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Anglican Church of Canada’s 2014 annual report now available

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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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 http://ww2.anglican.ca/annualreport.

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 Anglican.ca, 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.

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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
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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.

 

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

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Anglicans send funds for wildfire relief

Posted on: July 9th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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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 anglican.ca. “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

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Anglican Journal News, July 09, 2015

Dear editor…

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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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 (anglicanjournal.com/departments/letters-to-the-editor) 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 anglicanjournal.com. Keep them coming!

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Anglican Journal News, July 03, 2015

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