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WHY YOU SHOULD PUT SOLAR PANELS ON YOUR PARISH ROOF
Inside Canada 150 at St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston St. George’s celebrates creation of Upper Canada on Cathedral steps in 1792. nPage 5. Solar panels on your roof Diocesan Green Group encourages home owners to increase income while helping the environment through solar energy. nPage 7.
Christ Church Gananoque did it, so did St. Luke’s Kingston and St. George’s Trenton. Here’s what you need to know about bringing solar energy to your parish.
St. James Kingston hosts KAIROS blanket exercise Anglicans and United Church members join together for lesson in Indigenous culture. nPage 10. St. John’s celebrates 230 years of faith in Bath From 1787 to 2017, the parish of St. John’s continues to minister to the local community. nPage 12.
Don Matthews of Christ Church and the solar panels he had installed on the parish hall roof in Gananoque. Photo-Mark Hauser.
or every hour that the sun is shining above Rev. Ian Ritchie’s house he is making money. 5 years ago, Ritchie, Interim Priestin-Charge for the Parish of Trinity, installed a 10 kilowatt solar panel system on the roof of his home in Kingston. After 5 years of operation, Ian produces an average of 10.2 to 10.4 megawatt hours of electricity per year. Under Ontario’s MicroFIT program, that’s over $6,000 each year that he earns from solar energy. Great, but how much does he pay in electricity costs each year? “Usually our consumption a year was 10 megawatt hours. On the average, we produced about 8% more than we consumed” says See SOLAR on page 6
Laity enjoy ‘Summer Fruits’ at Providence Spirituality Centre Lay Readers confront social issues, examine Psalms of Lament and get a primer on Christian ornamentations at summer conference Sheila Gribble
Social Justice advocate Murray MacAdam with diocesan lay readers. Photo-Margaret Ray
o one was sure whether this was the fifteenth or the sixteenth year of the summer school held annually at Providence Spirituality Centre in Kingston, sponsored by the Lay Readers’ Association of the Diocese of Ontario. No matter, really, it has been a success from the beginning when it was held exclusively for licensed and probationary lay readers. In recent years it has been open to just about anyone with an inquiring mind and a discerning spirit, viewed primarily through an Anglican lens. This year’s summer school began on Monday afternoon with a retreat for those
who wished. Then Tuesday morning, after registration of the rest of us, the first of four daily plenary sessions began, led by Murray MacAdam, plain-spoken social justice advocate, based on the general theme of poverty, its extent within the community and what we might do about it. On the third day, he introduced us to a board ‘game’ of Poverty, roughly based on Monopoly, but very, very different. Each player was assigned a role which was known to all the other players, but there was also a very personal, private aspect to one’s role not revealed to the others and we were to base our actions on the personality of our ‘character.’ As See SUMMER FRUIT on page 3
Music at your Cathedral Michael Capon
Cathedral Music Director
t. George’s Cathedral is frequently ringing with the sound of beautiful music. There’s a place for everyone in the Cathedral music program, to attend special services or concerts, or to sing in a choir for special occasions. At diocesan services, such as See MUSIC on page 4
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Q&A With Bishop Michael Oulton:
‘I would find a way to serve other people because that is where I found the greatest joy’ Mark Hauser
Q: Tell us about yourself. Where were you born and raised and where did you go to school? A: I am a native New Brunswicker, born and raised in southeast New Brunswick in the little village of Port Elgin. I went to school in Sackville New Brunswick at Tantramar Regional High School. I went away to school, to University in Sackville, which was the neighboring town 16 miles from home and I went to Mount Allison University and I did a Bachelor of Arts and Political Science and History. Following that I attended University of New Brunswick Law School in Fredericton and my law degree in 1985 and was admitted to the bar of New Brunswick. I practiced law for 5 years before finally answering a call to the ministry and went to seminary at Wycliffe College in 1989 and graduated in 1992. Q: What led you to become an Anglican? A: I was born and brought up in the United Church and I considered very carefully and seriously becoming a minister in the United Church when I was in High School and when I first went to University at Mount Allison. To put it in a nutshell, it’s a long story but it wasn’t the right time. I decided that that was not for me. I can still remember making a deal with God that I remember very clearly that I would do public service. I would find a way to serve other people because that is where I found the greatest joy in serving people. So that’s why I went to law school. The ministry, the sense of call kept coming back around. The best way I can describe it was it was always a gentle tapping on my shoulder. It grew to a point where that voice became louder than the decisions I had taken in my life. So I decided to step away from law and go to seminary. I spent the first two years in seminary struggling over whether I had made the right decision. But what kept confirming it for me was when I went out into my parish field placement and worked with the clergy and people. Saw what could be accomplished when people put their faith in action. It kept confirming for me that this was where I was called to be. Q: You have been Bishop for 6 years now. Where did you see yourself at this point in your ministry 6 years into the job? A: If there was one thing that was front and center to what I had hoped to achieve as bishop was to model and encourage and to find every way possible to strengthen our common witness as a diocese, as individual Christians, as parishes within the communities we are called to serve. Stewardship is critical to my thinking. So good stewardship of who we are as followers of Christ and the gifts that have been entrusted to our care. It was to get
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Michael Oulton values partnerships and reconciliation in his role as bishop. Photo-Mark Hauser. a sense of my stewardship of the diocese as bishop, how we utilize the resources that we had, the priorities that we set, how we supported and encouraged our volunteers, our paid staff, our clergy, those were things that were very much at the forefront in my mind. We have done that over these last six years and I am very pleased with how that has moved forward in terms of looking at that. Q: What brings you joy in your role as bishop? A: On an ongoing basis what gives me joy is when I go to the parishes for the Sunday visits or the events when I see our faith being lived out. I don’t want to paint a bucolic utopian view of all that, we do have our challenges in our parishes and there are the uncomfortable moments. But far pale in comparison to when I go to those parishes on Sunday mornings. I have heard this from other bishops. If being a bishop of the church was only about going to the parishes on Sunday mornings, to make the episcopal visit, this job, you would have be to beating people off with a stick. There is such a sense of joy and satisfaction in that. That is an easy question to answer. Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your role? A: The episcopacy is very uniquely named. That word episcopas which means ‘oversight.’ And it mean seeing the view. It’s like being up in the balcony and you get to see the whole dance on a dance floor. You have to try and figure out where that is going and where you feel you want to lead. The number of times I have said ‘I wish it would just be written on the wall, it would suddenly appear, what I am supposed to do.’ Because you never, ever have the luxury of thinking that you have the fully formed package. What goes along with that is trying to figure out the next step and where that is to go. The corollary to that is knowing that you’re not making it alone. When I am struggling with some-
thing I have people who I can call who are dealing with the same kinds of things and we can work that out. Q: What more do you want to accomplish in your role as bishop? What are your long term dreams for our diocese? A: Continuing to strengthen the ministries of others. Individually within the life of our parishes. Building partnerships. I want to take a very key role as bishop in the partnerships that we can build. We have a great relationship with the Archdiocese of Kingston. The work with the Sisters of Providence, the work we are doing on refugees together, the work we are doing on justice and peace together. The other part that has been critically important to me that is the ministry of reconciliation. We have lived it as a church when we speak about the residential schools within Canada and the work that is happening there and the calls to action. We have to continue to strengthen the work of reconciliation to be peacemakers. Q: What would you change within the Anglican Church? A: Sometimes a phrase we use is ‘siloing’ we tend to get into our silos. Continue to work to break those down. Continue to work to see beyond the conflict. Q: What’s your favorite passage from scripture? A: The scripture story that I remember the most, because my grandmother, when I was a little guy, I was sitting on her knee, and she told me the story of David and Goliath. She talked about this young boy as the least likely individual to be the one to lead Isreal. It wasn’t in the strong and the mighty and the expected where the hand of God was found. It was in the simple and in the overlooked and in the gentleness of David. That’s the passage of scripture that is my favorite.
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SUMMER FRUIT Continued from page 1 in Monopoly, we made our way around the board, depending on the roll of the dice, and were subject to the vicissitudes of what turned upon the square on which we stopped. We began the game with paper money amounting to the sum of our monthly income, which we needed to manage, during the 4-week month until we received our income for the next month. I came away with a strong sense of how, through no fault of one’s own, one could find oneself in dire financial straits due to some of the many simple negative events in a life beset by sometimes ordinary but difficult times. There are many projects aimed at making poverty history and Murray outlined many of them which we might pursue. Each afternoon we were split into two groups, each covering the same topics. One was with Dr Bill Morrow, professor of Hebrew and Hebrew scriptures at Queen’s University and an Anglican priest appointed to St. George’s Cathedral. He spoke on the Psalms of Lament: the Cry of the Distressed. This might seem to be a dismal subject, but on closer examination becomes comforting when
looked at as an acknowledgement of the fact that bad things happen to good people but God’s presence and goodness remains, regardless. He gave us many examples of this beyond the psalms in the old and new testaments. We were also reminded that there are also many hymns of thanksgiving in the bible beyond the psalms. It was a very serious topic lightened by wit and a sense of humour. The other afternoon speaker was Canon David Smith of Marysburgh and Kente Parishes in Prince Edward County. He spoke of the many ornamentations that exist, especially in older churches, and their Christian significance. He illustrated these with photos from the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Napanee, where he was rector for eleven years. A striking example is the vine which appears as decoration over many arches in many churches. The Napanee church has a wealth of these symbols which speaks to the many ways the Church teaches us, if we pay enough attention. In addition to these great speakers, we had worship several times a day. Two men from Brockville, gifted in voice and in guitar accompaniment came one evening for a robust singing of, mainly, well-known gospel songs. On another evening, we
(Top left) Lay Readers and Bishop Oulton gather for a group photo. (Top Right) Participants browse the Church Bookroom display. (Bottom) Evening songfest. Photos-Margaret Ray attended a stunning concert at St. George’s given by the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. We were certainly kept busy in a great variety of ways. These were highlights of this annual
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MUSIC Continued from page 1 ordinations and synod services, a Diocesan Choir is formed to lead the music. The choir meets before the service to prepare the choral motet. Choristers are encouraged to wear robes from their home parish choir, to visually represent the participation of singers from around the Diocese. On a monthly basis a massed choir is formed to sing for a Choral Evensong service. Because the only rehearsal is on the day of the service, some singers are able to travel from other communities, including Coburg, Belleville, Brockville, and Ottawa. For those who prefer more preparation time, the Christmas Choir is a popular choice. It meets for weeknight rehearsals in December, and then sings for the Lessons and Carols service on the Sunday before Christmas in the evening. The Cathedral Children’s Choir includes participants who belong to other parishes. Because they only sing once a month on Sundays, including some evening ser-
vices, choristers continue to attend their own churches. The rehearsals are Fridays after school. This choir represents a great opportunity to introduce your children and grandchildren to the joys of singing together, and learn about our Anglican liturgical and musical traditions. The beautiful ambience and wonderful acoustics in the Cathedral building attract many performers and ensembles for concert performances, providing an opportunity to reach out to the wider community and draw visitors into the Cathedral space. There are two mid-day concert series: Summer (mid-June through August) and Advent (December). The Thursday concerts are 35 minutes long (12:15pm12:50pm), and are free, with donations collected to cover expenses. Other concerts take place throughout the year. A number of community groups like to use the Cathedral for their concerts, including the Kingston Chamber Choir and the Melos early music ensemble. The reputation of the Cathedral as a fine space for music results in many requests from visiting choirs to sing for concerts and services.
(Top Left) The Children’s Choir rehearse on Friday nights and sing one Sunday a month. (Top Right/Bottom) A Diocesan Choir sings at the Dean’s ordination service. Photos-Mark Hauser.
‘Making Waves’ at the Cathedral Elizabeth Pulker
ollowing the announcement of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative called “Thy Kingdom Come” which was to encourage churches throughout to the world to create a local prayer event between Ascension Day and Pentecost in, three of us in the Centering Prayer Group came up with a plan for St. George’s to hold an afternoon of prayer on Friday, June 2, 2017. It began with the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation lead by Bishop Oulton on the steps of the Cathedral, followed by his invitation to enter. He led us in prayer and a brief talk about the importance of prayer after which we toured the stations of the Lord’s Prayer which the committee of three had created. These stations were educational and we followed the
165 Ontario Street Kingston, ON procedure for setting it up as given in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s website: www. thykingdomcome.global. People were invited to return to their pews for quiet prayer and contemplation and then at 3:45 pm, a period of centering prayer was lead by Carolyn Pratt. The Archbishop of Canterbury had expressed a longing to see “a great wave of prayer spread around the world.” With our prayer event called ‘Making Waves’ we at the cathedral did our part to make this happen.
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Canada Day! John Duerkop
A re-enactment of the creation of Upper Canada took place on the steps of St. George’s Cathedral on July 1. Parishioner Phil Rogers portrayed General John Graves Simcoe who took the oaths of office as Lieutenant Governor. Dean Don Davidson portrayed John Stuart and Chief Justice William Osgoode. Photos-(L)Michael Yates, (R)Ken Whatley.
Canada 150 at St. George’s Cathedral
July 1, 2017 Re-enactment of Simcoe’s Oaths
onfederation was a mere 150 years ago but this part of Canada goes back further. 225 years ago St. George’s Church was a newly erected wooden edifice only 30 ft. by 40 ft. standing one block east of the cathedral’s current location. On July 8, 1792, it was here on the ground at the King St. side of the church that a very significant occasion took place—the creation of Upper Canada later to become the Province of Ontario. Upper Canada was formed on this day by the oaths made by John Graves Simcoe as he became its first Lieutenant Governor. Simcoe, a British military officer, took the Oaths of Office before three Executive Councilors with a minimum of pomp and ceremony. The crowd was not very large and only one uniformed drummer led the group to the spot where the oaths took place. It might have been inauspicious but its significance lasted until Confederation in 1867 and to the present day. July 1, 2017, was almost 225 years since this event took place and also marks 225 years since St. George’s was founded by the Rev. John Stuart who delivered the opening prayers at the swearing-in ceremony. A United Empire Loyalist, Stuart had come north with the Mohawks who had been loyal to the Crown throughout the American Revolution. Some of them were no doubt were in attendance for the occasion. A service of worship had just taken place in St. George’s so members of the congregation were at the ceremony just as they are here today to witness the
Parishioners gather for the re-enactment of the formation of Upper Canada that took place on The steps of St. George’s Cathedral 1792. Photo-Ken Whatley. re-enactment. Phil Rogers, a longtime parishioner of the cathedral, had been asked by Dean Donald Davidson to portray Simcoe in a re-enactment. He was smartly dressed in uniform and certainly looked the part. Dean Davidson played two parts, John Stuart and Chief Justice William Osgoode. The ceremony began with John Stuart delivering the Invocation followed by Chief Justice William Osgoode reading the Proclamation from King George III. John Graves Simcoe’s Oaths of Office concluded the brief ceremony. Today the cathedral is sporting a beautiful banner across the front of its portico drawing attention to its founding 225 years ago. On this past Canada Day, the crowd was much bigger and the excitement level much higher than at the original swearing in ceremony. Many photos had been taken and we had all been reminded of how Upper Canada became the province of Ontario in 1867.
July 2, 2017 Service of Thanksgiving on the Anniversary of a Parish On July 2 members of the cathedral celebrated the 225th anniversary of the founding of St. George’s parish with a well attended special Eucharist which involved a procession to the Font, reminding us of all who have been baptized there and to the Lectern, reminding us of all the prayers and Bible readings that have sprung from this location. Bishop Michael Oulton delivered the sermon and the choir’s anthem, “Behold, I Build an House to the Lord” by Canadian composer Jon Washburn was breathtaking. A joyous fellowship time followed at the back of the cathedral and we all felt that this special anniversary had been very well marked. Happy 225th birthday, St. George’s.
any, many, tourists visit St. George’s Cathedral on Canada Day for a tour. Few of them know that it was on the steps of St. George’s Church on July 8, 1792 that John Graves Simcoe read out the declaration of the beginning of the colony of Upper Canada with himself as Lt. Governor. This event has received more publicity lately, on the 225th anniversary of the event. But the French and English word Canada is much older than 1792. It was in 1535 that Jacques Cartier misunderstood two Iroquoian youths who were directing him to their village or kanata at Stadacona (now Quebec City). An act of the parliament in London, the Canada Act of 1791, came much later. The new colonies of Upper and Lower Canada created then were the direct ancestors of present-day Ontario and Quebec. Upper and Lower referred to their upstream and downstream positions on the St. Lawrence River. The Canada Act set aside one seventh of the land in Upper Canada for the support of the protestant clergy which at the time were assumed to be Anglican. These clergy reserves were immediately a bone of contention among the settlers, and remained so until the act was superseded. It was under this provision that the Anglican church owned a large parcel within what is now downtown Kingston. The first St. George’s, built in 1792 roughly where the Keg restaurant is now, was within this parcel as is the current cathedral. The Act of Union of 1841, another British act, created one province called Canada. It was divided for language and legal purposes into Canada West (now Ontario) which was mostly English speaking with British laws and Canada East (now Quebec) which was mostly French speaking with French civil laws. Because of its geographical position, Lord Sydenham, the new Governor General, chose Kingston as the capital of this united province. The British North America Act of 1867 created the Dominion of Canada. Dominion was chosen instead of Kingdom in order to avoid offending the Americans. The origin of dominion was Psalm 72 verse 8: “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.” The psalm almost seems to have been written specifically for Canada. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick did not object to the adoption of Canada as the name. On 1 July 1879, Dominion Day became an official holiday. The act to change it to Canada Day was passed in 1982. Most Canadians now call it Canada Day and the first one was celebrated in 1983. So, at least for Ontario, the official name Canada was first used publicly 225 years ago on the steps of St. George’s. It was a significant event in the history of our country.
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SOLAR Continued from page 1 Ian. For small scale solar producers in Ontario, depending on electricity costs, you can get paid more for the electricity you produce than you in turn have to pay for the electricity you consume. It’s not always an apples to apples comparison. In the solar energy game, the small scale solar producer can win big—earning 28.8 cents for every KWh they produce. By comparison, I checked my own household electricity bill. Last year I paid over $2,700 for electricity. If my roof could produce what Ian’s produces, I would be up $3,300 per year. A member of the Diocese of Ontario Green Group, Ian is a firm believer in solar energy. If he had his way, every parish in our diocese would have solar panels on their roof generating revenue from the sunlight they would collect. Three parishes in our diocese are doing just that. Christ Church Gananoque, St. Luke’s Kingston and St. George’s Trenton all benefit from solar panels installed on their church or parish hall roofs. Christ Church Gananoque installed their panels 3 years ago. The solar revenue they generate almost offsets their electricity operating costs. Over a 12 month period they earned $4,148 for the electricity they produced (an average of $345/month) while paying $4,448 for power they used. St. Luke’s Kingston earns on average $550/month during the spring and summer and $200/month during the fall and winter months. Don Matthews, a former warden at Christ Church, explains the motivation to invest in solar. “We had a whole bunch of money sitting in a bank account that was earning no interest at all. That money invested in solar panels would have a return that eventually would break even.” That break-even point was 5.5 years. The big benefit to investing in solar versus regular investments is the guaranteed return. “The beauty of this investment is that it is predictable, you know what you are going to get. The companies that are selling it, they have done it enough that they can say, ‘we are pretty sure that you will be able to get this return’” says Don. That return is based not only on the 28.8 cents you will get paid under a MicroFIT contract (10 kW systems or less) over 20 years, but that solar companies can precisely determine just how much energy you can produce with your panels over the contract period. When Ian Ritchie was crunching the numbers, estimates on his return were within $1000. “For me, two different contractors estimated that I would make $105,000, another contractor said I would make $106,000” says Ian. Time is running out though if your parish wants to go solar under a MicroFIT contract. The deadline for applications is the end of December 28, 2017. Then the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), formerly known as the Ontario Power Authority, won’t be accepting any more applications. Why? Ian Ritchie explains: “the reason for phasing out MicroFIT is that the original goal of the project has been met. That was to accelerate renewable energy adoption in Ontario and give adequate incentives to renewable energy start-up companies to make it worth their while to become solar and wind electricity installers and producers.”
MicroFIT vs Net Metering (how it works):
Rev Ian Ritchie and a section of the solar panels he installed on his roof. Ian earned over $6,600 in revenue from his solar panels last year. Photo-Mark Hauser.
Top 4 reasons to go solar:
1. You are guaranteed to be paid for the electricity you produce for the next 20 years under the MicroFIT program. 2. You are creating a sustainable future with green energy. Nobody worries about a solar spill in our natural water sources. 3. Solar panels help your roof last longer by preventing direct sunlight, rain and snow from wearing away your roof shingles. 4. Solar panels don’t rely on limited resources like fossil fuels. Thousands of dollars shine onto your roof every year. It’s up to you to convert and collect it. Come 2018 the only game in town for Ontarians will be net-metering. Through this process, solar producers obtain a credit towards their electricity bill if they produce more power than they consume. You won’t get paid for any extra power you produce though—you get an energy credit and are able to draw from it for up to one year when you produce less than you use. Estimates are that net metering will be worth about 14 cents per kWh based on the current cost of electricity in our province. Homeowners who install solar panels when MicroFIT is no longer available will need 18 years for the system to pay for itself. The other factor is not all roofs are
the same. Aside from your roof facing southward (at least a good portion of it), an engineer has to confirm that your roof is strong enough for the panels. Once you get past that hurdle you still have to apply for the MicroFIT contract. Not everybody gets approved. Only so many contracts are available. Also, solar installer will not install unless your roof is less than 5 years old. You may have to factor a re-shingling job into the cost as well. Ian recommends getting quotes from three different solar contractors before deciding who will install your panels. An approved solar contractor will also help guide you through the bureaucratic process of getting your contract
approved—to a point. “In the most recent revision of the MicroFIT contract program, they now want the consumer to do more of the upfront work of getting the approval rather than allowing contractors to come to you with all the documents in hand and all you have to do is sign on the dotted line” says Ian. This helps to prevent scams undertaken in the past by solar contractors trying to swindle homeowners into signing contracts that were not in their best interest. How much does this cost to install solar panels? It depends on how many kilowatts of panels you are installing. “In my case it was $40,000 to pay for the panels and balance of system costs and installation” says Ian, who has a 10 kW system. Christ Church Gananoque paid about $45,000 for their system while St. Luke’s Kingston paid $30,000 for theirs. St. Luke’s also took the step of applying for a grant from the Anglican Foundation of Canada. The foundation agreed to pay half of their costs as long as they raised 50% of the funds they needed ahead of time. With an average return on investment at around 10%, why doesn’t every parish just do this? For some, the nagging fear might be that their church may not even be open 20 years from now in order to realize the financial gains from a MicroFIT contract This is where Faith steps in advises Ian “An awful high percentage of those churches that were once categorized as final generation churches are still alive and kicking today 20 years later. That should be a warning concluding too quickly that a church is a final generation church. This is where faith becomes part of it. Faith is trusting God for what we have not seen.” Don Matthews has no regrets about the decision to go solar at Christ Church Gananoque, saying, “The essence of it is that is helps to pay the operating costs of the church. It is good for the church, it’s good for the environment. If the numbers are right there is no reason not to.”
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Solar roofs for homes: Good for income and for the environment Josef Cihlar, Ph.D. Diocesan Green Group
n 2009, Ontario established a MicroFIT program to increase renewable energy production in the province. To encourage private investment in this area, Ontario offers to pay the producers as part of a 20- year contract. For rooftop solar, the 2017 prices range between $0.28 and $0.31/kWh, depending on the size on the installation. Since its establishment, the prices have decreased as more home owners have taken advantage of this investment opportunity. However, since the costs of solar technology has been decreasing dramatically, the return on investment has remained about the same (8.5 years based on a recent quote). This translates to a compound interest rate of about 10%, substantially higher than other investment options. The payment compensates for the initial investment, and allows a home owner to earn additional income over time. Through roof shading, solar panels also reduce the need for summer cooling. The current solar panels (typical size 39 in x 65 in) produce close to 300W, so for a 10kW system 30+ panels are needed. Roof size—and structural integrity—are therefore important considerations. Roof slope is not critical: in eastern Ontario, 34 degrees is an optimal slope, but the panel efficiency is not dependent on the slope. Southern roof orientation and absence of shading are essential. No maintenance is required for the panels once installed. Snow clearing is not recommended because of potential damage, and because the power gain in winter is relatively small. The panels are guaranteed for 25 years but they continue to perform well beyond that. Installation of a rooftop solar system entails placing of supporting racks (anchored to roof trusses), a cable connecting
Josef Cihlar installed a 9.6 kW solar system on the roof of his home (pictured). The cost of solar technology has dropped dramatically in recent years giving small scale solar producers a 10% average return on their investment. Photo-Josef Cihlar.
the panels to a power inverter (DC to AC) box, and another box connecting all to the grid. All the power generated by the panels flows into the grid, and the home owner pays the usual rate for the energy used. However, s/he receives a monthly cheque for the energy produced. Based on the experience from existing installations, the actual annual production in this area by a 10kW system is around 12,000 KW hrs, or income of $3,500/year. First, you have to determine if your local hydro station has a capacity to accept the energy you produce. If a capacity is available, the next important step is to find a reputable contractor. Besides providing a quote for the project, such a company can guide a home owner through the (quite bureaucratic) process of applying for the necessary approvals. Two approvals
are required: one to accept the installation as part of the production system (by the Independent Electricity System Operator, IESO), and one to physically connect the setup to the grid (by Ontario Hydro). An engineering inspection of the roof is also mandatory. Once the approvals are obtained, the installation is fairly rapid. The whole process (application to completion) can be done in 2.5 months. The MicroFIT program ends on December 28, 2017 so there is still time to join. In the future, a ‘net metering’ concept will be used. Under net metering, homeowners will only pay for the amount of electricity they were not able to produce themselves but they will not earn income. The Government of Ontario has been (often unfairly) criticized for bad decisions on electricity supply. Unfortunately, climate change now underway is forcing countries and economies to shift to energy sources that do not produce greenhouse gases. Ontario has been the arguably the most successful North American jurisdiction in this transition process, and has also established a growing new industry. Through MicroFIT, home owners can become part of this process and earn an income as well.
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Introduction to biblical law surveys four major law collections William Morrow
Prof., Hebrew and Hebrew Scriptures Queen’s University
his book surveys four major law collections in Exodus–Deuteronomy and shows how each enabled the people of Israel to create and sustain a community of faith. The first comprehensive introduction to biblical law published in English in over thirty years, it has been written for students beginning a first degree in theology and like-minded readers. More information is available at http://www.eerdmans. com/Products/6865/an-introduction-tobiblical-law.aspx Morrow treats the Pentateuch’s major legal collections as dynamic systems of thought that worked to facilitate ancient Israel’s efforts at self-
definition. The impetus for creating and transmitting collections of biblical law can be connected to four different social contexts: (1) Israel at the holy mountain (the Ten Commandments); (2) Israel in the village assembly (Exodus 20:22– 23:19); (3) Israel in the courts of the Lord (priestly and holiness rules in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers); and (4) Israel in the city (Deuteronomy). Particular attention is given to a description of their literary organization and representative instructions. Taken together, they illustrate the religious worldview an individual law collection intended to express. The dynamism of biblical law is apparent in the ways it mediated the need for both stability and adaptability in ancient Israel’s attempts at community-
making. In this respect, the book underscores the fact that a plurality of social models have been preserved in legal collections—ones that both complement and diverge from each another. While their writers and editors sought to affirm a continuing identification with the Mosaic tradition, they also had to adapt to new times and new social challenges. For that reason, many chapters also show how legal principles in the Torah were addressed by communities of Jews identifiable in the first century of the Common Era, including the primitive church, the Dead Sea Scroll sect, and the proto-rabbinic movement. The book launch will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17, 4 pm in the Great Hall of St. George’s Cathedral. Use the Wellington St. entrance.
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Stirling’s Garden of Remembrance Helen Wright
Clergy, guests and members of our diocese attend the installation of Rev Don Davidson as Dean of St. George’s Cathedral. Photo-Mark Hauser.
Thoughts on the th 225 anniversary of St. George’s Br. Peter Cory OP
he parish of St George’s, whose physical worship space began as a small wooden building in 1792, eventually becoming the structure that would be our Cathedral, turned 225 years old this past summer. The anniversary presents us with a rich and storied history to reflect on, and so much of this history can be experienced by taking a tour of the building. Leading these tours was a role I enjoyed immensely for a summer in the early 1990s as a tour guide. Mr. George Turcotte gave us our orientation, which meant leading us on the grandest, most detailed, and most nuanced of tours, equipping us to offer the same to curious visitors from around the globe over the season Twenty-some years later, while taking a youth group from St. Mary Magdalene, Napanee, to visit the Cathedral, Mr. Turcotte was there again to elucidate for us all the important aspects of the building’s history: its connection with the military, the tomb of the first governor general of British North America, the United Empire Loyalists—refugees of the America Revolution who were among the first members of the parish, the countless architectural marvels of the building, and much more. But it was Mr. Turcotte’s final words that day, just as he ended the tour, that I hope are retained with the greatest fidelity in all of the minds of the children in our youth group. “Remember all of you, as Anglicans, this is your Cathedral”, he said The Cathedral does indeed belong to the entire community. It is the location of the throne of our Bishop, the site of most ordinations, and the place of countless other services and events where all members of the diocese are encouraged
to attend. As a community of believers in Christ, across a geographically large diocese, St. George’s Cathedral stands at the centre of this community both as a monument to our faith in God and as the focal point of ecclesiastical leadership. St. George’s today is the spiritual home for hundreds of people and a destination for thousands of visitors each year. Whether touring the building as part of their visit to Kingston, or attending a wedding, it is always my hope that those not of the faith might be moved by the beautiful imagery which surrounds anyone who finds themselves in the sanctuary of our Cathedral And while the glorious structure is itself a tool of outreach, it’s people carry out the mission of the church. In addition to Sunday worship, weekday services such as the Wednesday noon hour Eucharist, the Thursday Healing Eucharist at 10:30 am, and the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation at noon every Friday make St. George’s a very active place in terms of worship and fellowship, filling the spiritual needs of the community. Further evidence of the Christian mission being carried out at St. George’s is found in Lunch By George, a mission which provides more than 10,000 meals per year, serving anyone in need. While not corporately connected to the parish, it is hard not to see Lunch By George as an outreach of St. George’s as it is well supported by the congregation in innumerable ways. It is amazing to consider the great history of St. George’s, so intertwined with the community it serves, and so much a part of our lives as Anglicans in this diocese. It is a place of real Christian love in action every day. Its pillars are the pillars of a wider community of faithful Christians. And as a cathedral, always remember that it is indeed your cathedral!
few years ago, St. John’s Stirling mused of developing our vacant lot, St. John’s Common, on Gore Street. This is a former Pioneer Graveyard. Several marble headstone pieces found there were mounted on a Memorial Wall by the Congregation. In 2015, we created a Friendship Circle adjacent to the community playground at the rear of this property. Last fall, we added the foundation for the feature garden and the entry. The landscaping of this second phase is now almost complete and we hope to install the first marker, a large slab of Ontario granite, later this year. On this surface, anyone may register record of name, birth year and death year, in memory of a loved one. The Garden is a beautiful space with
St John’s Stirling has created a Garden of Remembrance. Photo-Ana Baynes. large shade trees and flower beds, creating a peaceful setting. Cremation is often a family choice today and this quiet space offers an ability to register a life lived, for future generations. The Garden of Remembrance is within walking distance of our church, and Stirling Funeral Chapel is across the street from St. John’s or one could arrange a service at the site. We welcome all to visit the garden.
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Anglican Foundations 60th anniversary Michelle Hauser
t has been a year to rejoice in six decades of “wonderful deeds.” These are words embedded in I Will Give Thanks to the Lord, the choral anthem composed in honour of the Anglican Foundation of Canada’s 60th anniversary. The anthem is one of many commemorative projects developed in honour of this milestone in the Foundation’s history. Established in 1957 to ensure a generous flow of funding for infrastructure and ministry projects, the Foundation’s growing legacy of grants and bursaries have proved transformational in the lives of thousands of individuals, parishes, and faith communities. Some of these stories have been brought together in a book: Imagine That: Dreams, Hopes, and Realities—Celebrating 60 Years of the Anglican Foundation of Canada. “If you want to know how Canadian Anglicans have overcome challenges in pursuit of their dreams,” says Canon Judy Rois, Executive Director of the Foundation since 2011, “this book is filled with true stories of hope, imagination, and innovation.” Indeed innovation, particularly the need for artistic exploration and the sharing of new perspectives, was the driving force behind (in)finite: spiritual conversations in cloth, the free exhibition at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, featuring a number of Indigenous and other textile
A new book from the Anglican Foundation celebrates its 60th anniversary. Photo-AFC. artists and their explorations into the realm of the sacred. The special exhibition coincided with the Foundation’s official 60th anniversary launch on May 25 and drew more than 3,000 visitors. It also reinforced the present-day reality that the Foundation is about much more than “steeples and roofs” and is “branching out in support of really interesting things.” Also part of this 60th anniversary year has been the publication of Children’s Prayers with Hope Bear, an illustrated book featuring prayers for seminal moments in a child’s life, everything from
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St. James’ Kingston hosts KAIROS blanket exercise Deacon Sharon Dunlop
t the November Diocesan Synod, a representative from each parish was given a blanket to take back to their parish for the purpose of presenting a KAIROS blanket exercise, bringing the reality of the impact of colonization on Indigenous Peoples living in Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls upon us to speak and teach the truth about our collective Indigenous and non-Indigenous history. The Venerable Michael Thompson reminded us in his plenary address at Diocesan Synod, to “witness the witnesses” by listening to their story and to be open to the truth of our shared history. This is how we work towards reconciliation—by hearing the truth. The original plan was to hold the exercise at nearby City Park—to be in God’s creation and to better appreciate the interconnectedness and interdependence of all living things, however due to the high temperature and humidity the exercise was held in the St. James’ parish hall. In early May we learned Sydenham Street United Church planned to hold a shortened blanket exercise during their worship service on June 18 so an invitation was extended for them to join us, which was accepted. Congregants from Faith United, Chalmers United and members of the wider community also participated in the blanket exercise. A group met in May to make corn husk dolls which played an important role in the blanket exercise. We are grateful to Paul Carl, an Aboriginal educator who assisted us, offering valuable insights into Indigenous culture. “Our leaders need to show the way, but no matter how many deals and agreements they make, it is in our daily conversations and interactions that our success as a nation in forging a better place, will ultimate-
ly be measured. It is what we say to and about each other in public and in private that we need to look at changing.” - Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
(Top) Corn husk dolls that were used as part of the KAIROS blanket exercise held at St. James’ Kingston in early June. (Right) Participants from St. James’ Kingston, Sydenham Street United, Faith United and Chalmers United Church took part in the exercise. Photos-H. Peter Schaub.
Melos choir upcoming recitals promise Bel Canto! Heather Schreiner
his coming October 14 at 3 pm, the Great Hall of St. George’s Cathedral will be awash with beautiful music. Melos is offering a recital which will outline the development of Bel Canto singing. To opera lovers, Bel Canto (“beautiful singing”) refers to the beauty of the voice and the brilliance of the aria. However, the style has its beginnings much farther back in time… way back in the monasteries of Medieval Europe. Monasteries were centres of intellectual life, and monks studied music as well as many other subjects. In seeking to express the texts of their hymns and chants, they applied themselves to clear diction and beautiful tone quality. They also prepared clerics, some of whom could not hold a tune very well (imagine that!), to be able to sing for long hours each day. The ornate compositions of that time show the roots of bel canto, and you will be treated to some florid organum and chants by Hildegard. These monastic singing and teaching
practices spread to the rich Renaissance courts and composers. Imagine being able to close your eyes and travel back in time to hear music from the 1400’s or 1500’s, sung as it would have been performed back then. Dufay, Isaac, Josquin, Lassus (who was kidnapped 3 times by rival choirs before the age of 15, for his beautiful voice)—these are the Big Names
of the Renaissance. You will hear some of their music at Melos’s tea and recital. Hot on the heels of the Renaissance church composers came Monteverdi, leading the Baroque charge for more expression, more drama in music, using staging and instruments. With the development of opera came the evolution of the operatic aria, an opportunity for the singer to reflect on the drama of the opera. Melos will showcase some of our virtuosic singers, with pieces from Monteverdi through Handel. Along with whetting your appetite for angelic music, Melos will be feeding your gastronomic appetite, with tea and goodies of all sorts. It will be an afternoon of delights! All are welcome: Saturday, October 14 at 3 pm, in the Great Hall of St. George’s Cathedral, entrance at 129 Wellington. Bel Canto—Bellissimo! On Friday, December 1, at 7:30 pm in the Cathedral (270 King Street East), the Sine Nomine Ensemble for Medieval Music joins Melos choir, soloists and period instruments in a selection of Medieval Advent chants and motets,
ancient carols and dances from eastern and western traditions, and period poetry readings. The final uplifting work, Scheidt’s In dulci jubilo, will be conducted by guest lutenist/conductor Bryan Martin. At 7 pm, a pre-concert lecture by one of Sine Nomine’s performers will give a fascinating glimpse into aspects of Medieval culture.
Tickets for each concert: $25, $10 for students www.melos-earlymusic.org see our Facebook page email@example.com (613) 767-7245
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Confessions of a Christian vegetarian
1. Reduce risk of Heart Disease Vegetarian diets tend to be naturally lower in saturated fat and cholesterol.
lmost 40 years ago, when I was chief cook for a young family of meat eaters, I met some vegetarians who had amazingly good health and some compelling reasons for being vegetarian. For me the most interesting fact was that by eating a plant based diet, you could still have good nutrition and save a lot of money! Years later, I think that the economics still hold true, though I confess I haven’t priced meat for a long time. What has happened over the years is that my reasons for maintaining a plant based diet have changed. For me the economics have become less important, having had six children grow up and leave the nest. Now I am more compelled by spiritual reasons. Many people choose not to eat meat because of concern for animal welfare. While that is a noble sentiment, it is not my motivation. I am motivated to eat plants because I believe what scientists are telling us; that vegetarianism is better for the earth as well as for all the inhabitants of the earth. Modern industrial farming is depleting the soil, and reducing diversity. Half of the world’s arable land is used to raise meat. Ruminant animals belch methane, and modern industrial farm practices with their heavy use of fossil fuels contribute more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than the entire transportation sector. In his book, Drawdown, Paul Hawkin states that if people continue to move to a plant–rich diet, the amount of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere would be reduced by 66.11 gigatons by 2050. Modern meat farming requires enormous amounts of water and monocultures of corn and soybeans necessitating vast amounts of pesticides. The earth simply
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2. Cancer prevention Regularly consuming a diet that contains fruits and vegetables is strongly associated with a reduced risk of some cancers. 3. Lose excess weight and keep it off On average, vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index (a measure of body fat) than meat eaters.
Most North Americans need less protein than they think says Mary Raddon. Photo-iStock. cannot continue to support carnivorous diets. As Christians we are called to love our neighbours, and a part of loving our neighbours is caring for the welfare of this planet which gives us a place to live. People often say to me that they just cannot bear to give up meat. When we began to change from a meat–based diet to a plant based diet, we made the change very gradually. So we tried just one vegetarian meal a week, then perhaps two, until our bodies and minds adjusted. The point is not to feel deprived. So if you feel a strong urge for bacon, go ahead, crumple some in your broccoli salad, or your baked beans! Reducing our carbon footprint by eating a plant-based diet is not about living with less, it is living abundantly in a different way. I am often asked “How do you get enough protein on a plant based diet?” Our children’s grandparents were very worried about their nutrition at first, but as they saw healthy growth and lots of energy, they became less concerned. The first question is how much protein does one really need? Less than most North Americans think they do. A balance of
grains, beans, pulses, nuts and seeds can easily satisfy most health requirements. So don’t just think lettuce! One of the things we most enjoy about a plant-based way of eating is its immense variety. There are way more kinds of beans, grains, nuts and seeds and ways to enjoy them than there are kinds of meat. Furthermore, on the whole, most vegetarians enjoy better health, with reduced risks of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. People ask me what we do eat, and where I find recipes. The internet is a wonderful resource, as it is for everything else. Often I am asked, “So you are vegetarian, don’t you sometimes eat meat?” Yes, we do. Some vegetarians are strict, but we are more relaxed and willing to eat meat on social and cultural occasions, when the situation calls for it. To do otherwise would sometimes be rude. But we entertain, and often our guests don’t notice that there is no meat. In terms of living lightly on the earth, a plant-based diet is a great way to nourish ourselves, our neighbours and the planet. Give it a try, the earth will thank you!
4. Live longer, slow the aging process A 12-year Oxford study published in the British Medical Journal found that vegetarians outlive meat eaters by six years. 5. Avoid toxic food contaminants Flesh foods can harbor contaminants such as hormones, herbicides and pesticides, and antibiotics. 6. Reduce Global Warming The United Nations said in its 2006 report that livestock generate more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. 7. It Makes Economic Sense Five diet-related chronic diseases cost the U.S. economy a staggering $1 trillion each year! 8. Help end world hunger On average, 40% of global grain production is used to feed livestock, although in richer countries the proportion of grain used for animal feed is around 70%. 9. Have compassion for animals Animals on today’s factory farms have no legal protection from cruelty that would be illegal if it were inflicted on dogs or cats. 10. Enjoy the diverse, colorful, and delicious world of vegetarian cuisine Vegetarian meals can be tasty, fast, and easy.
Diocese of Ontario Consultation Sessions
How will you be celebrating the season of creation? It’s not too late!
Thursday September 21, 7 pm
The Diocese will hold a Consultation Meeting this fall on topics including: • Priorities for the 2018 Diocesan Budget (an annual process).
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• Input to the work being done around potential alternative structures/approaches for sharing Common Mission and Ministry (CMM). • The process being used to review and amend the draft Canons of the
A message from your Diocese of Ontario Green Group
Diocese (Synod 2016) leading to proposed approval at Synod 2018. Those interested will have three ways to participate and be heard: 1) Attend in person in one of three locations (the new Diocesan Center in Kingston, one to be determined in the east of the diocese and one to be determined in the west). 2) Attend live from a PC, Tablet or Smartphone (must have a microphone and speakers, ideally a web camera) connected to the Internet. You will be able to use voice, video and screen sharing from a web browser (easy to use–click to Join). 3) By a paper submission (dropped off, mail or email). Please mark 7pm on Thursday September 21 in your calendar if you wish to participate! Locations and more info to follow in eNews weekly and diocesan website. www.ontario.anglican.ca
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St John’s Anglican Church, Bath celebrates 230th anniversary
1787-2017 this far by faith Ella Hillier
ne of the first Anglican Churches in Ontario will hold a 230th Anniversary celebration on Sunday September 10, 2017. A special service is planned for 10 a.m. in the church, followed by a reception at St. John’s Hall from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bishop Michael Oulton and local elected officials will attend. The Church and Hall are located at 216 Church Street (County Road 7) in Bath, Ontario. St. John’s congregation invites all members of our diocese to attend. In view of this 230 year milestone, here are a few interesting facts about St. John’s. • In 1787 Rev. John Langhorn, Church of England clergyman, was accepted by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel as a missionary to the Loyalist settlements. He made his home in Bath (called Ernestown). On alternate Sundays Rev. Langhorn conducted services for two home congregations, St. John’s in Bath and St. Paul’s in Fredricksburgh. • For years, Rev. Langhorn was the only minister west of Kingston who had legal authority to perform the marriage ceremony. He would only do so in one of the churches and before eleven o’clock in the morning. Whoever came after that time would find the church locked. • For his health’s sake and to brace his nerves, Rev. Langhorn used to bathe every morning in Lake Ontario and this practice he kept up during the coldest days of winter, when he could only get his bath by jumping into the holes made for cattle. • By 1794 the first church on the site was completed. St. John’s has been in continuous use ever since. • On April 10, 1925, there was a fire caused by a spark which had blown from grass burning in the graveyard. The Rector,
with his parishioners and friends, worked well into the night, but the bright sun of Sunday morning shone only on charred beams, pieces of the bell and particles of building material. There was no wind that day and it appeared an opportune day for work. But the Bath wind freshened and a spark apparently found its way into the baseboards. • Owing to the untiring effort of Rev. A. L. McTear, the Rector at the time of the fire, the exterior of St. John’s Church retained its original appearance when rebuilt in 1925. • The date stone above the west door is inscribed “St. John’s Church 1787 1793 1925”. The inside features charming simple painted details. The most striking features of the church are the 13 stained glass windows. These commemorate local families and their ancestors many of whom were United Empire Loyalists. • The first recorded burial was conducted by Rev. John Langhorn for Benjamin, son of David and Eleanor Ros of Bath (Ernestown) on March 12, 1788. • In 1800 the church was pewed. A neatly drawn plan of the building shows pews and occupants. Each subscriber gave five pounds and had to build their own pew within twelve months. Pews were forfeited if the subscriber did not attend service at least four set times a year. • St. John’s Centennial was celebrated June 15, 1898. Large crowds from Kingston, Napanee, Deseronto and surrounding places attended the gala celebration which featured a football match between Napanee and Adolphustown, music by the Mohawk brass band, a public dinner and grand evening concert in the Town Hall. • St. John’s Memorial Hall was built in 1970 thanks to the generosity of Mrs.
St. John’s Bath will hold it’s 230th anniversary on September 10. Photos-contributed. Mabel Gutzeit, UEL 1881-1968. She had purchased a lot adjacent to St. John’s Cemetery facing County Road 7. • In 1984 three students were employed to help restore the 170+ year old cemetery. The project included leveling graves, planting grass seed, repairing tombstones, erecting fallen tombstones, and mapping the graveyard.
You are worth more than many sparrows J. B. O’Reilly
t’s strange how a verse of scripture can lodge itself in your mind during difficult times. It must have been there all along, and is only remembered when you need it most. This became clear during a recent relocation, which had left me feeling oddly disoriented. Within thirty days, we’d sold our home and moved to a distant city. My husband still working in the first city left me alone most of the time. My parents and brothers had moved to the West Coast, and then our three adult kids also moved west. It was a cold, late spring, and quite often I peered out the kitchen window, feeling pretty sorry for myself. (“woe is me, cried little sorrow”, as mom used to say). Loneliness felt like a heavy burden.
Then one day, I noticed that a pair of robins had built a nest on a treebranch near the window. The nest was dangerously close to the ground: it was a terrible location! But it offered an unprecedented view into the life and activity of a bird family’s household— something I’d never seen before. Over the next few weeks, I watched as three little beaks reached up for food. I saw the parents diligently hunting for insects, then going to the nest, sitting with the nestlings, keeping them safe and warm with their own bodies. It was a welcome diversion, but then
disaster struck! Suddenly, there was only one little bird left. The now-fluffy nestling sat in the nest alone. If outside, I crept by the tree not mowing the lawn or making a sound…but became increasingly concerned. The bird seemed to have been abandoned. The parents weren’t taking care of it any more. What had happened? What had gone wrong? Then one night, the last little bird also disappeared. Where it had gone was a mystery. Without a RobinCam, I wouldn’t ever know, but of course feared the worst. And yet, watching the developments in the nest and how things happened
St John’s 230th anniversary September 10, 2017 Join us we gather to celebrate 230 years of God’s gracious acts for His people and His community at St. John’s Anglican Church
that couldn’t be predicted or controlled had been a reminder of the cycles in the natural world. There are cycles in human life as well. Our lives are full of change, and sometimes disappointment or loss. The verse that had come to mind during those weeks was from the King James translation of the Bible, a translation I hadn’t read in many years. In this version from the time of Shakespeare, we hear Jesus telling his disciples: “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall to the ground without your Father (knowing). But the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” When this translation was made in 1611, little birds were still being sold in cages in the market-square, just as they were during Jesus’ own lifetime. Jesus’ words are an important reminder that despite our occasional feelings of unimportance or of isolation, we are not ignored. I had been an unseen watcher of the robins’ nest, and as I’d been concerned about them and their wellbeing, these touching verses remind us that we too have value, and that we are always seen and loved.
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The third miscarriage Diana Duncan-Fletcher
n the Epistle to the Colossians 3:12 it is written: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Every so often a friend or acquaintance will say to me—often rather off handedly—“Say a prayer for me, won’t you?” It is said as if the person really isn’t sure it will help, but feels there is no harm in asking. I take these requests very seriously. A few years ago a church parishioner, someone I did not know well, had a third miscarriage. Feeling very sad, I decided to go and see her in the hospital. When I arrived she was sitting alone in an armchair. I hugged her and started to tell her how very badly I felt for all of them. She looked at me and, suddenly, I was crying and she was comforting me. When I left, I apologized for making things worse. Then next time I saw Jan, a few months later, she came over and hugged me, and then whispered that she was expecting again but wasn’t telling anyone yet. I went home wondering why she had revealed this information to me, of all people. She was on my prayer list and I thought of her often. In due course she gave birth to a healthy little girl she called Angelina. There was a baby shower to which I was invited. I attended it and brought a gift.
There were about twenty women at it. All were young Moms. Some had babies or toddlers in tow. I was by far the oldest woman present, and I was the only one from our church. We played the usual silly games, ate sandwiches and squares and drank cups of tea. Then Jan opened the gifts. When she got to my somewhat impractical whimsical gift she smiled, and looking at me she said: “Thank you for really being there for me in the hospital when we lost number three.” I must have looked confused because she continued on, looking at the other women as she spoke, “Diana came to share my grief and cry with me for what we had lost. She told me she would continue to pray for us—and I know she did because little Angelina is here now.” Angelina, who had been peacefully sleeping in a nearby cradle, awoke then and let out a little cry as if to confirm this. Everyone laughed. “Thank you for making the effort to come and be with me when I really needed a comforting presence. Your tears and your words made all the difference and my despair vanished and I felt hopeful.” Later, when I was alone, I thought back to that awful day when I really thought I had blown it. Obviously I hadn’t. Gratefully, God was ever present and had given me the right words to say to Jan. This confirmed for me that, with God, all things are possible. Thanks be to God!
Mother and Daughter duo’s proudly display ACW pins.
(Top) Girls on a mission, Bea and Marie Hetke of St. Mary’s with Kathryn Smith and Shyla Thornhill Knapp. (Bottom Left) Food Prep: Shyla Thornhill Knapp of St James Maitland with CJ Smith, preparing dinner at Open Door Mission. (Bottom Right) Edmund Hetke of St. Mary Magdalene’s Napanee with Sarah Jones, St. James Maitland. Photos-Kathryn Smith.
The mother daughter teams of (left-right) Rachel Bygott and mom Gail Wells; and Sally Munings and daughter Mary Kay Munnings pose for a photo together displaying thier ACW pins. ACW members are awarded pins and certificates in recognition of thier service to thier parish ACW’s.
All Saints South Grenville youth trip to Montreal mission Kathryn Smith
he mission trip to the Montreal Open Door Mission was a very unique experience for myself and the other members. For most of us it was not our first time being exposed to the poverty that affects our world today, but it may have been the first time seeing it so close to home. As Canadians, we are very privileged, and we tend to take that privilege for granted. The Montreal mission trip was definitely a good reminder that anyone can fall on hard times and that we need to be there for those who do. The living conditions of the trip at Isaiah 40 were wonderful; comfortable, peaceful, and with plenty of space, but not too luxurious, which would’ve taken away from the point of the trip. The mission work was definitely enlightening for myself and the other teens on the trip. I was not aware of the major problem drug abuse presented for Montrealers, especially the aboriginal and Inuit people
who live there. But, along with seeing the problems of the homeless people, we got to meet those were able to turn their lives around and even develop a relationship with God. Those stories that we heard were amazing; they really did give a message of hope to us and the other homeless people. Over the week I was able to bond with the other youth members, some who I hadn’t known very well beforehand. I was able to see old friends that I hadn’t seen in a while and learn about the other adults. Through the mission work and the daily chapel provided by Richard Hetke I was able to further develop my own relationship with Christ. Over all, the trip was an amazing experience. As followers of Christ we are asked to help the poor and spread God’s word; something all of us were able to do through the mission. One of the homeless people described us as angels. I wouldn’t say we’re angels myself, we are only people trying to do the work of God, and that’s enough for me.
Dynamic individuals needed… Camp Hyanto in Lyndhurst offers children the experience of growth, development and fun in the beautiful outdoors. It is an opportunity to come together and have fun while learning new skills, developing friendships, building confidence and having fun in a Christian environment. If this looks like something you would like to be involved in and help grow, we are looking to fill the following positions: Registrar - handle summer camp registrations, coordinate registration information and give periodic reports to the Hyanto Ministries Board, respond to registration requests. Does not require meeting attendance. Alumni Coordinator - develop a database of past campers, staff and volunteers, distribute information, keep alumni informed of on-going Hyanto Ministries events. Does not require meeting attendance. Fund raising Coordinator - coordinate fund raising efforts, communicate information about events, gather a team of fund raising volunteers, assist with planning and executing fund raising efforts. Volunteer Staff Coordinator - coordinate staff volunteers, recruit staff volunteers, assist with training of staff volunteers, receive and maintain necessary documents i.e. CPICs, Vulnerable Sector Checks, etc. Please reply to: Cheryl Green-Betts at email@example.com.
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Justice and Peace Commission survey This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Justice and Peace Commission, a joint commission of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston and the Anglican Diocese of Ontario, (hereto known as the Commission). Over these ten years, the Commission has organized its work under several guiding categories: • • • •
To understand and apply Christian Social Teaching; To advocate for the vulnerable in society: locally, provincially, globally; To make public statements on behalf to the Dioceses; and To support parishes and like-minded groups seeking social justice.
Recently, Pope Francis proclaimed November 19, 2017 to be the first World Day of the Poor. How will we answer Pope Francis’ call? The Commission, inspired by this invitation, invites parishes to take
who may be in a position to speak for your parish. Indeed, it would be wonderful if the completion of this survey promotes conversation among such parish partners. Once the surveys have been collected (no later than November 19, 2017, The World Day of the Poor) they will be evaluated and the results shared. It is the sincere desire of the Commission that we will be more able to support our communities of faith, action and of hope. this opportunity to both celebrate and renew our commitment to social justice. The Commission has learned that there is much to be gained by strengthening the relationship between the Commission and the parishes. First, though, it is important for the Commission to have a better understanding of the great work that is already or has taken place at the parish level. To gain this understanding, the
What does the LORD REQUIRE OF YOU BUT TO DO JUSTICE, TO LOVE KINDNESS AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD. MICAH 6:8
Parish Justice and Peace Questionnaire Identification 1. Name of Parish 2. Priest/Parish Administrator 3. Were other people consulted in completing this questionnaire? Yes No Basic Information 1. Which organizations/committees are operating in your parish (check all that apply): ACW PWRDF Parish/Vestry Council Worship Committee Hall/Hospitality/Social Committee Justice and Peace Committee Finance Committee Other Other Other
Commission has created a survey, the results of which we feel will address many of the needs of both the Commission and of the parishes. In order to do this, we require your cooperation. We would ask that the survey be completed by one of the following: - your priest or parish administrator - your parish council chair - your parish justice and peace committee - a member of any of your parish groups
Please mail (or scan and email) your completed surveys to: Bridget Doherty Justice & Peace Commission Coordinator P.O. Box 427 1200 Princess Street Kingston, Ontario K7L 4W4 firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Indicate the supports you would be interested in receiving from the Justice & Peace Commission: Workshop(s) on Church Social Teaching Guest Speaker(s) Print Information on Church Social Teaching Opportunities for Involvement with Diocesan Activities Refugee Sponsorship International Development Initiatives Environmental Issues Poverty Human Trafficking Food Security Human Rights Conflict Resolution Other: Comments:
2. List the parish activities/projects related to social justice that have been, are, or are ongoing/will be undertaken in your parish. Past Present Ongoing/Future Past Present Ongoing/Future Past Present Ongoing/Future 3. List the Parish organizations/committees that have taken on social justice activities/projects over the last year. Comments:
4. Indicate the challenges that exist in your parish with regard to social justice activities. Lack of information Lack of volunteers Lack of opportunity Lack of expertise Lack of interest Lack of funds
Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire. Your feedback is important to the work of the Justice & Peace Commission. Please feel free to add other comments that would assist the Commission in fulfilling its mandate (attach other pages as required).
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Serving communities and mission driven stewardship Doug Cowley
Stewardship and Congregational Development Committee
hat is God calling us to do in this place; and how do we respond to that call; In other words, stewardship and our relationship with God. The Stewardship Team believes that our first order of business should be in supporting parishes in their mission and ministry efforts. We need to be providing assistance in areas such as facilitation, mentoring, planning, and building partnerships. We believe that the best way to accomplish this is to distribute the resource, perhaps by deanery, so that we are familiar with the needs in each area and yet able to share ideas and best practices across deaneries and the diocese. We also believe that somewhere out there, buried deep within the 14,000 square kilometres that make up our diocese, we have people that can help us with this. So if you are one of those hidden gems, or you know of someone who is, we have an offer for you. The Anglican Church of Canada, in
partnership with the United Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and The Episcopal Stewardship Network, will again this year host a conference on Resources for Mission. So, the offer is this. If you think what we described above in terms of the mission role of the stewardship team in supporting parishes is something you would like to help us with, and you would like to become part of our team, we will cover the costs associated with your attendance at this year’s conference (registration, travel, meals, and accommodation). The conference will take place from October 2–4 at Manoir d’Youville in Chateauguay, Quebec. If you would like more information you can contact Doug Cowley at email@example.com.
Camp Hyanto Vacation Bible Schools Youth in our diocese enjoyed Vacation Bible Schools this summer hosted by Camp Hyanto Ministries. Two of the parishes holding VBS’s were St. Lukes Lyndhurst (top) and St. Paul’s Sydenham (bottom).
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