Niagara Paves The Way

by Sarah Bird & Katherine Kerley The Anglican Family Hub was co-created in response to the immediate need of families, grandparents and parishioners as they embarked into a new lifestyle of isolation. The Hub came to life after the cancellation of services, gatherings and programs from the ideas and passion of a handful of CYFM […]

One Year In …

by Sarah Bird It is amazing how fast this year has flown by in my new role as the diocesan Program Consultant for Children, Youth, and Family Ministry (CYFM). Taking the time to write this article is a blessing as it allows me to reflect and celebrate the many spiritual refreshing moments, growth of new […]

Not Your Great Grandmother’s Alpha

By The Reverend Tom Vaughan Now I’m sure all of you are wondering what I am going to say about Alpha in this article. If it’s not your great grandmother’s Alpha, then what is it? First of all for some it is important to take a step back. What is Alpha? Alpha is a conversation […]

The Blessings of Hospitality

By Canon Sharyn Hall Of the many changes in our lives during this pandemic, one that we will no longer take for granted is the blessings of hospitality. Over the past year, we have been warned repeatedly that gathering together could be dangerous. The social conventions of welcoming family or friends into our homes enable […]

Ending a Plastic Pandemic Starts in Your Parish

By Irene Pang As we begin to see flickers of light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, our society is still very much in the dark of another scourge, the plastic pollution pandemic. However, in the Diocese of Niagara, we see some light being shed on this too, as almost 40 parishes have embarked […]

‘Faith demands action’: A conversation with Cheri DiNovo

By, Matt Gardner “We have power; we should use it.” The Rev. Cheri DiNovo, United Church minister, former Ontario MPP and longtime LGBTQ rights activist. Photo: Contributed The message of Jesus is a profoundly radical one for the Rev. Cheri DiNovo. A United Church minister and former NDP MPP in Ontario, DiNovo has long lived […]

Taking Action on Climate Now

By The Reverend Don Brown “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  — Matthew 6:21 Irene Pang’s article in the April Edition of the Niagara Anglican, “Systemic Change Needed” touched my heart. Since we cannot change what is happening to our landscape, and with few clear guidelines from government or corporations to deal with the climate […]

Grocery Bag Drop-Off & Bikes for Farmworkers initiative

By The Reverend Antonio Illas with contributions from Gillian Doucet Campbell and Canon Christyn Perkons The Migrant Farmworkers Project (MFWP) is a missional outreach ministry focused on building relationships with Spanish speaking seasonal workers in the Niagara peninsula. This ministry has been creating supportive spaces in which the liturgical, religious, spiritual and pastoral needs of the workers […]

Anti-Racism Awareness in our Diocesan and Church Cultures

By The Reverend Naomi Kabugi The Rev’d Naomi Kabugi As someone who was not born in this land, I am humbled to walk with those who have been in this longer than myself. The people of African descent have carried deep wounds and emotional traumas resulting from racism, based on the colour of their skin, […]

Wade in the Water

This is the second Installment of a special series By The Reverend Garfield Wu “God said he was going to trouble the water.” I did not anticipate such a substantial impact on my life and my ministry in the beginning when the Anti-Racism Working Group was formed. After a few sessions with our group members, […]