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Jerusalem Sunday resources highlight women’s voices, support for disabled children

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Jerusalem Sunday resources highlight women’s voices, support for disabled children

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As Canadian Anglicans prepare to celebrate the fourth annual Jerusalem Sunday on May 28, new liturgical resources highlight the perspectives of women and focus on ministry to support disabled children in Jerusalem.

Reflections and sermon notes for Jerusalem Sunday 2017 draw on the experience of Anglican women from the Diocese of Ottawa who travelled to Israel and Palestine last November for a women’s conference and pilgrimage. In Jerusalem, they joined women from the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem for a mutual learning experience on ministry and the history of their shared faith. Since 2011, the Ottawa and Jerusalem have had a formal covenant of partnership together.

Patricia Kirkpatrick, chair of Biblical Studies at McGill University, took the lead in preparing the sermon notes, which include reflections from the Ottawa participants as well as her own thoughts on Scripture.

“We thought we wanted this year in the sermon notes to make it a little bit more personal,” said Andrea Mann, director of Global Relations, adding that Kirkpatrick “kindly did that, trying to lift up perhaps the voices, the spirituality, the thoughts of women for Jerusalem Sunday. That’s kind of a new lens for us.”

Another liturgical resource in 2017 is the Jerusalem Sunday bulletin cover highlighting the Princess Basma Centre for Children with Disabilities, a non-profit charitable organization and important ministry of the Diocese of Jerusalem that provides physical rehabilitation for local children.

Special offerings from Canadian Anglicans at worship services on Jerusalem Sunday have provided vital support for the Penman Clinic, a centre located in the West Bank that serves as the main source of medical care for many people of all faiths in the surrounding area. As a result, the clinic’s list of needs to fortify their diagnostic tools and infrastructure has now been met.

The focus of offerings has now shifted to support an emerging priorty. All special offerings made on Jerusalem Sunday 2017 will go to support the Basma Centre’s Hydrotherapy Pool program for children, a form of physiotherapy with rehabilitation exercise in a pool.

Jerusalem Sunday is observed on the seventh Sunday of Easter and provides an opportunity for members of the Anglican Church of Canada to support and learn more about the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Jerusalem. Established at the 2013 Joint Assembly, Jerusalem Sunday serves as an occasion to reflect on the ever-growing relationship between the Canadian church and the diocese located in the Holy Land.

View a complete list of Jerusalem Sunday resources.

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, May 25, 2017

Join in the Kitchi Blanket Exercise

Posted on: May 12th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Be one of thousands to converge on Parliament Hill for the largest Blanket Exercise ever.

Where: Parliament Hill, Unceded Algonquin Territory

Who: Everyone

When: June 2, 2017

Schedule:
3:30 pm Cultural programming
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm Kitchi Blanket Exercise

What: 

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a visual and experiential way to represent colonization in Canada and its impact on Indigenous peoples. Kitchi means “really big” in Anishinaabemowin, the language of the unceded Algonquin territory where our settler capital is located. This really big Blanket Exercise is a coming together of hearts and minds in a collective commitment to build reconciliation based on justice for Indigenous peoples.

Why:

June 2, 2017 marks the second anniversary of the release of the TRC Calls to Action. These 94 Calls to Action are a way forward for us as a country and they need to remain front and centre in our conversations about reconciliation.

The Kitchi Blanket Exercise is also about bringing a different focus to Canada 150 – Canada’s formation includes stolen land, broken promises and cultural genocide, and we do not want this glossed over in celebrations.

Finally, it is the 20th anniversary of the creation of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise and the movement just keeps growing!

Get involved:

Join us for this historic event and help us spread the word! If you cannot be there in person, urge your friends who are in or near Ottawa to be there on your behalf.  We will also provide other opportunities to show your solidarity from wherever you are.

Share event on Facebook   Download Poster   Twitter banner   Facebook banner   Memes for sharing    Worship Resource

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Anglican Church of Canada, The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, PWRDF Email Update, May 12, 2017

World Refugee Day – June 20, 2017

Posted on: May 12th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Every year on June 20, World Refugee Day gives us a chance to focus the world’s attention on:

  • The plight of refugees and displaced people around the world
  • The causes of their exile
  • Their resolve and will to survive, and
  • How they contribute to Canada.

Canada is committed to helping refugees and has one of the largest refugee resettlement programs in the world. Read more about the refugee system in Canada.

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Anglican Church of Canada, The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund,  PWRDF Email Update, May 12, 2017

May 21: Global Day of Prayer to End Famine (Resources)

Posted on: May 11th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Canadian Foodgrains Bank website, May 11, 2017

 

 

New film shines light on ACO’s work

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Posted on: April 24, 2017

[ACNS] The Communications team at the Anglican Communion office has produced a short film highlighting the work of directors and staff. It also gives a taste of the work of the Anglican Alliance which is based in the same building in west London.

The 15-minute film has been produced in English but versions with subtitles in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Swahili will be available soon.

Director for Communications, Adrian Butcher, said it was important for the ACO’s work to be better known and believed it would be a useful resource.

“An incredible amount of work is done through this office on the behalf of the Anglican Communion around the world, but I don’t think we’ve always been very good at explaining that,” he said. “My colleagues were a little reluctant to be filmed at first because their focus is entirely on serving the Church – they all shrink at the idea of anything that appears to be self-publicity. But it is important for the Communion to know more about what we do. This film is just an introduction to that.

“We often have guests from across the globe at the ACO. And, of course, many of us travel the world as part of our work. This film will be a simple way to introduce ourselves at home and abroad.”

 

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Anglican Communion News Service,  Daily update from the ACNS on Monday 24th April, 2017

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund 2017 Resources

Posted on: April 23rd, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund

2017 Resources

PWRDF will be distributing resources earlier in 2017! This responds to requests we have had for an earlier order date that will allow more time for planning events in the fall. This year, PWRDF will highlight another organizational priority, maternal, newborn and child health through PWRDF’s All Mothers and Children Count program.

Promotional resources: Placemats, bookmarks, donation envelopes, a sixth edition of the ever popular Super Friends, Super Friends6! – Health and Wellbeing, all reflect the importance of maternal and child health through educational resources for use at gatherings, events –wherever health and wellbeing are a priority.
Learn about PWRDF’s new All Mothers and Children Count (AMCC) program by ordering the 2017 edition of the MNCH brochure and carry PWRDF’s MNCH Guiding Principles with you on a new MNCH bookmark. A 2017 edition of Introducing PWRDF will acquaint all with current programs and partners.

Educational resources: Sharing Bread (Three) completes the Sharing Bread trilogy and encourages people to come together to learn about food security; Hunger is not a game – a great resource to draw youth to issues of food and justice.

Mapping the Ground We Stand On is an interactive workshop facilitator’s guide that offers Indigenous and settler participants an opportunity to explore their historic and current place on the map of Canada and in relationship to one another.

Promotional and educational resources are available to order and download on our website. For more information, please contact Christine Hills, chills@pwrdf.org.

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund Email Update – April 21, 2017

Drought and famine relief embodies spirit of Lent

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Rice is a staple crop of South Sudan, one of the East African countries currently threatened by famine. Photo by Chacha.madison (own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Drought and famine relief embodies spirit of Lent

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For one small congregation in the Anglican Diocese of Saskatchewan, the spirit of the Lenten season found palpable expression at a March 12 Sunday service in response to the threat of drought and famine in East Africa.

The week prior to the service, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien declared to the Security Council that 20 million people were in danger of starving to death in what he called “the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN,” a crisis exacerbated by war and drought.

Speaking to the ecumenical congregation at Turtle River Parish in the village of Mervin, where the local church has hosted a shared Anglican-United ministry for 47 years, Bishop Michael Hawkins—who regularly preaches at the church—read aloud his letter to congregations across the diocese asking for a special offering to be taken up on March 26 for emergency response in East Africa and elsewhere.

By the following Wednesday, the Mervin congregation had sent a $3,500 cheque to the Diocese of Saskatchewan payable to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), and another cheque for $1,500 to Mission and Service, the umbrella development and relief organization for the United Church of Canada.

“That was just one congregation—I think the attendance that Sunday was 22 people,” Bishop Hawkins said. “So it was miraculous and remarkable.

“You worry that people’s financial resources are exhausted, and that their sympathy and compassion has been exhausted in these times, and that’s certainly not the case in that congregation. I was moved to tears.”

Highlighting the presence of both Anglican and United church members, which he said underscored the value parishioners placed on “the unity of the human family and the Christian family”, the bishop drew a connection between Lent and the gift of the Mervin congregation.

“Obviously something connected with them,” he said. “It’s a generous and happy congregation in Mervin. But one of the traditional things in Lent is extending yourself in some way and caring for the poor and the needy and the neglected, whether that’s people actually doing works or the old tradition of coin boxes and the like.

“It has been always a time for works and acts of mercy … I suspect, as this crisis grows to be as big as some are fearing, that there’ll be a lot more tension and there may be more work.”

The Diocese of Saskatchewan continues to collect donations from across the diocese payable to PWRDF, which has been at the front lines of the Canadian Anglican response to the hunger crisis in East Africa.

Working with its partner organizations, the agency has donated $50,000 to the ACT Alliance appeal for South Sudan and Kenya, $20,000 to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency for famine relief in South Sudan, and $30,000 to the ACT Alliance appeal to address the drought emergency in Somalia.

A concerted PWRDF campaign to provide famine relief, running until May 31, is currently underway. The agency continues to accept donations for South Sudan and Kenya.

Make a donation to support famine relief in East Africa.

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, April 12, 2017

Major restoration in store for Ottawa cathedral

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Art Babych on April 12, 2017

Blair Seaborn, chair of Restoration 120, and Dean Shane Parker pose before a window at Christ Church Cathedral showing an area in need of urgent repair. Photo: Art Babych


Christ Church in Ottawa marks its 120th anniversary as a cathedral this year, but along with the celebrations comes word that the heritage church is urgently in need of repair.A consultant’s report commissioned by the cathedral corporation last fall identified six “critical areas” needing to be fixed immediately and other areas requiring attention over the next five years.

One of the most critical areas are buttresses located on the west wall of the cloister garden, also known as the Garth, where mortar is crumbling and cracks are appearing.

“Not far in the future, the gaps and cracking could cause individual stones to fall, leading to the collapse of the walls,” says Blair Seaborn, who is chair of Restoration 120, a fundraising campaign to raise $120,000 for repairs.

“We’ve been told over and over by engineers that they’re not decorative,” said Seaborn. “The buttresses are rather critical in holding up the roof and walls.”

“Some things simply needed to be done immediately,” said Cathedral Dean Shane Parker in an Anglican Journal interview with Seaborn March 14. “We felt we needed to ramp it up quickly now as we have this window in order to address those things which are important and urgent, with the full understanding that we will continue to do restoration for years afterwards.”

The “window” is the result of a pause between two phases of construction in the joint venture Cathedral Hill development project started in 2012. The first phase involved the demolition of cathedral hall and the construction of a 21-storey condominium complex by Windmill Developments on church-leased land.

The repairs to the west wall were part of the restoration strategy presented to a special vestry meeting January 29 when the members of the congregation voted unanimously to authorize expenditures of up to $450,000 for the restoration work on both the cathedral and Lauder Hall, located on the same property.

“We have about $400,000 dollars of restoration that ought to happen in this calendar year and we will do some refinancing, said Parker. “But, we wanted the congregation to have an opportunity to contribute, as well as anyone who loves the cathedral for its heritage, for its religious and cultural value, and we thought we would start an appeal for $120,000.”

In earlier years, the cathedral received some small grants from the federal and provincial governments, but money for the restoration has come mainly from parishioners and other parish groups. “The simple truth is that it is a heritage asset but it’s ours to maintain,” said Parker.

Christ Church Cathedral, built in the 1870s on a bluff near Parliament Hill, is the public face of the Anglican church in the nation’s capital as well as the mother church of the diocese of Ottawa.

It has hosted the state funerals of three governors-general and two prime ministers and a commemorative service for the Queen Mother, and is the cathedral of the Anglican ordinariate.

It is also the church where the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada delivers his annual New Year’s Day message, and is the church where most of the clergy in the diocese are ordained.

As well, Parker said more than 300 non-church events are held in the church each year. “Our ministry touches the lives of many, many people in the nation’s capital and in a lot of different ways beyond the building’s external beauty,” he said. “We welcome any participation in this restoration project.”

Those wishing to donate to Restoration 120 can do so by cheque, marked clearly on the envelope as well as on the cheque for “Restoration 120,” and addressed to Josephine Hull, Administrator, at this address:

Christ Church Cathedral,
414 Sparks Street,
Ottawa, ON K1R 0B2

Contact information:
Phone: (613) 236-9149
Email: cathedral@ottawa.anglican.ca

About the Author

Art Babych

Art is the former editor of Crosstalk, the newspaper of the Anglican diocese of Ottawa.
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Anglican Journal News, April 12, 2017

Lent Study Guide (Resources)

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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TI2017

LENT RESOURCES

Lent Study Guide

Available online, PDF, and/or app

Trinity Institute 2017 will coincide with the second week of Lent. In order to enhance that vital season of prayer, study, and repentance, members of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network have created a Lent Study Guide. The guide is available for individuals and groups on the web, in a PDF, and as an app for smartphones and tablets in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The study guide PDF is available to download below:

English Study Guide

Spanish Study Guide

Portuguese Study Guide

French Study Guide

 

To view the study guide in the app follow these steps:

1) From your smartphone or tablet, click the links to download the Issuu app from iTunes or Google Play
2) Search for Water of Life Lenten Study Guide in the Issuu app.

Each week includes a contextual meditation, scripture, a prayer, and online resources. The Rev. Jeff Golliher, the Anglican Communion’s environmental representative at the United Nations, is editing the guide. The writers are:
  • Dr. Andrew Leake, Anglican Diocese of Northern Argentina;
  • Rachel Mash, Anglican Church of Southern Africa;
  • The Right Reverend Dr. Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Waikato, New Zealand;
  • Michael Schut, The Episcopal Church in the United States;
  • Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackadu, Church of Southern India.
  • And, writing a special meditation for Palm Sunday: The Right Reverend Ellinah Wamukoya, bishop of Swaziland and convener of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network

Lent Sermon Series

Available online

Our partners at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London will offer a preaching series on the theology of water at Evensong each Sunday in Lent. Each sermon will be posted the following week, with study questions crafted by the preachers.

Preachers:
  • March 5: The Rev. Canon Dr. Edmund Newell, Principal, Cumberland Lodge, “The Sacramental Sea”
  • March 12: The Rev. Canon John Rodwell, Honorary Canon Blackburn Cathedral
  • March 19: Lorraine Kingsley, CEO, Toilet Twinning
  • March 26: Barbara Ridpath, Director of St Paul’s Institute
  • April 2: The Rt. Rev. James Jones, “The Tree and the Water of Life”
  • April 9 (Palm Sunday): The Rt. Rev. the Lord Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury

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Trinity Church Wall Street, Trinity Institute Website, March 2017

PWRDF announces $50,000 more for East Africa

Posted on: March 17th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Tali Folkins on March 15, 2017

An estimated 16 million people in East Africa are now facing serious hunger as a result of drought and war. Photo: ©UNICEF/UN056039/Holt


The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is committing another $50,000 for famine and drought relief in East Africa, the aid agency announced Tuesday, March 14.

PWRDF is making a $20,000 contribution to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Canada through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, an emergency food aid agency of which PWRDF is a member. ADRA is currently operating a program that provides child-friendly spaces and school supplies to displaced families in Juba, South Sudan.

PWRDF is also pledging $30,000 to ACT Alliance, a coalition of church-based agencies, for drought relief in Somalia. The money will help provide food, water, sanitation, education, health care and livestock to people suffering from a severe drought in that country, PWRDF said.

Four seasons of scant rain have devastated crops and livestock in that country, causing many people to sell what they have and borrow food and money to survive, the agency said. About 6.2 million Somalis now need humanitarian aid, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The funding announcement follows an earlier appeal and commitment of $50,000 PWRDF made for famine and drought relief in South Sudan and Kenya Feb. 24.

All together, an estimated 16 million people in East Africa are now facing serious hunger because of drought and, in South Sudan, war.

Donations to PWRDF’s East Africa emergency response can be made online, by phone (contact Jennifer Brown at 416-924-9192 ext. 355; or 1-866-308-7973) or by mail.

Mailed cheques should be payable to “PWRDF, Emergency Response East Africa,” and sent to:

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 3G2

Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins has worked as a staff reporter for the Law Times and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal.  His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail and The United Church Observer.

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Anglican Journal News, March 17, 2017