‘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 […]

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, […]

A Continuum of Healing and Wholeness

This is the first installment of a special series By Canon Christyn Perkons Members of the Anti-racism Working Group will be sharing reflections about their perspectives on the group’s work over the next several months. The sixteen participants, invited by the bishop to join a team charged with making recommendations that would help the diocese […]

Delving into the Meaning of National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We asked several people in our diocese for their reflections on what the day means for them, and for our ongoing work of reconciliation. The […]

Statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

BY GENERAL SYNOD COMMUNICATIONS ON MARCH 17, 2021 From Churches Beyond Borders: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Anglican Church of Canada, The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America In Advent 2020, Churches Beyond Borders expressed a commitment to dismantling racism, combating white supremacy and actively seeking opportunities to engage more deeply on these important issues. In this […]

Queer hymn collection offers ‘much-needed’ resource for LGBTQ+ Anglicans and allies

Le Chœur gai de Montreal (Montreal Gay Men’s Chorus) sings at the annual pride mass at Christ Church Cathedral, diocese of Montreal. A new hymnal expands musical selections for LGBTQ+ Anglicans. Photo by Janet Best Music played a healing role for many Anglicans after an amendment to the marriage canon that would have recognized same-sex marriage failed […]

Canadian Anglican archbishops sign anti-conversion therapy declaration

An international interfaith commission has called for an end to violence against and criminalization of LGBTQ+ people and a global ban on conversion therapy. The declaration by the Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ Lives, which launched Dec. 16, 2020, was signed by around 400 religious leaders from more than 35 countries. Among the launch signatories of the […]

Facing ‘the Canadian blindness to racism’: A statement from the Black Anglicans of Canada

“Watching the video of George Floyd’s final moments was heart- and soul-wrenching and shattered any illusion of substantive racial progress, along with the liberal discourse that accompanies it. The realization hit again that we were still seen and treated, at least by law enforcement, as chattel, unworthy, nothing.” Photo: Tverdokhlib/Shutterstock Black Anglicans of Canada deplores […]