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General Synod appoints youth animator

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

The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has appointed Sheilagh McGlynn as its youth animator, signifying a new stage in the church’s ongoing commitment to youth and young adult ministry.

McGlynn is currently the facilitator for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, and has a long history in youth ministry. She previously served as the national coordinator for the Student Christian Movement of Canada, an ecumenical campus ministry program focused on issues of social justice, and spent five years in Colorado actively engaged in youth and campus ministry.

As youth animator, McGlynn will work closely with youth leaders from the Anglican Church of Canada, and in some cases the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Her responsibilities include gathering youth leaders together for the annual event Stronger Together, as well as serving as staff support for the biennial Canadian Lutheran-Anglican Youth (CLAY) gathering.

“I’m really excited to be able to put my energy and work into seeing what this position can create for young people in Canada,” McGlynn said.

“This isn’t new work [for the church], it’s just that our commitment to it is different at this point,” she added. “So I’m really excited to be able to take on that work and connect with people across Canada and encourage them in the work they’re already doing, and to encourage them to try new things within youth ministry.”

McGlynn noted that many of the people engaged in youth ministry are volunteers, even at the diocesan level. She plans to work closely with then to help make the most out of their available resources.

“I really look forward to working with the youth leaders,” McGlynn said. “They’re, I think, some of the most amazing frontline staff out there, working with young people and helping equip them with the tools they need and the support they need to be able to do their work … I look forward to working with the places that don’t have youth ministry yet, and want to start and try to figure out with them what will best meet the needs in their context.”

The role of youth animator is a permanent part-time position.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, June 28, 2017

Church of England and Methodists to consider full communion

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Posted on: June 27, 2017

The Church of England and the Methodist Church in Britain are to consider proposals that would bring them into a new relationship of full communion, after a period of some 200 years of formal separation.

The proposals are presented in ‘Mission and Ministry in Covenant’ a joint report from the two churches’ faith and order bodies. It sets out how the Methodist Church could come to have bishops in the historic episcopate, and how ministers from one church could become eligible to serve in the other.

The report builds on the theological convergence established by ‘An Anglican-Methodist Covenant’, signed in 2003, and the subsequent work of the Covenant’s Joint Implementation Commission.

In 2014 the General Synod of the Church of England and the Methodist Conference mandated their faith and order bodies to bring forward proposals that would enable the interchangeability of ministries in the two churches.

The report sets out a way by which the Methodist Church would become one of the churches with which the Church of England is officially in communion, alongside other members of the Anglican Communion and Lutheran churches in the Porvoo Communion.

The Bishop of Coventry, Christopher Cocksworth, who is Chair of the Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission, said: “I am grateful to the joint working group for their careful but imaginative work on bringing forward a workable plan for enabling interchangeability of presbyteral ministry in our two churches. The solution is built on the centrality of the historic episcopate and the bishop as minister of ordination,” he said. “The scheme as proposed will enable dioceses, districts and local churches to engage in creative pastoral planning for the good of the mission of God in this country.”

The Bishop of Fulham, Jonathan Baker, Anglican Co-Chair of the joint working group, added: “The separation between Anglicans and Methodists in Great Britain is a tear in the fabric of the Body of Christ. The proposals in this report are offered as a means of helping to repair that tear. They maintain the catholic, episcopal ordering of the church while at the same time acknowledging the real and effective ministry exercised by minsters in the Methodist Church” he said. “I warmly commend them for prayerful reading in the churches.”

The report has now been released with the aim of enabling a wider discussion in the Methodist Church and in the Church of England, and to allow consultation with other ecumenical partners.


Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Tuesday 27th June, 2017

Indigenous council wants national reconciliation ‘inventory’

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By Tali Folkins on June 26, 2017

Members of the Council of Elders and Youth (now known as the Vision Keepers Council) stand with Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, actor Tina Keeper and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald at General Synod, July 2016. They are (L-R): Aaron Sault, Judith Moses, Laverne Jacobs, Keeper, Hiltz, Archdeacon Sidney Black (now Indigenous Bishop for Treaty 7 territory in the diocese of Calgary), Danielle Black, the Rev. Leigh Kern and MacDonald.
Photo: Tali Folkins

A group tasked with making sure the Anglican Church of Canada embraces the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) says it has asked that the church do a national “inventory” of local reconciliation work.

“What we’ve wanted to do for year one—and we’ve recommended this to the primate—is that the reconciliation animator do an inventory of all the reconciliation projects going on at the parish level across the country,” kahentinetha (chair) Judith Moses told the Anglican Journal a few days after the first meeting of the Primate’s Council of Indigenous Elders and Youths, now known as the Vision Keepers Council, near Winnipeg April 30-May 3.

“Our sense is that we’re losing a lot of traction by not knowing who is doing what, how they’re doing it, why they’re doing it,” Moses said. “It’s really important to know that. We don’t know if we’re making progress unless we can take stock of what’s going on.”

Having such a list, Moses says, would likely also help people planning reconciliation to benefit from the experience of others.

It turns out that a reconciliation inventory of sorts is already in the making. Melanie Delva, who began her new role as the Anglican Church of Canada’s reconciliation animator June 1, says that as part of her mandate to build a national reconciliation network, she has begun contacting all the diocesan bishops, plus anyone listed on diocesan websites as doing reconciliation work, for information about that work. Delva says she is working on building a database of “reconciliation contacts” that would include information about the work they are doing.

“This is work that is happening at all levels—be it provincial, diocesan, deanery or parish,” she says. “It is very exciting to see.”

Delva adds that she invites anyone involved in reconciliation work in the church to contact her if they have not already heard from her.

The Vision Keepers Council’s new name also originates from this spring’s meeting. Some members, Moses says, weren’t entirely happy with the idea of someone being called an “elder” simply by virtue of their being asked to sit on a council. In most Canadian Indigenous communities, the title is earned over a long period of time, sometimes involving a formal process of recognition.

And the group thought their first meeting would be a particularly apt occasion to deal with such issues.

“We really wanted to put our own stamp on the language and the structure of our work—that was the main reason for changing the name,” she says.

The council also named Moses as chair, although she instead proposed the Mohawk word kahentinetha—a word traditionally used for female Mohawk leaders. The term literally means “she who makes the grasses move.” It was adopted by the council. Moses says she also agreed to take on the role on the condition that it was shared; other members will take turns chairing future meetings.

Also given new responsibility was the Rev. Leigh Kern, who was named note-taker or asinakii, a Blackfoot term meaning “one who records the story.”

One of the challenges facing the council, she says, will be how to prioritize its work, given UNDRIP’s considerable scope. (It contains 46 articles on a wide range of topics: economics, health care, culture, religion and more.)

The council also stressed that reconciliation would have to involve work by non-Indigenous as well as Indigenous Canadians, Moses says.

“This is not a one-way street for Indigenous people,” she says. “It’s impossible for Indigenous people to play that role. The settler community has to step up to the plate, get to know the territory that they’re on, the history of the territory, the people, and learn about the culture and do their own reaching out and bridge-building.”

Some council members also suggested a need for anti-racism training for clergy and lay leaders. But Moses says she doesn’t think the council believes racist attitudes are widespread in the Anglican Church of Canada. The idea for anti-racism training, she says, actually reflects a desire among many non-Indigenous Canadian Anglicans for a better understanding of how to deal with Indigenous people and issues.

“There’s a lot of concern by the settler community about how to approach communities, the language to use, what is appropriate, what isn’t appropriate in various cultural contexts, and we understand that people are wary,” she says. “We’ve put that [suggestion] out there not at all as a negative thing, but more as a positive kind of outreach tool, an enabling kind of tool.”

Some members foresee a regular training program, with perhaps a manual being produced to accompany the training, 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, June 27, 2017

Director of next Lambeth Conference appointed

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

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The Anglican Communion has announced the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer for the 2020 Lambeth Conference — Phil George, currently Executive Director of  the New Wine network of churches in the UK.

Phil George has worked for New Wine for 14 years, following a 26 year career in corporate banking.  He will take up his post in September: “I am extremely excited about this new appointment working with the Anglican Communion Office and Lambeth Palace to help deliver the next Lambeth Conference. This historic occasion will be a great success and to serve Archbishop Justin in this way is both a privilege and an honour.”

When the Lambeth Design Group first came together earlier this year to plan for Lambeth 2020, a decision was made to fix the venue for Canterbury, starting in the last week of July, 2020.

The Anglican Communion’s Secretary General, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, said: “I welcome the appointment of Philip George as CEO of the Lambeth Conference Company. He has an impressive CV and will bring energy, enthusiasm and considerable expertise to the role. The Lambeth conference of 2020 comes at a significant time in the life of the Communion and I am sure Phil will oversee a memorable occasion. I am certain the whole Communion will want to lift him in prayer as he takes up his post.”

New Wine was established in 1989 as a Christian festival in England and now attracts tens of thousands of people every summer. Phil George is married with three grown up children and worships at St. Paul’s, Ealing in west London.


Anglican Communion News Centre, Daily update from the ACNS on Thursday 22nd June, 2017

In Aboriginal Day message, primate stresses TRC Calls to Action

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

By Tali Folkins on June 21, 2017

Participants at a powwow held in June 2010 during the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission national event in Winnipeg. Photo: Marites N. Sison

The founding of a new federal body to monitor reconciliation efforts in Canada and the creation of a new statutory holiday—a “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation”—are among a number of Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action singled out for reflection by Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, in a special Aboriginal Day message.

The message, released Tuesday, June 20, begins with a brief reflection on the spirit of celebration anticipated in much of the country this July 1, which will mark Canada’s 150th birthday. For some Canadians, however, the occasion will be less festive, because of the troubled historic relationship between the country’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, Hiltz says.

“For some, #Canada150 is now #Resistance150, as #Canada150 is a reminder that this country’s founding is inextricably linked to this relationship,” he says, using “hashtags” familiar to social media users.

This relationship, he continues, was “marked by an imperial arrogance” that took the shape of a policy of assimilation, including the founding of Indian residential schools.

Despite formal apologies issued by the Anglican Church of Canada and other churches as well as the federal government, the legacy of the schools—a loss of Indigenous language, culture, identity, spirituality and also, Hiltz says, love—lives on.

Thus, the primate says, the time between Aboriginal Day and Canada Day is a fitting time for Canadians and Anglicans to reflect on the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the body formed to inform Canadians about the Indian residential schools system.

Hiltz says he feels bound to call people’s attention to certain of these Calls to Action, and he highlights 19 of them in particular:

-#53, that a National Council for Reconciliation be founded, for reporting annually on progress made in reconciliation;

-#78, that the government of Canada provide $10 million in funding over seven years to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which works to teach Canadians about the history of residential schools;

-#62, #63, #64 and #65, which outline a number of measures for educating Canadians on the history of the residential school system;

-#81 and #82, that monuments in memory of residential school students be set up in Ottawa and every provincial capital;

-#68, that the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian Museums Association, found a national program to fund reconciliation projects;

-#45, that the Crown issue a “Royal Proclamation of Reconciliation” repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery (a notion historically used to justify the seizure of land in the Americas by Europeans), adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), renewing treaty relationships or establishing new ones, and taking measures “to ensure that Aboriginal peoples are full partners in Confederation”;

-#79, that a “national heritage plan” be formed, to commemorate contributions made by Aboriginal peoples to Canadian history;

-#80, that a new statutory holiday, a “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation” be established;

-a number of calls that more attention be drawn to the well-being of Aboriginal people, citing “the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual harms caused by residential schools” (#21); “the vulnerability of Aboriginal women and girls to violence through human trafficking” (#41); high rates of incarceration among Aboriginal people (#35) and calling for an annual “State of Aboriginal Peoples” report to be released by the prime minister (#56);

-a number of calls dealing with Indigenous language, culture and spirituality, including that an Aboriginal Languages Act be passed to help preserve these languages (#14); and that a commissioner be appointed to oversee language preservation work (#15);

-#61, that churches fund projects for healing and reconciliation, culture, language, education and relationship-building.

The primate adds that he is happy that the Anglican Church of Canada has been supporting language, culture and spirituality recovery projects even before the 94 Calls to Action were issued, through the Anglican Healing Fund. This year, he notes—the fund’s 25th anniversary—the church has committed itself to raising $1 million to ensure it will have at least $200,000 to fund its projects over the next five years. He praises the work of Healing Fund co-ordinator Esther Wesley.

The Calls to Action, Hiltz says, speak to Anglicans both as Canadian citizens and as Christians.

“It is important that I continue to hold these Calls to Action before the Church so that as responsible citizens and as people whose faith is absolutely centred in the reconciling work of God in Christ, we can be proactive in speaking of the Calls and in supporting them,” he says.

Hiltz also discusses what he calls the “real, practical on-the-ground commitment” of the Anglican Church of Canada to Indigenous self-determination within the church. He cites, in particular, the appointment of Mark MacDonald as National Indigenous Anglican Bishop in 2007; the elections of a number of Indigenous bishops according to Indigenous customs in recent years; and the work of the self-determination bodies, such as the Indigenous House of Bishops Leadership Circle, the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples and the Sacred Circle.

The primate also mentions a consultation session on Indigenous self-determination slated for Pinawa, Man., this September 14-17. The keynote speaker and animator for these discussions, Hiltz says, will be Canon Martin Brokenleg, an Indigenous priest and psychologist. The session will also include discussion of the report of a focus group on Indigenous Anglican self-determination convened by MacDonald, he adds.

Hiltz then quotes from a report by Truth and Reconciliation commissioners outlining what they say they learned from their work. The report concludes that “Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practice reconciliation in our everyday lives.” It states that Canadians must do this by committing themselves to respectful relationships, among survivors of residential schools and their families; among governments (many of whose policies and programs are, according to the principle, “still based on failed notions of assimilation”); and among churches, whose commitment, according to the principle, “requires atoning for actions within the residential schools, respecting Indigenous spirituality and supporting Indigenous peoples’ struggles for justice and equity.”

Reconciliation, the report concludes, offers for Canadians “a new way of living together.”

The primate then concludes his own message with a call to prayer: “Pray with me that this principle be etched on the very soul of our Church and our commitment to healing, reconciliation and new life.”

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, June 23, 2017


St Anselm’s class of 2017 commissioned

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Posted on: June 21, 2017

Siyanda Mgudlwa
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Thirty-three members of the St Anselm’s community at Lambeth Palace have finished their year together with a service of celebration and commissioning.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, who is the Abbot of the Community, prayed for them and presented each member with a Bible.

“My prayer for you at the end of this year is that you go on finding out what it is to be fully human because when other people see that, they will crave it,” he said. And he urged them to continue deepening their relationships with each other.

“Going on being in relationship. Take what you learned here and continue to grow…. And go on growing in being human.”

Archbishop Justin told the community they had given him cause to rejoice and celebrate and also prompted him to repent.

“Thank you,” he added. “You are a blessing to this place.”

This is the second year of the monastic-inspired community. The class of 2017 included members from the UK, Finland, France, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, Tunisia, USA and Zimbabwe. The membership was ecumenical with representatives from a variety of traditions including Anglican, Episcopalian, Brethren, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, United Methodist, Coptic Orthodox and United Reformed

The service – which was attended by family and friends of the members, as well as Lambeth Palace staff – included testimonies from several members which the Archbishop described as “profoundly moving and utterly inspiring.”

Ben Palmer from the UK said his time in St Anselm had given him the tools to carry on the long road towards being the prayerful man he wanted to be.

“But far more importantly, it has cemented my utter need and dependency on having fellow brothers and sisters who are walking the path with me,” he said.

Mirja-Maaria Ridanpaa, from Finland, said she had arrived hoping to discern God’s calls on her life and to learn how to maintain a more regular prayer life.

“God answered those two things powerfully,” she said, “but he did so much more…. I am more able to live an authentic and uncompromising life for him and his glory and I’m so thankful for that.”

South African Siyanda Mgudlwa described the year as phenomenal.

“God has taken me to territories that I would not have gone on my own. And he has been with me all of the way.”

He described how being part of a diverse, international community was so different from his usual experience of being in a small world of people like himself. But he had learned to love people who were different and to see Christ in everyone.

St Anselm’s began in 2015 when the Archbishop invited young Christians from around the world to spend a year living together in community at Lambeth Palace in London.

His vision for the Community was for young people to follow an intensive pattern of prayer, study and serving local communities that the ancient monastics would have recognised, before taking this experience back into their lives.

The community also includes non-residential members who commit to the same Rule of Life while continuing in their work or studies in London.  The members divide their time between prayer and worship, study, and working alongside vulnerable people with local charities.

Click here for details of membership for 2017-18


Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Wednesday 21st June, 2017

Anglican Alliance in joint ecumenical statement for World Refugee Day

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Posted on: June 20, 2017

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You can read the full statement in French,Spanish,PortugueseItalian

The Anglican Alliance has joined a group of 20 Christian organisations in issuing a statement to mark World Refugee Day. The statement celebrates the opportunities for solidarity and learning that come with opening our arms to welcome refugees and calls for more shared responsibility in responding to current large-scale movements of refugees in every region of the world.

The ecumenical group draws from the Biblical account of Peter and Cornelius (Acts 10), recounting the way in which God united the Jew and the Gentile despite their differences. The statement encourages us to welcome the ‘other:’ “If we, as a human family, insist on only ever seeing refugees as a burden, we deprive ourselves of the opportunities for solidarity that are also always opportunities for mutual learning, mutual enrichment, and mutual growth.” It continues: “in welcoming those whom we encounter, we meet the God who is always already present with the vulnerable.”

There are currently over 65 million displaced people worldwide. Since the year 2000, when the UN announced a World Refugee Day, 20th June has been a time to remember the strength and courage of refugees worldwide, and to commit to supporting those who have been forced to flee their homes. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “I’ve met so many who have lost so much. But they never lose their dreams for their children or their desire to better our world. They ask for little in return – only our support in their time of greatest need.”

In response to the increasing opposition to refugees and migrants worldwide, the joint ecumenical statement pleads for acceptance and unity: “Increasingly around the world we witness the building of walls to keep out the displaced: not just physical walls, but also walls of fear, prejudice, hatred, and ideology. Let us all, as one human family, strive to build bridges of solidarity rather than walls of division […] it is God who brings us together.”

Anglican and Episcopal churches and agencies throughout the Communion are deeply involved in welcoming refugees into their communities, responding to practical needs and discovering mutual enrichment. This week the Anglican Alliance will run a series of stories to showcase this ministry with refugees throughout the Communion.


Anglican Communion  News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Tuesday 20th June, 2017


Anglican Communion announces appointment of a new representative to the UN

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Posted on: June 20, 2017

The Social and Public Affairs Adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury has been appointed as the new Anglican Communion representative to the United Nations in Geneva. Jack Palmer-White has worked at Lambeth Palace since 2012, initially as parliamentary assistant and then as a policy adviser focusing on marriage and family life, before taking up his current role two years ago.

Mr Palmer-White has a passion for international affairs, with a first degree in International Politics and an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics, specialising in Religion in the Contemporary World:

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Anglican Communion Office as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Institutions in Geneva. Throughout my career, I have seen the transformative impact that the church plays in issues of global significance, whether it be meeting the needs of refugees through Anglican chaplaincies, helping to educate communities about HIV and Ebola, or bringing stories of the impact of climate change to international prominence, he said.

“The Anglican Communion has a central role to play in shaping how global institutions such as the United Nations approach the major issues of our time and I look forward to helping represent and raise up Anglican voices around the table at the UN and other multilateral organisations in Geneva.”

Before Lambeth Palace, Mr Palmer-White worked in international development, as a campaigner for Tearfund, and in political polling,  for a major national polling company. During the 2012 US Presidential election cycle, he was  based in Washington DC as Communications Associate for Sojourners, a faith-based organisation working on social justice issues. He is married to Rosanne, who is the UK director of an international development agency.

His predecessor in the UN role was the Revd Flora Winfield who held the post for three years.


Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Tuesday 20th June, 2017

Diocese of Yukon plans summer gospel jamboree

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By Tali Folkins on June 16, 2017

The Rev. Belle Mickelson (centre) and Josephine Malemute (second from right), both of Alaska-based organization Dancing with the Spirit, will be among those attending a gospel jamboree planned for Whitehorse’s Christ Church Cathedral this August. Photo: Talking Eyes Media/

The Anglican diocese of Yukon is inviting Christians to Whitehorse this summer for four days of praise and rejuvenation in the time of midnight sun.“Journeying with Jesus” is the theme of a gospel jamboree planned for this August 3-6 in Whitehorse’s Christ Church Cathedral. The jamboree, which the diocese hopes to make an annual event, will feature workshops, worship and music, all intended to “refresh, renew and revitalize the body, soul and mind,” says diocesan bishop Larry Robertson.

“We’re hoping to have time to just gather, to have fellowship, to grow together,” he says.

It will take place at a time of year when Yukoners are energized by nearly constant sunlight, Robertson says.

“It might get sort of hazy and dark around—you know, two, three in the morning,” he says. “It’s a time when we come alive, the Yukon comes alive.”

The event is free of charge, although participants will have to pay for their own transportation to and from the event, and for accommodations. It will feature workshops by Canon Ginny Doctor, Indigenous ministries co-ordinator for the Anglican Church of Canada; Shawn Branch, national director of Threshold Ministries, a Saint John, N.B.-based evangelical organization; an as-yet unannounced member of Dancing with the Spirit, an Alaska-based organization that strives to connect elders and youth through music; Betty Davidson, a retired music teacher and long-time northerner; and Robertson himself.

Doctor will speak on Indigenous Healthy Pathways, a healing program for Indigenous people; Branch will speak on evangelism; Davidson and the Dancing with the Spirit member will give musical instruction; and Robertson will talk about his own journey of healing from abuse he suffered as a child, he says.

There will be some scheduled musical performances, but a certain amount of unscheduled, impromptu singing and playing is expected as well, he says. There will be a worship service on Sunday, with Bible readings and songs of praise in the evenings.

Robertson says southerners who are thinking of fitting the jamboree into their summer vacation plans will find plenty to do in the Yukon: there are mountain trails to hike, streams to be fished and a colourful history—the Klondike Gold Rush, for example—to explore. A museum right next door to the cathedral chronicles the deeds of early missionaries in the territory. Visitors, he says, are also sure to find locals very hospitable.

“People are geared up to greet you, to meet you, and we can wine and dine you if you want!” he says with a laugh.

Those interested in this summer’s gospel jamboree, Robertson says, are encouraged to check the diocese’s website and Facebook page for updates, or to contact the synod office at

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, June 16, 2017

Membership of the Anglican Communion Safe Church Commission announced

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Posted on: June 7, 2017

The membership of the newly-established Safe Church Commission has been announced. The Commission has been established to promote the safety of people within the churches of the Anglican Communion.

Garth Blake SC of the Anglican Church of Australia will chair the Commission. Mr Blake is a member of the Anglican Consultative Council and serves as chair of the Anglican Church of Australia’s Professional Standards Commission. He is currently the Convener of the Anglican Communion Safe Church Network.

“I am very much looking forward to chairing the Anglican Communion Safe Church Commission”, he said. “The Commission has come from a deep desire within the Communion to fulfil the biblical mandate for the safety of all people, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults. Its creation is vital and timely.”

The establishment of a Commission to promote the safety of people within the churches of the Anglican Communion was requested by the Anglican Consultative Council in 2016 in its resolution ACC 16.25. This was in response to a deep concern that lapses in behaviour by some clergy and church workers in a number of Anglican Provinces have had tragic consequences for those who have been abused.

During the next three years, the Commission will identify safeguarding policies and procedures already in place, and develop guidelines and accompanying resources that will assist churches throughout the Communion to be places of safety.

The guidelines and resources will take into account the ‘Charter for the Safety of People within the Churches of the Anglican Communion’ adopted by the Anglican Consultative Council in 2012 and also the ‘Protocol for disclosure of ministry suitability information between the churches of the Anglican Communion’. The Protocol was drafted by the Anglican Communion Safe Church Network and welcomed by the Anglican Consultative Council in resolution ACC 16.27.

Initially, the Commission will meet via virtual conferencing. The members’ first face to face meeting is scheduled to take place in London in late October this year. The newly announced Commission members are as follows:

  • Australia:  Garth Blake SC
  • Oceania: Revd Sereima Divulavou Lomaloma,  Fiji
  • South America: Marcel Cesar Pereira,  Brazil
  • Africa: Bishop Cleophas Lunga,  Zimbabwe, Revd Immaculée Nyiransengimana, Rwanda, Bishop Brian Marajh,  South Africa  and Bishop Festus Yeboah-Asuamah, Ghana.
  • North America: Mary Wells, Canada and Robin Hammeal-Urban, USA.
  • Europe: Caroline Venables,  England and Archdeacon Christopher Smith,  Wales.
  • South and South East Asia: Revd Clare Yoon Sook Ham, Korea and Canon Andrew Khoo,  Malaysia

Marilyn Redlich has been co-opted as a member to assist the Commission to undertake its work by serving as facilitator. Ms Redlich is a highly experienced facilitator, including for Anglican Indaba conversations.


Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Wednesday 7th June, 2017