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Applications invited for regional gatherings

Posted on: May 25th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments


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: or

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: Phone: 778-471-5573


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, May 25, 2015

Subsidized Green Building Audits available for parishes

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Green Audit photo from reportCreation Matters, the environmental working group of the Anglican Church of Canada, has partnered with Greening Sacred Spaces to offer a program subsidizing “green building audits” for parishes.

Faith and the Common Good—The Green Building Audit aims to reduce the impact of parishes on the natural environment by helping them find easy, cost-effective ways to make their buildings more sustainable and find significant savings.

Priced on a sliding scale that starts at $800, with increases based on the size and complexity of the project, the Subsidized Green Building Audit Program offers a grant to successful applicants that covers two-thirds of the cost of a green audit to a maximum of $1,000.

In exchange, parishes must agree to host a public information seminar on energy efficiency with Greening Sacred Spaces and provide one year’s worth of energy consumption data to establish a baseline for other parishes to compare their performance improvements.

Enthusiastic beneficiaries of the Green Audit program include two Ottawa churches, St. James the Apostle Church and the Church of St. John the Evangelist.

Following the audit recommendations, St. James installed a rain barrel to help cut water consumption, as well as a composter. Meanwhile, a parish team began exploring opportunities to link the “big picture” audit findings to enhancing mission work.

Though long believing that Christians are called to be stewards of creation, the Rev. Monique Stone noted that “the audit was like an awakening. We actually have to do something about it!”

At St. John the Evangelist, church members created a “to-do” list based on recommendations from their green audit.

The parish now seeks to weather-strip doors and windows, as well as caulk and seal around equipment that affects the building envelope. Plans to revamp the lighting system by installing timers and sensors are also underway.

Going forward, its Green Team plans to upgrade insulation, replace old exterior doors and single-paned windows with Energy Star models, deal with leaks, and promote education and awareness.

“I would say it was a great experience to have the auditor come and have us follow him around,” Building Committee member Bob Green said.

“He would observe…each of the different rooms, what could be done, and point out a number of things we literally hadn’t thought about.”

On the East coast, St. John’s Anglican Church in Crapaud, P.E.I., brought in energy expert Stephen Collette from Greening Sacred Spaces to conduct a Green Audit in January 2015.

Accompanied by church staff and parishioners, Collette evaluated St. John’s for energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, daily operations, and maintenance.

He then delivered 40 pages of recommendations, including tips for more efficient furnace operation, building upgrades, caulking leaks, data on oil and electrical use, and steps to reduce consumption. As a result of the audit, St. John’s has installed low-flush toilets and insulation around the floors, and is considering further improvements.

“It was well worth what we paid,” the Rev. Margaret Collins said.

Collected stories of all 2014 green audits are available online.

Those interested in applying should complete the Green Building Audit Support Application Form and submit it via email to Greening Sacred Spaces. Grant recipients will be selected and audits scheduled in discussion with the applicant.

The deadline for applications to the Subsidized Green Audit Program is June 30, 2015.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, May 19, 2015

New damage and disease threaten Nepal

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Lutheran World Relief, a member of the ecumenical aid organization ACT Alliance, distributes emergency supplies to people in Nepal, but an LWF report says the need for tarpaulins to shelter people who have been displaced from their homes far exceeds the number distributed.    Photo: Courtesy of ACT Allliance

Two weeks before the May 25 deadline set by the Canadian government for matching donations given to registered charities for earthquake relief in Nepal, the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) announced that Anglicans had so far donated $167, 937.

The need for aid was tremendous after a massive earthquake hit the country on April 25, killing more than 8,000 people, injuring more than 17,866, displacing two million people from their homes and devastating much of the country’s infrastructure.

And the situation worsened when a second quake of 7.3 magnitude struck on May 12, killing an additional 66 people and causing further damage to housing and infrastructure. According to information from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), many areas around the epicentre are particularly susceptible to landslide, and some slides have already been reported in Langtang region in the Himalayas. Reports of people buried under rubble were coming in from across the country, the UN News Service reported.

Officials from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) have also warned of an increasing threat of disease in the country, the UN News Service has reported. “We have a four-week window to preposition medical supplies in affected districts and strengthen the country’s water, sanitation and hygiene systems so as to shield it against the threat of disease outbreaks,” said Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia. “These include water-borne and vector-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria, along with acute respiratory infections.”

PWRDF initially released an aid grant of $20,000 right after the first quake, which was channelled through its partner ACT Alliance, a global ecumenical organization that works on the ground in emergencies worldwide.

PWRDF communications co-ordinator Simon Chambers said that PWRDF has helped to provide food, blankets and tarpaulins to 820 families hardest hit by the earthquake in the Katmandu Valley.

“Lack of shelter remains the biggest challenge,” with more than 900,000 shell-shocked survivors still sleeping outdoors, according to a report from Lutheran World Federation, an ACT Alliance member that launched “a large-scale emergency response” in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lamjung and Pokhara, where it has been operating for years. “The need for tarpaulins by far exceeds the number given out,” the report said.

According to the Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS), 18 Anglican church buildings have been destroyed. More than 8,000 homes in the communities where the church was present were also destroyed, according to the Rev. Lewis Lew, dean of the deanery of Nepal, which is under the oversight of the diocese of Singapore in the ecclesiastical province of South East Asia.

“We have lost many members, including a dear pastor,” said Lew, who earlier confirmed in a letter that Pastor Laxman Tamang and 17 parishioners in the church in the village of Choke in Dhading district were killed in the April 25 quake.

“This will be an important time for the Anglican Church in Nepal, and we need your prayers, for myself and the clergy team from Singapore, as we stand together with our brethren,” he said.

PWRDF said Canadian Anglicans wishing to support its relief efforts in Nepal can do so:


You can designate your online donation at for “Nepal Earthquake.”

By phone

For credit card donations, contact:

Ricky de Castro

416-924-9192 ext. 318;


Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.


By mail

Please make cheques payable to “PWRDF,” mark them for “Nepal Earthquake” and send them to:

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund,

The Anglican Church of Canada

80 Hayden St.

Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2.


Anglican Journal News, May 14, 2015

Explore Anglican Witness resource hub

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Anglican Witness is a growing community. We have gathered useful publications and online learning resources from around the Communion to equip Christians to live out their faith in everyday life.

Feel free to explore Anglican Witness resource hub and share it in your community. Choose the most relevant topic from discipleship, engaging with youth or evangelism.

In addition, the new Anglican Communion document library contains publications in eight languages dating from 1867 to nowadays on a wide variety of topics such as baptism and confirmation, children and youth, church growth, ecumenism, evangelism, mission and others.

Since our last mail bulletin we have gained more followers and subscribers, thank you for spreading the word. We encourage you to get in touch with us directly and share your personal stories on living out Christian faith.

We also invite you to actively participate in discussions on Anglican Witness Facebook group and check out the Anglican Witness website.     Looking forward to your ideas and suggestions,


The Mission Department of the Anglican Communion Office

Revd John Kafwanka, Director for Mission

Ilona Sabera, Communication and Research Officer


Anglican Witness, May 13, 2015

‘Hunger is not a Game’: Anglican youth in Canada reflecting on famine and food security (Resources)

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

hunger is not a gameHow to encourage responsible consumption and create awareness of global south challenges, such as famine or difficult climate conditions? To sensitise young people about food security and scarcity of resources  the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWDF) have produced a resource based on ‘The Hunger Games trilogy’, a popular film and book about a mystical country that deprives its citizen access to food.

The story of the film takes place in Panem where an oppressive government forces youth to fight each other to death in the annual Hunger Games. In an easily accessible language of popular culture in six interactive learning sessions, young people are invited to reflect on the messages about food and actions of different characters in the film fragments.

The resource has been developed by the Rev. Monique Stone and PWRDF’s youth facilitator Sheilagh McGlynn.  It was presented last October in Ottawa gathering 120 people from over a dozen congregations with 12 parishes each bringing a different type of loaf of bread to represent the 12 districts of Panem. “Holding the Eucharist in the Bank of Canada vault at the bottom of the ‘Diefenbunker’ [Cold War museum] was an appropriate place to examine privilege vs. need,” said Rev. Stone.  “The Hunger Games Eucharist helped the youth to recognize the connection between the book and real issues of hunger in our world,” Stone concluded.

[quotes and information from the Anglican Journal]


Anglican Witness, May 12, 2015

Resources available for Jerusalem Sunday

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments


St George cathedral

With the second annual observance of Jerusalem Sunday just around the corner, a number of new liturgical resources are available online for parishes planning to join the celebration on May 17.

Links to the resources can be found on a single convenient web page.

The resources include information about Jerusalem Sunday, liturgical materials, prayers, sermon notes prepared by Bishop Michael Ingham (retired), a copy of the General Synod 2013 resolution on Jerusalem Sunday, photos from the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, and a multimedia report on the diocese by the Anglican Journal.

Established through General Synod Resolution A171, Jerusalem Sunday celebrates the close partnership in mission between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, which encompasses parishes in Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.

The Companions of Jerusalem—a volunteer body of Canadian Anglicans drawn together in support of the Diocese of Jerusalem—are the primary initiators and organizers of the event, which is part of normal Sunday services and allows parishes an opportunity to communicate information about the diocese and its ministries to their own members.

Last year, approximately 40 parishes participated in Jerusalem Sunday, representing all ecclesiastical provinces in Canada across many dioceses and raising more than $9,000 for the Penman Medical Clinic in Zababdeh, in the West Bank.

The Penman Clinic is the only clinic for many residents in and around the parish of St. Matthew, serving thousands each year. The Most Rev. Suheil Dawani, Anglican archbishop in Jerusalem, has selected the clinic as the ministry of the diocese that could most benefit from Canadian Anglican support through the Companions of Jerusalem, Jerusalem Sunday, and the Gifts for Mission gift guide.

Information about how to support the Penman Clinic is available through the Jerusalem Sunday resources page.

General Synod’s Global Relations Director Andrea Mann said, “Our hope…is that Jerusalem Sunday this year will be celebrated in more parishes, in every diocese, in order to raise more than $9,000 for the clinic.”

Special Jerusalem Sunday envelopes can be ordered free of cost or shipping charges from Global Relations by sending an email to

Responding to feedback from evaluations of the first Jerusalem Sunday, this year’s resources include a liturgy from the Cathedral Church of St. George the Martyr in Jerusalem.

“It’s a growing initiative,” Mann said of Jerusalem Sunday. “As we receive feedback from people, and particularly clergy and parishes who use these resources and celebrate Jerusalem Sunday, we’ll develop additional resources for future years.”

New resources, such as a series of intercessions, will continue to be added in the lead-up to May 17.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, April 23, 2015

Sing Hallelujah! A Video Hymnal

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


A Video Hymnal

Ralph MiltonNo musician? No problem! This new collection of DVDs will add vitality and joy to your singing, whether the setting is worship in small congregations, seniors’ residences, small groups, or at funerals.

Sing Hallelujah! videos show musicians performing well-known songs from Voices United, More Voices, and beyond—with a touch of karaoke. The words of the songs scroll in clear, large letters across the bottom of the screen so that people can easily sing along.

This video hymnal features about 100 selections in five volumes —current favourites and classic hymns, all with a bright, contemporary sound—for use throughout the church year.

Featured musicians include popular and well-known contributors to music in the United Church: Linnea Good, Jim Hannah, Bruce and Cheryl Harding, Ron Klusmeier, Gordon Light, Jim and Jean Strathdee and others. These musicians, as well as all authors and composers, are paid royalties by the publisher, so when you buy Sing Hallelujah, you do not need to worry about any of that. You do not need to keep track of the songs you use, or pay fees to any music licensing agency. It’s like buying a set of hymn books for your pews, only much less expensive.

Available May 2015 from UCRD
Price: $99.95 (full set set of 5 DVD). $24.95 for singles

This is being produced by Ralph Milton with financial assistance from BC Conference ProVision Fund and The United Church of Canada Foundation. It will be published by the General Council of The United Church of Canada.

Parish invites church members on eco-ministry trip to Costa Rica

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


Costa Rica copy

Members of the Parish of Glengarry in the Diocese of Ottawa are set to embark on a journey to Costa Rica in February 2016 to learn about ecological ministry—and spots are still available for any Anglicans across Canada who wish to join them.

Clergy and parishioners—in an effort to advance the commitment to eco-justice and eco-spirituality among Christians—have partnered with Creation Matters and Greening Sacred Spaces to plan the Costa Rica trip. Their goal is to create a shared curriculum to educate church members about environmental issues.

The idea for the Costa Rican venture arose out of a brainstorming session last year regarding future areas of focus for the parish.

The idea of a project geared toward eco-spirituality and eco-justice, while gaining the support of a numerical minority, nevertheless generated the most excitement, according to the Rev. Jason Pollick, rector of the Parish of Glengarry.

Pollick noted that the rural parish has many farmers who are beginning to encounter problems associated with climate change and pollution of the soil and water. Some farmers in the area have recently invested in alternative energy sources such as windmills and solar panels.

“They’re just interested in what sort of world they’re leaving to their kids and their grandkids,” Pollick said.

Having previously travelled to Costa Rica, where he learned that the country was “miles ahead of North America…in terms of reducing its carbon footprint,” Pollick suggested the trip to favourable reception.

The trip will be divided into two parts. The first consists of one to two days spent in fellowship with the Diocese of San Jose, where the travellers will learn how church members there are promoting the stewardship of creation in their ministry.

In the second part, travellers will spend their remaining seven days in Costa Rica at Finca Exotica, an eco-adventure lodge located at the edge of the rainforest in Carate on the Osa Peninsula. The lodge is adjacent to the Pacific Ocean as well as a gold mine that led to the clear-cutting of much local forest.

Finca Exotica is entirely off the grid, with no electricity except for solar panels and a water wheel, which provides enough power for food storage at the facility. The lodge uses only locally produced building materials and grows most of its all-organic food on-site.

“It’s a good base of operations to learn about some of the ecological issues facing the country,” Pollick said.

A maximum of 16 spaces are available on the trip. So far, eight people have committed to going. Anglican clergy and parishioners expect to be joined by members of the United Church, but anyone interested in the concepts of faith and ecology is invited to be part of the group.

Pollick cautioned that anyone who embarks on the trip must be physically able to hike, often on non-handicap-accessible jungle trails.

He opined that the trip might prove particularly interesting for youth. Already, current registrants include numerous teens.

“It’s…a form of ministry or faith expression that I think younger people can grab a hold of, and might be a little more productive for them other than sitting there doing a Bible study,” Pollick said. “It’s a little more immersive, and it probably speaks [more] to their reality…teenagers are growing up with all this gloom and doom about the environment, and it just gives us an opportunity to do something to improve that situation.”

The estimated cost of the trip is $2,500 per person, which includes flights, meals and accommodation. Anyone interested in participating should contact Pollick at


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, April 10, 2015

Boy in need gets new ride from Anglican Foundation

Posted on: April 8th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Renouf pic

A boy in St. John’s, Nfld., is the owner of a new manual wheelchair, thanks to the Anglican Foundation of Canada and its Kids Helping Kids Fund.

Ten-year-old James Renouf received his gift following a request to the Foundation by Rhonda Noseworthy, a social worker at the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. John’s. James, who attends St. Mark’s Anglican Church with his family, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a condition that leads to progressive weakness and loss of muscle function.

Staff members at Janeway’s neuromuscular clinic, who have been looking after James on a consistent basis, noticed that he was increasingly experiencing fatigue. They recommended a wheelchair to help him stay active.

The cost of wheelchairs and related equipment, though, can have a huge financial impact on families, as Noseworthy pointed out.

“A wheelchair is one thing, [but] there are other types of things that will become necessary as time goes on,” she said. “Accessibility in their home is important. Lots of families live in two-storey houses, [and] then as children get weaker and require wheelchairs, they’re not able to have full mobility within their homes.”

Hearing about the Kids Helping Kinds Fund through a colleague at the clinic, Noseworthy received permission from James’ mother, Nancy, to write a letter to the Anglican Foundation asking for financial assistance to help pay for the wheelchair.

Anglican youth across Canada support the Kids Helping Kids Fund by collecting toonies through different projects. Among the needs that the fund helps to cover are nutritious breakfasts for children, homework coaching, summer camp and choir school, and caring for sick or terminally ill children.

Beneficiaries are not restricted to Anglicans or projects within the church, Anglican Foundation executive director Judy Rois noted.

“It’s just because you’re a human being in need and we can help—we do everything we can,” she said.

Rois—moved by the request made on James’ behalf and following its approval by the Foundation—travelled to the Janeway Centre in March to visit James and his mother.

There she presented them with a photo of the new wheelchair, with James excitedly selecting an Aztec gold and lime-green colour scheme. He also received a Hope Bear, the official mascot of the Kids Helping Kids Fund.

With the wheelchair itself set to arrive in the coming weeks, James will be able to enjoy vastly increased mobility, including participating in school outings.

“This will allow him to go everywhere, which is great,” Rois said.

Nancy Renouf—who said she felt “speechless,” “excited,” “grateful” and “touched” by the gift to her son—expressed her gratitude to the Anglican Foundation for helping cover the cost of the wheelchair, which will free up money for ramps and other alterations to their home to make it more accessible.

“We weren’t expecting it—not the full coverage,” she said. “I knew that we might get some help, but when [they] came back and said they were going to cover the whole thing, it was overwhelming.”

Learn more about how you can support the Kids Helping Kids Fund.


Anglican Foundation of Canada, News from General Synod, April 08, 2015

Registration open for Christian Zionism conference

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




 By Matt Gardner

Jerusalem 046Canadian Anglicans are invited to join members of other traditions at an upcoming conference that will explore a belief many see as one of the biggest obstacles to peace in Israel and Palestine.

Presented by the Canadian Friends of Sabeel, Seeking the Peace of Jerusalem: Overcoming Christian Zionism in the Quest for Justice is set to take place from April 23–25 at St. Mary’s Kerrisdale Church in Vancouver. The Anglican Church of Canada is co-sponsoring the conference, along with the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the United Church in Canada and Friends of Sabeel North America.

A movement rooted in conservative evangelical Protestantism that emerged in the mid-20th century, Christian Zionism holds that the contemporary State of Israel represents the culmination of biblical prophecy and thus merits strong—and often uncritical—moral, financial and political support.

Anglican participation in the three-day conference, which builds upon previous meetings held last year in Abbotsford and Vancouver, follows the spirit of Resolution A172 passed at General Synod 2013. The resolution committed the church to “explore and challenge theologies and beliefs, such as Christian Zionism, which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.”

The conference’s main focus will be to introduce and discuss Christian Zionism—its influence on understandings of Judaism and Israel, and its impact on Christian-Jewish relations throughout history and today—while drawing connections between Christian Zionism, anti-Semitism and the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

A combination of keynote speakers and workshops will help educate people on specific topics and network with others interested in promoting peace and justice in the region.

“We have academics, church workers, activists, people new to Christian Zionism, all gathering to discuss this topic,” said Global Relations Director Andrea Mann, the senior staff person on the Partners in Mission committee that brought the resolution to General Synod.

She added, “It’s an effort to learn and build bridges between members of Christian and Jewish communities who are interested in what Christian Zionism is and who take exception to it.”

Keynote speakers include:

  • The Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek, founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Centre, Jerusalem;
  • Rabbi Alissa Wise, Jewish Voices for Peace, Oakland;
  • Gary Burge, professor of New Testament Studies, Wheaton College, Chicago; and
  • The Rev. Carmen Lansdowne, doctoral research in decolonizing indigenous histories, Heiltsuk First Nation, B.C.

“We’re hoping the conference provides a range of opportunity for Anglicans to listen, ask deeper questions, discuss these issues in small groups, and if interested, connect…with other people who are engaged in advocacy and activism on issues pertaining to peace with justice in Palestine and Israel,” Mann said.

Registrations for the event can be made online at The deadline for early registration is Tuesday, March 31. Early registration fees are $125 (or $25 for students) until March 31 and $160 (or $60 for students) after April 1.

As part of its commitment to providing opportunities for Anglicans to learn about Christian Zionism and other obstacles to peace, the church is offering bursaries to cover registration fees for those who require financial assistance. Anyone seeking information about bursaries should contact Mann at


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