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Ginny’s Journey

Posted on: October 20th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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“I am doing this because it might help others going through what I am going through.” This is what the Rev. Canon Ginny Doctor replied when asked why she agreed to be filmed weekly as she recovers from a life-threatening illness. Hospitalized since mid-July, Ginny expects to recover fully, but it is a long slow road. Her weekly reflections can be see online as “Ginny’s Journey” . In them she reveals what she has learned from this period of crisis and reflects that her faith has been strengthened by the support and prayers of Anglicans all over the world.

Ginny has been the Indigenous Ministries Coordinator for the Anglican Church of Canada since 2011. She has been involved in Indigenous Ministry for over twenty-five years, in both Canada and the US.

“God is not finished with me yet”, said Ginny recently. “he is preparing me for what will come next”. Ginny’s Journey will continue with weekly “chapters” of spiritual and personal reflection in the months to come. Ginny hopes to start an online conversation with others who are experiencing similar journeys and she asks all of us to pray for all those who are struggling on a road to healing.

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, October 20, 2014

Twenty-Five Decembers

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC)

Saturday, December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the murder of 14 women in Montreal on that day in 1989. WICC will commemorate these twenty-five Decembers with a special sunrise prayer service, symbolic of hope for a new day, free of violence against women.

We hope to have as many services across the country as possible. Planning for the service will be minimal so our hearts and minds can be turned fully to the words we pray and the women for whom we pray. Please gather your community and pray with us. The service will be available for download from our website on Monday, November 3.

Website:  http://www.wicc.org/

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) Annual Resources 2014

Posted on: September 29th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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PWRDF Annual Resources 2014

 

PWRDF’s three year food security campaign Fred Says, www.fredsays.ca, continues to be the theme for the 2014 annual resources. As we enter the second year of the campaign, the focus is on the connection between good health and a better future for individuals and families due to a secure, nutritious source of food – every day.

Placemats, bookmarks, donation envelopes, coin boxes, a third edition of Super Friends-Super Friends3! – Fred Says reflect the theme along with educational resources for use at gatherings, events – wherever food security is a priority.

Sharing Bread - designed to offer opportunities to come together to learn about food security issues through sharing and reflection; Just Food – a fun way for youth groups and others to explore food security issues both in Canada and internationally; Hunger Is Not A Game - a great resource to draw youth to issues of food and justice. Learn about PWRDF’s guidelines for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health through the 2014 edition of the MNCH brochure and carry these with you on an MNCH bookmark.

These and other resources will be available in print and downloadable formats in late September. Please visit the resources section: http://pwrdf.org/resources/annual-resources/ and http://pwrdf.org/resources/ . For information, please contact Christine Hills, chills@pwrdf.org

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund,  Email Update–September 2014

Council of the North Sunday (Resources)

Posted on: September 29th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Resources

Here is a list of resources to aid parishes and individuals in learning more about the Council of the North and in supporting the mission of the Council of the North.

NEW fall 2014 resources:

Resources:

Resource Order Form Page

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Hope Bear is a new partner with Hope Air

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Anglican Foundation of Canada

Hope Air is dedicated to arranging free air travel for Canadians who are in financial need and require medical care outside their communities. As a partner, AFC is helping make free air travel possible for children and young people. When you or someone you know needs to travel to a medical appointment, Hope Air may be able to arrange a flight. Hope Air is proud to provide all flights to eligible clients completely free of charge.

Here’s what you can do: Your group can collect donations to pay for one flight (approximately $250.00) and Anglican Foundation of Canada will send it to Hope Air when a child needs air travel. You may become a supporter and help us ensure that all Canadian young people receive the healthcare they deserve.

Visit website:  http://www.anglicanfoundation.org/

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Anglican Church of Canada, Info! News from General Synod, September 2, 2014

PWRDF Annual Resources 2014-2015

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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PWRDF’s three-year food security campaign Fred Says,  continues to be the theme for the 2014 annual resources. As we enter the second year of the campaign, the focus is on the connection between good health and a better future for individuals and families due to a secure, nutritious source of food – every day.

Placemats, bookmarks, donation envelopes, coin boxes, a third edition of Super Friends-Super Friends3! – Fred Says reflect the theme along with educational resources for use at gatherings, events – wherever food security is a priority.

Just Food – a fun way for youth groups to explore food security issues both in Canada and internationally; Hunger Isn’t A Game - a great resource to draw youth to issues of food and justice; Sharing Bread - designed to offer opportunities to come together to learn about food security issues through sharing and reflection.

Learn about PWRDF’s guidelines for Maternal Newborn and Child Health through the 2014 edition of the MNCH brochure and carry these with you on an MNCH bookmark. These and other resources will be available in print and downloadable formats mid-September.

Visit the PWRDF website:   http://www.pwrdf.org/

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Anglican Church of Canada 2013 Annual Report now online

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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For the first time the Anglican Church of Canada is releasing its annual report online. A brand new website has been launched to house all the 2013 highlights from General Synod and beyond.

In a beautiful, easy-to-navigate layout the Annual Report showcases a dozen stories that shaped life in the Anglican Church of Canada in 2013. It also hosts messages from the Primate and General Secretary, financial statements, and an opportunity to meet your Council of General Synod.

Please take a few moments to explore the new Annual Report. To offer feedback or for more information on how you can support the ministries of General Synod, please contact: Shannon Cottrell Coordinator of Resource Development, Research, and Donor Relations, scottrell@national.anglican.ca 416.924.9199 x334 1.866.924.9192 (toll-free)

Shannon Cottrell
Coordinator of Resource Development, Research, and Donor Relations,
scottrell@national.anglican.ca
416.924.9199 x334
1.866.924.9192 (toll-free)

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, September 15, 2014

Back to Church Sunday 2014

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Back to Church Sunday

Back to Church Sunday is about inviting back to church those who used to attend, and ensuring that everyone who visits his or her local church will be warmly welcomed. Back to Church Sunday started in 2004 in Manchester, England, and is now one of the largest invitational church initiatives in the world.

The Diocese of Toronto has participated in this program since 2009. As a result, about 8,000 people have accepted an invitation to come to church and about 800 people have become engaged in the life of the Christian community.

Parishes in the Diocese of Toronto are encouraged to participate in this simple effort to reach out to people who might be interested in connecting again with church. The 2014 Back to Church Sunday is on Sept. 28. Back to Church Sunday materials such as invitations and posters can be purchased through Augsburg Fortress and shipped directly to parishes. Pre-orders are due by June 30.

Seasons of Invitation

Some parishes are now setting aside a number of Sundays during the year to focus on what is being called ‘seasons of invitation.’ In addition to Back to Church Sunday in September, these parishes are encouraging special invitations for Remembrance Day, Christmas Carol Service, Christmas Eve, Easter, Pentecost and others. Like Back to Church Sunday, these invitational initiatives offer the possibility of helping people on their spiritual journey.

To help parishes with seasons of invitation, the Diocese’s Spirit of Invitation group has prepared a series of posters and postcards that can be used for any Sunday in the year when your parish wants to invite people (including Back to Church Sunday). They can be downloaded on the Spirit of Invitation website and printed or used online on your website or Facebook pages.

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Newsletter – Centre for Lay Education, August 13th, 2014

Servants by the Sea: Deacons to gather in Halifax

Posted on: August 19th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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The Association of Anglican Deacons in Canada will gather in Halifax, Nova Scotia from August 14 to 17 for a time of fellowship and community building.  Throughout “Servants by the Sea,” deacons from across the Canadian church will enjoy workshops suited to diaconal ministries, including ones on advocating for the unemployed, outreach in the 21st century, and team ministry.

Those gathered will also enjoy a keynote address by the Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, who hails from the Halifax area and has carried out much of his ministry in the region. The Rev. Dr. Eileen Scully, General Synod’s Director of Faith, Worship, and Ministry, will also offer leadership during plenary sessions.

The Rev. Heather MacEachern, President of the Association of Anglican Deacons in Canada, is excited for the opportunity to greet fellow deacons in Halifax and learn with and from them. “Being a deacon can be a lonely role, so it’s a great opportunity to get the whole community of deacons together every three years to see what other folks are doing.”

With one foot in the church and one foot in the secular world, deacons often have unique vocations that look unlike other kinds of ministry. For example, deacons can work in prisons, help with palliative care, minister to sexual offenders, feed people, and even carry out the ministry of administration.

MacEachern describes the eclectic and community based life of a deacon as akin to being “square pegs in round holes.” She continues, “We don’t really seem to fit anywhere and are called to have our ministry outside the church. So it will be wonderful to meet with, have fellowship, and learn from all these square pegs!”

The five-dozen deacons attending the conference have relied on the generosity and support from their home parishes and dioceses. “The Church is so good to us,” MacEachern says with gratitude.

To learn more about deacons in the Anglican Church of Canada please visit www.anglicandeacons.ca.

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, August 14, 2014

PWRDF sends aid to Iraq

Posted on: July 31st, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Anglican Journal staff

 

A family shelters in a primary school in Alqosh, Duhok after fleeing their home in Mosul. Photo: UNHCR/S. Baldwin.

 


The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has announced that it will send an initial grant of $10,000 through the ACT Alliance to help aid some of the more than one million people displaced by violent conflict in northern and western Iraq.

ACT Alliance members Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Christian Aid (CA) are working with local partners such as REACH (Rehabilitation, Education and Community Health), a Christian Aid partner since 1996, to provide food, clean water and psychosocial support and trauma counselling in the Kurdish region, Karbala region, and Nineveh Plain area of the Mosul Governorate of Iraq. The effort is intended to provide:

  • 12,500 displaced families and their host communities with access to clean water
  • 5,500 vulnerable families with emergency food relief
  • 5,000 vulnerable people with support services for psychosocial and health care
  • 400 families with needed household supplies
  • 400 families with health and hygiene kits
  • Over 400 families with cash assistance

The United Nations News Service reports that the Kurdistan region alone is now sheltering more than 300,000 newly displaced Iraqis, who are fleeing violence as armed forces of extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) have taken control of large swaths of territory in northern and western Iraq. Those internally displaced persons (IDP) further strain resources in the area that has already taken in more than 225,000 Syrian refugees, the report said.

“I am gravely concerned about the physical safety of several minority groups in Iraq, including Christians, Shia—a minority in the North, Shabaks, Turkmen, Yazidis and others, who are being persecuted on the grounds of their religion and ethnicity,” said Rita Izsák, the UN’s special rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, in a press release. “Reliable information indicates that religious minorities are being targeted and their members subjected to abductions, killings or the confiscation of their property by extremist groups,” she said.

“In Mosul for instance, members of minorities were given an ultimatum that by July [19], they should convert, pay a tax, leave the city, or face execution,” Izsák said. “Credible reports suggest that some members of the Yazidi and Shabak communities who refused to do so were taken before religious courts and later executed.”

According to the UN report, between January and June of this year, 5,500 Iraqis were killed and 12,000 have been wounded. Almost 900 were killed in July.

On July 21, the UN Security Council condemned ISIL’s persecution of Christian and other minority groups, while the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that the group had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The UN secretary-general’s special representative for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, has also condemned ISIL’s recent destruction of the prophet Jonas tomb and mosque in Mosul, as well as several other historic monuments.

Those wishing to direct a PWRDF donation directly to aid for Iraqi refugees are asked to contact Jennifer Brown at PWRDF: 416-924-9199 ext. 355 or 1-866-308-7973 and are reminded not to sendcredit card numbers by email or fax.

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Anglican Journal News, July 31, 2014