He began living his new life by teaching Sunday school, but was relieved of his duties when he was discovered teaching the children how to box….
Category : Canada
(CMA Journal) Louisa Blair: Dr. Wilfred Grenfell and the forgotten people of Newfoundland and Labrador
A Leamington, Ont., church is renting out space in its basement to local Muslims for use as a mosque.
Since this spring, Muslim worship has been held in the basement of St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, diocese of Huron, says the church’s rector, the Rev. Andrew Wilson.
The arrangement serves the church because it provides income to fund its ministry, he says; but it also an important part of the church’s outreach to Leamington’s growing refugee population.
“To one degree, it’s as basic as a rental, but it is creating wonderful community for them—they feel safe, they feel welcome,” he says.
(DurhamRegion) Canadian Anglican Minister offers spiritual advice, fruit punch following the model of Peanuts
A Saskatoon pastor is taking a page out of Charles Schultz’s classic “Peanuts” comic strip by offering spiritual advice and a glass of fruit punch at a roadside stand in his neighbourhood.
Mark Kleiner of Christ Church Anglican church says the stand is part of a parish initiative to participate more in the community.
He tells CTV Saskatoon they want a minister “that engages with the people around us.”
The stand is strikingly similar to the one where Lucy often counsels Charlie Brown in the “Peanuts” comics.
An overhead sign on the booth promises spiritual help for five cents, while another sign on the front of it reads: “The pastor is IN.”
Muhammad Asghar kneeled on the floor alongside a couple of dozen fellow Muslims last week silently praying. When he looked up and turned his head, he smiled at the Anglican priest kneeling behind him.
“To my amazement, he came and joined me in the prayer,” Asghar said.
A Christian clergyman kneeling inside a mosque would normally be an unusual occurrence, but in Leamington — the small farming community in southwestern Ontario — it’s become a common sight.
Asghar and many others regularly pray at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, where the Muslim community has set up a mosque, thanks to a deal worked out between the two religious communities.
Despite being supplanted in many churches by the Book of Alternative Services, the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) remains the definitive prayer book for a great number of Canadian Anglicans.
Far from being a mere textual reference for prayer and liturgy, the BCP, according to Trinity College assistant divinity professor Dr. Jesse Billett, represents a “total system of Christian life”.
“If you treat it as a resource book for worship, you’ll find it very dissatisfying,” Billett said. “It requires you to go all-in.”