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New Diocesan Centre dedicated BY HEATHER & MICHAEL KARABELAS

Photo: Heather Karabelas

P 4. WAITING spiritual practice

P 5. BRUCE COCKBURN conference

A pleased Archbishop John Privett beaming at the opening and dedication of the new Diocesan Centre on Saturday, January 7.

O P 7. CHARLES DARWIN happy birthday!

P 8. OWAISSI accreditation year

VER EIGHTY PEOPLE from around the Diocese gathered for an Open House followed by the Dedication of our Diocesan Centre above St. Aidan’s church at 380 Leathead Road in Kelowna. The change in name from Synod Office to Diocesan Centre signals a shift in understanding from an office primarily for the Bishop and staff, to a gathering place for members of the Diocesan Family. The Centre does indeed encompass an office for the Archbishop, Executive Assistant, Finance Manager and reception area for the Office Administrator. As

well, however, it has a chapel, large archives space, meeting room, and common area with WIFI Internet access for members of the Diocese who may wish to stop in to work on various projects. It is also a Centre for lay and clergy education as it houses an office for EfM, and Kootenay School of Ministry. Many will be pleased to know that it has an elevator for those who need assistance in reaching the Centre’s second floor location. After refreshments and tours of the Centre by all, it was clear that this was a festive gathering of the Diocesan Family. Common refrains from

those present were: “Fantastic. All kinds of space and bright lighting”; “A wonderful place to gather”; “Important for all to know that the Centre is for the whole diocese. It is to serve the needs and ministry of all the people in our diocese.” Among those present were neighbours to the Centre who were not members of the parish — or any other parish. They had accepted an invitation to be present for the event. Archbishop John pointed out that the Centre was made financially possible through the “Ministry of Legacy” left by All Saints, Chase, St. Andrew’s,

Willow Point and St. John’s, Hedley. No DFB monies were involved in its construction. At the Dedication, using his Episcopal crozier, the Archbishop traced on the floor of the Centre the sign of the cross in three locations. Concluding the brief liturgy, Archbishop John prayed to God that the Centre “ a place in which people of the diocese find a welcome and a mission” and “may it be a place from which your faithful people go to serve Christ in their neighbours.”


In My View




Archbishop’s Page

WRITE THIS the day after our new Diocesan Centre was dedicated in Kelowna. It was a joyous occasion as you saw on the front page of this paper. After many years of discussion and examining several alternatives, the decision was made to develop our new Diocesan Centre on the property of St. Aidan’s Church in Rutland. As the concept developed it became clear that the new centre should be more than simply the “Synod Office,” but a centre for the whole diocese. It is to be a centre which is a resource for all congregations and all parishioners and

the centre of mission for the future. There is space for visiting clergy and lay leaders to plug in a laptop and work for a few hours when visiting Kelowna and a welcome to all who drop in to say hello. The Centre now houses meeting space for diocesan committees and others who desire to meet there and the offices for the Bishop, Executive Officer and the Finance Manager. Together they serve congregations through support and advice on property matters, financial management, employment and insurance. They also provide support and encouragement for congregational mission, financial development, leadership and pastoral ministry. In addition to these three offices, the new Centre also has the offices of Education for Ministry Canada and for the Kootenay School of Ministry and will be the centre for the education and formation of leaders throughout the diocese. Perhaps the most significant development is the addition of a new Archives, which houses the valuable records of over 110 years of

A centre for mission and ministry diocesan and parish life. The Archives have special fire resistant walls, a temperature and humidity controlled environment and space for researchers and others seeking information. An important part of the new Centre is a small chapel reminding us all that the source of our mission is God and that all that we do is to be centred in our life in Christ. We were blessed with the professionals who assisted us so well: Meiklejohn Architects and JDL Construction. Through their careful stewardship the final costs came in slightly below what had been estimated! The Centre has been funded through the sale of property that was no longer in use by the diocese and include funds from St. John’s, Hedley, All Saints’ in Chase and St. Andrew’s, Willow Point. That has meant that contributions to the Diocesan Family Budget continue to go directly to the critically important diocesan mission, and not to pay a mortgage on the new property. In my view, the new Diocesan Centre will be a focus for our

common life in Kootenay and provide a resource for decades to come. I invite you to visit the new Centre when you are in the neighbourhood. At the dedication of the centre, a litany was led by our Chancellor, Mr. Percy Tinker. I offer it to you and invite your prayers for the new Centre and its staff who seek to serve us all. O Christ the Rock, on which your people, as living stones joined together grow into a spiritual house, Strengthen your Church we pray. O Christ the Light of the World, draw all who seek your face to the place where you are born for us and in us, Strengthen your Church we pray. O Christ, the Head of the Body, of which your people are the members, Strengthen your Church we pray. O Christ, who through the Holy Spirit, sends you disciples as you have been sent, Strengthen your Church we pray. We pray to you, O Christ, In your love, hear us.

That you will sustain all members of your Church, that in our vocation and ministry, we may truly and devoutly serve you, In your love, hear us. That you will bless the bishop, priests and deacons of this Diocese that they may proclaim the Gospel, administer your sacraments, seek justice and serve those in need, In your love, hear us. That you will heal the divisions in your Church and unite us in the mission you have entrusted to us, In your love, hear us. Look down from heaven, behold and tend this vine; Preserve what your right hand has planted. Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; Let your faithful people sing with joy. Thanks be to God!


Christmas play at St. Peter’s, Revelstoke


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URING THE MORNING SERVICE on Sunday, December 11, 2011, a Christmas play was performed by the members of the confirmation class. The play was a present day version of the birth of Jesus, written by the Rev. Dan Meakes, with ideas from the class.

Mary, a teenager, finds herself pregnant and decides to run away. She meets an angel whilst travelling along a busy highway and receives some advice. Her boyfriend, Joe, follows her. Because they have very little money they are forced to take shelter in an unused garage where their baby, Jesus, is born, with cows grazing in a nearby field. The play included narration, spoken parts, carols and songs, two guitars (Rev. Dan

and Connor) and drums (Marie). The members of the cast were Debbi and Robin Fraser (Narrators), Marie Busch (Mary), Connor Fraser (Joe), Malia Knapp (Angel), the Rev. Dan Meakes (Dad and Director) and Hannah Busch and Alice Dunkerson supporting. Their performance was appreciated, and enjoyed by the congregation, giving even more meaning to the season of ❑ Advent.







N MY LAST COLUMN on national Church finances, I alluded to other issues that surfaced at the November CoGS meeting. At the 2010 General Synod the Governance Working Group was successful in introducing Canon XXII on National Indigenous Ministry. This is a “bare-bones” Canon and future amendments are needed to flesh out its substance, particularly with regard to three key sections — the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop (NIAB), the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) and the national Sacred Circle(s). Essential to this, however, is that the governance language is to come from Indigenous

Canadian Anglicans, through the offices of ACIP and the NIAB, and not be imposed by a nonIndigenous majority. The time frame was for the current triennium anticipating that the Canon will be amended in 2013 in Ottawa. ACIP formed a governance group in late 2010 and has been working on the requested principles since. Notwithstanding a desire to see Canon XXII develop into a more detailed and meaningful Canon, consultations by an ACIP led Indigenous Governance Group in 2011 have uncovered an urgent need for Indigenous Anglicans to take on self-determination and a greater level of pastoral care immediately, rather than await the long cycle for General Synod endorsement. Two important documents emerged from intense consultations — a Concept Paper on Governance (February 2011) and the Mississauga Declaration (September 2011). Additionally, ACIP is creating two new advisory bodies; an Elder’s Circle and a Youth Circle. So what seemed to

promise a slow evolutionary process has taken on an air of crisis in the life of our National Indigenous Ministry. At the November CoGS meeting this culminated in a dramatic and meaningful convocation of a CoGS Sacred Circle led by ACIP Vice-Chair, the Rev. Norman Casey, and the NIAB, the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald. It was a heartfelt sharing and discussion around key principles announced in the Mississauga Declaration. The Mississauga Declaration, I suspect, will become one of the most important foundational documents of National Indigenous Ministry, perhaps second only to the Covenant of 1994. What the Sacred Circle heard was a sharing of new information, as well as a time-sensitive invitation by Canadian Indigenous Anglicans to their non-Indigenous brothers and sisters in Christ to support them in their journey of self-determination and their urgent pastoral ministries.

The two most important points in the Declaration are the intentions of Indigenous Anglicans in Canada to strongly reaffirm their sovereign identity as people of the Land, and to immediately start work to overcome the pastoral crises in native communities that has led to suicide rates unacceptable in any civilized country, to crushing poverty, to social upheaval and dislocation, and to the destruction of selfesteem and traditions. Moreover, it was made abundantly clear that non-Indigenous Canadian Anglicans are being asked to join their Indigenous brothers and sisters in this Gospel-led ministry, or sadly they will be simply left behind. The risk is that the Anglican Church of Canada could lose its National Indigenous Ministry. ACIP has announced that several important meetings to develop the comprehensive strategy anticipated in the Vision 2019 plan will occur in 2012 and 2013. These include the Spring CoGS meeting, ACIP Governance meet-

ings, the Spring House of Bishops meeting and perhaps most importantly, the National Sacred Circle announced for Pinawa, Manitoba for August. Input from the new Elder’s and Youth circles will be sought. The Governance Working Group of the Anglican Church of Canada has pledged to be an advisory resource but it will not preempt or dictate the terms and policies empowering National Indigenous Ministry to move forward. Rather than bring hasty and thin amendments of Canon XXII to the next General Synod, it may be necessary to take longer to “get it right.” But make no mistake, the palpable sense of urgency needed to address Indigenous community crises similar to Appawapistak or downtown Eastside Vancouver was passionately articulated by Norman Casey and Mark MacDonald and was a dramatic highlight of the November Council meeting.

The image of the star is our attitude of hope, our journey into change, searching and seeking. It is looking for a sign of birth, new possibilities and breakthrough. God calls us on a journey. He calls us to search for the star, for that which shines with ultimate value. It is the light of God that haunts us, calls us and will not let us go. The image of Jerusalem is the symbol of the city. It signifies all the complexity of our modern experience, all the pressures, the stress and the forces that can fascinate but also disturb us. Finally, we come to the image of the child. If we faithfully follow the star we discover the child. That child is the new person God is calling you and me to become. We need to give our gifts for the birthing of the holy child within us,

our energy, our brains, our loyalty and our hopes for the deepest and highest levels that we are privileged to envision. So the child of hope can be born within us, in our relationships, in our jobs, in our activities and in our community where we live. Through us, the holy child, who is Jesus, can be born, not in ancient history, but right now. This is a great mystery because we are the story. If we can’t see that, then this could be at the same level as Little Red Riding Hood, or the Ugly Duckling! The story is about us. We are the children of God who are daily called to be born. We are the wise men following our star.



HE DAYS ARE GETTING LONGER and the light is increasing. There is a star in the sky to the south that is incredibly bright. But if you walked down Granville St. in Vancouver I bet you wouldn’t even see it. In this season of Epiphany we think about light and our ability to see more deeply than just the ordinary; a kind of “contemplative seeing.” Papa, where is God, because I want to see him? We have to learn to see. Little babies can see, but they don’t understand what their eyes are looking at. We can see God in nature and also in other people. This is sacramental. Everyday experiences can give

us a hint of the transcendent. We have to learn to see it. Skiing in the full moon up at Larch Hills near Salmon Arm during a wonderful event called the Lantern ski is very magical. They have kerosene lamps lit up along the course and with all the headlamps it looks like fairies in the dark. Seeing the heavily snow-covered trees glistening like white towers in the moonlit night sky is extraordinary! It makes you want to sing. Gliding down the hill I began to sing the Te Deum. God’s creation is meant to be a sign of his presence and glory to us. At Christmas we celebrate the event of the Creator of the Universe present in his creation as a baby boy. At Epiphany that child is seen as the Creator of the Universe. What is the Three Wise Men story about for us? Think of the images in this story.

There is the child, the brutal, paranoid, murderous King Herod, the star and the city of Jerusalem. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Herod was the king. A child is born at the same time as a death dealing power rules. That is the way it is in 2012. A new world is desperately trying to be born out of the disintegration of the old. We have seen the struggle in Syria, Libya, Palestine, and Afghanistan. There are so many death-dealing elements in our experience and they seem out to destroy us. The name of all these forces is “Herod.” Herod is the symbol for all that destroys our hope. Herod tries to get us to betray the light within us and spoil our vision for the future — kill the child. The voice of Herod is the voice of discouragement and depression, of fear and cynicism and death. Sometimes that voice can seem overwhelming.



Around the diocese & spiritual development




S A SOCIETY we are not good at waiting. We expect fast food, fast service, and almost instant responses thanks to high speed Internet. We are always in a hurry, too busy to think, let alone wait. Yet, we cannot escape from it. We will be waiting for one thing or another all of our lives. There will be big waits, little waits, joyful waits and agonizing waits. What can these waits teach us? Waiting immerses us in a different kind of time and asks us to pay attention. It offers us generous gifts, as outlined by Holly Whitcomb in her book, “The Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting.” These seven are patience, loss of control, compassion, living in the present, gratitude, humility and trust in God. As we wait, we learn patience, which in turn teaches us that there are no “quick fixes.” This can be hard, especially for those of us who are “fixers.” Yet, it gives us the opportunity to trust in the

fullness of God’s time, which is rarely when we would like it. However, this time enables us to be more available to others and to engage in “active” waiting as we continue to take creative steps on our journey. It is when we wait that we are often forced to realize that we are not in control. Since we are a fairly independent and self-sufficient society, this can be a frightening realization. I would suggest it is our fears that make waiting all the more difficult and our desire to take control the stronger. Yet it is at these times that we have the greatest opportunity to lean on God — to trust in God. Waiting gives us the opportunity to focus on what is happening now. To pay attention and to learn from our circumstances. If we can live in the present, we can actually forget about our waiting — at least for a while. If we can live in the present, we may actually enjoy the moment, as we forget to worry. So while waiting we have the choice to release unproductive, often useless worry and to engage in the present. We can ask ourselves, “What is good right now?” “What can I be at peace with today?” As we wait, we can take a moment to step back and gain some perspective. It can be the chance we need to regain some inner peace, to recognize what is “sufficient unto the day.” Sometimes we need to say to ourselves, “It is enough.”

When we wait, we will often notice that others are waiting around us. We can reach out to them and usually receive support in return. We are not alone. Waiting can teach us compassion, allowing us to see ourselves and others for who we really are, gathering strength from each other and offering each other hope. Meister Eckhart said that if the only prayer we ever said was “thank you,” it would be enough. Waiting offers us the time to make a place in our hearts for gratitude. This can take practice, especially in our age of perpetually seeking more and accumulating what we

think we need to have, either material or experiential. As we look around, as we wait, we can choose to open our eyes to the blessings of small things. This gratitude can turn obstacles into opportunities and can move us beyond entitlement. We have a choice: to bemoan our circumstances or to be grateful for what we have. We don’t usually feel strong as we wait. On the contrary, we often feel powerless. Our first impulse is often to try to do something so as not to feel so powerless. But if we can let the powerlessness of waiting lead us to

humility, we can give up control and lean on God. When we depend on God, turn to God, we receive grace that changes everything, allowing outcomes we would never have thought possible. Often when we have passed through some difficult waiting, we discover that we have gained resilience. We are stronger than we realized and can perhaps face future waiting with greater courage. Humility comes from the Latin “humus” meaning earth or ground. True humility grounds us in understanding who we really are, both the positive and the negative. A Methodist pastor writes, “Humility does not only mean being brought low. It means accepting whatever task God assigns us. That can even mean being exulted.” Waiting can force us to be honest with ourselves understanding that it is in God alone that we are made worthy. We have another opportunity as we look at the worth of each person, to respect the courage each has had to face their own struggles. Honour, then, in yourself, and in others who wait with you, the common human journey. Waiting. We cannot escape it, so let waiting teach us. Let us take advantage of the opportunities of receiving the gifts that waiting has to offer, remembering that we are not alone. ❑

The gift of giving BY RON POOLE

Photo: Ron Poole


HE PARISH OF ST. STEPHEN’S, Summerland, celebrated God’s gift of giving this winter. During the November visit of Bishop John, he mentioned the sounds of laughter and joy he had heard at the parish supper. And there is a sense of joy evident among parishioners at Sunday services, when socializing at the afterservice coffee, and participating in numerous volunteer activities. The theme of the 2011 Christmas Tea and Bake Sale on December 10 was “Gifting,” a reminder of the many ways the church can and does share the love of God. Illustrating the theme was a tree of brightly wrapped boxes decorated with ribbons and

cards listing a variety of activities, organizations, and projects in which St. Stephen’s Parish is involved. Dozens of volunteers participated in preparation of baked goods, crafts, arranging the hall and serving guests at the tea. Along with cakes, loaves and candies, there was an amazing assortment of over 80 pounds of cookies sold. For all who are interested in attending, Rev. Rick Paulin is leading scripture readings and facilitating discussions on the topic, Christian Initiation — A Life’s Journey. The first of these Thursday evening gatherings began following evening prayer services during Advent and will continue until Easter.

Cookies galore at St. Stephen’s Christmas bake sale (80 lbs)


HE REV. CHRIS HARWOOD-JONES’ ARTICLE “Occupying church property” is timely and thought-provoking. To summarize, he argues that the Occupy movement has not produced clear leaders or a clear set of demands. It is revolutionary rather than reformist; and revolutions tend to become violent, simply replacing one set of elites with another. While we as Christians share the movement’s strong moral stand against unrestrained greed, we should focus on “occupying” the political parties, which he considers the institutions best placed to set limits on greed. Here are my ideas. Like the Occupy movement, Jesus was a revolutionary. He clearly exposed the hypocrisy, greed and oppression in all the major institutions of his time. His teachings and action proposed repentance and radical

change in his society, not a precise set of political demands for his disciples to pursue. The arrival of the Occupy movement on our doorsteps is not simply an opportunity to show tolerance and sympathy for people who share some of our deep moral values. It is a chance to dialogue about collaboration with people who share our values but who, in many cases, have little connection with the church. We might also re-examine the ways we use church property. Some churches, for example, have found themselves called to act as a sanctuary for refugee claimants threatened with deportation, or to turn over large parts of their building to the homeless. Like Jesus, we need to think outside the box if we are to be effective in promoting social justice. Ray Morris




Exciting spring for KSM



HIS IS A BANNER YEAR for Kootenay School of Ministry (KSM). For the first time, the school is offering 5 courses in a year, with 2 courses scheduled for the spring. The highlight of the season will be a course entitled “The Ministry of Evangelism Today,” with Dr. John Bowen. Everybody is encouraged to come out for this one. It is meant as a special event for the whole diocese. John is an engaging speaker, sensitive to the realities of today’s complex world. The course will build on an understanding of God’s mission in the world and how we can be a part of it. John will help us to embrace the ministry of evangel-

ism with joy, in a pluralist world. If you think that the church has something good to share, then this course is for you. John is Director of the Institute of Evangelism at Wycliffe College in Toronto. He is Canada’s only Anglican full-time professor of evangelism, a leader of the annual Anglican Church Planting Conference and in the Canadian Fresh Expressions initiative, and author of several books. “The Ministry of Evangelism Today” will be at St. Aidan’s, in Kelowna, May 18-21. Billets will be available in the Kelowna area. Early registration is a good idea, especially if you require accommodations. Could your parish benefit from more money? “God-Talk, Money-Talk” is a training weekend in fiscal stewardship for people in parishes who want to see financial giving increase on a consistent and long-term basis. Anglicans aren’t always fond of asking for money, which is why this is an immensely helpful programme. When you leave, you will have a solid system for parish stewardship and you will really know how to carry it

through. Preachers will leave with the basics for relevant sermons. Say “good-bye” to your fears and “welcome” to low-stress, stable income. “God-Talk, Money-Talk” will be taught by the Rev. Canon Michael Karabelas, Stewardship Officer for the Diocese of Kootenay. Michael is highly-experienced, as both stewardship leader and trainer. His methods work, and they could save your parish. Everyone who thinks that strengthening their parish’s fiscal stewardship is a job worth doing is invited to attend. Parish leaders are especially encouraged to participate. “God-Talk, Money-Talk” will take place April 13-16. The location has not yet been confirmed, but KSM is hoping to place it near the geographical centre of the diocese. Further information and registration materials can be found on the KSM website, at kootenay-school-of-ministry/. Questions can be directed to the Rev. Dr. Bill Harrison, Principal of KSM, at: ❑

Kootenay School of Ministry 2012 Courses God-Talk, Money-Talk — April 13-16 Real training in how to do fiscal stewardship — all the time. The Rev. Canon Michael Karabelas Location: TBA The Ministry of Evangelism Today — May 18-21 Canada’s Anglican expert on evangelism teaches us how to be Anglican and help people to meet God. Dr. John Bowen, Institute of Evangelism — Wycliffe College, Toronto Location: St. Aidan's/Diocesan Centre, Kelowna Congregational Leadership — July 27-30 Learn how to be a leader, not just a problem-solver. Abp. John Privett and Alida Privett Location: Christ Church, Cranbrook Spiritual Formation — August 31-Sept. 2 Looking for a richer spiritual life? Discover new ways to encounter God. The Rev. Dr. Garry Schmidt Fairhaven Ministries, Vernon The Gospel of John as Story — September 27-30 The Bible is dominated by stories. Learn how to read them. Great Bible education (and sermon preparation, for preachers). The Rev. Cory Rundell Location: St. James, Armstrong

EfM Canada sponsors Bruce Cockburn conference


DUCATION FOR MINISTRY CANADA (EfM) is sponsoring a conference about Bruce Cockburn and the challenges his work brings to the church. “Christians in a Dangerous Time: Conversations about the Church, Inspired by Bruce Cockburn” will be an opportunity to hear Cockburn’s prophetic witness and think about what it means for us. Two guest speakers will address the conference: Douglas Todd and Brian Walsh. The conference will take place at All Saints, Vernon, April 20-22, 2012. Today’s church faces special challenges. Christianity has become less central to Western community life than it was a century ago. Christians are uncertain about how to reach out to the world around them. At the same time, Christian populations are growing in other parts of the world. The rise of non-Western Christianities poses new questions for our belief-systems and patterns of worship, and calls us to change our way of life. Christians are called to love of God and love of neighbour — and our neighbour is the person in need. Our response to the call to mission is always in answer to the prophetic voice. What message does Bruce Cockburn bring to the church in our time? This question will be at the heart of the conference’s work. It will help us to link

the Christian gospel to the needs and challenges that our world faces. Bruce Cockburn is uniquely placed to help us raise the question. He is popular and accessible, as well as being concerned about the challenges that the gospel places before us. Cockburn has spoken to Canada and the world about love and its meanings for more than 30 years. Sometimes, his voice has been obviously Christian, but Cockburn has never claimed to speak on behalf of the church. Instead, he has challenged all of us on ways of knowing God and living justly from his own space — both within the church and outside of it. In Cockburn’s work, mysticism meets activism. As a mystic with Canadian and Anglican influences, Cockburn has invited us to meet God in our world — our countryside and our cities. As an activist, Cockburn has called us to different ways of meeting First Nations peoples, the poor and oppressed throughout the world, and our environment; also, he has spoken out against abuses of power internationally and has been at the forefront of efforts to end the use of land mines. Cockburn has released several “Platinum” and numerous “Gold” albums. One of Canada’s bestknown songwriters and performers, he is the recipient of JUNO

awards for Canadian Folksinger of the Year, Top Male Vocalist and Top Folk Artist. Cockburn is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. He has travelled to many of the world’s troubled places to deepen his understanding of world challenges — and has sought to share that understanding through his music. Keynote speakers will be Douglas Todd and Brian Walsh. Todd is one of the most highly acclaimed spirituality and ethics writers in North America. Writing for The Vancouver Sun and other publications, he has won 32 journalism prizes and been short-listed for 35 more. He is the author and editor of three successful books. Todd has twice taken first place in the Templeton Religion Reporter of the Year Award, which goes to the top religion reporter in the secular media in North America. His lively Vancouver Sun blog, The Search, was cited as an “editor’s selection” by The New York Times. It draws more than half a million readers a year. Brian Walsh loves students, music, good beer, Sylvia and their kids, and Jesus, though not always in that order. His most recent book arises out of one of those loves: Kicking at the Darkness: Bruce Cockburn and the Christian

Imagination. He has also coauthored Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire (with Sylvia Keesmaat), Beyond Homelessness: Subverting the Empire (with Steven Bouma-Prediger) and numerous other books. He is a Christian Reformed campus minister at the University of Toronto where he

also teaches theology of culture for Trinity and Wycliffe Colleges. Details and registration information can be found on the EfM website, at:




Movie review


Directed by Krgysztof Kieslowski and starring: Zbigniew Zamachowski (Karol Karol), Julie Delpy (Dominique), Janusz Gojas (Mikolasj ), Jerzy Stuhr (Jurek). Polish and French (English subtitles) 91 minutes, 1994.



HIS MOVIE IS the second of “The Three Colours” trilogy by Kieslowski and explores the notion of equality, particularly as seen in the equality of a couple in marriage. It has a much different character than the somber Blue. The story and characters are more playful, ironic and comic. We meet Karol as a helpless schlep on his way to court in Paris to encounter his wife Dominique for the dissolution of their marriage. The cause of the failure is his inability to consummate the marriage. They are both hairdressers and met at a competition in Budapest. Dominique coldly says that she no longer loves him and Karol is crushed. He ends up playing tunes on his comb in the Metro. He is homeless, has no passport and no money and is on the

run from the police since Dominique has set fire to their old shop and framed him for it. He meets a well dressed stranger, Mikolasj, who recognizes the Polish tune that he is playing on his comb. He also offers Karol a contract to kill a man who wants someone else to kill him because he does not have the courage to commit suicide. Karol devises a way to return to Warsaw. He decides to ship himself as baggage in the suitcase he has been dragging around Paris. When

Mikolasj tries to claim the bag in Warsaw it hasn’t arrived because it has been stolen. Karol is beaten by the thugs who have stolen the suitcase. He arrives limping and bruised at the old shop where he used to be a hairdresser. His brother Jurek takes him in and gives him a job. Soon Karol branches out in a country rediscovering capitalism. Within a short time he has become a rich businessman and his old friend Mikolasj has become his partner and “fixer.”

The partnership developed after Karol turned up to complete the contract on the person wanting to be killed, and discovered it was Mikolasj! He shoots him with a blank, tells him that the next bullet is real, and asks if he was really serious. Mikolasj changes his mind and they become partners in land development. With his new wealth, Karol devises a scheme to lure Dominique back to Warsaw. He wills all his wealth to Dominique, fakes his own death, spies on her as she weeps by the graveside and then turns up in her hotel room and consummates the “marriage.” When she wakes in the morning Karol is gone and she is accused of his murder. In a closing scene Karol observes Dominique in police custody through binoculars. She sees him and signals that she will be his when she is finally released. They are equal in revenge. She frames him for arson. He

frames her for murder. Ironically, all this is after he has proved to her that the original grounds for divorce were a bit premature. This is a story that rather stretches the notion of equality. Portrayed here is the sense of “getting even” or “pay back.” While we may question Karol’s irrational behaviour as an obsessive lover, the notion of “paying back” and “getting even” are very familiar in Christian theology when they are applied to the “Substitution Theory of Atonement.” (The “weight of Sin” is so great that only the sacrificial substitution of the Son can pay back The Father and make us “even” again.) While such an understanding is pervasive and popular, it is not a “satisfactory” understanding of Jesus’ death for many people in the modern world. In the end, Karol is equal/even but still sad.

Good-bye, Doug . . . The Vicar of Kokanee remembers Photo: Canadian Churchman BY JIM HEARNE


HE FIRST TIME I met Doug Hodgkinson, he was the Rector of St James the less, Lumby. We visited him there a number of times. About the time I was making an excursus into Alberta, Doug had taken a position with the national church in Toronto. When he came back to the Diocese of Kootenay to become the Rector of St George, Westbank, I too returned to be the Rector of Christ Church, Creston and the congregations on the east shore of Kootenay Lake. Doug and I bonded. We were kindred spirits. We both loved Grace Cathedral in San

Francisco. Some of us called this church “Pike’s Peak.” If you are aware of the topography of that city, the “peak” is self evident, and the “Pike” was the Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Reverend James Albert Pike, who latterly became the Bishop of California. His personality made its mark on that place of worship. For those of you who have not visited Grace Cathedral let me tell you a few things about it. First of all the Dean made a couple of visits to our diocese and gave the clergy some inspirational addresses. The building’s exterior is remarkably impressive. The ornate Italian doors are glorious. There is a large labyrinth at the rear of the nave. The eminent baptistery cannot be missed. “Come for the Dean’s sermon, stay for

the architecture.” There is a parkade in the under-croft and I remember paying more for the parking than I put on the offering plate. I also went by the Dean’s parking space. He drove a Lexus. The last time I saw Doug was a chance meeting at a restaurant in the South Okanagan. We were headed for the coast and stopped for a meal. There were the Hodgkinsons. They had just ordered and we joined them at their table. I grieved that Doug’s wife was not willing to join him in ministry. And so, Doug, you left us while preparing yourself to offer worship to Almighty God in our Cathedral. “ ‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.” ❑

Dori Hotz (left), former staff at the national church office, and the Rev. Canon Douglas Hodgkinson in a photo taken in 1984.




In My Good Books

The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov Available free on or on $20 BY NEIL ELLIOT


OME OF THE BOOKS that graced my parents bookshelves, but which never made it onto mine were The Foundation series by Asimov. I read his “Robot” books — and I probably memorized the “three laws of robotics.” Indeed, those books might have been an inspiration for my career as an Electronic Engineer. But the Foundation books never “grabbed me.” That was because nothing much happens in them, certainly nothing much for a teenager to get excited about. But as I have recently indulged in a short Science Fiction (SF) renaissance, The Foundation books have become, for me, what SF should be about. The stories in the original trilogy were written as individual episodes for magazines by Asimov fairly early in his writing career. A significant inspira-

tion for the stories is Gibbons’ “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” They were later collected and published as books; and then as a collection. Asimov later went on to write novels in the series, which both predated and followed on from

the original trilogy. Asimov integrated the stories into other series that he had written until together they formed part of a complete galactic history series. It was these original three book that competed against Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings” and which came

out as winner of the first award for a series in the SF genre. The premise of The Foundation series is that the galactic empire is starting to crumble and a mathematician (Hari Seldon) invents a science called “psychohistory,” which can accurately predict the future of mass populations, given certain constraints. He then uses this knowledge to set up an institution called The Foundation that will safeguard the seeds of civilization through the oncoming dark age and bring in a new era of galactic harmony. The three books of the trilogy tell the story of the first 300 years of The Foundation, and particularly of the challenges it faces as it follows the path that Seldon has set for it. I said, “Nothing happens in the books.” By that I mean the battles and affairs, which are the essence of any action genre are missing here. Action happens, but it happens elsewhere — off stage. The obser-

vations Asimov makes are about the human characters that populate his universe. These are books about politics and psychology; about how wars are won, not how battles are fought. The heroes of the stories are people of vision and resolve, not hulks or supermen. These stories are stories of intrigue and mystery. For me, these were also stories of hope. I read them in our context of challenging times for the Church, but with my conviction that we will find a new role for the Anglican Church, not just in Canada, but in the West. In the crumbling Empire, I saw a parallel with the disintegration of Christendom, which has been the structure and lifeblood of European culture for the last 1700 years. I saw in The Foundation’s trust in Seldon a reflection of our faith that God continues to be at work in and through our church, and that we have a bright future. ❑

Happy birthday, Charles BY YME WOENSDREGT


N DECEMBER 27, 1831, Charles Darwin began a fiveyear journey aboard the HMS Beagle to investigate the flora, fauna and geology of the land bounded by the South Atlantic Ocean. As a result of what he discovered, he could no longer accept traditional arguments about the creation of the world. At that time, the most popular was the argument from design. William Paley (1743-1805) wrote one of the more famous variations of that argument: just as the intricate machinery of a watch argues for the existence of a watchmaker, so the wonders of the natural world reveals the necessity of a Creator. Only a madman can

believe that a watch comes about by chance; it is equally ludicrous to doubt the existence of a Creator. But Darwin’s observations pointed him in another direction. The world was not created exactly as we knew it. Instead, over the course of time, the various species on earth slowly adapted to their immediate environment. During this process of natural selection, numerous species had perished, and others had flourished. He published his conclusions in “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” (1859). Since 2004, people have celebrated Darwin’s birthday (February 12) on the Sunday following, as Evolution Weekend. They want to foster opportunities for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between science and religion.

At a time when science and religion were beginning to travel different roads, Darwin’s work shattered many fundamental ways of understanding the world. Becoming increasingly dependent on concrete, measurable facts, science rejected any understanding that was not based on human experience. Ever since, Darwin has become a favourite bogeyman of the evangelical right. Now, I’m not a scientist. I don’t pretend to be one. I have a very limited grasp of the basics of the scientific method. As an interested layman, I have to rely on the work of those who have a better grasp of these matters. Most scientists agree evolution is well-established as a scientific theory that convincingly explains the origins and development of life on earth. A theory is not a hunch or a

guess, but an established explanation for a natural phenomenon. It has been tested repeatedly through observation and experimentation. Indeed, most scientists argue that, for all practical purposes, evolution through natural selection is a fact. Some claim that people must choose between religion and science. Evolution is sound science, and does not threaten or diminish faith in God. However, powerful people still continue to claim, on the basis of their literalistic faith, that creationism or intelligent design ought to be taught in public schools. In 2005, President Bush said that “the jury is still out on evolutionism.” Current Republican Presidential candidates continue to argue that creationism is an equally valid explanation for the origin of life on earth.

Almost 13,000 religious leaders have signed a statement that “the truth of the Bible and the discoveries of modern science may comfortably coexist.” We need not park our brains at the door in order to live in relationship with God. ❑

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was an accreditation year for Camp Owaissi. Owaissi is a member of the BC Camping Association and this organization develops standards for camps to evaluate their operation and program via a formal assessment procedure. These standards are a motivator towards excellence for quality camps. The maximum time a camp may be accredited is four years. Once a camp has attained two consecutive three year accreditations they are eligible to be evaluated for a four year accreditation. Included in the evaluation is the physical site, the philosophy, aims and objectives, promotional material, the staff training and training manual, staff hiring guidelines, contracts and job descriptions. The accreditation team spends the day at camp evaluating the physical site and the actual implementation of the program. Camp Owaissi extends a big thank you to Shawn Greenhalgh and Brian Sunderland for their leadership role in maintaining and going the extra mile in helping Owaissi meet property and maintenance standards. Thank you to the many volunteers who cleaned, raked, painted and helped Owaissi to be the best it could be this year with the funds we had available. The program and staffing team, and the Board of Directors, along with the summer staff did an amazing job in helping Owaissi meet staffing and programming accreditation standards. Camp Owaissi has attained accreditation for a full four years! Thank you to all those who volunteer, donate funds, and pray for this wonderful ministry so that children can continue to enjoy our beloved Owaissi.

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