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PWRDF provides $5k to Territory of the People for wildfire relief

Posted on: July 21st, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

By Tali Folkins on July, 20 2017


A recent post on Twitter shows smoke rising from wildfires in British Columbia’s Central Interior. Images: Andy Witteman

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Anglican Church of Canada’s relief and development agency, is making an immediate contribution of $5,000 to help the Territory of the People provide relief to people affected by wildfires in the territory, PWRDF announced Wednesday, July 19.

The money, together with another $5,000 from the territory itself, will support ongoing wildfire relief in the Territory of the People, located in British Columbia’s Central Interior. More grants may be forthcoming in the future if requested by the territory, PWRDF spokesperson Janice Biehn said.

Gordon Light, bishop of the territory until 2008 (when it was known as the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior), has been appointed by the territory’s current bishop, Barbara Andrews, to oversee how the PWRDF funds will be spent, PWRDF said. The territory’s relief efforts are currently focused on providing food vouchers, toiletries, bus fare, clothing and other practical help to people who have had to leave their homes because of the fires, Light told PWRDF.

The funds, Light added, will likely be “quickly depleted,” given the number and needs of evacuees.

“All of the people of 100 Mile House and Williams Lake, as well as smaller communities along the Cariboo Highway, have been evacuated,” he said. “Most have come to either Kamloops in the south or Prince George in the north. Most evacuees left their homes with very little, and we don’t know how long it will be until they get home.”

In the long term, Light said, more money will likely also be needed for post-trauma assistance and to support projects aimed at helping people or communities that have lost homes or facilities.

Clergy and lay volunteers, Light said, are working at three major wildfire relief centres in Kamloops as well as a number of others in Prince George, where evacuees are being registered and housed.

Already by July 12, 14,000 people, including an estimated 1,000 Anglicans had had to leave their homes because of the wildfires raging in B.C.’s Central Interior. On Wednesday, July 19, B.C. Premier John Horgan extended a previously-declared state of emergency in the province by two weeks to cope with the effects of about 140 wildfires raging in the province. About 45,000 people are under either evacuation order or evacuation alert, with at least 41 homes lost to the fires.

Donations to PWRDF’s emergency fund can be made online (choosing “Emergency Response” from the drop-down menu), by phone (toll-free at 1-866-308-7973) or by mail. Mailed cheques should be payable to “PWRDF, Emergency Response,” and sent to:

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, ON  M4Y 3G2


About the Author

Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins has worked as a staff reporter for the Law Times and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal.  His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail and The United Church Observer.


Anglican Journal News, July 21, 2017

Archbishop of York leading teenagers on pilgrimage to Taizé

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Posted on: July 19, 2017

Teenagers from five schools in northern England have set off on pilgrimage with the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, to Taize in France.  The Taizé Community is an ecumenical monastic order of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions.

Archbishop Sentamu said; “Taizé is an extraordinary place, a place of trust, joy, simplicity and compassion. My Young Leaders Award encourages people to look beyond themselves in the service of others. To be able to join with young people from more than 100 countries in sharing food together, worship and learning is a wonderful experience, and each time I have returned from Taize I have returned blessed, inspired and encouraged by others”.

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Dan Finn, the Director of Archbishop of York Youth Trust, said; “This is the second group of Young Leaders that have chosen to extend their learning of the Awards with a pilgrimage to Taizé.  There is something for everyone at Taizé, a chance to meet new friends, to join in and volunteer with others, to pray and to study in small groups. It is a place of incredible welcome which is something the Young Leaders will be exploring in depth as part of the structured workshops at Taizé on migration, asylum seekers and refugees”.

In addition to the normal youth meetings, this week at Taize there will also be special sessions on the theme of migration. Speakers include Archbishop Sentamu;  Father Michael Czerny – Migrants & Refugees Section at The Vatican; Catherine Wihtol de Wendenformer, Research Director at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS);  Pascal Brice, director of the French Office for the protection of refugees and stateless persons (OFPRA).

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Founded in 1940 by Roger Louis Schutz-Marsauche (known as ‘Brother Roger’), the Taizé Community every year attracts over 100,000 young people from around the world.  Kay Brown, Chaplain at Abbey Grange Church of England Academy Leeds, said: “It is such an amazing opportunity to explore what faith means in an open and questioning environment, to experience and be involved in music in a new way and to meet so many new people from across Europe and beyond. I am sure everyone who goes will be challenged and inspired in equal measure and I look forward to seeing the growth in all of us through this week.”

During the week, regular updates from the Young Leaders will be added to here.


Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Wednesday 19th July, 2017

PWRDF raises $379k for African, Middle Eastern famine relief

Posted on: July 17th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

By Tali Folkins on July 13, 2017

Roda Mohamud and her niece Ayan outside their makeshift home near the town of Burao, Somalia. They had been forced to leave their village after a prolonged drought. Photo: © UNICEF/UN057360/Holt

In less than three and a half months, the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) raised $379,000 for famine relief in Africa and the Middle East—money that will qualify for matching funds from Ottawa, the Anglican Church of Canada’s relief and development arm announced Wednesday, July 12.

PWRDF raised the amount between March 17 and June 30, 2017—the beginning and end dates of a temporary famine relief fund program announced (retroactively) by the federal government in May. Under the federal program, the funds will be matched at a ratio of 1:1.

“Having just spent two weeks in East Africa, meeting with farmers, business people, government officials and church leaders, including those from Somalia, Burundi, Kenya and South Sudan, I know the needs are high and that support is critical and life-saving,” said PWRDF executive director Will Postma. “PWRDF, with our partners on the ground, are grateful for prayers and this funding, from all across Canada. It’s an amazing show of support and solidarity.”

The donations came from both individuals and churches, PWRDF said.

PWRDF has already put $20,000 into supporting a food distribution project in South Sudan being carried out by the Adventist Relief and Development Agency. It will be funding more projects in the region’s worst affected countries over the next few weeks and months, PWRDF said, including in particular projects carried out by the ACT Alliance, a coalition of faith-based humanitarian organizations.

In April, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, issued a letter with other Canadian church leaders calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to increase Canada’s support for humanitarian aid in South Sudan. The letter also raised concerns about a “desperate food scarcity crisis” in Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria.

Last month, the UN estimated almost two million people in South Sudan were on the brink of starvation.  On Monday, July 10, the UN said more than 300,000 people had been infected with cholera in Yemen—a country already in the grip of economic collapse and war.

Although the federal fund matching program is now over, PWRDF is still accepting donations to its own famine relief fund.

Donations to PWRDF can be made online, by phone (contact Jennifer Brown at 416-924-9192 ext. 355; or 1-866-308-7973) or by mail. Mailed cheques should be payable to “PWRDF Famine Relief Fund,” and sent to:

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, ON  M4Y 3G2

About the Author

Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins has worked as a staff reporter for the Law Times and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal.  His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail and The United Church Observer.


Anglican Journal News, July 14, 2017

“Life isn’t easier. It’s better though.”

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By St Anselm Online


St Anselm Online | July 1, 2017 at 10:30 pm


NonResident Member Graham, who works in local government finance, reflects on a year in the Community in this member guest blog post

A year ago I applied to be a part time monk. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.


What is important to you in life? I knew God was important to me, but in the busyness of life, priorities ebb and flow, situations change.

So I applied, went through the questions, the writing, the interview. I was offered a place, and then had to decide: do I want this?

A ‘part time monk’ is an interesting commitment. Pray every day. Read the bible every day.
Meet up in Lambeth once a week. Give up three weeks of annual leave. Serve the poor. Give some of your money away.
Spend your time serving others.
Don’t work so much; give up on your career a little to spend some time with God.

So in September I found myself nervously nibbling canapés in a palace talking to bishops and wondering why on earth I was there.
In October my preconceptions of Christian traditions were confounded.
In November friendships were forged and deepened; bonds formed.
In December I realised giving up my phone for an hour a day could help me connect with God.
In January I experienced a week of silence. In the silence God spoke, not audibly, but clearly.
In February we prayed for unity across the church.
In March we reflected on our working lives and asked “what does God want to do through my life?”
In April we celebrated Easter.
In May we heard sad news. We prayed. We mourned.

Now it’s June and we fear the goodbyes we might have to say.
I don’t want it to end.
I keep telling myself it’s not the end, it’s a new beginning.

Life isn’t easier. It is better though.
I’ve spent “a year in God’s time” and next year will look different. But…
God is still the same.
The global church is bigger and better than I ever realised.
I acknowledge the power of sitting on my own in a quiet room and just praying.
And the fun of singing and shouting and dancing (and praying!) with friends.
And to the nervous man who 10 months ago nibbled on canapés I whisper: “don’t worry, it’s gonna be great”.

Applications for NonResident Membership 2017  – for people who live and work around London and the South East – are open until the end of July.

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The Community of St. Anselm Online, July 01, 2017

Latest edition of Anglican World : Archbishop Thabo reflects on ministering to Madiba

Posted on: July 3rd, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Posted on: June 30, 2017

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The Archbishop of Cape Town has been telling Anglican World magazine how his faith was deepened – by the memorable experience of ministering to Nelson Mandela, in the last few years of the former president’s life. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba is bringing out a book on this shortly and has given Anglican World his exclusive reflections ahead of its publication.

The latest edition also focuses on “Intentional Discipleship” – a theme which has its roots in the 2016 meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council. There is a special report from the first meeting of the international co-ordinating group set up to bring life to the vision.

A delegation of Anglican women from around the world gathered recently at the UN in New York, for the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) and found the encounter “transformative.” The article about their two week encounter explains why.  Also in this edition, women in Argentina explain how the local branch of the Mother’s Union has transformed their aspirations and deepened their faith.

There’s also a report from the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, on a passiontide retreat in the north of England with an international group of bishops – that involved lots of listening and some frank conversations.

Anglican World brings you stories about the Anglican Communion’s life and mission from around the globe. Published quarterly, in full colour, it contains news, features, interviews and more. It is delivered to your door for just £2.50 a quarter.  To find out how to subscribe and browse through some earlier editions, click here.


Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Saturday 1st July, 2017

Study Grant Programs for Pastors (Louisville Institute)

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
Study Grant Programs for Pastors 

The Pastoral Study Project Program at Louisville Institute offers clergy leaders the opportunity to conduct a serious investigation of issues related to Christian life, faith, and ministry. Funding allows for full or partial leave from the responsibilities of ministry for the duration of the project.

Preparing for the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer

Posted on: June 15th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Preparing for the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer

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Since May 31, the Anglican Church of Canada has been engaged in 22 Days of Healing and Reconciliation, deepening learning, prayer and action focused on the Anglican Healing Fund. The church across Canada has focused on the Fund’s commitment to healing and support for community-based Indigenous language recovery projects, a period that will culminate with the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer on June 21.

Anglican parishes and communities across the country are preparing to mark the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer in different ways. In the Diocese of Ottawa, for example, Christ Church Cathedral is hosting a prayer walk for healing and Indigenous language revitalization through an outdoor labyrinth.

The event will begin with a reading of the names of all existing and endangered Indigenous languages in Canada. Live speakers and ethnographic recordings of different languages, past and present, will offer those present an opportunity to experience the rich diversity of Indigenous languages—“absorbing and being exposed to and internalizing the fact of Indigenous languages, and also the loss of that,” Dean Shane Parker said.

Indigenous Ministries has been actively involved in many local initiatives. For his part, National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald will observe National Aboriginal Day this year while visiting the Diocese of Rupert’s Land.

“There is a growing effort to observe [National] Aboriginal Day across the Church,” Bishop MacDonald said.

“I am encouraged by the number of requests we receive to be involved with local efforts … I wish everyone the best for a beautiful day.”

Multiple resources exist to help Anglicans observe the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer. Propers for the BAS Calendar of Memorials and Commemorations are available as PDF files in English, French, Inuktitut, and Western Cree.

Other resources include the Litany for the Healing and Restoration of our Church, from the Diocese of Rupert’s Land, and Honouring the Four Directions, a prayer resource based on the colours of the medicine wheel.

A Ceremony of Solidarity for the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer, 2016 also remains available, which presents sections of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People interspersed with the Ten Principles guiding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, along with prayers.

How will you be marking the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer? Share with us on Facebook or on Twitter, and consider making a gift to the Anglican Healing Fund.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, June 14, 2017

Bellringers around the world sought for special day

Posted on: June 15th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Posted on: June 7, 2017

Bellringers at cathedrals and churches around the world are being invited to join a worldwide day of music organised by the BBC. Already 20 locations outside the UK, including Kenya, Australia, Zimbabwe and the United States have signed up to take part in BBC Music Day at 7pm, local time, on Thursday 15 June.

The sound of bells proved to be a popular feature of the event last year with peals ringing from around 200 towers. Organisers are hoping to build on that success by encouraging many more people to participate this year. Groups taking part are being asked to send a recording of their ringing to the organisers in advance.  The organisers are gathering various performances to put on the BBC’s “Bells on Sunday” webpage.  And, on the day itself, participants will be encouraged to be part of a global phenomenon by posting on social media pictures or videos of themselves ringing and by including the hash tag #bbcmusicday. The BBC World Service will also broadcast some performances from the Music Day.

BBC Music Day producer, Rebecca Sandiford, said, “Church bells are a wonderful symbol of community cohesion and since BBC Music Day is all about uniting people through music, bell ringing is going to provide a fantastic unifying moment. This year we’d like to make this even more special by inviting ringers around the globe to join us, ringing at 7pm local time, to show how the power of music can unite people around the world.”

Anyone interested in taking part should email for more details and resources.


Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Wednesday 7th June, 2017

ACIP to the Anglican Church: Pray for Tataskweyak Cree Nation

Posted on: June 12th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Residents of Tataskweyak Cree Nation prepare sandbags in an effort to prevent area flooding. Submitted photo

ACIP to the Anglican Church: Pray for Tataskweyak Cree Nation

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The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) is calling on the Anglican Church of Canada to pray for the community of Split Lake, Man. and the Tataskweyak Cree Nation, as flooding threatens the homes of residents and risks contaminating local drinking water.

On May 18, a band council resolution passed by the chief and council of Tataskweyak declared a state of emergency due to rising water levels and potential water quality issues; issued a flood warning to those at risk of being flooded out of their homes; and called for immediate and ongoing water testing until area water is deemed safe to drink.

A boil water advisory was issued around the same time following the discovery of E. coli in water near Split Lake, an all-Anglican community with a population of more than 3,000 people.

“The people now are very cautious and worried about the quality of water,” said the Rev. Larry Beardy, ACIP member and resident of Split Lake who regularly travels to Anglican congregations in neighbouring communities such as Gillam.

While Beardy said the community has received assurances from Health Canada that water quality is now safe, chief and council remain unconvinced and many suspect that raw sewage may have gone into the drinking water system. A nearby health centre recently confirmed that some residents have developed the stomach illness H. pylori.

“Many people have that sickness in their stomach now,” Beardy said.

In response, some local businesses have arranged for deliveries of bottled water to beleaguered residents.

Flooding poses other threats to Split Lake. There is now concern about continued access to the community via Manitoba Provincial Road 280, amidst fears that a bridge providing the only access to the community for people and supplies might be washed out.

Some homes have already suffered the effects of flooding, while others remain at risk. Many cabins have been flooded and remain inaccessible, and a number have been destroyed.

“There is worry,” Beardy said. “There’s been sandbagging around several homes, but I think they’ve got that in control … Manitoba Hydro has dikes around the community, but the water has gone over some parts of that dike system, and they had to start sandbagging … Water is very close to some homes.”

Destruction of the local cemetery is a major concern, and church leaders have requested soil tests around the cemetery to determine whether graves have been flooded or not.

Chief Doreen Spence and other leaders of the community are currently meeting with Manitoba Infrastructure, Health Canada, and Manitoba Hydro to manage the situation and provide updates for residents.

For its part, ACIP has taken a lead role in raising public awareness of the flooding and seeking assistance. The council has requested that the whole Anglican Church of Canada pray for Split Lake and surrounding communities, as they face the threat of flooding and contaminated water.

Meanwhile, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald has contacted the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund regarding the possibility of emergency assistance. Following requests for a blessing of the water ceremony, Bishop MacDonald will arrive in Thomson, Man. on the morning of Sunday, June 11 to survey the flooding, visit affected communities, and provide pastoral ministry.

Help support emergency response through the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, June 09, 2017

Learn. Pray. Act. 22 Days for Healing and Reconciliation begin May 31

Posted on: May 30th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

The Rev. Samuel Halkett serves as language instructor for the Cree Language Healing Project in Prince Albert, Sask.—one of many community-based language recovery projects supported by the Anglican Healing Fund. Submitted photo

Learn. Pray. Act. 22 Days for Healing and Reconciliation begin May 31

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For 22 Days, the Anglican Church of Canada is calling people to learn, pray, and act for the Anglican Healing Fund, and its support for the recovery of Indigenous languages. 22 Days for Healing and Reconciliation start on May 31 and lead up to the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer on June 21.

This year represents the second occurrence of the 22 Days project, which the church first observed in 2015 to mark the 22 days between the closing ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and National Aboriginal Day. Anglicans observed those first 22 days by ringing church bells across the country to draw attention to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

In 2017, Anglicans are encouraged to mark 22 Days by learning about the Healing Fund and its role in bolstering community-based projects to preserve Indigenous languages; praying for those who seek healing through language recovery; and acting to support the Healing Fund through prayer and donations.

The focus on the Healing Fund and language recovery—both for 22 Days and the annual fundraising campaign Giving With Grace—reflects the crucial role of language as a pillar of Indigenous culture and identity, as the church strives to live out the 94 Calls to Action identified by the TRC.

“When you don’t know your language, you lose your identity,” Healing Fund Coordinator Esther Wesley said.

“When I look at the Healing Fund, and the [Indian Residential Schools] Settlement Agreement coming to an end, I talk to a number of people, including a number of elders from different communities, [about] what they would like to see and what they would value more than anything, and that’s language.”

Over the last 25 years, the Healing Fund has worked on community projects with an estimated 700 different groups across Canada. Since Wesley began her work in 2004, she has observed an evolution in how residential school survivors and their families have grappled with the process of healing from the intergenerational impact of the schools.

The 1990s saw the first community gatherings where survivors began speaking about emotional, physical, and sexual abuse they had endured in residential schools. Later, they attended school reunions with classmates.

During that time, Wesley said, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous churches rarely discussed or mentioned cultural values.

“Over time, it has changed,” she said. “You see more and more communities starting to talk about their traditional values, their traditional practices. You see this sort of climbing of a ladder—people coming back to their traditional ways of understanding, their traditional practices and their spiritual beliefs, coming onboard as time goes on.”

With the growing prevalence of projects based on cultural practices in the wake of the TRC, Wesley hoped that this year’s 22 Days would make people more aware of language loss across Canada.

“There are some strong languages, and there are some languages in some areas that have less than 10 speakers, and that’s where we need to make sure people understand that languages are going fast … and if we don’t help to do anything about it, they’re going to be lost. Many of them are already lost.”

National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald described the focus on language recovery as “something that Indigenous people have been asking for, hungry for, waiting for, for a long time.”

“This is a critical issue for Indigenous people,” Bishop MacDonald said. “Recovery and revitalization of language is really central to what a livable future will be.”

“Studies have shown that retention of language, the strength of language, has a lot to say about the resilience of people,” he added. “And so the strength of language often is an indication of the strength of a community.”

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, noted that this year’s 22 Days coincides with the appointment of Melanie Delva as reconciliation animator, as well as the day of Pentecost—the same day on which, in the Acts of the Apostles, a crowd comes together with each person hearing the Good News in their own language.

“I think people are more conscious than ever of the importance of recovering of language … so I think this has the potential to really, really ignite a lot of interest and commitment from people,” the Primate said.

He expressed his hope that the 22 Days would become a standing commitment for the Anglican Church of Canada well into the future.

“I would say it’s really quite a lovely development that the 22 Days has become something of a pattern in the life of our church … I think it’s really good that that’s become a feature of our church’s continuing commitment to reconciliation.”

View a list of resources to observe this year’s 22 Days. Sign up for the event on Facebook at


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, May 30, 2017