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A group of priests lays hands on a person being ordained a priest.

Is there a future priest in your parish?

The Church needs priests. This statement is not only an historic truth, but also describes our current situation. One of the great privileges of my ...
Progressively bigger stacks of coins grow plant shoots.

Five financial stewardship quick fixes

With vestry meetings in the rear-view mirror now in most parishes across the diocese, it’s time to make good on your parish’s stewardship objectives. If ...
Several people holding hands in a circle in prayer.

Daily prayers for spiritual renewal

(1) Grant to me, O Lord, to know what is worth knowing, To love what is worth loving, To praise what delights you most, To ...
Several people holding hands in a circle in prayer.

Is spiritual renewal for everyone?

The bible is chock-full of stories of people whose lives were profoundly changed when they were encountered by God. A young boy asleep in the ...
A pair of hands holds a mound of soil with a green sprout.

Finding Easter hope for creation

When I lived in New York City, one of the churches I worked with had a music director from Australia. One Easter season, he shared ...
Sunrise looking out of a round opening in the rock.

Practicing resurrection

One of my favourite biblical stories is the account of the raising of Lazarus in the eleventh chapter of John’s gospel. According to John, Jesus ...
The feet of someone walking on a forested path.

Place, creation and Holy Week

Holy Week is approaching. It is the time in our church year when we remember the final days of Jesus’ life. We immerse ourselves in ...
The beds at Common Table Farm under snow.

The land told us it was time to rest

As I walk through the farm, crusty snow crunches beneath my boots. Browned leaves rustle on dried corn stalks as I pass. Animal tracks of ...
A man sits on the sidewalk holding out a cup for change.

The time to act is now

Our faith calls us to serve the world God loves – to respond not only to spiritual needs but also to the physical needs of ...
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Finding power at the margins

“Those were the days,” said my friend John wistfully. “We could line up a meeting with a cabinet minister with a phone call and know ...
Headshots of Bishop Riscylla Shaw, Bishop Andrew Asbil and Bishop Kevin Robertson.

We are here to support you

This is the College of Bishops’ pastoral letter to vestries, to be read or circulated on the Sunday of the parish’s annual vestry meeting.   ...

Gambling ads, vocations part of province’s discussions

The Diocese of Toronto held its Synod in November and elected its delegates to the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario’s Synod, which will be held in ...
Ashes, palm frond and a cross on a purple background.

Two dinners make mark in Lent

The scripture passages of Ash Wednesday get us pondering various aspects of our faith, as does the liturgical invitation to observe a holy Lent. I ...
Two potted plants with gardening gloves and trowel.

Considering the lilies

I was asked recently if I had been on another pilgrimage, having done one a few years ago. My answer was no in terms of ...
A pair of hands hoving over the keyboard of a laptop

Moving beyond fear to community

It had been an inspiring morning, pitching in with other volunteers to do odd jobs completing a community centre at a new housing project for ...
A snowy bench in a garden.

In winter, creation teaches us to rest

All the complicated details of the attiring and the disattiring are completed! A liquid moon moves gently among the long branches. Thus having prepared their ...
Bishop Andrew Asbil speaks.

It is the Lord who has brought us to this moment in time

O God, take our lips and speak through them. Take our minds and think through them. Take our hearts and fill them with love for ...
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Opening ourselves to an interfaith world

We live in a world fractured by deep divisions involving wealth, race, political views, cultural values and, all too often, religious divisions. What can we ...
A line of folded paper houses

This year’s vestry motion and the human right to housing

The fact that Canada is in a housing crisis is indisputable. Across our diocese, rents are rising higher than inflation, with the average monthly rent ...
Judith Alltree standing in front of a ship in the Toronto harbour.

Hello? Can anyone hear me?

Look around you the next time you’re riding a bus or subway, or sitting in a waiting room at the dentist, doctor or your hairdresser. ...
A group of kids and youth practice lighting an Advent wreath.

Reconnect with the holy

“Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.” As a member of the central committee of the World Council of Churches, and our Canadian ...
Progressively bigger stacks of coins grow plant shoots.

What does it mean to be stewards of creation?

In the second chapter of Genesis, we read about how God fashions human beings from dust, places them in the Garden of Eden and gives ...
A green park.

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude

“Now is the winter of our discontent,” wrote William Shakespeare in the famous opening line of his play, Richard III. He could just as well ...
A pair of hands holds a mound of soil with a green sprout.

Comfort, O comfort my people

What words or images come to mind when you think of the Incarnation? Holding a classical view, the following words might come to mind: infant, ...
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For all the saints

The arrival of November signals the beginning of a season of remembrance in our Church. On Nov. 1 – All Saints Day – we remember ...
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A summer under strange skies

As Jerusalem fell in flame and death, or just after, as the population was scattered in a diaspora which has never really ended, and it ...
Shady trail through the woods.

Hiking church connects us to creation

On a blustery day in Lent, 17 Anglicans took a silent walk in the Duffins Creek watershed. It was the first hiking church event hosted ...
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