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Archdeacon elected first Indigenous bishop for Treaty 7 territory

Posted on: April 28th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

By André Forget on April 28, 2017

Archdeacon Sidney Black will be the first bishop to serve the Indigenous churches in the diocese of Calgary. Photo: Art Babych

On April 22, the diocese of Calgary elected Archdeacon Sidney Black as its first-ever suffragan bishop dedicated fully to Indigenous ministry.

Black, who has long been involved in Indigenous ministry locally and for the national church, was chosen unanimously by a group of Indigenous clergy, laypeople and elders during an election held at Christ Church Anglican in Nanton, Alta.

He will be the first bishop to serve the Indigenous Anglican churches of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Treaty 7 territory. Treaty 7 governs the relationship between members of the Blackfoot Confederacy and the Crown in southern Alberta.

While he has been elected to serve a specific part of the church, Black said his responsibility as a bishop is to the whole church. “I am a servant of the church, and I want to continue being a servant of the church for our Indigenous communities, our Métis communities, our Inuit communities and for the church at large, in whatever way the spirit calls me,” said Black.

Ordained a priest in 1991 and made archdeacon in 1996, he has served the church in many roles over his long career, among them as co-chair of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP). He is also a member of the Indigenous leadership circle, and the Primate’s Commission on the Doctrine of Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice.

At General Synod 2016, he was appointed to the Primate’s Council of Elders and Youth, a group committed to ensure the church abides by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

While he formally retired in 2016, when Black was asked whether or not he would consider standing as Indigenous bishop serving the churches of the Blackfoot Confederacy, he decided he had a responsibility to heed the call.

“Within the context of our own communities, when you receive your life’s vocation…it’s for life, so that’s what the folks from the reserve are saying to me,” said Black. “They’re saying, ‘You might be retired, but you’re still with us.’ ”

Black has, however, opted to forego a bishop’s stipend and subsist on his pension as a way of being “in solidarity with those Anglican clergy who are non-stipendiary.”

Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson, diocesan bishop of Calgary and metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Rupert’s Land, said the diocese has long had an archdeacon of Indigenous ministries. But last summer he began to consider the possibility of making the archdeacon a bishop who would be elected by Indigenous Anglicans using Indigenous decision-making traditions.

Kerr-Wilson said the decision to create a parallel bishopric reflects a desire to help Indigenous Anglicans achieve a greater degree of self-determination within the Anglican Church of Canada.

He compared the arrangement to the responsibility sharing that exists between Bishop Michael Hawkins and Bishop of Missinipi Adam Halkett, who is the primary caretaker for Indigenous communities in the diocese of Saskatchewan.

Last November, the idea was brought before diocesan council, which voted unanimously in favour of it.

“All the people that I talked to saw in it the possibilities of revitalization of ministry on the reserves, and not just on the reserves, but in partnership with Indigenous peoples,” Kerr-Wilson said.

While the canons (church laws) of the ecclesiastical province of Rupert’s Land stipulate a clear process by which a new bishop can be elected, an amendment was added in 2009 to allow the provincial executive to override this process if given good cause.

This addition was made to allow Indigenous Anglicans to elect their own bishop within a diocese that also contained non-Indigenous parishes. It was invoked to allow the election of Bishop Lydia Mamakwa in 2010, and Halkett’s election in 2012.

Instead of having a system of appointments and ballots, nine clergy and lay delegates from Indigenous communities in the diocese met in a circle, and the eldest person present, the Rev. Margaret Waterchief, put Black’s name forward. Kerr-Wilson, who chaired the election, said it became clear quickly that Black was the unanimous choice.

While the provincial canons allow any bishop in the province 30 days to object to the election of a new bishop, Kerr-Wilson said it would be “pretty surprising” to see someone object to Black.

Plans are moving ahead to Black’s consecration on June 3.

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, April 28, 2017

Eucharist, events, books and more to mark Foundation’s anniversary

Posted on: April 27th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments

By Tali Folkins on April 26, 2017

The Anglican Foundation of Canada’s celebration of its diamond anniversary kicks off May 27 in Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver. Photo: Shutterstock

From a textile show to special chocolates, the Anglican Foundation of Canada is planning to mark its 60th anniversary this year with a range of events and commemorative materials.

The Foundation’s celebration of its diamond anniversary kicks off May 27 in Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, with the official opening of (in)finite: A Canadian Textile Exhibition. The exhibition, which runs until June 4, will focus on spiritual themes, including perspectives of First Nations artists and a variety of faith traditions. Among those expected to attend the opening is Green Party leader and Anglican Elizabeth May, says AFC executive director Canon Judy Rois.

An anniversary dinner featuring 60 guests, including Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, former primate Andrew Hutchison and possibly also former primate Michael Peers will be held that evening.

Celebrations will continue the following day with a special service at the cathedral, where Hiltz will preach and the cathedral choir will premiere a choral anthem specially commissioned for the anniversary, composed by Nicholas Piper, music director at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, Vanier, Ont. An anniversary reception in Cathedral Hall will follow.

A textile exhibit focusing on spiritual themes will kick off the Anglican Foundation’s anniversary celebration at Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver, where this “Creation” quilt by Paul Krampitz is on permanent display. Photo: Martin Knowles

In addition to these events, the Foundation is producing a range of celebratory materials, including two books. Imagine at: Dreams, Hopes, and Realities—Celebrating 60 Years of the Anglican Foundation of Canada, gathers together the recollections and reflections of more than 100 AFC grant recipients over the years, replete with photographs. Another book, Children’s Prayers with Hope Bear, features prayers for liturgical events, holidays and other special times written by Rois, with watercolour illustrations by Canadian artist Michele Nidenoff. The Foundation has also produced a video featuring grant recipients across the country and a timeline, two metres long, placing the story of the Foundation in the context of Canadian, world and church events.

Hope Bear, mascot of the Foundation’s Kids Helping Kids Fund, has a new look for the special year. Anniversary Hope Bear sports a black, tailor-made vest designed by Shafiq Beig of Harcourts, Ltd. with a crimson bow tie, and comes in a limited edition of 100.

The Foundation is also making available commemorative ties and scarves, as well as small bags of artisanal chocolates bearing its logo.


About the Author

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


Anglican Journal News, April 27, 2017

Anglican Foundation of Canada ‘blossoming’ at 60

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By Tali Folkins on April 27, 2017

The Sorrento Centre Farm, an education program and working fruit and vegetable farm in B.C., has received grants from the Anglican Foundation of Canada. Photo: George Zorn

It is fitting, says Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, that the 60th anniversary of the Anglican Foundation of Canada will be celebrated this May in Vancouver.In mild Vancouver, Hiltz says, spring can be counted on to be well established by May. And spring is what comes to his mind when he thinks of the Foundation these days.

“I think it’s just blossoming,” says Hiltz, who as primate is also chair of the Foundation. “At this particular moment in its history, it’s kind of like a springtime of fresh expression, and bursting with new opportunity and new life.”

Over the past six years, under executive director Canon Judy Rois, the Foundation has developed “a bigger heart than ever” for all the ministries of the church, while building important relationships, raising its own profile and generally helping develop a culture of mutual care—“we receive, and therefore we give”—with the church, he says.

The Foundation is evolving—but evolution has been a part of its history from the beginning, the primate says.

Its origins go back to a 1954 visit by Reginald Soward, a member of the diocese of Toronto (and later chancellor of the diocese, and then of General Synod) to the Anglican Congress, an international meeting of Anglicans held in Minneapolis, Minn. Soward said the meeting awoke in him a sense that “the Church as a whole had a responsibility to further the well- being and development of the Christian life and there were no limits of space,” according to a Foundation newsletter released during the primacy of Archbishop Michael Peers (1986-2004).

Sowald also discovered that the Episcopal Church had an organization for providing financial support to cash-strapped churches and programs across the country. He proposed a similar organization for the Anglican Church of Canada to then-primate Archbishop Walter Barfoot and others, including John Graham, registrar of General Synod, and eventually, in 1957, the Anglican Foundation of Canada was established.

Primate Fred Hiltz reads to a child at an after-school program funded by the Anglican Foundation of Canada in St. Jamestown, Toronto. Photo: Contributed

One of the most valuable things about the Foundation, Hiltz says, is its broad geographical reach. Board member Fiona Brownlee, who is also rural and Indigenous communities liaison for the diocese of Edmonton, agrees. “You can’t go to a part of this church, coast to coast to coast, and not hear a story about how the Foundation has impacted the life and ministry of a particular region of the country,” she says.

In the early days, the Foundation was focused on physical infrastructure— helping churches fund roof repairs, installations of new bathrooms and the like. Board members say this remains an important part of its work. Archdeacon Sarah Usher, of the diocese of the Yukon, says that in the North especially, this work is hardly separable from funding ministry.

“If we don’t have buildings, we don’t have ministry,” she says. “We can’t put a minister somewhere if we don’t have a rectory.”

Sometimes the need for this kind of funding is urgent. Last spring, administrators of St. Paul’s Cathedral, in Kamloops, B.C., discovered the building’s roof had deteriorated faster than they realized. The situation, says Dean Ken Gray, was “pretty grim,” with water already starting to leak through in some areas. It was clear repairs had to be done before the arrival of winter—and money to support the work was needed right away.

In the end, the cathedral was able to raise a good part of the $90,000 needed for roof repairs from the local community and other sources, and it had some financial reserves to draw on. But in the meantime, a $15,000 grant from the Foundation, Gray says, was vital in ensuring the work began on time.

“The Foundation grant meant that [work] could proceed in 2016, which had to happen,” Gray says.

An Anglican Foundation grant helps improve lighting and labyrinth at St. Luke’s, Ottawa. Photo: Petr Maur

Over the decades, the Foundation has branched out into funding diverse kinds of ministry and supported charitable work whose value goes beyond bricks and mortar. Board member the Rev. Alex Faseruk, emeritus professor of business administration at Newfoundland’s Memorial University, says one of the most moving examples of Foundation-supported organizations is Roger Neilson House, an Ottawa hospice for terminally ill children. A visit he undertook with Rois left them both emotionally overwhelmed.

“The dignity with which the children went through their final journey in this lifetime…and how they would prepare the family…It just choked us up phenomenally,” Faseruk says.

The Foundation has established a Sacred Arts Trust for music and other art ministry, for example, and funds, among many other things, camping programs, emergency medical travel costs and hospice care for children,  theological studies, and Indigenous ministry.

The Foundation is funded entirely by donations—from individuals, parishes and dioceses. Its challenge, Brownlee says, is to continue to build its donor base. “We actually enjoy giving away money, but we can’t do that unless we’re supported,” she says.

Rois agrees. “A lot of Canadian Anglicans think that the Anglican Foundation is a bank with a big account, and it is that only inasmuch as people donate to it,” she says. “That’s why we’re pushing out the message that donors matter—a lot.”

This means raising awareness. “I don’t think a lot of people in the pew even understand what the Anglican Foundation does,” says Usher. “I think that’s one of our biggest challenges—getting it out to the population that this is a really, really wonderful program within our church.”

To this end, Rois says, the Foundation is trying to get its message out in a variety of ways, from running stories in diocesan papers, to social media, to giving talks across the country—a challenge she says she enjoys.

“If an Anglican doesn’t know about the Foundation, it just gives me an opportunity to tell them,” she says.


About the Author

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.


Anglican Journal News, April 27, 2017

PWRDF announces new representative to Foodgrains board

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The Rev. Canon Dr. Cathy Campbell has been appointed as the new representative to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank from The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. She was among several qualified Anglicans nominated by Bishops across the country to serve the three-year term. She succeeds the Rev. Marian Lucas-Jefferies from the diocese of Nova Scotia-PEI and will join PWRDF Executive Director Will Postma on the Foodgrains board.

A retired Anglican priest and former academic, Campbell has long been at the forefront of food security issues in Canada. “These are two organizations whose work I appreciate a lot and in an area that I’ve worked in all my life: food security, food justice and food sovereignty,” she says. “I’m thrilled to be able to interface between health, the earth, agriculture, economics and politics in this role.”

Campbell worked on food security in Toronto in the mid-‘80s, when the term was just starting to be used in North American communities. She studied at the Vancouver School of Theology and in 1993 she was a seminary intern for the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, where she first connected with PWRDF. She was ordained in 1995 and served as priest-in charge at two Vancouver churches.

In 2003, Campbell was called to return to her hometown of Winnipeg as Incumbent for St. Matthew’s. This massive church — the largest Anglican structure in Western Canada — once served a large British population but in the ‘60s it had become an inner-city missional church. “When I arrived the building was derelict, but the programs were amazing.” Her challenge was to figure out how to keep this resource alive for the neighbourhood. So they started by renovating the domestic grade kitchen that was serving more than 1,000 meals a week. With grants totalling $100,000 they were able to update it into a commercial kitchen. Fast forward to 2014 and St. Matthew’s completed a $7.5 million renovation with money coming in from all sources. The development includes 26 affordable housing units, a 10,000 square foot neighbourhood resource centre and seven worship communities, including the original Anglican congregation.

It is also home of The Emmanuel Mission, a congregation of Anglican South Sudanese refugees. Campbell helped the group establish a PWRDF parish-to-parish initiative called the Winnipeg Women’s Resource Centre in Bor, South Sudan. Though she retired from St. Matthew’s in 2016, she continues to serve as vice-chair of this centre that empowers women in South Sudan with education and healing.

Campbell has a PhD from Cornell University and was on faculty there and at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. She is the principal author of two books: Faith as if Food Matters written for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and The Stations at the Banquet: Faith Foundations for Food Justice (Liturgical Press, 2003). Campbell lives with her husband Dennis McNab and puppy Ruby, a retirement gift from St. Matthew’s.


PWRDF has been a member of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank since 2007. When people give to PWRDF, they can direct their contribution to PWRDF’s account with the Foodgrains Bank. True to its name, the Foodgrains Bank functions like a bank. When PWRDF receives requests for food from its partners in all parts of the world, each request is reviewed to ensure the food and support provided will improve the lives of the people receiving the assistance in both the short and long terms. Once planning is complete, including details to ensure safe and reliable delivery, Foodgrains Bank withdraws money from PWRDF’s account and arranges the purchase and transport of the food. PWRDF often works together with other Foodgrains Bank members.


The Anglican Church of Canada, PWRDF (Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund) Update, April 21, 2017

Commemorative book marks 60th anniversary of Anglican Foundation

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The Anglican Foundation has been working for over a year to publish a commemorative book for its 60th anniversary in 2017. Over 700 letters were sent to past grant and bursary recipients across the country to invite submissions telling the impact of receiving a Foundation grant. We received many submissions, describing building and ministry projects from the 1970s to present, located from coast to coast to coast.

We’re proud to announce the result. Imagine That: Dreams, Hopes, Realities—Celebrating 60 Years of the Anglican Foundation of Canada. Over 100 recipients tell the transforming power of receiving an AFC grant. Each story starts with a dream, with a hope for new opportunities, and with the challenging realities that Anglicans face across the country in their ministry efforts. Then, through the generosity of donors, an Anglican Foundation grant enabled these recipients to imagine more and more and more!

Available in paperback May 2017, over 200 pages, with colour photographs. $20 each.


Anglican Church of Canada, Info! News from General Synod, April 03, 2017

And the New Principal Is…

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

The Centre for Christian Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Owens as its new principal.

Michelle Owens, the new principal of the Centre for Christian Studies

Michelle Owens is a United Church diaconal minister and a graduate of the Centre for Christian Studies (2007).  For the past four years she has been the Personnel Minister for London Conference of The United Church of Canada.  She brings keen skills in administration and policy, as well as a commitment to adult education and lifelong learning.

When Michelle came to Winnipeg for interviews last month, it was the first time she’d been back to the city since her graduation from the Centre. Having only recently returned from a pilgrimage, she came with what she calls “a spirit of discernment” – and with advice from her spiritual director: “Look for bends in the river.”

Lori Stewart, who was on the search committee looking for a new principal, remembers being a resource person for a CCS learning circle when Michelle was a student.  “It was a very large learning circle, with lots of people,” Lori recalls, “but Michelle stood out as a bright light.  She has lots of energy and is very creative.”

Michelle will assume her duties as Principal starting August 1, 2017, which will allow a couple of weeks overlap with current Principal Maylanne Maybee who will be retiring at the end of summer.

“It feels very good to know that Michelle is the person to whom I will be ‘passing the baton,’” says Maylanne.

“I am looking forward to re-joining the circle at CCS in a new role,” says Michelle, “bringing my gifts and experience in administrative ministry to support the life of the community.”


Centre for Christian Studies website, March 30, 2017

Sisterhood invites women to join them on an ‘ancient path’

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

By André Forget on April, 20 2017

Companions on the Way program participants (L-R) Sarah Moesker, Hanné Becker, Christine Stoll, Amanda Avery, and Alisa Samuel during their commissioning by Bishop Linda Nicholls last year at the convent of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine in Toronto. Photo: Matt Gardner

For the second year in a row, the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine (SSJD) is opening its doors to young women who want to spend a year “living in God’s rhythm.”

The SSJD’s “Companions on an Ancient Path” program, invites women 21-39 to spend a year living with the sisters at their north Toronto convent and “explore an expression of new monasticism rooted in the Anglican tradition.” Applications for the 2017-2018 program are being accepted until June 15, 2017.

The program is designed to give young women an encounter with new monasticism—an international movement that seeks to adapt monastic practices of prayer and common living for modern life—within the context of the more traditional monasticism practised by the SSJD, an order of Anglican nuns founded in Toronto in 1884.

Unlike those who enter the convent through the sisters’ Alongsider program, which allows women of any age to live with the sisters for a period of time, companions enter the convent as a group once a year.

As participants in the threefold life of work, prayer and study, they are encouraged to “develop a rhythm of life including public and private prayer, engage in service to others, and learn to live in intentional community.”

They are also given time and space to deepen their relationship with God, learn about the “countercultural values” of monastic life, grow spiritually, discern their own gifts and consider the possibility of a monastic vocation.

First announced in 2015 as “Companions on the Way,” the program’s first group of companions entered the monastery in 2016.

Those interested in joining the program can contact Canon Sr. Constance Joanna Gefvert by email at [email protected] or by phone at 416-226-2201, ext. 316.

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, April 21, 2017

Canadian Anglican, Lutheran leaders ask for Earth Day prayers, action

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By Tali Folkins on April 19, 2017

Anglican and Lutheran leaders say their churches are “committed to responsible stewardship of the earth.” Photo: Ekaterina Simonova/Shutterstock

With the approach of Earth Day this Saturday, April 22, Canadian Anglican and Lutheran leaders have issued an invitation to creation-minded prayer and action.

“In recognition of Earth Day…we invite you to join us in praying for the humility and discipline to use Earth’s resources wisely and responsibly,” say Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC); and Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, in a statement released Wednesday, April 19.

Through Lent and Easter, the bishops say, they have been reminded of how Jesus gave his life for love of the world. Jesus invited people to reflect on his death and resurrection, they say, with the image of a seed planted and growing from the soil—“budding, bursting, blooming, bearing beautiful fruit.”

The image challenges followers of Christ, the bishops say, to offer their lives in the same way, reflecting on questions suggested by the image: “What do we have to offer and to plant? What in us needs to die so that we can bear much fruit? What happens when we touch the Earth with faith?”

The bishops add that with Earth Day, they recommit to their care for creation. They also commend the efforts of congregations across Canada in living out the call to care for the Earth. They recommend to Anglican and Lutheran congregations the Faith Commuter Challenge, a friendly competition, devised by Faith and the Common Good, an ecumenical environmental group, that encourages participants to use some way other than their automobile to get to their place of worship the week of June 2-11.

The bishops conclude with a prayer for Earth Day:


Creator, we give you thanks for the intricate balance of relationships that sustains life. Bless us with the humility and discipline to use Earth’s resources wisely and responsibly.

Crucified and Risen Christ, we give you thanks for forgiveness, life and salvation that is the source of our hope for true community and abundant life. Help us, guide us and transform us so that we may walk in your ways of justice, equity and peace.

Holy Spirit, we give you thanks for fresh winds of renewal, that open our hearts to new possibilities and deeper insights. Grant us courage to act in diverse, creative and generous ways.

Creator, Christ and Spirit One: call us together for the love of the world, and send us to proclaim your gift of hope. Amen.

About the Author

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.


Anglican Journal News, April 21, 2017

The cross of Christ and the power of his resurrection

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The cross of Christ and the power of his resurrection

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In many places the large rough wooden cross carried into the Good Friday liturgy remains in place throughout the first few weeks of Easter. But now bunches of spring flowers surround its foot and a good length of white linen is draped over its arms. Once a cruel instrument of torture and death, it has become for us a wondrous sign of hope and glory in Christ.

When that cross on a hill outside the city wall looked to the world like a “tree of defeat” for the mission of Christ, an end to the kingdom he was proclaiming, God made of it a “tree of victory”. Now its limbs point the gospel in all directions, to the very ends of the earth.

In his dying “Christ was reconciling the world to God, not counting our trespasses against us and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us”. (2 Corinthians 5:19, 20). Through his rising that magnificent work continues in the world. Christ breaks down the barriers we are so prone to erect, and he gives us the grace to make of all the debris the very paths on which we can walk reconciled and renewed in our love and respect for one another as children of God.

We live in a time when the world is in desperate need of reconciliation. In headline after headline, and image after image, we are confronted with so many atrocities committed in the name of religious extremism or political clout. If we are to be about the healing needed within and among the nations, there needs to be a renewed effort for global dialogue, in the search for common commitments and an unwavering resolve in abiding by them. There needs to be a renewed trust in the power of God working through all of us, to bring about the transformation for which we long.

In their joint Easter Message the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem have said, “It is our prayer that the hope established through our Risen Lord will enlighten the leaders and nations of the whole world to see this light, and to perceive new opportunities to work and strive for the common good and recognise all as created equal before God. This light of Christ draws the whole human family toward justice, reconciliation and peace and to pursue it diligently. It draws us all to be unified and to be at harmony with one another. The power and resonance of the Resurrection permeates all suffering, injustice and alienation, bringing forth hope, light, and life to all.”

Well rooted in Saint Paul’s deep desire “to know Christ and the power of his resurrection” (Philippians 3:10) these Church Leaders are speaking a word of hope in troubled times.

With them I pray that we may know afresh the power of Christ’s Resurrection; that we who are signed with his Cross in baptism may embrace the newness of life to which he leads us and all the world.

With blessings for Easter,

The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz
Archbishop and Primate
The Anglican Church of Canada


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, April 13, 2017

Montreal Diocesan Theological College (MDTC) Names New Principal

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

Montreal, April 10, 2017 – The Rev’d Dr. Jesse Zink has been appointed the next principal of Montreal Diocesan Theological College (MDTC). His appointment was approved by MDTC’s Board of Governors on March 27, 2017.

Dr. Zink is currently the director of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in Cambridge, England, a member institution of the ecumenical Cambridge Theological Federation. He is also an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity of Cambridge University.

A graduate of the Faculty of Divinity of Cambridge University, Dr. Zink has extensive experience in theological

education and academic administration. The Rt. Rev’d Mary Irwin-Gibson, Bishop of Montreal and President of

MDTC noted how delighted she is to be welcoming Dr. Zink to the Diocese. She said, “Dr. Zink brings with him a

commitment to the future of the college and its community, showing a readiness to engage with the majority

francophone, diverse, and secular environment in which the college and the Anglican Church in Quebec


“What is most striking about MDTC is its many existing strengths,” Dr. Zink said. “Strong ecumenical relations,

an innovative and mission-focused M.Div. program, the long-standing relationship with McGill, one of Canada’s

leading universities, and the low costs relative to comparable programs in North America. I look forward to

working with partners and colleagues in the Montreal School of Theology, the alumni community, the Dioceses

of Montreal and Quebec, and churches more broadly to build on these strengths, raise the profile of the college,

and chart a sustainable future in coming years.”

The Rev’d Robert Camara, chair of the Search Committee and a member of the College’s Board of Governors,

commented “the committee was particularly impressed by his belief in the value the college holds for its

students and the church they will serve.” Fr. Camara went on further to say that he was excited for the college

because, “Dr. Zink’s sense of potential for the future, his demonstrated ability for collaboration, his openness to

an ever changing environment, and his passion and drive for theological education were qualities that were

evident to the Search Committee. But, what also impressed the Search Committee was his own deep sense of

vocation as a priest who also happens to serve as an academic.”

Dr. Zink is the author of three books about theology, mission, and the global church, including A Faith for the

Future and Backpacking through the Anglican Communion: A Search for Unity. His doctoral research at

Cambridge University was a study of the growth of the Anglican church during Sudan’s second civil war.

Dr. Zink was born in Vancouver and raised in the United States. In addition to his doctorate, he has degrees

from Acadia University, the University of Chicago, and Yale Divinity School. He worked as a news reporter at a

radio station in Alaska and as a missionary in South Africa before his ordination in the Diocese of Western

Massachusetts in The Episcopal Church.

Dr. Zink will assume his new post on August 1, 2017. The MDTC community looks forward to welcoming Dr.

Zink and his family as they join our diocese.


Montreal Diocesan Theological College Press Release, April 10, 2017