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WAY TO GO HENRY! — St. Mary’s East Kelowna is proud of their own Olympic flame runner, Henry Beesley.
EASTER VIGIL — From darkness to light — the Easter Vigil moved all who took part at All Saints, Vernon. See page 4. Holy week.
St. Mary’s Olympic Flame Runner BY BRUCE MCDONALD
enry Beesley, parishioner of St. Mary’s, East Kelowna, carries the Olympic flame. Henry was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, and following his graduation from the Middlesex Hospital, London University School of Medicine in England, he, his wife, Lynden and their two daughters, Yvette and Marie-Louise came to Canada in 1975 where Henry practiced medicine as an anaesthesiologist. Following a near fatal car accident in 1986, Henry was forced to leave the medical profession, but that did not deter him from continuing to help his fellow man. As
part of his therapy following the accident, Henry began cycling and competed in triathlons. He was also involved with Habitat for Humanity. Besides helping to raise money, he helped build eight buildings for H for H. He raised money for the CNIB, COBIS (Central Okanagan Brain Injury Society) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Oh yes, he also reads to the mentally challenged. Since 1993, Henry has cycled over 20,000 kilometres and raised over $50,000. Henry is well deserving of the honour of carrying the Olympic flame and we at St. Mary’s are proud of our friend. Well ❑ done, Henry!
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Olympic Flame Runner, Henry Beesley
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In My View
Gardening as a Way of Seeing
BY ARCHBISHOP JOHN E. PRIVETT
he sun has warmed the earth and the spring breezes and bright sunshine have a way of lifting the spirits and enticing us out of doors once again. Avid gardeners have been puttering about and visiting gardening centres for weeks now, but even those who are not natural gardeners are enjoying the signs of new life and the colours of a new season. I learned many years ago what a powerful metaphor gardening can be. Metaphors are literary devices that allow us to speak of one thing with the language of another. This is different from a simile, which is a means of comparison. An example of a simile is, “The road was like a goat trail
through the valley.” An example of a metaphor, on the other hand, from the familiar poem “The Highwayman” is, “The road was a ribbon of darkness over the purple moor.” The first compares, the second speaks of one thing in terms of another. Now all that might seem a bit academic, or too much like an English class, but what is important to note is that the language of metaphor, enables us to speak about and indeed see things in ways we may not have understood before. Metaphors reveal as well as describe. We are, perhaps, most familiar with the use of language in this way in terms of our experience with computers. We speak of a computer program in terms of “icons” (usually pictures on a screen that indicate a whole program to be accessed with a click). We speak of the Internet “highway” and being “poked” by a friend on Facebook. We speak of “uploading” and “downloading” texts, photos and music, and we have taken the name of the company
Google, as a verb to mean searching the “web” for something. Each of the words in quotation marks are metaphors. And they allow us to speak of new experiences in terms of other familiar experiences. Such use of language is not new. It is how we human beings have always been able to bridge experience from the known to the unknown, and how we access new experiences through language. It is no accident that much language of the spiritual life is metaphorical. We all know that when the psalmist says, “The Lord is my Shepherd” that it is not meant literally. It is, in fact, a metaphor that helps us to learn, and enter into the experience of the psalmist who found God to be a personal, caring, and comforting presence. Think of so many others: God is described as a Potter; a Fortress; a Father; a Warrior; a Rock; a King; a Living Stream; a Mighty Wind; Light. All reveal something of God and none reveal all there is to
know of God. Some obscure what others reveal. Together they point us beyond themselves into the mystery of the Holy. Current debates about the kind of language and metaphors we use in liturgy arise from this awareness. Going back to the Garden. When I began parish ministry as a young priest I carried with me an image of the parish as a building. I used to think that when the foundation was laid, we could build the first floor of the house, add a few rooms, finally the roof and then enjoy living in it. Like any house I believed there was always some maintenance to do, but for the most part when the construction was complete, one simply could enjoy the house. Early on, I discovered that to be a deficient metaphor. The house was never finished and I was never meant to simply live in it! I have come to think of ministry much more in terms of a garden. There is soil to prepare, old growth to prune and encourage seeds to be planted,
weeds to be removed, fertilizer and water needed and the patient waiting while God gives growth. It is a metaphor that has been helpful in other areas of my life as well. Whether in terms of family, or work, friendships or my own spiritual life, the metaphor of a garden has (if you will excuse the pun) borne much fruit. In each area there is soil to be prepared, fertilizer to be mixed in, seeds to be planted, growth to be encouraged, weeds to be removed and time and space allotted for God to do what God does. In my view, gardening can provide many helpful ways of reflecting on our relationships, our churches and our spiritual life. After all, as someone once said, “It all began in a garden...” As you enjoy the new growth of another season I hope there is time to pause and not only smell the flowers, but to reflect on what they might suggest for your own life. Faithfully
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he theme in this month’s edition of The HighWay is “Bringing in the Light.” Peter Davison has provided us with a portfolio of photographs that he took at All Saints, Vernon, during Holy Week. I felt The HighWay was naked last month, as there was no column by Archbishop John. This month he has a delightful column echoing the season we are coming into and the understanding of metaphor. I had the pleasure of hearing Archbishop John’s Easter message this year. And speaking of powerful writing, I would like to share the opening words of his sermon: “It could have happened in so many different ways. When you think of God acting power-
fully in the world, it could have happened many different ways. It might have been like a great volcano erupting and sending its ashes into the stratosphere and covering vast amounts of the earth with darkness and dust. It might have been like a great earthquake, which shifted the ocean floor and sent a powerful tsunami rushing toward the shoreline. It might have been like a huge super nova exploding in the night sky and sending a blinding light throughout the galaxy. It could have happened in so many different ways — ways that would have left most of us without doubt that the maker of heaven and earth was at work. But it didn’t happen like that did it? It happened in a quiet corner of an obscure province at the edge of the Roman Empire. It happened to an obscure group of people — they were not celebrities, or great politicians, or brilliant thinkers. They were ordinary men and
women who had heard their names called by an unknown Jewish teacher and risked everything to follow him.” Unfortunately, Noreen Morrow’s column is missing this month because she is involved in a production of “Sweeney Todd.” In honour of Noreen, I decided to publish Doug Hodgkinson’s review of the movie. Although he wrote the review sometime ago, for some reason it was never published. I think possibly because of my own “squeamishness” over the content of the movie. But now it has found its place. The much awaited article on “prayer walking” by Ken Watts has been delayed and in its place an article on “praying with those in hospital.” I hope that “prayer walking” will find its place, along with “Journaling,” which Flo Masson plans to write in the near future. ❑
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CoGS wheels BY RANDALL FAIREY RANDALL FAIREY IS A DIOCESAN DELEGATE, COUNCIL OF GENERAL SYNOD
he reports are in, the final meeting of CoGS for this triennium has adjourned, and an historic General Synod looms on the horizon. The detailed business of Council is found on the Anglican Church of Canada website at www.anglican.ca /about/cogs/highlights/ 140310COGS.pdf You may recall from an earlier column that there are several Governance Working Group resolutions coming before the synod. One of these, GWG 2010-08, speaks to a recommended significant downsizing of the Council. For the elected delegates from the Ecclesiastical Provinces, it would mean going from the current 32 delegates to 18. Generally speaking there seems
to be a recognized need for this in terms of efficient decision making, as well as cost. Presently there are an additional 10 delegates who represent such officers of General Synod as the Primate, Prolocutor, and General Secretary, as well as Partner delegates such as the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (2), and representatives from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Episcopal Church. Of these, only 4 are voting members. An added controversy is that CoGS recommended that voting privileges be given to at least three partners; the ELCIC delegate, and two ACIP members. On the surface this seems entirely reasonable, if not frankly desirable. However, the effect of increasing ex officio, or “appointed” delegate voting, is to potentially diminish the voting impact of the elected bloc from the Provinces (dioceses). There is a
clear desire to reduce CoGS. However, increasing the ratio of appointed to elected delegates changes the character of the Council, and of course, works against downsizing. Another point of controversy arose concerning how diocesan delegates will sit at the Synod. The organizing committee has decided that for many of the debates, and indeed resolutions, delegates will not be in their diocesan caucuses but rather in “Galley Groups” of 24 (it is a nautical theme), mixing delegates from dioceses across Canada. It is true that delegates at General Synod vote their own conscience, responding in the moment to the presence of the Holy Spirit, and not as diocesan blocs. However, the dialogues a delegate has in his or her home diocese cannot avoid reflecting the specific values and principles articulated in their constituencies. There were some frank
exchanges at CoGS, and those of us who expressed a desire to remain in diocesan delegations, at least for legislative resolutions, have had to accept less. For some important legislative votes on major issues such as same-sex blessings, we have been informed that delegates will move back from larger Galley Groups for final votes. Nevertheless, I foresee that many votes will be cast in relative isolation. On the blessing of same sex civil marriages, there are still misgivings about what a blessing means, what is the difference when it is a nuptial blessing, and what is the sacramental significance of blessing a same sex civil marriage. Our Memorial from Kootenay Diocesan Synod will be in the Convening Circular, but whether or not we move it to the floor, requires that we measure the politics of the moment. As one bishop in our Province has warned, should
the Kootenay resolution reach the floor for debate, and not pass, we will cause major embarrassment, if not censure, for those Canadian dioceses that have already moved to effect same sex rites because they believe they have the authority to do so. Since one has the feeling we are moving towards the “local option” principle as a compromise for the Church, we will need to be strategic if we are to avoid moving our Memorial to the floor counter-productively. Finally, I need to highlight that the Vision 2019 strategic plan will be the most significant development for our church in fifty years, and General Synod will debate if we are to move ahead — I believe we will, and I think this is a very good project, based on discerning and carrying out God’s Mission by the Anglican Church of Canada. Please pray for the General Synod. ❑
How scared was I! BY NISSA BAUSBAUM
s a child, because my grandmother lived with us for long stretches at a time, I often slept on the couch in the living room. I also did most of my school work there. The upshot of this arrangement is now evidenced by my ability to fall asleep anywhere (not as helpful as this might sound) and my capacity to get work done even in the presence of endless distractions (remarkably helpful). Although I have many memories of my living room sojourns, one in particular stands out. While working diligently on an essay, I noticed a mouse suddenly scooting by my feet, causing me to shriek at the top of my lungs and jump onto the couch to escape the creature (a little embarrassing, yes, but unfortunately true). At the same time, I became aware of
gales of laughter coming from the kitchen, following which my father and my sister, practically hysterical, entered the living room. The mouse, they announced, was a fake, set on me as a bet between the two of them; my father, certain I would be unafraid of the thing, my sister, convinced I would jump at the sight of it. My dad, having lost the bet, was not pleased by my reaction. I, on the other hand, was just ticked off that I had been a pawn in their game of “I dare you,” — and not a terribly bright one at that. Fear is a debilitating emotion. Not only does it make us feel foolish, but often it prevents us from realizing our dreams. As I write this column, I am aware that by the time it is published, I will have been in Kootenay for close to six months. Over this time period I have moved from an anxiety that just about paralyzed me (I could barely take my dog outside in the dark without being terrified of the night sounds) to a
comfort with my surroundings almost equal to that which I had known in Ontario. My last article for the Niagara Anglican was entitled Leap and the Net Will Appear. It was a brave bunch of words that I really wasn’t sure I believed and, after a week in Kelowna, I was convinced that words were cheap. It certainly didn’t feel as if any net was about to save me from drowning. There are so many scriptural stories about journeying from one place to the next that it is cliché to suggest that one of the expectations of following God is that we allow ourselves to be taken to unknown places and guided into unchartered territory. In a conversation in John’s gospel, Jesus phrases this to Peter as, “when you grow old someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” At the same time, as cliché as this may be, it still bears repeating, since we tend to choose the comfort of the
familiar and known before opting for such unchartered territory. What is more, we find numerous ways to rationalize this choice of the familiar, unable as we are to acknowledge the fear that lies at the heart of it. We are afraid of the unknown and we are even afraid to admit just how afraid we are. Years ago, when a fake mouse had me climbing onto the living room sofa, I was embarrassed by my fear. What’s more, I obviously disappointed my father who apparently thought nothing so little would scare me. Times have changed. After only a week of being in Kootenay, I was an inconsolable mess at my first clericus and I told people not to be kind to me because I would only end up in tears. I couldn’t wait to get out of the office and into the car to go home where I knew it was safe to collapse in a heap at the thought of it all. I guess sometimes the terror is so great that it becomes impossible to mask it. Perhaps
the scariest part of admitting our fear is that everyone around us won’t be able to handle it — and then, we wonder, where would we be? Almost six months later, here is where I am. I wake up in the morning, grateful for the gift of being the Dean of the Diocese of Kootenay and the incumbent of the Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels. I stand in awe of the reality that I no longer feel like a fish out of water and I thank God every day that I did not try to cover up how truly lonely and scared I was. While there are still major difficulties — not least of which is the physical distance between my family and me in all of this, the insight has been to discover that admitting the existence of my fear was the first step toward taming it. The very act of acknowledgement turns out to be the net that needed to appear; having divulged the anxiety, there is no longer any water left to drown in. ❑
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“Life in Palestine” An account of experiences with a Christian Peacemaker Team in Palestine BY PETER DAVISON n Palm Sunday evening, March 28, Johann Funk addressed a crowd of eighty or more people at All Saints, Vernon, on “Life in Palestine” — an account of his experiences with a Christian Peacemaker Team in that tragically divided part of the world. In addition to exploring the theological and political roots of the conflict in the Holy Land, he noted that both sides have been guilty of provocations, and that solutions remain difficult. However, he added that many Jews and Palestinians are anxious for an
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end to the current deadlock, which is perpetuated by extreme elements among Jews, Muslims and Christians. Despite the difficulties, he maintains hope that people will see beyond ideology and recognise the common humanity of all the participants. He cited experiences with soldiers who learned to do this. As moderator, Chris Harwood-Jones hoped in his opening remarks that people listen carefully and pose their questions respectfully. The consensus seemed to be that it was a helpfully informative evening.
PEACEMAKERS — Johann Funk addressing the audience at All Saints, Vernon.
❑ The collage below is comprised of photos taken by Peter Davison during Holy Week at All Saints, Vernon.
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PART 10 BY KEN WATTS
Many ways to pray Praying with those in Hospital
The Diocesan Committee of the Anglican Foundation of Prayer
aving just returned from visiting a member of the parish in hospital, it seems timely to talk about the place of prayer in the hospital setting. And so here are just a few things to consider when visiting someone in hospital. First of all, your “being there” is an answer to prayer. If you have ever been a patient in a hospital, you know how disorienting and isolating it can be. Having someone come, who knows you and is concerned about you, is an answer to prayer. Secondly, prayer can never be imposed, only a gift to be offered. So nearing the end of a visit, ask the person if they would like you to pray with them. If they say “no”, then accept their response with grace for our ultimate concern is for their well-being. Do not take their response as a reflection of
failure on your part. This visit was never about you. Simply say “that’s okay” and tell them that you will be praying for them and that you look forward to seeing them well again. Thirdly, we need to remember that we are with someone who is using all their energy to get well. When people are not well or are recovering from surgery, physical energy is at a premium. Consequently, their mental ability to concentrate for any length of time is compromised. Therefore, it is wise when praying with someone who is not well, to keep your prayers short. That is, make your sentences short and to the point. This will help the “patient” to follow what is being said and more open to receiving God’s Grace of healing. As a person continues to recover and it seems that they have more energy, then prayer can become a little more extended by praying for the other patients in the room and
their families, (details are not required). This can have added benefits. A patient may then feel that they are able, through their prayers, to contribute to the healing of others in the room. This can also help to break down a sense of isolation which illness can cause in people. It is also a good idea to pray for their doctors and nurses, for they are the “hands of God.” Just as Teresa of Avila once said: “...God has no hands but ours…” With the primary focus of care and concern being on the patient, we can sometimes overlook the need of family members to be prayed for as well. Family members naturally play a vital role in comforting and supporting their loved one through crisis to recovery. This is even more vital when a family member or friend is approaching the end of their lives. This all takes a great amount of strength, patience, peace, hope and love to be present in heart and soul and
body. So ask for God to give them the strength and hope and love they need for this day and reassure them that God is faithful and with them all. Reflect on 1 Corinthians 10: 13. This is where the prayers of the faith community are so important. Being in pain, fearful of more pain, unsure about what the future holds are just a few of the anxieties that make people feel cut-off from life and those who love them. Reassure them that you and others are praying for them. Knowing that there are people praying for them helps patients to rest and be a little more at peace for “the eternal God is their refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut. 33:27 KJV). Confidentiality is important here. To have others praying does not mean that medical details need to be revealed. All that a person needs to know when praying for someone in hospital, is that there is someone in need of prayer and
we let God take it from there. Sometimes people are concerned about not saying the right thing. There are no right words or perfect words, only right motives of the heart. All that we desire is for God to heal and help this person who is in need of recovery. Offer the words that come to mind and heart, and give thanks for all that God has given us in Christ Jesus, through the power that is the Holy Spirit. When it comes to prayer in hospital settings, there is so much more that can be said about such things as praying while waiting during surgery, the experience of praying with those who are dying and their families, but that will need to be for another article. Just remember your presence and your willingness to pray with people in crisis are both Gifts from God.
World Wide Christian Healing Conference Worldwide conference on Christian Healing at UBC Okanagan June 21-25, 2010 BY PETER O’FLYNN worldwide conference on Christian Healing is to be held in Kelowna at UBC Okanagan June 21-25, 2010. The conference entitled “Sharing the Heart of Jesus for the Person, the Church and the World” will be opened by The Venerable Larry Mitchell, Director of the International Order of St. Luke the Physician and priest of the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon, speaking on the subject, “What is in the Heart of Jesus that We are Called to Share.” Other topics to be covered by speakers of several denominations from five different countries are: “Sharing the Heart of Jesus on the Home Front (Dealing with Post traumatic Stress Disorder:)” Letting the heart
of Jesus help you get Better not Bitter:” “Sharing the Heart of Jesus with Wounded Churches:” “Sharing the Heart of Jesus with the Dying and the Bereaved:” “Sharing the Heart of Jesus in a culture of Blame:” “The Heart of Jesus is Bigger than you Think:” “Sharing the Heart of Jesus through Kingdom Healing.” Twelve interactive workshops are scheduled throughout the conference and will include the following topics: “Faith Issues in Developing Christian Expression of Alternative Therapy:” “Recapturing the Healing Imperative in First Peter:” “In His Footsteps, the introduction of a kingdom healing course on DVD:” “Sharing the Heart of Jesus through Creative Liturgy:” “Sharing the Heart of Jesus in General Practice:” “Sharing the Heart of Jesus in our
Society:” “A few Surprises and Unwelcome Shocks on Healing from the Scriptures:” “Sharing the Heart of Jesus in the hospital room:” “Who owns your heart?:” “Sharing the heart of Jesus in the market place:” “Sharing the Heart of Jesus with Wounded Clergy and those in Christian Ministry.” Finally, yet importantly two workshops for OSL members: “Enhancing your OSL Chapters Success with New Energizing Principles,” and a plenary workshop, “Explaining and using the new OSL website.” The conference sponsored by the Order of St Luke is open to persons of all denominations. For further information, or registration and accommodation forms see the website htpp://www.OSL2010.ca or by contacting the registrar, the
Rev. Ron Barnes at 250-764-9811, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org The International Order of St. Luke the Physician is a worldwide Christian ecumenical association dedicated to restoring the healing ministry of the Gospel to its rightful place within the ministry of the church. Its membership consists of clergy and lay people from the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Lutheran
churches and many Protestant denominations. Its members are involved in every profession and vocation. The speakers and presenters for this conference are people from different Christian denominations and traditions who are well known for their work in the Christian healing ministry in their own countries and beyond and will be representing the Christian healing ministry and the Order. ❑
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Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Directed by Tim Burton; Starring Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd), Helena Bonham Carter (Mrs. Lovett), Jane Wisener (Johanna Barker), Alan Rickman (Judge Turpin) 116 minutes, 2007.
BY DOUG HODGKINSON
bout two thirds of the way through this film I said to myself, “One more splash of blood and I’m out of here!” OK, it was a curiosity, a serial killer cannibal with singing and dancing done by big names, but really! Who in the name of all that is bright and beautiful could call this entertainment? Fellow film critic, Rachel Crawley, helped me in further reflection, to view this play/ film as a revival of a theatre genre called grande guignol, literally “big puppet.” Guignol was a Punch and Judy-like figure in French theatre. In the nineteenth Century, a theatre by that name specialized as a theatre of horrors in the Pigalle area of Paris. With live actors, it portrayed all the horrors of gritty street life; sick-
ness, crime, gruesome murders, torture, suicide, painful death, and so forth. At one point, Grande Guignol had medical professionals on site and measured its success in the amount of swooning per show. In the early twentieth Century it became a popular theatre for the upper classes to come and be titillated by the gore. The theatre closed following World War II because, as the last director quipped, “After Auschwitz, what would horrify?” We meet Todd as he returns to England from a penal colony in Australia. He is bent (literally) on revenge for Judge Turpin’s having seduced his wife, stolen his child Johanna and ruined his own life. He forms an alliance with Mrs. Lovett who runs a pie shop. Together, they develop a profitable partnership, she with a pie shop on the
main floor and he with a barber shop upstairs. Rapidly he descends into depravity when he begins to execute his opponents and even those from the upper classes he perceives to be his natural class enemies. His larger goal is Turpin who has taken his daughter into his own home and intends to marry her. Each of his murdered clients ends up in a subterranean slaughterhouse and eventually baked into pies by Lovett. All comes to a tragic end when his wife turns out to be the demented street person who stands across from the shop and issues dire warnings about what is going on. Lovett had conveniently concealed the information that though Todd’s wife had attempted suicide when Todd was sent away, she had not been “successful.” All die! While Todd had legitimate grievances against
Turpin, the source of his hatred turns on a tragic mistake. This is truly a Tragedy, as the Fates overcome the prideful character of Todd, as he tries to wreak revenge on the representatives of personal and social injustice. Jesus’ words in Matt. 5:24 instruct that if we have a grievance against someone, we should first leave our gift at the altar and then go to
that person and be reconciled, before returning to offer something to God, may seem weak for an interpersonal morality between equals (hardly Todd’s situation), but it contains a great human truth about the corrosive and deadly effect of resentment. It destroys us and wreaks havoc on those around us. ❑
You wanted to know Why is there so much bad news? It's getting so that I want to turn everything off. BY PETER DAVISON
Why is there so much bad news? It’s getting so that I want to turn everything off.
If you’ve been reading the Anglican Journal lately, you may notice there’s been a real shift in emphasis after a long period of focusing on problems facing the church. This has come about with the realisation that a lot of good things have been happening, which tend to be underreported, and that focusing exclusively on what’s wrong makes people think nothing is right! Experts on organisation-
al development know that people can be very good at solving problems, but if that’s all they’re doing their organisation will never experience health and growth. We need to know what we’re good at and build on it! The Journal is not avoiding the problems facing the church, but wants to balance these with some of the really encouraging stories that are happening right across the country. On the other hand, the secular media have been reporting a lot of bad news stories about institutional abuses and interfaith conflicts that can be both horrific and discouraging. There are several reasons why these make the news. The first is a long-standing assumption that bad news is abnormal. We like to think that life is basically good, so
we tend to take the good stuff for granted, and report what seem to be the aberrations — besides which, sex, greed and violence are “forbidden fruit,” which makes them all the more attractive as entertainment! The second is that, ever since the sixties, with its questioning of all institutions and authorities, “investigative journalism” has been the darling of the media, which have long liked to set themselves apart from the rest of us and sit in judgment on society. But the media have also developed into corporate conglomerates and become increasingly allied with entertainment, with a resulting decline in the quality of news. Governments, too, have become more interested in manipulating the news for their own purposes. Sensationalism and finger
pointing have become increasingly the norm. Thirdly, the Internet has both enhanced our capacity to communicate and acquire knowledge, and at the same time made it more difficult to sort out the wheat from the chaff. The downsizing of newspapers and television networks has also reduced the number of professional journalists and the quality of political and social commentary. Finally, we get so much bad news that people are beginning to see this as the new norm, and are now, like yourself, longing for “good news” stories. The church’s business is, of course, to live and proclaim the Good News, which encourages faith, hope and love, and counteracts our tendency to cynicism, despair and fear. We should never be in
the business of covering our own sins and failures, but we also need to “let the light shine” and encourage those who are discouraged. Both as individuals and as communities of faith, it is our task to build rather than tear down, to remind people that God’s love is indeed stronger than death, and show that we can be the “first fruits” of God’s reign. I know that both the Anglican Journal and the diocesan papers (including this one) are anxious to tell the good news stories you and anyone else would like to create and report! You can support them in this way, and with your financial contributions, enable them to expand their coverage. ❑
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BY NEIL ELLIOT
f you look around you’ll find a slew of reviews of this book. There was even one in the Anglican Journal in February this year. But the more I reflect on them, the more I feel they’ve missed the point. There are a ton of reasons to read this book. The most obvious is that it is superficially about the sexual abuse scandal, which is rocking the Roman Catholic Church at the moment and shows no sign of going away. This makes the book very current. It’s probably, for example, too late for a similar book about the residential schools, although I did see a preview of a great play on the subject, “Where the blood mixes.” In this book, MacIntyre demonstrates great ability as an author. In particular he plays with time. The book is worth reading just for the way he does this. The past and the present are intertwined. The plot unfolds over years. Sometimes nothing happens for months, and then there is a flurry of activity. This
playing with time is not incidental to the subject matter of the book, both the subject of the church and of abuse. Time in the church is not constant; we have seasons where much happens and seasons where little happens. In the hurts we have all suffered, let alone in the trauma, which is abuse, the past and the present become intertwined. MacIntyres ability to play with time is hypnotic, especially for a book that is at one level a thriller, chasing toward an expected conclusion. But that is not the point, which is being missed. The title is clear. This is a book about a man, the Bishop’s man. It is about a priest who has devoted himself to serving the Church, and who realizes in the course of the book that his service has been used to cover up abuse. This is never spelt out. We go through the book with Fr Duncan. We see what he sees and think what he thinks. We do not have the eye of God, to know what is “really” going on. I found the end of
DIRECTED RETREATS May 10-118 June 19-227 July 3-111 July 17-225 August 3-111 If the retreat is not full, a portion may be booked. the book unclear, unsatisfying. But life is like that. The book is a record of the inner life of Fr Duncan as he goes through a breakdown. He hits the bottle hard, but this is not enough to assuage his mental conflict. In one moving scene he buys a bottle at a liquor store, and steals a miniature. The experience gives him a sexual excitement. It is a cleverly constructed, poignant reflection on the sadness of some lives. So I guess you’re wondering, “Why would I want to read that?” Yes, it is a sad book, mournful, dour. But I believe it is deeply insightful. It is insightful because it looks at what it can mean to be a priest today. To be focused on propping up the institution, even when the
institution has behaved abysmally. That is all in the title, “The Bishop’s Man.” Fr Duncan has been his Bishop’s enforcer. We get insight into what that might mean, what it might be like. Because MacIntyre is a skilled author, there is no preaching here. What we get is a believable, real person who has collaborated with bad things. And so we get to the central mystery of our age, how can people do bad things. How can the Church hide abusers? Why would you want to read this book? Not because it tells you about “them,” but because it tells you about us, about you and me, about the things we might do, might have done, and might still be doing. And by doing that it gives us the choice not to do them. ❑
The Vicar of Kokanee remembers
“Bruce” BY JIM HEARNE
ore formally, this one is known as the Rev’d. Dr. V. B. H. Pellegrin. Bruce was the son-in-law of Derek Arnold who was then administrator of the Diocese of Kootenay. He was one of those Anglo-catholic clergy-
men who peopled the Diocese of Kootenay in the 60s. An interesting momento of that era is in evidence at St. Mark’s Church, Nakusp. If one looks closely at the bookmark in the lectern Bible it will become evident that this bookmark differs from all others. In fact, it began its life as a maniple. Let me explain. The maniple is a liturgical representation of the towel carried by the Lord
Jesus as he washed the feet of his disciples on Maundy Thursday. Bruce once wore this bookmark at Nakusp at the celebration of the Eucharist. I was billeted at the vicarage of the old Arrow Lakes parish. I chanced to pass by the open door of the master bedroom and there, by Bruce and Catherine’s bed were two prie dieux. A prie dieu is a small prayer desk and
the name is French for “pray God.” I was moved by their piety. One might ask why I would be billeted at the Nakusp Vicarage. It had to do with my approaching ordination to the priesthood on the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1963. The bishop gave me an excellent, daylong retreat at St. George’s Rossland prior to my being made deacon, but the situation was not as favourable for my ordination
retreat. To be brief, I was sent a book on the bus! Bruce was the Vicar of the old Arrow Lakes Parish, which wrapped round the water on both sides from Nakusp. The points were Arrow Park, Burton, Beaton, and Edgewood to the west, with Slocan City and New Denver to the east. Latterly, he became an iconographer, whose work has been featured on the front page of the Anglican Journal. More of Bruce next month.
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Celebrating 90 years! Harrison Memorial Community Church (Anglican) in Crawford Bay will be celebrating its 90th Anniversary on Saturday, June 26 at 11:30 am with The Most Reverend John E. Privett, Archbishop of British Columbia and the Yukon presiding. Everyone is welcome and please let anyone you know who may attended our church (formerly know as the Crawford Bay Church (pre 1960)) about this event. If you would like any further information or have any memories or pictures of the church that you would like to share please contact Sue Philp @ 250-227-9140 or Karen Gilbert @ 250- 227-8914 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Harrison Memorial Community Church, Crawford Bay
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ALLELUIA — Palm Sunday procession at St. Margaret’s, Peachland. Kit Carson, Lay Minister and Priest’s Warden, carrying the Cross.
Camp Owaissi News BY JESSICA THOMPSON
Summer is Just Around the Corner! Have You Registered for Camp Yet? Cathedral Building Project — St Michael's House With summer fast approaching, camp is just around the corner! Plans are well underway for another great summer at Camp Owaissi — and we want you to be a part of the fun. The programs this summer have something for everyone — outrageous games, creative worship, fun in the lake, new friends, campfires, and conversations that will help you discover what God has done and is doing in your life. Many camps fill early so register today! Camp brochures are available at the church or go online at www.campoac.com. You can also contact Jessica Thompson at (250) 769-3676 for additional information.
Annual Camp Owaissi Strawberry Tea and Open House Mark you calendars for the Camp Owaissi Annual Strawberry Tea and Open House on June 27 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Whether you have never been to Camp Owaissi or have been every year for the past 60 years, we want to see you there. This is a great opportunity to both support the camp and see what it has been up to since last summer. For only $5 a person treat your favourite people to some tea and strawberry shortcake. There will also be camp tours, stories by current and former campers, time to reminisce, and a chance to splash around in Okanagan Lake. Purchase your tickets at the church office or contact Jessica Thompson at email@example.com.
Volunteers Needed! WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND YOUR CHILD TO CAMP FOR FREE?
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:____________
Volunteer as a Camp Parent or Camp Nurse And your child will get to go to camp for free!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Jessica Thompson, Executive Director, at (250) 769-3676 Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Log onto our website at www.campoac.com
_____________________________________________ Please mail this, and make cheques payable to: St. Michael's Cathedral, 608 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 5X1
**You must volunteer one full week of camp to receive a discount of one full week of camp fees.
St. Michael’s supports the Kootenay Forward Fund