Training Leaders for God’s Mission

The Niagara School for Missional Leadership officially launches this fall with a slate of eight courses. “The Niagara School for Missional Leadership is the matrix of sharing and learning the best practices and the best theological thinking for building—with God’s leading—the future of the Church,” says Bishop Susan Bell. The school’s mission is to be […]

Order of Niagara: Honouring Faithful Ministry to the Church

A Selection of Profiles from 2021 Order of Niagara Awardees Each year, parishes are invited to nominate a person for the Order of Niagara, someone who has faithfully given of themselves to their parish, diocese, and the wider Church. It is an important way of honouring the vital ministry of lay people in the diocese. […]

The Missionality of Summer Prayer Walks

By, The Reverend Fran Wallace “I have not done a prayer walk before, but this experience has given me the opportunity to interact more deeply with our group. We shared our love for walking, and admired the beauty of God’s creation. Isn’t it amazing? We prayed, and gave thanks for being there. Blessed be God […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

New Program Revives the Lenten Journey

By The Reverend Canon Leslie Gerlofs Revive Lent premiered in churches across our diocese and around the Anglican Communion for six weeks during this extraordinary Lenten season. Small groups which formed in several Niagara parishes met online in the hopes of growing in intimacy with God as followers of Christ through engagement in spiritual practices […]

Discipleship and Mission: How do They Relate?

Just the other day, I was challenged about the idea of “mission” and being “missional.” My friend said, “You can’t put mission before discipleship.” He cited a well-known missional leader, Mike Breen, who wrote an article a couple of years ago with the startling title, “Why the Missional Movement Will Fail.” Let me give you […]

New Anglican Church of Canada resource offers theological reflection for pandemic era

A new web page on the Anglican Church of Canada website offers a collection of theological essays that address the Eucharist and other spiritual practices in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Eucharistic Practice and Sacramental Theology in Pandemic Times: Reflections by Canadian Anglicans” includes theological writing from 44 pastors, educators, lay leaders and bishops from across […]

Coldest Night Warms Hearts In Pandemic

ANGLICANS IN ACTION, COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR, ST. CHRISTOPHER’S BURLINGTON Emerging safely from lockdown for a good cause, close to 25,000 walkers raised nearly 10 million dollars across Canada in support of charities serving people experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger. The Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly walk held annually in mid-February. Over 70 […]