These words, in combination with Old Testament prophet Justin Welby was enthroned as the th Archbishop of Canterbury in a March 21 service that celebrated the diversity of the Anglican Communion.
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More than 2, people from around the world gathered in Canterbury Cathedral for a celebration Caption: Clockwise from above left: Archbishop Hiltz leads children's story time at St. John's Anglican Church, West Toronto Here are some matters that CoGS The office will launch a Ecological Justice: Green Audits for Creation's Sake "The evidence is there that human activities impact air, water and earth," says Henriette Thompson, the church's public witness co-ordinator for social justice.
Matthias Anglican Church. Designated as a heritage building in , the year-old church has both historical and architectural significance, according to Lynda Davey-Longstreet Good Stewardship Goes Online The Anglican Church of Canada has an exciting initiative under way: a web-based network of education and support for people passionate about stewardship.
Stewardship in this context is broadly construed, according to Suzanne Lawson, co-ordinator, Together Healing Conversations in the Anglican Communion The years leading up to the Lambeth Conference uncovered serious divisions and disagreements between African and other Anglicans on the issues of human sexuality and same-sex relationships.
Recognizing the danger of this rift, Archbishop Colin Healing Happens Here When it comes to tracking the process of healing, spreadsheets and metrics aren't all that useful. Now the Anglican Church of Canada is launching an initiative to train contemporary catechists who There were three aspects I shall never forget. Here is the penultimate paragraph:. The only authentic ending is the one provided here: John and Mary die.
John and Mary die. Does Atwood really mean to rub our noses in our mortality at the expense of our love of story? Is there any place for optimism, or even for sentimentality? What she does with the endings of these novels, particularly in relation to the imagination of the reader, is worthy of careful consideration. And was there any difference? Jimmy is the humanities guy; Crake, the scientist. The most disturbing links between the two are the ChickieNobs that Crake produces in his lab, transgenic chicken breasts and drumsticks grown with no head, just for consumption Oryx Atwood, whose father and brother were both biologists, speaks like a contemporary Mary Shelley into our current preoccupation with bioengineering, cloning, and tissue regeneration.
And yet she does offer hope. Another hopeful thread is the very fact of the writing. Oryx and Crake ends with a cliff-hanger: will Jimmy the Snowman survive? And MaddAddam ends with a hopeful question-mark: Will any version of humankind survive? Will a new kind of human being have a future in a new kind of society? Are they kind or malicious?
Should he trade with them, share stories with them, or kill them? Zero hour, Snowman thinks. The broken watch with the blank face and the zero hour also featured on the first page of the novel, before the appearance of the three strangers. But how to act in a story at zero hour, at the end of time? Over to the reader, who is challenged to imagine a mode of response. Not surprising, perhaps, that readers asked Atwood what happens next.
The Year of the Flood tells the same story as Oryx and Crake , the story of the end of the known world, but from the point of view not of Jimmy but of two pleebland ex-Gardener women, Toby and Ren, who had left the life of the Gardeners as it became either too dangerous or too constrained. When they hear that a pair of Painballer men, who have become psychotic savages, are holding their friend Amanda in bondage, they set out to rescue her.
In recognizing the approach of death through the manmade Waterless Flood, Adam One had preached that it is to be received with joy and courage. It is the Feast of St. Julian [of Norwich] and All Souls; Toby urges gratitude, and insists that on such a night even the Painballers must get fed. The Crakers are approaching, with their weird crystalline singing. Over to the reader, again. Can we trust the Crakers? Do we believe, as the original Gardeners taught, that forgiveness will bring freedom? Atwood could have left it there.
The balancing act is one worth struggling with; the ending is at the same time sufficiently closed to offer a kind of pleroma , but sufficiently open to allow for possibilities beyond the horizon. In fact some reviewers e. Ohlson have felt Atwood should have stopped here.
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But no. Perhaps Crake has bioengineered a humanoid species that is a liability rather than an asset. It is a real question whether they can be saved from their own gullibility. At the end of this third volume, it is in fact Blackbeard, a young Craker whom Toby has taught to write, who is telling the story—not only the story of the Crakers, but also the story of the humans.
There is now a multispecies community of Crakers, humans, and pigoons living in harmony, after the final battle against the Painballers and the deaths of Adam One and Jimmy.
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Something has indeed been happening over the last decade or so to a Christian understanding of the environment. Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years. Yet we are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be what he desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fullness. It is true that North American conservative evangelical Christians seem to have a harder time embracing environmentalism than some others do.
For instance, a post from April 15, , on the website of atmospheric scientist and climate-change specialist Katharine Hayhoe opens with this statement:. Hayhoe] spends a lot of time trying to convince conservative Christians that climate change is real, human-influenced and a global crisis—and that it is their duty as members of the faith to act.
And there are many lay Christian voices in the forefront of this recuperative theological movement. Smith wrote in Comment Magazine online,.
One group which has been in the vanguard on such issues is A Rocha, an interdenominational Christian organization founded in Portugal in It is presently working in nineteen countries, aiming to protect the environment through community-based conservation and education. In there was a rather extraordinary pair of interviews broadcast between Margaret Atwood and the Canadian leaders of A Rocha, Leah and Markku Kostamo.
This in large measure paves the way for the June interview, where Atwood has agreed to speak at an A Rocha fundraiser, and where Leah Kostamo is the interviewer. And so, it seems, has Atwood. When I first read The Year of the Flood , I initially assumed that the presentation of the Gardeners was entirely parodic; by the end of the book, and particularly in light of the continuing environmental commitments of the ex-Gardeners at the heart of the commune, I was much less sure.
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But it turns out things are a bit more complicated than that. And as she explained to Dueck,. Religion is among other things a way of telling stories.
All religions do that. So, what would a good religion look like? Well, for a start, it would respect the rights and voices of women. In she gave up her house in France after President Jacques Chirac resumed nuclear testing. In she donated a significant portion of her Booker Prize money to environmental groups; since , Atwood and her partner Graeme Gibson, an avid birder, have been joint honorary presidents of the Rare Bird Club within BirdLife International; in the last ten years she has used her book tours to promote environmental activism, ensuring that travel on these tours is carbon-neutral, and particularly promoting shade-grown coffee, to protect the migratory songbirds of the forest canopy.
So, to find that the parody is only partly comedic in the MaddAddam trilogy is perhaps not so surprising after all. The stories that they tell and the values that they have retained are deeply significant for any hopeful outcome. After meeting the Kostamos on Context , Atwood wrote an article for the progressive social justice-oriented Christian journal Sojourners , in which she said this:.
If all Christians were like them, ours would be a radically different world. The novel seems to bear out the value of this sequencing, which allows Toby to join the Gardeners without hypocrisy.
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Only the present good is good. In spite of declining numbers, every Christian tradition has stories to tell of new ministries, fledgling Christian communities, and fresh expressions of church springing up, sometimes in unlikely places. Here, seventeen authors with experience in areas such as church revitalization, innovative ministry, evangelism, and church planting, reflect on what they are seeing and how the lessons they have learned can guide us into ways of health and vitality. They tell us about immigrant churches and indigenous ministries, about youth research and environmental concerns, about churches in the city and churches in the country, about leadership and spirituality.
Scattered throughout the book are ten exciting stories of new ministries and new churches, from different traditions and different parts of the country, all seeking to engage their communities with the Gospel.
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