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ANiC foundational theological statements
Solemn Declaration of 1893 (Anglican Church of Canada founding document)
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen. WE, the Bishops, together with the Delegates from the Clergy and Laity of the Church of England in the Dominion of Canada, now assembled in the first General Synod, hereby make the following Solemn Declaration:
WE declare this Church to be, and desire that it shall continue, in full communion with the Church of England throughout the world, as an integral portion of the One Body of Christ composed of the Churches which, united under the One Divine Head and in fellowship of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, hold the One Faith revealed in Holy Writ, and defined in the Creeds as maintained by the undivided primitive Church in the undisputed Ecumenical Councils; receive the same Canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as containing all things necessary to salvation; teach the same Word of God; partake of the same Divinely ordained Sacraments, through the ministry of the same Apostolic Orders; and worship One God and Father through the same Lord Jesus Christ, by the same Holy and Divine Spirit who is given to them that believe to guide them into all truth.
And we are determined by the help of God to hold and maintain the Doctrine, Sacraments, and Discipline of Christ as the Lord hath commanded in his Holy Word, and as the Church of England hath received and set forth in The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church according to the use of the Church of England; together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, pointed as they are to be sung or said in Churches; and the Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests and Deacons and in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion; and to transmit the same unimpaired to our posterity.
Comment on the importance of the Solemn Declaration
This foundational document of the Anglican Church of Canada is included in the Book of Common Prayer 1959/62 which is the authorized Prayer Book of the Anglican Church of Canada. It is under the doctrinal stipulations of this Book of Common Prayer that all worship, including that from the Book of Alternative Service, must be based. The Solemn Declaration defines the foundations of faith as being the Holy Scriptures, the Traditional Creeds, and the 39 Articles of Faith. From these statements there can be no deviation within the Anglican Church of Canada.
For a more full discussion of the Solemn Declaration of 1893 see Father Larry Winslow’s website.
Information About ACNA
Glossary of Anglican Terms
Anglican Church in North America
Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)
Reformed Episcopal Church of Canada
Anglican Relief and Development Fund Canada (ARDFC)
Anglican Relief and Development Fund
American Anglican Council
The Israel Video Project
Bishop Charlie has commissioned the Rev Jess Cantelon to prepare a series of 10 short 5-minute videos opening up Scripture with insights gleaned from the land, language, history and religion of Israel.
Stewardship video series – with Canon Paul Donison
To encourage us all in this area, ANiC has launched a stewardship video series in Fall 2015. Bishop Charlie Masters has asked all ANiC congregations to use this series of short videos at an appropriate time in services. These engaging videos are intended to help members understand Christian stewardship and grow as Christ-followers through the discipline – and joy – of giving, especially in their regular tithing to the local church.
Bishop Charlie's Christmas 2013 video message
Bishop Charlie's 8-minute video is on YouTube. It is based on Matthew's account of Son of God's coming into the world as a helpless infant in Matthew 1.
Surprising Merrily - Explaining Anglicanism
The ACNA has professionally produced, a 45-minute, “…delightful one-act play… [that] answers the question “What is Anglicanism?” Available as a script and as a DVD, Surprising Merrily is getting excellent reviews. More information is available on the ACNA website.
The DVD is suitable for viewing at home or by entire Church congregations. ACNA congregations may request a free copy of the DVD. To request your free copy, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those congregations which might be interested in staging the one-act play themselves, it is available in print (hardcover) on Amazon.
A series of video segments on Biblical Stewardship
The Rev Paul Donison presents Biblical teaching on Christian tithing and giving in a series of short entertaining videos. Scripts for these videos are also available. See all the videos here or select a specific video and/or script below:
View a regularly updated orthodox Anglican Perspective produced by the American Anglican Council and featuring Canon Phil Ashey. You can see these very short, challenging videos here.
Anglican Relief and Development Fund (released September 2010)
The Anglican Church in North America’s global aid arm (ARDF) has released a short video introducing its work. ARDF is the US-based counterpart of the Canadian-based ARDF-Canada (or ARDFC). See the video here.
Compelled by Christ's Love ANiC national conference, 25-26 April 2008
See the video of all conference sessions here.
Anglican Crossroads, a St John’s Vancouver video, featuring the Rev David Short and the Rev Dr J I Packer, explaining the Anglican Crisis. See it in 10 minute segments.
Kendall Harmon’ssummary of the crisis in Anglicanism. (Third item “The Iceberg”)
Documents of Interest
CROSSING THE IMPOSSIBLE – The Rt Rev Ronald Ferris, 14 August, 2011
Go. Travel light. Do the will of the Father!– Bishop Ron Ferris First sermon at Saint Matthew’s Anglican Church (Abbotsford, BC) in their new facility, 10 July, 2011
Continuing with the global Anglican Communion but departing from the Anglican Church of Canada, The Rev Robin Guinness, January 10, 2011
Anglicans and the good fight of faith, Margaret Helder, April 14 2010 (appeared in the April 14, 2010 edition of Christian Renewal)
Servant of God, Rev Tom Carman, February 28, 2010
Anglican Reformations: Endings and Beginnings, George Egerton, November 1, 2009
Archbishop Greg Venables' speech at FCA, July 6, 2009
Church and Schism, Dr J I Packer, Spring 2009
Report to the Anglican Mainstream gathering, Church of England General Synod, Bishop Donald Harvey, February 12, 2009
Other Ministries & Partners
In addition to forms of service authorized by Section II of the ANiC Canons, the following newly developed liturgies are authorized for use by ANiC congregations:
ACNA Texts for Common Prayer, which includes:
—Morning & Evening Prayer
—Guiding Principles of Christian Worship
1552 Order of Holy Communion in Modern English
This order is approved by the ANiC House of Bishops for use by ANiC congregations on a trial basis until 1 May 2017. Others may use this text with the approval of their bishop.
Download: To encourage broad use, the new 1552 order is provided in two versions, one with Canadian spellings and the other with US spellings. Please note that, thanks to the great response and excellent suggestions, the working group has updated the original texts. Version 2.1 is posted here.
Feedback: Those who choose to use this new 1552 order are asked to provide feedback to the Liturgy Working Group, before 1 May 2016.
1552 Liturgy Working Group: This new 1552 order was prepared by a Liturgy Working Group within ANiC, comprised of:
—The Rev Canon David Short
—The Rev Canon Dr J I Packer
—The Ven Dan Gifford
—The Ven Bruce Chamberlayne
—The Rev Josh Wilton
Canon Tom Carman has prepared a combined Calendar/Lectionary for this church year. It provides the day of the church year, readings and liturgical colour for any given Sunday and the Major Holy Days.
Watch this video that explains the church year in 4 minutes
ACNA Eucharistic and Daily Office Lectionaries
The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has released both a 3-year Eucharistic Lectionary and a Daily Office Lectionary, which may be found on the ACNA website.
While these are still "working texts" they are recommended for use by every congregation as we work toward the release of a new Book of Common Prayer in 2019. The ACNA Liturgical Task Force invites your feedback. Responses can be sent via email to: email@example.com.
To help our parishes in using the ACNA Lectionary in the Church year, Canon Tom Carman has prepared a combined Calendar/Lectionary. It provides the day of the church year, readings and liturgical colour for any given Sunday and the Major Holy Days. See the Liturgical Calendar section above for details.
The following lectionaries remain approved for use:
The 1962 Canadian Book of Common Prayer Lectionary.
An online link to the daily readings may be found here.
The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL)
A generic RCL can be found here.
The Church of England's 'Common Worship' (CW) Lectionary
This is a variation of the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). It maintains some Anglican distinctives around the church year but, for the most part, follows the RCL. An easy to use on-line version with links to the readings can be found here. Please note, you must choose the relevant year (year in which Advent 1 falls) and scripture version at the top of the page (e.g. choose 2016 for the coming church year of 2016-2017).
The Church of England website has links to lectionary apps for iPhone/iPad or Android. You can find links here:
—This site allows you to create a file that you can import into the calendar program on your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also view the listings on a webpage by choosing the HTML option
—If you prefer a print/book edition of the CoE Common Worship Lectionary, you can buy a copy of The Lectionary (Common Worship and BCP-UK) by SPCK available here.
If you choose to use the CW Lectionary or the RCL you'll find that there are two tracks to follow for the Old Testament readings during 'Ordinary Time'. One is a Semi-continuous reading of the book, the other is called Related/Complementary which attempts to tie the Old Testament reading with the Gospel reading.
We in ANiC want to do a good job of caring for our clergy and their families. To that end we encourage our clergy and parishes to be guided by these principles:
—That health and life and rightly ordered living is God's will for all of us.
—That clergy have a responsibility to ourselves and our families to seek to live in a way which is healthy so that we can do the work that He has called us to over the long haul.
—That parishes have a responsibility to care for their clergy
Contact: The Rev Canon Dr Brent Stiller, Clergy Support Canon
We expect clergy to:
—Walk with God every day. This means personal time with the Lord, daily offices and much intake of the Word, and time for leisurely prayer with the Lord.
—Seek first things first and to keep things in their right order: God, then family (including yourself), then work responsibilities and others.
—Take Sabbath rest and your day off every week, and also to be careful to take your holidays as a family.
Bishops and archdeacons have a responsibility to:
—Teach, encourage, affirm, stand with and promote healthy living among clergy.
—Help congregations support their clergy and love their clergy so that they can live healthy lives.
—If we have concerns, provide clergy with honest feedback and, when required, resources and referrals.
—Model healthy living ourselves.
Specific actions our leadership has undertaken to promote clergy care within ANiC:
—Naming the Rev Canon Dr Brent Stiller as Clergy Support Canon.
—Under Canon Stiller, a committee of archdeacons will develop expectations for parishes which will ensure clergy get their days off, Sabbath rest each week, and have a realistic plan for vacations and even study time. These expectations will be presented personally by each archdeacon to every congregation within their region.
—Archdeacons will spend time – hopefully twice a year – with each active clergy member in their region to encourage, pray together, and discuss how to better pray for and care for our clergy. We also need to hold one another to account so that we can be as fruitful in ministry as possible.
Clergy will find more information, past communications and other resources on ANiC’s secure website. If you do not yet have access to this site, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Webinars, videos & presentations
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada webinar with Karen Stiller, Dr Wanda Malcom and others
EAS Syndrome: Healing Burnout in Adults Lacking Parental Affirmation, by Bishop Trevor Walters
(for information on ordering in quantity at a steep discount see these instructions)
Equipping for ministry (courses)
Regent College Summer Programs
ACNA Recommended Seminaries
View the Clergy Events Calendar
ANiC Constitutions & Canons
ANiC constitution – approved by Synod 2014
ANiC Canons – December 2017
Key resolutions – approved by Synod 2014
ANiC Synod Rules of Order – amended October 2014
Report of the Governance Task Force – December 2013
Theological Commission Report – November 2008
ACNA Constitutions & Canons
The Israel Video Project
Videos from Israel with the Rev Jess Cantelon
Bishop Charlie Masters has commissioned the Rev Jess Cantelon to produce a series of short 5-minute videos based on the Jewish Torah. Jess+ describes the Israel Video Project as “a selfie-stick adventure through the Holy Land” – opening up the Bible with Jewish insight. He will be preparing these teaching videos through the end of April 2016.
The videos are roughly 5-minutes long, making them usable for church services, or simply watching as individuals at home or in small group times. You are strongly encouraged to make use of this amazing resource in your churches. You can learn more about the project here: www.israelvideoproject.com
This is Israel series
Episode 10 – "Achron Shel Pesach" (The last of the Passover) – Deut 14:22 - 16:17 During the Passover, Jewish people look back and look forward. They believe you can't have the Passover without Pentecost. The point of the Passover was not so much deliverance from Egypt as becoming the people of God, as Israel was brought into relationship with God at Sinai. We too, as Christians, were set free to be brought into the family of God - a family that is intended to grow.
Episode 9 – Pesach (Passover) This week we travel to the beautiful Galilee, Jesus old stomping grounds, to usher in the Passover feast.
Metzora Episode 8 – Metzora Jess+ takes us on a journey through the Jerusalem forest and Ein Kerem, John the Baptist’s home town, to look at what it means to return to God according to the prophet Malachi.
Episode 7 – Tazria “Conceived" (from Leviticus 12:1-13:59) Jess+ takes us to Qumran and the Dead Sea to take a look at the Jewish ritual of Baptism as practiced by the Essenes. In In this week’s portion we study John’s baptism in living water — not just of the body but of the heart.
Episode 6 – Shmini "Eight" (from Leviticus 9:1-11:47) Why is the number 8 important and what does it mean and what does it have to do with "strange fire"? Why do so many important events - including the resurrection of Christ - happen on the 8th day? Jess+ explains.
Episode 5 – Tzav "Command" (from Leviticus 6:1 - 8:36) Anointing was seen as the imparting of spiritual authority and of the Holy Spirit. During this Holy Week, we focus on the Messiah, or the Anointed One, who is both our High Priest and King.
Episode 4 – Vayikra "And He called" (from Leviticus 1-5) God told Israel "For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you". Jesus is that awesome thing - God in the flesh living with us. God has committed to journey with us and has provided, in Jesus, a solution for our sins.
Episode 3 – Road trip - Pekudei ("Accounts" from Exodus 38: 21 - 40:38) The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us. We are not forgotten.
Episode 2 – Vayakhel ("He assembled", from Exodus 35:1 - 38:20) Jess+ discusses God's gracious forgiveness in the face of our unfaithfulness and our right response to His grace. Jess+ says "God is asking for willing hearts… Out of the abundance of the heart, the hands give."
Episode 1 – Ki Tisa (from Exodus 30:12 and following) Jess+ asks us, “Have you ever felt like God has not met you when you really need Him to?” And then explains that God is a promising keeping God through all generations.
About Jess Cantelon
Jess grew up in Israel in the 80s and later returned with his family to minister from 2004 to 2010. During this time Jess served as curate of Christ Church Jerusalem. He knows the land, the culture, the people and the Torah. Jess+ and Erica were the church planters and he was the founding rector of St James (Lennoxville, QC).
Anglican Agenda series by J I Packer and the Ginger Group
The Anglican Agenda series of 21 publications, edited by Dr. J.I. Packer and written by theologians of the Ginger Group, opens up current questions that call for thought, discussion, prayer and decision particularly among the Anglicans at this time.
Each short book covers a different, important topic making the series perfect for study by an adult small group. If the group studied one book each week, the series could be completed in about 4 months.
It is hoped that the series will spark deep personal reflection and group discussion, so that we all may be better prepared for the difficult and demanding era into which our Church – and culture – has entered.
Accessing the books
You can download the pdfs from the list below.
Ginger Group books
Taking Faith Seriously, by J I Packer
Taking Love Seriously, by Dawn McDonald and James Wagner
Taking the Anglican Communion Seriously, by Terry Buckle and Archie Pell
Taking our Future Seriously, by Paul Woehrle and Peter Klenner
Taking Evangelism Seriously, by David Edwards
Taking Repentance Seriously, by J I Packer
Taking Christian Unity Seriously, by J I Packer
Taking The Bible Seriously, by Lloyd Arnett
Taking The Church's Year Seriously, by Norah Johnston
Taking Doctrine Seriously, by J I Packer
Taking Discipleship Seriously, by Timothy Ernst
Taking the Trinity Seriously, by Lloyd Arnett
Taking the Holy Spirit Seriously, by J I Packer
Taking Worship Seriously, Dr Archie Pell
Taking Christian Disciplines Seriously, by Peter Klenner
Taking Prayer Seriously, by Mike Stewart
Taking Fellowship Seriously, by Jim Salladin
Taking Church Seriously, by J I Packer
Taking Holy Communion Seriously, Brett Cane
Taking Marriage Seriously, Archie Pell
Taking Baptism Seriously, J I Packer
These resources are intended for use in the parish – and personally – to support parish ministry and encourage us in our discipleship journey. We hope to add new resources over time.
Stewardship video series 2 – Canon Paul Donison
Video 1 - A Cure for Anxiety Part 1
Video 2 - A Cure for Anxiety Part 2
Video 3 - A Desire to Tithe
Video 4 - The Difference Your Giving Makes
Gospel Patrons videos – A series of short, personal vignettes featuring business people and professionals
Sermons & Talks
Bishop John Guernsey's message to ANiC Synod 2011: Principles and Practice of Biblical Stewardship The Ven Ron Corcoron's Bible teaching at ANiC Synod 2012 on Matthew 6: "For Where Your Treasure Is, There Your Heart Will Be Also"
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