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Three medieval nails were formed into a cross and the Cross of Nails became a potent sign of friendship and hope in the post war years.
A cross of nails fashioned 74 years ago continues to call us to seek the path of healing, forgiveness and reconciliation. Bishop Michael Oulton
he night of November 14, 1940 witnessed the launch of a military campaign with the pleasant sounding title, “Moonlight Sonata”. The result of the campaign, when it ended the next morning, was far from pleasant. The City of Coventry, England, lay in ruins, the work of over five hundred enemy bombers. The Cathedral Church of St. Michael was not spared the devastation visited upon the city that night. Incendiary bombs overwhelmed the fire services and the roof collapsed into the interior of the structure. Only the spire and exterior walls remained. The early years of the Second World War were rife with uncertainty about its ultimate outcome. Rage could have easily turned inward toward a passion for vengeance, the result of hope being eclipsed by despair. Yet the miracle of perfect love casting out fear asserted itself in the days following the bombing of Coventry and that spirit echoes
to this day. Cathedral Provost, Richard Howard, who had been one of four firefighters struggling against the flames of the previous night, stood in the ruins of the cathedral and wrote on the sanctuary wall the words “Father Forgive”. He also fashioned a cross from three of the large iron nails that had held the medieval roof beams in place. Provost Howard preached on Christmas Day that year, only weeks removed from the bombing and in the midst of an uncertain future. His sermon, delivered in a national radio broadcast, was in my opinion a truly courageous act. He committed himself to work with those who had been enemies to build “a kinder more Christchild-like world”. The ministry of reconciliation, commended to followers of Christ as a sacred trust, shone more brightly in the actions of Provost Howard and the people of Coventry than the flames of destruction which had barely cooled. The Community of the Cross of Nails of Coventry Cathedral and its commitment to the work of reconciliation
worldwide is their legacy. I had the privilege of being one of a group of bishops from Canada, The United States and a number of African nations who gathered at Coventry Cathedral at the end of May for the fifth of a continuing series of dialogues marked by a commitment to reconciliation and the desire to strengthen our common journey. Our focus has been the struggles within the life of the Anglican Communion but we have also come to the clear sense that the ministry of reconciliation shapes not only our common life but stands as a gift to the world. We are first and foremost to be agents of reconciliation. We began our deliberations in Coventry by joining in the “Coventry Litany of Reconciliation” offered every Friday in the sanctuary of the ruins of the medieval cathedral. The litany that day was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby who then spent the morning with us as we began our dialogue. We concluded our time together by joining with the cathedral congregation
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as they celebrated the 52nd anniversary of the consecration of the new cathedral which stands adjacent to the ruins. The litany has become a focal point for us as bishops as we pray for each other and the challenge of being reconcilers within a world that once more seems to be spinning off its axis. From the local to the global, we are called to never falter in our commitment. I am pleased that our cathedral church has accepted my request to apply to become a partner of the Community of the Cross of Nails in Coventry. Part of that relationship is offering the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation each Friday at Noon which will begin on September 12 on the King Street steps of the Cathedral. I hope that you might be able to join us each Friday at noon for
the few moments we gather in prayer. I pray that this time might become a blessing and encouragement along with a visible witness that no matter the circumstance or times, we are called to seek the path of healing, forgiveness and wholeness. I would encourage you to visit the website: www. crossofnails.org to find out more about their work and possibilities afforded of being a community partner. May the peace and presence of Christ and his reconciling love attend you this day and always.
Coventry Litany of Reconciliation When: Fridays at 12 noon starting September 12. Where: St George’s Cathedral, King St. steps.
Sharing the journey: a question of belief reinforces a commitment to faith Diana Duncan-Fletcher
n the Biblical passage: “Come, follow me.” Mark 1:17(a), there is no questioning his motive when Jesus calls out to these disciples. They come immediately, leaving their livelihood and following this stranger. I find this passage almost unbelievable. In our modern world, very few people would abandon their present lives and move on simply because a stranger asked them to come. Perhaps demanded is a more accurate word to use. Obviously Jesus had a charisma that drew crowds to hear Him. In the Pied Piper of Hamlin, a man drew all the children
away. All of us at some time have felt led to go and see, listen, or participate in an activity away from our “normal” world. Some examples of this are the drive to attend a hockey, basketball or football game. We need to experience first hand our favourite team or players. Another example is the desire to attend a concert where a particular group or performer that we have long admired, is on the stage. Either scenario involves a financial loss to our wallets—but we feel it is worth it. In Jesus’ case, no mention is made of any money exchanged to belong to this elite group. Jesus simply asks. They follow. A commitment of faith. Recently, out of the blue, an Anglican I have known for over
a decade asked me “if I believed in God and what is written in the Bible?” I was flummoxed! Somewhat angrily I responded “Of course I do! You should know that. You read my articles in the Dialogue. Can’t you tell?” Inwardly I had a sudden feeling of immense frustration and sorrow, and had this thought “Is what I write just so much drivel?” I was deeply offended. It took me a few days before I shared what had transpired with my husband, Fred. He felt that this woman had actually paid me a compliment. According to this logic, she believed I was a good enough writer to assert a position, and provide a plausible argument even if I didn’t really believe it. As much
as I was horrified by this statement it got me thinking of a sign I once saw which read: “If you were arrested and charged with being a Christian, would there be enough evidence for you to be convicted?” Obviously I needed to put my words into action. This past May I attended a Celebration of Life for a dear friend of mine, Barbara McCowan. As I listened to her son and daughter sharing their innermost thoughts about this remarkable woman of Christian faith, I felt a peaceful touch of God’s presence. That feeling was still with me when I was given the opportunity to reinforce my beliefs to the woman I mentioned above. We were sitting in a restaurant and I was telling
her about this Memorial Service, when she asked again “Do you really believe in the hereafter?” That gave me the opportunity to share my own faith statement. I told her that being a Christian was of utmost importance to me, and that I definitely believed in an afterlife. I talked quietly because I don’t feel that ramming my views down other people’s throats achieves anything. Nevertheless, a group of women at a nearby table were within earshot. My friend listened. That was my purpose. If anyone else heard my message, I hope it helped them. It was definitely not small talk. Afterwards, I felt a lot better. See SHARING THE JOURNEY, Page 8
ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF ONTARIO • DIALOGUE
The Wemp family of Amherst island Lisa Russell
Diocesan Archival Technician
mongst the holdings of the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Archives (ADOA) we have early records for the Anglican Parish of Amherst Island. In our volumes of newspapers called The Church in the 1837 edition under ‘Church Statistics’ is the following entry: “Divine Service is performed in St. John’s Bath every Sunday and on the Isle of Tante every alternate Sunday afternoon when the season permits.” Before Amherst Island was officially named after General Jeffery Amherst, Commander and Chief of all the British forces in North America, it was called the Isle of Tante after a Frenchman named Henri Tonti. By the early 1790s the United Empire Loyalists, who fled from the American Revolution, began settling on Amherst Island. By 1835, 738 people were living on the Island. One of those early families was the Wemp family. Also housed in the archives vault is a small book titled The Genealogy of the Wemp family of Amherst Island compiled in 1912. The earliest person by the name of Wemp to come to Amherst Island was Barnabus Wemp. He was baptized in Schenectady, New York State in 1738. He was a private in the American Revolutionary War in the late 1700s and fought on the side of the English in the Royal Regiment of New York. When the English lost the war and the United States of America came into being, Barnabas Wemp, a Loyalist to England, was forced to flee to Canada. The following
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The Amherst Island Parish Register
quote from the book on the genealogy of the Wemp family describes Barnabus Wemp’s journey to Amherst Island: “His grandchildren remember well the stories related time and time again by Barnabus Wemp’s wife, how, on leaving New York State, they went to Niagara, crossed over to what was then known as Little York, now the City of Toronto. From there they went in bateaux, a sort of row boat used then, to Kingston, at the Port of the Bay of Quinte and from there went to the Isle of Tante, as at that time called, but is now known as Amherst Island. Here they made their permanent home and are buried on their own farm.” Barnabus Wemp married Catherine Gates in 1779 and they had seven children, most of them born on Amherst Island. One can see the name Wemp many times in the earliest register of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Anglican
Parish of Amherst Island. There were many generations of Wemps and most of them were farmers on the Island. The earliest reference to the Wemp name appears in the register in 1849 with the baptism of James Wemp, son of Barnabus and Janet Wemp. This Barnabus Wemp was the grandson of the first Barnabus Wemp, the name Barnabus being used many times throughout the years by the Wemp families on Amherst Island. In an article from the Whig Standard newspaper in 1990 there was an account of the 100th anniversary of St. Alban’s Church on Amherst Island. Amongst the oldest parishioners at that time was Mrs. Kathleen (Neilson) Wemp who married Arnold Edward Wemp at St. Alban’s in 1913. They were a farming family as was the tradition in the Wemp family line and had five children. Kathleen Wemp was also the organist at St. Alban’s Church for many years. In the article it states that: “Mrs. Wemp said that among her earliest memories of St. Alban’s were people traveling there by horse and buggy or, in the winter, by horse and sleigh. Those were also the days of steamboat travel and she said she clearly remembers when people first started going to church by car.” Kathleen Wemp went on to state that “she was pleased her great-great granddaughters, Laura Wemp and Sherry Ward, were carrying on the family tradition and getting confirmed at St. Alban’s.” To this day there are still Wemp families living on Amherst Island.
2014 Earth overshoot day Diocesan Green Group Earth Overshoot Day marks the time in the year by which humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can renew; consequently, the rest of the year our demand on the Earth resources and services creates an ‘ecological debt’. In 2014 the Overshoot Day is almost certain to advance again, from August 20 (the date for 2013). This expectation is consistent with the recent trend: since 2001, the date has advanced ahead by an average of 3 days per year and there has been no significant development that might indicate a slowdown. We are now using ecological resources and services at a rate that it would take more than 1.5 Earths to renew. Clearly not sustainable in the long term. ‘Care for Planet Earth’ is one of the Marks of Anglican Mission, and thus excessive use of Earth resources should be of great concern to all of us. The Earth Overshoot Day is an opportunity to reflect, through sermons and prayers, on our actions that affect the environment. We should also ask for inspiration to find new ways of existing in harmony with God’s creation, and for perseverance in making these ways part of our everyday living.
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The fruit of the spirit is self-control
Technology prof sets healthy boundaries in the classroom Deacon Lisa Chisholm-Smith
lthough he once described his work as an Information and Communications Technology professor at Algonquin College as “Godless and soul-less,” after spending some time listening to Michael Anderson reflect on his work in the classroom, I would describe it as “prophetic.” Anderson has a deep concern about how “the pervasive, continual use” of technologies “affect the nature and quality of our relationships.” So, when students enter his classroom he does something many would think unthinkable for a professional so immersed and well-versed in the field of technology. He asks his students to shut off all their electronic devices. When students complain that they can’t surf the net in class, he challenges them to find one study that shows that such multi-tasking does not adversely affect the learning process. So far not one student has been able to produce such an article. This is because Michael Anderson’s policy is based on solid research. So, in his classroom there is a time for working with technology and a time for focusing on learning together about technological processes and the two are distinct activities. The opportunity to build relationships with students was what drew Michael Anderson into college teaching in the first place. While university prof’s have teaching assistants
that handle much of the direct contact with students including marking their lab work and assignments, a college prof does their own marking and has much more “face time” with their students. A stint working for a large technology firm after several years of college teaching, turned out to be grace filled for Anderson. When former students heard he was working in their firm, they sought him out to thank him for teaching them the skills they needed to land their jobs and be successful in their field. One former student proudly told him they now had the position of Product Manager for a full line of the firm’s products and credited him with teaching the problem solving skills they needed to reach this level. Michael knows that this particular student also worked very hard to achieve what they did, but such affirmations let him know beyond a shadow of a doubt that what he was doing in the classroom was making a positive difference. Asked what sustains him in his work as a prof, he describes how that industry experience which allowed him like doubting Thomas to see with his own eyes the impact his work was having. It gives him faith, now that he is back in the classroom, that the unseen seeds he plants in student’s lives will indeed bear fruit later. He has also found participating in courses offered by the ecumenical Ottawa School of Theology and Spirituality helps him connect
Michael Anderson is a professor of Information and Communications Technology at Algonquin College’s main Woodroffe Campus in the city of Ottawa. with his spiritual side and ground his work. He even taught a course in the 2012 - 2013 academic season called “Disconnected? How Technology is Affecting our Relationships” which allowed him to go deeper into an important topic he is not able to address fully in the classroom. Author Lisa Chisholm-Smith is interested in the connections and tensions Christians experience on the job between their faith and their work and hopes this regular column will help shine a light on the extraordinary ways ordinary Christians are living faithfully Monday to Saturday.
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Editorial Mark Hauser
alking briskly along the dirt road, a quick, frantic movement caught my eye. I looked down to see a sparrow caught in the bird netting near the ground, its head poking through one of the squares in the mesh, beak opening and closing, eyes wild with anxiety. Leaving the main picking area to free a small bird that my son had seen caught in the protective netting that covered the blueberry patch, I now had found a second snared bird. The stakes were suddenly raised during my mission to act as rescuer to the local wildfowl. I slowly kneeled down and approached the small bird with care—hoping he would stay still long enough to allow me to figure out some way to untangle him. After pulling the mesh off his head and after unwinding some of the netting, I discovered that his feet were caught as well. This was going to be harder than I thought. I worried I might not be able to free him at all. After carefully working at the netting he suddenly shot into the air— flying off in the direction of a clump of distant trees. “Thank God” I said under my breath. Now I would see about the first bird that was caught. My son, watching from the other side of the netting asked, “Can you free him, Dad?” “I hope so Joe” I told him, praying that I could secure this bird’s freedom as I had done for the other, moments before. If I couldn’t, I was not prepared to just leave him caught in the nets. Unfortunately this sparrow, smaller than the first, was even more tangled. After working at the net for a few minutes and seemingly making no headway, he suddenly launched into the sky past my head. Wings flapping wildly he performed a wide loop before disappearing in the same direction as the first one. Would they meet up on the same tree branch to talk about what just happened? Nervously
chirping and comparing notes about how close they’d come to being dinner for a fox or other predator? My day had not started with an intention to go blueberry picking. I had a mindset that morning that was a familiar one to a middle class urban male who has a pathological fetish to fix/repair/improve anything around his house during a long weekend in summer. But when I saw my wife and son waving towards me while heading for the car, cardboard baskets in hand, my domestic project-orientedlaser-guided focus relaxed. “Go blueberry picking with your family” a small voice said to me in the back of my head. I heeded that voice, and yes, although I did pick blueberries with my wife and son, more importantly—or should I say more unexpectedly—my trip to the blueberry patch resulted in the freedom of two small birds from the very nets that were designed to keep them from the blueberries in the first place. What was this? Just random luck for two sparrows that I didn’t stay behind to paint window sills that morning? Or was this the calculated workings of spirit to rescue two small birds in this bucolic corner of creation along the loyalist parkway—I being the tool by which their freedom was obtained. I enjoyed the time I spent that morning with my family instead of using it to advance my perpetual domestic agenda. More than that though, was the pure joy I felt in having rescued two of God’s very own from the blueberry farmer’s nets. James 1:17 reminds us that the Lord is the giver of every “good and perfect gift.” God does not hesitate to alter or interrupt our daily goals in order to offer us something both unexpected and better than what we had originally planned for. We just may have to learn to set aside our own plans and listen for that still small voice.
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THE CROSSING AT ST. PAUL’S SYDENHAM Jason Silver (left) leads the praise band during a service of The Crossing. The Rev. Giuseppe Gagliano (right) engages the congregation with his sermon. Photos by Mark Hauser
Where contemporary meets traditional and creates community Mark Hauser
Diocesan Communications Officer
tear comes to Janet Knights’ eye when she talks about how her life has been changed forever through a greater personal connection with Jesus Christ—a connection she found through The Crossing, the contemporary worship service held each Saturday evening at St. Paul’s Sydenham. After her mother passed away a few years ago, Janet, a cradle Anglican, sought to fill a void in her life and began attending church more regularly. When The Crossing started in early 2012, she decided to attend—drawn by a service that she felt was more appealing to her age group. “It made a difference, it changed my life, it changed how I view things, it changed how I view God” she says. Janet’s praise for the service and the church family that embraced her is evident as she describes her experience at St Paul’s, “What I find here is a great sense of spirituality. You can feel it when you are in the room—it just raises you up. If you are in a bad mood or something has gone wrong at home it fills up the empty spaces and makes everything seem lighter.” In late 2011, the parish of St. Paul’s Sydenham found itself at a spiritual crossroads. It had become apparent that the church was not connecting with the surrounding community, particularly with those under the age of 50. Earlier that same year, parish council had determined that St. Paul’s was being called to reconcile families and children to God’s love—but aside from hiring a dedicated
“ What I find here
is a great sense of spirituality. You can feel it when you are in the room. Sunday School teacher, little had happened and they were still not connecting with many families beyond the church’s core group. After consulting widely with parishioners, the rector at the time, The Rev. Judson Bridgewater, knew something else was needed. “It became clear that the church could not do everything for everyone in one hour on Sunday” he says. “Various people were on different parts of the spiritual journey and to expect that the parish could effectively evangelize, nurture, edify and challenge everyone at one time was not only impractical but unbiblical.” These days when a parish seeks to broaden its base and appeal to a wider audience, the call for a more contemporary form of worship is often the answer. In the case of St. Paul’s though, Judson felt that “Tweaking the regular Sunday Eucharist with increasingly modern language, making it more informal or adding a smattering of contemporary music here and there was not the solution”. Rather than risking the alienation of the core Sunday morning crowd with an overhauled service, Judson
decided to create an entirely new service that would address the barriers to the church community that some of the younger families were experiencing. The idea for The Crossing began over lunch one day between Judson and musician Jason Silver. Jason was asked if he would consider starting a new service to be held once a month,on a trial basis, incorporating contemporary Christian music into the worship. Wary of duplicating the non-liturgical worship at emerging Willowcreek styled churches in Kingston, Jason insisted that the service be grounded in traditional Anglican worship and theology. “We try to be as faithful as we can to what a typical Anglican church service would be like” says Jason. They decided that The Crossing was to be a unique blend between contemporary music and traditional worship. Judson goes on to explain, “We were willing to experiment with music, with some forms of the liturgy and even the furniture and worship location. Sometimes the sermons took on more of an ongoing discussion and sometimes they involved storytelling and play. Despite changing the way the message was conveyed, the message did not change—whether we realize it or not, we are all incomplete, unhealthy and wandering until we experience the grace revealed in the crucified, risen and ascended Jesus and are empowered by the Holy Spirit to change the world.” Just as in the workplace, the motivation and drive behind a parish initiative is often highly dependent on leadership. So when Judson left St. Paul’s in June of 2013 for the military
chaplaincy, the question arose whether the service would continue in the same style under the direction of the new assistant curate, the Rev. Giuseppe Gagliano. Luckily for The Crossing, Giuseppe proved to be an advocate for the service and its identity has solidified under his leadership and guidance. Despite its marriage of modern and traditional, Giuseppe is firm in his belief that The Crossing should not be seen as some form of alternative worship that exists in its own box separate from the wider church. In fact, he sees The Crossing as a unique bridge to the Anglican tradition. “You can go around the world and find Anglicans of all different sorts. They use the same prayers and see themselves as part of the same body, even though they worship in remarkably different ways. I think that The Crossing is one expression of that—we worship with contemporary music in a setting that also remains true to those traditions and sacraments that hold the church together.” says Giuseppe. One way in which the contemporary meets the traditional he says is that “Jason has written psalms for each week, similar to a traditional Anglican psalm setting but contemporary in its form. So for instance there might be a refrain that the congregation might sing and the leader sings another. We have sung versions of the collect for purity, the Gloria, also the Eucharistic prayers, all sorts of traditional prayers that have been set to contemporary language.” Most of all Giuseppe hopes that the service meets people where they are. He also wants to see transformation and growth in the congregation as well through The Crossing by
challenging the comfort level of the established church. “When people sit comfortably where they are there is no growth” he says. “I hope that people who come to this service are being met where they are but are also being transformed.” Giuseppe feels that people have been blessed by the service and more and more he sees parishioners from the traditional Sunday service coming to The Crossing. “The people who have been coming have really found a place where they can connect with the church as a whole and have made it their home” he says. One thing Giuseppe has maintained is Jason’s original vision that Christ be the focus of the service. “So often it is easy to come up with an idea for a new kind of service and to have it be this kind of show. My hope is that The Crossing is not a show. That it is a really genuine way of people worshipping God” he says. “The focus is Jesus Christ, it is not an electric guitar, it is not a drum set, it is not even the words of our prayer but ultimately God revealed through Jesus Christ.” Judson echoes this same sentiment when he reflects on that fact that people in the parish needed to understand that The Crossing was not some gimmick designed to draw people into ‘real’ church. “The Crossing is an authentic Christian community where people experience the living God through prayer, the scriptures and the sacraments.” Janet Knights would agree that what she has found in The Crossing is a genuine Christian family that has changed her life. “There is so much love in this room, it has been all encompassing, surrounding you like a warm cloud lifting you up—it has been awesome.”
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Camp Hyanto enjoys memorable summer beneath the pines The Ven. Bill Clarke
he beginning of the 2014 Hyanto camping season was wet at times but the rain failed to dampen the energy and enthusiasm of both the campers and staff. Rain or shine, faith and fun combined for a great experience for everyone “sleeping well under the pines”. The start of the summer saw an increase in attendance over the past few years. While picking up their children parents sought out our Camp Manager, Carol Fitzpatrick, hoping to register their child or their sibling for another week later in the summer. Campers embraced the traditional summer activities of archery, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and campfires. New twists were given such as playing a version of Marco Polo using canoes to seek and find each other. Samantha Peever, a student in Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University came in on Wednesdays to teach nature. Even in a busy program there is still time for silliness such as a one utensil meal where everyone tries to eat their supper using only an oversized kitchen utensil (not for the overly fastidious). Faith remains an integral part of the Hyanto experience. Each day our Spiritual Director led campers through themes
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FUN TIMES AT HYANTO — Campers enjoy a new twist on an old game, playing a version of Marco Polo using canoes such as Bible Heroes or Under Construction, the latter exploring how God uses or works around the flaws in such characters as Moses and Saul/ Paul to further his Kingdom. The key ideas of the day were reinforced by the worship teams under the direction of Fiona Lau at morning and evening flag pole prayers and graces at all meals as well as by Voila. Fiona’s worship team also led the campers and counsellors in learning new contemporary worship songs at the Tuesday and Friday night
campfires. The focus each Friday was on Jesus, and included a celebration of the Eucharist led by the on-site priests who had spent the week at camp leading Bible studies for the counsellors and being an additional friendly adult presence. The hope of those who planned the summer’s programs would be that with Jesus freshly planted in the thoughts of campers they would find it easier to share him with their families on the drive home and throughout
the summer. Given the happier chatter between child and parent overheard as they passed through the gate to go home it was a hope realized! Thank you to every one of our supporters, staff, volunteers and especially the campers who made this a memorable year at Hyanto. It’s still not too late to financially support this past camping season and not too early to think and pray about Hyanto 2015!
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St. Thomas Anglican Church nears 200 years of Christian worship in Bellevile Robert Johnston
Chair of St. Thomas’ Bicentennial Committee
t. Thomas Anglican Church stands majestically on the hill at the corner of Church and Bridge Street East in Belleville, Ontario. The impressive stone walls, beautiful stained glass windows and grassy slopes always seem to extend a warm welcome to parishioners and visitors. The congregation of St. Thomas was formed on December 26, 1818 when, “a meeting was held by a number of respectable inhabitants of the town and vicinity for the purpose of devising a means to erect a commodious Episcopal Church”. The first service held in the resultant new church was in June 1821. Two fires have devastated the church in the past one hundred and ninety-six years with the first one being in February 1876 and the next one almost a century later in April 1975. The recent restoration was completed with the church opening for
worship in November 1976. We are now approaching the end of our second century of Christian worship in the community, the country, the world and are anticipating the joys of entering our third century. A series of bicentennial events will take place between now and 2018. The first of these events was an old favorite from times past–a strawberry social. This delightful event took place on the afternoon of Saturday, June 21 from 2–4 p.m. on the church grounds. We welcomed the Trenton Citizens’ Band as our special guest for that occasion which really added a wonderful dimension to the day. It couldn’t have been a better day weather-wise with blue skies, sun and a lovely warm temperature. People came early and stayed to listen to the band all afternoon, sitting on the east hill of the lawn. We served strawberry shortcake to about 150 people and I believe it is safe to say that a good time was had by all. Stay tuned for the next bicentennial event!
photos: Elizabeth Mitchell
A STRAWBERRY SOCIAL AT ST. THOMAS BELLEVILLE The first of a series of bicentennial events at St. Thomas Belleville was held this past June with a strawberry social on the church grounds. 150 people took part and enjoyed strawberries, blue skies and the Trenton Citizens’ Band as special guests.
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LEFT. Congolese refugee Maombi Kashira reunited with her sons David (right) and Mubikai and David’s daughter, Bebeta in Kingston this July. ABOVE. Eritrean family Desale Yohannes(right), Asmeret Tsegay(middle) with thier son Mussie Desale(left).
A long awaited reunion and new beginnings in the Diocese of Ontario for African families Debra Fieguth
t was a family reunion of a special kind when Maombi Kashira was reunited with the last of her seven children in July after 16 years apart. Ten years ago Maombi, a Congolese widow, and five of her seven children, arrived in Kingston as refugees sponsored by the Diocese of Ontario. Two of her sons, lost in the chaos of war when their father was killed, were missing. Not knowing whether they were even alive from 1998 to 2005, after a year in Canada Maombi was able to locate her eldest son, Mubikai, and his brother David in western Congo. When things got difficult for them there, they moved to Kampala, Uganda, where Maombi and the other children
had lived for two years before they were sponsored. The wheels of Citizenship and Immigration Canada move slowly. Although she frequently talked to them on the phone, and even though her sons’ names were listed on her original application, it took another eight years, fraught with paperwork, visits to her Member of Parliament, numerous conversations with Immigration officials and repeated medical examinations before all the documents were in place. In 2012, when her mother died in Kampala, Maombi travelled to Africa for the funeral. She had not seen her sons for 14 years. Just boys when they had been separated, they were now young men with children of their own. Mubikai arrived on his own last fall. Then finally on July 10,
David and his nine-year-old daughter, Bebeta, landed in Canada. “I’m really happy happy,” says Maombi, “because it was a lot of stress when David was there.” He suffered from chronic health problems, and there was often little or no money for medicine, food or rent. The years of uncertainty have ended, and although David and Bebeta have a big adjustment to make to life in Canada, they are able to make that transition within a safe and secure community, cared for by a mother and grandmother whose heart is full. Ten days before David and Bebeta’s arrival, another family began a new life in Kingston. After living in exile in Khartoum, Sudan for many years, Desale Yohannes, Asmeret Tsegay and their son, Mussie Desale, arrived
in Canada on June 30. A team led by Gamila Abdalla, a Sudanese Canadian who works at Queen’s University and who had met the Eritrean family on visits home, did all the preparation and fundraising over the lengthy (five-year) waiting period, renting and furnishing an apartment in Kingston, where they are settling. Because Eritrea has had a longstanding dispute with Ethiopia, the family was not able to return to their home country after fleeing, due to the fact that Asmeret’s father was born in Ethiopia. And as Christians, they were a minority in Sudan. The family was officially sponsored by the Diocese of Ontario, which is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) with the federal government, although diocesan staff and volunteers only did the
paperwork needed to file the application with the government. The volunteer constituent group (CG) did the rest. All members of the family speak Tigrinya, their first language, Arabic, which they learned in Sudan, and English, although they have started classes to improve their English language skills. Mussie, 17, will attend high school in the fall. Under the terms of private sponsorship, the sponsor agrees to support a family financially for one year after arrival. After that time the newcomers, who usually have had to learn English, are expected to be working and able to support themselves. If anyone is interested in contributing to the support of the family, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Trinity Church & Merrickville’s Annual Christmas Bazaar
photo: Mark Hauser
Annual events are always eagerly anticipated, none more so as Christmas draws near. Holy Trinity Church, Merrickville will be holding its ACW Christmas Bazaar on
Friday, November 14, from 7-9 pm and Saturday, November 15, 11-3 pm. You are cordially invited to attend. This event involves considerable planning and preparation by a dedicated group of our ACW members who, like Santa’s helpers, start their work for the subsequent bazaar almost immediately after the last one closes. The Bazaar is a cornucopia of hand-made items, products and homemade food, maintaining the traditions of home crafted foods and skills. Quilted pieces, knitted or crocheted baby and children’s wear, mitts, gloves, scarves, jewelry, Christmas decorations and handcrafted wooden items are all on display. And what is a Christmas Bazaar
without the ‘Bake Sale’ table with mouthwatering traditional Christmas fare offered at incredibly reasonable prices, tourtieres, mince pies, shortbreads and cookies, a variety of cakes large and small, breads, relishes, pickles, jams and chutneys A raffle with intriguing and unusual prizes and a delicious modestly priced luncheon on Saturday are further attractions. So please visit us and see what our ‘Santa’s helpers’ have prepared for your enticement and appreciation. Beryl Green, ACW, Holy Trinity Church, Merrickville
On Wednesday May 28, 2014, during the monthly ACW Holy Communion service two members of Christ Church Cataraqui were presented with the ACW award and pin. Marion Carleton and Millie Flindall were honoured by their peers for long time devoted service to the ACW and Christ Church Cataraqui. Presiding over the ceremony were, Elizabeth Gibson, Frontenac Regional President, Elizabeth Howard, Christ Church Cataraqui ACW President and Father Blair Peever, Rector of Christ Church Cataraqui. In the photo are left - right: Elizabeth Gibson(President, Frontenac ACW), Marion Carleton, Millie Flindall, Elizabeth Howard (President, Christ Church Cataraqui ACW).
ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF ONTARIO • DIALOGUE
Becoming Living hope Transitional changes can form, inform and transform functional ministry The Rev Valerie Kelly
he last time I wrote an article for Dialogue it was to acknowledge the contributions of its former editor, Francie Healey. The Dialogue has undergone a number of transitions including that of a new editor, Mark Hauser. I am grateful to have the opportunity to submit another article. Indeed, transitions are a natural part of life, to name a few: children start school, children become adolescents, some people fall in love, some start their own family, we age, we re-locate, our relationship with God deepens. We have all experienced life’s transitions within our homes and within the life of the church. Coming to the Parish of the Rideau in August 2010 was a transition for me. As I consider the next transition in my ministry I can’t help but think how transitions form, inform and transform us. We have been aware for some time rural areas are dying out leaving parents and grandparents struggling to maintain the community. We experience the effects of this in church as membership reaches a precarious tipping point thereby limiting effective church
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communities of faith transition and change we too are called to do the same.
planning and engagement; ministry and outreach are limited, which cycles back into the extended community. As Christians we are called to follow the Great Commission as handed to us by Jesus. To do this can be intimidating and difficult and yet at times joyous and fulfilling. As we live out our ministry call we care for the needs of others both individually and as the Body of Christ. In doing so, we learn that expressions of ministry are limitless! Effective and functional ministry requires us to adjust, compromise and change, which brings us into the life of Christ. We experience what Peter calls, “living hope” (1Peter 1:3). Vibrant and effective ministry is expressed in on-going
outreach and active stewardship with living hope prospering within the church and in the wider community. People’s lives intertwine…enriching and enlivening one another. Mutual care and support are offered, needs are met and people’s yearnings supported. All of us are called through our baptism to share our gifts, to carry out the mission of the church, to take the message of God and Jesus to others and to live more fully into the person God calls us to be. Still, much is lacking in our church communities as we encounter disappointments and failures of ourselves and others. Our experiences, values and expectations may or may not match those of our church community. As a result, the burden of the cross may become weightier as the community forms, informs and transforms us. Ultimately however this can lead us ever more deeply into the mystery of Christ and into closer relationship with God. As our communities of faith transition and change we too are called to do the same. If we refuse our future will be diminished; to engage as a loving, caring and supportive community in ministry together is enlivening, enriching and will bring us living hope.
LOVE IN ACTION is at the heart of the Christian Faith I
would like to share with you a moment that was a direct result of your generous support of the Love in Action campaign, which is evenly divided to strengthen the ministries of The Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation and The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada. What could top the excitement of Canada’s Women’s Hockey Team winning Gold at the Sochi Olympics? For me, it was hearing of 17 year old Jonathan Kashira, a former Congolese refugee, standing to sing “O Canada” as his new country scored the overtime goal. When soldiers wounded his father, Jonathan and eight family members fled the country. On foot, they escaped to Rwanda and traveled to Kampala, Uganda where they struggled to survive as refugees for eight years. Since 1997, The Democratic Republic of Congo has been besieged by civil war. Jeffrey Gettleman, East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times,
has said, “Congo has become a never-ending nightmare, one of the bloodiest conflicts since World War II, with more than five million dead . . . Unfortunately, there are no promising solutions within grasp, or even within sight.” In 2006, a parish in the Diocese of Ontario partnered with a Roman Catholic parish to sponsor Jonathan and his family to come to Canada to begin a new life. While the parishes were awaiting the arrival of the Kashira family in Canada, they raised funds to cover the cost of living in Canada for the family. They also provided money for food, shelter, and health care for Jonathan and his family while in Kampala. In September 2012, everyone arrived safely and were greeted at the Toronto airport by their new Canadian friends. Over the next year, the parishes worked tirelessly to welcome and care for Jonathan and his family as they started a brand new life in a very different world. It was truly Love in Action. Less than two years later, Jonathan is now
photo: Mark Hauser
enrolled in a co-op program at school, making new friends, worshipping every week with his new Canadian church family, and singing O Canada for Team Canada. Jonathan’s story is just one example of how your gift to Love in Action is making a difference. I invite you to give generously to the 2014 Love in Action campaign, by making a donation today in the insert offertory envelope with Dialogue and inspire future miracles through our diocesan, and national ministries, and ultimately, in the world itself. Bishop Michael Oulton
Helping Canadian Anglicans Do More Grant application deadlines: April 1st and September 1st www.anglicanfoundation.org
Bishop Michael Oulton will be conducting a four week study on the life and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Copies of the study guide will be available at the Church Bookroom. Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9 & 14 7 p.m. St. Philip’s, 44 St. Philip’s Street, Milford RSVP to email@example.com.
ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF ONTARIO • DIALOGUE
DIOCESAN SYNOD 16–18 October 2014
Called by Christ: Sent to Serve The delegates for the Diocesan Synod are beginning to receive their material needed for the meetings of Synod to be held at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kingston. Nondelegates are invited to attend Synod as observers (non-voting), as well as several of the events open to everyone.
St. George’s Cathedral, Thursday 16 October at 7:30 pm. The Primate of Brazil, The Rt Rev Francisco
da Silva will be our guest and preacher that evening. Registration for delegates will begin at 6 pm at the Cathedral.
One of the mutilated bells of Trinity Anglican Church in Brockville.
The Synod takes place at the Four Points by Sheraton (across from the Cathedral) from Friday 8:30 am to Saturday 3:30 pm.
The Primate of Brazil, The Rt. Rev. Francisco da Silva
Workshops are open to everyone Friday afternoon and will take place at the hotel, the cathedral and the diocesan offices. More information and sign up will be available on the website: www.ontario.anglican.ca/wp/synod-2014.
Loss includes church bells right down to the bronze plaque dedicated to them either stolen or destroyed
Friday evening the Bishop invites you to attend a dinner at the Four Points by Sheraton (reception with cash bar 5:30 pm for 6:30 pm dinner). Tickets are $40 for delegates and $60 for non-delegates and are available from Anne Patterson apatterson@ontario. anglican.ca or 613-544-4774 ext 130 or toll free 613-866-524-4774 ext 130. Cheques to be made out to ‘Diocese of Ontario’.
Do participate in any or all events during synod – you will be most welcome!
Sharing the journey In the opening sentences of the Epistle to John, chapter 14, we are told that Jesus mentioned to his disciples that His Father had many mansions and that He intended to prepare a place for them. Verse 4 reads “You know the way to the place where I am going.” Yes, I do know that way. I also definitely do believe these words. There is also a beautiful
Trinity Anglican church building beset by thieves now faces demolition
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old hymn “This is my Father’s World.” It was written in the late 1800’s by Maltbie Babcock, a Presbyterian minister in New York State. I urge you to read these words (or sing them out loud) as for me, the last line is the most important “He speaks to me everywhere.” I have only to listen. I have only to follow. My commitment to faith. Thanks be to God!
A.C.W. Diocesan Retreat Dates: Sept. 22nd and 23rd Location: Providence Spirituality Centre, 1200 Princess St., Kingston Cost: $85 for full retreat (includes private room and all meals)
The retreat is led by our A.C.W. Chaplain, Rev. Joyce Blackburn. Enjoy time to reflect on your busy life in a quiet and tranquil place. Attend bible readings, discussions, peaceful walks around the beautiful grounds and gardens and enjoy fellowship with other ladies. On the second day of the retreat, attend our Diocesan Executive A.C.W. meeting in the morning. After lunch, we celebrate Eucharist. This is your chance to enjoy a peaceful retreat, meet our ladies in the Diocese and learn more about the work of the Diocesan Executive.
If you have any questions and would like to register for the retreat, please contact Margie Mulvihill 613-342-3281). We hope that you plan to attend this retreat.
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t is with disbelief and regret that the owners of the Trinity Anglican Church building have learned of the willful destruction of and theft within a Brockville landmark that they had hoped would complement a future condominium development. A police investigation is now underway into the systematic damage to the church’s interior, theft of two tower bells and mutilation of the remaining bells, among other violations. Thieves even made off with the congregation’s bronze plaque dedicated to the bells, much to the dismay of Father Michael Read. “This turn of events constitute nothing short of sacrilege to a building that is still held dear by many in Brockville, and for which we have actively sought a suitable buyer since 2011,” said Rolf Baumann, President of The RGB Group in Ottawa, who owns the church building with other business partners along with the adjoining lands. “We will be sharing the Brockville Police Service’s results with the public and Brockville City Council in the coming months.” Baumann explained that his company had liability insurance on Trinity Anglican, but did not have theft insurance. Thus the loss of the
estimated $70,000 it hoped to secure from a complete set of church bells to pay taxes and/ or invest in building maintenance, in addition to the theft or destruction of other architectural features renders the building unviable for any future purpose. “This is an ignoble fate not only for the members of Trinity Anglican Church, but for an architectural landmark that has graced Brockville since 1877,” said Father Read, who served as Rector of the Parish for 12 years. Baumann, who has been responsible for several successful green building developments in Ottawa, stated that he and his development partners very much maintain their belief in Brockville’s potential, and in future wish to contribute to the City’s ongoing vitality. “While we may have no choice but to tear down this building should a buyer not be found, we are shocked by what has transpired over what appears to have been an extended period, we want to put this unfortunate episode behind us and continue working with the City of Brockville on downtown revitalization.”
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