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Study Grant Programs for Pastors (Louisville Institute)

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

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

Preparing for the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer

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

Preparing for the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Bellringers around the world sought for special day

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

Posted on: June 7, 2017

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

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

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

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


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

ACIP to the Anglican Church: Pray for Tataskweyak Cree Nation

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

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

ACIP to the Anglican Church: Pray for Tataskweyak Cree Nation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Jerusalem Sunday resources highlight women’s voices, support for disabled children

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Jerusalem Sunday resources highlight women’s voices, support for disabled children

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As Canadian Anglicans prepare to celebrate the fourth annual Jerusalem Sunday on May 28, new liturgical resources highlight the perspectives of women and focus on ministry to support disabled children in Jerusalem.

Reflections and sermon notes for Jerusalem Sunday 2017 draw on the experience of Anglican women from the Diocese of Ottawa who travelled to Israel and Palestine last November for a women’s conference and pilgrimage. In Jerusalem, they joined women from the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem for a mutual learning experience on ministry and the history of their shared faith. Since 2011, the Ottawa and Jerusalem have had a formal covenant of partnership together.

Patricia Kirkpatrick, chair of Biblical Studies at McGill University, took the lead in preparing the sermon notes, which include reflections from the Ottawa participants as well as her own thoughts on Scripture.

“We thought we wanted this year in the sermon notes to make it a little bit more personal,” said Andrea Mann, director of Global Relations, adding that Kirkpatrick “kindly did that, trying to lift up perhaps the voices, the spirituality, the thoughts of women for Jerusalem Sunday. That’s kind of a new lens for us.”

Another liturgical resource in 2017 is the Jerusalem Sunday bulletin cover highlighting the Princess Basma Centre for Children with Disabilities, a non-profit charitable organization and important ministry of the Diocese of Jerusalem that provides physical rehabilitation for local children.

Special offerings from Canadian Anglicans at worship services on Jerusalem Sunday have provided vital support for the Penman Clinic, a centre located in the West Bank that serves as the main source of medical care for many people of all faiths in the surrounding area. As a result, the clinic’s list of needs to fortify their diagnostic tools and infrastructure has now been met.

The focus of offerings has now shifted to support an emerging priorty. All special offerings made on Jerusalem Sunday 2017 will go to support the Basma Centre’s Hydrotherapy Pool program for children, a form of physiotherapy with rehabilitation exercise in a pool.

Jerusalem Sunday is observed on the seventh Sunday of Easter and provides an opportunity for members of the Anglican Church of Canada to support and learn more about the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Jerusalem. Established at the 2013 Joint Assembly, Jerusalem Sunday serves as an occasion to reflect on the ever-growing relationship between the Canadian church and the diocese located in the Holy Land.

View a complete list of Jerusalem Sunday resources.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, May 25, 2017

Join in the Kitchi Blanket Exercise

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


Be one of thousands to converge on Parliament Hill for the largest Blanket Exercise ever.

Where: Parliament Hill, Unceded Algonquin Territory

Who: Everyone

When: June 2, 2017

3:30 pm Cultural programming
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm Kitchi Blanket Exercise


The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a visual and experiential way to represent colonization in Canada and its impact on Indigenous peoples. Kitchi means “really big” in Anishinaabemowin, the language of the unceded Algonquin territory where our settler capital is located. This really big Blanket Exercise is a coming together of hearts and minds in a collective commitment to build reconciliation based on justice for Indigenous peoples.


June 2, 2017 marks the second anniversary of the release of the TRC Calls to Action. These 94 Calls to Action are a way forward for us as a country and they need to remain front and centre in our conversations about reconciliation.

The Kitchi Blanket Exercise is also about bringing a different focus to Canada 150 – Canada’s formation includes stolen land, broken promises and cultural genocide, and we do not want this glossed over in celebrations.

Finally, it is the 20th anniversary of the creation of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise and the movement just keeps growing!

Get involved:

Join us for this historic event and help us spread the word! If you cannot be there in person, urge your friends who are in or near Ottawa to be there on your behalf.  We will also provide other opportunities to show your solidarity from wherever you are.

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Anglican Church of Canada, The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, PWRDF Email Update, May 12, 2017

World Refugee Day – June 20, 2017

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Every year on June 20, World Refugee Day gives us a chance to focus the world’s attention on:

  • The plight of refugees and displaced people around the world
  • The causes of their exile
  • Their resolve and will to survive, and
  • How they contribute to Canada.

Canada is committed to helping refugees and has one of the largest refugee resettlement programs in the world. Read more about the refugee system in Canada.


Anglican Church of Canada, The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund,  PWRDF Email Update, May 12, 2017

May 21: Global Day of Prayer to End Famine (Resources)

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Canadian Foodgrains Bank website, May 11, 2017



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