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PWRDF provides $5k to Territory of the People for wildfire relief

Posted on: July 21st, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Tali Folkins on July, 20 2017

 

A recent post on Twitter shows smoke rising from wildfires in British Columbia’s Central Interior. Images: Andy Witteman


The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Anglican Church of Canada’s relief and development agency, is making an immediate contribution of $5,000 to help the Territory of the People provide relief to people affected by wildfires in the territory, PWRDF announced Wednesday, July 19.

The money, together with another $5,000 from the territory itself, will support ongoing wildfire relief in the Territory of the People, located in British Columbia’s Central Interior. More grants may be forthcoming in the future if requested by the territory, PWRDF spokesperson Janice Biehn said.

Gordon Light, bishop of the territory until 2008 (when it was known as the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior), has been appointed by the territory’s current bishop, Barbara Andrews, to oversee how the PWRDF funds will be spent, PWRDF said. The territory’s relief efforts are currently focused on providing food vouchers, toiletries, bus fare, clothing and other practical help to people who have had to leave their homes because of the fires, Light told PWRDF.

The funds, Light added, will likely be “quickly depleted,” given the number and needs of evacuees.

“All of the people of 100 Mile House and Williams Lake, as well as smaller communities along the Cariboo Highway, have been evacuated,” he said. “Most have come to either Kamloops in the south or Prince George in the north. Most evacuees left their homes with very little, and we don’t know how long it will be until they get home.”

In the long term, Light said, more money will likely also be needed for post-trauma assistance and to support projects aimed at helping people or communities that have lost homes or facilities.

Clergy and lay volunteers, Light said, are working at three major wildfire relief centres in Kamloops as well as a number of others in Prince George, where evacuees are being registered and housed.

Already by July 12, 14,000 people, including an estimated 1,000 Anglicans had had to leave their homes because of the wildfires raging in B.C.’s Central Interior. On Wednesday, July 19, B.C. Premier John Horgan extended a previously-declared state of emergency in the province by two weeks to cope with the effects of about 140 wildfires raging in the province. About 45,000 people are under either evacuation order or evacuation alert, with at least 41 homes lost to the fires.

Donations to PWRDF’s emergency fund can be made online (choosing “Emergency Response” from the drop-down menu), by phone (toll-free at 1-866-308-7973) or by mail. Mailed cheques should be payable to “PWRDF, Emergency Response,” and sent to:

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

 

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.

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Anglican Journal News, July 21, 2017

PWRDF raises $379k for African, Middle Eastern famine relief

Posted on: July 17th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Tali Folkins on July 13, 2017

Roda Mohamud and her niece Ayan outside their makeshift home near the town of Burao, Somalia. They had been forced to leave their village after a prolonged drought. Photo: © UNICEF/UN057360/Holt


In less than three and a half months, the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) raised $379,000 for famine relief in Africa and the Middle East—money that will qualify for matching funds from Ottawa, the Anglican Church of Canada’s relief and development arm announced Wednesday, July 12.

PWRDF raised the amount between March 17 and June 30, 2017—the beginning and end dates of a temporary famine relief fund program announced (retroactively) by the federal government in May. Under the federal program, the funds will be matched at a ratio of 1:1.

“Having just spent two weeks in East Africa, meeting with farmers, business people, government officials and church leaders, including those from Somalia, Burundi, Kenya and South Sudan, I know the needs are high and that support is critical and life-saving,” said PWRDF executive director Will Postma. “PWRDF, with our partners on the ground, are grateful for prayers and this funding, from all across Canada. It’s an amazing show of support and solidarity.”

The donations came from both individuals and churches, PWRDF said.

PWRDF has already put $20,000 into supporting a food distribution project in South Sudan being carried out by the Adventist Relief and Development Agency. It will be funding more projects in the region’s worst affected countries over the next few weeks and months, PWRDF said, including in particular projects carried out by the ACT Alliance, a coalition of faith-based humanitarian organizations.

In April, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, issued a letter with other Canadian church leaders calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to increase Canada’s support for humanitarian aid in South Sudan. The letter also raised concerns about a “desperate food scarcity crisis” in Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria.

Last month, the UN estimated almost two million people in South Sudan were on the brink of starvation.  On Monday, July 10, the UN said more than 300,000 people had been infected with cholera in Yemen—a country already in the grip of economic collapse and war.

Although the federal fund matching program is now over, PWRDF is still accepting donations to its own famine relief fund.

Donations to PWRDF 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 Famine Relief Fund,” and sent to:

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

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.

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Anglican Journal News, July 14, 2017

PWRDF launches appeal for famine relief in South Sudan

Posted on: February 24th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Tali Folkins on February, 24 2017

Sarah Nyawar and her two-year-old child Nyamule Thuokhok, who is suffering from anemia and severe malnutrition, at the malnutrition ward of the clinic run by the International Medical Corps in the U.N. Protection of Civilians site in Juba, South Sudan. Photo: © UNICEF/UN053460/Gonzalez Farran


The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is committing a total of $50,000 for famine and drought relief in South Sudan and Kenya – $25,000 for each country –  it announced Friday, February 24.The funds will be made available through ACT Alliance, a coalition of church-based aid agencies.

The PWRDF also released, through its website and in the form of an insert for parishes to add into their news bulletins, an appeal for donations for famine relief in South Sudan.

The appeal notes there are “alarming and growing signs of hunger” in South Sudan. The United Nations and South Sudanese government declared a state of famine in the north-central part of the African country on February 20.

“More than 40% of the population – 4.9 million people – are unsure where their next meal will come from,” PWRDF said. “These already-shocking numbers may increase to 5.5 million if nothing is done to improve access to food.”

Meanwhile, in Kenya, President H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta declared an ongoing drought a national disaster. According to PWRDF, nearly half of Kenya’s 47 counties are in a state of emergency, with rural areas struggling with livestock death and forecast reduction in the harvest.

The Rev. Joseph El Haj, manager of SUDRA, the relief and development arm of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan, said that over half a million people in South Sudan are now “on the verge of famine,” according to a story posted by the Anglican Communion News Service.

The causes of the famine, according to PWRDF, include conflict, abnormal rainfall and economic collapse. South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011 a few years after the end of a civil war that lasted more than 20 years. Another civil war has been raging within South Sudan since 2013.

PWRDF began working to help South Sudanese fleeing violence in 2016, partnering with SUDRA. PWRDF also made a grant to the ACT Alliance for supplies to refugee camps in Uganda.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has urged Anglicans to join him in praying for the South Sudanese.

“We stand prayerfully alongside the South Sudanese people and their leaders – particularly those in the Church who are providing emotional, physical and spiritual support,” said Welby in a post on his Facebook page. “We pray for those on the ground who are delivering humanitarian assistance, that there will be an opening up of humanitarian corridors for the aid that is so desperately needed.”

Donations to PWRDF 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: South Sudan,” and sent to:

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

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.

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Anglican Journal News, February 24, 2017

A Pastoral Letter to The Anglican Church of Canada on The Feast of the Epiphany

Posted on: January 8th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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A Pastoral Letter to The Anglican Church of Canada on The Feast of the Epiphany

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Dear Friends in Christ,

I greet you in his name and love on this The Feast of the Epiphany. Today we remember the visit of the magi, their adoration of the Christ Child, and the offering of their gifts – gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Church has come to think of them as

“Sacred gifts of mystic meaning
incense doth their God disclose
gold the King of Kings proclaimeth
myrrh his sepulchre foreshows”
(Hymn 158, Common Praise)

The word “epiphany” means to “manifest” or “show forth”. On this day the glory of the Lord was manifested to a world far beyond that manger where he had been laid as the Babe of Bethlehem. Now his glory was being revealed to the nations.

In this holy season we see the Child grow into adolescence and into adulthood. Luke writes he was strong, filled with wisdom and the favour of God was upon him”. (Luke 2:40) We see him leave his home in Nazareth and make his way to the edge of the River Jordan where John was preaching. We follow him in these coming weeks from his Baptism to his Transfiguration. We see him changing water into wine at a wedding in Cana of Galilee and feeding a hungry multitude in a grassy place. We hear him calling his first disciples and see how he begins to nurture them as a community. We encounter him as Teacher and Lord, and come to know the power of his love to heal and reconcile, to re-set our relations, one with another, in the wondrous grace of God.

This year we are “in Epiphany” until the very last day of February, almost two months to watch the gospel that is at the very heart of God made known in our Lord’s ministry. And if we listen carefully we will hear his invitation to show forth that same gospel in the manner of our living, particularly through the vows of our baptism.

This year our country celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. In prayer for Canada we often say, “Make us who come from many nations with many different languages a united people”. (Prayer for the Nation, p. 678, BAS) Considering those many nations, we are more conscious than ever that they include the First Nations of this land – the Indigenous Peoples who lived here long before “settlers” from other places arrived. There is great hope all Canadians will recognize the contributions of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit to the cultural fabric of this country and that where that fabric has been torn, we will have more resolve than ever to mend it. The Calls to Action from Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission with respect to the sad and lingering legacy of the Indian Residential Schools are a declaration of what we need to do as a country. I ask your prayers for the Prime Minister, the Parliament of Canada, and for the Churches that our response to these Calls be worthy of the depth and integrity required. With respect to our own Church’s response I am pleased to say that within just a few weeks we will have appointed a full-time staff person whose work will be entirely dedicated to reconciliation. That individual will work in close consultation with the offices of the Primate and General Secretary, the National Indigenous Bishop and the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice.

In 2017 we will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation. In that time, the AFHR has provided grants of over 7 million dollars for 654 projects all across the country. They range from language and culture recovery to healing circles, supporting the healing journeys of Indigenous communities and their members.

Much of the money that supports this process was raised from Canadian Anglicans as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, and the Agreement stipulates that all of the money allocated in this way be spent before 2018. The Healing Fund Committee has faithfully fulfilled this mandate, but that means that as of the end of 2017, the funds raised as part of the Settlement Agreement will have been depleted and the fund will be empty.

Another twenty-fifth anniversary comes in 2017. The annual campaign originally known as “Anglican Appeal” and now called “Giving with Grace” began a direct appeal to Canadian Anglicans to support the ministries of the General Synod.

The convergence of these two anniversaries creates an opportunity for our beloved Church, an opportunity to replenish the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation and renew our commitment to healing. I am very pleased to tell you that the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation will be the focus for Giving with Grace in the twenty-fifth anniversary year that they share. We have begun good work in this ministry, and I am particularly grateful to Esther Wesley for her leadership in developing the AFHR and its relationships with indigenous communities and their members. In 2017, the generosity of Canadian Anglicans will allow a renewal and continuation of that ministry.

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Installation of The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald as National Indigenous Anglican Bishop. Mark has travelled the country and met the some 120 Indigenous congregations. He has confirmed 100’s of young people and adults too. He has sat with Elders and Chiefs and Councils and listened to the needs of their people and the hopes they have for building a truly Indigenous Church within The Anglican Church of Canada. There is as the Anglican Council of People has said, “an urgency” to move ahead, and it is anticipated that year will see some significant progress.

In June, Bishop Mark and I are hosting an Indigenous Ministries Consultation. This will be a gathering of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from across the country – laity, clergy, young people, elders, Indigenous Ministry Development Officers, Archdeacons for Indigenous Ministries, Bishops and staff of the General Synod. We will take time to reflect on where we are as a Church in partnership with Indigenous Peoples in the spirit of the Covenant of 1994, the 2014 Statement, “Where we are Now: Twenty Years after the Covenant”, and a 2016 document “Circles of Faith; A Jesus Plan for Indigenous Leadership”. We will celebrate some achievements, note disappointments and acknowledge failures. We hope to learn from them all. We hope to discern together next steps for honouring of the right of Indigenous Peoples to be self-determining with respect to meeting ministry needs, raising up leaders, and making decisions in keeping with aboriginal customs. I pray this conference will be another watershed moment in the Timeline of “Indigenous Peoples and The Anglican Church of Canada: An Emerging Relationship”.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Anglican Foundation which has eagerly come alongside thousands of individuals, parishes, dioceses and faith communities to help invigorate, rejuvenate and refresh ministry on all levels, whether it be infrastructure, innovation, or improvement. As AFC celebrates sixty years of generosity, it remembers with gratitude the foresight of its forebears who said in 1957, “the time to proceed is now” when referring to establishing a Foundation to provide Anglicans the opportunity to give to support ministry in Canada where need is greatest. Sixty years of generosity! Sixty years of believing that when we all give, we all benefit. In recent years our tag-line has been “Imagine More!” Now is a time to imagine yet more!

Our Church has long standing Global Relations – some exceed forty and fifty years – I think of Cuba and the Solomon Islands and the Philippines. This year marks the 10th anniversary of a resolution of the General Synod of 2007 to strengthen ties with the Diocese of Jerusalem. And in those years some amazing things have happened – visits I have made with Dr. Andrea Mann, our Director of Global Relations, the funding of a Canadian priest to serve as Chaplain to Archbishop Suheil Dawani, visits by Suheil to Canada, the forging of a very vibrant Companion Relationship between Jerusalem and Ottawa, the formation of Canadian Companions of Jerusalem, the establishing of Jerusalem Sunday (Easter 7). Within recent weeks we have appointed the Rev Canon Richard LaSueur as a Middle East Liaison volunteer. We will mark the 10th anniversary of this relationship by hosting Archbishop Suheil and his wife Shafeeqa for an extended visit throughout Canada this fall. We are grateful for the flourishing of this Global Partnership and we pray that we may be true companions in a diocese so committed to the ministries of hospitality for pilgrims, education and healthcare for all irrespective of their faith tradition, and reconciliation for a lasting peace in the Land of the Holy One.

I am also pleased to say that in recent years we have been able to rebuild a number of relationships with Churches throughout Africa. This is in no small measure a credit to the ministry of The Rev. Canon Isaac Kawuki-Mukasa who works for both our Church and The Episcopal Church (in the United States) nurturing these relationships. Eight of our dioceses are in companion relationships with diocese in five provinces throughout Africa. The Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue continues strong and vibrant. This spring the bishops will gather in Nairobi in Kenya. This fall we will welcome to Canada the Chair of the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa, The Most Rev. Albert Chama (Primate of Central Africa) for a pastoral visit and engagement with our Church. There is much for which to be thankful and ever hopeful.

When we think of Africa, we often think of the amazing work the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has done over the years – in food aid and security, in combating HIV AIDS, and especially in these times in extending Maternal Newborn and Child Health. All these programs have the wonderful effect of nurturing good relations between our churches and the agencies we support. The “bonds of affection” between us are real and genuine.

For the Church Catholic 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Anniversary of the Reformation that followed Martin Luther’s act of nailing to the door of Cathedral Church in Wittenberg 95 Theses for reform in the Church. That Reformation brought with it many blessings but in time would be viewed as the first of many other movements by which the Church became very much divided. Lutherans around the world have been very clear in saying this anniversary is not a celebration. It is a commemoration that will be marked by numerous ecumenical gestures. A key element in holding these gestures together is the very theme of this commemoration, “Liberated by God’s Grace” and its three sub-themes – “Salvation not for sale, Human Beings not for Sale, Creation not for Sale”. Historically rooted, and biblically based these themes address some of the most pressing issues of our time – religiously motivated violence, human trafficking and Climate Change. Many Churches are partnering with Lutherans in marking this anniversary in such a way as to show our care and concern for our common humanity and our common home, the earth itself.

Fittingly, the World Council of Churches invited the Churches in Germany to prepare the resources for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25). The theme is “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us”. (2 Corinthians 5:14-20). In the midst of liturgies for this week, people will participate in the erecting of a wall confessing the many sins by which Christians have been so sadly divided – ignorance, contempt, intolerance, inquisition, persecution, and exclusion. Having looked upon this wall for a space of time they will move to a time of prayer for forgiveness of these sins. Then the wall will be slowly dismantled and its pieces quietly rearranged in the shape of a cross around which everyone will gather remembering that “Christ has broken down the dividing walls of hostility…that he might create in himself a new humanity, making peace, reconciling us to God in one body through his cross”. (Ephesians 2:14-16)

Within our own Church we look forward to the appointment of a new Coordinator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations with special responsibilities for our Full Communion relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; our dialogues with the Roman Catholic Church, the United Church of Canada, the Mennonite Central Committee Canada; and our work with the Ecumenical Councils and movements of which our Church is a member, the Canadian Council of Churches and KAIROS.

Like every year this one will mark significant anniversaries for some dioceses and parishes throughout our Church. It is my continuing joy to respond to a number of invitations to share in these celebrations. If I cannot be present I happily send greetings on behalf of the whole Church.

Like other years 2017 will also represent for countless men and women significant milestones in their ministries as lay readers, intercessors, sacristans, Sunday School teachers, catechists, musicians, choristers, pastoral care workers, advocates for compassion for the poor, champions for justice and peace, deacons, priests, bishops, and scholars of the Faith. For the Spirit’s grace at work in their lives we give thanks to God and pray that in every generation the Church may be so blessed for its ministries in the service of the Gospel.

Speaking personally 2017 is a year of several significant anniversaries in my life in Christ. It marks the 60th of my baptism – April 7, 1957 at Emmanuel Church in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. I was not quite 2 ½ at the time! As many of you know, I carry the certificate of my baptism in my Prayer Book and occasionally pull it out in the context of a chat with children or in preaching. It is old and yellowed. It is a bit frayed around the edges as indeed I am at times! I must unfold and refold it carefully lest it tears apart. I treasure this piece of paper, for it reminds me of who I am, to whom I belong, and that my life’s labour as Rowan Williams put it is “to take hold of him who first took hold of me” and to live by the principle that “only as a disciple can I lead, only as a learner can I teach”.

I share this baptismal anniversary with you not so much to draw attention to myself, as to lift up one of the current initiatives throughout our worldwide Anglican Communion, – “A Season of Intentional Discipleship”. It is an invitation to the Churches to ponder the holistic nature of discipleship and its impact on every aspect of our living – from our worship to our work and our service in the community, from our political choices to our care for the earth. It is an opportunity to ponder those great biblical texts that remind us that life as a disciple means life in a community of faith and all the joys and struggles that entails. It is a challenge to think afresh about how Anglicans understand the nature of the Church and its calling in Christ. I have great hope that our own Church will seize this opportunity. And in doing so will embrace the recently published text, “Intentional Discipleship and Disciple Making” – An Anglican Guide for Christian Life and Formation, edited by The Rev. Canon John Kafwanka and The Rev Canon Mark Oxbrow. It is superb.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of my ordination as a Deacon-June 3, 1977 in the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I plan to keep this day in quiet at the Convent of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine in Toronto. It will be a time to give thanks for all those who nurtured my call to ordained ministry, all who taught me the Atlantic School of Theology all who mentored me through the years, and all the many people among who I served in parish ministries and in time episcopal ministry throughout Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Through the example of so many people so dedicated to Christ his gospel and his Church, I have been so blessed and even now as I begin to think of them all my heart overflows with gratitude.

A few weeks after that anniversary I will recall the 10th of my installation as Primate June 25, 2007 in Winnipeg. I have travelled much in these years and I give thanks for the warmth of hospitality with which I have been received in dioceses and hundreds of parishes across the country. I rejoice in the many ministries that bear such an incredible witness to the Gospel of Christ in your local context. For some of you that is a huge and densely populated urban sprawl, for others a vast expanse of communities scattered across Canada’s North. For some it is a ministry concentrated among the poor and destitute in the downtown core of our large cities, for others it is a chaplaincy in hospitals and in hospice, in shelters and in centres for recovery from addictions, in prisons and in half way houses. For some it is ministry on our streets with the homeless and for others it is ministry at our harbour fronts with mariners from all over the world.

As dedicated as you are to all these local ministries I recognize and appreciate your commitments to the work of the Church more broadly as well. Thank you for your support of the ministries of the General Synod, Anglican Foundation and PWRDF. I am so encouraged by all who embrace “the big picture” of what it means to be The Anglican Church of Canada.

I draw this pastoral letter to a close with reference to an initiative of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby in “drawing together young Christians (age 20-35), from all over the world and all denominations and varieties of Christian expression, for one transformative year of prayer, theological reflection and service to the poor, in the heart of London”. The Community of St. Anselm as it is known is based at Lambeth Palace. These young people lead the liturgical life of the Chapel in the Palace crypt. They work in the community and on occasion some of their numbers accompany the Archbishop in his travels. In this “A Year in God’s Time” prayer is at the heart of their life and work. Their quest for a closer walk with the Lord, their openness to his leading in their lives is very much in the spirit of St. Anselm. (Archbishop of Canterbury 1093-1109, and Teacher of the Faith) Here is an excerpt from his great work, “Faith Seeking Understanding”.

“This is my prayer, O God: may I know you, may I love you, so that I may rejoice in you. And if in this life I cannot know, love, and rejoice in you fully, may I progress day by day until that joy comes to fullness. May knowledge of you advance in me here, and there be made full; may your love grow, and there be full; so that here my joy may be in great hope, and there may be full in reality. Lord, through your Son you command or rather counsel us to ask, and you promise that we shall receive, that our joy may be full (John 16:240. I ask, Lord, for what you counsel through our wonderful Counsellor (Isa 9.2) I shall receive what you promise through your truth, that my joy may be full. Faithful God, I ask to receive it that my joy may be full. In the meantime, may my mind meditate on your promise, may my tongue speak of it. May my heart love that joy, may my mouth talk of it. May my soul hunger for it, may my flesh thirst for it, may my whole being desire it, until I enter into the joy of my Lord, God three and one, who is blessed for ever. Amen (Rom 1.25).”

In so much as that was the prayer of Anselm and now that of a Community named after him, it is a fitting prayer for any and all of us who through our baptism endeavour to live more fully our life in Christ.

With blessings for Epiphany and this New Year,

Fred J. Hiltz
Archbishop and Primate

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, January 06, 2017

Gifts for Mission: Give a goat and bring hope to a family in need

Posted on: December 20th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Gifts for Mission: Give a goat and bring hope to a family in need

 

Truly a “gift that keeps on giving,” dairy goats provide myriad benefits for poor and needy families in Tanzania.

The typical nanny goat provides between two to four litres of milk per day, offering a higher nutritional value than cow’s milk that is particularly important for pregnant women, lactating mothers, children, people living with AIDS, and senior citizens who require more calcium in their diets. The goats’ propensity to produce kids, often twins, on an annual basis can provide other families in the community with goats of their own, while surplus milk can be sold on the market to supplement meagre incomes.

By purchasing a gift through the 2016 Gifts for Mission gift guide, Anglicans can give a goat and bring hope to a family in need. A gift of $80 provides one dairy goat to a family living with AIDS, while a gift of $160 covers the cost of two goats, which can breed and produce offspring, offering both protein and income to a family living with AIDS.

For more than 15 years, The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has supported the Diocese of Masasi of the Anglican Church of Tanzania by gifting one or two nanny goats to families of subsistence farmers and other vulnerable groups. Raising funds to match money invested by Global Affairs Canada, PWRDF also helps the diocese monitor and report its results to Canadian Anglicans and the Government of Canada.

The Diocese of Masasi works with local leaders to identify families and individuals in need, purchasing purebred dairy goats and distributing them to families in the Masasi, Nachingwea, and Tunduru districts. The program also operates outside Tanzania in Burundi, Mozambique, and Rwanda.


Zainabu Kilaza and her daughter Mwajuma with one of their goats in Stesheni village of Nachingwea district. Submitted photo

An important part of the project is ensuring that one billy goat is available in a village and rotated among five or more nanny goats. When the nanny goats give birth to kids, beneficiaries are required to pass the first-born to another family selected by the diocese and local leaders. The original family is able to keep all subsequent kids produced by their own nanny goat. Beneficiaries must sign “pass on” agreements and follow stated regulations, while a livestock officer and other diocesan project staff members visit beneficiaries regularly as part of normal monitoring duties.

The positive impact of a single dairy goat on families can be profound, providing a source of fresh, nutritious milk on a daily basis, as well as manure for gardens. For those suffering from AIDS, goat’s milk helps boost the body’s immune system, which in turn increases the effectiveness of anti-retroviral medication. Moreover, the sale of surplus milk can help provide families with an additional source of income, particularly for those with two or more goats.

The case of Zainabu Kilaza, a mother in the village of Stesheni in Nachingwea district, is instructive. Kilaza receives eight litres of milk per day from two dairy goats. She and her two children consume two litres per day and sell the remaining six litres, using the income to buy additional food as well as clothes and school supplies.

Income from the sale of two goats in 2015 allowed Kilaza to pay secondary school fees for her two children. In an interview with Joachim Sapuli, one of two livestock officers from the Diocese of Masasi, Kilaza said that without the dairy goat program, she would never have been able to earn the Tshs 1,200,000 (approximately $728) necessary to send her children to school.

“I am grateful to God that I am alive, I feel happy and healthy, and if I would not be the beneficiary of this dairy goat program, I would have died,” she said.

“Many have died, but I am glad I have been alive to see this change.”

With the budget line for the dairy goat project recently halved in the “All Mothers and Children Count” project—under which the Government of Canada matches every dollar PWRDF raises by 6:1—to free up funds for desperately needed water wells in Tunduru district, the gifts of Canadian Anglicans supporting the goat program are more vital than ever.

Give a goat and bring hope to a family in need through Gifts for Mission.

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, December 20, 2016

New PWRDF head sees more partnerships with Canadian Indigenous communities

Posted on: October 23rd, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Tali Folkins on October, 18 2016

Will Postma has been executive director of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund since June 13.   Photo: Art Babych


The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is looking into expanding its work in Canadian Indigenous communities, recently named executive director Will Postma says.

The aid agency’s current work in this area includes a project aimed at providing safe drinking water to the people of Pikangikum, Ont., a Native reserve. But PWRDF is also exploring other forms of aid to Aboriginal communities, says Postma, who succeeded Adele Finney as PWRDF executive director June 13. Finney had retired in May after heading the agency since 2010.

“I think there’s a lot of interest from Anglican church members to support work in First Nations communities,” he says. “So that will be a priority—to see what’s possible, how can we be a support in a meaningful, honourable way with communities such as Pikangikum, but others, too.”

Working to set up and support programs with Indigenous Anglican churches, in particular, might be one possibility, he says.

The work could involve more water projects; or health generally; or specific areas such as mental health or maternal and newborn child health. Some of these programs, he says, might have the extra benefit of qualifying for matching funding from federal and provincial governments.

Maternal and newborn child health, in particular, is coming to be one of PWRDF’s main areas of expertise; it has been helping manage and deliver maternal and newborn child health programs for more than two decades. Since last summer, the agency has been involved in an especially large initiative, a five-year joint program with Global Affairs Canada (formerly known as Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada) focusing on maternal and child health in Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania.

In some projects, such as this one, matching government funds can make up a significant part of the total budget, he says. All told, the five-year project is worth more than $20 million, with 85% of its funding coming from Global Affairs Canada.

Indeed, searching for as-yet-untapped sources of government funding will be another of his key priorities, says Postma.

Currently PWRDF gets about a quarter of its total revenue from Global Affairs Canada. But Postma says that there are “definitely opportunities” he wants to explore for accessing more government dollars.

“Maybe there are other sources of funding from different ministries that could really respond to our vision statement, really complement what the church is already providing through donations and contributions,” he says. “I would want to make sure we can access, compete for, funding from the federal government as well as anybody else…We don’t want to leave money on the table that could actually support our partners.”

Postma says there are some foreign countries, too, where he’d like to see PWRDF become more directly involved—Haiti, for example. The agency already has some partners in that country working in health care, an area on which it might want to expand. When a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, leaving more than 200,000 dead, Anglicans in Canada responded by donating $2.2 million to support PWRDF’s partners in the Caribbean nation. The money supported the building of temporary shelters, toilets, schools, cash-for-work programs and other forms of aid.

PWRDF might also look into supporting projects working at curbing gender-based violence in the Caribbean country, he adds.

The government of former prime minister Stephen Harper valued humanitarian work in maternal and newborn child health, and the current Trudeau government seems to share this, Postma says. It also appears to put a high priority around work involving gender equality, he says.

Postma also says he hopes to become better acquainted with Canadian Anglicans, and to work at encouraging parishioners—“engaging with them, learning with them, working with them”—to see PWRDF as a regular  “partner of choice” for their donations.

Postma, who has worked in international development for virtually his entire adult life, came to PWRDF after working for a number of aid groups, both secular and faith-based: Save the Children Canada, World Vision, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, CARE Canada and others. He had most recently served as vice-president for programs and research at Pathways to Education, which helps youth from low-income communities finish high school.

He says he developed a love for the work at an early age. His first position was for a joint project of the aid agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America and a Norwegian aid group, in Mali. Postma was flown into the west African country straight out of university, chosen partly because of his ability to speak both English and French.

“I got there at the tender age of, I think it was 21 or 22,” he says. “Honestly, I didn’t have a job description. I was kind of plucked down there—‘Here’s a large food-for-work program that we’d like you to manage on our behalf,’ ” he says. “I did that for two years and I just fell in love with Africa.”

The hospitality of the people and the purposefulness of the job etched themselves on Postma’s memory.

“It was meaningful, I really saw God’s hand in our work, and I really grew to love that part of the world,” he says.

He still remembers the enthusiastic welcome of villagers—and the enthusiasm with which they worshipped. Services lasting three to four hours were not uncommon, he says.

“You do a lot of stuff—you sing, you do testimonies, you stop for food, you get back into the church and you worship some more,” he says.

As he gets older, Postma says, he finds himself more strongly drawn to faith-based aid groups. One of the things he loves about PWRDF is its vision statement—it aims for a “truly just, healthy, and peaceful world”—which he’s fond of parsing.

“That word ‘truly’ is an interesting word to throw in there,” he says. It imparts a deeper sense to these words than they often have in secular society, he says. True peace, for example, means more than just the absence of conflict, but relationships of real friendship. True justice, he says, is “love manifest. It’s making love visible.”

In fact, he adds, PWRDF has been advocating to the government on the importance of peace in this deeper sense—in practical terms, to look not just at peacekeeping but “peace mobilization”—trying to build good relationships by looking at sources of tension between groups. Investing in these relationships now is one way to help ensure a more secure future for the world, he says.

 

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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, October 21, 2016

PWRDF launches appeal for Haiti

Posted on: October 11th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Renel Ginol and son, Renelson, inspect their home in Jérémie, Haiti, which was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew Oct. 4.  Photo: UNICEF/Moreno Gonzalez


The Anglican Church of Canada’s relief and development agency is asking for donations to support the people of Haiti as they attempt to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) launched an appeal for Haiti Saturday, Oct. 8, noting that, while the storm had passed, its effects were likely to continue to be felt for some time.

Matthew was the most powerful storm to have hit the island nation in almost 10 years, PWRDF said. It brought torrential rains and winds of close to 220 km/h to a Haiti still recovering from the catastrophic earthquake that struck in 2010. About 60,000 people were still living in tents or other makeshift homes as a result of the earthquake.

As of press time, at least 1,000 people had already died in Haiti as a result of the storm, according to the CBC. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed, along with roads and other infrastructure, PWRDF said. There is a higher risk of cholera and other water-borne diseases, it added, because of the flooding and mudslides that resulted from the storm.

PWRDF announced an initial grant of $15,000 for Haiti relief Oct. 4, the day the hurricane struck the nation. The money will help provide food, medical aid, shelter, clean water and other assistance to Haitians, the agency said. The grant was made through the ACT Alliance, a coalition of church-based aid agencies.

Before Matthew hit, ACT had already been helping Haitians prepare by evacuating the vulnerable, preparing hygiene and shelter kits and distributing food. The alliance is continuing to work with communities affected by the hurricane to determine their needs and how to meet them, and PWRDF said it will continue to help in these efforts.

Donations 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,” marked “Haiti Response,” and sent to:

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

 

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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, October 11, 2016

Co-ordinators struggle to stay atop wave of refugee sponsorships

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Members of inter-faith groups stage a solidarity rally to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada last November in Toronto. Photo: Arindambanerjee/Shutterstock


Since the worldwide refugee crisis was catapulted into public consciousness 10 months ago, Canadian Anglicans have helped to resettle around 1,750 refugees, says Suzanne Rumsey, refugee co-ordinator for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF).

During this period, around 320 parish and community groups from 15 dioceses across Canada have raised over $20 million to resettle refugees from conflict zones in Syria, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Colombia, Congo and elsewhere.

Rumsey lauded this significant increase in sponsorships as a sign of Anglican hospitality, but she also sounded a cautionary note about the significant strain it has placed on diocesan refugee co-ordinators, many of whom manage large volumes of work with little support.

“The Syrian situation has highlighted the generosity of Canadians and Anglicans…But it is also highlighting the weaknesses in the system, in our own way of administering these sponsorship agreements,” she said.

Fourteen dioceses in the Anglican Church of Canada—Saskatoon, Ottawa, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Calgary, Qu’Appelle, Rupert’s Land, Toronto, Huron, Kootenay/APCI, Edmonton, Niagara, British Columbia, New Westminster and Ontario—hold sponsorship agreements with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRC). This gives them access to a specific quota of refugee cases made available through the federal government (the diocese of Montreal also has a sponsorship agreement, but with the province of Quebec).

Sponsorship agreements are held by diocesan bishops, but it is the co-ordinators who help interested parishes and community groups apply to sponsor refugee cases. With the sudden surge of interest in refugee resettlement seen over the past 10 months, many co-ordinators have been pushed to the limits of what they can manage on their own.

“[Some] co-ordinators have gone from working on refugee sponsorship from about 10 hours a month to 12 hours a day,” said Rumsey. “Some of these folks…are burning out.”

While a handful of dioceses have established organizations that manage sponsorship—Montreal’s Action Réfugiés, for example, or Toronto’s Anglican United Refugee Association (AURA)—most rely on the efforts of a single volunteer, some of whom have full-time jobs. The roughly 1750 refugees who have been brought in represent a staggering 678 cases, some of which represent families of as many as 15 people, and some, a single individual.

The fragility of this approach was brought into stark relief earlier this year with the sudden death of Debra Fieguth, the refugee co-ordinator for the diocese of Ontario.

At the time of her death, Fieguth had 13 cases—70 individuals—whose applications she was managing on her own. A refugee family was scheduled to arrive in the diocese, and with the relevant file on Fieguth’s password-protected computer, the sponsoring parish was left scrambling to find the necessary information. While the data was eventually recovered with help from IRC, it was a sobering reminder of how much relies on a small number of people.

“Some of the co-ordinators have been feeling kind of out there a bit, not supported,” said Rumsey. “They need more people support to do the job they are doing.”

At the annual meeting of the diocesan co-ordinators, held in Saskatoon, Sask., on May 29, the co-ordinators agreed that in addition to celebrating what ordinary parishes have accomplished in raising money and resettling families, a message also needs to be sent to the House of Bishops calling for more support.

“We need the House of Bishops, and bishops in particular whose dioceses hold these agreements, to be supporting us,” said Rumsey. “Be it financially, be it in terms of these questions around administration and care of documentation.”

The Anglican Church of Canada has been a key player in refugee sponsorship since the modern sponsorship system was developed in the wake of the arrival of thousands of Vietnamese “Boat People” following U.S. defeat in Vietnam in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Anglican dioceses were some of the first to apply to be sponsorship agreement holders, and Rumsey noted that the knowledge that has been built up over the past 35 years is one of the key reasons Anglicans have been able to respond in such large numbers to the current refugee crisis.

“I think these numbers attest to the fact that there was the infrastructure there to be able to move into high gear,” she said. “What I think the challenge is now is sustaining it with, particularly, finite human resources.”

 

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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.

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Anglican Journal News, June 27, 2016

PWRDF announces aid for Ethiopia, Ecuador

Posted on: May 10th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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More than 10 million people in Ethiopia are now threatened by famine, according to the UN. Photo: LWF/ACT Alliance


The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has announced two aid packages to help people stricken by drought in Ethiopia and earthquake victims in Ecuador.On April 28, PWRDF announced $40,000 in aid to support farmers and pastoralists—herders of cattle and other livestock—suffering from what the UN says is the worst drought to have hit Ethiopia in three decades. The money will support more than 8,500 people in the country’s Afar region, providing them with 15 kg of corn, feed for cattle and other livestock, seeds, tools and animals, and helping them improve the water supply.

PWRDF, the relief and development agency of the Anglican Church of Canada, is considering more funding for Ethiopian drought relief in addition to this initial grant, spokesperson Simon Chambers said.

El Niño, a weather pattern that brings warmer temperatures, has been one reason for the drought, PWRDF said. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 10 million people in Ethiopia are now threatened by famine.

The grant is being made through the ACT Alliance, a network of 140 faith groups in more than 100 countries that does international aid, development and advocacy work.

PWRDF announced another initial grant of $15,000 to support relief efforts in Ecuador three days after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country April 16. This grant—also being made through the ACT Alliance—was to go toward providing food, water, shelter, medical supplies, counselling and household items in the days immediately following the quake, PWRDF said.

More than 650 people are reported to have died from the earthquake, with tens of thousands left homeless. It was the most powerful earthquake to have hit the region in 36 years, PWRDF said, with its epicentre just 170 km north of Quito, capital of Ecuador.

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, May 03, 2016

Let our “yes” be yes

Posted on: March 22nd, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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What follows is a statement from Archbishop Fred Hiltz, responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action # 48 on behalf to the Anglican Church of Canada. The response was presented at Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, Six Nations of the Grand River on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Let our “yes” be yes
(Based on James 5:12)

In response to Call to Action #48 from Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, I speak today on behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada.

My heart is heavy with the burden of our many sins against the Indigenous Peoples throughout Turtle Island. For every way in which we insulted their dignity and took their lands, silenced their languages and suppressed their culture, tore apart their families and assaulted their children, I must never weary of saying on behalf of our church, “I am sorry”.

My heart is humbled by the call to honour – in word and action – the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

With many others, my heart yearns for that future in which – in the sight of the Creator – we are walking together in ways that are good and holy, right and just for all.

Contemplating what I would say today and how I might say it, I found myself drawn to the Letter of James and his word of counsel, encouraging the church of his day to be steadfast in its witness to the Gospel. This strikes me as good counsel for the church of our day, as it seeks to act on decisions made at General Synod 2010 repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery and endorsing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Here we have a call to let our “yes” in that historic moment be a resounding and continuing “yes”.

In renouncing the Doctrine of Discovery that drove colonial expansion – regarding “discovered lands” as empty lands; and treating the First Peoples of the land as savages to be conquered, civilized, and Christianized, our church described that doctrine “as fundamentally opposed to the gospel of Christ and our understanding of the inherent rights that individuals and peoples have received from God”[1].

I remain deeply committed to enabling our church to let its “yes” in repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery be a resounding and continuing “yes”.

While much has been written about this doctrine, it is clear there is much more education required if we are to understand the political and spiritual arrogance inherent in it, and the force with which it was upheld through strategies aimed at systemic cultural genocide. In Canada, the so-called “Indian problem” was addressed through federal policies of assimilation, forced confinement in Residential Schools established by the Government and run by the churches. History has revealed how flawed this policy was, how horrific the experience of some 150,000 aboriginal children and how lasting the impact of so much loss in their lives – loss of identity, language, and culture; loss of community and learning the ways of their ancestors, loss of “their own spiritual and religious traditions, customs and ceremonies”; loss of their dignity through assault of every kind – emotional, physical, and sexual; and perhaps most profoundly of all the many years of lost love “for the child taken and for the parent left behind”.

I call on every diocese and territory of our church to ensure opportunity for learning about the history and lingering legacy of this doctrine.  I commend the growing practise of beginning meetings synods and assemblies with an acknowledgement of the traditional territories and lands on which we gather and an expression of thanks. I commend resources produced by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples and the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice.  I also commend the highly participatory Blanket Exercise designed by KAIROS, and the Mapping Exercise designed by the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) and the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation.

It would be an oversight not to remember also that in the General Synod Resolution of 2010, there was a clause requesting her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II “to disavow and repudiate publicly, the claimed validity of the Christian Doctrine of Discovery”. That request was formally acknowledged and the matter referred for consideration by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. My hope is that there be a response in time for the commemorations marking the 150th Anniversary of Confederation next year. I am therefore requesting the General Secretary to write a letter of encouragement to that effect.

In the same session of General Synod that our church repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery, we also endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Six years later, we are challenged by Call to Action #48 to declare a plan for how we will implement that Declaration.

By way of introduction, I reference the counsel given me by the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. It reads as follows:

UNDRIP must be approached and applied with a set of expectations that will inform strategy, process, and practice…There must be time for teaching and reflection that demonstrates those connections – guided by direct input from Indigenous People. …We will need to have a gradual acceptance and acknowledgement that Church institutions and members were involved in serious violations of UNDRIP and core Christian teaching over a number of centuries. The process of compliance to Call to Action #48 should be strategically planned to be progressive, on-going and reflective.

Mindful of this counsel, I believe the full text of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples should be included in the Handbook of the General Synod and regarded as a guiding document in our relationship with Indigenous Peoples.

I am requesting that on National Aboriginal Day, June 21 or the Sunday closest there be a public reading of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in every parish across Canada. This should be accompanied by appropriate prayers and ceremonies in keeping with Indigenous spiritual customs.

I am calling for reference to this Declaration, among others issued by the United Nations, to be included in programs of preparation of candidates for baptism and confirmation in our church, in keeping with our vows “to strive for justice and peace among all people”. The Rev. Riscylla Walsh Shaw of Bolton, Ontario is developing such a program and it promises to be a very good resource. I am recommending that the UN Declaration be the subject of learning for education days in parish settings, deanery gatherings, diocesan synods and national councils of our church.

I also call on our church in every circle of its life and work to an unwavering commitment to anti-racism training, in the spirit of equipping all of us to honour our baptismal vow “to respect the dignity of every human being”.

A key resource for setting the United Nations Declaration in both an historic and a present-day context is the timeline entitled “Indigenous Peoples and the Anglican Church in Canada: Timeline of an Evolving Relationship”.  It is the inspired work of Esther Wesley, the Coordinator of the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation, in cooperation with the General Synod Archives, Indigenous Ministries, Public Witness for Social Ecological Justice, and Communications.

I intend to hold the United Nations Declaration before the bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada. By virtue of their office they are a unique position to help us honour one of the clauses in the General Synod Resolution to endorse the UN Declaration, that is “to encourage dioceses and parishes to urge their municipalities, provinces and territories to endorse the Declaration”. I will be inviting the bishops to share initiatives in this regard at our meeting this fall.

In the interest of building genuine partnerships, I have issued a call for a special joint meeting of the Council of General Synod and the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples within the next year.  We are learning that genuine partnership depends on knowing one another at greater depth.

Our National Indigenous Anglican Bishop has written, “while each of the articles of the Declaration is important, the guiding thread is the right to self-determination…The Anglican Church of Canada has had moments where, coming close to such a recognition, there have been steps forward towards realizing a new relationship within this understanding…Fully complying with the UN Declaration will mean more consistent and genuine progress toward lasting self-determination for the Indigenous church, in such a way that can nurture creative relationships of equity and mutuality across the whole church.” I think Bishop Mark MacDonald is calling our church to let its “yes” be a resounding and continuing “yes”.

Along with the General Synod, two other national ministries associated with the Anglican Church of Canada are also deeply committed to the UN Declaration. One is the Anglican Foundation of Canada, which is inviting proposals for funding for community-based projects aligning with the TRC Calls to Action. The other is the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund and its commitment – enshrined in its 2015-2018 Strategic Plan – to deepen relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples.

The Anglican Church of Canada has a long history of association with KAIROS and its commitment to Indigenous Rights. In 1987, we signed “A New Covenant”, an ecumenical pastoral statement that was based on the principles, norms and standards now lifted up in the UN Declaration. Today, through KAIROS the commitment is shifting to working with Indigenous Peoples to better reflect a nation-to-nation relationship.

I draw this statement to a close with an announcement. In consultation with the National Indigenous Bishop and the General Secretary, I will establish a Council of Elders and Youth to monitor our church’s honouring in word and action our church’s commitment “to formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms and standards of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”. It is my intention to commission this Council for its work on Sunday, July 10 at General Synod 2016.

The last word in this statement is appropriately that of our National Indigenous Anglican Bishop. He writes “may the UN Declaration be our prayer, dedication and discipline in the coming years. Perhaps, our new Covenant”. I heartily concur. His word speaks to the patience and perseverance we will need in making the Anglican Church of Canada’s “yes” to the UN Declaration a resounding and continuing “yes” for all time.

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The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz
Primate, The Anglican Church of Canada

[1] General Synod, 2010, http://archive.anglican.ca/gs2010/resolutions/a086/

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, March 19, 2016