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Hope Bear is a new partner with Hope Air

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments

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.

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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

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.

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

Anglican Church of Canada 2013 Annual Report now online

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

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, 416.924.9199 x334 1.866.924.9192 (toll-free)

Shannon Cottrell
Coordinator of Resource Development, Research, and Donor Relations,
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


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.


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


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


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


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.


Anglican Journal News, July 31, 2014

Anglican-Lutheran National Worship Conference begins

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments


From July 18 to 23, Edmonton will host more than 200 Anglicans and Lutherans passionate about worship for a time of fellowship and learning at the National Worship Conference and related events.

A pre-conference symposium with David Cherwien, an internationally acclaimed organist, conductor, and composer, will give participants the opportunity for personalized feedback and features an organ crawl of some of Edmonton’s best pipe organs.

Other pre-conference events include opportunity to hear well-known preachers throughout the Edmonton area and a workshop on singing, storytelling, and sharing the faith.

Notable conference speakers include the Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, who will deliver a keynote on the intersection of liturgy and mission and the Rev. Paul Fromberg, an active participant in emergent church conversations, who will offer workshop and worship leadership.

The gathering ends with an optional post-conference workshop on Anglican Church of Canada trial use liturgies.

For more information about the NWC, please visit

For updates from Edmonton throughout the week, you can connect with the NWC via Facebook and on Twitter. The conference hashtag for all social media is #nwc2014.

“Weaving Strands: Liturgy for Living” is the seventh joint Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada worship conference. The biennial gathering is originally an ELCIC initiative, but has been celebrated conjointly since 2004. This year marks the most significant Anglican presence to date.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, July 18, 2014

Keeping Anglicans Talking: New video resources on stewardship, giving, and mission (Resources)

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


Erin Green

Keeping Anglicans Talking (KAT) is a new online video resource featuring short, compelling talks by notable Anglicans. Each talk touches on a different aspect of how Anglicans are living out the Marks of Mission locally and globally.

The first round of ten videos is now live at the KAT website and focusses on stewardship, giving, and mission.

The videos can be used individually or in a series as a resource for groups and parishes. Each video is accompanied by a short introductory description that can be used for promotional purposes or to help you decide how and when to use each KAT message in your ministries.

Please visit to watch and share the following videos:

“Solomon Islands” with Archbishop Fred Hiltz 
“Ministry to Migrant Workers from Mexico” with the Rev. Canon Ted McCollum 
“Spreading Some Juicy Gossip” with Suzanne Lawson
“Hospitality and Resources” with the Rev. Greg Carpenter 
“Gift Planning Makes a Difference” with the Ven. John Robertson
“Looking Forward” with the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald 
“The Power of Giving” with Monica Patten
“Consumption” with the Ven. Dr. Michael Thompson
“How I stopped worrying and learned to trust God” with the Rev. Susan Spicer 
“Building Relationships, Transforming Communities” with the Rev. Helena-Rose Houldcroft

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, July 4, 2014


New Resource for Reconciliation Indigenous Peoples and the Anglican Church in Canada: Timeline of an Evolving Relationship

Posted on: June 18th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments


At the seventh and final national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Anglican Church of Canada offered as its expression of reconciliation a full colour timeline, “Indigenous Peoples and the Anglican Church in Canada.”

This detailed and beautiful resource is now available for everyone in the church to study and enjoy.

The timeline shows in words and pictures the evolving relationship between Indigenous peoples and settlers to Canada.  Through more than 500 years of history, the timeline invites you and your parish to learn more about our shared history of colonization and how this impacts ongoing work for truth, healing, and reconciliation.

The idea for this new resource for reconciliation came from Esther Wesley, coordinator for the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation. Wesley saw the timeline as an opportunity to celebrate the resiliency of Indigenous people, including the many residential school survivors who went on to love and serve the Anglican Church of Canada.

It is also an opportunity to weave together strands of Indigenous history and the story of our church on these lands. “It’s our history together. People should know that we do have a history together – we’re not walking on a separate path,” says Wesley.

To order, please email One copy per parish will be made available at no cost, upon request and while supplies last.  The timeline measures 52 cm by 203 cm (21 inches by 80 inches) and folds to letter-sized.

Digital copies (PDF) are also available for download and distribution. Please visit the timeline webpage to download. 


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, May 30, 2014

Celebrating the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh

Posted on: June 12th, 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 Mishamokweesh. 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