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A SECTION OF THE ANGLICAN JOURNAL

SERVING THE DIOCESE OF KOOTENAY

Back to church

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JUST DO IT! — Archbishop John Privett and Michael Harvey presenting Back to Church Sunday, St. Andrew’s, Okanagan Mission BY JONN LAVINNDER

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ichael Harvey, the Church of England layperson who is trying to unlock the growth of the church, presented two seminars in the Okanagan on Friday, May 6. He is the spokesperson for the “Back to Church Movement,” which began in a single English diocese, and has now spread throughout England, Australia, New Zealand and North America. Harvey’s message is simple, “How do we become an inviting church?” Archbishop John Privett asked congregations throughout Kootenay to send representatives to one of these seminars. At St. Andrew’s, Okanagan Mission, there were only 25 registered for the first session, and at least half of them were

Lutheran. In some ways, the low turn out reflected Michael Harvey’s comments regarding the deeply ingrained lassitude within the church with respect to the possibility of church growth. Harvey challenges us to “just invite someone to church.” This apparently is more difficult than it seems. He said 20% of a congregation will do it, but the other 80% will not. He pointed out that even when congregations experience growth in numbers due to B2CS they still do not believe it could happen again, and make excuses why not to do it. Apparently, even finding one Sunday per year to have a Back to Church Sunday is a bit of a stretch for most congregations. Harvey, who has helped businesses and individuals

“unlock growth” and “unleash potential,” recommends 12 Steps to Becoming an Inviting Church. 1. Vision — If everyone of us invited a friend and they accepted we would double our congregation. Let’s do it! 2. I as the church leader am going to invite someone, will you? 3. Make sure every member of the church has had a personal invitation to invite someone 4. Teach about how God connects people through friendship 5. The Power of Your Story — To re-remember who invited you 6. Get every member to ask themselves the question — Who has God been preparing in my life?

7. Practice the question — Would you like to come to church with me? 8. Pray for courage to invite, and pray for those being invited 9. Make the invitation 10. Go and pick up your guest from their home 11. Introduce them to friends over food and coffee 12. Assume they are coming the following time you meet as a church and invite them again Back to Church Sunday is scheduled for September 25, 2011. Augsburg Fortress Canada is supplying churches with resource materials. The resource kit includes a poster set and 50 invitation/prayer cards for $40. The website for B2CS is http://www.back❑ tochurch.co.uk


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ARCHBISHOP’S PAGE

In My View

On the move BY ARCHBISHOP JOHN E. PRIVETT

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n my last column for The HighWay I outlined some of the key directions emerging in the life of our Diocese. One of those was the plan for a new Diocesan Centre that will replace our old Synod Offices next to the Cathedral in Kelowna. The Synod Offices have been in the former rectory of the Cathedral since 1994. For 17 years they have served the diocese well but changes at the Cathedral and in the diocese call for a new vision. When I first came to the diocese in 2005 I learned, a

week after my service of installation as Bishop of Kootenay, that the Cathedral Hall had been condemned due to deterioration and water leaks! The last event in the hall was the reception after my installation. The Cathedral offices had already moved into the rectory creating a cozy but cramped environment for both the Cathedral and Diocesan staff. Plans were underway for a new hall for St. Michael’s and the original design included space for the Diocesan offices and archives. Over the years it became clear that with increased building costs it would not be possible to build the original dream of a new hall that could accommodate both the needs of the Cathedral and the Diocese. The Cathedral has faithfully worked toward a gathering space that will serve the needs of the congregation and occasional diocesan events and construction is now well underway. God willing the hall

should be completed for September! The new Cathedral facility will not have space for any offices, and so it has been determined that the Cathedral will continue to use the rectory for office and meeting space and our Synod Office will be on the move. We have considered several options: moving to existing space in another church in Kelowna, purchasing a house that could be converted into offices, or leasing office space in a suitable location. The options were weighed and the various costs considered and a year ago, in discussion with St. Aidan’s Church in Rutland, we identified a possibility that will benefit both St. Aidan’s and the whole diocese. Since that time we have worked with an architectural firm in the design of an addition that will bring improvements to St. Aidan’s, provide offices for Diocesan Staff, meeting space for

Diocesan committees and a much needed properly constructed area for our valuable archives. As part of the discussion of the design is the recognition that the coming years in the Diocese will bring some of the changes I discussed last month. The Kootenay School of Ministry will provide education and training for lay leaders and local clergy and the new Diocesan Centre will provide office and meeting space for that initiative. Education for Ministry Canada which has been sponsored by the Diocese for 25 years will move into its new office space in the Diocesan Centre and our dream is to significantly increase the number of students studying with EfM. The new archives will provide safe and accessible storage for over a hundred years of valuable records. Not a week goes by without inquiries that requires our archivist to access old records and files. Researchers

will be able to work in our new location. Last evening (May 11) our Administration Committee approved the plans for the new Diocesan Centre. It is anticipated that construction will take place over the summer and that by the time you read the September issue of The HighWay our new Centre will be a reality. In my view, this will be much more than a Synod Office. It will be a Centre for each and every member of the Diocese and the Centre for the future mission of the entire Diocese. Your prayers and support for the new centre will be needed and deeply appreciated. Faithfully, + John

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found Michael Harvey very convincing in his Back to Church Sunday presentation, which is our front page story this month. Being influenced by my first year of EFM, he appeared to me like an old testament prophet admonishing the Israelites that they had missed the point: “God doesn’t need your burnt offerings.” Here was a lone layperson travelling the globe speaking to bishops and church leaders about changing their attitudes of expectation and faith in God’s power. If we were to become a welcoming church, it would be a wonderful thing; and yet I found myself falling into a category of “naysayers”; someone, “who doesn’t go to church for the purpose of inviting others.” I had to answer the question for myself,

“Why do I go to church?” And I found, according to Michael Harvey, that the reason I go to church was not valid — to worship God. Harvey indicated that God didn’t need our acts of worship. This might be true. However, I believe that we need our acts of worship. Harvey’s focus was on being a community in discipleship, and in mission together. He said that there is a curse over the church and that B2CS will help us remove it. May it be so. Yet again, I came under the category of those who say that it might be the mission and responsibility of others to do the inviting, but it wasn’t necessarily mine. We might say, however, this article gets me off the hook. Over the course of the last few years, Michael Harvey has

heard it all. That is, all the lame excuses why B2CS wouldn’t work. Quite frankly his presentation had an underlying cynicism about it. It seemed to me that he was caught in the same dilemma as the Church; namely, he felt no one was listening to him. Harvey illustrated one of his points by quoting the now famous lines by Donald Rumsfeld: “There are known knowns. These are the things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we don’t know we don’t know.” Instead of getting tied up in this kind of mental knots we should, “just do it!” ❑


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Why do so many people dislike Christians? BY YME WOENSDREGT

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ast month, I mentioned a study about how 16-29 year olds perceive Christians. Conducted by David Kinnaman of the Barna Group, the results were published in “unChristian” (2007). The study documents that an overwhelming percentage of 16-29 year olds view Christians with hostility, resentment and disdain. For example, Christians are perceived to be “antihomosexual (91%), judgmental (87%), hypocritical (85%), old-fashioned (78%), too political (75%), out of touch with reality (72%), insensitive to others (70%), boring (68%). He says, “It would be hard to overestimate how firmly young people reject — and feel reject-

ed by — Christians. These broadly and deeply negative views of Christians aren’t just superficial stereotypes with no basis in reality. This is based upon their real experiences with today’s Christians.” “Think about it this way. When you introduce yourself as a Christian to a friend, neighbour, or business associate who is an outsider, you might as well have it tattooed on your arm: anti-homosexual, gayhater, homophobic. I doubt you think of yourself in these terms, but that’s what outsiders think of you.” If nothing else, it’s a wakeup call for today’s church. The early church grew up in an environment just as hostile as secular society today. Documents from that time, however, paint a different picture. Tertullian’s “Apology” described outsiders saying

about Christians: “Look how they love one another … and how they are ready to die for each other.” Other documents show the same evidence. Early believers made their communities a lot more bearable, even in the face of great persecution and martyrdom. They took care of each other, and their neighbours. They loved one another. They took care of each other when they were sick. They shared their wealth and relieved economic distress. When plagues hit ancient cities, Christians were the ones who stayed behind to take care of the sick and dying. The new faith was also very attractive for women, a highly vulnerable group in Roman society. Rodney Stark writes, “Christian believers offered hope and charity to the homeless and impoverished. To cities

filled with newcomers and strangers, Christianity offered an immediate basis for attachments. To cities filled with orphans and widows, Christianity provided a new and expanded sense of family. To cities torn by violent ethnic strife, Christianity offered a new basis for social solidarity. And to cities faced with epidemics, fires and earthquakes, Christianity offered effective nursing services.” The church was attractive because they engaged in concrete actions which gave honour and dignity to every person. They did what Jesus did, embracing the outcasts and lifting up the poor and the powerless. It may not be “cool” to be Christian these days, but there are hungry and thirsty people all around us, people who are excluded and ostracized,

homeless and abandoned. There are people all around us who are hungry for spirituality, who long for community, who ache to be embraced. There are people who long to be included It’s time for the church to be “for” something: justice; shalom; compassion; hope. It’s time for us to be known once again as people who love and serve the world. It’s not only our heritage. It’s our calling. ❑

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Garden of Eden or kitchen of paradise? BY NISSA BASBAUM

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f Adam and Eve’s first faceoff with God had been in a kitchen instead of a garden, I might be convinced to become a biblical literalist. As it stands now, the fact that paradise is described as trees and flowers rather than cake and ice cream makes the story just too unbelievable. The alarm bells begin to ring for me when summertime rolls around and the Sunday gospels are once again packed full of those wretched “garden” stories; the parable of the mustard seed and the parable of the sower, to name just a couple. Have you any inkling how hard it is to be an Anglican cleric who detests gardening? Any idea of the profound impact our English cultural and religious heritage, filled as it is with bucolic images of agricultural bliss, has on someone whose only response to the feel of rich, dark dirt beneath her fingernails is an obsessive compulsive need to scrub her hands raw to rid them of that same dirt?

For many years, reading those garden parables left me feeling guilty because I would rather have done almost anything other than dig weeds and plant flowers. Somehow I couldn’t help but feel that to be an Anglican priest, I needed to learn to love all that dirt! I can’t tell you the number of vegetable patches I have planted as a means of overcoming my distaste for gardening. At least if there were vegetables, I surmised, I could use these to great advantage in the kitchen, my much preferred choice of environment. Yet, even those vegetable gardens had a way of becoming the enemy, rarely producing enough for much more than the odd salad or two. When my husband Robin and I bought our first house, we chose it for a number of reasons, not least of which was the amazing garden it had in the backyard. Recognizing that neither one of us liked to spend our free time digging in the dirt, we thought discretion would be the better of valour; so we purchased a property that was already landscaped. It took us about three summers to destroy that magnificent landscap-

ing and then only two more for our neighbours to begin to wonder if, rather than the nice, quiet clergy couple that they thought had purchased the house, we were actually university students in disguise, swiftly lowering their property values. The only saving grace in those years was our almost 90year-old next door neighbour, who kindly said to me one summer day as, with shovel in hand, I grumbled my way down the property line that divided our two homes from one another: “I don’t know why you even bother pulling out those weeds. They’re only going to grow back tomorrow!” God bless the wit and wisdom of seniors who have lived long enough to figure out that there is much more to life than what makes us all look pretty! The gardening tide turned for me several years ago when two people from our parish offered four hours of yard clean-up as their donation to our bi-annual Talent and Gift Auction. On the night of that auction, I found myself in a bidding war for this item. I was so bound and determined to purchase those four

hours of clean-up that I even whispered into the ear of my bidding opponent that there was no way on God’s green earth anyone else was going to win the item; she might as well give up right then and there. As the ante was raised just slightly above its estimated value, Robin and I became the proud owners of what I believed was my ticket to paradise. By the next summer, the neighbours once again might consider speaking to us. To this day, I am convinced that buying that yard clean-up procured my salvation, at least as far as this went on our small culde-sac. That purchase introduced me to: wonder of wonders, “lowmaintenance gardening,” and it also helped me to overcome my unending guilt about our property. Good looks and not much work to make it so! Following that Talent and Gift Auction, on one of those wretched “garden gospel Sundays,” I even opened my homily with the confession that I was a “born-again gardener!” Spending less than five hours a week pruning bushes, digging weeds and dumping mulch came close to

transforming me into a flower lover. No longer intimidated by the beauty of our neighbours’ landscape designs, I was almost able to appreciate the odd flower or two that popped up out of the ground in our front and backyards. I no longer felt like a failure as an Anglican priest because I couldn’t make beautiful things come up out of the dirt. No doubt, I still would be much happier if the original Garden of Eden were a Kitchen of Paradise, which would fit much better with who I am and what I do best. Yet, perhaps there are other ways of looking at my gardening ineptitude... After I preached that homily on that summer Sunday so long ago, someone in the congregation came up to me and said: “Don’t sell yourself short. You may not be very good at making plants and flowers grow but I think you’re great at making people grow.” Ah, metaphor! Clearly, there’s more than one way to assist with the blooming of God’s creation. ❑


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EDUCATION

Thinking about Jesus Christ: a taste of foundational theology photo jonn lavinnder

BY BILL HARRISON

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he number of debates about who Jesus the Christ was, is, and will be is staggeringly huge. Yet, all of us have the job of thinking about these debates, because they define the message that we share with others and the worship in which we engage. Here’s your chance to take the questions seriously. Kootenay School of Ministry is offering a course in Foundational Theology at All Saints, Vernon, July 29-Aug. 1, 2011, taught by the Rev. Dr. Bill Harrison. And here’s a hint of what the course is all about: One of the basic reasons for all of the debate is that we can't agree on the pivotal moment of Jesus the Christ’s life and work. Is Jesus' birth, the Incarnation which we celebrate at Christmas, the decisive moment? What about his preaching? Of course, many people argue that the Cross is

where our salvation is really based. Then again, others insist that the Resurrection gives meaning to all that came before. Some people insist that Pentecost and the Ascension, in close relationship with the formal birth of the Christian Church, are the true world changing events. For some thinkers, including notable Anglicans, the eternal existence of the Second Person of the Trinity is the fundamental reality from which everything else (including creation) flows. I’m going to suggest that the best answer is “all of the above.” Our understanding of the person and work of Jesus the Christ is weakened by any partial focus. We need to take seriously all aspects if we wish to do justice to the Christian gospel. The heart of Christian theology is worship. That’s why our liturgical world is intimately linked to our thinking about what Christianity means. Our Christian year makes a point of trying to celebrate everything about Jesus the Christ, from his participation in the Divine Trinity to his birth, life and preaching, death and resurrec-

STAGGERINGLY HUGE — The Rev. Dr. Bill Harrison teaching a course at Kootenay School of Ministry, November, 2010. tion, ascension, and role in the Kingdom of God. The reason for Christian theology is the message of God’s salvific action in the world. A proper understanding of salvation depends upon a full account of who Jesus the Christ is and what he does. Indeed, our Creeds — our common statements about the central meanings of Christianity — take their cues

from the Church’s message of salvation. Our worship started us on the journey to understanding Jesus the Christ. Our message of salvation has forced us to think deeply about his identity and his importance to the world. In Foundational Theology, we will pursue these themes of the interrelationship among worship, salvation, Christology and Trinitarian theology. This

is stuff that every Christian needs to know and understand. Come and Learn! Kootenay School of Ministry http://www.kootenay.anglican.ca/kootenay-school-ofministry Be transformed by the renewing of your minds. ❑

EFM poster series created photo micahel lavinnder

EXHIBITION — Jonn Lavinnder created 36 posters, as a personal project for EFM First Year. The posters pictorially represent a scriptural and secular view of the Old Testament using classic and contemporary art. The posters can be viewed on You Tube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0OD07HNozM


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AROUND THE DIOCESE

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New banner for All Saints, Vernon

ANTHEM FOR THE OKANAGAN — All Saints, Vernon, church banner for the nave. BY ANDY MATHER

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he creation of our new service, The Table inspired me to notice the emptiness of six pillars in the nave at All Saints, Vernon. There they were, each with one lone hook, highlighted by streaming golden sunlight from windows above. Other than six Christmas wreaths placed on these hooks in December, the pillars stood barren. What if there was something like a number of inspirational banners to help unite All Saints’ three different services together.

I first began on the Internet and found ready made banners from an American supplier. After a few visits to other Anglican churches in Kelowna and Kamloops, I learned and took pictures of how they incorporated their banners. Upon talking with parishioner friends, I decided to present to All Saints’ church committee an exciting proposal for their approval. A new committee of eleven members was formed to make this idea a reality. From the beginning, our intention was to complement, enhance and embrace the conphoto peter davison

temporary music and religious celebration experience of our congregation with our two traditional services. After some discussion, it was decided that the six basic liturgical colours of green, blue, gold, red, purple and white worn by our choir would be used. We wanted somehow to depict the Okanagan with its semiarid landscape, lakes and forested mountainsides with glorious sunsets. All Saints has always had a rich tradition of choral music with sopranos, altos, tenors and basses singing wonderful hymns and anthems from

countless pages of sheet music. Our group wished to use flowing, coloured musical staff lines where notes would be. Ultimately, actual notes of Amazing Grace were plotted across the sky, creating ribbons of sunset clouds, using fourpart harmony from the great hymn, with an Okanagan valley landscape below. Finally, three white doves were added to represent the Trinity; God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A digital continuous mural above was designed to go from one pillar to the next, as the eye moves around the congregation. Once approved, our

design was graphically reprinted locally in full scale and cut into six banners. What you see now on these six pillar hooks are the end result of our efforts. Lastly, thanks to our amazing Banner Group of creative designers and quilt-makers: Debbie Parmenter, Grace Moorhouse, Thelma Matthews, Maureen Bennett, Susan Dawson, Diana Muir, D. Gans, Jan Walden, Barb Angel and Kat Polischuck, as the inspired force behind this project. ❑

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All Saints, Vernon, “Mad Hatters Spring Tea and Bazaar,” featuring Canon Chris Harwood-Jones welcoming guests in his own ecclesiastical “mad hat,” a visitor looking like the Queen at the Royal Wedding in her finest yellow, and even dishwasher Eric Moore sported what some called “his mafia hat.” photos peter davison

ST. SAVIOUR’S, NELSON, FOOD CUPBOARD — Volunteers at St. Saviour’s, Nelson, plan renovations for their food cupboard.


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Movie review

As in heaven BY DOUG HODGKINSON

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s a child in a little village in the north of Sweden, Daniel was bullied for his interest in playing the violin, such that his single mother moved them away when he was seven. Now, he is a big name conductor who is booked eight years in advance. Unfortunately, he has a heart condition which causes him to bleed from the nose when he conducts and one day he collapses on stage. He decides to move back to the little village he came from and to live in the abandoned elementary school, which was the scene of so much torture for him as a child. The first person he meets is Stig who has been pastor in the village for 25 years. Stig gives him a Bible as a newcomer and invites him

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over for dinner and perhaps to consider conducting the little choir in the church, but Daniel declines and says that all he wants to do at the moment is “listen.” Later, he does show up at choir rehearsal “to listen” and eventually he is pressured into leading. His motivation is “to create music that will open the heart.” Initially, he doesn’t practice songs, but helps each person find their own voice, gets to know people and have fun. The choir grows to the point that the pastor begins to experience jealousy. Many people are attracted to Daniel. Competition and ambition invade the choir and rumours spread about his relationships with some of the women in the choir. In particular he is attracted to Lena, a somewhat unconventional spirit in the town. She is fearful of a relationship because she was betrayed by a doctor in the town who carried on a relation-

Directed by Kay Pollok, starring: Michael Nyqvist (Daniel Dareus), Frida Hollgren (Lena), Helen Schoholm (Gabriella), Niklas Falk (Pastor Stig), Ingela Olsson (Pastor Stig’s wife, Inga), Lasse Petterson (Erik), Lermat Jahkel (Arne), Andre Sjoberg (Tore), Per Moberg (Conny), 122 minutes, Swedish with English subtitles, 2004.

ship for two years, but had a family back in Stockholm. We are reminded of the adage that in small communities people live in the thin space between what everyone knows and no one says. She has been betrayed by that silence and eventually scolds them for it. Then, there is Inga who develops the courage to finally say to her pastor husband that she no longer believes in sin; that it is an invention of the church to corner the market on the absolution business (whew!); Helen, whose drunkard husband Conny beats her and who finally develops enough voice to sing her own song of freedom; Tore who is mentally handicapped but is finally welcomed into the choir anyway; Erik who is overweight and has been tormented by Arne since grade school and finally blows up; Arne the businessman who has big plans for the choir and himself and Arne’s wife who is a judgmen-

tal gossip. It’s yer basic parish choir! At the point that Daniel gets summarily dismissed by the pastor the choir gets an invitation to sing in a choir festival in Innsbruck, Austria. They go as a community choir and at the very moment they are to go on stage, Daniel is late, getting back from a bicycle ride and when he hurries up the stairs he collapses. As the choir warms up without their conductor each member begins to find their own note. Soon the whole concert hall is standing and singing in harmony. At one point in the developing relationship of Daniel and Lena he tells her of a profound moment in his career as a conductor when the lights went out for 58 seconds at a concert. The musicians could neither see him as conductor nor their music sheets. And yet they played on because they had their “voice” and knew the music. He confesses that he was unnecessary.

The story is a profound metaphor for the church. A wounded healer comes to town and in helping a fractured community to discover its own gifts for inclusion and growth contradicts the rules and procedures of the hierarchy. He is dismissed but the community carries on, discovering its own gifts in the voice that the healer has helped them to find. This is a movie for anyone who has ever directed a choir, sung in a choir, listened to a choir, pastored a congregation or ever wondered why there is so much emphasis on sin! ❑

You wanted to know

Who can speak with authority and BY PETER DAVISON

Q: A:

Who can speak with authority and tell me what I need to know?

You’ve put your finger on an important issue for our time. I presume you’re talking about the church and matters of faith, but the issue of authority arises in all areas of life. In politics we used to trust government with running the affairs of the nation, especially when politicians were people who put in a few years of public service and, for the most part, retired with honour and the thanks of the people. More and more, however, we have come to see politicians as people who will say anything to get elected and stay in office. Truth and respectful debate of issues seem to be increasingly rare commodities, and this has contributed to widespread public cyn-

tell me what I need to know? icism and apathy. Many corporations, too, seem to be driven only by a desire to maximise profits, and senior executives are paid obscenely large salaries and bonuses even when they fail. We no longer trust doctors as much as we once did, now that we can search the Internet for medical information; and teachers who have the temerity to discipline their students incur the wrath of parents, who themselves are often afraid to set limits for their children. As for the church, we tend to be selective in our beliefs and practices, and clergy who fail to measure up to expectations may quickly find themselves out of a job. More and more of us like to think we are our own authorities on almost anything, so “Who are you, whoever you are, to tell me what to do?” Our Anglican House of Bishops recently ruled against “open communion” — the increasingly widespread practice of inviting all persons present to par-

ticipate in the Eucharist. This followed on the heels of an article in the Anglican Journal which advocated such practice. The bishops said only baptised persons may receive — though this may well be a case of shutting the barn door after the horse has departed. What I think the bishops were getting at was the danger of treating Holy Communion casually. In the early church, and in many societies today where Christians are persecuted minorities, being a Christian has been literally a matter of life and death. For much of our history admission to the Eucharist was preceded by intense instruction and preparation — but those were days when church membership was seen as a serious matter. Today many churches are struggling for survival, and some are willing to do almost anything to draw new people. Some feel they are in the entertainment business, competing with other attractions for customers, and with fewer resources.

I feel the bishops would have been better advised simply to encourage all of us to explore the deeper implications of Eucharistic fellowship. My own pastoral experience has been that many people have been attracted, for a variety of reasons, to the church, and have been moved to receive communion, even if they have not been baptised. In the course of conversation they have often asked if this was alright. My response has been that God often works contrary to the rules, but, if they wish to be part of the Christian community, they should prepare themselves for baptism and formal reception into the church. The sacraments, after all, are what we call “liminal events,” in which we cross the threshold from one stage of life into another. But I don’t think the church is in the business of protecting God from seekers who may not know all the regulations. The Eucharist is the pre-eminent sign of God’s radical hospitality to all of us,

unworthy though we all may be. And we who have been received unconditionally by God are also called to welcome one another in like fashion. The story of Peter’s vision in Acts 10, in which he is told not to call anything in God’s creation “unclean,” applies also to us. Eucharistic hospitality is not only welcoming newcomers, but walking with them as companions (literally, “bread-sharers”) on the journey of faith. And there is nothing casual about either of these things. In the end, I believe the only real authority any of us has stems from people’s perception that we indeed love and care for them, as we ourselves have been loved and cared for. And that’s what 1 Corinthians 13 (so often misused in maudlin and sentimental fashion at weddings) is about — radical hospitality and care for one another in Eucharistic fellowship. ❑


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m not much of a crime reader normally. I have found much of this genre to be dismally predictable. Worse there is an obscurity about many of the plots, by which the authors revel in unlikely surprises. In short they lack the ring of truth. But the Father Brown stories are not like that. These are stories to take on holiday with you, to read slowly and gently, rejoicing in the gradual unwinding of a wellthought through plot. Often Chesterton sets a mystery that seems impenetrable and then pulls at just the right point and the knot unwinds. This unwinding is in itself a thing of beauty. But Chesterton has a delightful hero in his detective. Fr. Brown is a short and dumpy man, with no outward

redeeming features. His mind is, however, razor sharp. In fact the most unlikely feature of the stories is the power of Fr. Brown to discern truth from fiction. He is accompanied by a foe turned friend, Flambeau, who provides a more glamorous aspect to the stories. But it is not the plots which endear these stories to me. Rather, it is Chesterton’s understanding of humanity which provides the “truth” here. Father Brown knows the dark side of humanity. He sees where we go astray, and has a particular nose for those with an outward veneer of respectability, indeed of virtue, which conceals a much darker side. This is accounted for in the stories themselves, where Fr. Brown tells Flambeau that it is his experience in the confessional which enables him to

recognise the patterns of darkness in the mysteries he solves. The world of Fr. Brown is not the dillusional world we hope to inhabit, where everyone is nice. Rather, it is a more real world where everyone has a mixed character. Another appealing feature of these stories is the combination of the priest and the appeal to reason. For Chesterton there is no conflict between the religious establishment and sound reason. Faith is not held in spite of reason, faith is entirely reasonable. Fr. Brown does not use a pseudoscientific methodology to solve the mysteries, he thinks and uses his intuition and imagination. In other words he works it out. He is not opposed to the existence of the supernatural, but more often he sees the natural, while others are

Foundational Theology July 29-Aug 1, All Saints, Vernon The Rev. Dr. Bill Harrison

Liturgy Sept 2-5 St. Saviour's Pro-Cathedral, Nelson Abp. John Privett and The Rev. Anne Privett

Liturgy for Deacons Sept. 2-5, St. Saviour's Pro-Cathedral, Nelson The Rev. Chris Ross, The Rev. Dr. Cathy Hall For details and a copy of our 2011-12 Course Catalogue, see http://www.kootenay.anglican.ca/kootenay-school-of-ministry or contact: The Rev. Dr. William Harrison at 250-275-2783 or williamhenryharrison@shaw.ca Be transformed by the renewing of your minds

bemused or enmeshed in superstition. So I invite you to download this to the book reader of your choice, then sit back and enjoy. While you are visiting the gutenberg web site you might browse round and see

what other great authors are available from here — I’m sure to be recommending something else from here soon. And if you prefer to read paper books, you will be able to find these great books in your local library. ❑

The Vicar of Kokanee remembers

“Sandy” BY JIM HEARNE

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uestion: What pitch cannot be thrown as the first pitch of a baseball game?

Answer: A change of pace. It’s about time for a change of pace for these monthly offerings. Up to this time, the memories I have been sharing with you have been of fellow clergy. It’s high time a lay person is featured. That one is Sandy Martin. I met Sandy in the early days of my residency in Canada. His full name was Marcus Alexander Martin. He was one of the warden’s of St. Andrew’s, Trail. How he got “Sandy” I’m not sure. Perhaps it was his hair colour in earlier days. He was quite folically challenged by the time I met him.

He told me a couple of stories about his early life. He was hanging around Balfour one day when he was about 16. A man came up to him and said he would pay him $10.00 to row him to Nelson. This trip would be on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. It is part of the Kootenay River. It is a distance of about 20 miles. Sandy was fit, but he thought he might be spelled off at the oars from time to time. Every time he suggested that, the man would say, “Anytime now you’ll begin to feel the pull of the current.” Sandy rowed the entire distance. He never felt the pull of the current. On another occasion another gentleman asked him to drive him from Fruitvale to Trail. This would be accomplished over the old Waneta Road before the new road through Montrose cut out of the cliff-side along the Columbia River was built. It was winter. The roads were like glass and

Sandy started his trip down the river. On the way down, the man began to get cold feet. He asked Sandy to stop the car. Then he began to offer money to stop the car. He would extend his hand with a bill in it across the seat in Sandy’s direction. Sandy would then have to take his eyes off the road and make a grab at the money. Each time he would grab for the money, the man would pull it back. This went on all the way down the mountain. Sandy made this Hoosier boy feel welcome. I accompanied him on two trips on the water. The first was to circumnavigate Kootenay Lake. His boat was moored at Balfour. It took us three days to make this trip around the shore of this 85 mile long lake. At the south end we entered the Kootenay River and made a brief visit to the United States. This was north Idaho and we attempted to report to the

U.S. Customs. We found the customs house but no one to report to. The best spot on the lake was Fletcher Creek with Fletcher Falls. Once during a visit there I saw the Kokanee (red fish) crowding the creek like sardines. One could not put a foot down in the stream without stepping on a number of them. The other water trip I made with Sandy was from Castlegar to Revelstoke before the building of the High Arrow Dam. The waters of the Columbia River are now 30 feet higher than before. It took us three days. We camped on the beach north of Nakusp at the Gates of St. Leon. Some of the communities we visited are now below 30 feet of the waters of the Arrow Lakes. A few months after I arrived in Canada, the World Series began. Sandy thought that this American boy might like to watch it on T.V. I was invited to come to

his house, watch the games, eat toasted cheese and onion sandwiches, and drink Dago-red wine. The sandwiches were call “World Series Specials” and still have a place in our family menus, although in a somewhat embellished form. Sandy lost his first wife, “Nook,” sometimes called “Whizzer.” His last days were spent in nursing homes in Castlegar and Nelson as shadow of former self. He still followed hockey and curling with eagerness and he still wore his old curling sweater. Sometime after Sandy’s death his daughter came to me with his ashes. She edits a newspaper in Christina Lake. We drove up to Ainsworth to put Sandy’s ashes to rest and there they were deposited on the waters of his beloved Kootenay Lake. ❑


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JUNE 2011

DIOCESE

Camp Owaissi is ready for the 2011camping season BY PAM WILSON

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arly in April a large group of volunteers (25) gathered at the Camp for spring clean-up. We arranged a pot luck BBQ for the Saturday and our lunch together was a time of fellowship and team building. The abundant contributions of salads and desserts were devoured with enthusiasm and needless to say we were all fed not only in body but in mind and spirit too!

We enthusiastically welcome Michaela Johnson to the Camp Owaissi team as our Interim Camp Director for the 2011 summer season. Michaela is our primary contact for the camp and she can be reached by phone or fax 250-7693676 or through our website www.campoac.com We invite you to visit camp this summer and join us in welcoming Michaela.

Our summer camping season has begun with group rentals and staff training during the months of May and June. We look forward to welcoming our first campers on site for Junior Camp ages 9-11 on July 11-18. We have seven camps scheduled for the summer and on-line registration information and payment is available on our website www.campoac.com ❑

HAY EH! — Camp Owaissi volunteers gathered for spring clean up.

50 years of ministry photo frank warburton

Cathedral Building Project — St Michael's House

BY FRANK WARBURTON

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t. Margaret’s, Peachland celebrated their interim priest’s 50th Anniversary in Ministry. On May 8 Peachlander’s, associates, friends and relatives, from as far across Canada as Toronto, gathered after the Sunday service. The Rev. Jim Kiddell’s ordination service was held in St. James Cathedral, Toronto, on the second Sunday in May 1991. He served in a number of positions from deacon to rector in the diocese of Toronto. In 1998 Jim retired and moved to the Okanagan Valley. He was licensed by the bishop of Kootenay to assist wherever he appointed, and some appointments have been interim priestin-charge. He was also appointed at the cathedral as pastoral visitor from 2007-2009. ❑

St. Michael and All Angels — our diocesan Cathedral — is nearing the end of a financial campaign to fund the construction of St. Michael’s House. To date, through gifts, pledges and bequests, the parish has raised over one million dollars, definitely something to celebrate; yet additional funds are needed for the construction to be completed. Approval to proceed is in part dependent on financial contributions to the project. Your support of our Cathedral, through immediate gift or timed pledge, will help to realize this venture and to encourage a revitalized diocesan ministry. Please assist us in achieving this goal. Here is my gift or pledge to help complete the construction of St. Michael’s House. (Tax receipts will be issued.) I pledge $__________/ month for ______ months OR Enclosed is my gift of $_________ My name:____________________Phone:____________ My address:____________________________________ _____________________________________________ Please mail this, and make cheques payable to: St. Michael’s Cathedral, 608 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 5X1 St. Michael’s supports the Kootenay Forward Fund

201106 The HighWay  

The HighWay is a supplement of the Anglican Journal for the Diocese of Kootenay

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