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New film shines light on ACO’s work

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Posted on: April 24, 2017

[ACNS] The Communications team at the Anglican Communion office has produced a short film highlighting the work of directors and staff. It also gives a taste of the work of the Anglican Alliance which is based in the same building in west London.

The 15-minute film has been produced in English but versions with subtitles in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Swahili will be available soon.

Director for Communications, Adrian Butcher, said it was important for the ACO’s work to be better known and believed it would be a useful resource.

“An incredible amount of work is done through this office on the behalf of the Anglican Communion around the world, but I don’t think we’ve always been very good at explaining that,” he said. “My colleagues were a little reluctant to be filmed at first because their focus is entirely on serving the Church – they all shrink at the idea of anything that appears to be self-publicity. But it is important for the Communion to know more about what we do. This film is just an introduction to that.

“We often have guests from across the globe at the ACO. And, of course, many of us travel the world as part of our work. This film will be a simple way to introduce ourselves at home and abroad.”



Anglican Communion News Service,  Daily update from the ACNS on Monday 24th April, 2017

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund 2017 Resources

Posted on: April 23rd, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund

2017 Resources

PWRDF will be distributing resources earlier in 2017! This responds to requests we have had for an earlier order date that will allow more time for planning events in the fall. This year, PWRDF will highlight another organizational priority, maternal, newborn and child health through PWRDF’s All Mothers and Children Count program.

Promotional resources: Placemats, bookmarks, donation envelopes, a sixth edition of the ever popular Super Friends, Super Friends6! – Health and Wellbeing, all reflect the importance of maternal and child health through educational resources for use at gatherings, events –wherever health and wellbeing are a priority.
Learn about PWRDF’s new All Mothers and Children Count (AMCC) program by ordering the 2017 edition of the MNCH brochure and carry PWRDF’s MNCH Guiding Principles with you on a new MNCH bookmark. A 2017 edition of Introducing PWRDF will acquaint all with current programs and partners.

Educational resources: Sharing Bread (Three) completes the Sharing Bread trilogy and encourages people to come together to learn about food security; Hunger is not a game – a great resource to draw youth to issues of food and justice.

Mapping the Ground We Stand On is an interactive workshop facilitator’s guide that offers Indigenous and settler participants an opportunity to explore their historic and current place on the map of Canada and in relationship to one another.

Promotional and educational resources are available to order and download on our website. For more information, please contact Christine Hills, [email protected].

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund Email Update – April 21, 2017

Drought and famine relief embodies spirit of Lent

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

Rice is a staple crop of South Sudan, one of the East African countries currently threatened by famine. Photo by Chacha.madison (own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Drought and famine relief embodies spirit of Lent

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For one small congregation in the Anglican Diocese of Saskatchewan, the spirit of the Lenten season found palpable expression at a March 12 Sunday service in response to the threat of drought and famine in East Africa.

The week prior to the service, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien declared to the Security Council that 20 million people were in danger of starving to death in what he called “the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN,” a crisis exacerbated by war and drought.

Speaking to the ecumenical congregation at Turtle River Parish in the village of Mervin, where the local church has hosted a shared Anglican-United ministry for 47 years, Bishop Michael Hawkins—who regularly preaches at the church—read aloud his letter to congregations across the diocese asking for a special offering to be taken up on March 26 for emergency response in East Africa and elsewhere.

By the following Wednesday, the Mervin congregation had sent a $3,500 cheque to the Diocese of Saskatchewan payable to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), and another cheque for $1,500 to Mission and Service, the umbrella development and relief organization for the United Church of Canada.

“That was just one congregation—I think the attendance that Sunday was 22 people,” Bishop Hawkins said. “So it was miraculous and remarkable.

“You worry that people’s financial resources are exhausted, and that their sympathy and compassion has been exhausted in these times, and that’s certainly not the case in that congregation. I was moved to tears.”

Highlighting the presence of both Anglican and United church members, which he said underscored the value parishioners placed on “the unity of the human family and the Christian family”, the bishop drew a connection between Lent and the gift of the Mervin congregation.

“Obviously something connected with them,” he said. “It’s a generous and happy congregation in Mervin. But one of the traditional things in Lent is extending yourself in some way and caring for the poor and the needy and the neglected, whether that’s people actually doing works or the old tradition of coin boxes and the like.

“It has been always a time for works and acts of mercy … I suspect, as this crisis grows to be as big as some are fearing, that there’ll be a lot more tension and there may be more work.”

The Diocese of Saskatchewan continues to collect donations from across the diocese payable to PWRDF, which has been at the front lines of the Canadian Anglican response to the hunger crisis in East Africa.

Working with its partner organizations, the agency has donated $50,000 to the ACT Alliance appeal for South Sudan and Kenya, $20,000 to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency for famine relief in South Sudan, and $30,000 to the ACT Alliance appeal to address the drought emergency in Somalia.

A concerted PWRDF campaign to provide famine relief, running until May 31, is currently underway. The agency continues to accept donations for South Sudan and Kenya.

Make a donation to support famine relief in East Africa.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, April 12, 2017

Major restoration in store for Ottawa cathedral

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

By Art Babych on April 12, 2017

Blair Seaborn, chair of Restoration 120, and Dean Shane Parker pose before a window at Christ Church Cathedral showing an area in need of urgent repair. Photo: Art Babych

Christ Church in Ottawa marks its 120th anniversary as a cathedral this year, but along with the celebrations comes word that the heritage church is urgently in need of repair.A consultant’s report commissioned by the cathedral corporation last fall identified six “critical areas” needing to be fixed immediately and other areas requiring attention over the next five years.

One of the most critical areas are buttresses located on the west wall of the cloister garden, also known as the Garth, where mortar is crumbling and cracks are appearing.

“Not far in the future, the gaps and cracking could cause individual stones to fall, leading to the collapse of the walls,” says Blair Seaborn, who is chair of Restoration 120, a fundraising campaign to raise $120,000 for repairs.

“We’ve been told over and over by engineers that they’re not decorative,” said Seaborn. “The buttresses are rather critical in holding up the roof and walls.”

“Some things simply needed to be done immediately,” said Cathedral Dean Shane Parker in an Anglican Journal interview with Seaborn March 14. “We felt we needed to ramp it up quickly now as we have this window in order to address those things which are important and urgent, with the full understanding that we will continue to do restoration for years afterwards.”

The “window” is the result of a pause between two phases of construction in the joint venture Cathedral Hill development project started in 2012. The first phase involved the demolition of cathedral hall and the construction of a 21-storey condominium complex by Windmill Developments on church-leased land.

The repairs to the west wall were part of the restoration strategy presented to a special vestry meeting January 29 when the members of the congregation voted unanimously to authorize expenditures of up to $450,000 for the restoration work on both the cathedral and Lauder Hall, located on the same property.

“We have about $400,000 dollars of restoration that ought to happen in this calendar year and we will do some refinancing, said Parker. “But, we wanted the congregation to have an opportunity to contribute, as well as anyone who loves the cathedral for its heritage, for its religious and cultural value, and we thought we would start an appeal for $120,000.”

In earlier years, the cathedral received some small grants from the federal and provincial governments, but money for the restoration has come mainly from parishioners and other parish groups. “The simple truth is that it is a heritage asset but it’s ours to maintain,” said Parker.

Christ Church Cathedral, built in the 1870s on a bluff near Parliament Hill, is the public face of the Anglican church in the nation’s capital as well as the mother church of the diocese of Ottawa.

It has hosted the state funerals of three governors-general and two prime ministers and a commemorative service for the Queen Mother, and is the cathedral of the Anglican ordinariate.

It is also the church where the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada delivers his annual New Year’s Day message, and is the church where most of the clergy in the diocese are ordained.

As well, Parker said more than 300 non-church events are held in the church each year. “Our ministry touches the lives of many, many people in the nation’s capital and in a lot of different ways beyond the building’s external beauty,” he said. “We welcome any participation in this restoration project.”

Those wishing to donate to Restoration 120 can do so by cheque, marked clearly on the envelope as well as on the cheque for “Restoration 120,” and addressed to Josephine Hull, Administrator, at this address:

Christ Church Cathedral,
414 Sparks Street,
Ottawa, ON K1R 0B2

Contact information:
Phone: (613) 236-9149
Email: [email protected]

About the Author

Art Babych

Art is the former editor of Crosstalk, the newspaper of the Anglican diocese of Ottawa.
Anglican Journal News, April 12, 2017

Lent Study Guide (Resources)

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments



Lent Study Guide

Available online, PDF, and/or app

Trinity Institute 2017 will coincide with the second week of Lent. In order to enhance that vital season of prayer, study, and repentance, members of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network have created a Lent Study Guide. The guide is available for individuals and groups on the web, in a PDF, and as an app for smartphones and tablets in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The study guide PDF is available to download below:

English Study Guide

Spanish Study Guide

Portuguese Study Guide

French Study Guide


To view the study guide in the app follow these steps:

1) From your smartphone or tablet, click the links to download the Issuu app from iTunes or Google Play
2) Search for Water of Life Lenten Study Guide in the Issuu app.

Each week includes a contextual meditation, scripture, a prayer, and online resources. The Rev. Jeff Golliher, the Anglican Communion’s environmental representative at the United Nations, is editing the guide. The writers are:
  • Dr. Andrew Leake, Anglican Diocese of Northern Argentina;
  • Rachel Mash, Anglican Church of Southern Africa;
  • The Right Reverend Dr. Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Waikato, New Zealand;
  • Michael Schut, The Episcopal Church in the United States;
  • Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackadu, Church of Southern India.
  • And, writing a special meditation for Palm Sunday: The Right Reverend Ellinah Wamukoya, bishop of Swaziland and convener of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network

Lent Sermon Series

Available online

Our partners at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London will offer a preaching series on the theology of water at Evensong each Sunday in Lent. Each sermon will be posted the following week, with study questions crafted by the preachers.

  • March 5: The Rev. Canon Dr. Edmund Newell, Principal, Cumberland Lodge, “The Sacramental Sea”
  • March 12: The Rev. Canon John Rodwell, Honorary Canon Blackburn Cathedral
  • March 19: Lorraine Kingsley, CEO, Toilet Twinning
  • March 26: Barbara Ridpath, Director of St Paul’s Institute
  • April 2: The Rt. Rev. James Jones, “The Tree and the Water of Life”
  • April 9 (Palm Sunday): The Rt. Rev. the Lord Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury


Trinity Church Wall Street, Trinity Institute Website, March 2017

PWRDF announces $50,000 more for East Africa

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

By Tali Folkins on March 15, 2017

An estimated 16 million people in East Africa are now facing serious hunger as a result of drought and war. Photo: ©UNICEF/UN056039/Holt

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is committing another $50,000 for famine and drought relief in East Africa, the aid agency announced Tuesday, March 14.

PWRDF is making a $20,000 contribution to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Canada through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, an emergency food aid agency of which PWRDF is a member. ADRA is currently operating a program that provides child-friendly spaces and school supplies to displaced families in Juba, South Sudan.

PWRDF is also pledging $30,000 to ACT Alliance, a coalition of church-based agencies, for drought relief in Somalia. The money will help provide food, water, sanitation, education, health care and livestock to people suffering from a severe drought in that country, PWRDF said.

Four seasons of scant rain have devastated crops and livestock in that country, causing many people to sell what they have and borrow food and money to survive, the agency said. About 6.2 million Somalis now need humanitarian aid, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The funding announcement follows an earlier appeal and commitment of $50,000 PWRDF made for famine and drought relief in South Sudan and Kenya Feb. 24.

All together, an estimated 16 million people in East Africa are now facing serious hunger because of drought and, in South Sudan, war.

Donations to PWRDF’s East Africa emergency response 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, Emergency Response East Africa,” and sent to:

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

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, March 17, 2017

Anglicans and Lutherans invite participation in daily reflections for Lent

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Posted on: March 13, 2017

Liberated by God’s Grace – Anglican Lutheran Reflections

Anglicans and Lutherans from around the world have prepared 42 biblical reflections which are suitable for a Lenten study programme, to mark together the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The authors represent a balance of global Anglicanism and Global Lutheranism, and include both ordained and lay people, women and men.

Although suitable for a Lenten study programme, the reflections can also be used at any other time of the year and it is the hope of the Anglican Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee that the reflections will continue to be used long after 2017. They are being posted day by day throughout Lent on the websites of both The Lutheran World Federation and the Anglican Communion.

The reflections are guided by The Lutheran World Federation’s overarching theme for the 2017 commemoration: “Liberated by God’s Grace”, with its three sub-themes, “Salvation: Not for Sale”, “Human beings: Not for Sale”, and “Creation: Not for Sale”. Rather than simply focussing on the events of the sixteenth century, like the LWF themes, these reflections focus on what Reformation in its broadest sense means for Christians today.

The authors represent a balance of global Anglicanism and Global Lutheranism, and include both ordained and lay people, women and men.

The Director of Unity, Faith and Order at the Anglican Communion, the Revd John Gibaut has contributed one of the reflections: “This timely volume brings together diverse Anglican and Lutheran voices from around the world in wondrous harmony, as we reflect together on what reformation and renewal mean for Christians today and into our common future. For Anglicans, the volume is an experience of “receptive ecumenism” and a way to engage in the Lutheran World’s Federation’s 2017 theme, “Liberated by God’s Grace”.


Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Monday 13 March, 2017

Spend a year living in God’s Rhythm

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Spend a year living in God’s Rhythm

Join the Sisters of Saint John the Divine for a year’s travel adventure as we follow Jesus on the road of prayer, community, learning, service, and creative enjoyment.

The Sisters of Saint John the Divine invite women between the ages of 22 and 40 to explore an expression of new monasticism rooted in the Anglican tradition. Companions will develop a rhythm of life including public and private prayer, engage in service to others, and learn to live in intentional community.

Room and board are provided, and most living expenses are covered by the Sisterhood. Companions, in turn, use their gifts to share in the work of ministry and have the same free time, retreat opportunities, and vacation as the Sisters. Grow in wisdom and knowledge through spiritual formation courses offered jointly by the Sisterhood and Wycliffe College (University of Toronto), and those who are eligible may apply for academic credit.

Applications may be submitted any time, and successful candidates will be notified in a timely manner. The deadline for all application materials is June 15, 2017. However, applications are processed as received so those who are interested should inquire early.


For more information browse our website, or contact Sister Constance Joanna: 416.226.2201 ext.316 [email protected]

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News from the Diocese of Montreal!  Programme Office e-newsletter, February 22, 2017

International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017

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

International Women’s Day
8 March, 2017

History of the Day


International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.

Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.


  • 1909   The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on 28 February. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
  • 1910   The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women’s Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women’s rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament. No fixed date was selected for the observance.
  • 1911   As a result of the Copenhagen initiative, International Women’s Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded women’s rights to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.
  • 1913-1914   International Women’s Day also became a mechanism for protesting World War I. As part of the peace movement, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with other activists.
  • 1917   Against the backdrop of the war, women in Russia again chose to protest and strike for “Bread and Peace” on the last Sunday in February (which fell on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar). Four days later, the Czar abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.
  • 1975 During International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March.
  • 1995 The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments, focused on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisioned a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
  • 2014 The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) – the annual gathering of States to address critical issues related to gender equality and women’s rights — focused on “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. UN entities and accredited NGOs from around the world took stock of progress and remaining challenges towards meeting the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs have played an important role in galvanizing attention on and resources for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The UN and Gender Equality

The Charter of the United Nations, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. Since then, the UN has helped create a historic legacy of internationally-agreed strategies, standards, programmes and goals to advance the status of women worldwide.

Over the years, the UN and its technical agencies have promoted the participation of women as equal partners with men in achieving sustainable development, peace, security, and full respect for human rights. The empowerment of women continues to be a central feature of the UN’s efforts to address social, economic and political challenges across the globe.

Canadian Bible Society announces Canada’s first Inuit Bible Translation Conference

Posted on: February 9th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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January 23, 2017 — Toronto, ON

Canada’s national Truth and Reconciliation movement has allowed fresh winds to blow through the dark history of colonization, broken treaties, and residential schools that have so devastated Canada’s indigenous populations. These resilient peoples – First Nations, Metis, and Inuit – are facing formidable obstacles in terms of preserving and revitalizing their precious cultures and languages. For the indigenous Church, Bible translation and Bible-based literacy are strategic and empowering avenues of expression and engagement.

Celebrating a decades’ long partnership with the indigenous peoples of Canada, the Canadian Bible Society is hosting the first-ever Inuit Bible Translation Conference in Toronto from Jan. 30th to Feb 3rd 2017. These meetings will bring together, for the first time, Inuit Bible translation teams from Alaska (Inupiaq), Western Nunavut (Inuinnaqtun), Eastern Nunavut (Inuktitut), Nunatsiavut (Inuttut), and Greenland (Kalaallit), along with church leaders and ministry partners committed to serving the indigenous peoples of the Arctic with Bible translation and Bible engagement tools.

The process of Bible Translation in the 21st century involves not just expertise in the original languages of the Bible – Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic – but also skill in specialized Bible translation software, disciplined project management, and in involving diverse partners who bring different resources to the table. One key ministry partner, Faith Comes by Hearing, will bring a special emphasis on the importance of the spoken word in primarily oral cultures, and share about the amazing advances in technology for recording the Scriptures.

Dr. Myles Leitch, Director of Scripture Translation for the Canadian Bible Society says: “This event is a first in the history of Bible Translation in Canada. We wanted to bring Inuit translation teams together to leverage commonalities in culture and language, to allow the more experienced translators to mentor the newer ones, and to celebrate the resilience and accomplishments of each group. It is also an opportunity to refresh the training of the translation teams in terms of revised software, new approaches to translation, and biblical exegesis.”

Representing a long-standing translation partner, the Anglican Church, Rt. Rev. David Parsons, Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of the Arctic, is slated to deliver the keynote address on the first day of the gathering: “The Importance of Vernacular Scriptures in the Life of the Church”. Other church leaders and ministry partners will bring spiritual reflection and encouragement to the gathering as well. ” It promises to be an exhilarating time together, celebrating the richness of Inuit culture and the diversity of languages among the Inuit people,” says Leitch.

The Canadian Bible Society works exclusively at the invitation of indigenous communities and churches to engage in Scripture translation projects. Our goal is always local ownership for these projects. The Canadian Bible Society is committed to supporting the goals of indigenous communities, to respecting languages and cultures, and to assisting and promoting translation of the Bible into the languages people speak and understand.

Translation of Bible texts follows a rigorous process of drafting, team checking, community checking and consultant checking. We draw upon and apply a large body of best-practice knowledge, developed over many decades, to every translation project, large or small.

The Canadian Bible Society has had a role in translating and/or publishing the Scriptures for many languages. The following list underlines the diversity of projects we have been involved in (not a complete list):

  • Plains Cree (Saskatchewan)
  • Inuktitut (Nunavut, Eastern Arctic)
  • Ojibwe (Ontario, Manitoba)
  • Inuttut (Nunatsiavut, Labrador)
  • Coastal Cree (Quebec)
  • Inupiaq (Alaska)
  • Inuinnaqtun (Nunavut, Central Canadian Arctic)

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent, National Director of the Canadian Bible Society, is likewise enthusiastic about this Inuit Translation Conference, notes, “I am thrilled that we can support the Inuit Christian community and bond over the life-giving Scriptures. I am grateful for the support and care of the Anglican Church and other partners in this venture. We are privileged in seeing lives positively impacted and hope imparted in wonderful ways. Thanks to all parties for making this Bible Translation conference a wonderful way to care for one another and trust God together.”

Currently in our 111th year, the mandate of the Canadian Bible Society is today as it always has been: to promote and encourage, without doctrinal note or comment, the translation, publication, distribution, and use of the Bible, and to co-operate with the United Bible Societies in its worldwide work. The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is a uniquely inter-denominational organization that transcends denominations to partner with individuals, churches, and para-church organizations who similarly believe that God’s Word changes hearts and lives.

The Canadian Bible Society, together with 150 national Bible Societies worldwide, has translated the Bible into more than 100 languages. Last year, more than 418 million Scripture publications were distributed. For more information on the translation projects of the Canadian Bible Society, please contact:

Dr. Myles Leitch, Ph.D. Linguistics, Director of Scripture Translations
T: (416) 689-3411 | Toll-free: 1-800-465-2425 Ext. 3411
E: [email protected]

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Canadian Bible Society e-newsletter, January 27, 2017