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Mission to Seafarers launch woolly hat fundraising campaign

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Posted on: September 27, 2016

[ACNS, by Gavin Drake] The Anglican mission agency Mission to Seafarers is once again running its innovative Woolly Hat Day fundraising campaign by urging people to wear a woolly hat on Friday 14 October. The Mission to Seafarers is the world’s largest maritime welfare charity and is held in high regard by the international shipping communities for the support it provides to seafarers across the world. They have raised thousands of pounds through previous Woolly Hat Days and hope to raise 15,000 through next month’s event.

Supporters are encouraged to hold Woolly Hat Day events and to promote the agency as a way of raising both funds and awareness.

“Giving hats to seafarers is a genuine act of kindness, appreciation and hospitality towards those who are away from home for many months and who often operate in harsh conditions,” the mission agency’s secretary general, Andrew Wright, said. “Given the speed at which they are taken, gifts of woolly hats continue to be very much appreciated by seafarers.”

And the mission’s director of development, Jos Standerwick, explained the thinking behind the campaign: “Woolly hats have become synonymous with seafarers, with people knitting hats for our men and women of the sea for hundreds of years. It seems only fitting that the Mission and The Campaign for Wool team up again to raise vital funds for the Mission’s work and to get the public knitting!

“Whether people tweet a fun photo of themselves in their woolly hats, or turn their hands to knitting, the Mission could not hold this day without the support from so many dedicated organisations and individuals, so thank you.”

The fundraising day receives widespread support from the shipping community who use it to organise their own fund-raising events for the charity.

“This year’s Woolly Hat Day has already received great support from companies whose business relies on seafarers,” the agency’s corporate development manager Laura Brown said. “Offices, ports and shipping companies have already signed up to stage a fun event around the theme of Woolly Hats. Some are holding sweepstakes, others bake sales and we even have the support of the retailers who are decorating their shop fronts in a maritime theme! We are asking people to let their imagination go overboard to raise funds for seafarers and their families in a time of need.”


Anglican Communion News Service,  Daily update from the ACNS on Tuesday 27 September 2016

2017 calendar to highlight Anglican, Lutheran mission work

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

By Anglican Journal staff on September, 07 2016

“Every month, when you turn the page of the new calendar, you’ll see a new engagement in activity that serves the common good or advocates for justice for the poor, and I hope that is inspiring for people,” says Archdeacon Michael Thompson.  Image: The General Synod, Anglican Church of Canada

When they purchase their Canadian Church Calendars for 2017, Anglican individuals and parishes are likely to notice at least one difference from the calendars of former years.

Instead of featuring photos of Anglican churches from across the country, next year’s calendar, available end of this month, will show Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans engaged in mission work, the national office announced earlier this year.

“Every month, when you turn the page of the new calendar, you’ll see a new engagement in activity that serves the common good or advocates for justice for the poor, and I hope that is inspiring for people,” Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, said in a news release.

“There are some beautiful church buildings, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “But the loveliest thing about the church is God’s people engaged in the transforming mission of God: feeding the hungry and looking after…the poor, sheltering AA groups, welcoming refugees.”

Production of the calendar, formerly handled by the Anglican Journal, will now be overseen by Trina Gallop Blank, director of communications and stewardship of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC) and Meghan Kilty, director of communication and information resources for the Anglican Church of Canada.

The new concept for the calendar stems from a meeting between Anglican and Lutheran staff in 2014. The ELCIC had been expressing interest in a jointly produced calendar for several years already.

It was ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson, Thompson said, who first suggested the idea of a focus on mission rather than church buildings—an idea that found an enthusiastic supporter in Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Kilty and Gallop Blank have been working on finding stories of Anglican and ELCIC mission work, which the calendar will document with “exciting, beautiful photos,” Kilty said.

The two churches, Kilty and Gallop Blank discovered, have a number of common areas when it comes to mission: both work in the Holy Land, they provide mutual support to hospitals and they also jointly organize the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) gathering, for example.

Calendars may be ordered from David C. Cook: 1-800-263-2664.


Anglican Journal News, September 07, 2016

Season of Creation raises ecological awareness through prayer

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

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As summer turns to autumn, Christians worldwide will unite in prayer and commit to the ministry of healing the earth during the Season of Creation, an annual initiative spearheaded by global Anglican, Roman Catholic, ecumenical, and interfaith organizations.

The Season of Creation runs from Sept. 1—proclaimed as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation by the Orthodox Church in 1989, and subsequently recognized by other denominations—through the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4. During this period, Christians across denominations and national borders are encouraged to join together in prayer for creation and environmental stewardship.

To raise awareness of the 2016 Season of Creation, the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN) is partnering with the World Council of Churches, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, GreenFaith, and the ACT Alliance.

The need for a period within the church calendar focusing especially on creation has drawn increasing support across denominations in recent years.

“A season such as Advent or Lent or Easter looks at significant events in the life of Christ, different parts of Christ’s story … and creation factors into every one of those seasons,” said the Rev. Ken Gray, secretary of the ACEN, co-chair of the Creation Matters Working Group, and dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Kamloops, B.C.

“Essentially, since the late 1960s, there has not been a profound conversation or theological reflection on God as creator or God in creation in some way, apart from persons such as St. Francis,” he added. “So it’s time, and we’re trying to figure out a way to help folks focus on this particular aspect of God’s graciousness.”

Creation Matters co-chair Nancy Harvey, who also serves as the co-chair of the EnviroAction Committee in the Anglican Diocese of Huron, drew a connection between the Season of Creation and the fifth Mark of Mission: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

“For us as Anglicans, that time is a way for us really to reflect and pray and act and live out the fifth Mark of Mission,” Harvey said.

The season also serves as a way to reflect upon the 17 Sustainable Development Goals identified by the United Nations and highlighted by Anglican leaders, including Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. These goals include clean water, affordable clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, and action to tackle climate change.

A website for the Season of Creation includes a list of liturgical resources and steps to help organize prayer services. Individuals and parishes can pray as they see fit, while churches may organize their own services related to the care of creation.

St. Paul’s Cathedral, for example, is planning a four-week program of worship for each Sunday starting on Sept. 11 that will delve into four themes: Jesus and climate science; Sabbath as a life principle; footprints (i.e. how does the congregation itself affect creation); and life lessons from St. Francis and Pope Francis I—the latter of whom highlighted problems of consumerism and environmental degradation in his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’. The cathedral will also host a public lecture series with presentations from local members of the community, along with educational and artistic events and field trips.

Though clergy and lay leaders may find it too late at the moment to organize prayer services for the 2016 Season of Creation, Gray and Harvey emphasized that the primary goal is consciousness-raising around environmental issues, and that individuals and parishes are welcome to pray for creation at any time. At St. Mark’s Church in Brantford, Ont., parishioners including Harvey will be celebrating the Season of Creation this year at Thanksgiving.

“It’s not [necessarily] going to give them time to act this year,” Harvey said. “But it is making them aware that there’s an example being set, there’s leadership there, and this is happening across the country.”

View a list of liturgical resources for the Season of Creation.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, August 31, 2016

Goats get results in Tanzania

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

By André Forget on August, 25 2016

Selina Hassan and Novatus Hamim, of Tanzania’s diocese of Masasi, are among the recipients of the PWRDF’s livestock program. Photo: PWRDF

What is one of the most practical things a Canadian Anglican can do to help a family struggling with AIDS in eastern Africa?

Give them a goat.

Goats can be life-changing for people living with AIDS in parts of Africa, says Simon Chambers, communications co-ordinator for The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF).

AIDS is no longer a death sentence for those who have access to antiretroviral drugs. But these drugs are extremely hard on the body, and can do serious damage if patients on antiretroviral regimens do not get enough food, says Chambers.

Because goat’s milk is highly nutritious, a goat can help a family dealing with AIDS stay strong enough that the drugs can take effect.

The Anglican Church of Canada’s gift guide, Gifts for Mission, enables Anglicans—through PWRDF—to donate $80. Matched with government funds, it is enough to provide a dairy goat to a family living with AIDS. A new addition to the program this year also allows donors to purchase a cow for an African farmer for $140.

The project is part of a four-year initiative to bolster maternal and newborn health in Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Mozambique, Chambers says. The Canadian government has agreed to fund matching donations from Canadians by a factor of 15-85, which means that for every dollar given, the government will contribute six.

Most of the goats will go to the diocese of Masasi in Tanzania, which has already been using them as part of a development plan for several years, says Chambers.

One of the more creative aspects about the diocese of Masasi’s approach, Chambers noted, is a pay-it-forward feature designed to build up the entire community.

If a family is given two goats and the goats produce offspring, the firstborn is given to another family in the community that is in need. While they are allowed to keep any future offspring, this feature encourages recipients to also become givers.

“We think [this] really makes [the project] community-based rather than individual-based,” said Chambers. “The community decides who are the people in the most need, and then they are the ones who are the initial beneficiaries. But then those people are giving back into the community, so that more families are able to benefit from the program over time.”

The project also helps these communities in more indirect ways: because the livestock is purchased by PWRDF partners working on the ground in places like Tanzania and Burundi, the money raised stimulates the local economies of affected communities.

Chambers noted that, like all PWRDF programs, the gift guide is based around the needs expressed by partners like the diocese of Masasi.

“Every item in the gift guide from PWRDF is something that our partners have told us needs to be part of the projects we are doing,” he said. “All of our partners are community-based…know the people in the communities, and they know what the needs are.”

Because PWRDF connects donors to groups like parishes and dioceses that are not only active in but are part of the communities facing need, Chambers explained, there is a strong sense of continuity between projects.

“We are in the community for the long haul,” he said. “It’s not just looking at the short term; it’s looking at the long term.”


About the Author

André Forget

André Forget

André Forget joined the Anglican Journal in 2014 as staff writer and social media lead. He also serves as managing editor of Whether Magazine, and his writing has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The Winnipeg Review, and the Town Crier.


Anglican Journal News, August 25, 2016

Northern Witness: A 5-Session Bible Study from the Council of the North (Resource)

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

NorthernWitnessUsing themes of Solidarity, Mission & Service, Trust & Treasure, Healing and Partnership, this 5-module study uses stories of northern ministry to help illuminate the chosen Bible passages. Each module also invites you to deepen your partnership with us in the Gospel.

Order FREE colour copies from our resource order form page.

Download a PDF copy of Northern Witness.





Council of the North Communications e-newsletter, August 04, 2016

The Ecumenism Magazine

Posted on: July 13th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

The Ecumenism Magazine publishes academic and pastoral articles with the goal of overcoming the gap which separates the academic theology with its relevant achievements and the Church’s living experience. This digital format Magazine publishes articles written by professors, religious authorities and pioneers of the dialogue, and by young researchers and people involved in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. As in the previous printed issues, there are the News and Book reviews sections, for keeping you informed on the progress and challenges of dialogue encounters. This new bilingual version (with texts in French and English) is readable on screen and can be printed out. There are also links to watch short videos.

The subscription for one year is only $15 for four issues of about 40 pages/each.

For subscription, please contact: The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism 2715, Chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine Montréal, Québec, H3T 1B6 tel. 514-937-9176/21 [email protected]

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E-news from the Diocese of Montreal, July 13, 2016

Applications open for Stronger Together 2016

Posted on: July 5th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments


Stronger Together is an annual gathering of Diocesan youth ministry leaders, staff, or key volunteers who are part of strategic planning and implementation of youth ministry within their diocese or region. 2016 will be the sixth Stronger Together event.

When? Thursday, September 29, 9:00 am –Friday, Sep 30, 8:00 pm, 2016 (travel days, Sep 28 and Oct 1)


Where? Loyola House and Retreat Centre, Guelph, Ontario.

Every Diocese is invited to send up to two people. Accommodation/meal/program costs and local transportation from airport or train station are covered by national Youth Initiatives. Travel subsidies are available.


Contact Judy Steers, Program Associate for Youth Initiatives at [email protected]  for details.


Anglican Church of Canada, Info! News from General Synod, July 04, 2016

Episcopal News Service launches French language service

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

[ACNS, by Gavin Drake] The news service of the US-based Episcopal Church has launched a French language service to complement its existing English and Spanish provision.

Through its new Actualités service – the French word for “news” – ENS will provide news and information for French speakers throughout the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.

“The Episcopal Church includes several dioceses where English is not the primary language, so it’s vital that we offer news and resources so that all Episcopalians may benefit from them,” Matthew Davies, an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service, said.

“We have been providing news in Spanish for several years, both as a resource to the Province IX Spanish-speaking dioceses and for the thriving Latino communities in the US. With the launch of Actualités, we are delighted to expand our service to Episcopalians in places such as Haiti, the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and the approximately four million French-speaking Anglicans around the world.”

Actualités features news articles by the Episcopal News Service as well as press releases from the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs and links to useful resources, such as the monthly radio program, Le Magazine Anglican.

It is the second non-English service operated by ENS. Spanish speakers are served by its Noticias service.

In addition to its online news services, ENS provides daily email newsletters in English, French, and Spanish.

  • The Anglican Communion News Service also provides a free daily email detailing the day’s stories. You can subscribe here.


Anglican Communion News Service,  Daily update from ACNS on Thursday 23 June 2016 

Welcoming the Stranger: Canadian Foodgrains Bank Worship Resource

Posted on: June 20th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments


Welcoming the Stranger: Canadian Foodgrains Bank Worship Resource


Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 Canadian churches and church-based agencies working together to end global hunger. PWRDF is a member.


PWRDF has partnered with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to co-brand CFGB’s new worship resource, “Welcoming the Stranger.”  The resource is designed to help groups “pray, give, learn, and advocate on conflict, migration, refugees and food security.”  While designed to mark World Refugee Day on June 20, the resource can be used in part or in whole at any other time of the year.  The “Give” section of the resource features PWRDF’s food assistance work in South Sudan.  The resource is available for download in both a  full colour  and a black and white (text only) black and white (text only) format.

If you have any questions about this resource, please contact Suzanne Rumsey, Public Engagement Program Coordinator at [email protected].

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund Email Update–June  17, 2016

Roadmap for European Reformation 500th anniversary

Posted on: June 13th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments

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[World Council of Churches] A celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, called the ‘European Reformation Roadmap,’ will begin in November 2016 in Geneva, before touring across sites of significance through May 2017.

There will be activities in 67 cities in 18 countries, featuring a show truck — or “story-mobile” — travelling to different locations in Europe to support local events. The tour through Europe will start on 3 November in Geneva, the city of John Calvin, and now home to the head office of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and many other international organizations. The programme includes seminars, a panel discussion on peace and a digital exhibition.

The Revd Dr Emmanuel Fuchs, President of the Protestant Church in Geneva, says, “It is a great honour for us in the Protestant Church of Geneva (in partnership with the World Council of Churches, the Reformation Museum and the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches) to launch this European tour of Reformation cities.”

“Geneva, certainly, is a key city in the Reformation,” Fuchs adds. “This Geneva stage of the tour gives us an opportunity, quite apart from its historical aspect, to emphasize Geneva’s open, ecumenical and multicultural character. A certain ‘spirit of Geneva’, a product of the Reformation, still permeates our city, beyond the churches.“

Fuchs concludes: “So, the rich, varied programme, intended not only for the friends of the churches, but also for the whole population, for passersby who want to have a look, will provide, among other things, an opportunity to celebrate with our many immigrant communities, an opportunity for our young people from different religions to meet one another and have discussions, or even for families to see a puppet show. We look forward to seeing you on the Reformation Bus.”

The culmination of the tour will be in central Germany, at the story-mobile’s final stop in Wittenberg, in time for a World Reformation Exhibition entitled ‘Gates of Freedom’. There, churches from around the world and civil society exhibitors will present their activities over the summer, illustrating what the Reformation set in motion and what it still means today.

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Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Monday 31st May 2016