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While the largest faith in Canada remains Christianity, nearly one-quarter of Canada’s population has no religious affiliation, according to the 2011 National Household Survey released Wednesday.
That’s roughly 7.8 million people who don’t identify with a religion, up from 16.5 per cent of the population a decade earlier.
“We’re seeing an increase,” said Jane Badets, a spokeswoman for Statistics Canada. “It varies across the country.”
The Anglican Communion has released a report on its “Bible in the Life of the Church” project, entitled Deep Engagement, Fresh Discovery.
In the Foreword, the Rt. Rev. Rowan Williams, who was the Archbishop of Canterbury at the time of the report’s publication, writes: “One of the things that I personally hope this project will help us develop in the Communion is a wider and fuller biblical literacy, in which the outlines of the one great story of creation and redemption will be clear. To be a biblical Church is surely to be a community that lives out this great story day by day and commends it to people everywhere as the most comprehensive truth possible about the nature of God and God’s world. May God use this work to further that end, in our Communion and in all communities of his people.”
Anglicans in the Diocese of Toronto are encouraged to download the report and the accompanying resources and use them to deepen their knowledge of the Bible.
“I expect that we will be hearing much more about this intitiative in the coming months,” Glenn Empey, Priest-in-charge, commented. “The report itself has summary sections that provide a quick overview. In greater depth, there is information from every corner of the world-wide Anglican Communion about how we make use of Holy Scripture in our parishes. And there are numerous resources to peruse,” he added.
This report is the product of several years of engagement at local levels throughout the entire Communion. Given the struggles within the Communion on theological matters and given the challenges most churches are facing in post-modern society, the resources offer a common focus for every member of the Anglican community.
The Sixth Sunday of Easter, 5 May, was Meghan Dunford’s last Sunday with the parish in her capacity as Lay Reader. “It is a great loss to our community to have Meghan move away from our area,” The Reverend Glenn Empey remarked. “I know she has attended the parish since she was a young girl. She has served as a Lay Reader for about five years now. She always brings a youthful exuberance to our worship and to our community life. We all will truly miss her presence among us,” he added.
In her usual caring manner, Meghan shared her thoughts and reflections in the homily for the day. Soon Meghan will be moving to Ottawa in order to continue her vocation as an Operating Room Nurse.
During the Morning Prayer Service, Marylou Bowles, People’s Warden, and Wes Ball, previous Rector’s Deputy Warden, presented Meghan with an inscribed Book of Alternative Services as a token of sincere thanks and as a reminder of her parish home at St. Matthew – St. Aidan.
Father Glenn asked God’s blessing upon the book that it may also be a source of guidance and comfort for Meghan as her journey continues. At a special gathering after the Service, people expressed their sincere thanks to Meghan for her contributions to parish life and they reminded her that she will always be welcomed at her parish home.
Any parish in Ottawa will be fortunate indeed to have Meghan as a member of their community. She hopes to resume her ministry as a Lay Reader when she is settled in her new home away from “home”.
Blessings and God’s speed to Meghan!