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College’s new degree a ‘great benefit’ to Orthodox Church

The Rev. Fr. Geoffrey Ready and the Rev. Canon David Neelands outside Trinity College, Toronto. Photo: Michael HudsonA new Master of Divinity program at Trinity College is helping to prepare students for ordained or lay ministry in the Orthodox Church.

The post-graduate degree – the only one of its kind in Canada – is often a requirement for those seeking ordination in the Orthodox Church. Previously, students who wanted the degree had to travel to seminaries in the United States, usually a prohibitively expensive undertaking.

“It was really quite a barrier, so the opportunity we’ve been given here at Trinity College is amazing,” says the Rev. Fr. Geoffrey Ready, an Orthodox priest and director of the program. “It’s a great benefit to the Orthodox Church across Canada.”

Trinity College’s faculty of divinity has been offering courses in Orthodox Christianity for the past 10 years and the new degree, established last year, is an extension of that, says Fr. Ready. “We decided to take it to the next level,” he says.

Three students were enrolled in the program in its first year and Fr. Ready is hoping for up to 12 when the next school year begins in September. The degree includes courses in Biblical studies from an Orthodox perspective, liturgics and pastoral ministry.

The Rev. Canon David Neelands, dean of divinity, says the enhanced Orthodox curriculum and the new students it will attract will benefit the college. “I think it’s a great development,” he says. “It will benefit us and a new population.”
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Posted: January 4, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8921
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Canada, Orthodox, theological education
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Canada, Orthodox, theological education


Crozier of Pope who initiated the conversion of England to be at Primates Meeting

The crozier, kept by the monks at San Gregorio Magno al Celio in Rome, has long been associated with the sixth-century pope St. Gregory the Great. Photo: ACNSThe crozier of the sixth century Pope who sent Augustine to England to begin the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons will be in Canterbury as the Primates of the Anglican Communion gather for their meeting in the city next week. The ancient carved ivory headed crozier will be on public display at Canterbury Cathedral during the weekends before and after the Primates Meeting after being loaned to the Cathedral by the Roman Catholic monks of San Gregorio al Celio in Rome. Saint Augustine had been prior of the monastery, which had been built by Pope Gregory I before his elevation to the Papacy. Augustine lead a seven-year mission to England and is recognised as the first Archbishop of Canterbury.
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Posted: January 6, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9256
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Communion, Primates Meeting
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Primates Meeting


Vatican loans ancient crozier for Anglican Primates’ Meeting

The crozier, kept by the monks at San Gregorio Magno al Celio in Rome, has long been associated with the sixth-century pope St. Gregory the Great. Photo: ACNSWhen the leaders of the 38 provinces of the Anglican Communion gather in Canterbury next week, they will have among them a visible sign of the long history of the English church.

The ivory head of a crozier associated with St. Gregory the Great, the pope who sent the first missionaries to England in the sixth century, has been loaned to Canterbury Cathedral by the Roman Catholic Church to coincide with the Primates’ Meeting, according to a report from the Primates’ Meeting website.

Canterbury Cathedral’s Dean, Robert Willis, said the cathedral was “very pleased to receive the crozier as a symbol of ecumenical encouragement at this time of the meeting of Anglican Primates.” He noted that it was “a link with St. Gregory, whose vision of the conversion of England caused Augustine to found the community at Canterbury.”

While the roots of Christianity in Britain go back to the time of the Roman Empire, subsequent invasions by Germanic tribes in the fifth century all but destroyed the church. In 597, Gregory sent Augustine, a Benedictine monk, to the court of the Anglo-Saxon King Æthelberht. Augustine became the first Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Church of England dates its formal foundation from the date of his arrival.
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Posted: January 7, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8937
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Communion, Catholic, Vatican
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Catholic, Vatican


New UCC moderator sees closer ties with Anglican church

I really believe that God is working resurrection among us, says the Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell, elected last summer as moderator of the United Church of Canada. Photo: Tali FolkinsThe relationship between the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (UCC) is back on track, the United Church’s moderator says—and she’s delighted about it.

Fresh out of a meeting in Toronto this week with Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada —their first official meeting since her election last summer—the Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell was brimming with enthusiasm.

“We could’ve talked for three times as long,” she said in an interview. “We had about an hour and a half to talk, and we were just getting going, and Bruce says, ‘Well, we have five more minutes,’ ” Cantwell said, referring to Archdeacon Bruce Myers, the Anglican church’s co-ordinator for ecumenical and interfaith relations.

The first thought that went through her head on hearing that was, “What? We’ve only talked about one thing—we’ve got so much more!” Cantwell said. “So yeah, it was wonderful.”
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Posted: January 8, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8935
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, United Church of Canada
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, United Church of Canada


Majority of primates call for temporary Episcopal Church sanctions

The primates of the Anglican Communion pray during Evensong in Canterbury Cathedral on January 11, the first day of their five-day meeting. Photo: Canterbury CathedralA majority of Anglican primates January 14 asked that the Episcopal Church, for a period of three years, “no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity.”

Expressing their unanimous desire to walk together, the primates said that their call comes in response to the decision by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention last June to change canonical language that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman (Resolution A036) and authorize two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples (Resolution A054).
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Posted: January 14, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9352
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Communion, Episcopal Church, human sexuality, Primates Meeting
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Episcopal Church, human sexuality, Primates Meeting


Episcopal Church’s Primate speaks on actions at Primates Meeting

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church recorded this statement outside the Cathedral close in CanterburyBefore I say a word about our gathering here at the Primates Meeting, I just want to say a word of thank you to you for all of your prayers: your prayers for this meeting, your prayers for me personally, both here and in my earlier sickness. We are well, and God is God, and I thank you. Let me say a word about the meeting. This is not the outcome we expected, and while we are disappointed, it’s important to remember that the Anglican Communion is really not a matter of structure and organization. The Anglican Communion is a network of relationships that have been built on mission partnerships; relationships that are grounded in a common faith; relationships in companion diocese relationships; relationships with parish to parish across the world; relationships that are profoundly committed to serving and following the way of Jesus of Nazareth by helping the poorest of the poor, and helping this world to be a place where no child goes to bed hungry ever. That’s what the Anglican Communion is, and that Communion continues and moves forward.
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Posted: January 15, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9272
Categories: ACNS, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican Communion, Episcopal Church, human sexuality, Primates Meeting
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Catégorie : ACNS, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Episcopal Church, human sexuality, Primates Meeting


Anglican Primate of Canada concerning the Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury

The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of CanadaHaving met this week in Canterbury, England, the Primates of the Anglican Communion committed–even in the face of deep differences of theological conviction concerning same sex marriage–to walk together and not apart. Our conversations reflected the truth that, while the Anglican Communion is a family of autonomous Churches in communion with the see of Canterbury, we live by the long-held principle of ‘mutual responsibility and inter dependence in the Body of Christ’. While our relationships are most often characterized by mutual support and encouragement, there are times when we experience stress and strain and we know our need for the grace of God to be patient with each other. Such was the experience of the primates this week. We struggled with the fragility of our relations in response to the actions taken by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church in changing its canon on marriage, making provision for the blessing of same sex marriages. We talked, prayed and wrestled with the consequences considered by the meeting. Some of us wept.
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Posted: January 15, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9276
Categories: Anglican Journal, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Communion, human sexuality, Primates Meeting
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Catégorie : Anglican Journal, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Communion, human sexuality, Primates Meeting


Anglican leaders sanction Episcopalians over same-sex marriage

Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, speaks with protesters on the grounds of England’s Canterbury Cathedral, which was closed for a meeting of Primates of the Anglican Communion. Photo: CNS/ReutersBecause of the U.S. Episcopal Church’s moves to unilaterally change canon law to allow same-sex marriage, Anglican leaders voted to suspend Episcopalians from positions representing the Anglican Communion and from participating in some Anglican bodies. Primates meeting in Canterbury, England, said that for three years, members of the Episcopal Church will be barred sitting on Anglican bodies making decisions on doctrine and polity and from representing the Communion on ecumenical and interfaith bodies. The move comes in response to a policy allowing gay marriages, adopted last year by the General Convention, or governing body, of the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church in the United States. The change in canon law in the U.S. has been strongly opposed by many of the theologically conservative African churches, some of whose leaders had threatened to walk out of the five-day primate meeting if the Episcopal Church was not penalized for its actions. The suspension was announced in a statement issued by the primates Jan. 14, a day earlier than planned because of leaks to the media.
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Posted: January 15, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9282
Categories: CNSIn this article: Anglican Communion, human sexuality, Primates Meeting
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Anglican Communion, human sexuality, Primates Meeting


Communiqué of the Ecumenical Patriarchate about the Synaxis of the Primates in Geneva

The Ecumenical Patriarchate in ConstantinopleThe Ecumenical Patriarchate announces that, following an invitation by His All-Holiness to Their Beatitudes the Primates of the local most holy Orthodox Churches, he will chair a Synaxis at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva, from January 21st to 28th, 2016.

All of the Primates have declared that they will attend the Synaxis in person, with the exception of Their Beatitudes Patriarch John X of Antioch and Metropolitan Sawa of Poland, who are prevented for health reasons, and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, for personal reasons, while all three will be represented by officially authorized representatives.
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Posted: January 18, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9243
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Great and Holy Council, Orthodox
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Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Great and Holy Council, Orthodox


Walk? Or stay? We chose to stay

Archbishop Philip Richardson. Photo: Anglican TaongaThe images we see from Syria each week underline the reality: we live in a world racked by violence, hatred and extremism. We live too in a world of instant communication, where a decision or action taken in one place has a direct impact tens of thousands of kilometres away. When the archbishops of the 38 regions or provinces that make up the worldwide Anglican Communion met in England last week, at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, that was the reality that framed our gathering. The presenting issue was a crisis in the Communion over widely-differing views on human sexuality and same-gender relationships – and on marriage. The Anglican Church in the United States had recently changed its definition of Christian marriage to be gender neutral; describing Christian marriage only in terms of faithfulness, fidelity, mutual commitment and love – with no mention of a man and a woman. In other parts of the world, Anglican Church members strongly believe that gay and lesbian orientation and behaviour is fundamentally wrong – and in a few cases have even been complicit in harsh and violent persecution of gay and lesbian people. In reality, therefore, there is much that divides us.
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Posted: January 18, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9269
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Communion, Primates Meeting
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Primates Meeting


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