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Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education at Columbia Theological Seminary, led a workshop this past October at St. Thomas’ Kingston, on the changing demographics and challenges facing modern congregations.
Faithful living on the land Debra Fieguth any of us don’t think twice about the water we use when we wash the dishes, have a shower or take a drink. But, according to The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, The Anglican Church of Canada’s National
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Indigenous Bishop, we should. MacDonald, who frequently visits indigenous communities with little or no access to safe, clean water, says that “while we haven’t been worrying, things have gotten to the point where it’s now a crisis, a spiritual crisis. And it’s threatening to be a physical crisis as well.” MacDonald will be the main speaker at a January workshop called “Faithful Living on the Land.” He says many Canadians lack awareness of how important water is and that lack of understanding on emotional, spiritual and physical levels actually threatens indigenous communities. For example, when governments or industries don’t consult communities before mining or developing hydro projects, it is both an affront to the
people and dangerous to their way of life. One of the biggest issues in indigenous communities is hydro development. “People have a right to have some say on what goes on in their territories.” But frequently they aren’t consulted, which is against Treaty rights as well as the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Underlying development issues, says MacDonald, “is an indigenous concern that the broader society has painted itself into an economic corner.” Developers don’t always think through the impact projects will have on communities. “Dollars and cents seem to hypnotize them.” Christians should understand the need for faithfulness better than others. “Can you really call yourself a disciple of Christ if you’re poisoning the land for the people who come after you?” MacDonald wonders. “We need
once again to integrate water and faithfulness in living on the land.” Despite the hardships – such as the lack of potable water – MacDonald encounters in indigenous communities, he also sees a “vibrant and vital Christian faith,” especially in the remote, fly-in settlements. In the January 18 workshop, which will take place at St. Peter’s Anglican Church (Collins Bay), the bishop plans to “re-explain” practises and ideas of living faithfully in our use of water. For example, “water is certainly one of the most essential aspects of our life, but we don’t have any daily water blessings.” The event will include a water blessing, similar to one that took place at Synod in Ottawa this summer. The workshop is being organized by the Diocesan Green Group, along with the Justice and Peace Commission of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kingston.
The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday January 18, and the cost is $25 per person or $40 per couple. Please register with Alice Gazeley at (613) 544-0485 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF ONTARIO • DIALOGUE
Recent archives acquisition a gem! Lisa H. Russell
Diocesan Archival Technician
ecently the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Archives (ADOA) acquired a very special new addition for the ADOA Reading Room: a beautifully bound two-volume set of books titled, Biographical Dictionary of Anglican Clergy in the Diocese of Ottawa Born Before 1900, by Jack P. Francis. Because the Diocese of Ontario once covered an area that also encompassed what is now the Diocese of Ottawa, many of the priests who served in the Diocese of Ottawa also served in our Diocese. The preface by Jack Francis states: “These two volumes
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provide a wide range of from 1879 to 1881. Not just the biographical information on the facts are given either, but more lives and careers of  clergy personal information as well such who were born before 1900 and as: “He was a tall, handsome man who at some point in their careers with a keen intellect and a child’s served in the area that is now the heart.” and “He was notably Diocese of Ottawa.” Just what a successful as a teacher, having valuable resource this is for the the facility of making religious ADOA, and teaching a indeed, for permanent the Diocese thing in the as a whole, case of the can be seen young.” in the detailed In the information September about the 2013 edition of clergy and the newspaper the many fine for the Diocese photographs as of Ottawa, well. Crosstalk, One Diocesan clergyman who Archivist served both Dr. Glenn dioceses was the Lockwood Reverend John wrote: “This James Bogert had been who was born a labour of in Brockville in love for the 1835 and served past 40 years. Reverend John James Bogart This absorbing as priest at St. John’s Church, Prescott (1859retirement project mushroomed 1862) and St. Mary Magdalene into more of a challenge than Church, Napanee (1862-1881) [Jack] Francis first anticipated. before transferring to the Diocese Just to figure out who he should of Ottawa. Seven of his eight research meant keeping track children were baptized in our of all Anglican clergy across Diocese and he was also Rural Canada before 1900.” Jack Francis Dean of Lennox & Addington has been dubbed ‘volunteer
extraordinaire’ by Dr. Glenn Lockwood and his official title is now Archivist Emeritus. Jack’s extensive years of volunteering at the Diocese of Ottawa Archives goes back to 1979 when he retired from his work with the public service. How well I remember Jack Francis’s many visits over the years to the ADOA to research those clergy who served in both the Diocese of Ontario and the Diocese of Ottawa; countless afternoons of painstakingly detailed research! It was with great pleasure that I assisted him with his research here and he did find a lot of information on those early clergy that helped make his magnum opus as extensive and complete as it is. These two volumes will be of immense interest and use for researchers and for the people of this Diocese for many years to come. We are blessed to have them in our reference collection at the ADOA.
Stewards of God’s grace Bishop Michael Oulton
hirty-four years ago during my University Christmas break; I drove my girlfriend’s “new to her” car to her home in Northern New Brunswick to “meet the parents”. The vehicle in question was a 1973 Ford Pinto that had seen better days, but with a purchase price of $400, it was well within the student budget. We were blissfully unaware at the time that the ’73 Pinto was the equivalent of driving a flame thrower as these cars had the unfortunate tendency of exploding when involved in a rear end collision. The doors of the car sagged even when closed and I thought I would die of exposure as the heater was completely overwhelmed by the constant rush of sub-zero air. The other quirk of the car was that it consumed oil in direct proportion to gas consumed and every fill up involved a check of both the gas gauge and dip stick. Our visit went well and after New Year’s Day, we started the five hour drive back to Mount Allison University. The gas gauge was touching empty as we passed Moncton, with another fifty kilometers to go. We had $2.19 between us and we chose gasoline
over oil—a poor choice it turned out—as later down the road the motor seized to a red hot halt, never to turn again. Thankfully the car didn’t explode. Later that year my girlfriend Jeanie purchased a Buick Apollo which we drove away from the Church following our August wedding. The only quirk it had was that the floor in the back seat filled with water when we drove in the rain. The Church is constantly grappling with the challenge of managing its resources, tempted at times to focus on the fiscal rather than the spiritual. We may feel we are operating the equivalent of the ’73 Pinto with the doors sagging and the threat of explosion one misstep away, fearing that we are almost out of gas and lubrication with only $2.19 in the ecclesiastical pocket. Thanks be to God for the Christmas story. The scene depicting the journey to Bethlehem, the stable and manger where Jesus was born has all the outward appearance of desperation and poverty, yet beyond those outward signs is the truth of God’s abundance. Here we catch sight of the “treasures in heaven” and we can join with St. Paul who said of Jesus: “He did not count equality with God as something to be grasped, but
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courage to trust the divine gifts, born of grace and love, we will have more than enough for the journey emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.” Jesus restored balance to an imbalanced world struggling with the reality that people often love darkness more than light. He illuminates a path where the worldly standards of success are not the milestones of the journey.
We are travellers “born not of blood or of the will of the flesh or the will of man, but of God” making us stewards of God’s grace rather than managers of worldly wealth. The world may measure worth on its own terms and find us wanting in the balance, but as Jesus instructs his followers: “It shall not be so among you”. We have been given a plethora of gifts, to be servants of God in the world, along with an abundance of grace. God has demonstrated abundant love by sending us Jesus. If we have the courage to trust the divine gifts, born of grace and love, we will have more than enough for the journey. May the grace and love of Christ attend you this Christmas and fill you abundantly in heart and soul.
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Imagine more...and great things will happen! Diana Swift
he Anglican Foundation of Canada may be the best-kept secret in the Canadian church. Few people realize that since 1957 this organization has disbursed more than $28 million in grants and loans. And the Foundation wants more Anglicans to benefit in more diverse ways. So it’s embarking on an exciting journey of renewal to ensure its funding has maximum impact. “By making it easier to apply and increasing the impact of gifts, we’re able to help more people with a wider range of projects and programs across the country,” says the Rev. Judy Rois, executive director. Four new funding initiatives will launch in 2014: • Multiple-year funding for ministry projects of up to $10,000 a year for three years. • A proactive annual call for proposals to encourage innovative ministry. • A donor/project matching program. • A streamlined twice-yearly application process for grants and loans.
Symbolizing the new focus is a redesigned maple leaf logo with the tagline imagine more, which the Foundation hopes will start people dreaming about the endless possibilities it’s ready to support. Inspired by the fresh expressions of Vision 2019, its new initiatives include ecumenical youth strategies, hospice and elder care, theological education and projects in the performing and visual arts. “It’s all about giving life to people, parishes and visions,” says Rois. No one knows better how
ministry-enriching Foundation support can be than Justin Cheng, a postulant with the diocese of British Columbia, who received a grant to intern at St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. “The experience allowed me to get a glimpse of the church’s mission in the Middle East,” he says. “The Foundation’s financial support demonstrates the church’s
commitment to future ordained ministry.” Traditional funding for church renovation continues. “The Foundation’s generous support came at just the right time to raise our spirits and our hopes in the early days of our ambitious renovation project,” says the Rev. Brian Pearson, rector of St. Stephen’s in Calgary. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Foundation chair, calls the revamped strategy “funding that matters and makes a difference in people’s lives.” Ottawa’s Dean Shane Parker, strategic team leader, says the Foundation’s new direction will “provide abundant resources for innovative ministries across the Canadian church.” Every parish can become a Foundation member by making an annual donation. Become a catalyst for great things in your diocese. Imagine a project you could be passionate about, and let the Foundation know! To apply for funding or make donations, go to: anglicanfoundation.org
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From the editor Mark Hauser
his summer I found myself sleeping in a small bedroom on the second floor of a house, in an older subdivision in Kingston. The house was my family home, where my mother still lives, and the 2nd floor bedroom was mine when I was a boy. After a late day at work, I decided to stay in town at mom’s instead of driving home to Napanee. I stared at my old small bed tucked into the corner. For a moment I felt like Pip in Great Expectations, when he returns to his childhood home for his sister’s funeral and spends the night in his boyhood room. It had been a long day, and I was hoping to fall asleep quickly. But instead, my thoughts turned sentimental about the young boy who used to sleep every night in this very bed. As a testament to my mother’s knack for domestic preservation, remnants of my childhood are everywhere. A photo of Vancouver in a fake mahogany frame that was mine still hangs on the wall. The room hasn’t had a fresh coat of paint since 1976, so there is an assortment of marks and dents in the plaster that, no doubt, were my doing. I closed my eyes, conjuring more boyhood memories: my pine desk tucked under the window, and a squadron of model warplanes hanging from the ceiling in mid sortie. Try as he might, the boy who used to spend so much time in this little bedroom could never have imagined the man he would one day become. And the fullness of time and experience that stretches back to that adolescent period of my life, trail behind me as loosely gathered threads, tethering my past with my then unknown, and ever evolving present. Looking back on my life, sewn together by a myriad of (seemingly) scattered and
unrelated choices, actions, achievements, failures, reinventions-of-self and regrets, it is hard to place my thoughts on one constant in all of it. And yet, there is one unbroken thread, which has always been the presence of Christ in my life. I believed whole-heartedly as a child, and still believe as an adult. Many times my relationship with God has wavered, waned, been stifled and choked by worldly desires, or, much like the wandering tribes of Israel, was just plain forgotten during times of ambivalence or personal good fortune. But, in spite of my laziness, my belief in a risen lord, like a lamp in the distance that at times grows dim, has always remained lit. In Psalm 139 8:10, the psalmist reflects on God’s enduring presence in his life no matter what his personal circumstances: “If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” When all else in our lives has the potential to crumble around us or become as transient wisps of reality—dissipating like smoke from a dying fire—we are reminded again and again as Christians that the only true constant in an impermanent life, is the steady rock of Christ. I look at my own son now. At six, he is the same age I was when this small bedroom in Strathcona Park became mine. And like mine then, his life extends before him as yet unwritten pages in an unknown book. Whe I take his hand and place it in my own, I ask God’s help daily in guiding him on his path as well as mine—praying that Christ’s enduring, unwavering light, will forever shine in his life as it has shone in my own.
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Love in Action: building up communities of faith Mark Hauser
wo years ago, a chief from northern Ontario, an Anglican, lost his son who passed away in a Thunder Bay hospital. “The church failed my son and my family” he said, because his son did not receive a visit by an Anglican priest while he was sick. Like the chief ’s son, many Anglicans from northern Ontario who travel to Thunder Bay for either medical or educational services, were falling through the cracks when it came to pastoral care during their time in the city. Concerned by this issue, especially for indigenous Anglicans in his own diocese of Algoma, Bishop Stephen Andrews sought to find a solution to this growing problem. Meeting with the National Indigenous Bishop, Mark Macdonald and Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, area bishop for northern Ontario based in Kingfisher Lake, the three consulted on First Nations ministries in Thunder Bay. The result of this consultation was a committee that would ensure that indigenous Anglicans travelling to Thunder Bay would receive services in their own language of Oji-Cree. In September of 2012, a family from the Congo finally arrived in Napanee, Ontario, after a six-year effort by the Napanee Refugee Committee to bring them to Canada out of the Ugandan refugee camp they were living in. It marked the start of a new Life for David Kashira and his two sons, 2 sisters, and 3 family friends who had fled the violence and war in the Congo, walking on foot and escaping to Uganda after receiving death threats against their family. Once in Napanee the committee was key in ensuring that they had a residence to stay in, money to buy groceries with and all of their medical and legal responsibilities were looked after. For the duration of one year the committee, comprised of members from St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Napanee, were responsible for the family while they oriented themselves to their new culture
This is an opportunity for us to dream about where we want our diocese to be going and recognize who God is calling us to be and sought to build a new life in Canada. Both these initiatives were aided by donations to a diocesan program called Love in Action which seeks to fund ministry on both a local and national level. Love in Action is an annual fundraising campaign in the Diocese of Ontario that seeks donations for programs and ministries in our diocese as well as the national church. 50% of the money raised through Love in Action goes to the General Synod for program and ministries funded through the Anglican Appeal, while the other half goes to the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation. Designed to support ministry locally and nationally, Love in Action is a partnership that reflects a deep commitment to the Marks of Mission that we share with Anglican’s worldwide. “Love in Action started as an initiative of the Stewardship and Congregational Development Committee” says The Rev. Nancy MacLeod, a member of that Committee. “It’s an annual initiative that is launched in the spring of each year, with a direct mailing to all members of our parishes in the diocese. From its first inception, we had a long term view of the program and felt
Bishop’s Mark MacDonald, Lydia Mamakwa and Stephen Andrews photo: Mark Hauser
that it needed to become part of the culture of our diocese” says Nancy. Eventually she hopes that each parish will have a volunteer in place to take on a leadership role around this yearly initiative and champion in-parish support for it. “We want parishes to be intentional about upholding Love in Action each year” Nancy says. Specific Liturgical materials are created annually for the diocesan launch Sunday, as well as more general material for use any other Sunday, if parishes are not able to celebrate Love in Action on that date, so parishes can put a theological framework around it. By focusing on the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation and the Anglican Appeal, Love in Action is designed to have a fairly broad impact at home and abroad. Through the Anglican Appeal, Anglicans generously support numerous national and global ministries such as: the Anglican Healing Fund, suicide prevention through
Indigenous Ministries, global peace-making initiatives, professional training for youth leaders and support of ministry and nurturing of northern leaders in the Council of the North. Says Nancy, “It’s incredible the work that is done through the Anglican Appeal in Canada. Funding of important ministries such as the Council of the North, where ministry is hard to sustain, and the support of suicide prevention programs. These are vital ministries that allow us to live out our faith in courageous and creative ways.” Just as on a national level, here at home on a local level, there is no shortage of special ministry that we are called as Christians to support. “The Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation grew out of the strategic plan of 2003” says Elizabeth Grew who is a member of the Foundation. “At that time and as it continues to be, resources were scarce and the available money that came in through regular donations was
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insufficient to keep up with the long term view of the diocese. The Foundation was seen as a way of establishing a new source of funding that would grow over time and form a base from which parishes The Kashira’s can access in the both the present and the who are interested in serving and future.” have skills to offer, would be very The Foundation identified gratefully accepted”. four specific areas that funding When Nancy MacLeod would support to insure the future reflects on the present and future health and vitality of our diocesan vision for our diocese, she sees family: clergy development, lay a need to balance attention to development, parish and diocesan our current, local parish needs ministries, and infrastructure. with investment and planning “Clergy education is certainly for our future and the future of one of the large ones” says the wider church. “There are Elizabeth. “To equip clergy two analogies that come to mind to develop their skills through for me when I think of Love professional development is in Action. One is in terms of a important in enabling clergy to family budget. In our families we respond to new challenges” she can too easily become consumed says. David Smith, the Stewardship and overly focused on what we and Congregational Development presently need for maintenance Officer for the diocese, along and a great deal of our resources with Dean Mary Irwingo into that without planning Gibson and staff at towards the future or enjoying the Cathedral, have opportunities for generosity. A been instrumental second image that comes to mind in organizing for me, is the example of the Clergy College church as a body and our need each year. Clergy to take a holistic approach with College brings regards to looking after it from a clergy together viewpoint of mental, physical and for professional spiritual needs. Love in Action is development and an opportunity for us to nurture fellowship. We have the whole body, not just the parts, brought in guest to direct resources where they are speakers from university most needed for the health of and seminary as well as the whole. Our own parishes are featuring scholars from our stronger if our whole diocese and own diocese with the college. It is the wider church is stronger” she designed to be an opportunity for says. continuing education, but also a Nearly 150 years after Bishop time for clergy to come together John Strachan proposed the and support each other in their creation of a new diocese in ministries. “Some of the topics 1854, and asked that “we must we have offered in Clergy College knock at every door and rouse have been homiletics, difficult the inhabitants to devote a texts centered around the Old small portion of what God has Testament, and Calvin and his bestowed upon them to promote commentary on Ephesians” says a just work”, the Diocese of David. Ontario finds itself facing Just as important as different, but not dissimilar professional development, is challenges in a dramatically the ongoing need for pastoral changing cultural landscape and care for clergy, Elizabeth is also in an increasingly demanding quick to point out. “Assistance fiscal environment. When asked with sabbatical leaves, clergy about our many challenges that retreats and wellness initiatives lie ahead, Nancy says “we are are ongoing and will no doubt be realizing now in the church that even more needed in the future” the structures that we are familiar she says, as clergy, along with with are changing. The way we do other professions, deal with the ministry and the way we approach increased stresses associated with ministry needs to change as the contemporary professional life world around us is changing. But and current social realities. I believe that God is faithful to The Foundation is administered us and that we are called to be by a board and holds an annual faithful to God in the midst of meeting with an invitation for that change. Regardless of current each parish to attend. Individuals demands, it is important that as well as parishes are also we set aside something for our encouraged to become members dreams and our hopes. This is an of the board with membership opportunity for us to dream about dues set at $100 a year. Currently where we want our diocese to be vacant is the position of Chair on going and recognize who God is the board. Elizabeth says “people calling us to be.”
ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF ONTARIO • DIALOGUE
Kitley’s Annual Clothing Drive Myranda Morrison
his summer, like several others now past, The Anglican Parish of Kitley held their annual clothing drive and free giveaway. In the small village of Jasper, a space provided by the Jasper Fitness Centre was transformed into a one day free clothing giveaway. Parishioners collected items of all kinds and sizes, from shoes to winter coats eagerly for 7 months. Soon friends of friends and other family members were sending bags upon bags of new and gently used clothes to the church on Sundays. Norine Morrison opened up her home to store all of the generous donations. Bags even began showing up on her front porch when she wasn’t home! The idea was set in motion in 2009 when Norine’s daughter, Myranda, was active in the parishes youth group. She had seen the concept done before as an outreach in Brockville with the
Highway Pentecostal church. She clearly remembers the satisfied feeling of watching another young girl take home one of her hand-me-downs. This stuck with Myranda for some years, and it seemed like an excellent rural outreach project for the youth group—and soon to be the entire Parish. So, on August 17, 2013, The Anglican Parish of Kitley held their 4th annual free clothing giveaway. Yet again, there was a great response from the community. Young moms were pleased to find play clothes and back to school outfits for their children and seniors were happy to pick up slacks and sweaters. All around it was a successful event. All left over clothing items were kindly collected by
Illness and Caring Pastorally The Rev’d Timothy Kuhlmann As the deer longs for the water-brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)
llness is a common experience. Sometimes, surgery or treatments along with hospitalization become an overwhelming part of the experience of illness. With surgery, is the longer process of recovery and rest at home. Illness absorbs anyone’s energy. Illness, I have found, includes as well the emotions we feel in the midst of the illness, and the connection with our beliefs, our values, faith and the Church. Although I had surgery as a child, I can only tell you about my feelings when two of my grandchildren were hospitalized— fear, weak, helpless, hope, connected, loved. The Church identifies pastoral health care as the ministry of those seeking to be present with people in their illness. But it can be, and often is, even more. Pastoral health care also refers, perhaps most vitally, to how those who are ill, and their loved ones, bring together faith and spiritual beliefs to cope with the experience of illness. At the onset of a health crisis, one place I encourage people to begin is to take time to reflect on their feelings: fears, doubts, and, yes, even struggles with faith. I also encourage people to ask questions to reflect more on
their feelings—Are you feeling vulnerable, broken, empty, hopeful, connected? In fact, voicing or reflecting on feelings and emotions is the starting point for pastoral health care. I believe it is helpful for each of us to ask ourselves, the strength of our emotions. So, if today, I am feeling some anxiousness, how strong is this emotion for me? Or maybe, I have found today to be a day mixed with dread and hope. Perhaps I could weigh them to judge their strength. It is not impossible to feel both at the same time, or very closely the same time!! The point of the exercise is that in identifying the strength of a particular feeling, you and I can begin to recognize how we are responding to the experience of the illness, the treatments or surgical procedures. So, in the process of identifying this response, we can connect more significantly with others who will listen and journey with us through the illness. Expressing feelings, while challenging, is not new. Remember, that the psalmists openly expressed their feelings to God. They could only find themselves standing in God’s mercy and loving-kindness when they first voiced their painful feelings of being left alone, forsaken, forgotten, helpless, vulnerable and afraid. Only then could God’s love meaningfully clothe them.
the Hale brothers as a donation to the MS Society. This event was wonderful for the environment as we encouraged the ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ principle. We reinforced the idea that there is nothing wrong with hand-me-downs—and in this case many items still had the tags on them! Not only did this event give Parishioners an
opportunity for fellowship and team work as we coordinated, set up and took down, but it was a great way to show our community that we care. At the end of the day, we remember what Jesus told his disciples, “Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:8).
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ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF ONTARIO • DIALOGUE
Welcoming habitat to North Grenville Peter Bunn
hen the parishioners of St. James, one of the parishes of The Anglican Churches of Grenville North, made the decision to sell the church rectory a few years ago, they first had it severed from the remaining two acres of vacant land on which it sat. In the spring of 2012, having determined there was no way to use the remaining property for church purposes, the parish decided to sell this last parcel of land. While preparing for the sale, the parish learned that Habitat for Humanity’s Thousand Islands Branch was looking for a lot on which to conduct a Build for a family in North Grenville. Habitat for Humanity is a volunteer charitable organization dedicated to providing affordable housing to those who could not otherwise own their own home. Habitat identifies a worthy family and then gives them a hand up by inviting community volunteers to work alongside the family to build a safe, decent and affordable home. The family then assumes
a mortgage with a zero per cent interest rate held by Habitat and works to pay it off like any other homeowner. Since 1976, Habitat worldwide has built, repaired, rehabilitated or improved more than 600,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 3 million people.
When parishioners learned of Habitat’s need, they felt God was at work, emphasizing the message of Jesus to reach out and provide for others. St. James had two acres of prime development land in the heart of Kemptville at the same time as Habitat was searching for a building lot. Habitat’s local need could be met if some of the St. James land were turned over to them free of charge. Immediately, and unanimously, the people of St. James agreed that any offer to purchase the land would have to include a clause committing the buyer to
offer one of the development lots to Habitat, or to pay additional funds to St. James. Thankfully, the developer who purchased the property enthusiastically embraced the idea of the donation and within eight months the necessary paperwork was complete and a building lot was given to Habitat. At the time of the writing of this article (midSeptember) construction is underway: the foundation is poured and the framing completed. The Chair submitted photo of the Build committee has said the homeowner will be in the new house by Christmas. Along with many other members of the broader North Grenville community, a number of St. James parishioners, including our newest parishioner, Father Robert Porter, have volunteered to assist in the build. It is an exciting time for St. James and for North Grenville. St. James looks forward to welcoming a new homeowner into the Kemptville community and perhaps also into our church community.
Camp Hyanto: diary of a first time volunteer Denise Brown
fter recently retiring from my position as Case Manager for the South East Community Care Access Center, in addition to gifting my granddaughter Hailey Porter with a 3-week stay at Camp Hyanto, I also had the privilege of volunteering as a Camp Mom. First and foremost, the Camp and all of its programs are God-Centered and driven by Christian values and love, while providing a safe environment. The activities are horizon-expanding— physically, socially and spiritually: swimming, archery, crafts, talent shows, team-building, life lessons and Christian teaching. Each day began at 7:30 a.m. with counsellors singing the morning wake up song to each cabin. We then gathered at the flag pole for morning prayer and the singing of O Canada while the flag was raised. I was impressed with the caring, patient teaching regarding personal care—encouraging independent functioning in personal care, including manners during meals and consideration of peers. A dedicated camp veteran of 40 years, Velma Kelsey’s kitchen supervision provided wholesome abundant meals with a celebrated treat being her chocolate Rice
A few words from Francie The Rev’d Valerie Kelly
want to thank Francie Healy for her work on the Dialogue prior to its suspension. I have that opportunity now and she has been gracious enough to answer my questions. What was your official title? I was Editor, and Jane Miller was Managing Editor. We worked as a team. I did the editing, writing and initial rough layout; Jane looked after administrative details and perfected the design/layout for the printers. How long were you with Dialogue, and how did you get into this job? I began in 1998. I had been working as a receptionist at St. George’s Cathedral. I loved that job, but before St. George’s I had been a professional writer and editor most of my life. So when the position of part-time editor came up at Dialogue, I was drawn to it like a duck to water. I met Jane Miller then, and we worked together seamlessly. Jane retired in March, 2011; I did “my half ”, took over “her
half ” and worked on the paper full time until it was suspended due to budget cuts. The diocese kept me on at 1/3 salary to do all (multi media) communications work. It was a happy, creative time. There was no job description; when one was created with a title (Communications Officer, which would now include a quarterly Dialogue), naturally I applied for it. The diocese chose Mark Hauser. After 15 years, it was very, very hard to say goodbye. What was your favourite story? It’s probably impossible to pinpoint one story. It has almost always been true that the story I’m working on is my favourite at the moment. My favourite category, however, is feature-writing. I am well-trained for news stories, but I prefer to write about people. I believe every single person has a story that deserves to be heard. Who were your heroes/guides/ mentors? My first teacher and mentor, from early childhood, was my Dad. He had been a reporter with The Canadian Press. He went on to become a public relations
executive and then columnist and broadcaster. He encouraged and coached me until one day I was his editor, when he was writing a regular column for a community newspaper paper I edited. Another hero, teacher and mentor was Hugh McCullum, once editor of Canadian Churchman and The United Church Observer; but also secular writer, daily newspaper editor, publisher, CBC broadcaster, author and social justice activist. He was my editor at the Churchman and the Observer, and my dear friend. I learned a great deal from him. What was the best part of the role? I loved bringing to life the stories of people in smaller churches. Ordinary folks “in the pews” and their dedication to their church communities. I was always in awe of them. I still am. What one lesson did you take with you? As a writer and communicator in the church and the secular world, I have learned how to listen. I have also learned that it’s okay to fall in
love with everyone I meet (and I do) – especially when I’m writing their stories. Francie, from all of us whose lives you’ve touched along the way, including my own, thank you! You served the Diocese of Ontario faithfully and well. You’ve helped us to be connected and share in God’s love. We are grateful! May God continue to bless you as you have blessed us in this Diocesan ministry. And now we have the creative and skilled works of Mark to carry forth this ministry, indeed we are a fortunate Diocese!
Krispy squares. Theme lunches such as crazy hair, backwards and monk lunch were especially fun and provided much hilarity. It takes a conscious effort to teach children to be thankful for all their blessings, and Camp Hyanto does a wonderful job of nurturing grateful hearts. The joyful fellowship, singing and games around a glorious campfire are a hallmark of Camp Hyanto. This summer was no exception. Noteworthy, though, is how impressed I was by the exceptional staff—and how my memories of them linger. They were competent, yes, but also uplifting and spirited—even a downpour could not dampen their spirits. Maria Blowes, who capably managed the health and safety program, skillfully treated injuries, administered medications and made sure her door was always open. But also not to be forgotten was the staff ’s love and compassion for the children. On one occasion, I was moved to see how respectful the counselors were of one child who’d suffered a bed-wetting incident. They quietly arranged for the bed to be washed and remade prior to the child’s return to the cabin. Preserving the child’s dignity was their top priority. I continue to smile thinking of Archdeacon Bill Clarke sitting on top of the hill, armed with a huge flashlight, insect repellent, popcorn for the raccoons, and a book. There he was, watching over his flock—a true Shepherd. I also greatly appreciated camp Manager Carol Fitzpatrick who was always readily available, approachable and encouraging to this first-time volunteer. Capable and caring, Carol missed nothing and kept a watchful eye over the operational functioning of the Camp. As I was recently walking with Hailey to her swimming lesson, she burst into song “Our God is an Awesome God”. Because I had volunteered at Camp Hyanto and knew the song, I joined in. Reaching the change room, another girl said: “I know that song we sing it at my Church”. Hailey told her about Camp Hyanto—she was growing God’s Kingdom.
ACW Christmas Tea
Bake • Craft Sale • Silent Auction Saturday, December 7th, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Saint Lawrence Church, 80 Pine Street, Brockville, (613) 345-5717
Tea, Sandwiches, desserts & beverages served in the tea room. Free admission to the sale & Silent Auction Something for everyone on your Christmas shopping list www.parishofstlawrence.org • firstname.lastname@example.org
ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF ONTARIO • DIALOGUE
How is your facade? Diana Duncan-Fletcher
read the introduction of the new clergyman with disbelief and indignation. The newsletter’s write up was so far off the truth. I knew it, and so would anyone who had ever been a parishioner in one of his former churches. Then it dawned on me, that this was written by the man himself. This is how he believed he was— the secretary had just copied what he had obviously submitted. His credentials were considerable; so were his objectives for his new ministry—but he himself was not at all what he claimed. It made me think about myself. People who read my columns in the Dialogue probably believe I am a compassionate, hard working, inquiring, loyal, respectful, educated, devout Christian woman. All those descriptors do apply, but I am definitely not a “Plaster Saint.” I can be as hard as nails. I also have a wicked sense of humour and, unfortunately, have quite a temper. Those are all part of the “real me,” as anyone who actually knows me will admit. They will also know I also detest people who are disrespectful, condescending and those who gossip. Would I put those into a newsletter as an introduction to a new ministry? No! Why? I believe each one of us has a perfect image that we show—a facade if you will—but underneath that layer is another, which is probably more realistic. Naturally, however, we believe we are the perfect image we h ave developed. A good example of this happened to me this past Summer. I belong to a country church, in a small village, where finances are tight. Instead of hiring a replacement when our clergyman was on holiday, a number of us each took care of one Sunday service. Mine was the last Sunday in August. As a lay person, I found it quite a learning curve. Many hours went into its preparation as I developed the prayers, hymns, and using the lectionary scripture readings,
produced a sermon. I’d like to say it was a success, but I would not be telling the truth. It was not a flop, but there were certainly areas that I would, if I could, start afresh. There were definitely things I would change or leave out. At the door afterwards people said polite things. Only one woman really mentioned something I felt was helpful criticism. She saw below the facade I had presented, to the level underneath. That was my real blessing, hearing her honest appraisal. And all my preparation gave me quite an appreciation of the many hours a clergy person puts into the one-hour end result. As I reflected on this, I realized that each of us in any church has our own unpaid ministry. Whether you are a: Reader, Chalice Bearer, part of the Flower Committee, member of the Altar Guild, an A.C.W. member, an Usher or take up the collection, the Envelope Secretary, the Treasurer or are on the Finance Committee, teach in the Sunday School, sing in the Choir, or any one of a hundred other necessary contributors, each is your Ministry with a capital letter. You are an important person and without you there would be no church. So, if you are someone who simply goes to your church each week and takes, consider doing some giving as well. Change your facade and find your niche. It need not be a committee job. Here are a few suggestions: if you belong to a smaller church it is unlikely that you will have a caretaker, so volunteer to clean the church one month; organize a group of people to do an outside garden project; get involved with a Spring or Fall clean up session one Saturday; offer to serve coffee, tea and lemonade with cookies after church one Sunday; sign up to be a substitute Sunday School teacher when there is a need. The list goes on, but only you know what your church needs–YOU! Thanks be to God!
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Unexpected Gifts (Genesis 14:17-20) The Rev’d Giuseppe Gagliano
elchizedek is one of the ghosts of Scripture. In a portion of Genesis, hardly consisting of an entire chapter, the priest-king of Salem enters the scene with unexpected gifts to Abram. Like a character in a play whose sole purpose is to bring emotional relief, this mysterious stranger greets Abram after a stint of difficult battles to claim a divine inheritance. This minister of El Elyon—God Most High— brings gifts of bread and wine to the patriarch and bestows a blessing upon him. Melchizedek then disappears without a trace, with only the residue of his generosity lingering in the battleheavy air. We must always be open to receive unexpected gifts. In the version of Christianity we often find on the airwaves, we are often bombarded with a doctrine of prosperity. It is true that our Heavenly Father will give us an egg rather than a scorpion (Luke 11:12), but it may not be in the way we expect. For this reason, preparation for receiving divine gifts is essential: we must open our inner eyes through daily devotion to the possibilities of God’s generosity. Clasping our palms in prayer naturally causes our
Preparation for receiving divine gifts is essential: we must open our inner eyes through daily devotion to the possibilities of God’s generosity spiritual hands to unfold, ready to receive these blessings. As the Christian life is often a two-way street, we must also be ready to give unexpected gifts. Abram returned the favour to Melchizedek by providing one tenth of his possessions. This fraction has duly embedded itself in our religious tradition, but I do wonder how much this response was a knee-jerk reaction after this holy surprise. Prayerful preparation is a dutiful practice for always keeping us poised, ready to give from what God has so freely given. Christ was clear that it is better to give than to receive, and this is
certainly a command rather than simply some quaint advice (Acts 20:35). But we, like Abram, are torn and bruised in the pursuit of our divine inheritance and we are sustained in our spirit through the reception of divine gifts. Jesus, too, became a Melchizedek to us (Heb. 5:10, 6:20). The Son of El Elyon greeted a battle-weary humanity; the Great High Priest who reigned from a cross in Jerusalem brings to us himself in the divine gifts of bread and wine. The eucharist is essentially the good gift of God, which we should also be prepared to receive. We can only give back to God those things that come from him; but through faithful devotion, we can always be ready to receive the blessings he has promised.
Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek — by Dieric Bouts the Elder, 1464–67
New friends in Marlbank/Roslin Dee Sinclair
his summer we at St. John’s, Stirling, underwent a few changes. The most significant being, that on July 1, 2013, we joined with St. Matthew’s Marlbank and St. Paul’s Roslin to form a new Area Ministry. To some of us this was a new experience and not really knowing what to expect, we were a bit uncertain as to what the future would hold. One of the arrangements involved in sharing our minister, Rev. Nancy MacLeod, was that on the months with a 5th Sunday, the congregation would hold a pot luck lunch at the host church on that given Sunday. This first 5th Sunday came September 29 and the service was scheduled to be at St. Matthew’s, Marlbank. Due to other commitments in the village of Marlbank the service was rescheduled for September 22 at 10:30 a.m. Several of our St. John’s parishioners had never been to the Marlbank church so
we arranged a car pool, Meeting at our church at 9:00 am. 3 vans with 11 occupants set off to attend the morning service and meet our new co-parishioners in this new venture (14 others from our congregation met us at the church). It was a glorious fall day and a great day to share and thank the Lord with our new friends. The parish of Marlbank extended a most warm and cheerful welcome to us. There were 51 in attendance with 25 of us being from St John’s —the members of St. Matthew’s
put aside and forgotten in the new found companionship we were sharing. The service was a bit of a change for us as the musical instruments were guitar and mandolin and the songs were gospel; but it certainly was enjoyed by all. Following the service, we all went to the community hall for our Pot Luck Lunch. The parish of Marlbank “set a very fine table” and we lacked for nothing—food in abundance, laughter, enjoyable company and a warm feeling of being welcome. There was even a delicious cake with a “Welcome St John’s” salutation on it. What a wonderful start to this new relationship venture! We at St John’s were all in agreement—it was a very successful event and we are looking forward to hosting the photo: Nancy Beale next Pot Luck where we made us feel most welcome. can give them the same warm On this day the church was welcome we received. filled with warmth, friendship, Thank you Marlbank/ laughter and peace. Whatever Roslin, from your new friends trials and tribulations that had at St John’s, Stirling. brought us to this moment were
ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF ONTARIO • DIALOGUE
‘Belly to Belly’
Auctions & the ACW in Madoc
Kate Ann Follwell
would like to introduce a Diocesan Weight Loss Challenge. This idea was inspired by the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, vision statement, promoting: “a truly just, healthy and peaceful world”. WE can support this “healthy” vision by grasping our personal responsibility to health and well-being. This weight loss challenge is a fundraising project for the Diocese of Ontario, to raise money for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. Our slogan, ‘Belly to Belly’, from our belly of excess, to those who have no food in their bellies. It is our hope that participants will be motivated to lose weight and raise money, to share our wealth by supporting our Primate’s Fund in the world. Other benefits will be to have some fun, learn, and adopt healthy eating practices and to lose weight. Inspired by my call as a Vocational Deacon, my life’s work as a professional home economist, and my personal experience of overcoming excess weight while becoming a lifetime member of Weight Watchers—I feel passionate about fostering this cause, ‘Belly to Belly’ in our Diocese. This is our opportunity to transform old habits into healthy lifestyles and reclaim the body God has gifted each of us. Who? • Everyone in the Diocese of Ontario is invited to participate. • Each parish will be considered a team. • The plan is to find participants interested in losing weight. • • • • • • • • •
How? A letter will be sent to the wardens and church secretaries by December 1st explaining the project. People willing to participate in weight loss will add their names to the parish list. The church secretary will post the parish list of participants no later than December 31, 2013. Send list of participants from each parish team to Rev. Kate Ann Follwell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a contact name for each parish team. The starting date will be Epiphany 2014. Each participant will have a sponsor sheet. Devotional materials, diet tips and menus will be sent out to parishes via electronic mail and posted at the parish level. Each parish will select one male and one female member to conduct weigh ins. All weigh in information will be confidential.
Devotional materials, nutritious recipes and menu ideas will be posted on the diocesan website. Where Does The Money Go? Money will be collected at the parish level, receipted there and forwarded to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. We all do.
ACW Sunday was celebrated at St. John’s, Madoc, by presenting Betty Stilwell, Audrey Wood and Wanda Donaldson with their ACW pins and certificates, recognizing their many years of service to the church. The morning service was conducted by Rev. Brian Webber and a reception was held afterwards in the Canon Thompson Hall for family and friends.
Toonie Luncheon and Loonie Auction What can you buy for a loonie anymore? Well, at St. John’s in Madoc, a loonie might have gotten you a new badminton/volleyball set, a telescope, a Royal Doulton Doll, an original water colour painting, or any of the 33 other wonderful items that had been donated to the ACW for the auction. In fact, many people bid a loonie several times in the hope of taking home one of the items. The rivalry between friends and family to bid on items created loads of laughter and one person even kept bidding by herself to ensure she had lots of chances to win a Christmas hanging. When all the fun and laughter was over $900 was raised for ACW activities. What an enjoyable and profitable way to spend an afternoon!
Special Recognition? • Top individual weight losers • Top individual fund raisers • Top parish team
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Betty Stilwell, Audrey Wood and Wanda Donaldson
Fred Doyle and a display of the items up for auction.
Gift Planning and Stewardship Dear colleagues in ministry, Looking ahead to 2014, I would like to let you know that I am available to attend parish council meetings, and to work with you and your leadership teams to build support for gift planning.
Weigh-Ins Will Occur 1. Epiphany 2. Transfiguration Sunday 3. Final weigh-in, Saturday before Holy Week.
Sponsors • Sponsors declare at the time of the first weigh-in how much they will pay per pound lost. • Sponsors may come from within the participant’s home parish, also from the Diocese at large or elsewhere. For example, someone from Christ Church Belleville could sponsor Ven. Bill Clarke from St. Thomas’ Church in Kingston. • If someone from outside the church would like to sponsor, receipts will be issued from the participant’s home church. • If someone wished to participate who does not attend the local church, but would like to take part, sign the participant to your church team. For example, someone now living in Toronto who would like to participate choose a parish team to join. • Outreach opportunity. Spread the word in your communities. This is a great opportunity to include anyone.
`belly to belly’— Archdeacon Bill Clarke has offered to be the “Poster Boy” for the campaign.
Development Relief Refugees Justice The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is an expression for all Anglicans of their baptismal covenant to strive for justice and peace and to respect the dignity of every human being.
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund the anglican church of canada 80 Hayden St., Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2
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Gift Planning continues to be a vital source of funding for countless ministries in our parishes, the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation, the General Synod and beyond. I am also available on many Sundays to offer homilies and to meet with interested parishioners to answer questions about Gift Planning. This ministry is offered to you by General Synod Resources for Mission group and our diocesan Stewardship and Congregational Development committee. Please feel free to contact me at home in Kingston: Telephone 613.329.7540 (mobile) 864 Danbury Road, Kingston, ON K7M 6E4 Email: email@example.com I look forward to working with you! Archdeacon John M. Robertson, Senior Gift Planning Officer General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada Honorary Associate, St. George’s Cathedral, Kingston