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Resources available for Jerusalem Sunday

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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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 calvarez@national.anglican.ca.

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.

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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
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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
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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 glengarryrector@gmail.com.

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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
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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.

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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
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 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 necefsabeel.ca. 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 amann@national.anglican.ca.

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

Window of opportunity

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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(This article first appeared in the March issue of the Anglican Journal.)

The newspaper’s website, anglicanjournal.com, has launched Eyewitness, Special Coverage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The web page compiles the newspaper’s extensive and award-winning coverage of the TRC national events, beginning in 2010 in Winnipeg.

The collection of more than 150 stories, photographs and videos offers a comprehensive look at the impact of the Indian residential school system on aboriginal people across Canada. It also documents how the Anglican Church of Canada—which operated 35 of these schools between 1820 and 1969—has responded to the enormous challenge of healing and reconciliation. The stories feature former students and their families, former staff, church and government representatives, foreign observers and interested Canadians who chose to take part in an undertaking unprecedented in Canadian history.

The Journal hopes that Eyewitness will contribute to further understanding about what has been dubbed “Canada’s shame” and encourage more conversations and action.

A key component of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the TRC was created to gather the experiences of more than150,000 former students and their families, to educate Canadians about the schools’ history and to inspire reconciliation “among individuals, families, communities, religious entities, government, and the people of Canada.”

At the first national event in Winnipeg in June 2010, TRC chair Justice Murray Sinclair urged those present to simply listen and be open. “You will notice a resilience and strength that is nothing short of remarkable,” he said, referring to former residential school students, many already in their twilight years and sharing their childhood experiences for the very first time. “There is an unmistakable, absolute truth experienced when the person across from you summons up immeasurable courage to tell you something they may never have told anyone.”

In June, the TRC will end its four-year term, with the seventh and final national event to be held in Ottawa. A key question that needs to be answered is whether Canadians have listened and, if so, what are they prepared to do about what they have heard. A statement made by TRC commissioner Marie Wilson at the Winnipeg event lends particular resonance: “What we have kept repeating is if the TRC ends up being a series of very well-intentioned activities that lead only to aboriginal people talking to themselves, our country will have missed the best opportunity that we had in nation building, in possibly our entire history.”

The primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, has attended all TRC events so far. Each time, he has reiterated the church’s 1993 apology to aboriginal people for its role in running the schools, where some students suffered physical and sexual abuse. Hiltz also expressed the church’s commitment to the healing journey for the long haul, acknowledging that healing and reconciliation could take generations. After all, the schools operated for a century and the legacy of trauma and institutional racism continue to this day—aboriginal people suffer a higher incidence of poverty, addictions, family violence, depression, poor health, inadequate housing and incarceration.

In order for this commitment to take root, however, it will need to be fully embraced by Anglicans across Canada. The reality is that the residential school legacy remains either a polarizing issue or a non-issue in some parts of the church. The Primate’s Commission on the Doctrine of Discovery, Reconciliation and Healing will need to address this. Created on the recommendation of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, part of the commission’s mandate is to move forward with reconciliation and address continuing injustices faced by Canada’s indigenous communities. ​There is much work to be done.

email: editor@anglicanjournal.com

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Anglican Journal News, March 31, 2015

Prayers for peace in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and beyond

Posted on: March 27th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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A prayer service at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, Damascus, Syria.

A prayer service at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, Damascus, Syria.

 

This Lenten season, the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites its member churches to pray on Sunday 29 March for those affected by wars in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt. The season of prayer is meant to revive hope from hopelessness, taking into account the vulnerability of minority communities and the threat of losing the diversity of the social fabric in this region. 

“Many churches and Christians around the world have offered signs of solidarity and sympathy through prayer vigils, humanitarian assistance and advocacy for just peace. Despite these efforts, so many still feel powerless and incapable of making any impact and change,” said Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, in a letter of invitation to prayer addressed to the churches, issued on 24 March.

“Yet we know that we worship a God of hope, in whom there is always cross, always resurrection. As Christians we are called to live in the hope Christ gives us and make this our witness in times of deep pain and strife,” he added.

In the Middle East, the WCC general secretary said, “unbearable atrocities have been committed by state and non-state armed groups” – mainly in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt.

“The religious and ethnic minorities continue to be the most vulnerable communities. Among them are the Christians, our sisters and brothers in the Lord. They face the present danger of extermination or exile from their own region,” Tveit said.

He invited the churches to use a common prayer for peace in Syria and beyond through liturgical resources made available on the WCC website. These prayers may be adapted according to the different calendars, liturgical styles and church traditions.

Read full text of the letter from the WCC general secretary

Liturgical materials: Prayer for peace in Syria and beyond

WCC programme “Churches in the Middle East”

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, March 27, 2015

Imagine what you could do with $10,000…

Posted on: March 5th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Beginning in 2014, the Anglican Foundation of Canada will set aside $50,000 each year to encourage and fund innovative ministry-related projects through a Request-For-Proposals process.  Responding to one of the Marks of Mission, this year’s focus is new community service or outreach projects that involve interfaith collaboration.

  • 5 one-time grants of up to $10,000 are available
  • Projects will be new initiatives undertaken in 2016
  • Projects will be designed to meet human need by loving service
  • Projects will involve collaboration between Anglicans and individuals or groups from at least one religion other than Christianity
  • Projects require the endorsement of a diocesan bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada
  • Proposals submitted in response to this request do not count as one of the three submissions each diocese is allowed per year
  • Submission deadline is September 1, 2015
  • The AFC Board of Directors will review proposals in November 2015 and announce those receiving grants in early December

RFP 2015 Criteria & Submission Form 

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Anglican Church of Canada, Info! News from General Synod, March 02, 2015

Project editor shares insights into making of Anglican directory

Posted on: February 25th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Project editor Janet Thomas holds up a copy of the 2015 Anglican Church Directory.

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For most church members, the release of the 2015 Anglican Church Directory means having an up-to-date source of information on dioceses, parishes and clergy across the country.

For those who produce the directory, however, its release marks the culmination of a long period of work—one characterized by a meticulous attention to detail.

The leading force in the production of the directory for more than a decade has been project editor Janet Thomas, who, among other work tasks, is responsible for collecting all the necessary information for every organization and entity listed in the book.

“It’s a big job, as you can imagine,” Thomas said.

“I’ve got it down to a fine art, though,” she added.

The production process begins each year in September, when Thomas begins approaching all the dioceses and organizations listed in the directory, working thereafter according to a series of specific deadlines.

“If I start asking people, say, around Labour Day, my goal is usually to have it to the printer before Christmas,” she said.

To collect the relevant data, Thomas relies on the help of diocesan contacts—primarily bishops’ executive assistants, who pass on the information for their dioceses, diocesan organizations and parishes—as well as in-house staff at General Synod. She also contacts church-sponsored organizations such as colleges and social agencies.

Meanwhile, Beverley Murphy, senior manager for communications and information resources at General Synod, is responsible for compiling the clergy index. A typesetter then handles the book’s formatting before handing the product to a printer.

The finished directory is usually available around mid-January, though the 2015 edition saw a minor delay due to the reorganization of the church following the creation of the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh.

“The dioceses that were affected, they had a lot more work to do…figuring out who’s who and what’s what,” Thomas said.

Save for a transition to colour advertisements, the directory itself has seen few radical changes in recent years.

The same cannot be said for the method of producing it.

“Because of technology, it’s much, much easier,” Thomas said. “The proofreading is easier, [as is] being able to send out electronic files [and] emails. Before, some of it was mailed out to people to update, and I used to receive information via fax, which was a nightmare because the ink didn’t show clearly.”

Though the technology may have changed, the Anglican Church Directory remains the most comprehensive resource on the Anglican Church of Canada, providing a wealth of valuable material for church members and non-members alike.

Like its predecessors, the latest edition of the directory includes information, personnel, websites, email addresses and telephone numbers for every Anglican diocese and parish in Canada, as well as partner organizations such as the Anglican Foundation and the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.

Besides the clergy index, other features include a diocesan map, information and statistics, a calendar of key dates, notes on how to address the clergy and a complete list of communities and municipalities served by the church along with their respective dioceses.

Order your copy of the 2015 Anglican Church Directory from Augsburg Fortress.

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

An online journey into Lent (Resources)

Posted on: February 19th, 2015 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Anglican Journal staff


The Lenten season, which starts on Ash Wednesday, is traditionally observed as a period of fasting, prayer and reflection on the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. Photo: Bakhur Nick


The Anglican Church of Canada has created a web page with a wide range of resources to help Canadian Anglicans observe Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter.

The offerings include a Lenten Bible study prepared by the suffragan bishop of the diocese of Huron, Terry Dance, and Lenten reflections “that encourage thought and action on issues of food security,” prepared by the Rev. Elizabeth Steeves (diocese of Niagara) for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF).

Anglicans wishing to relate Lent with contemporary life can do so with “Spend Lent with Mark,” prepared by the diocese of Niagara. Here, about 30 contributors share “daily commentaries and probing questions” using the Gospel of Mark as a springboard for exploring the teachings of Jesus.

The web page also includes liturgical texts for trial use, including propers for Ash Wednesday to Palm/Passion Sunday. The texts have been released for trial use and feedback by the liturgy task force of General Synod’s faith, worship and ministry committee.

To access the resources, click here.

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Anglican Journal News, February 18, 2015