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Full Lenten Bible study now online

Posted on: January 30th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments


The contextual Lenten Bible study written by the Rt. Rev. Terry Dance, Bishop of Norfolk in the Diocese of Huron, is now available on the Anglican Church of Canada website in its entirety.

An overview of the study and readings for the first three weeks of Lent were previously published on Jan. 19. The new sections, which constitute the remainder of the study, encompass the fourth and fifth weeks of Lent as well as Palm Sunday, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.

Like the preceding sections, the concluding part of the Bible study sheds light on passages by providing fascinating literary, historical and cultural context, helping participants connect the readings to their own lives while providing a call to ministry.

“It’s a form of Bible study which is not just about understanding [the text], but about engaging the world that we live in as a result of it,” Bishop Dance said.

The full Bible study is available for download along with other Lenten resources provided by the Anglican Church and its partners.

Read more about the writing process behind the Bible study—which has been endorsed by members of the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC)—as well as reactions from Anglican and Lutheran clergy.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, January 30, 2015

The Anglican Communion’s Bible initiative report available for e-reader, tablet

Posted on: January 30th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

By ACNS staff

A report exploring what engagement and interpretation of Scripture looks like in different parts of the Anglican Communion is now available to download on e-reader or tablet.

The Anglican Communion’s Bible in the Life of the Church initiative aims to motivate a deeper engagement with the Bible across the Communion and develop an understanding of the way this could be done.

Deep Engagement, Fresh Discovery is accompanied by a significant collection of further educational resources to encourage us, as a Communion, to deepen this engagement.

The project’s director, Stephen Lyon said, “The report and these resources are offered with an invitation to use them to deepen our love of the Bible and the rich treasures its pages offer. “We hope that these electronic versions will enable easy access at a very low cost.”

Since this report was published in 2012 more educational resources have been added to the website offering a greater range of ways to deepen our engagement with Scripture.

The report is now available on is now for Kindle, Nook and via iTunes. It is also available as a PDF at and to buy in hard copy at


Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS), January 26, 2015

Bible study brings scripture alive for Lent

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



A new contextual Bible study is set to bring the message of the scriptures to Anglicans and Lutherans in a relevant, accessible way this Lenten season.

Endorsed by members of the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC), the shared resource is available free online and represents another initiative in the full communion partnership between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).

The Rt. Rev. Terry Dance, Bishop of Norfolk in the Diocese of Huron and a member of JALC, prepared the study for Lent during a sabbatical to help church members engage with each other and the biblical text while providing guidance to ministry in their own lives.

“This study is designed specifically for a church in the Canadian context, dealing with the kind of issues that we’re dealing with,” Bishop Dance said.

“There’s a phrase, diakonia, which talks about the fact that discipleship is inextricably bound to service, and that service is something which belongs to the whole people of God, not just those of us who are ordained.”

Dance is a long-time proponent of contextual Bible study, an approach to studying scripture that examines biblical passages from multiple aspects—literary, historic, and ultimately the modern cultural context participants live in.

The bishop spent an estimated 200 hours writing the study, which addresses scriptural readings for Lent, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter and connects experiences in the life of Christ to the mission and ministry of the church today.

While questions asked in the study are the same across Canada, responses are likely to vary.

“In suburban London, Ont., the opportunities and possibilities for ministry would be different than they would be in, say, northern British Columbia or Vancouver,” Dance said.

“The needs that exist in the local community would be different…It gets people, I think, talking at a fairly serious level about who we are as a church, what it means to be a church, what it means to be a follower of Christ, and begins to deepen the level of conversation.”

To help the Bible study reach the widest possible audience, Bishop John Chapman of the Diocese of Ottawa examined the first draft and offered suggestions to make the final product useful for laypersons and theological experts alike.

“If you’re doing a theological work that is to serve the whole church, then it needs to be accessible to the whole church,” Chapman noted.

Meanwhile, Dean Peter Wall, Anglican member and co-chair of JALC, looked over the final draft to ensure the study would prove an ideal resource for both Anglicans and Lutherans.

“This is an impressive piece of work—carefully and comprehensively looking at the Sunday readings for Lent in this [church] Year B,” Wall wrote in an email.

“It provides good and easily used resources for a facilitator and also gives excellent ‘extra’ background reading material for those who wish to use it. I believe that it would deeply enrich one’s journey through the Sundays in Lent.”

Both the Anglican church and ELCIC will promote the Bible study online. An overview and resources for the first, second and third weeks of Lent were made available on Monday, Jan. 19. Resources for the fourth and fifth weeks of Lent as well as Palm Sunday, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection will be available at the end of January or sooner.

The Rev. André Lavergne, a member of JALC and assistant to the bishop, ecumenical and interfaith for the ELCIC, praised the study for its “grassroots quality.”

“It follows the lectionary, and that’s a lectionary that is shared between Anglicans and Lutherans…It’s very accessible, whether you’re an Anglican or a Lutheran,” Lavergne said.

“We’re going to be reading the same texts during Lent and therefore studying the same material, so that’s very helpful.”

Click here to download the Lenten Bible study.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, January 20, 2015

Right to Water project helps youth make a difference

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

National Youth Project 2012 – 2016

Right To Water

By Matt Gardner

Anglican and Lutheran youth across Canada have the opportunity to bring water to homes in a remote, northern fly-in community as part of the ongoing National Youth Project (NYP).

A joint effort between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada that works through the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) and its youth program,, the NYP seeks to help youth channel their energy toward a particular issue over a multi-year period.

For their current theme, Right to Water—which serves as the focus of the NYP from 2012 to 2016—youth are seeking to raise $20,000 to provide clean drinking water and sanitation facilities for a home in Pikangikum, Ont.

The youth contribution is part of a larger PWRDF project to provide water to 10 homes in Pikangikum, a community plagued by issues related to poverty, housing, water, food security and the world’s highest known suicide rate per capita.

Increasing awareness is one of the chief goals of the program, facilitator Sheilagh McGlynn said.

“There’s a lot of awareness raised around issues internationally that people can hop on board with very easily…whereas this is an issue that’s in our own backyard,” McGlynn said. “We have people living in Canada who don’t have access to proper water. That’s a problem.”

“It’s also about our commitment as Anglicans to the reconciliation process…[arising from] the residential schools and the TRC [Truth and Reconciliation Commission],” she added, pointing to the growing presence of indigenous Anglican bishops and the recognition of the need to build relationships and translate faith into action.

“The five Marks of Mission call us to be active in our faith, not just to attend churches on Sundays,” McGlynn said. “So this is one way that young people can be active in their faith.”

Participants in the Right to Water project have taken a two-pronged approach that combines fundraising with education, exploring the significance of water and the history of indigenous peoples in Canada.

The project relies on initiative and self-directed activity from diocesan youth, who develop their own methods of education and fundraising, which might include anything from slide presentations to bake sales.

The NYP has long been a mainstay among Lutheran youth, but the participation of young Anglicans is more recent, with the program now taking place during off-years between Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gatherings.

While youth in many Anglican dioceses have already gotten involved—with some seeking to raise thousands of dollars for the project—the potential for further growth remains vast.

National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald, who initially directed the attention of the PWRDF to the project in Pikangikum, praised the efforts of the NYP.

“The National Youth Project is so very hopeful and encouraging,” MacDonald wrote in an email. “The young people have shown a level of impatience with this kind of lack in a country where some enjoy such great abundance; the Indigenous Peoples of Canada are a very youthful group.”

He added, “This involvement promises future solidarity and community between the various peoples of Canada…This project is hopeful in that we are seeing the young people take constructive action towards a more livable future for us all.”

Information and resources to help youth get involved in the Right to Water project are available at


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

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Resources)

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

Week of Prayer logo“The ship of ecumenism would never have put out to sea had she not been lifted by this broad current of prayer and wafted by the breath of the Holy Spirit.”Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of the centenary of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (2008)

For more than a century, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has brought together divided Christian communities in common prayer.

In the northern hemisphere, the traditional period for the observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 19-25. Those dates cover the days between the symbolically significant feasts of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, the two pillars of the undivided church.

Each year the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity invite the churches of a different region of the world to produce prayer resources for use internationally. Canada was invited to create liturgical resources for the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Common prayer among divided Christians is sometimes overlooked as an important aspect of ecumenism. We may not yet all be able to share in one eucharist, but there are many other forms of prayer in which Christians of different traditions can join together as we journey toward that goal. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a singularly important occasion for such common prayer. Jesus himself prayed that his followers “may be one … so that they may be brought to complete unity” (John 17:23). Praying for the healing of the church’s divisions—and doing so together as often as possible—is an essential part of the ecumenical task.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity resources

  • A resource kit, including posters, bulletins, and a formatted order of service, (aussi disponible en français) can be ordered from the Canadian Council of Churches.
  • Week of Prayer resources (including versions in Spanish and German) are also available from the World Council of Churches


Anglican Church of Canada, Info! News from General Synod, January 05, 2015

Community marks Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with ecumenical hymn singing

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments


Churches in Peace River, Alta., are using the power of music to draw believers together as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU).

Running from Jan. 18 to 25, the WPCU serves as an occasion for Christians of all denominations to offer prayers for the healing of divisions within the church and realization of the unity to which Christ called his followers.

For the 2015 Week of Prayer, St. James’ Cathedral will host the third annual ecumenical hymn singing in Peace River, where participating churches are invited to have their musicians perform and lead the congregation in spiritual songs. Local United and Catholic churches previously hosted the event.

Iain Luke, dean of the Diocese of Athabasca and rector of St. James’ Cathedral, noted the electrifying effect that the ecumenical hymn singing had on the congregation.

“For one thing, it…boosted attendance,” he said with a chuckle. “But also everybody could relate, although all the styles were quite different. It was all music, and everyone could get something out of that.

“I think the biggest thing for me was that it was a little window into what worship was like in the other churches. We don’t usually have the chance to go to each other’s services that much, but by bringing the music from the services…people were able to show off a little bit of what worship was like in their home church.”

st james anglican church

St. James’ Cathedral in Peace River, Alta.

Performers over the years have reflected the diversity of the participating churches, from a Filipina Catholic choir to the folk stylings of the United Church. Meanwhile, St. James’ has provided both a traditional choir and a contemporary band.

Many of the performers learn new material for the ecumenical hymn singing, which Luke said further enriches the message of the WPCU.

“It’s certainly something I would recommend to people…. To have a band from another church and different instruments and different voices and different styles of music and to realize that you’re all doing that for one purpose, which is to worship God, and to have the chance to do that together—that’s powerful.”

Bruce Myers, co-ordinator of ecumenical and interfaith relations for the Anglican Church of Canada, noted the longstanding importance of music to the ecumenical movement.

“So much of our ecumenism is expressed musically, whether or not we’re conscious of it,” said Myers, who pointed to overlapping selections in the Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian, and United Church hymnals.

Canadian Centre for Ecumenism associate director Norman Lévesque described the exchange of hymns as an example of the progress that has been made toward greater Christian unity over the last 50 years.

“Today you can’t even say that this hymn is solely for this denomination…. The hymns are just swapping from one denomination to the other,” Lévesque said. “So there are more and more gifts that are [being] exchanged between denominations.”

Ecumenical hymn singing caps the Week of Prayer for St. James’ Cathedral, which has services planned throughout the week that are based on material from the 2015 WPCU resource kit, provided by the Canadian Council of Churches.

Available free online, the resource kit includes Bible readings, posters, and other items to mark the 2015 WPCU. The theme of this year’s Week of Prayer is “Give me a drink,” based on biblical images of water, hospitality, and reaching out to strangers.

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, December 15, 2014

Algoma parade float embodies Marks of Mission

Posted on: December 10th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments


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Sharing the Good News in spectacular fashion with a Christmas parade float depicting the birth of Jesus, the Deanery of Algoma is the latest beneficiary of the Marks of Mission Champions initiative, organized by the Anglican Church of Canada.

An effort to promote the five Marks of Mission, the initiative provides $1,000 grants to each of the 30 church dioceses across Canada for the support or development of projects related to the Marks of Mission.

Algoma’s eye-catching contribution centres around the first Mark of Mission, urging believers “to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.” The float features a pile of presents with a sign that says, “The Greatest Gift.” As the float passes by, the traditional Holy Family at the Nativity is revealed at the back, flanked by costumed walkers dressed as magi, shepherds and angels.

The concept for the float predates Marks of Mission Champions, with Dean James McShane of St. Luke’s Cathedral in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., first hatching the idea more than a decade ago in reaction to the perceived secularization and commercialization of Christmas.

“I’d heard lots of people use the line, ‘Let’s put Christ back in Christmas,’” McShane recalled. “I think of course that’s a wonderful intention, but one of the difficulties is for many people, Christ has never been part of their celebration of Christmas.

“You can’t put something back where it hasn’t [been] before, yet I think people quite understand the notion of gift-giving at Christmas. So I thought it was a positive way of introducing Christ into Christmas for those who haven’t known [that] or perhaps have forgotten about it.”

While the concept for the float had been around for some time, it was only through Marks of Mission Champions that the opportunity arose to turn the idea into a reality.

Having taken the proposal to the deanery council and received a positive response, members of the deanery submitted an application to the church, and soon received the grant that paid for most of their materials.

Greatest Gift frontA team of volunteers, including clergy and laypeople, worked feverishly to prepare the float for Christmas parades throughout Algoma and district. The float made its debut in the community of Blind River, Ont. before taking part in parades in Sault Ste. Marie and Echo Bay.

McShane, who drove the truck towing the float, described reactions at the parades as “delightful,” with beaming young faces, applause, and a sense of warmth and good cheer.

He encouraged other dioceses across the country to take advantage of the Marks of Mission Champions grants.

“I think it’s a wonderful partnership between the national church and local congregations and dioceses,” McShane said.

“Doing this project was a new and different thing and that had its challenges,” he added. “We had to figure out how to build a float and make it stand up to multiple uses and to run down the highway … We also had to figure out how to break out of our parish moulds and our regular patterns of doing things to work together in fresh new ways.

“That’s not always easy, but I think it’s a really good thing to do and [it] invites us to find new ways to be doing the mission of the church.”

To find out more about Marks of Mission Champions, visit


Anglican Church of Canada, General Synod Communications, December 10, 2014

Celebrating the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh

Posted on: December 5th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments


On June 1, 2014 the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh came into being. The creation of this new diocese marks a major milestone in the journey of establishing of a self-determining, self-sustaining Indigenous church within the Anglican Church of Canada. The new encompasses over twenty-five First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario and Northern Manitoba.

The church is invited to continue in this celebration and support the ministries and people of Mishamikoweesh. News items, beautiful and insightful videos, and photographs from the Kingfisher Lake, Ontario celebrations are all housed on the Anglican Church of Canada’s website.

For those who use Facebook, the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh is happy to connect with their friends on a fan page. Connect with the diocese there for up-to-date stories, photos, and events.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, 10/06/2014

New worship resources for Advent

Posted on: November 28th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments


By André Forget



At Advent, Christians find themselves looking in two directions. Even as they remember Christ’s nativity, they also anticipate his coming again. Like the season of Lent, Advent is an opportunity for Christians to examine where they are now in light of where they have come from and where they are going. For those seeking ways to engage Advent thoughtfully and intentionally this year, the Anglican Church of Canada and some of its partners will provide a number of resources to spark personal reflection.

Last year, the Anglican Church of Canada released a six-episode podcast produced by saint benedict’s table, an Anglican liturgical ministry in the diocese of Rupert’s Land. That tradition will continue this year with a seven-episode podcast starting in the week before the first Sunday of Advent (Nov. 30) and going through to Christmas. The podcast features a delegation from the Episcopal diocese of Cuba who participated in the justice camp hosted by the diocese of Edmonton in August.

All seven members of the delegation provided reflections that were recorded in Spanish, and both Spanish- and English-language versions will be available. The podcast will be broadcast weekly, with the last two episodes being released on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Leadership in the Anglican and Episcopal churches have also teamed up with leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran Church partners, with whom they are in full communion, to create a series of advent reflections. Both podcasts and reflections can be found at

The Society of Saint John the Evangelist is once again offering their modern take on the Advent calendar using Pinterest, a social media platform. Each day during Advent a new window will become available to open on their Pinterest page ( to reveal an Advent word, meditation or image to spark personal devotions.

The ecumenical justice organization KAIROS Canada has also produced a resource (available for free download from their website at on the theme of reconciliation called “Building Reconciled Relationships.” The resource, which includes prayers, sermon notes and information on KAIROS’s work, encourages Christians to reflect on the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and to imagine what living reconciliation might look like.


Anglican Journal News, November 28, 2014

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) Annual Resources 2014-2015

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments

PWRDF Annual Resources 2014-2015

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.

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 Isn’t A Game – a great resource to draw youth to issues of food and justice; While We Wait – an Advent service of prayer. 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 are available in print and downloadable formats. Please visit The Primate’s World Relief and Development website:


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