CoGS News - July 12, 2019

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General Synod 2019 — #GS2019

  • “An Apology for Spiritual Harm”
    Responding to a national call, and at the request and with the authority of the Council of General Synod, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, offered the following apology for the cultural and spiritual harm the Anglican Church of Canada inflicted on all Indigenous Peoples.
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  • ‘We were so full of our own self-importance’: Primate apologizes for spiritual harm inflicted on Indigenous peoples
    via Anglican Journal
    “For such shameful behaviors, I am very sorry. We were so full of our own self-importance. To quote the Book of Common Prayer, we followed ‘too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.’ We were ignorant. We were insensitive. We offended you. And I believe we offended God.”
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  • Primate reflects on achievements, ‘serious questions’ about future
    via Anglican Journal
    In a wide-ranging address to General Synod Thursday, July 11, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, outgoing primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, spoke of what he saw as some of the church’s most important recent accomplishments and priorities, as well as the challenges likely to face his successor, who will be elected Saturday, July 13.
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  • ACIP representatives granted membership at General Synod
    via Anglican Journal
    Representatives of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) are now full voting members of General Synod 2019.
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  • General Synod practices respectful talking, listening ahead of same-sex marriage vote
    via Anglican Journal
    To practice respectfully speaking and listening, members of General Synod were asked to discuss the presentations by Bishop McNaughton and Canon Brokenleg. In table groups, members pondered a number of questions, including what they had heard in the presentations; what was at stake for them as they tried to make room for the differences around their table as they spoke with one another; and what they felt was the biggest barrier for them as they tried to make room for these differences.
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  • General Synod hears complex ‘lessons learned’ from Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement
    via Anglican Journal
    On July 11, the 42nd General Synod passed a resolution acknowledging receipt of the report One Step on a Journey: The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the Anglican Church of Canada—Lessons Learned, along with its executive summary.
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  • Video Highlights
    Find a growing selection of video highlights from General Synod 2019 on the GS2019 website.
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News

  • Anglican Journal subscription confirmation deadline extended
    via Anglican Journal
    The deadline to confirm subscriptions with the Anglican Journal has been extended to Oct. 31, 2019.
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Blog

  • Understanding “An Apology for Spiritual Harm”
    Montreal Diocesan Theological College principal Jesse Zink writes about the Apology for Spiritual Harm given by Primate Fred Hiltz at GS2019 in Vancouver. It is an opportunity for the church to move towards the glorious Biblical vision of a multicultural church.
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  • Same-sex marriage: Where do we go from here?
    Bishop Joey Royal (Diocese of the Arctic) writes a concluding essay for the Living Church's series on the marriage covenant, in the lead-up to General Synod 2019.
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