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St. Aidan’s, Rutland, Kelowna BC
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A SECTION OF THE ANGLICAN JOURNAL
SERVING THE DIOCESE OF KOOTENAY
speaker Installation of Regional Dean East Kootenay, Yme Woensdregt & Diocesan Chancellor, Mr. Geord Holland at St. Michael & All Angels Cathedral
Seminar by Michael Harvey on “Becoming an Inviting Church”
Entertainment provided by the Jazz Quintet “Take what you can get”
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In My View
The social and ecological debt load BY ARCHBISHOP JOHN E. PRIVETT
t is difficult to open a newspaper, turn on the television or radio, or scan the online news without hearing with predictable regularity the mantra that Canadians are carrying unprecedented levels of household debt, that governments particularly in Europe are facing huge austerity measures, and that the potential for rising interest rates puts individuals, families and countries into economic danger. We are told that policies at all levels of government
are being developed to prevent a major economic catastrophe. Arguments for further development of our natural resources including the case for the building of pipelines extending east and west from Alberta are almost exclusively economic arguments. There is far less discussion of the social and ecological debt that we are accumulating as individuals, as Canadians, and as a global community. As we continue to make decisions based primarily on economic grounds we are in danger of eclipsing other important aspects of our common life. In a world that is primarily focused on individual survival and success we are facing a deficit in what has been
called “social capital.” The popular book, and now the movie, “The Hunger Games” is a dystopia that tells the tale of individualism gone wild and where any sense of social responsibility or community is gone. All organizations (read people working together for a common good) from service groups to churches are facing a deficit in the number of participants willing to join together to serve the wider culture. We are starting to see the signs of how our communities are beginning to feel the effects of the loss of that spirit. We are also accumulating a significant ecological debt. In our obsession with economic well-being we are reducing or delaying our commitment to
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creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.” These matters are indeed spiritual concerns. As we enjoy the summer months ahead, let us all take time to rekindle more awe and wonder for our world — the astonishing beauty of people, land, water and air — and to see again the interconnectedness of all things. In my view, it is a spiritual activity to breathe in the creation and to allow God to renew in us the commitment to be stewards of all that has been given to us.
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protecting our environment. We seem more and more to be ignoring the warnings of the majority of scientists around the world about the dangers of global warming, the growing list of endangered species, the stress on the oceans and the shrinking amount of agricultural land reserves. The stress on fragile ecological systems is steadily increasing. For short term gain, we are creating an enormous ecological debt for future generations. As Christians, it is our God given mission to continue to be good stewards of land and people. Two of the five marks of mission of our Church are: “To respond to human need by loving service” and “To strive to safeguard the integrity of
rchbishop John Privett welcomed the delegates to the 61st Synod of the Diocese of Kootenay, Friday, May 11, 2012 at St. Michael and All Angels Cathedral in Kelowna. The title of this synod was “Invitation to the Future, with Open Hearts.” In his charge to Synod, Archbishop John dispensed with the traditional “State of the Union” address and instead acknowledged the work of the former Chancellor, Percy Tinker who died last month after a short illness. He said, “He was a friend and mentor to many and I am grateful for his wise counsel in my seven years as bishop.” Achbishop John Privett welcomed the following special guests: Mayor Walter Gray, The Most Rev. John Corriveau, O.F.M., Bishop of Nelson; The Rev. Ron Bjorgan, Pastor, ELCIC; The Rev. Ivy Thomas, Presbytery Minister, United Church of Canada.
The new Chancellor, Geord Holland, and the new Regional Dean of East Kootenay, Yme Woensdregt, were also installed at the service. The Synod commenced Saturday at the Diocesan Centre, St. Aidan’s, Rutland, Kelowna. The Keynote speaker was Michael Harvey, known throughout the Anglican world as a founding team member of “Back to Church Sunday,” who spoke in the morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Mainly due to the preliminary work done at Regional meetings before Synod, Canonical Amendments were passed unanimously. Several new motions were put forward for consideration at the next Synod. Yme Woensdregt gave a presentation on Sunday morning and proposed a motion that would approve, in principal, a Feasibility Study to be undertaken for “Together in Mission.” Motion carried. Sunday was Archbishop John’s 56th birthday. After a gentle roasting by Randall Fairey everyone celebrated with cupcakes provided by
Archbishop John and Alida Privett. The preacher at the Sunday Eucharist was The Ven. Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada. Those elected to committees for the next Triennium are as follows: General Synod: (Clergy) Nissa Basbaum, Yme Woensdregt, Neil Elliot; (Lay) Randall Fairey, Jennifer Pring, Jane Maskell, (Youth) Kayla Fish Provincial Synod: (Clergy) Trevor Freeman, Rita Harrison; (Lay) Randall Fairey, Ben Stuchbery, Cindy Corrigan Diocesan Council: (Clergy and Lay) Trevor Freeman, Christine Ross, Sandra Stickey, Ean Gower, Kayla Fish, Rita Harrison, Ben Stuchbery, Gyllian Davies Diocesan Court: (Clergy) Neil Elliot, Rita Harrison, Robin Ruder-Celiz; (Lay) Randall Fairey, Ean Gower, Jane Maskell. ❑
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COGS wheels BY RANDALL FAIREY RANDALL FAIREY IS A DELEGATE TO THE COUNCIL OF GENERAL SYNOD AND EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE DIOCESE OF KOOTENAY
n April The Guardian (UK) reported that Dr. Glynn Harrison, an influential lay member of the Church of England, had publicly expressed the opinion that “there is evidence that some people with unwanted same sex attractions can achieve significant change.” This would not have been particularly newsworthy except Dr. Harrison, emeritus professor of psychiatry at Bristol University, is on the Crown Nominations Committee which will recommend to the British Prime Minister and H.M. the Queen, a successor to Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. The implication
was that Dr. Harrison would be conservatively biased in his work on the Commission. This provoked the usual outpouring of commentaries, including the Church of England issuing a defensive statement on behalf of Professor Harrison, denying that he “does not believe in concepts of “gay cure” or “gay conversion” and has never been involved in offering any formal counseling of “therapy” in this area himself.” It went on to describe that Professor Harrison would seem to have a much more nuanced and subtle opinion about the general question. It added that he supports the current teaching of the Church of England in Issues in Human Sexuality, and agrees with the American Psychological Association that there is little credible evidence that therapy does or does not work in changing same sex attractions. Predictably, Anglican Mainstream and Core Issues Trust (CIT), fundamentally anti-gay organizations, commented vigorously. CIT recently threatened legal action against the Mayor of London when he over-
ruled permission from Transport for London for posting a new anti-gay advertisement on London buses. Stonewall, a British gay rights group, had previously posted signs “Some people are Gay. Get over it.” CIT had arranged to post “Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get Over It!” The Rev. Colin Coward, director of Changing Attitude, an Anglican group calling for full inclusion of LGBT persons in the life of the Church, called Professor Harrison’s position on the Commission “cranky in the extreme.” And as one might have guessed, the Internet blogs have carried on and on. When you read this column we will have adjourned our Diocesan Synod of 2012. When The Highway resumes publication in September I hope to comment on what I consider to be the key mission issues emerging out of our Synod from its theme of Invitation to the Future — With Loving Hearts. Notwithstanding the landmark importance of Archbishop Privett’s Advent Pastoral Letter about Same Sex
Blessings, and the resulting congregational conversations and actions, I pray that in our global Church, Anglicans may be able to turn away from the seemingly endless discussions on sexuality. The Harrison matter demonstrates that we continue to distract ourselves in the Church and the Anglican Communion from more important Gospel imperatives. For some, however, sexuality persists as the key question of doctrine in our Church, some quintessential test of the validity of our faith, and about which we must agree in order to build associations with other Anglicans in congregations, dioceses, provinces and the Communion itself. Taken to this level of singular obsession, what could be more limiting and destructive to the Mission of God? I do care that Professor Harrison should be a reliable and credible member of the Crown Nominations Commission. I also care that all other members of the Commission are faithful to their baptismal covenants in the Anglican tradition. I do care that opinions with which I am fundamentally in disagreement may have a chance for expression and I
trust that the Holy Spirit will guide our church in all its decisions. I do understand the intense focus that some of my brothers and sisters in Christ have on particular issues. In my view, however, I think the majority of Anglicans in Canada, and the Diocese of Kootenay in particular, is ready to move on; for us to respectfully disagree on such controversial issues, and even though they may be “doctrinal,” we will pray for forbearance, humility, and guidance from the Holy Spirit in seeking the Kingdom of God as our priority. The survival of our church depends on the validity of its mission to the human family, in our communities and with individuals who need to both hear the Gospel, but more importantly, to see it in action. Arguing repeatedly for years about LGBT sexuality takes us about as far from demonstrating our love for our neighbor as it can and we are in danger of rendering ourselves irrelevant by ignoring Jesus Christ’s sacred prayer, “Your Kingdom come on earth.” ❑
Bringing out the best in the Church BY NISSA BASBAUM
n every parish where I have served and worked, there has always been at least one parishioner whose faith and commitment is revealed through a loyalty and love for God that is not coloured or harmed by what have become commonplace arguments in the church over contemporary versus traditional music, contemporary versus traditional liturgy, liberal versus conservative theology or, of course, that priest over this priest. Percy (and Maureen, for that matter) is exemplary of this kind of loyalty and love. Since becoming Dean at St. Michael and All Angels, I have experienced his ever-present faithfulness and commitment in the context of the Cathedral and the diocese and, in particular, in the context of the
building and completion of St. Michael’s House. Now that Percy has died, there can be no question that a “space” is present and will be left in the body of this Cathedral and of the Diocese of Kootenay. These words came from the sermon I preached at Percy Tinker’s funeral which, by the time this article is printed in The HighWay, will have taken place over six weeks ago. As you have probably already deduced from many of my previous articles, my stance vis-a-vis the church is often critical; critical of its checkered history and critical of the seemingly painstaking way in which change takes place — or not, as the case may be. Yet, there are times when I am literally swept off my feet by the beauty, wonder and vitality of the church, and it is probably these somewhat fleeting flashes of inspiration that keep me faithful in the face of the far more numerous moments of what might be called the church's self-destructive tendencies. Percy’s funeral
was one of those moments. What I realize is that the reason for this is because Percy’s nature provoked in people an outpouring of generosity and goodness, and such an outpouring is actually representative of the church at its best. It defines the church as first and foremost a living, breathing gathering of people rather than a dying, if not already dead, institution. Over the years, the church has blessed me with a family broader than I could ever have imagined, and with relationships that I would never otherwise have had. Percy was for me an example of that extended family. When I think about him — particularly about his family of origin and his career background — I realize that if it weren’t for the church, it is unlikely we would ever have crossed paths. It is only through our membership in the church, that Percy and I could ever have developed a relationship. Our kinship was borne out of our participation
in the Christian community, at both a parish and diocesan level. Contemplating my relationship with Percy, I realize how truly grateful I am for the church, a pleasant diversion from my usual stance, which sees me so often at loggerheads with the institution. In contrast to the institutional church, which has evolved from centuries of rules and regulations that have become written in stone, this relationship was borne out of a gathering of people who wished to be in community with one another, and herein is the heart of what keeps me coming back to the church. Although the rules and regulations bear little resemblance to the raison d'etre of the original spirit-filled community that formed following that first Pentecost, in those somewhat fleeting moments when today’s church actually witnesses to the memory of that early Christian community, I continue to be touched by the same Spirit that
moved me years ago and led to my conversion. Sadly, it is often tragedy and/or death that enable us to see things more clearly. As I continue to live my life with a number of people no longer visibly present in it, one of whom is now Percy, I know that I will forever remember these people as gifts of the Spirit that still breathes in the church, despite the institution’s many attempts to quash it. Because I am enormously thankful for these relationships, I cannot be completely ungrateful about the church, without which I would not have had the opportunity to receive these gifts. My one prayer might be, however, that at some point those of us who are still alive will be freed from the shackles of the institution to allow us to act in such a way as to be able to bring out the best in the church at times other than the loss of those people who have been so meaningful for us. ❑
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Memorial & Around the diocese
Percy Tinker BY DAVID CRAWLEY
hen I was elected Bishop in 1990 Percy was ViceChancellor of the Diocese. At my first meeting with the Diocesan Executive Committee I knew that these were the people on whom I would have to depend, so I spent most of the meeting trying to size them up. As first impressions often are, most of my assessments proved inaccurate and none more than my first impression of Percy. His slightly rumpled appearance, his diffidence, his habit of somewhat owlishly peering though his glasses led me to underestimate him — an impression I hasten to add that did not last long, for I soon became increasingly aware of
Percy Tinker — Born May 2, 1933, died April 10, 2012
what a singular person he was. When I later appointed him Chancellor it was one of the best decisions I ever made. We shared some very difficult times and some very trying decisions. Percy was always courageous and steadfast, giving wise advice and doing mountains of free legal work. But his
Gourmet cooking at St. John’s Photo by Sally Scales
ed Seal Chef Nimmi Erasmus holds a French gourmet dish she prepared at the final of seven international cooking classes she gave at St. John’s Anglican Church in Salmon Arm. It is stuffed chicken wrapped in prosciutto with dill sauce on finger herb vegetables. A different ethnic cuisine was introduced at each weekly evening session. They were Indian (chicken curry), Chinese (sweet and sour pork) middle eastern (kof-
tas),Thai (Red Thai curry), Malaysian (marinated beef ), Mediterranean (basa), and French. Classes were limited to six participants. The cost was $35 per session which covered the cost of food, recipes, the teaching, then each student prepared the same under Nimmi’s watchful eye, and took the gourmet food home for the next day’s enjoyment. Nimmi has generously donated a portion of the proceeds to St. John’s. ❑
work as Chancellor was only part of his devoted service to the Church. In 2001 he was a delegate and assessor at General Synod in Waterloo. At the end of the Synod Joan and I bumped into Percy and Maureen, Percy uncharacteristically excited, exclaiming how he had loved everything about the Synod. Maureen, an extraordinary person in her own right, told us that although she had registered for the spouses’ programmes she had skipped them because she found the Synod sessions so interesting. Percy and Maureen worked as a team, particularly in welcoming newcomers and inviting those who would otherwise have been alone to join their festive meals on Christmas and other special occasions. It is hard to imagine St. Michael & All Angels’
Cathedral without Percy. He was a sidesperson, a council member, several times a warden and chair of at least three versions of the Site Development Committee, dating back some twenty-five years, work that culminated in the building of St. Michael’s House. It is entirely appropriate that its main reception room is the “Percy and Maureen Tinker Room.” But it was listening to Percy lead the Prayers of the People that revealed the depth of his faith. He would never have thought of himself as “holy” but his devotion shone through his prayers. Percy understood that the Church is the call to faith, but the sphere of faith is the world. He was involved in the community in almost countless ways: politics, service clubs, charitable organizations and sports associations, giving time
and talent, including (I am sure) free legal work. His son John at the funeral aptly described his father’s death as leaving “a space.” In fact it leaves many spaces in his family, among his friends, and throughout this community and diocese. Percy had a delicious sense of self-deprecating humour. He loved to laugh and indeed to be laughed at. In her funeral homily Dean Nissa Basbaum spoke of how Percy’s willingness to laugh at himself was a Jesus-like ability to set others at ease. I cannot think of a more accurate or more grace-filled description of his character. In the old-fashioned sense of the word, Percy was a Churchman: “He was like Barnabas a good man and filled with the Holy Spirit.” Well done, thou good and faithful servant. We will miss you. ❑
Dedication for Navy & RCAF
Photo by Frank Warburton
Bench and decanter filled with waters from the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Ocean, and Pacific Ocean, later poured over the bench in a Dedication performed by the Rev. Robin Graves of St. Margaret’s.The ceremony was to remember the ships of the Merchant Navy, and Military Navy, and the courage of the men who sailed in them. Also honoured were members of the RCAF who provided protective cover — many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. “Lest We Forget,” we will remember them.
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Around the diocese
St. Peter’s Experiment Photo by Jen Heard BY DAN MEAKES
he people of St. Peter’s, Revelstoke, have gone through many changes over the years. Like most churches in small towns in Canada they have faced closure. Rising costs and falling attendance are so common. A year and a half ago the church reached a point where they could no longer afford even a part-time minister. I was asked to go and provide minimal support and I did. What I found was quite amazing. In Revelstoke there was a small dedicated group who had weathered many a storm. There was a relationship between the church and community which could tell a 100year story. Also, there was a commitment to change and an unbelievable desire to learn and care for others. We are not out of the dark, but we have seen modest growth despite several
Archbishop John Privett and the Rev. Dan Meakes at Palm Sunday service, St. Peter’s, Revelstoke. challenges, not the least of which was the death of David Johnson. The parish is run by a team and ministers as a team as well. The wardens are in charge and I, a priest, am part of the team. What I have learned from this has been quite significant.
First, if the church is to survive the next decade we need intrinsic equality. All of us are equal and, if we want others to belong, they need to know we all speak and are heard as equals. There are no special positions or status at the table of Christ.
The second thing I have learned is listening and truly hearing each other is the foundation of Christian community. It is like God listens to us, but only when we hear each other do we listen to God. The third thing I have found is that the main reason people discover church or return to church is for healing. We used to have high attendance in church because it came with a degree of social acceptance and status. This no longer exists. Many of those who seek church again have faced tough times, seek peace and healing. The fourth thing I have learned is small churches can be intergenerational. It is hard work when small numbers mean smaller groups and sometimes doing things on a one-to-one basis. Come Sunday morning if people of
all ages worship together there is greater hope for the future of the Christian community. Finally, as a priest, I need to be intentional. I have no status; I am a person, called to name things and crystallize community. Every day and every hour is committed to that. Time is precious so I need to spend it with people. This is not to deny the need for prayer, study and reflection. That is my time and I should do it irrespective of my responsibilities in the community. The few dollars we have are spent on time for people — my time with people. With just a little time together St. Peter’s has done much. We share our hope for teams and communities which search for their future. ❑
St. David’s by the Lake An Anglican/United Church Shared Ministry in Celista, B.C. serving the North Shuswap community
BY LYNN BRYAN
Our view includes a look
Specifically in the year 2012, our focus will be on: ■ Deepening our spiritual faith, through experiences such as - retreats at the Deep Creek Retreat House with our Priest-in-Charge, Rev Brian Smith - small study and prayer groups
back at the commitment of many devoted Christians who, over the years have sought to worship together and carry out Christ’s mission on the North Shuswap ■ forward to how we can continue to serve now and in the future ■ inward to our personal thoughts, words, actions, and beliefs ■ outward to our families and neighbours in our nearby and world-wide community ■
Our vision includes a desire to: ■ build on the strong foundation of faith given to us by the Anglican and United Churches of Canada and other denominations represented in our congregation
Reaching out to others in a variety of ways; e.g., prayer shawl ministry; sending cards of caring, concern and celebration; donations to meet needs of our local and world wide community, community songfests and hymn sing-a-longs
Caring for the church property and family we are blessed with ❑
The little brown church with a view and a vision provide a place where people can meet and feel welcome, encouraged and worthwhile ■ bring people together to worship God, feel the love of Christ, and grow spiritually ■
reach out to support people in need in our community and beyond
The preceding goals are an integral part of helping to make St. David’s a vibrant and caring community of faith, and will continue to be a focus in the year 2012.
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Silence and solitude part 2 is only a matter of making ourselves available to hear it.
BY NANCY SCOTT DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
here are many valuable reasons to make time for silence and solitude:
To follow the example of Jesus Luke 4:42, “And when day came, He departed and went to a lonely place; and the multitudes were searching for Him, and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from going away from them.” Put yourself in Jesus’ sandals for a moment. People are clamoring for your help and have many real needs. You are able to meet all those needs. Can you ever feel justified in pulling away to be alone? Jesus did. We love to feel wanted. We love the sense of indispensability/importance/power (pick one) that comes from doing something no one else can do. But Jesus did not succumb to those temptations. He knew the importance of disciplining Himself to be alone. To hear the voice of God better Often God’s still, small voice can only be heard in the silence. It
To express worship to God The worship of God does not always require words, sounds, or actions. Sometimes worship consists of a God-focused stillness and hush. Worshiping God in silence may occur because your heart is so full that words cannot express your love for God. At other times you may feel just the opposite, so passionless that any words seem hypocritical. Regardless of the state of your emotions, there is always a place for wordless worship. To express faith in God The simple act of silence before the Lord, as opposed to coming in a wordy fret, can be a demonstration of faith in God. “Thy will be done.” To seek God’s forgiveness and healing There are times when burdens weigh heavy and we turn to God in solitude and silence for forgiveness and healing, times when God seems to be the only one we can turn to. The words of Jeremiah in Lamentations 3:25-28 might be appropriate: “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man that he should bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone and
be silent since He has laid it on him. Let him put his mouth in the dust, perhaps there is hope.” To be physically and spiritually restored Everyone has a regular need for restoring the resources of both the inward and outward being. It was true even for those who lived most closely with Jesus. After spending themselves in several days of physical and spiritual output, notice the means of replenishment Jesus prescribed for His disciples, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). We all need times away from our routine stresses to enjoy the restoration that silence and solitude can provide for our body and soul. To regain a spiritual perspective There’s no better way to step back and get a more balanced, less worldly perspective on matters than through the disciplines of silence and solitude. It is often only by stepping back that we can see again the larger picture. To seek the will of God Perhaps one of the most common reasons people seek a time of silence and solitude with God, is to discern God’s will about a matter. Jesus did this in Luke 6:12-13 when deciding whom to choose as the disciples who would travel with Him: “And it was at this time
that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day came, He called His disciples to Him; and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles.” Although we are often able to discover God’s will in the realm of our daily activity, there are times when God discloses it only in private. To discover it then requires the discipline of silence and solitude. To learn control of speech Learning to keep silent for extended periods can help us control our speech at other times. There is Biblical precedent for disciplined seasons of solitary silence in Ecclesiastes 3:7b which says there is “A time to be silent, and a time to speak.” Learning the discipline of the former can help you develop control in the latter, “for the one who doesn’t know how or when to be silent doesn’t know how or when to speak.” (Don Whitney) How can the disciplines of silence and solitude teach speech control? When you practice silence and solitude, you find that you don’t need to say many things you think you need to say. In silence we learn to rely more on God’s control in situations where we would normally feel compelled to speak, or to speak too much. We find out that God is able to manage situations in which we once thought our input was indis-
pensable. The skills of observation and listening are also sharpened in those who practice silence and solitude so that when they do speak there’s more of a freshness and depth to their words. Another reason why the disciplines of silence and solitude can be so thoroughly transforming is because they can help us with the other spiritual disciplines. They should normally be a part, for example, of individual Bible reading and prayer. They are a necessary component of private worship. In silence and solitude we can maximize time for learning and journaling. It's common to practice fasting during times of silence and solitude. But more than anything else, the disciplines of silence and solitude can be so transforming because they provide time to think about life and to listen to God. Don’t expect each time of silence and solitude to be a landmark occasion in your life. There are not always dramatic results or intense emotions involved. More often than not they are emotionally simple and serene. However, as with all the spiritual disciplines, silence and solitude are valuable even though sometimes you conclude them feeling “normal,” or even dry. All we have to do is make the time.
Night Prayers BY HELEN M. MOORE
he New Zealand Prayer Book has the most sensible and yet beautiful Night Prayer for being awake at 2:30 am that I have ever read. “Lord, it is night…night after a long day…what has been done has been done…what has not been done has not been done; let it be.” Living by oneself means that if I wake up at 2:30 am I can get up, turn on lights, wander around, make a hot drink and just reflect. My eye lit on a shoebox full of greeting cards received over the years: one of many piles created in my last fall’s (!) purge of paper. Fellow paper collectors will know what I mean. They are too beautiful to throw out and so I insert them into a book or space on the bookshelf, just for now, and then when I weed out the
books I move the can’t-throwout-cards to the SHOEBOX. So here we are. My mind is as full now of memories as is the box. These memories, however, bring me warm connections: Ken my cousin in Victoria; Jean thinking of you and your family (death of my mother); a birthday card from my dear sis “enclosed: hope it helps…,” sister’s, big sisters are wonderful and generous; photographs? Why are they in between birthday cards and not in an album? — photo of St. James Vancouver; my cactus in bloom; my cactus in bloom’s shadow on the screen door; myself and a friend in the UBC Botanical Garden (she studied fruit flies under Dr. Suzuki!); a bookmark for Mandorla by Nancy Holmes (I should order this it looks good!) “With her ripe slanted eyes, she was looking for love…” WOW. Bookmark
shows ICON of Blessed Virgin Mother holding infant Christ close to her right shoulder and the infant Christ has left hand wrapped around her neck: a rare pose. This find sends me to my Ousspensky where he names the arrangement THE TOLGA MOTHER OF GOD; a birthday card wishing me much laughter and love from Fran — memories of library school and dinners at Fran’s house, my dear friend now crippled with osteoporosis; 75th happy birthday Pat with blessings; birthday prayers Effie whom I reflect I have known for forever back to growing up in Hedley, actually since 1937. She writes, being no mean historian herself — how could I not keep it? Merry Christmas from Pam, her card a photograph of a wooden mother and child: Vierge Reine-Inspiration gothique (Chêne polychrome) Artisanats des Monastere de
Bethlehem, Lourdes where Pam had attended vespers. Birthday Blessings Virginia signed with an “x” but this is a priestly cross-simple but says much of where I am now on my spiritual journey; a lovely Monet card from a cousin in England whom I first met as a young child in Hackney 1954; another overseas card from Pam a former pew mate at St. James Vancouver and sometime fellow traveller to Arles; an Arthritis Society card from Maureen a dear friend and mentor who encouraged me to go to Library School and who had the tiniest hand writing ever and lastly my younger brother John deceased these two years — the card expressing what he would never have said OUT LOUD: “You’re one of those very special people who bring joy to those around you simply because you’re there.” REST IN PEACE DEAR JOHNNY. Thank you
God for these dear friends whose love is your love. Next time you find yourself awake in the night get up, wander about and think of old friends, associate yourself with Thomas Merton and the monks praying at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsamane for themselves and for the world. Dig out your prayer book, find the psalms and read Ps. 4, Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness; Ps. 91 Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the Most High and Ps. 134 Behold now, praise the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD: /Ye that by night stand in the house of our God/Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and praise the LORD, even in the courts of the house of our God/Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and praise the LORD/the LORD that made heaven and earth give thee blessing out of Sion. ❑
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In My Good Books
The Columbia River by JoAnn Roe — available in second hand stores, libraries and on abebooks.com BY NEIL ELLIOT
’m breaking one of my own rules here, which I hope will generate lots of complaints and letters from my avid readership — I’m reviewing a book which is not currently available. But, in contrast to last month’s highly popular book, and to my general pattern of reviews, I don’t expect you’ll have heard of this. I only found it by browsing the shelves of my local library, looking for a book for a prospective visit down the Columbia. But now I’m getting ahead... How much do you know about the land “south of the line”? We hear much about their politics (especially in an election year), and their sport (especially when the Canadian interest in the Stanley Cup has evaporated). We watch much of the same TV (if we can bear it). But what do you know about
the people, and the geography? We are separated by an artificial line, 49o N. Some of us cross it for shopping and for travel. Some of us prefer to stay on our side. I have one friend who is afraid to go there. But the line is simply a line. Our valleys continue on the other side of it. What happens south of the 49th parallel is a contin-
uation of what happens north of the 49. I live in Trail, with the mighty Columbia river running through the middle of our city and soon crossing into the USA. I have seen much of the river north of Trail, but little of the river south. I decided to change that, and I found Roe’s book invaluable in helping me travel in that country. As we know, living in this area, geography is everything. It shapes our days, our months and our years. From east to west across BC there seems to be one continuous strip on mountains, lakes and forests. But go south, follow the river, and you are soon in different territory. The river has carved out many different types of terrain. Sometimes it flows fast and cuts through rock. Sometimes it slows down and meanders through semi-desert.
The river is a lifeline through the country, making travel possible, bringing water and fish to the people. South of Trail there used to be one of the greatest Salmon fisheries in North America. Used to be. Human beings have shaped and reshaped the landscape for their own purposes, and the Columbia Basin, a hundred miles south of the 49 is one of the greatest example of that change. A vast arid wilderness has become an agricultural storehouse. A depression make-work project created an enormous water storage system which generates almost limitless power. This in turn enabled the rise of Boeing and then the development of the Seattle high-tech industry. Smelters for aluminum are a key industry. And back in Trail we depend on our smelter, powered by the same river, to sustain our town.
Roe’s book covers the whole of the Columbia, from the headwaters in the East Kootenays to the mouth in the Pacific. It opens up the history in both human and geological time. It tells you about the groups of humans and the individuals who have been significant in that history. Whilst it is definitely dated in both it’s approach and in it’s information, it is the best thing out there. I hope I might have inspired you to take an interest in the land beyond our border, however you construct it. I believe that it is as we travel beyond our horizons that we are able to discover who we are. “We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time” (T.S. Elliot, Little Gidding).
murdered journalist Daniel Pearl. She says that “The only way to oppose them [who have taken someone from you] is by demonstrating the strength that they think they have taken.” Cantacuzina writes on the website, “As I talked to friends, colleagues and strangers about this exhibition, I began to notice two very different reactions. There are those who see forgiveness as an immensely noble and humbling response to atrocity — and those who simply laugh it out of court. For the first group, forgiveness is a value strong enough to put an end to the tit-for-tat settling of scores that has wreaked havoc over generations. But for the second group, forgiveness is just a “cop out,” a weak gesture, which lets the violator off the hook and encourages only further violence. This is why we called the exhibition The F
Word. For some people forgiveness is a very dirty word indeed.” Indeed. Reconciliation often is the harder way. It’s much easier to seek vengeance. It certainly seems to be the natural approach for many. Walking in the way of reconciliation and forgiveness is more difficult. As you do so, you become vulnerable, which is a scary prospect to many. It is also the way of healing in our world. We need that healing in our world, and stories such as these hold much promise for the future.
The F Word BY YME WOENSDREGT
stumbled across a wonderful website called “The Forgiveness Project” (www.theforgivenessproject.co m). Launched in the UK in 2004 by journalist and artist Marina Cantacuzino, “the Forgiveness Project is a charitable organization which explores forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution through real-life human experience.” The website tells stories of forgiveness and healing to promote understanding of a different way than the way of revenge. They have a powerful touring exhibition of photographs and stories, entitled “The F Word,” whose purpose it is to open up a dialogue. “Many of those whose voices are celebrated on this website, also share their stories in per-
“I have come to believe passionately in restorative justice.” – Linda Biehl with Easy Nofemela & Ntobeko Peni (South Africa)
son. We work in prisons, schools, faith communities, and with any group who want to explore the nature of forgiveness whether in the wider political context or within their own lives.” They have three goals — Awareness, Education and Inspiration. They want to open the debate about the legitimate place of reconciliation by collecting and sharing personal stories and images. By opening the debate, they hope to “encourage and empower people to explore the nature of for-
giveness and alternatives to conflict and revenge.” Finally, they are working to inspire people and society, transforming the hearts and minds of people around the world to seek a healthier, more peaceful way. Forgiveness is not a soft option, an easy way. The exhibition tells some extraordinary stories — stories of victims who have become friends with perpetrators, and murderers who have turned their mind to peace building. One story is that of Mariane Pearl, wife of
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Camp Owaissi invites you BY PAM WILSON
ummer is coming quickly and Camp Owaissi invites you and your friends and neighbours to an Open House. Come and see what the camp has been up to in the past months while you sip a cup of tea and tuck into some sumptuous strawberry shortcake beside the beautiful waters of Okanagan Lake. Tickets ($10) for the Annual Strawberry Tea, Open House, on June 24, 2012 2-5 pm are available from parish representatives or by contacting email@example.com You may be a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle of school aged children/youth ages 7 to 17 years or you may know someone who is interested in camping for children and youth. Owaissi’s bursary program strives to make camping available to all who ask for assistance to attend summer camp. The bursary program is supported by your donations, which can be made to the Bursary Fund Development Program using the pay pal button on the Camp Owaissi webpage at www.campoac.com. Your donations do create a very special summer memory for children and youth who come to Camp Owaissi. New this year, Owaissi has five (5) waterfront RV sites available for rental. Each site enjoys a fabulous view! Come on out to camp and spend a week or more in your RV or
trailer and enjoy the sites and sounds of nature beside the beautiful still waters of Okanagan Lake. Reservations online at www.campoac.com (click on Family Site Rental Information) Also new this year are weekend rentals of the Camp Owaissi facilities during the summer months of July and August. This year the summer camp program runs from Monday morning through to Friday afternoon leaving the weekends available for group rentals. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a weekend rental during the summer months of July and August. Walk Owaissi News: This year Walk Owaissi is scheduled for September a change recommended by the Board of Directors to encourage campers during camp to come out and walk for Owaissi in September. Please watch for the date and details from your parish representative. Finally, you or someone in your parish might be interested in being a parish representative for Camp Owaissi. A Parish Rep is someone who is willing to pass on Camp Owaissi news to folks in their congregations. For example a parish rep would display posters, pass on bulletin announcements in a timely manner, be willing to do one personal announcement in church in the spring, become society members to receive
Owaissi news updates and be an advocate for the camp. The Board of Directors is eager to have a parish rep in each parish in the Diocese. If you or someone you know is interested to be involved in this way please contact Heather Comba at
email@example.com. Owaissi wants to see you at the Annual Strawberry Tea Open House. Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 24, 2012 2-5pm and look forward to a relaxing afternoon at Camp Owaissi on the shores of beau-
tiful Okanagan Lake. A member of the Board will be present to accept your donations. We look forward to visiting with you.
Visiting Faculty will teach a variety of courses relating to the pressing topic of leadership in the church and by the church. The Poetics of Preaching, Leading Congregational Change, Turning Toward the World — Missional Church, Women Breaking Boundaries, Connecting Job and Vocation, Building Communities of Care, Leadership and Context and Living Faithfully in a Fragmented
World are the course titles. There will also be an Iona Pacific course on the topic of Religion, Science Fiction and the Problem of Evil. Instructors include Paul Scott Wilson, Darrell Guder, Teresa Latini, Peter Short, Beth Theunissen, Nancy ClavertKoyzis, Tamsen Glover, Jonathan Wilson and Francisco Pena, Hussein Keshani and Robert Daum.
The Thursday evening of each week of Summer School a round table discussion on the topic of leadership will be held. All visiting faculty and students and members of the larger community are welcome to attend. Two of our courses will be held in a weekend retreat format: one with Martin Brokenleg, Benedictine (July 6-8), and the other with Douglas Burton-
Christie, Practicing Paradise (July 20-22). For more information on courses and registration go to Vancouver School of Theology website. http://www.vst.edu/main/programs/continuing-education/summer-school We look forward to welcoming you . . .
ancouver School of Theology holds its Summer School the first two weeks of July (2-6, 9-13) in beautiful British Columbia on the campus of the University of British Columbia. Our theme this year is Leadership for a time like this and the courses, taught for credit or audit, are for everyone.