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Diocese and Synod Council take bold steps towards new vision and strategy with sale of Synod Office and transformation of Camp Hyanto Alex Pierson
Diocesan Executive Officer (Pro Tem)
e often hear of “transformation” in today’s world. More profound than just change or a “turnaround”, transformation takes things to a new level, higher effectiveness and greater sustainability. We are called to mission, called to stewardship and called to be God’s Church. How do we take our calling to the next level? For the last five years, the Diocese of Ontario has been working its way through a period of evaluation, direction setting, decision making and change. There are a range of different elements and aspects to this work. In 2011 the diocese faced a large financial deficit in the General Fund (the “Operations” of the diocese). After work by the Finance Committee, a number of difficult decisions were made by Synod Council in order to balance the budget. At the same time, there were a number of areas that required more time, analysis and prayerful consideration. These became part of a longer term “arc” that lead from where we were to where we wanted to be. Several of these longer term pieces of work have been completed in the last year and brought to Synod Council for approval and decisions. The most significant ones include: The Church Bookroom For years, the Bookroom supported the work of parishes, clergy and laity by supplying books, teaching materials, supplies and gifts and was able to contribute a small operating surplus back to the diocese. Now, the business has become more difficult and the Bookroom has required financial support from the diocese. The Queen’s University School of Business Consulting (QBC) was engaged to review the current operations, assess needs and determine the op-
The Diocese of Ontario Synod Office at 90 Johnson St. in Kingston was put up for sale this Summer. Sale of the historic building will save the diocese an estimated $300,000-500,000 in capital expenditures on the property. New office space will be leased in downtown Kingston. Photo-Mark Hauser.
tions for going forward. A report was produced by the QBC and brought to Synod Council along with specific recommendations from the Finance Committee. The Bookroom will remain a part of our diocesan operations, but is transforming to reduce its need for financing from the diocese. Camp Hyanto The Camp celebrated 70 years of camping ministry this year. Over that time, tens of thousands of children, teens and adult volunteers have spent joyful time in a natural, safe, Christian environment. To date, Hyanto has seen the number of campers decline and the need for financial support increase. In 2015, Synod Council commissioned and mandated a Task Force to review the operation and
direction of our camp. Outside expertise was engaged, Salem Hill Consulting, who bring many years of camping and business experience. After a review of the current operations, a survey of parishes, comparisons with other camps and consideration of what we wanted from a camping ministry, a new “Core of Hyanto” as a vision and framework was developed. Getting to this new vision of Hyanto (one which offers a rich ministry to children & youth but is also financially sustainable and long term viable) requires significant change. The Task Force developed three Options and a recommendation to the Hyanto Board. The Hyanto Board reviewed the report and also made a recommendation to Synod Council. Synod Council approved putting Hyanto into a “hiatus” for the 2017 season
to allow a new board, strategy, operating plan and model to be put in place. The new Hyanto Board will work through a series of “Gates” to bring a long term viable, sustainable camping ministry to the diocese starting in 2018. The Diocesan Center Our offices at 90 Johnson Street have been part of the diocese for over half a century, first as a Bishop’s Residence and then as the Diocesan Offices. A historic building, it provides offices for the Bishop, the DEO, CFO and diocesan staff, meeting rooms, facilities for the Archives and Bookroom and storage space for a number of ministries. Over the years our needs have changed and it now provides more space than we require. We also face considerable capital
expenditures (estimated at $300,000 to $500,000) to repair/ replace windows, heating/air conditioning, external stone repairs, roof, etc. Engaging with Cushman Wakefield (an expert in Commercial Real Estate) we looked at a number of options and paths forward. After several reports to Synod Council, a recommendation to sell the building was made and approved. This sale avoids the cost of major repairs and also provides the diocese significant funds for investment in creating new income and new ministries. As of this writing, we have a conditional offer in place and hope to be able to finalize the sale soon. Early in 2017, our plan is to move to new leased facilities that will better meet our needs. Stay tuned as more information will be coming over the next few months. At the same time, a number of new ministries are being put in place. Groups are working on initiatives like the Cowdy Street Mission (a partnership with Habitat for Humanity), a new support for Lay Ministry (Christian Formation for Laity), a volunteer corps to support key programs and ministries, Growing Healthy Stewards, the divestment of fossil fuel extraction companies from our investment portfolio, a new major capital campaign for parishes and the diocese and a renewed worship committee. All of these are part of the vision and strategy for the Diocese of Ontario. In June there were consultation sessions involving parishioners from across the diocese who took part (and will continue) in the development of this vision. A common theme is a deliberate shift from being focused on ‘maintenance’ to ‘mission.’ To take our calling to the next level, we need to provide the resources—talents, time and treasure—to make this transformation. Stay tuned to our website (ontario.anglican.ca) for details as the next steps are taken.
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New Bible study shares stories of northern ministry Sharon Dewey Hetke
orthern Canada has an enduring mystique in the minds of southern Canadians. Images arise of vast treeless tundra, polar bears, exotic foods and the North’s resilient inhabitants—both Indigenous and later explorers. Offsetting that mystique are the reports of grave social problems—youth suicide, hunger and the lack of clean drinking water. But what is life really like, and what is Anglican ministry really like in northern communities? The Council of the North’s new 5-Session study, titled “Northern Witness,” aims to share stories of northern communities and ministry with the rest of the Church— and to show how northern ministry, with all of its particular challenges, is a ministry “of the whole Church, by the whole Church.” Comprising 85% of Canada’s geography & only 15% of its population, all of the Council of the North dioceses face isolation, harsh weather, and sometimes unreliable communications networks. Add to that the continuing effects of poverty in many areas, and the legacy of the residential school system—and you have a very high level of pastoral needs. The Council of the North includes the dioceses of Caledonia, Yukon, Athabasca, Saskatchewan, Brandon, Moosonee, the Arctic, The
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Mrs Lynn De Brabandere (front row, 2nd from left) at her ordination as a Deacon in St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, Haines Junction Yukon. Photo-contributed.
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focus on the work of nonstipendiary priests. Taking as its theme a passage from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, we learn about a husband-and-wife team of non-stipendiary priests on Sagkeeng First Nation, MB. The Reverends Richard and Nancy Bruyere have day jobs, but they also minister tirelessly to the sick and the dying and all those in need in their community. Richard says,“We get called to Winnipeg and we go pray for people in the hospital and it is challenging...but it’s also very rewarding.” “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” (2 Cor. 4:7). As Richard and Nancy travel, they carry with them a treasure—the message of God’s love and hope. And they know that God’s surpassing power is working through them. Richard and Nancy’s story is just one of many northern stories that have been chosen in order to inspire fellow Anglicans to intensify their prayers and their support for those who serve in the North. But this Bible Study is designed not only to strengthen southern support for the Council, but to enrich the
ministry and faith of southern parishes using the Study. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has called the Council of the North a “laboratory of experimentation in mission.” At the Council of the North 2015 annual meeting, Hiltz commented that looking across the church at changing patterns of ministry, the church as a whole can point to the Council of the North for its leadership. And indeed, ministry in the Council of the North, in spite of—or perhaps because of—its particular challenges, is marked by: a mission-minded approach, ecumenical co-operation, and a spirit of flexibility and innovation. To help participants relate their learning to their own lives and parishes, each session includes Discussion questions. To download or order colour copies of this free Bible Study resource, visit anglican.ca/cn and click on the ‘resources’ page. “Northern Witness” produced by Hauser Communications; Stories written by Sharon Dewey Hetke.
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3rd edition of “Music at St. Thomas’”
Francine Nguyen-Savaria Matthieu Latreille
t. Thomas’ Anglican Church is launching its third edition of “Music at Saint Thomas’,” a music series dedicated to classical music. The events of this series will take place on the third Sunday of each month at 4:30 p.m. Since 2014, the series is fulfilling its artistic mission: sharing with Belleville’s community the beauty of great classical music, and the artistry of exceptional and renowned musicians. The 2016-2017 edition will be dedicated to keyboard and choral music. On November 20, Music at Saint Thomas’ will welcome New York-based pianist, Marika Bournaki. As a special event, a documentary will also be presented earlier that month. “I Am Not a Rock Star,” was filmed by Bobbi Jo Hart and shows Marika’s evolution from being a child prodigy to becoming a professional pianist. At nine years old, she was soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. At age eleven, she played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Through this documentary, the twenty-fiveyear-old pianist, now a graduate from the Julliard School of Music, shares the ups and downs of becoming a classical musician. It is about her, but is indirectly the story of many, and more broadly about finding one’s path in life. The traditional Festival of Carols in December will be followed by a harpsichord recital in January. It will be given harpsichordist Luc Beauséjour, who is always glad to make his instrument known to the general public. The renowned harpsichordist has given recitals in Canada, France, the United States, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Belgium and the Bermudas. His performances are regularly broadcasted by CBC Radio and Radio-Canada.
TOP (L) Marika Bournaki, BOTTOM (L) Luc Beauséjour, TOP (R) Francine Nguyen-Savaria and Matthieu Latreille, BOTTOM (R) St. Thomas’ Gabriel Kney organ. Photos-TOP(L) Alexander Berg,. TOP(R) Bob House, Bottom (L) Patrick Young., BOTTOM (R) Francine Nguyen-Savaria. St. Thomas’ music directors Francine Nguyen-Savaria and Matthieu Latreille are preparing a concert named “Mystery” for February. “It will be a meditative concert, says Francine. It is still a work in progress, but we have a clear vision of what the atmosphere will be.” The title says it all. In March, St. Thomas’ will host Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys (from Ottawa), directed by Matthew Larkin. Formed in 1891, the Choir of Men and Boys is one of the few remaining choirs of men
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and boys in North America, and the only such resident choir in a Canadian Anglican cathedral. In addition to regularly singing at Cathedral and Diocesan liturgies, the Choir offers concerts of sacred and secular works. In April, music directors Francine Nguyen-Savaria and Matthieu Latreille are going to give a concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary of St. Thomas’ Gabriel Kney organ. The instrument is one of the finest pipe organs of the Quinte area. It was built to replace the large Casavant organ that had been
destroyed with the church by fire in 1975. The instrument of 19 ranks (about 1,000 pipes) has 14 stops and its action is entirely mechanical. The program will showcase the wide range of colours the instrument can provide. It will also include some duets. The series will be preceded by a Choral Evensong. A setting composed by Canadian composer Jean Le Buis will be premiered at that time. Jean Le Buis was a professor of organ, solfege and music theory at the Montreal Conservatory of Music.
Synod: The 141st Session of the Synod of the Diocese of Ontario takes place November 3-5, 2016. Eucharist the evening of November 3 at St. George’s Cathedral, followed by two days of proceedings at the Four Points by Sheraton in downtown Kingston. All members(not just Synod delegates) of the Diocese of Ontario are invited to the 2016 Synod. Pre-Synod Meetings by Deanery: Leeds-Grenville: September 13, 7 p.m. Christ Church, Gananoque Frontenac: September 14, 7 p.m. St. James, Kingston Hastings: September 15, 7 p.m. Christ Church, Belleville Quinte: September 15, 7 p.m. Christ Church, Belleville
Both Matthieu and Francine studied with him. “It is exciting for St. Thomas’ Choir to present a world premiere, says Matthieu. It is challenging, because it is modern music, but it has beautiful melodic lines. It is a very lyrical Evensong setting.” The Choral Evensong will take place on October 16, at 4:30 p.m. http://www.stthomasbelleville. ca/music-series.php. (613) 962-3636 MusicAtStThomas@gmail.com
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to Kenya Photo Journal Bishop Michael Oulton joins religious leaders tour of Canadian Foodgrains Bank agricultural development projects Bishop Michael Oulton
Nairobi, Kenya Travelled to Nairobi, Kenya, to participate in a religious leaders tour sponsored by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. I was one of a number of Canadian Christian leaders whose churches and organizations are partners with the Foodgrains Bank. The Primates World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) of our Anglican Church is one of those partner organizations. The Foodgrains Bank punches way above its weight class in making a difference regarding food sustainability throughout the world. The tour will raise awareness about the challenges faced by small-scale farmers in Kenya, many whom struggle to grow enough food each year to feed their families and regularly experience hunger.
International Livestock Research Institute Toured the International Livestock Research Institute (IRLI) —an institute dedicated to cutting edge science research for the benefit of African farming methods. We learned of the importance of supporting small scale farming initiatives that will increase food production and food safety while developing sustainable agricultural techniques. There are huge challenges in encouraging younger people to take up farming due to the high risk/low return, labour intensive aspect of this vocation. The support of broad international partnerships among governments, NGO’s and charitable organizations working together with their African counterparts holds out the possibility of amazing advances. Farming can not only become an attractive option for young people, but will dramatically impact the overall security of the region.
Giraffe Center & elephant orphanage Visited the Giraffe Center which is an initiative of The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (Kenya) then an elephant orphanage operated by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. I can’t say enough about the good work these not for profit agencies are doing when facing some complicated circumstances giving rise to the tragedy of poaching. Eventually these orphaned baby elephants will be acclimatized back to the wild. Key message today: Don’t create a market for ivory, thereby making poaching a non-viable economic option.
Christ Church Anglican, Nairobi Attended Christ Church Anglican which is close to the Conference Center. I enjoyed meeting the Vicar, Canon Simon Muoko and the Curate Rev Capt. Zadock Olouch. Canon Muoko, who also serves as the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Nairobi, preached a powerful stewardship sermon, noting that we own absolutely nothing in this life as it all belongs to God. A sign of the troubled times we live in saw the necessity of having our vehicle searched for explosive devices. There were also metal detectors and armed police present in the compound.
Sasol Foundation in Kitui Visited the Sasol Foundation in Kitui which is about 100 km from Nairobi. They are instrumental in the development of sand dams and assisting in the spread of conservation agriculture. We visited two farms and a sand dam to see the work first hand.
(TOP): The Canadian Foodgrains Bank study tour group, with staff at the Bioscience Eastern and Central Africa - International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI). Photo-Rebecca Warren. (R): Joyce Musyoka analyzes the microbial load on sweet potato product samples at the BecA-ILRI Nairobi, Kenya. Joyce is working on a project to increase the amount of vitamin A people in the region get. Photo-Emily Cain.
(L) Bishop Michael at the Giraffe Center. (Above) With Vicar, Canon Simon Muoko and the Curate Rev. Capt. Zadock Olouch. Photos: Emily Cain.
(ABOVE L & R.): Ziporah Mutuku draws water from a sand dam in Kitui, Kenya. The sand dam has meant people from the community have closer access to water. This sand dam was made possible with support from Canadian Foodgrains Bank member Mennonite Central Committee - MCC and their partner SASOL. Photos: Emily Cain.
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Agricultural and Livestock Research, Machakos The day began with a visit to the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization where we learned about the challenges of developing seed stock that will produce strong yields in an area with lengthy dry spells. Our final visit was to the Mbuvo Commercial Village, a Cooperative with 390 members who have banded together to market Casava flour and grain such as cowpeas, green gram and sorghum. They utilize solar power for electricity and are working to improve the supply chain for their product. It was most moving to me to learn that many of these members are widows trying to bring up children on their own with very little means of support. The formation of this co-op has provided a more certain future for thier children. They have also set up a finance program within the group called “table financing” where contributions to a common fund enable the provision of loans to group members. When you support PWRDF with your gift, you have a stake in these programs and initiatives making such a difference in people’s lives.
World Agroforestry Demonstration, Machakos Today we visited the World Agroforestry Demonstration site in Machakos. Their very catchy tag line is: “Transforming Lives and Landscapes” which certainly sums up the work undertaken here. Focussing on Conservation Agriculture techniques, this organization encourages and instructs farmers in the planting of trees that will produce positive environmental, economic and sustainability goals as well as crop rotation and no till land preparation which have huge environmental advantages as well as providing a more secure livelihood for farmers.
Farm visits, Maragwa Spent the day in the fine care of Stephan Lutz who is part of World Renew Kenya. World Renew is one of the 15 partners in the Canadian Food Grains Bank and is a program of the Christian Reformed Church.
Our first visit this morning to the “Train the Trainers” event focussed on Conservation Agriculture and sponsored by the Anglican Development Service (ADS) of the Kenyan Church. World Renew, like our PWRDF, works through local partners. ADS is the local partner working with World Renew in this part of Kenya. Our last farm visit today was to the home of Lucas Makau who, when asked why he continued to farm when so many other young men have given up on farming replied: “Because it is in my soul.” Conservation agriculture has improved his yields exponentially as we have seen in other places. Crop rotation, intercropping, soil cover and no till soil preparation has had the effect of increasing profitability while reducing the physical labour required to plant, care for and harvest crops.
(TOP): These ladies will individually sort and clean up to 150 kg of seed a day. At peak time there are about 400 women in the yard sorting seed. Above (L): Sarah Mbatha waters tree seedlings. With support from the World Agroforestry Centre, she is growing mango, papaya, banana, and passion fruit trees at her home. Above (R): Silas Muthuri shows us how to use a jab planter. The jab planter can be used as part of conservation agriculture since it doesn’t turn up the soil and uses micro dosing of fertilizer. Photos: Emily Cain.
(Above): Jane Manjiku switched from conventional agriculture to conservation agriculture a few years ago. She says she and her family used to experience hunger for about three months of the year but now she says they are “eating to satisfaction.” Jane produced enough food to feed her family and sold the surplus. (L): Lukas Makau is using conservation agriculture techniques to grow tomatoes. In 2013, the first year he used conservation agriculture on his maize crop, he saw his harvest go from 32 kilos of maize to almost 1000 kilos in a single year. He sold half his crop and invested the capital in tomato seeds. Photos: Emily Cain.
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Faith, love and friendship in The County Michelle Hauser This article originally appeared in the Summer Edition of County & Quinte Living Magazine
his is one of her final services at The Manor on Loyalist Parkway. The improvised altar is set up and rumours that The Rev. Dorothy Lancaster has sold her home in Bloomfield and is preparing to leave The County have made their way around the room of faithful worshippers, about twenty in all. The rumours are true, of course. The one-time Principal of the Havergal College Junior School (1977 to 1997)—who felt called to a second career as a priest in the “pretty place” she’d visited decades before— is indeed winding down and moving on. For seventeen years Dorothy Lancaster served the Anglican Church’s ministry to seniors in nursing and retirement homes across Prince Edward County. For several hundred of the County’s most vulnerable residents it will indeed be a sad good-bye. Dorothy inherited the seniors’ ministry from The Rev. Ted Goodyear. “When I came down here” (she’d retired from Havergal and hadn’t decided what to do next) “Ted told me he’d been praying for somebody to take [the ministry] over.” Of the timing, she says, it still “blows her mind.” Ted was dying of cancer, “He would come from having radiation one day and do a service the next day.” In 1999, Dorothy, having graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Trinity College,
Rev. Dorothy Lancaster and Lee Ramsbottom at MacFarland Home for the Aged in Picton. Photo-Mark Hauser. was ordained wearing Ted’s stole by then-Bishop Peter Mason as a non-stipendiary (unpaid) Priest. Together with a team of clergy and volunteers, she would steadily grow the seniors’ outreach ministry to 10 services per month in different nursing and retirement home locations. Dorothy is passionate about the attitude of ageing, and the power people have to shape it for the better, “I tell people, ‘Regardless of our age we have work to do.’ I’ve said to them many times, ‘How are the young
going to know how to grow old happily and productively if we don’t show them?’” Dorothy often encourages people in nursing homes to reflect on the power of storytelling, which is something they can pass on to their grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She comes by this understanding honestly, having been profoundly influenced by her family legacy, “I think there was always in my life, stories of what people in the family had done. People on the margins
were always important.” Over the years Dorothy celebrated many joyful occasions with seniors in The County. There have been baptisms and even a couple of nursing home weddings. But she has also witnessed much suffering and loneliness, “There are people who are visited very regularly and there are people who never have a visitor” she says, “They usually get flowers on Mother’s Day, but a visit would mean a lot more.” Dorothy is not a fan of how
our society warehouses seniors and she has a message for the community: “The greatest gift you can give to a person in a nursing or retirement home is the gift of your time” even if it’s only an occasional visit. “People, I think, are sometimes afraid of the nursing homes, because it’s like the ghost of Christmas yet to come, ‘Am I going to end up here?’” In spite of the bonds she has built up these past 17 years, however, it is the attachment to her own family, and the desire to live closer to them as she heads into the next phase of her life, that is pulling her away from The County. Her son and daughter both live in the Greater Toronto Area and she has two grand children, Taylor (25) and Charlotte (11), “At Christmas, I was [in Toronto] and Charlotte was saying, ‘Oh Granny, it’s going to be so wonderful when you come to live in the city.’” The service at The Manor is nearing an end and Phil Robins, Dorothy’s friend and faithful pianist for many years, tells her there’s a special, off-season request: ‘In the Garden.’ Phil plays the first few bars, familiar to anyone who’s spent even a little time in church. Of difficult journeys and sad goodbyes, Dorothy takes comfort in knowing “God’s getting me through. I will come out in the light.” View a video about Dorothy’s ministry at: http://ontario.anglican. ca/wp/diocese-of-ontario-ministryvideo-series/
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Lay Readers from across our diocese gathered at the Providence Spirituality Centre in Kingston for ‘Summer Fruit for Souls’, the annual Lay Reader’s education program . Photo-John Morrison..
The Gospel in four directions Sylvia Dopking
ay readers of our diocese (and a few from other dioceses) had an opportunity from July 26-29 to spend each morning in conversation with the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald. The venue was Providence Spirituality Centre in Kingston and the event was the annual lay readers’ education program called Summer Fruit for Souls. As well as the four day education event participants could also go to a silent retreat on the Monday preceding it. This retreat was led by Rev. Giuseppe Gagliano, Warden of Lay Readers in the Diocese of Ontario. Bishop MacDonald instructed participants on the Indigenous interpretation of scripture, the
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Rev. Charles Morris collated as the Archdeacon of Ontario, June 12. Major Trish Miller ordained to the Diaconate, June 12. Rev. Blair Peever installed as a Canon of St. George’s, Cathedral, June 12. Canon David Smith installed as the Incumbent for the parishes of Marysburgh and Kente, June 19. Canon Lynn Dillabough appointed as Incumbent of the Parish of St. Pauls, Brockville, August 1.
role of the church in Indigenous communities in Canada, and the current status of Indigenous populations in Canada, among many other topics. On the last morning he gave a lecture which he called Indigenous people 101. This was an eye opening survey of how Indigenous people in Canada today live and in some cases struggle with everyday life. The information and insights gained from these sessions will never be forgotten or probably never duplicated by other speakers or experiences. Afternoon sessions had two topics: grief and how to deal with it and the use of music in church services. The speakers on these topics were equally qualified and interesting. The grief sessions were offered by Rev. Dr. Barbara Robinson, an Anglican priest, with one session being offered by a local funeral director, Paul
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Canon Donald Davidson appointed Dean of Ontario, Rector of Kingston and Incumbent of the Cathedral Church of St. George, September 1, 2016. Canon Rod BrantFrancis appointed Incumbent and Rev. Lisa BrandtFrancis appointed Priest Associate of the Parish of Tyendinaga, October 30. Rev. Mike Michielin appointed Incumbent of the parish of St. Johns, Portsmouth, November 1.
Payne. They ranged from how we as lay readers could be helpful in palliative and end of life situations to the actual elements in planning a funeral service. The topic of church music was very ably handled by highly trained organist/choir director Barbara Hallam-Price. She had a wide ranging presentation which led us from the history of church music to actually learning and singing some new (to us) musical selections. Morning and evening worship services led by attending lay readers added to the richness of the experience. Evening events included a Taize worship service, an old fashioned hymn sing, and a movie titled Wawahte. The movie was presented by film maker John Sanfilippo and author Robert Wells and was a very informative selection about the residential
Ruth Caswell, Diocesan Accounting Assistant, will retire at the end of September after 22 years with the Diocese of Ontario. Ruth started with the diocese as the Administrator for Forward in Christ’s Mission before moving on to the Accounting Assistant position.
Certificate presentation to Erin Preston. Photo-John Morrison. school experiences of different indigenous people. Summer Fruit for Souls is an annual (for the last 15 years) conference under the auspices of the Lay Readers Association of the Diocese of Ontario.
Participants pay a registration fee and pay for accommodation as well at the spirituality centre. This year the event was very ably organized and administered by Mary Raddon and John Morrison, both lay readers.
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St. Georges Trenton says goodbye to missionary
Thank you for your past support of Love in Action, the annual diocesan appeal that supported local and national ministry. This appeal provided us with enormous potential to affect the lives of people now and in the future through the Diocese of Ontario Foundation and the ministries of General Synod. Going forward The Diocese of Ontario Foundation and The General Synod of The Anglican Church will reach out to you together through Giving with Grace, previously known as Anglican Appeal. Through your generosity we can answer God’s call to mission. Through you… Unpaid priests will receive financial support. Approximately 47% of clergy from Council of the North dioceses are non-stipendiary. This is a need and a justice issue that the church must address. Through this Council of the North initiative – priests are offered financial support to assist them in their sacrificial ministry that brings Christ’s compassion and comfort to the communities in their care. Through you… Healing can begin for victims of domestic violence. Two-thirds of women in the Solomon Islands have been physically or sexually abused by their partner. Global Relations - is an important ministry that supports the Anglican Church of Melanesia in helping the Christian Care Centre to provide a place for women and children to escape domestic violence, find medical care, counselling, and Christian hospitality. Through you… Children and youth can receive physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual support. Research tells us that young people who are responsible, caring and motivated are more likely to achieve academic success, and demonstrate resilience in the face of life challenges. Camp Hyanto, located in Lyndhurst, Ontario provides children and youth with job training skills, leadership training, and discipleship training. These skills acquired at Camp Hyanto nurture young vibrant leaders, and provide transferable skills that can be applied day to day in their communities. Through you… Refugees can secure a safe home away from persecution and violence. According to CBC News Canada, in 2014, 23,285 refugees were admitted to Canada. The Diocese of Ontario, along with its partners work in a collaborative effort to raise funds for refugees relocating to the Diocese of Ontario region. The money raised covers the cost for food, shelter, and health care during a family transition to Canada and a brand new life. These are just a few examples of the work that your generosity will support. Through you…we can answer God’s call in the world… Your generous support of Giving with Grace will enable us to be the kind of church we strive to be-faithful, vibrant, and effective in serving God’s mission in the world.
Cellia Benns poses with friends during a trip to Japan. Photo-contributed.
Rev. Steve Timpson Recently, Cellia August Benns (1918-2015), was put to rest in St George’s Cemetery as a group of close friends and family gathered to remember her. Sometimes we forget those who have provided inspiration to us. It is important “to remember thy servants departed this life in thy faith” and to be thankful for “all who in life and death have glorified thee.” Born in 1918, Cellia attended Trenton High school graduating in 1937. She went to the Nicholls Hospital Training School in Peterborough and from 1941 worked in Nicholls hospital eventually as an assistant supervisor nurse. In 1944 she joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corp and was stationed in Hamilton and then Kingston. In 1946 she joined the Mountain Sanatorium Hospital in Hamilton specializing in immunology and the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis. Cellia then prepared for overseas work. She studied Chinese
Language at the Anglican Women’s Training school in Toronto, and in 1948 attended Missionary Preparation Studies at the Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada. She studied Japanese at Yale in 1949. From 1949 she worked as a Missionary and Nurse at the “New Life Sanatorium in the Obuse Mati area of Japan and in 1962 assisted in the start-up of a TB clinic in Nagano that specialized in preventive medicine. The New Life Hospital as it was later called, was described as a place with a happy atmosphere, kind and efficient, that always impressed non-Christian medical visitors who came to observe. It was known as a place that blended work and worship as one ministry wonderfully. After returning to Canada, she worked to help the Japanese community in Ottawa where she lived, and visited Japan several times for celebrations and conferences. May her life truly inspire us to follow in her good example, to worship our Lord not only with our lips but with our lives.
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New ministry model for Leeds Rear, Lansdowne Rear, the Rideau and Kitley Alex Pierson
Diocesan Executive Officer (Pro Tem)
arly this year, the Parishes of Leeds Rear, Lansdowne Rear, the Rideau and Kitley began a discussion on a path forward. After many discussions, workshops and much prayer, the leadership teams from each of the congregations aligned to the model commonly called a “cluster” or “regional ministry”— where one clergy team serves
multiple congregations, each with its own identity and its own vestry. This model also includes some shared programming, development of lay ministry and leadership and a governance council that oversees the cluster relationship and operation. This brings the benefits of a common clergy team as well as shared resources in program and ministries while maintaining the identity of each individual congregation. The hope and expectation is this will evolve and grow as it moves forward.
The Bishop is pleased to announce the appointment of the Venerable Nancy MacLeod as the Incumbent and the Reverend Trish Miller as Associate for the new cluster (including Christ Church Athens, St Lukes Lyndhurst, St Pauls Kitley, Holy Trinity Oak Leaf, Holy Trinity Lombardy and the congregation of Emmanuel Portland). We offer prayers and support as these churches enter into this new model and as they build the future of ministry in the area.
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oes it worry or bother you to realize what someone may think about something you have said or done? All of us have times when we open our mouths and something is said that probably should not have been expressed out loud. When that happens what do you do? To apologize is not always the right thing—after all it may be that what you said was 100 percent accurate. In 1996 my father, Arthur Keppel-Jones, a widower, died. At the wake in Robert Reid’s Funeral Home many people came to pay their respects. Over the years, as Dad became blind and deaf, a number of his friends gave generously of their time to him. Among those at that visitation was a colleague of my Dad’s and his wife. My father had told me of a variety of events that had happened regarding them. Not all were positive occasions. I knew that this couple had seemingly gone out of their way to make Dad acutely aware of his physical disabilities. This had given him a feeling of insecurity and unease. When their turn arrived, while I greeted them warmly, I told myself to be careful what I said to them, and quietly beseeched God to help me. The conversation began
normally as they expressed sorrow for Dad’s demise. Then they added: “Of course we did a lot for your father, taking him to concerts and meetings. He was pretty feeble, as you know, and it was necessary to help him in and out of his house and into our car, and walk incredibly slowly as he moved at a snail’s pace even when we asked him to speed up.” I remember feeling incredibly incensed at what they were saying. Dad was in his late 80’s, blind and quite deaf, and yet they couldn’t understand why he did not walk briskly or respond to their request. Before they left the receiving line told them in no uncertain terms how difficult life had been for him, and added that his gift to them was his friendship without complaint. They left without saying anything more. The following couple in the line, after hugging me, commented: “Thank you for saying what all of us who knew and cared for Arthur would have loved to say but, out of cowardice, didn’t. Your father would have approved of your carefully worded comments.” It is now 20 years since Dad’s death, but I still remember that scene vividly. I wonder if I said words that should have been said. I never saw that couple again and don’t know if what I said actually ‘reached’ them. Both of them have since died— but perhaps Saint Peter had some similar ideas at their arrival at the Pearly Gates! Thanks be to God!
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Remembering Debra Fieguth, journalist and activist, 62 ‘Mama Debra’ opened her home to students and refugees Sue Careless
ama Debra” died on Mother’s Day. Journalist Debra Fieguth had no children of her own but befriended hundreds of international students and immigrants. Fieguth died suddenly on May 8 from a massive stroke. She was 62. At the time of her death, she was a senior writer at Faith Today. The magazine’s coeditor, Karen Stiller said in her eulogy that the award-winning journalist “was someone intent on making the crooked straight.” Fieguth was born Nov. 29, 1953 in the small Saskatchewan town of Battleford, northwest of Saskatoon. She grew up in a home filled with Mennonite cooking and classical music. “She was an excellent journalist with a strong sense of both personal faith and social justice,” said veteran journalist Lloyd Mackey, who first met Fieguth in 1976, when she was embarking on her 40-year career in journalism. For 12 years in Vancouver, Fieguth was editor of BC Christian News. In 1992 she moved to Winnipeg, where she worked at ChristianWeek. Dr. Ian Ritchie met Fieguth in 1995. In June 1997 the two were married and three years later moved to Kingston, where Ritchie was ordained an Anglican priest. The two had a special love for Africa. Fieguth had visited Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in the early 1990s, several years before she met her husband, who had taught for five years in Nigeria. A 2010 journey took them to Zambia for the wedding of Chewe Nkole, the young man
(L) Cellia Debra Fieguth in 2008 with Eh Ka Moo, a five-year-old refugee she had helped bring to Canada from Myanmar. Photo-Supplied. (R) Debra Fieguth in 2012 at Wycliffe College in Toronto. Photo-Sue Careless. they considered their African son. In total, Fieguth made six trips to Africa, visiting nine countries. International students Additional travel to the Middle East inspired them to open their small Kingston home to international students attending Queen’s University. Every Friday night for seven years anywhere from 15 to 25 young people would arrive for dinner and a Bible study. “Mama Debra” and “Papa Ian” would eventually welcome students from more than 40 countries. “When you get a chance to be invited into a real Canadian family’s home, for the first time, and you feel like you are home, with a mom and a dad, for [the students] it was very personal and they loved Debra,” Ritchie told the Kingston Whig-Standard. “She felt very strongly that her mission in life
was to be hospitable, especially to the stranger because the Bible encourages hospitality to strangers.” Debra wrote in Faith Today: “What a perfect opportunity to make our home a mission, where young people – often the brightest minds in their home countries –can relax, enjoy food, ask questions and learn.” “It is a holy thing when we see a Chinese student, taught all her life that God doesn’t exist, begin to understand that not only is there a God, but that he loves her. It’s precious to watch as a Muslim student begins to ask tentative questions about how the Jesus we worship is different from the Jesus he has read about in the Koran.” Refugees Fieguth was a founding member of the decade-old DOORS (Diocese of Ontario Refugee Support), which recently
welcomed more than 60 refugees from Syria and elsewhere. “I can’t fix Syria; I can’t fix Europe,” Fieguth told the WhigStandard in an interview last October. “What I can do is help bring a few families to safety.” Last September she asked the Rt. Rev. Michael Oulton, to hire her for one day a week to help parishes and other sponsoring groups bring families over. He agreed, and she worked tirelessly almost around the clock. At the time of her death, she had coordinated 14 sponsorship groups under the umbrella of the diocese and had advised the local Catholic archdiocese as well. Funeral Four hundred mourners, some of them wearing hijabs, packed the pews of St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston for her funeral. Most of the pallbearers were international students or
refugees whom Fieguth had befriended. After Bishop Oulton’s homily, the large Kashira clan, almost all of whom were brought from Congo to Canada several years ago, in part through Fieguth’s efforts, sang a Swahili hymn. “The air was electric, in a way that was both awesomely sad, and yet also very, very great,” said Ritchie, who is Diocesan Interfaith Officer and Interim Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Trinity in Camden East and Tamworth. “I feel at last Debra is getting the recognition she deserved all along.” Fieguth authored two books: Keepers of the Faith (2001), which profiles five Canadian Indigenous women and The Door is Open: Glimpses of Hospitality in the Kingdom of God (2010).
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Diocese of Ontario divests from fossil fuels Josef Cihlar
Diocese of Ontario Green Group
he Synod Council of the Diocese of Ontario approved a motion to cease investing funds in fossil fuel extraction activities. The motion “BE IT RESOLVED TO amend the Diocesan investment policy so as to require divestiture of all investments, both equity and fixed income, in fossil fuel extraction companies” was approved by the Council at its June 2016 meeting. In this decision our Diocese follows in the footsteps of the Anglican Dioceses of Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec; the Church of England; the United Church of Canada; and many other institutions around the world. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Justin Welby, Primate Hiltz and many church leaders have also argued for divestment. As of December 2015, the total amount of funds divested reached $3.4 trillion. The divestment movement responds to the urgent need to curb the production of greenhouse gases, the primary cause of climate change. Scientific studies have concluded that to keep the global air temperature increase to 2 degrees C (the target of the Paris agreement), greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 40-70 percent by 2050 and to completely eliminated by 2100.
Photo-Fotolia In addition to reducing the funds available for bringing out more oil, coal and natural gas from the ground, a major goal of divesting is to avoid financial losses due to the decreasing value of the remaining reserves; the increasing danger of ‘stranded’ fossil fuel assets has been
identified by Governor of the Bank of England and numerous other financial experts. Divestment is only one of the many actions that have to be undertaken to curb the impacts of climate change. Others are up to individuals, governments, and other institutions. As
What must we do? Green Group to offer
workshops on climate stewardship at Synod
our congregations in gaining the information they need to develop their action plans, several activities are planned for the November Synod (see “What must we do? ” in this issue of Dialogue).
Helping Children and Teenagers Cope with Anxiety Sandra Bradley, MSW
Diocese of Ontario Green Group
limate change is real and we are contributing to it. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere now exceeds 400 parts per million, well above the 350 ppm threshold deemed to be the ‘safe’ level for ensuring that runaway climate change does not imperil life on Earth. Last December 195 countries adopted the Paris Agreement to address climate change. They agreed to keep global warming below 2 degrees with efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees. If this is to happen we must stop emitting greenhouse gases. We cannot carry on with business as usual. Fossil fuel accounts for 87% of human contributions to greenhouse gases. Science gives us the facts but our faith gives us a moral imperative to respond to this crisis. As Christians, we are called to care for our neighbours (Matthew 25) and to be good stewards of this beautiful planet God has blessed us with (Genesis 1: 26-28). We must be aware of how climate change adversely affects all God’s creation as well
Primate Fred Hiltz stated in February: “The times now call every Christian to be an environmentalist…Every church leader has to be an eco-person… Every baptized Christian in the Anglican tradition now needs to be a person that cares about the environment.” To assist
as people living around the world. Earlier this spring our diocesan leadership set the example by divesting from fossil fuel extraction (see “Diocese of Ontario divesting from fossil fuels” above). As Christians we must now each ask ourselves how we see this world. Is the environment something to be used to satisfy human needs, even human greed—or do we believe we are called by God to care for this creation of which we are a part in a way that sustains it for future generations? How must we support our church in living into the 5th Mark of Mission, “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the Earth”? There are many things
that can and must be done to fight climate change and we must do our part. Your diocesan Green Group would like to help you discover what actions we can take as individuals, churches and society. We are offering two workshops at the upcoming Diocese of Ontario Synod in November and everyone is welcome to attend. One workshop, ‘Climate change: what can Anglicans do?’, will explore what the responsibilities as stewards of God’s creation and as guardians of environmental justice imply for our diocese, our congregations and individuals. The other, ‘Decarbonization: beyond fossil fuels’, will explore possibilities available to churches and homes for how to acquire heating and lighting from sources other than fossil fuels. We are accountable to God and he will not abandon us. Let us work together to protect our common home. If you would like more information on the synod workshops please contact us at email@example.com.
Sandra’s session will speak to any person who is concerned about a teenager or young adult struggling with anxiety. Parents and grandparents especially will benefit from learning about practical tools and strategies to support, encourage, and better equip young people to cope with this growing mental health issue. Parents, caregivers, priests, children and youth teachers and leaders…all are invited!
Sunday, October 30, 2016 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm At St. James Anglican, corner of Union and Barrie Streets, in Kingston.
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