EfM Canada Adminstrator Retires
Alan Akehurst Says Good-bye
Coming Home for Lent
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OWAISSI 2013 By KEITH THOM Keith Thom is Executive director of Camp Owaissi
y the time you read this you may have made a few New Year’s resolutions and hopefully they are going well. I know that as Executive Director I have certainly made some for our wonderful camp.
1. If any of you have
never visited Camp Owaissi please consider this my personal invitation to come for a tour. Call me at 250-7693676 and let’s get together.
2. The Board and I have made a resolution to
have 300 children at camp for 2013 and we will be out spreading the word about Camp Owaissi in the community and the Diocese. Consider registering your child / grandchild / neighbours’ child as a gift. All children ages 7 to 16 are most welcome.
3. Our facilities are avail-
able for rent on summer weekends, and whenever our children’s camp is not in session. So if you are planning a family event, business seminar, or church
event, please consider all that we have to offer and at very reasonable rates for groups of 20 to 150 people. We are “your” camp and we are here to serve you.
4. Imagine…your family
enjoying a site on the lake at Camp Owaissi all summer long. We have several sites available that can be rented for the entire 2013 summer season. (April through to October)
5. And finally… my last resolution will be a most enjoyable one.
On Tuesday March 5, 2013 we are hosting a concert at Creekside Theatre in Winfield from 6 pm to 9 pm. Our featured musician is “Valdy” who has kindly donated his time and considerable talent to put on a Fundraising Gala. Valdy is a Canadian Folk Singer icon who earlier this year received “The Order of Canada” for his contributions to the music fabric of Canada. PLEASE CHECK OUR WEB SITE FOR TICKET INFO. www.campoac.com
In closing, my prayer is that 2013 will be a year of blessings for you and your family and also for Camp Owaissi. Please remember us in your prayers as we move into our 63rd year of sharing God’s love. ❑
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In My View
The true wealth of our church lies in the faithfulness of each person in each congregation and I have the privilege of being able to see how that becomes embodied across the cities, towns and villages of Kootenay. The last 7 years have been very full and I am looking forward to some time to pause to reflect in 2013. Over Christmas I have been reading about the tradition of Sabbaticals, the nature of Sabbath time and its deep roots in our faith tradition. A Sabbath refers to the one day of our week given to peace and stillness and which our culture hardly recognizes anymore. A Sabbatical is Sabbath time taken in a seven year cycle, most often associated now with the academic world. The great Jewish theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel has written a memorable essay about Sabbath time.
By ARCHBISHOP JOHN E. PRIVETT Dear friends,
can hardly believe that I am in my eighth year as Bishop of Kootenay. I could not have asked or imagined what my election as bishop would hold for me when the Synod of May 2005 invited me to join you in God’s mission and ministry in this place (nor could you!). The time has gone quickly and I look back with deep gratitude for the amazing faith and commitment of so many in Kootenay. Our church is gifted with exceptional lay and clergy leadership and many are engaging in the challenges of ministry in the 21st Century with a creativity that involves both imagination and sacrifice.
He reminds us that Sabbath time is one of the Ten Commandments and in the account of the commandments in Exodus it is rooted in the story of Creation. After six days of creation, Genesis 2:2 tells us that “On the seventh day, God finished his work and He rested.” Heschel notes that Genesis does not say God simply rested on the seventh day, but that God finished the work of creation. He writes, “Obviously, the ancient rabbis concluded, there was an act of creation on the seventh day. Just as heaven and earth were created in six days, menuha was created on the Sabbath... Menuha which we usually render with “rest” means here much more than withdrawal from labor and exertion, more than freedom from toil, strain or activity of any kind...To the biblical mind
menuha is the same as happiness and stillness, as peace and harmony... The essence of good life is menuha. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, He maketh me to like down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside still waters” (the waters of menuhot). In later times menuha became a synonym for the life in the world to come, for eternal life.” (Heschel, Sabbath, 1945 p.22-3) Last year our Diocesan Council approved my request for some Sabbatical time as I intentionally review these years of my Episcopal ministry and look to our future together. I requested 6 weeks of Sabbatical time and the Council generously suggested I take 8 weeks. My plans will likely fall somewhere in between! In the spirit of menuha, I have set the following goals for my Sabbath time:
By RANDALL FAIREY
1. Rest and Renewal of Spirit 2. Study and Renewal of Mind 3. Prayer and Discernment of Ministry priorities 4. Exercise and Care of Body I have set aside much of March and April (with the exception of Holy Week and Easter when I will be at our Cathedral) and I look forward to what God will have in store for me. In my view menuha is God’s gift to us all and I pray that you might reflect on how that gift is made present in your life. This time for a Sabbatical is a great gift to me and I thank our Diocesan Council and each of you for making this possible. Faithfully,
Randall Fairey is a Delegate to the Council of General Synod and Executive Officer of the Diocese of Kootenay
ast month I tried to describe the serious financial situation in our General Synod operations and governance that necessitated the National Consultation called by our Primate. As I write this column I am unable to report on the outcomes of the Consultation, which regardless will require discussion at CoGS in March. The Consultation was charged with examining any and all of the structures of General Synod, including operations at Church House in Toronto, the necessary home for General Synod operations.
By NISSA BASBAUM
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s editor of The HighWay I notice that themes reveal themselves in particular editions. I shouldn’t be surprised because the church year follows seasons. Nevertheless, I find this kind of synchronicity extremely interesting; and it brings with it, what might be called an intellectual thrill. What is apparent in this February edition is that the articles and submissions span four church seasons: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and Lent. Lent is early this year, and it follows that Easter must be too. The
theme is of feast days and parties followed by Lenten fasting. Another theme has now spanned two editions of The HighWay and is eloquently summed up in Randall Fairey’s CoGS article, where he addresses the problems surrounding budget cuts to the Anglican Journal and Kristin Jenkins resignation as editor. Even with assurances that the Journal will continue for the foreseeable future, the diocesan editors are not at all happy because their newspapers are directly affected by what happens to the Journal. Even after the readership survey conducted last year, which demonstrated conclu-
sively that Anglicans appreciate their newspapers, a cloud of uncertainty still exists. If you want more information about this issue and make your opinion known, you can go to an independent blog created by the Anglican Editors Association. In this way your opinion will be documented and ultimately may sway the Bishops across Canada for there is a need for printed newspapers to communicate with people in the pews — a physical record that “…once there was a time and a people who…” http://angeditors.blogspot.ca/2013/01/introduction-to-blog-this-blog❑ was.html
the mission and life of our Diocese. In January the Journal said goodbye to Kristin Jenkins, its very capable editor, who is leaving to assume a position with Albert College in Ontario. With the future roles of the General Synod structures and governance undergoing in-depth scrutiny, the Chair of the CIRC, Vianney (Sam) Carriere, announced that a new editor-in-chief would not be recruited. Rather, a three person interim management Board consisting of Sam Carriere, Bev Murphy (Senior Manager of Communications), and the Ven. Paul Feheley, Principal Secretary to the Primate, was established. The Principal Secretary was named as interim Managing Editor. The reaction to Paul Feheley’s appointment has been surprisingly mixed. On the one hand there is an appreciation that while the General Synod is undergoing a thorough financial and governance evaluation, searching for a permanent replacement for Kristin
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ Luke 2:15
s I write this, we are closing in on the end of the Christmas Season and by the time anyone reads it, we will be nearing Ash Wednesday and the beginning of an extremely early Lent. For another year, this scriptural quotation from Luke will once again have been put to bed, yet I cannot completely bid it adieu before sharing a couple of thoughts on the action of the shepherds on that first
Christmas night. And, so as to be up front about this, the essence of this reflection is derived from the sermon I preached on Christmas morning, a sermon that was actually provoked by an incident at the 7:00 pm service the night before. For those of you who have been to the Cathedral in Kelowna, you will know that the pulpit is high and large. It is not a place from which I have ever been comfortable preaching, though I am aware that sometimes it would be
better for me to do so because people can often hear better when they can see better. But I am stubborn, so I continue to preach from the centre aisle. As it turns out, for this past Christmas Eve, this was probably a good thing because, prior to the beginning of the sermon, at some point between the second reading and the Gospel, the pulpit was occupied by a little girl of about 18 months. As her mother (and just about everyone else in the Cathedral) watched, this little girl dance and sing, which was all well and good until I got up to preach from a position directly south of where she was situated. It wasn’t a bad sermon – at least, I don’t think it was – but I simply could not compete with this little person’s personality. It was clear that not only was everyone else’s attention directed towards her, even my own ability to stay on track was limited. In fact, at one point I looked at the congregation and jokingly told them to “stop focusing on the baby and start focusing on what I was saying.” The truth was that this
A facile answer to the foregoing question might be that electronic means is the newest and best way for people to communicate. To conclude that for the Church however might be short-sighted since the age demographic of the Anglican Church of Canada is clearly skewed to seniors, many of whom neither understand, nor can readily afford electronic means of receiving print copy. There is still a clear preference for the role of delivered newspapers in receiving news. The Journal has undergone major re-design of its layout and content. The number of pages per issue has been reduced and copy has been condensed and published with better colour and photography. However, there has been no subscription charge for the papers; is it not time to consider that a paid subscription would underwrite the Journal costs? Are Anglicans simply unable or even unwilling to afford a nominal cost for receiving high quality communications about their Church? There are those who argue that the diocesan/national apportionments should cover General Synod costs, including national communications. I believe that is short-sighted, and that the underwriting of publication and distribution costs from separate subscriptions better facilitates the quid pro quos of editorial independence and journalistic excellence. ❑
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Doubtless one of the important tools of General Synod is the Anglican Journal, the national newspaper that is undergoing huge stresses, and certainly is an obvious potential target for serious restructuring in terms of financial operations. Indeed its continuation is being called into question. The Journal has been in existence for over 137 years under various names and at times has been managed under a separate corporate Board. In 2012 it was de-incorporated and brought back under General Synod, more specifically under watch by the Communications Information Resources Committee (CIRC). The Journal is provided without charge to members of the Anglican Church of Canada listed on congregational rolls, and is also the vehicle for distributing some 22 diocesan newspapers. In the Diocese of Kootenay, The HighWay is published 10 times a year and is delivered at the beginning of the month except July and August with the Journal. It is very important to
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Jenkins would be problematic. On the other hand, maintenance of editorial independence is being called into serious question. Notwithstanding, the Ven. Paul Feheley is highly capable and experienced in communications; however, expressions of non-confidence in editorial independence have repeatedly surfaced. One opinion likened the situation to Stephen Harper as Prime Minister controlling the editorial policy of the Globe & Mail! In my opinion the Directors are behaving as responsibly and fairly as they can under very difficult circumstances. There is no denial that General Synod is facing ongoing financial distress and serious change has to be considered, and not solely for the sake of change. To me it seems the real issue for CIRC and both the Journal and Diocesan newspapers is a reconsideration of the best medium for journalism ie; print or electronic means. Of course, I am obviously biased in my belief that communicating news and columns such as this are essential. I have consistently argued over many years that communications between National Church (quintessentially represented by Church House and General Synod) and ordinary Anglicans from coast to coast to coast should be a first priority and is often overlooked. But is print media the optimal way to ensure this in the 21st Century?
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was a ploy on my part. I knew I would get a laugh and hoped that during the laughter I might myself be able to re-focus and figure out where I was going. It worked. I was able to regain my train of thought and finish the sermon. Following the service, this little girl’s Mom came up to me, apologizing profusely for her daughter. She told me she found herself caught between a rock and a hard place. She knew if she picked her up and pulled her out of the pulpit, she would scream bloody murder. Her decision to leave her there was a calculated one, figuring that dancing and singing was a far more attractive option, and she was right; screaming would have been far more disturbing to me and I’m sure, to everyone else who was at the service on that night. It was only upon returning home after the final mass on Christmas Eve that my reflections about this incident began in earnest and indeed, as I found myself preaching the following morning, I
realized that the Christmas story is at least in part a story about our natural inclination to miss what is important in favour of continuing to do what we have always done; or, perhaps, more appropriately re-phrased: the Christmas story is at least, in part, a story about not continuing to do what we always do in favour of, for a change, focusing our attention on that which our society normally deems unimportant – like a child singing and dancing in the pulpit. After all, the shepherds left both their post and their job to head to Bethlehem “to see this thing that (had) taken place,” which was, of course, nothing but a baby born in a manger. “Stop focusing on the baby,” was not the brightest thing I could have said in the context of that particular sermon. Of all the nights, could there have been a more foolish time to suggest that people needed to stick with the program? There was a huge lesson to be learned in this by me and probably a number of people who were at that 7:00 o’clock service on Christmas Eve. That little girl was the living image of the original Christmas story and we, like the shepherds, would do well to consider leaving what we are doing and “start focusing on the baby.”
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Around the diocese
Administrator of EfM Canada retires after 27 years Photograph by Suzanne Phillips By CATHERINE DAFOE HALL
heila Mulgrew, who has presided over the administration of EfM Canada for 27 years, has officially retired. Her diocesan ministry and her retirement were celebrated at a gathering at St. Michael’s Cathedral on December 9. Sheila served with three directors of EfM Canada. The founding Director, the Very Rev. Jack Greenhalgh, spoke briefly at the gathering. EfM Canada was formed in 1985 under his direction. Sheila has been the only staff person since its founding. Sheila recalled Jack coming to her in the kitchen of the old Cathedral hall to request her assistance and she remembers agreeing immediately. Greetings were read from across Canada by the Rev.
St. Mary’s, East Kelowna says good-bye to
Photograph by Donna Nicholas
By PAM WILSON
Archbishop John Privett (left), Sheila Mulgrew, and the Rev. Dr. Catherine Dafoe at retirement clebration, St. Michael & All Angels Cathedral, Kelowna.
Roger Cooper and the Rev. Chris Ross, who are the longest serving mentor and the longest serving trainer in Canada. Many of the greetings spoke of Sheila’s voice and the sense of connection
and reassurance that mentors and coordinators found when they called the office seeking help. Gifts were presented by Archbishop John Privett and
the Rev. Dr. Catherine Dafoe Hall who is the current director of EfM Canada. More than 60 people gathered at the event planned by EfM graduate Pam
Wilson. The Cathedral members created an inviting and hospitable space for the celebration.
ovember 25, 2012 marks the date in which St. Mary’s in East Kelowna bade farewell to Alan Akehurst. Although Alan served as a half time incumbent, the experience of the parishioners was that Alan’s service to the parish was above and beyond for the six years of his ministry. At a Sunday Eucharist service, Alan returned the keys to the wardens and the parish said a prayer of thanks for his ministry. In the usual St. Mary’s style much camaraderie over tea, coffee and goodies took place in the hall to say goodbye to Alan. ❑
Susan King, Clergy Warden makes a presentation to Alan Akehurst
By JONN LAVINNDER
Photograph by Kitty Wright
By KITTY WRIGHT
t. Saviour’s, Nelson hosted our first ever Messy Church event, coordinated by Susan Barrett. It was held on Dec. 5 to tie in with the theme of St. Nicholas, and all activities referred back to this theme. In the past we have celebrated the Advent season with a party, but this year it was time to do something different. The party/service was held in the Church building.
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The Rev. Suzanne Basek presided over a simple Eucharist for Messy Church at St. Saviour’s, Nelson. We came together for 5 pm and after 70+ name tags and a time of greeting the children and parents we proceeded to rotate through the various craft tables, 4 in all: play the bean
bag toss, watch the puppet show and experience the Tibetan singing bowls. We even had a cozy story time corner for the littlest peanuts to enjoy.
At 6:15 pm we were called to the service, parents sat in the pews and the children gathered on the steps. After our short service, over which the Rev. Suzanne Basek presided, we all enjoyed a dinner of pizza, veggies and cupcakes. This provided a good opportunity to visit and get to know each other. After dinner, we finished the party with a piñata bashing. Great fun, as everyone had a turn, with the rewards finally
unleashed in a cascade of candies. Every kid’s dream! With the marked success of this event we are already considering when to host our next Messy Church. It really seems this could be the wave of the future. Anyone interested in exploring this new way of being church could go to the Messy Church website. See www.messychurch.org.uk ❑
t. Michael & All Angels, Balfour, held their Epiphany party at the Balfour senior hall on Sunday, Jan 6. Every year the Ladies Guild invites people who have helped St. Michael’s in some way to a dinner party with the congrgation. Marilyn Steacy coordinated the event with the help of Bernie Moore. Apart from eating a hearty meal, part of the Epiphany dinner is entertainment. Canon Jim Hearne entertained in his inscrutable way as a stand-up comic, including two recitations of Dylan Thomas poetry, and followed by a hearty rendition of “Dwelling in Beulah land.” Following in a former presintation by the ladies on of a 20s – 60s fashion show, the ladies volunteered their husbands this year as Calendar Boys. They were supposed to be like the Anglican Calendar Girls, but instead of being risqué, the tableau was modest, comic, and slapstick.
Photograph by Micahel Lavinnder
The calendar boys appeared in order accompanied by John Mackay on the keyboard. January: Jim Hearne, Father Time February: Jonn Lavinnder, St. Valentine March: Marven Pedersen, Ides of March April: Ed Edmondson, Bunny Boy May: John Steacy, Spring showers June: Brian Holmes, Pregnant June Bride July: Ted Steacy, Canada Day Boy August: Gordon Weese, Sunshine Bay Boy September: Wilem Smienk, Autumn Leaves October: Josh Smienk, Halloween November: Bob Nuyens, Remembrance Day December: Bob Moore, Shepherd. Don’t be surprised to see 2014 calendars for sale starring the boys at church bazaars in the fall. ❑
The Calendar Boys of St. Michael & All Angels, Balfour, Epiphany party.
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“GIVING UP”for SOMETHING
By JANE BOURCET Diocesan Spiritual Development Committee
he season of Lent is almost upon us — that season of reflection, repentance and recommitment that prepares us for the events of Holy Week. As a child, Lent was a weighty time, a time of reflecting back on our lives. We weren’t necessarily sure what we were to discover in this time of reflective, but we knew it was serious business. Then there was the “giving up something for Lent”, which became a challenge, like seeing who could hold their breath the longest. We chose a “something” very carefully, making sure that it was pretty insignificant, like giving up chewing gum or not eating lima beans. “Giving up something
The Fight between Carnival and Lent (detail) - Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1559 for Lent” became more of a game that we played until we forgot about it around the Second Sunday in Lent, than any serious discipline that might actually be transformative. If I thought any longer about this “giving up,” then up would come visions of medieval saints- ones who whipped
themselves, or wore camel’s hair shirts or ate only bread and water. With the horrified fascination we all have for those who do seemingly crazy things to get close to God , I would come up with all the different ways saints could torture themselves, knowing there was no way I was ever going to do any of that, whether it brought me closer to God or not.
COMING By YME WOENSDREGT
he season of Lent begins in the church this month with Ash Wednesday on February 13. It’s an important season for Christians. During the 40 days of Lent, we focus more intentionally and concentrate more attentively on our faith. In Lent, we examine ourselves in the light of God’s invitation to be God’s people, walking in the way of Christ, following the path of wholeness and compassion and healing. Above all, it is a season to remember that we have been baptized, and that by virtue of our baptism, we belong to our gracious God. What does it mean to belong to God? It means that we are not our own. It means that we honour the values of God in our world: values of justice, peace, reconciliation and wholeness. We live in such a way as to honour God in all our dealings. As God has blessed
us, so we bless others. As God has healed us, so we touch other lives as gently as we can. As God has included us in a community of hope and reconciliation, so we reach out across all the barriers which keep us apart. We live in the world as people who embody God’s gospel purposes. In worship on Ash Wednesday, our foreheads will be marked with the sign of the cross in ashes. The ashes are a sign of our mortality as well as our repentance. Ashes are powerful symbols that “we are dust, and to dust we will return”. But they are more than that. They
also serve as a symbol of grace and hope. God takes the ordinary stuff of our mortality to call us back into covenant, to call us home. The season of Lent helps us contemplate the life of repentance. We have made that word such a heavy word. An online dictionary tells me that to repent means “to feel remorse, contrition, or self– reproach for what one has done or failed to do”; or again, “to feel such regret for past conduct as to change one’s mind regarding it”. That’s part of what the life of repentance means — but it is only a small part.
In My Good Books
I approach this topic of “giving up something for Lent” then, with trepidation, precisely because we have often come to view it as either akin to a child’s game or crazy behaviour best left where it belongs, hundreds of years ago. I believe, though, that there is something about the longevity and pervasiveness of the concept of “giving up” in the spiritual life that challenges us to explore what might be its enduring importance to us. Sacrifice, fasting, withdrawing, renunciation are all words we have used through the thousands of years of our Christian tradition for “giving up.” Despite the over-the-top quality of our saints’ lives, “giving up” has endured as a Christian spiritual practice. Christians are not the only ones who practice “giving up” either. Indeed many religious traditions have their examples of fasting, isolation, and discomfort in order to achieve divine enlightenment. Encouraged by all of this, why might we, Christians living in 2013, desire to give up any-
thing at all, let alone for God? We live in a world that rewards us for consuming. We live in a world where denying ourselves is almost unheard of — just put it on the credit card and it is ours. We live in a world where “discipline” and “giving up” are words associated with gyms, not churches. In contrast to the values of the world we live in, the values of our spiritual tradition are ones of: giving to those in need; turning the other cheek; and dying to ourselves. As we journey along our spiritual path, we discover that these values are much easier talked about than put into practice. Although our spiritual lives are about reaching out to and drawing closer to God, our egos encourage us to become masters of our own destinies, losing sight of the God who created us and sustains us.
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Repentance is more about changing one’s heart than changing one’s mind. It has to do more with a positive renewal of our loyalty to God than a negative assessment of our lives and feeling remorse. Repentance is more a way of living into the future than a process of regretting the past. Repentance means simply that we change and receive God’s grace to see the world in new ways. We receive a new heart, reaching out with God’s compassion and grace. We embrace a new set of loyalties which revolve around God. We love God with all that we are, and we love one another with God’s deep passion. Understood this way, repentance is about coming home to God. We so easily forget our home. We move, sometimes even willingly, into exile. We get so busy that God just fades into the background. Or we have just ignored God. We don’t know how it happened; it just did and we lost our focus. Or we simply forget.
But God does not give up on us. God calls us home again and again. Repentance is about learning to listen for the whisper of God in our lives. It has to do with being open to renewal and transformation. God softens our hard hearts in love, whispering insistently into ears made deaf by the noise around us, shining light so that our blind eyes may see again the grace which surrounds us on all sides. In Lent, the church journeys again to the heart of our faith, responding to God’s call to come home, letting God’s whisper of renewal and hope take root in ❑ our lives again.
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By Richard Wagamese By NEIL ELLIOT
History repeats itself, has to, no-one listens.
his book is the sound of history repeating itself, and a warning not to let it repeat itself again. This fall, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which has been uncovering the history and effects of the Residential schools, will be holding a National event in Vancouver as it winds up its work. Two reports are available from their website. One is a history of the residential schools: Wagamese’s Indian horse, a fictional account based
on the experiences of what has gone into the TRC history. It needs to be said that this book is exceedingly well written; it is a beautiful and heartwarming book, even though it does not flinch from taking the reader into the various hells the hero survives. It is a book about residential schools and the abuse that happened there. It is
a book about the racism faced by first nations people; it is a book about recovering from alcohol abuse. It is also a book about forgiveness and coming to terms with our past. We see first Saul Indian Horse in the context of his family, a family whose name comes from the foresight of Saul’s great grandfather, who brought
the first horse back to his Ojibway people, as the white man and the railway pushed across the plains. The horse was a symbol of the change he saw coming. By Saul’s time, in the 1960’s, his family are still living the nomadic life, fleeing from strangers for fear that their children will be taken from them. Saul’s nightmare begins when his brother is taken and then returns, four years later, dying of tuberculosis. The family flee to a healing place in the backcountry. After a brief happy time, they break up and Saul and his Grandmother are eventually left to escape winter, making their way back out of the wilderness. Saul is captured and taken to residential school as his grandmother dies. The nightmare closes in. Saul is able to get away from the school because of his prowess at hockey. Another brief period of happiness comes to an end because Saul is too good at hockey. He ends up at an NHL farm team where the racism of the whites stack the cards against him. By then he is old enough to find solace in alcohol…
Why would you want to read this? Because this is our history, the history we hide from because we do not want to know the truth about ourselves. The same thing happens in the book, as Saul hides part of his own history from himself. He has to uncover it in order to heal. It is only by facing our history, by recognising that the perpetrators of the abuse were not “they” but “us,” that we will be able to change. This book is the soft option. It has a happy ending. It has hope. It will not preach at you or condemn you. But maybe it will inspire you to want to see change in our society. Maybe, just as the holocaust has become a symbol of a change for situation of Jewish people in the world, so the work of the TRC will become a point of change for Canadian society. Maybe history will not repeat itself. But let us not just hope so. Read this, read the work of the TRC, and learn what we need to do so that this history does not repeat itself. ❑
St. Saviour’s, Nelson
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“Giving up” Something for Lent NATIVITY PAGEANT “Giving up” then, becomes the antidote for our “got to have it” mentality by encouraging us to begin loosening our death grip on, not only the stuff of our lives, but also the patterns of thought that support the sense that it is all about me. It is as we struggle with the “giving up” of small things for the limited weeks of Lent that we become aware of the hold “possessing” has upon us and our need for a Power greater than ourselves to free us from this “prison of wanting.” It is as we clear out the things that burden us and so distance us from Divine Love, that we find space open-
ing up — empty, exhilarating, drawing us into unknown possibilities. It is as we stand in this “cleared out space” — silent and alone that we might finally hear the still, small voice of God. ❑
Photograph by Susan Barrett
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Education & Giving
BEING A FAITHFULL GIVER By MARINA FUMERTON Marina Fumerton is the Planned Giving Officer for the Diocese of Kootenay
ew Year celebrations are times that we become acutely aware of the passage of time. It is a time for resolutions to correct areas in our lives that need closer scrutiny. It is a time once again to set priorities. For the most part, this entails areas of health. We all know we can live healthier and wiser and a New Year is a time to acknowledge and do something about it. It can be a time of awareness of the needs of our local parishes and to raise, even just a little bit, the amount of our donation. Often we hear it said, “If everyone increased their giving by just three dollars a week, it would greatly help out our
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parish finances.” Indeed, often that is all it takes; a parish of thirty people giving three dollars more a week increases a parish’s finances by $360 a month; that is $4,320 a year. In some parishes that is all it would take. Planned giving can help us to be faithful and constant in our giving and able our parish leaders to budget accurately. At the beginning of this New Year, please consider giving “that little bit more”. It can help so much. The following is one planned giving method by which you can benefit your local parish, Diocese or The Anglican Church of Canada:
Gift Annuity A gift annuity is an arrangement under which you make a contribution to a church or charity and receive, in turn, guaranteed payments for life. The amount of these payments depends on your age and the size of your contribution. The annuity arrangement is guaranteed, which means the annuity will continue as long as you live. If you are married, you may choose a joint—and survivorship annuity, which continues as long as either spouse lives. Every donor receives a donation receipt for part of their contribution. The General Synod Charitable Gift Annuity and the Gift Plus Annuity are two types of annuities offered by
The Anglican Church of Canada. In order to arrange your gift annuity, you would sign a gift agreement that authorizes the Church to use a portion of your contribution to purchase an annuity from a licensed insurance company that pays the amount stipulated in the gift agreement. This is the Church’s way of assuring payment to you. Five percent of your contribution is allocated for the present ministry and mission of General Synod. The balance of your contribution, retained by the Church after purchasing the annuity, will be used as you direct. You may specify whether you wish it to be available for immediate use or invested until it reaches
the size of your original contribution. You may also specify which program, project or ministry of the Church your gift will support. Gifts that meet minimum requirements may be used to establish endowment funds which continue to provide support for the Church in perpetuity. “But do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” – Hebrews 13: 15, 16 ❑
For additional information, please contact: Marina Fumerton Planned Giving Officer Diocese of Kootenay Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (778) 478-8310
The HighWay is a supplement of the Anglican Journal for the Diocese of Kootenay