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Follow International Anglican Family Network on Facebook

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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We have launched the International Anglican Family Network’s new Facebook page  to share stories more often.

Thank you for your interest in the Anglican Family Network newsletters. A new social media platform will enable us to share good practice stories more often and keep in touch with each other.

We look forward to seeing stories on how you or your church is taking care of families in different cultures and countries.

Feel free to invite your friends to join us on Facebook.

International Anglican Family Network team

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International Anglican Family Network e-mail, June 12, 2015

Church leaders call for review of Columbia River Treaty

Posted on: June 13th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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To President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper

June 11, 2015

We write to you to add our voices to those who are calling for a review of the Columbia River Treaty in order to respect the rights, dignity and traditions of the Columbia Basin tribes and First Nations by including them in the implementation and management of the Treaty, and to include the healthy functioning of the ecosystem as an equal purpose of the Treaty.

On September 23, 2014, you received the Declaration on Ethics and Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty, and the Columbia River Pastoral Letter upon which the Declaration is based. The Declaration sets forth eight valuable principles to consider in the review of the Columbia River Treaty.

As noted in the Declaration, the original treaty only included flood control and hydroelectric power generation as international management purposes of the Columbia River. We stand at a critical moment in history regarding both the renewal of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and the addressing of climate change. In fact, Indigenous rights and climate justice are deeply inter- related. The right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent is enshrined in the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The wisdom of Indigenous peoples is vital to addressing the environmental crisis.

We hear in this moment the call of God to work for justice and to deepen our practice of living as treaty people. In this time of climate change, the United States and Canada working together to promote stewardship of shared waters would be a sign of hope for a healthier environment and a fairer world.

Please move forward with negotiations to review the Columbia River Treaty, and thereby provide a respectful, just and sustainable model for stewardship of these vital waters.

Sincerely,

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz
Primate
Anglican Church of Canada

Bishop Susan Johnson
National Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod,  June 12, 2015

Applications Invited for Regional Gatherings

Posted on: May 29th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR REGIONAL GATHERINGS

 

Kamloops (BC)—Generous funding from the Diocese of Toronto provides for Regional gatherings where travel costs are high and local funds fall short. Through this gift to the Council of the North and Indigenous Ministries, Council of the North Members as well as more southern communities where there is a considerable Indigenous presence will be able to apply for funds.

 

These Regional gatherings will support the work of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous non-stipendiary priests, deacons, catechists and other recognized lay leaders in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Gatherings will centre on the healing power of the Gospels and will be individually designed to suit the needs of the ministers in the area.

The National Working Group will evaluate each proposal based on how well it fits the mandate for the regional gatherings, the timing of the event, and the plans for reporting back to the wider church on the learning from the gathering.

 

Mandate for Regional Gatherings:

  • Drawing church leadership together for renewal and healing;
  • Focusing on those doing unpaid ministry – lay or ordained;
  • Encouraging youth to participate;
  • Focusing on renewal of local communities and emergence of new ministries;
  • Addressing the concerns and joys of the local church, honouring the traditions and culture of the particular regions;
  • Providing adequate time for rest and recreation, fellowship and fun during each event.

A two-step application process will include a one-page proposal, which, once approved, is to be followed by a full application.

Deadlines for proposals: June 1, 2015; September 15, 2015; March 15, 2016; September 15, 2016; March 15, 2017; and September 15, 2017.

 

 

Download Application forms: http://www.anglican.ca/cn/regional-gatherings or http://www.anglican.ca/about/ccc/acip/

Or contact:

The Regional Gathering National Working Group

c/o The Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior

360 Nicola St.

Kamloops, BC     V2C 2P5

Email Bishop Barbara Andrews: apcibishop@shaw.ca Phone: 778-471-5573

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Council of the North Communications, May 29, 2015

The Mission to Seafarers: Sea Sunday 2015

Posted on: May 28th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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The Mission to Seafarers: Canada

Sea Sunday
July 12, 2015

Please pray for seafarers and the work of the Mission to Seafarers, the Apostleship of the Sea and the International Sailors Society

 

For more information: http://www.missiontoseafarers.ca/

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Bishop launches walk through seven archdeaconries

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Photo Credit: McKnight/Diocese of Fredericton

[Diocese of Fredericton] If you see a man with a walking stick on the side of a Charlotte County road in the next two weeks, chances are it’s David Edwards, bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton. He’s on a 14-day spiritual pilgrimage, the first of many, he says.

The Anglican geography in New Brunswick, Canada, divides it into seven archdeaconries, and Bishop David chose St. Andrews for his first annual pilgrimage.

“My intent is to walk through each archdeaconry over seven summers,” said the bishop. “I think it’s important that a bishop be seen as the shepherd of the flock, and there is a need for me to be out there — visible and accessible.”

His goal on this pilgrimage is to have the opportunity to pray and to meet with church members and others along the way. People are invited to join him for an hour, an afternoon or a day. The highlight will be meeting many people, he said.

This isn’t the first time he’s taken on such an ambitious project. Before immigrating to Canada, he tackled long distance routes in Cornwall and Northern Ireland, as well as the Pennine Way, a national trail in England, his birthplace.

The walk begins Sunday after a confirmation at the Church of the Resurrection in Grand Bay-Westfield. He hopes to get to the Church of the Good Shepherd in West Saint John by that evening, a distance of 13 kilometres.

Almost every night will be spent on a cot in an Anglican church along the way. He has no problem with that, having slept on many floors during his previous pilgrimages.

“I didn’t even have a pillow,” he said of one journey. “I rolled up my walking boot in a towel and used that.”

Trevor Fotheringham, a long-distance walker from Saint John who last year hiked the 789-km Camino Way in Spain, has been the bishop’s trainer and route planner and will be with him every step of the way.

The bishop’s pilgrimage will include trips to Grand Manan and Campbello Islands. The average daily walk will be about 13 km for a total of 189 km.

 

Follow Bishop Edwards during the pilgrimage on his blog.

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Anglican Communion News Service, ACNS Daily Summary, May 27, 2015

Applications invited for regional gatherings

Posted on: May 25th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Council of the North

 

Kamloops (BC)—Generous funding from the Diocese of Toronto provides for Regional gatherings where travel costs are high and local funds fall short. Through this gift to the Council of the North and Indigenous Ministries, Council of the North Members as well as more southern communities where there is a considerable Indigenous presence will be able to apply for funds.

These Regional gatherings will support the work of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous non-stipendiary priests, deacons, catechists and other recognized lay leaders in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Gatherings will centre on the healing power of the Gospels and will be individually designed to suit the needs of the ministers in the area.

The National Working Group will evaluate each proposal based on how well it fits the mandate for the regional gatherings, the timing of the event, and the plans for reporting back to the wider church on the learning from the gathering.

  • Mandate for Regional Gatherings:
  • Drawing church leadership together for renewal and healing;
  • Focusing on those doing unpaid ministry – lay or ordained;
  • Encouraging youth to participate;
  • Focusing on renewal of local communities and emergence of new ministries;
  • Addressing the concerns and joys of the local church, honouring the traditions and culture of the particular regions;
  • Providing adequate time for rest and recreation, fellowship and fun during each event.

A two-step application process will include a one-page proposal, which, once approved, is to be followed by a full application.

Deadlines for proposals: June 1, 2015; September 15, 2015; March 15, 2016; September 15, 2016; March 15, 2017; and September 15, 2017.

Download Application forms: http://www.anglican.ca/cn/regional-gatherings or http://www.anglican.ca/about/ccc/acip/

Or contact:

The Regional Gathering National Working Group
c/o The Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior
360 Nicola St.
Kamloops, BC     V2C 2P5
Email Bishop Barbara Andrews: apcibishop@shaw.ca Phone: 778-471-5573

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, May 25, 2015

Subsidized Green Building Audits available for parishes

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Green Audit photo from reportCreation Matters, the environmental working group of the Anglican Church of Canada, has partnered with Greening Sacred Spaces to offer a program subsidizing “green building audits” for parishes.

Faith and the Common Good—The Green Building Audit aims to reduce the impact of parishes on the natural environment by helping them find easy, cost-effective ways to make their buildings more sustainable and find significant savings.

Priced on a sliding scale that starts at $800, with increases based on the size and complexity of the project, the Subsidized Green Building Audit Program offers a grant to successful applicants that covers two-thirds of the cost of a green audit to a maximum of $1,000.

In exchange, parishes must agree to host a public information seminar on energy efficiency with Greening Sacred Spaces and provide one year’s worth of energy consumption data to establish a baseline for other parishes to compare their performance improvements.

Enthusiastic beneficiaries of the Green Audit program include two Ottawa churches, St. James the Apostle Church and the Church of St. John the Evangelist.

Following the audit recommendations, St. James installed a rain barrel to help cut water consumption, as well as a composter. Meanwhile, a parish team began exploring opportunities to link the “big picture” audit findings to enhancing mission work.

Though long believing that Christians are called to be stewards of creation, the Rev. Monique Stone noted that “the audit was like an awakening. We actually have to do something about it!”

At St. John the Evangelist, church members created a “to-do” list based on recommendations from their green audit.

The parish now seeks to weather-strip doors and windows, as well as caulk and seal around equipment that affects the building envelope. Plans to revamp the lighting system by installing timers and sensors are also underway.

Going forward, its Green Team plans to upgrade insulation, replace old exterior doors and single-paned windows with Energy Star models, deal with leaks, and promote education and awareness.

“I would say it was a great experience to have the auditor come and have us follow him around,” Building Committee member Bob Green said.

“He would observe…each of the different rooms, what could be done, and point out a number of things we literally hadn’t thought about.”

On the East coast, St. John’s Anglican Church in Crapaud, P.E.I., brought in energy expert Stephen Collette from Greening Sacred Spaces to conduct a Green Audit in January 2015.

Accompanied by church staff and parishioners, Collette evaluated St. John’s for energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, daily operations, and maintenance.

He then delivered 40 pages of recommendations, including tips for more efficient furnace operation, building upgrades, caulking leaks, data on oil and electrical use, and steps to reduce consumption. As a result of the audit, St. John’s has installed low-flush toilets and insulation around the floors, and is considering further improvements.

“It was well worth what we paid,” the Rev. Margaret Collins said.

Collected stories of all 2014 green audits are available online.

Those interested in applying should complete the Green Building Audit Support Application Form and submit it via email to Greening Sacred Spaces. Grant recipients will be selected and audits scheduled in discussion with the applicant.

The deadline for applications to the Subsidized Green Audit Program is June 30, 2015.

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, May 19, 2015

New damage and disease threaten Nepal

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Lutheran World Relief, a member of the ecumenical aid organization ACT Alliance, distributes emergency supplies to people in Nepal, but an LWF report says the need for tarpaulins to shelter people who have been displaced from their homes far exceeds the number distributed.    Photo: Courtesy of ACT Allliance


Two weeks before the May 25 deadline set by the Canadian government for matching donations given to registered charities for earthquake relief in Nepal, the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) announced that Anglicans had so far donated $167, 937.

The need for aid was tremendous after a massive earthquake hit the country on April 25, killing more than 8,000 people, injuring more than 17,866, displacing two million people from their homes and devastating much of the country’s infrastructure.

And the situation worsened when a second quake of 7.3 magnitude struck on May 12, killing an additional 66 people and causing further damage to housing and infrastructure. According to information from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), many areas around the epicentre are particularly susceptible to landslide, and some slides have already been reported in Langtang region in the Himalayas. Reports of people buried under rubble were coming in from across the country, the UN News Service reported.

Officials from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) have also warned of an increasing threat of disease in the country, the UN News Service has reported. “We have a four-week window to preposition medical supplies in affected districts and strengthen the country’s water, sanitation and hygiene systems so as to shield it against the threat of disease outbreaks,” said Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia. “These include water-borne and vector-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria, along with acute respiratory infections.”

PWRDF initially released an aid grant of $20,000 right after the first quake, which was channelled through its partner ACT Alliance, a global ecumenical organization that works on the ground in emergencies worldwide.

PWRDF communications co-ordinator Simon Chambers said that PWRDF has helped to provide food, blankets and tarpaulins to 820 families hardest hit by the earthquake in the Katmandu Valley.

“Lack of shelter remains the biggest challenge,” with more than 900,000 shell-shocked survivors still sleeping outdoors, according to a report from Lutheran World Federation, an ACT Alliance member that launched “a large-scale emergency response” in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lamjung and Pokhara, where it has been operating for years. “The need for tarpaulins by far exceeds the number given out,” the report said.

According to the Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS), 18 Anglican church buildings have been destroyed. More than 8,000 homes in the communities where the church was present were also destroyed, according to the Rev. Lewis Lew, dean of the deanery of Nepal, which is under the oversight of the diocese of Singapore in the ecclesiastical province of South East Asia.

“We have lost many members, including a dear pastor,” said Lew, who earlier confirmed in a letter that Pastor Laxman Tamang and 17 parishioners in the church in the village of Choke in Dhading district were killed in the April 25 quake.

“This will be an important time for the Anglican Church in Nepal, and we need your prayers, for myself and the clergy team from Singapore, as we stand together with our brethren,” he said.

PWRDF said Canadian Anglicans wishing to support its relief efforts in Nepal can do so:

Online

You can designate your online donation at pwrdf.org for “Nepal Earthquake.”

By phone

For credit card donations, contact:

Ricky de Castro

416-924-9192 ext. 318;

1-866-308-7973

Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.

 

By mail

Please make cheques payable to “PWRDF,” mark them for “Nepal Earthquake” and send them to:

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund,

The Anglican Church of Canada

80 Hayden St.

Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2.

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Anglican Journal News, May 14, 2015

Explore Anglican Witness resource hub

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Anglican Witness is a growing community. We have gathered useful publications and online learning resources from around the Communion to equip Christians to live out their faith in everyday life.

Feel free to explore Anglican Witness resource hub and share it in your community. Choose the most relevant topic from discipleship, engaging with youth or evangelism.

In addition, the new Anglican Communion document library contains publications in eight languages dating from 1867 to nowadays on a wide variety of topics such as baptism and confirmation, children and youth, church growth, ecumenism, evangelism, mission and others.

Since our last mail bulletin we have gained more followers and subscribers, thank you for spreading the word. We encourage you to get in touch with us directly and share your personal stories on living out Christian faith.

We also invite you to actively participate in discussions on Anglican Witness Facebook group and check out the Anglican Witness website.     Looking forward to your ideas and suggestions,

 

The Mission Department of the Anglican Communion Office

Revd John Kafwanka, Director for Mission

Ilona Sabera, Communication and Research Officer

http://www.anglicancommunion.org/mission/anglican-witness.aspx

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Anglican Witness, May 13, 2015

‘Hunger is not a Game’: Anglican youth in Canada reflecting on famine and food security (Resources)

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hunger is not a gameHow to encourage responsible consumption and create awareness of global south challenges, such as famine or difficult climate conditions? To sensitise young people about food security and scarcity of resources  the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWDF) have produced a resource based on ‘The Hunger Games trilogy’, a popular film and book about a mystical country that deprives its citizen access to food.

The story of the film takes place in Panem where an oppressive government forces youth to fight each other to death in the annual Hunger Games. In an easily accessible language of popular culture in six interactive learning sessions, young people are invited to reflect on the messages about food and actions of different characters in the film fragments.

The resource has been developed by the Rev. Monique Stone and PWRDF’s youth facilitator Sheilagh McGlynn.  It was presented last October in Ottawa gathering 120 people from over a dozen congregations with 12 parishes each bringing a different type of loaf of bread to represent the 12 districts of Panem. “Holding the Eucharist in the Bank of Canada vault at the bottom of the ‘Diefenbunker’ [Cold War museum] was an appropriate place to examine privilege vs. need,” said Rev. Stone.  “The Hunger Games Eucharist helped the youth to recognize the connection between the book and real issues of hunger in our world,” Stone concluded.

[quotes and information from the Anglican Journal]

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Anglican Witness, May 12, 2015