weekly Eucharist. In our culture, these things have faded; and, as we can also see, if we deny the sacredness of things (and of human life itself) we begin to treat life carelessly.
 

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