Friday, 4 June 2010

Canadian General Synod - Thursday

The Canadian General Synod held its opening service on Thursday evening. The Anglican Journal reports on the service: Colour and joy mark opening service
There is also a report on the Anglican Church of Canada’s website: Opening Worship Sets Tone for General Synod; Delegates Called to Feel the Winds of God and Chart a New Course, and the text of the sermon preached by Bishop Miguel Tamayo of Cuba and Uruguay.

Some papers have previewed the synod in recent days.
Tobi Cohen in the Montreal Gazette Anglicans aim to defuse gay-marriage issue
Mirko Petricevic in the Record Anglican Synod could be a cool affair
Marites N Sison
 in the Anglican Journal Archbishop calls for more courageous engagement
Ian Fairclough in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald Anglicans to debate same-sex marriage

On the Sunday afternoon (6 June) of Synod, members will be attending a diocesan service celebrating 300 years of continuous Anglican worship in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Monica Graham previews this in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald: Celebrating 300 years of worship

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You may want to add Hiltz's address to synod in this post, or separately. Among other things he speaks to the ABC's Pentecost letter.

Posted by: John B. Chilton on Friday, 4 June 2010 at 7:04pm BST

The articles listed from the secular news papers and news services, provide a pretty fair assessment of the dynamics going into GS around the human sexuality issue. It's unfortunate, however, that delegates to General Synod could not be trusted with open debate on the floor. Passions might run free, and then, well, what would the neighbors think?

Posted by: Rod Gillis on Friday, 4 June 2010 at 9:02pm BST

Here is the Primate's opening address. I found it very moving,thoughtful and direct, yet full of faith and hope. I like how he refers to "our beloved Church". He has said this before and it's good to know he feels that way, as many of us do. He says very similar things as The Presiding Bishop did in the U.S regarding the winds of the Spirit and the Covenant.

Posted by: Adam Armstrong on Friday, 4 June 2010 at 10:17pm BST

David Jenkins of the Anglican Essentials group has covered the synod for Eternity (Australia) and the national post (Canada) and is live blogging at the Anglican essentials website.

Posted by: John Sandeman on Saturday, 5 June 2010 at 2:04am BST

Peter, the newspaper in Halifax is the Chronicle-Herald, not the Herald. (Or the Chronically Horrid, as we called it when I was under naval training in Slackerfax.)

Posted by: Malcolm+ on Saturday, 5 June 2010 at 4:38am BST

I've linked to Hiltz's address in a separate Friday article. Please make any further comments there and not here.

I'm in England, so many of the articles for a particular day are not available to me until the following day. In general I'll keep to one article a day.

I've corrected the name of the Chronicle-Herald.

Posted by: Peter Owen on Saturday, 5 June 2010 at 9:04am BST

David Jenkins of the Anglican Essentials group has covered the synod for Eternity (Australia) and the national post (Canada) and is live blogging at the Anglican essentials website.

Posted by: John Sandeman on Saturday, 5 June 2010 at 2:04am BS

What a cynical young man-- hard to believe he has much faith, at all.

- oh, claims to be an 'Evangelical', I see.

Posted by: Pantycelyn on Saturday, 5 June 2010 at 10:39pm BST

"Normally wild horses could not drag me to spend a week witnessing the meanderings of 400 Anglicans ruminating on the state of the church. However, as a conservative Anglican blogger, when I first applied to attend Synod, I detected subtle intimations that my presence would not be a cause for rejoicing; what greater incentive to come could I have asked for?"

- David Jenkins, 'Eternity' -

Looking past the esoteric blog name - one is amused to read this smart little pericope on that site. The question might be asked: "Why, then is Mr Jenkins bothering to go along, and why bother to make a report - except to ridicule the whole process. One might question the wisdom of whom-ever is responsible for allowing this reporter to assail us all with his acid comments.

I, for one, would not bother to check in on this site a second time. (Eternity? who's he kidding?)

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Sunday, 6 June 2010 at 12:13am BST
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