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Truth and reconciliation exhibit ready to travel

Posted on: August 12th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

The Toronto truth and reconciliation exhibit has attracted thousands of visitors and is now being offered on loan to other Canadian venues. Photo: Michael Hudson

All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, the see of the diocese of Edmonton, will be the next stop for Truth and Reconciliation: A Special Exhibit on the Legacy of the Residential Schools. The historical display of texts and photographs, launched at Toronto’s Cathedral Church of St. James in early July, closes there Sept. 12 and is being offered on loan to other venues for unspecified periods of time.

The collection carries forward the spirit of rapprochement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians embodied by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report delivered on June 2. Its five sections—In the Beginning, Truth, Apology, Healing and Reconciliation—has taken thousands of Toronto viewers through 262 years of the Anglican church’s sometimes troubled relations with Canada’s Indigenous peoples, from 1753 to the present day.

Its curator wants it to do the same for people in other parts of Canada. “We’ll need a couple of weeks to pack up the exhibit into sections and then we’ll send it by courier to Bishop Jane Alexander in Edmonton,” said Nancy Mallett, St. James archivist and exhibits committee chair. “We’ll be including the texts and pictures but not the artifacts,” said Mallett. The Edmonton exhibit will likely open in October.

Exhibitors are free to include or exclude items as they see fit and to adapt the exhibit, which covers five triple-sided display towers in spacious St. James Cathedral, to the room they have available. “We’re hoping that other exhibitors will add their own material and related photos and artifacts. That will enrich the exhibit and make it more meaningful and interesting locally,” said Mallett.

The display has drawn favourable comment from Toronto visitors and from U.S. observers engaged in truth and reconciliation stateside, and soon it will go on tour. “I’m not sure what shape the items will be in after being put up and taken down a few times, but we hope they’ll hold up,” said Mallett with a chuckle.

For information on borrowing the exhibit, contact Nancy Mallett at 416-364-7865, ext. 233 or [email protected]

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Anglican Journal News, August 11, 2015

Picture Your Faith

Posted on: August 12th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

The goal of Picture Your Faith is to tell stories of faith through photographs, and each month the Anglican Journal will invite submissions based on a particular theme. Pictures chosen will be showcased in an online photo gallery and occasionally in the newspaper. We invite you to send your best photos for the theme “Abundance.” Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Photos should be high resolution (at least 2500 x 1674 and 300 dpi) and sent by email to [email protected]

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Anglican Journal News, August 11, 2015

Introduction to Montreal intern reflections

Posted on: August 7th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

**Over the next few weeks I would like to welcome some wonderful guest writers to The Community. Some of the interns of the Montreal Mission Internship will be sharing their reflections as they wrap up their time in this innovative program in the Diocese of Montreal. Rev. Rhonda Waters is part of the leadership team that works with this program and will introduce you to an experiment in mission. Watch for more reflections over the next few weeks to get a better idea of this program.—Laura Walton

Montreal interns croppedThe Montreal Mission Internship, run by the Montreal Diocesan Theological College (Dio), is a hands-on experiment in mission – what does it look like, how does it feel, what does it make us think about? Five very different young adults took up this challenge and designed five very different projects. They have each learned a great deal and those of us with the privilege of spending time with them have learned a great deal as well. The interns and their work have challenged us to think about mission in the broadest possible sense, to contemplate the ways in which God is already at work in the world and to be creative in the ways in which we can imagine joining in. They have asked good, hard questions about faith, about church, about community, and justice and truth and suffering and hope and relationships and the list goes on and on.

But the interns aren’t the only ones who have been experimenting with mission this summer. Dio and its funding partners, the Diocese of Montreal and the Anglican Foundation of Canada, have been experimenting as well. This internship has been an opportunity for us to think about how we reach out beyond our institutions and our traditional activities. These five interns were not hired in the hopes that they would become priests or even active (and donating) lay leaders in Anglican parishes around the city. Most of our time has not been directed towards formal educational activities, theological or otherwise. We have not used our lovely, if rather old-fashioned, college chapel for worship. Instead, we have entered into the conversation as learners in our own right, as seekers after God and God’s desire for our own lives and the life of our institution. Few, if any, questions have been answered. Yet we have all grown over the course of these weeks and I am confident that the full measure of that growth will not be realized until well after the internship is over.

As the internship draws to a close, we will be sharing reflections from each of the interns here on the Community. These reflections are summaries of sorts, but for a more complete picture of the work that has been going on, please visit Dio’s website where they have been blogging steadily all summer. In addition, the Rev’d Nicholas Pang and myself have each written reflections on the internship in various locations: in the Anglican Montreal (reprinted here), on the website of Christ Church Cathedral, and in the Anglican Journal Online. We hope that you will find all of these reflections thought-provoking and hope-inspiring, evidence that God is working in many wonderful ways to lead us into mission.

The Rev’d Rhonda Waters is a member of the Montreal Mission Internship program leadership team. Rhonda is also Associate Priest and Director of Education at Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal.

Laura Walton

About Laura Walton

Laura Walton is part of the Youth Initiatives Team for the Anglican Church of Canada. She is the half time youth minister at All Saints’, Collingwood and has a private counselling practice in the area as well. As the mom of 2 teenagers, a Preacher’s Kid, and long time volunteer in the Diocese of Toronto Laura has worked in the field of youth and children’s ministry on the ground floor level for many years. Laura has a love for sports, music and challenging the status quo which she brings to her work in youth and children’s ministry.

The Community, An update from The Community, July 24, 2015

Video hymnal a boon for small congregations

Posted on: August 6th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Bishop Gordon Light, retired bishop of the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior, plays guitar and sings along with members of the Khoros vocal group as lyrics from the song are displayed at the bottom in a screenshot from the 'Sing Hallelujah!' video hymnal.

Bishop Gordon Light, retired bishop of the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior, plays guitar and sings along with members of the Khoros vocal group as lyrics from the song are displayed at the bottom in a screenshot from the ‘Sing Hallelujah!’ video hymnal.

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A new ecumenical resource is offering an alternative way for small groups and congregations to lead worshippers in the singing of hymns and spiritual songs.

Sing Hallelujah! is a video hymnal comprised of a five-volume DVD set. In each video, musicians perform well-known traditional and contemporary hymns while lyrics scroll in large letters along the bottom of the screen, allowing viewers to join in and sing along.

Ralph Milton, a retired former missionary and longtime member of First United Church in Kelowna, B.C., played the lead role in creating the video hymnal. Reflecting his ecumenical outlook, Sing Hallelujah! was designed for use by all denominations, though many selections are drawn from United Church hymn books.

“Having been a writer and penned more books than anybody would want to read, I did a lot of travelling around at one point to small, various congregations,” Milton said.

“The small [churches], it always seemed to me that [they] wanted so badly to sing, but very often there was nobody to lead the singing and the singing was a chore.”

With the advent of technology that made this project financially feasible, Milton hatched the idea of an electronic hymn book that congregations could use to lead them in singing.

He reached out to musicians from a variety of different backgrounds. With financial assistance from BC Conference ProVision Fund and the United Church of Canada Foundation Fund, their collaboration ultimately resulted in Sing Hallelujah!

The video hymnal features approximately 100 different hymns and songs that may be used throughout the church year, including favourites such as Amazing Grace and For All the Saints. An index facilitates the selection of hymns for different points in the liturgical calendar or from a variety of topics.

Bolstering the Anglican presence in the videos, one of the featured musicians is retired bishop Gordon Light, who previously served as bishop of the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (APCI).

An accomplished singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Bishop Light performed six of his own compositions for Sing Hallelujah! alongside eight vocalists from Khoros, a small choir based at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Kelowna.

“It’s an interesting idea, a kind of Mitch Miller version of a hymn book,” Bishop Light said, comparing the video hymnal to the 1960s sing-along TV show Sing Along With Mitch.

“I think it could be valuable in a small congregation with no musician,” he added. “It would be like being led by a choir and being able to pick up the song or hymn.”

APCI itself extensively used Sing Hallelujah! at its recent assembly from May 1 to 3 in Valemount, B.C., where the room they were using had no piano or other musical instruments. The video hymnal was used throughout the assembly for all worship and during breaks in business sections.

“We found it to be really easy to find things on it and quickly set it up, and so it was really easy to sing along and people really engaged in it,” Bishop Barbara Andrews of APCI said.

“So many of our congregations who are without music leadership just found it to be a wonderful resource and just know it will enhance their worship,” she added.

Published by the General Council of the United Church of Canada, Sing Hallelujah! is available for purchase online through United Church Resource Distribution or Wood Lake Books. The full set of five DVDs costs $99.95, while single volumes are $24.95 each.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, July29, 2015

Anglican Church of Canada’s 2014 annual report now available

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

A screenshot from the 2014 annual report of the Anglican Church of Canada.

A screenshot from the 2014 annual report of the Anglican Church of Canada.

2014 annual report now available

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The Anglican Church of Canada’s annual report for 2014 is now available online and can be viewed at

Produced by Resources for Mission in consultation with the Communications and Information Resources department, the report offers donors and church members valuable information on the activity of General Synod ministries from January to December 2014.

Financial statements make up a core element of the report, providing accountability for church spending.

In a change from previous years, when the report featured previously published news stories from, the latest edition boasts original stories produced specifically for the report that describe highlights from the year for each ministry.

“I think that the stories help to bring the financial statements to life, because it’s not just about numbers, but really about relationships,” Resource Development, Research and Donor Relations Coordinator Shannon Cottrell said.

“That is something that not just Resources for Missions values, but I think the entire church values—that we are a relationship church.”

She highlighted the many partnerships fostered by the church at the local, national and global level that are highlighted in the report, such as its relationships with Anglican dioceses around the world through Global Relations.

Along with messages of thanks from Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and General Secretary Michael Thompson, the report gives readers a chance to meet members of the Council of General Synod, the executive body of General Synod.

“They’re giving of their time and their talent to the church, so it’s great to recognize them,” Cottrell said.

Information on how to support the ministries of General Synod by making a gift or donation through the Anglican Appeal rounds out the report.

View the 2014 annual report of the Anglican Church of Canada.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, July 17, 2015

2015 Mission to Seafarers Sea Sunday

Posted on: July 10th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

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.


Our mission is to promote the spiritual, moral and physical well-being of Seafarers and their families world-wide.


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Anglicans send funds for wildfire relief

Posted on: July 9th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

The Rev. Sam Halkett leads a July 8 service at St. James, Little Red Lake Reserve, focusing on the wildfire evacuees, some of whom were in attendance. The diocese sent a cash donation, which was divided equally among six evacuated families. Photo: Mary Brown

With 118 wildfires continuing to burn in northern Saskatchewan—some expected to burn until autumn or even the first snow—the Anglican Church of Canada is providing financial aid for victims.

On July 7, after consulting with Michael Hawkins, bishop of Saskatchewan, the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) announced a grant of $15,000 in relief funding to the Prince Albert Grand Council. This tribal council, representing 12 First Nations with about 30,000 members, is supplementing the efforts of the hard-pressed Red Cross by providing meals, clothing, blankets and shelter. It is also transporting evacuees, giving medical care and helping firefighters battle the conflagrations, of which 57 cover more than 100 hectares.

Archbishop Fred Hiltz and Archdeacon Michael Thompson, the Anglican church’s general secretary, have also pledged $5,000 to the diocese of Saskatchewan for relief efforts.

The donations are “a sign of a church family across the country that cares deeply about what’s happening in the context of a church local,” said Archbishop Hiltz in an interview. “Relief and development is not just what we do around the world, it’s what we have to do, sometimes, right in our own backyard.”

Hiltz also said in a statement, “This is a very difficult time and we continue to pray for everyone affected by these fires.”

Bishop Hawkins and diocesan Indigenous bishop of Missinipi Adam Halkett and are leading the church’s on-the-ground support.

Triggering the biggest evacuation effort in the province’s history, the massive fires, had displaced an estimated 12,000 people as of July 5, with some now having been cleared to return. According to the Canadian Red Cross in Regina, as of July 7, 7,800 were registered with the agency for assistance and temporary shelter.

The same hot dry weather conditions fuelling the fires in Saskatchewan have also triggered blazes in British Columbia, including some close to the diocesan offices in Kelowna.

The Anglican Foundation of Canada (AFC) also stepped in quickly. “When Bishop Hawkins called to ask if the AFC might be able to assist with the needs of evacuees, of course I said yes,” said the foundation’s executive director the Rev. Canon Dr. Judy Rois. “He said he needed $5,000 to meet immediate needs such as food, water and transportation, and we wrote him a cheque for that amount as soon as we hung up!” The money came from the AFC’s Council of the North fund.

“The support that we’ve received, both in terms of prayer and finances, has been overwhelming,” Bishop Hawkins told “There’s really been a sense of solidarity. We talk in the diocese of Saskatchewan about being mamuwe, which is Cree for ‘together,’ and there’s a real sense that Anglicans across the country are together with our folks in this crisis.”

To support the PWRDF’s relief efforts in northern Saskatchewan, donations can be specifically designated with the tag “Saskatchewan Wildfires.”

Contributions can be made to the PWRDF online or by phone: contact Jennifer Brown at 416-924-9192 ext. 355, or 1-866-308-7973.

A young boy rings the bell before a service at St. James, Little Red Lake Reserve, which focused on evacuees of the Saskatchewan wildfires. Photo: Mary Brown


Anglican Journal News, July 09, 2015

Dear editor…

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

By Marites N. Sison

Photo: Saskia Rowley

“Why does Lincoln get 250 and the rest of us a measly 150?”

Thomas Feyer, who edits the Letters to the Editor section of the New York Times, wrote about receiving this query from a sardonic reader when he suggested that letters should be limited to 150 words, or as brief as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Brevity, of course, is a key element of a good letter. But Feyer had another practical reason: he and his small staff have to sift through hundreds of thousands of letters that they receive—every day—in print and online.

Thankfully, a smaller publication like the Anglican Journal doesn’t have this same challenge. But, the Journal does receive its fair share of letters, some even handwritten. This is good news: an engaged, opinionated readership is a sign that readers care about their church and their world. It also means that the newspaper still matters.

Letters from readers are so essential that no publication will ever contemplate doing away with them. The Letters to the Editor section is akin to a public square, with its capacity to provoke thought and encourage robust discussion about issues that affect people’s lives, and to share constructive criticisms, knowledge and—if one gets lucky—new, astounding points of view.

The Journal’s Letters to the Editor section provides a forum for a variety of voices in the church to be heard. The church’s diversity is reflected not just in the stories, but in the letters, where one sees a spectrum of opinion on issues, including (but not limited to) human sexuality, climate change, peace in the Middle East and assisted suicide. Some readers get upset when the newspaper publishes letters contrary to their views, but the reality is simply this: all voices need to be heard.

Why do some letters get printed or published online ( and others don’t see the light of day? There is no exact science behind choosing a letter. But every editor will say that dream letters are those that are succinct, original, to the point, and yes, funny. Letters that offer cogent arguments that advance, rather than hinder, discussions are gold. A surefire formula for not getting published? Write letters where you fly off the handle and resort to name-calling, innuendoes and libellous accusations. (The Journal receives a number of these—oddly enough, often signed, “In Christ’s name.”)

The Journal has not imposed a precise word count for letters, but they are edited for length, clarity and accuracy. As one editor put it, “You are entitled to your opinions, but not your own facts.”

This year marks the Journal’s 140th anniversary and the staff thanks you, dear readers, for taking the time to send your thoughts via snail mail, email, Facebook, Twitter and the comments section online at Keep them coming!


Anglican Journal News, July 03, 2015

Follow International Anglican Family Network on Facebook

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

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


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

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.


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
Anglican Church of Canada

Bishop Susan Johnson
National Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada


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