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September 2013

A section of the

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Serving the Anglican Diocese of Ontario since 1991

Diana Duncan-Fletcher

St. John’s Portsmouth

St. Mary Magdalen Picton

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Moving from fear to courage

20 years of contemporary worship

100 years on main street

Vacation Bible School going strong at Camp Hyanto

photo: Mark Hauser

Children in this year’s vacation bible school at Camp Hyanto, “Mission impossible, we can’t do it without God”, take a break during daily activities.

Does God have a place in the 21st century? Eric Friesen n October 1st at 7:30 P.M., St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston will present a conversation on the theme: “Does God Have a Place in the 21st Century?” The evening features Bishop Michael Oulton of the Diocese of Ontario and well known CBC broadcaster, Michael Enright, moderated by myself, broadcaster/writer Eric Friesen, a member of the St. George’s community. In a recent issue of The New Yorker magazine, Adam Kirsch wrote: “Religion and secularism often face off in our culture as megaphone-wielding opponents, each braying out the sins and shortcomings of the other... Religion tells us that secular people are nihilistic, pleasurechasing relativists: and the effect is to make us flee what sounds like a punitive and sanctimonious religion. Secularism, in the voice of the celebrated New Atheists, tells us that religion is mental


slavery, reaction and prejudice; and this shallow condescension makes us close our ears to secularism.” As someone who was there on November 26, 2010, at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, when Christopher Hitchens demolished former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in a debate on “Is Religion A Force for Good in the World,” it seemed to me that a serious, truthful exploration of the question was lost in the verbal pyrotechnics of the combatants. Unfortunately, God was represented by the less competent debater (Blair) and lost out in what was not a fair fight. As moderator for the conversation this coming October 1, my purpose is to avoid precisely this kind of verbal gladiatorial contest and to explore the case for and against God (and the Church) in an intelligent conversation, where people of differing views listen to each other, explore common ground, and respectfully

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agree to disagree. People of faith (even Bishops from time-to-time) have their own periods of doubt, wrestling with issues of belief as well as their relationship to the institutional church. Nonbelievers or agnostics, if they’re honest and open, may see the value of those who do believe and who live out their belief in faithful obedience to the values of Christianity or other

major faith groups. Belief in the 21st century is not so much illuminated by skillful argument, but rather by the personal stories, the confessions of those who live in faith or who don’t. Joining Bishop Oulton in this conversation, is one of Canada’s most respected journalists, Michael Enright. Michael is currently host of CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition and the archive program Rewind. Before his current assignments, he hosted This Country in the Morning and As it Happens. Michael has also been a print journalist for Time, Maclean’s, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. Michael Enright The

format for this evening will include plenty of opportunities for members of the audience to ask questions. The event is in the Cathedral and free to all comers.

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And Ye Shall Eat Plenty: Parish Cookbooks Lisa H. Russell

Diocesan Archival Technician


rust in the Lord and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” (Psalms 37:3) Housed in the vault of the Diocesan Archives are a few rare parish cookbooks which hold a treasure-trove of delicious recipes. Food has always been an integral part of our diocesan and parish life and is no less so today than it was years ago. From potlucks, soup and sandwich luncheons, church Christmas bazaars to fish fries and pancake Tuesday, good cooking and praising God through sharing a meal together, is an important part of Anglican life. The tradition of parish women creating economical, practical yet eminently tasty recipes in our churches goes back to when the earliest churches were established. It was only a matter of time before the idea to create parish cookbooks came to fruition. One such cookbook is titled Our Community Specials sponsored by the Holy Trinity Church Guild of Oak Leaf, in the Parish of Lansdowne Rear. This charming cookbook, published in 1961, is chock full of yummy recipes,

helpful cooking tips and names of various ladies from Holy Trinity Church who were willing to share their family recipes for the good of the parish and beyond. The President of the Holy Trinity Church Guild, Mrs. Helen Victoria Galway, wrote in her introduction to Our Community Specials: “The recipes in our Cook Book are all from the community of Oak Leaf and surrounding vicinity. Some of them are treasured old family recipes, some are new, but every single one reflects the love of good cooking that is also very strong in this community of ours.” The book was for sale, with proceeds no doubt going towards the good work of the parish, and a delightful rhyme at the beginning reads: “Beforehand we thank you for buying our book, T’will teach you and guide you in learning to cook.”

Mrs. Ruby Luella Warren wrote a brief history of Holy Trinity, Oak Leaf describing how the church was founded in 1848 with much of the work being done by Irish settlers and the first rector being the Reverend Francis Tremayne. She writes: “The church prospered through the years till misfortune struck on Sunday, December 7, 1944 when the church and contents were destroyed by fire. However by faithful efforts of the congregation, the church was rebuilt and opened for Christmas service 1947.” The names of those women who submitted recipes for Our Community Specials represent some of the long-standing families in the area of Oak Leaf in the Parish of Lansdowne Rear, names such Webster, Godkin, Seabrooke, Galway, Whitmore, Gainford, Warren and Halladay to name but a few. Mrs. Luella Warren, for instance, was born Ruby Luella

Webster, second youngest of six, her parents being William and Margaret Webster. She married Bryce Johnson Warren in 1926 who was a farmer from Athens and they had a daughter named Ora Margaret. Mrs. Helen Galway, was born Helen Victoria Whitmore in 1936, her parents being Ford and Lena Whitmore. Helen Victoria married Elwood Galway in 1947 and they had two children. Many recipes by these two women and others are in the Holy Trinity, Oak Leaf cookbook. I tried one of these recipes and it was truly delicious! It is called Pineapple Date Bread and was one of the many recipes that Ruby Luella Warren gave for this book. I highly recommend this and will share it with you here: 1 beaten egg, 1/3 cup of milk, 1/3 cup of melted butter, I cup of crushed pineapple, I cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup of chopped dates, 3 cups sifted flour, ¾ cup of sugar, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon of baking soda. Combine egg, mild, shortening, pineapple, nuts and dates. Sift together dry ingredients, add to first mixture and stir just to moisten. Bake in greased 91/2 by 5x3 inch loaf pan in moderate oven (350 degrees) about 55 minutes. Enjoy!

Building pathways to reconciliation Bishop Michael Oulton


ecently I had one of those days when odd jobs around the house, previously at the bottom of my priority list, found themselves front and center. The wooden deck on our house had three or four boards that were “spongy” when stepped upon. After a quick diagnosis, I determined that some of the bracing under the deck had detached or rotted away. The solution? Up to that point I had placed a chair over the bad spot. Everyone in my family knew it was a temporary measure. The chair was not for sitting on, but to protect the unwary from falling

through the deck. Ultimately the day came for the slight repair to be completed. The removal of a few boards revealed that the floor joists had indeed rotted and several more boards would need to come off. Unfortunately, more rot was uncovered, more boards had to be removed. Later, still more rot and more boards, until eventually the deck was completely disassembled. All of a sudden, my odd job had become a major renovation project. While I knew I had bitten off more than I could chew, I was still unaware of the exciting discovery that lay underneath the deck. With the dirt and refuse of

photo: Michael Oulton

“ The process of

being reconciled is challenging. It can take us apart, piece by piece, but it can also help clear away the refuse. years past now cleared away, I found a pristine, interlocking brick walkway that linked my driveway to the backyard. Thankfully, my project is less daunting as the new plan is to merely build a step from the patio door to the walkway with an adjacent flower bed. One thing you might be wondering is what does my rotting deck, and the surprising discovery beneath it, have to do with the Church? Being a Church in mission to a broken and hurting world is key to our call to serve as agents of the reconciling love of God. Jesus tells us that there is no greater law than to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbour as ourselves. St. Paul, writing to the

Colossians, proclaims that in Christ we are a new creation: the old is gone, the new has come. We are sent into the world as ambassadors for Christ proclaiming and living this message of reconciliation. Living with anger and resentment can soon lead to a kind of rot in the soul. It can begin with a bit of sponginess, something like my ailing deck, which might be covered up temporarily but soon grows and threatens to consume the joy and wonder that we should have in God’s works. The process of being reconciled is challenging. It can take us apart, piece by piece but it can also help clear away the refuse, uncovering the beauty within each of us. When we proclaim with confidence that: “It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me”, then we are ready for the mission and ministry of Christ in the world. My prayer for everyone in our diocese is for the hope, born of the reconciling ministry of Christ, to sustain you now and always.

Dialogue Published by the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Anglican Church of Canada Editor: Mark Hauser Publisher: The Right Reverend Michael Oulton Bishop of Ontario Office of the Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Ontario 90 Johnson Street Kingston, ON K7L 1X7 Ph: (613) 544-4774 Editorial and Advertising Office Mark Hauser, Editor 90 Johnson Street Kingston, ON K7L 1X7 Ph: (613) 544-4774 Ext. 125 Email: Dialogue is published quarterly in September, December, March & June Individual suggested donation: $15.00 per year in Canada $23.00 in U.S. and overseas. The paper is printed on partially recycled paper using vegetable-based inks. Submissions for Dialogue and letters to the editor can be made by email to Advertising material should be sent to the editor, call (613) 544-4774 Ext. 125 with any inquiries. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor, the Diocese of Ontario or any representative thereof, except where expressly stated. All material subject to editing. Printed and mailed by Webnews Printing, North York, ON To subscribe, unsubscribe or change an address, please contact circulation at 416-924-9199 Ext. 259/245 or by email at



Community outreach serving children in Brockville Virginia Glover Commonwealth Public School, located at the east end of Pearl Street, draws students from the older part of the city. It never closes on “snow days” because the students can walk to school. Some students arrive cold, and hungry. Five years ago, members of St. Paul’s Church, with support from Good Shepherd Lutheran, decided to do something to help. Commonwealth Breakfast Club makes sure that no child starts the school day on an empty stomach. Everyone can choose from a simple but healthy menu of juice, milk, cereal, toast, and fruit, served by a cheerful volunteer. “I find volunteering at the Commonwealth Breakfast

Club very rewarding,” says Kerey Bolton. “The children’s faces light up when you offer something new.” Nancy Acton agrees. “I can’t think of a better way to begin the day than serving breakfast to the students of Commonwealth School.” Adds Nancy’s husband, Brian, “A smile and a thank you from a well fed child ready to head out to class is a reminder that seemingly little things can be extraordinarily large.” Between fifteen and twenty children are served daily. This year, Mrs. Selleck, the Education Assistant, was on duty every day to help with the

childrens names and special needs. Volunteers rotate on a weekly basis, arriving in time to start serving at 8:30 a.m., and leaving about sixty minutes later. The program will resume after Thanksgiving. To join this fine team of volunteers, contact Star Thomas at star-light-2@

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The Church Bookroom 90 Johnson St., Kingston, ON, K7L 1X7 (entrance on Wellington St.) Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm Visit our satellite bookstore when on retreat or quiet day at the

Providence Spirituality Centre located at the Sisters of Providence Motherhouse (Heathfield), 1200 Princess St, Kingston.

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From the editor Mark Hauser


ne of the most glorius elements of Christianity is that as prodigal sons and daughters, no matter how far we stray from home, no matter how many side roads and wrong turns we take, God is always willing to offer us a new start. All we have to do is ask. Renewal and rebirth are at the heart of the Christian message. In my own life I can think of points along the way where, because of poor choices, and a lack of vision, I arrived at a dead-end— completely out of options. Staring at what seemed like a brick wall, I would think to myself: “We’ll that’s it for me I’ve run out of opportunities this time!”A sense of panic would wash over me and the inevitable state of depression was not far behind. But somehow, in time, the impossible would miraculously become possible. God would open a door, just when I’d concluded that the days of doors opening for me were over. Suddenly, I would be elevated with a sense of renewal and the startling surprise of a new opportunity. This closing and then reopening of doors reminds me of having our diocesan paper back in circulation again. At a recent editors’ conference in Montreal one of my colleagues said how surprised he was to hear that our paper was coming back. This was the first he had ever heard of such a resurrection. The renaissance seems all the more remarkable considering that these are uncertain times for newspaper publications. The entire industry is grappling with shrinking readership, rising print costs, and the impact of electronic communications. Our recent conference was abuzz with fears about what seems like the inevitable death of print media, as more and more church leaders call to ditch the newspapers, save money and publish online only. In light of these challenges, the sense of renewal and rebirth that accompanies the fall issue of Dialogue makes it a very special

paper indeed. Despite the odds, naysaying and looming fiscal realities that confront print, we have a chance to create something new—to take this publication in unexplored directions and mould a new vision for it. Some people had suggested to give it a new name. As an exercise in curiosity, I looked up the word ‘dialogue’ and found this: “an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, especially a political or religious issue, with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement.” I hope you will agree with me that the paper is aptly named, as is. So, Dialogue will still be Dialogue. It will bring you news of the events and goings-on in the diocese that readers enjoy and have come to expect. But in addition each quarterly issue will also seek to explore a particular theme or idea that the church is dealing with. We will take an issue, and we will look at it from different perspectives as we celebrate and debate what it means to be an Anglican in this day and age. To quote Dylan: “The times they are a-changin’” and Dialogue will seek to give a voice to these times and the way they will shape our future as a church. In this issue, we are looking at the two sides of worship: traditional and contemporary. We’re not trying to pit one against the other. The stories you’ll read seek to highlight both sides of the coin and stimulate…you guessed it…Dialogue. As stated in Isiah 43:19: “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” I hope you will join me in celebrating Dialogue’s renewal as we move into the future—a future which, will offer plenty of opportunity for change, whether we want it or not. Thankfully, that very same future, set in God’s hands, will also offer us plenty of opportunity to create something new.

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St. John’s portsmouth: 20 years of contemporary worship In order for the Parish to survive, something new was needed. The old way wasn’t doing it anymore

Mark & Michelle Hauser


cross the Anglican Church of Canada, contemporary worship continues to struggle to find a place in an evolving mission field that promises change and challenge in the face of economic, demographic, and cultural shifts. Of the parishes in the Diocese of Ontario that currently feature a contemporary service the most enduring has been the 9:15 am service at St. John’s Portsmouth, Kingston. Established in the early 1990s, under the leadership of The Rev. Terry McNeir, and then shepherded along by The Rev. Canon Christopher Doering when he took over in 2000, the contemporary service at St. John’s has grown to an average Sunday attendance of 110 to 120 with somewhere between 25 to 35 children and youth, ages infant to 19, participating in the Upstairs Club each week. From the cool comfort of his office, on a sweltering July day, the always-energetic Chris Doering, who was ordained in this Diocese in 1997 and served as Assistant Curate and later Priest-in-Charge of St. George’s Cathedral, before being appointed to St. John’s, is happy to share lessonslearned through the genesis and development of contemporary worship at St. John’s. “Today we have a fullymounted projection system, but in the early days they used an overhead projector.” At the same time, the church also began using contemporary praise songs— mostly of an old “folk” flavour— and introduced the parish to the Book of Alternative Services. Even though it was a brand new service at the time, which left both 8:00 am and 11:00 am traditional services unaltered, the changes were not without controversy. “Some felt parish leadership favoured the new service. But at the same time, they realized that in order for the church to survive they needed to do something new. The old way wasn’t doing it anymore.”

Right around the same time the contemporary service started, the ‘Alpha’ program was launched. This 12-week course reminded members of the basics of the Christian faith, and was also instrumental in attracting many non-Anglicans and people who weren’t regular churchgoers to the parish. “At that time, the contemporary service was an ideal way to reach out to the Alpha participants, people who had difficulty connecting to the BCP, the hymn book, or who were unfamiliar with a formal worship setting.” When asked to define contemporary worship, not surprisingly, Chris says there are a variety of opinions on the matter—or to paraphrase Forrest Gump, it seems as though contemporary is as contemporary does. But for St. John’s, the defining features include the use of drums, guitar, keyboard, contemporary liturgy and music in an informal setting. “When I arrived, the contemporary service had been going for about 9 years. I kept it as it was for a time and then started making it more contemporary.” Among the changes Doering made was to cease the use of vestments (except for a stole at Communion), reduce from three readings to one—which was necessary because of time constraints with three Sunday morning services—, put more emphasis on preaching, and make the music a lot more contemporary. “Today the music is like what you hear on Christian radio. But we still get a bit of kickback. There are people who want to sing ‘old contemporary’, not ‘new contemporary’.” In response to criticism from traditionalists about the lack of depth and theological content of contemporary Christian music, Doering is unapologetic. “I don’t agree. Although some of the modern praise songs can be a little simple, the majority of them contain theology that is just as good as many hymns. The problem is, we are too quick to

demonize what we don’t like or understand.” As for blended services— traditional, with a side of contemporary—the experience at St. John’s echoes that of other Anglican churches who have tried the two-in-one approach and found it controversial and ineffective—except on certain Sundays such as Commitment Sunday, Advent 4, Vestry Sunday and Palm Sunday. According to Doering; “Contemporary worship needs to grow in its own space in order to bear fruit.” When it comes to personal preferences, Doering does not favour one form of worship over another and he has been unequivocal on this point throughout his 13-year tenure, “I like contemporary music, I like traditional music, I like the BAS, I like the BCP. We do both here and we do both as well as we can.” In terms of what the broader church can learn from St. John’s, Doering is optimistic but he is also quick to caution as to motive. Churches who are contemplating adding a contemporary worship service must ask the all-important question: “What is the vision for mission and how does Sunday morning worship fit into that vision?” Doering has always argued that too much emphasis is placed on Sunday morning, and that church needs to be done seven days a week. “If you are just doing it to put more people in pews, I think that’s the wrong motivation. What I care about most is that when people come to church, they are able to enter into the worship and have a real and meaningful encounter with Jesus.” Doering emphasizes that although this meaningful encounter can happen in any worship setting, traditional or contemporary, “A contemporary service is an easier way to bring in those people who have had no exposure to Anglicanism or to formal liturgy. “There are many people who have come to St. John’s who have

L-R. June Mason, Bev Koski(organ), Cathy Edwards, Judy Donevan and Kathy Doering perform during service at St. John’s

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photo: Mark Hauser

The church is too quick to say ‘That’s not Anglican’ when thinking about doing things differently.

a Baptist, Pentecostal or nondenominational background—we get some people who have zero church experience—and the contemporary service has helped them connect in a meaningful way.” Chris says that one of the barriers within parishes to adopting contemporary worship is often a rigid mindset that resists new ways of doing things. “The church is too quick to say ‘That’s not Anglican’ when thinking about doing things differently. This kind of thinking can be harmful—we should be focused on being Christians first and Anglicans second.” Perhaps the greatest lesson one can impart from St. John’s is that flexibility on the part of a church community can be learned and acquired over time. Even with occasional bumps and bruises along the way, the people of St. John’s have proven their ability to take steps towards change, constantly re-evaluating

what it means to be followers of Jesus in the Anglican way, how the church defines itself and the diverse character of its worship. Doering is the first to admit that change is not easy. “But If we can take away some of the clutter, so that Jesus is easy to see then it’s worth the work of change. When asked why he thinks the Anglican Church is declining, and whether or not contemporary worship can play a role in breathing new life into it, Doering is exacting in his simplicity. “In many cases, what we have done in the Anglican Church of Canada is no longer working. Unfortunately, much of what the church is doing to address these issues is akin to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. For my part, I am happy to make changes to the externals of our faith: I am willing to do whatever I can to get the gospel into people.” And in the doing, something unique and wonderful has happened at St. John’s. Chris reflects on the feedback he’s received from people who have been drawn to St. John’s for the first time—whether for funerals, as Sunday visitors, or even as part of a group renting space on a weeknight—“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say: ‘There’s something different about this church’.” While not able to directly point to what that something different is, Chris firmly believes that the answer lies in the practice of having put the direction of his parish firmly in the hands of God. “I find it works better when I get out of the way and let God take over.”



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Q&A with Peter Cory, a traditionalist at heart One believer’s quest to stay true to the roots of our Anglican traditions

Mark Hauser Would you call yourself a traditionalist when it comes to worship in the Anglican Church? Yes. What is most beautiful about a traditional Anglican worship service? I would have to say music and liturgy are at the top of my list, but music is particularly big for me. There is so much wonderful music that has found its place in Anglican worship going back to the 1500’s on up to the 20th century— much of my favourite music comes from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Of equal beauty and of highest importance is the theological and doctrinal content of a service, along with the sermon, and these things do not hinge upon music in any way. As a lover of the traditional style of service I must say that overall, traditional worship is distinct and grounded; it feels different, it sounds different, sometimes it even smells different. And one thing I have come to realize is that part of the beauty of the service is wrapped up in the nostalgia I feel for an earlier time in life, when I was growing up and attending St. George’s Cathedral where the service was, of course, very traditional. So I recognize that at least part of my preference for traditional forms of worship is a matter of personal taste, and what I am used to.

How important is it to you that traditional Anglican worship be maintained as the primary form of worship in the Anglican Church of Canada? Should we prize or treasure our traditions? Yes. For a lot of churches, the traditional service will always be the primary form of worship. Traditional Anglican worship services continue to attract people and they have special resonance for the people who are already there. But I don’t know if any one form of worship should be regarded as the most important. For me, what’s important is, that the service honours the liturgical practices and doctrines that are found in the Book of Common Prayer. What would be lost if contemporary forms of worship became the norm? I would have a difficult time attending a worship service where there was never any traditional content. When I hear the music of composers like Charles Villiers Stanford, Vaughan Williams, or Hubert Parry in a service, it creates an ambiance of antiquity that helps me feel more spiritually centred and grounded—I can leave the

temporal world behind. I don’t want worship to sound like what I hear on the radio when I am going to work. I want something that is different, special. While this is my preference, I do recognize that there might be a downside to it. The church needs to interact with the present world, not try and shut itself away and become a museum. So for this reason I am open minded photo: Mark Hauser about the inclusion of modern music within Anglican services. Do you believe that contemporary and traditional forms can peacefully co-exist in an Anglican Church? Yes, I do. There are some people who want nothing to do with modern music and there are some who want nothing to do with traditional music and they are bored to tears by the sound of a pipe organ and a choir. I don’t see how you can continue to live in the church with such an extreme view on either side. You have to be a little bit open. As a warden of a large church that has experimented with contemporary worship, what has been your personal experience? I have heard some amazing pieces

My mega-contemporary mom


he bilingual bookmark was meant to be a peace offering—a talisman around which my mother and I could meet religion halfway. The Rule of Life was a promotional gift from the Anglican Diocese of Montreal, printed in French and English. In giving it to my mother, it would serve as compelling evidence of the openness and tolerance of the Anglican Church of Canada: proof that my church is hospitable enough to celebrate French language and culture. I held the slim piece of cardstock in my hands, the French side up. “Here, this is for you” I said. She was quietly impressed. At that point, I suppose I hadn’t yet given up on evangelizing her. My mother is a proud FrenchCanadian, born and raised in Sault

Ste. Marie—a small (sometimes small-minded) multilingual community that, when mom was a youngster anyway, suffered its linguistic and cultural diversity beneath a thin veneer of civility. Based on her social conditioning, the Anglican Church was the bosom of English power and authority and for Englishspeakers only. By consequence, my later-life decision to be confirmed Anglican baffled, mystified, and to some extent, insulted her. To complicate matters further, mom is a baby-boomer. And, like many of her kindred, she longago rejected organized religion. Of course one could argue that organized religion rejected her. Eventually her staunch Roman Catholic parents learned to accept and love their new granddaughters—forgiving her for the less than ideal circumstances of their birth. Forgiveness, acceptance and love from the Church however? Not so much.

important is, that the service honours the liturgical practices and doctrines that are found in the Book of Common Prayer. of music that are modern. I have seen contemporary worship services that work very well, I have seen some people who really get behind it, but I have also seen a lot of people who would prefer to keep to the style and look and feel of the services that we have had for a long, long time. This has been a great challenge for our parish, as we are actually quite diverse in terms of people’s preferences. Do you see contemporary worship as a catalyst for growing the church and reaching new audiences?

Peter Cory is a lifelong Anglican, a Brother in the Anglican Order of Preachers and has served as People’s Warden at St. Mary Magdalene, Napanee since 2010.

I think it’s really good for churches to consider having a contemporary service alongside their main services, if they can make it work. I think testing the waters is a good idea. I am a big proponent of the Fresh Expressions movement,


My mom and I had established a kind of ‘don’t-ask-don’t-tell’ arrangement when it came to organized religon...or at least we had, until recently

Michelle Hauser

“For me, what’s

which talks about people who are “un-churched” or “de-churched” and finding new and innovative ways to reach out to people in these categories. Contemporary worship can play a role in that. The reality today is that we have a cultural mosaic that is hard to please. If a church is casting a net, hoping to bring people in, it may be naïve to expect that people are all going to like one thing. Even within the term ‘contemporary’ there are so many different styles and sounds— where do you begin? There is nothing wrong with trying different things. In fact, it can be refreshing and can open many doors. But at the same time I feel we should treasure our traditional worship forms which have been passed down through the centuries. But while I do want us to guard and preserve these traditions, we should never place stye over substance. I would have no interest in attending what may appear to be a traditional service only to find it does not make the promulgation of the Gospel message its main priority.

Needless to say we have had more than a few fiery debates through the years. But eventually we learned the delicate art of compromise in the presence of our religious differences, steering clear of conversational land-mines like, “Are you coming to church with us?” Nowadays, when mom’s on my turf, she peacefully sits in an old wooden pew for significant family events, but I don’t push her. And I’ve accepted that Sunday visits to her turf, while they may involve a lot of God-talk in the nebulous realm of things spiritualbut-not-religious, don’t include encouraging group visits to the Anglican Church at the top of her street. In other words, I have stopped trying to evangelize my mother. There is too much complicated history for her to enjoy stained glass windows and pipe organs the way I do. - continued on page 8


Swift to Love

Reimaging church with an emerging generation with Rodger Nishioka October 4th and 5th 2013

Friday October 4 - The Ancient Future Church Time: 6:30pm (registration), 7:00pm - 9:00pm (Program) Cost: $10 (register before Sept. 14), $15 (after Sept. 14) Location: St. Paul’s, 19 Pine Street, Brockville ON

Saturday October 5 - Where have the young adults gone?

Time: 9:30am (registration) 10:00am - 3:00pm (Program-lunch included) Cost: $20 (register before Sept. 14), $25 (after Sept. 14) Location: St. Thomas’ Kingston, 130 Lakeview Ave., Kingston ON To register or for more information please contact the Rev. Canon David Smith, Stewardship and Congregational Development Officer at (613) 544-4774 Ext. 132 or by email at

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Moving from fear to courage Diana Duncan-Fletcher


hen my daughter, Sarah, was a little girl we went to visit a colleague of my father who had a cottage near Sydenham. It was a happy occasion, and all three of our children had fun. When Sarah was paddling in the lake, however, a dragonfly landed on her arm. She grew frantic and screamed and cried for me to get it off. But before I had a chance to do that, our host calmly and gently told her to look at the beautiful wings. He assured her not to worry because dragonflies are friends who eat black flies and mosquitoes. He transferred the dragonfly to his finger and Sarah saw how beautiful the wings were. Miraculously, she forgot that she had once been afraid. After a while the dragonfly was back on her arm and she happily admired it. That story came back to me recently when I visited this same friend who was in palliative care in St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital. During our time together he recalled the dragonfly story and asked about Sarah. As we reminisced about the dragonfly, and other memories, I found him to be at peace with

his imminent death. His calmness in the face of his own mortality stood in stark contrast to the anger and irritability I saw in the face of another old friend, who is also close to death. This has been an extraordinary year of loss for me. It seems as if just about all of my old family friends have died or have succumbed to a serious illness, or are close to death. I pay visits to hospitals and keep dear souls in my prayers. There is little else that I can do. Through this journey, though, I have observed that between those who have a deep and abiding faith, and those who say they have no belief in God, there is much to learn and there are also lessons that apply to the church. The way people see death can be similar, in many ways, to how parishioners react when their church is closed. Some are very angry and feel unable to attend another congregation, while others, like Sarah with her dragonfly, find the courage to move beyond fear and open up to the beauty of worship in a new setting. On a recent drive up to Madoc, I passed four churches with “For Sale” signs on their front lawns. Several different denominations were represented. I couldn’t

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see death can be similar, in many ways, to how parishioners react when their church is closed.

help but feel sad as I imagined the many, many families in the area that had once belonged to a thriving congregation, and now had lost their church home. While it is true that a church is much more than bricks and mortar, these stately places are filled with joyful memories. The parishioners who worshiped there found happiness and solace in times of joy and sadness. As congregations dwindle in size, and financial problems arise, there are more and more churches closing. I firmly believe we should focus on how fortunate we are to have the opportunity of worshiping together. There are many countries where believers

cannot worship openly. This is a privilege that many North Americans take for granted. Is it really so impossible for us to embrace worshiping somewhere else? Can we not continue to hope for joyful memories and fellowship in the miracle of something new? A few years ago, when our little Anglican Church in The Carrying Place closed, many, including me, were deeply saddened. At the deconsecration service people shared memories of having been baptized and married within its walls. Many had hoped that when death took them their funeral service, or memorial thanksgiving service, would be held at St. John’s. Now that will never happen as that building was bought by an antiques dealer who has filled it full of beautiful furniture. Of the parishioners left behind, only a very few have joined other nearby congregations. In our case, worshipping elsewhere has forced my husband, Fred, and I to move on. In this way we can still come together with other like-minded parishioners, to worship and give thanks to God for His many blessings. This has enabled us to have the courage to move beyond fear and find beauty in something new. We are also fortunate to have new friends to add to those

we made before the closure of St. John’s. Saint Paul wrote the following: “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) Thanks be to God!

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Music & Weddings in Madoc Music, Music, Music

John’s Madoc This past spring and early summer at St. concert by Elvis saw lots of activity on the music front; a t fundraiser by impersonator Matt Cage, a spring concer ween St. John’s St. John’s choir with proceeds shared bet competed in & Central Hastings Hospice. The choir also second in all the Stirling Festival of Sacred Praise placing SATB. three categories entered: Unison, SAB, and

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Weddings Through the Ages

was the An event organized by the ACW, St. John’s t summer, as scene of an unusual fashion show this pas 2003 were on 36 vintage wedding gowns from 1902 to Centre Hastdisplay, worn by friends and students from orated as for ings Secondary School. The church was dec flowers in all a mauve wedding with bows on the pews, choir steps the windows, and baskets of flowers by the altar. Wedding and arrangements of flowers behind the e sung by solos, from each era being represented, wer by Kim Clarke. Joan Donaldson with an accompaniment church hall After the show, everyone adjourned to the for bridal tea.

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Treasures in the Archives!


photo: Mark Hauser

Not everyone may know that in the basement of the Synod Office is the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Archives (ADOA). The ADOA takes up almost an entire floor which contains two large rooms in a fire-safe vault as well as an office and the Shirley Spragge Reading room for research. Rows of shelving contain fascinating historical records which pertain to the history of our parishes, special diocesan groups such as the Anglican Church Women, Camp Hyanto and the Lay Readers Association, as well as Episcopal records and more. Of particular interest to many people are the genealogical records of the ADOA. We have

“Firstfruits” a stewardship reflection Rev. Canon David Smith

By Lisa H. Russell

the baptismal, confirmation, marriage and burial records for many thousands of people from the earliest years of Anglican settlement in this area, the late 1700s, to the most recent. The ADOA is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:30 or by appointment. The research fee is $10.00 for the afternoon or $20.00 for the day and photocopies are 50 cents a page. There is no fee for researching a parish history. Please contact Diocesan Archival Technician, Lisa Russell for more information at 613-5444774, Ext 121 or e-mail her at We look forward to your visit to the ADOA!

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e brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you O Lord have given me.” (Deuteronomy 26: 9-10 NIV) I was pulling into the Kashira* driveway, after returning some of the family from their English as a Second Language class, when Miriam Kashira invited me into their home. She had something she wanted to give me. My curiosity was peaked because I could not imagine what she might have. When I entered the house she went to her room and retrieved an envelope. Miriam had spent her first months in Canada diligently studying English, but had recently traveled to Hamilton to work as a farm labourer(back-breaking work to be sure) and had just returned. The envelope was from her very first pay cheque in Canada She explained that in her culture it is customary to give your parents the first pay you earn, and to ask them to pray for you and your future. As her parents are deceased, she wanted to give me her first hard earned pay cheque. Not needing the money, I was reluctant to accept it. However, I realized I had to receive this gift,

and I was deeply honoured to do so. When she knelt down for me to pray for her, I was almost in tears thinking of how she had endured so much as a refugee and yet never lost her faith in God. I was thinking of how she has received a new start in life, a new opportunity to live as a free person in a country with peace and justice. I was thinking of how she was able to dance and sing and laugh at her sister’s wedding and of all the joy that still awaits her. I was blessed by this tremendous moment of thanksgiving and grace. It was a highlight of my ministry, a time of great joy. And of course I was immediately reminded that what Miriam lived out in that moment of gratitude is exactly how we are meant to express gratitude for God’s grace and mercy in our lives. For example, Miriam’s gift bears a strong resemblance to the example given to us by the Israelites when they offered the first fruits of their harvest upon entering the Promised Land. Miriam was liberated from a land of oppression and entered a land of plenty. Her response was one of gratitude to God for bringing her to Canada, and to mark this she sacrificed her first fruits as an offering of thanksgiving. It was a powerful expression of her belief

that her whole life is a gift from God, and that she puts her trust in this gracious God. As Christians, we do look to God’s faithfulness to the Israelites to recall and celebrate the nature of our God, but we primarily turn to the liberation won for us in Christ’s death and resurrection. Through it we have eternal life and all the spiritual blessings associated with this freedom. We celebrate the fact that, through Christ’s triumphant victory over sin and death, all of creation will experience liberation and renewal. As people who have moved into this freedom from the bondage of sin we celebrate and give thanks. Every time we give our time, talent, and money to God through the church, it is an opportunity to offer our first fruits in thanksgiving. One way that I have found of giving my first fruits is through preauthorized giving. Every month the first thing that happens to my pay cheque is an automatic contribution to the church. It puts a smile on my face to give first to God, because it is a profound way to say thank you. *The Kashira’s: a family who were sponsored and brought to Napanee from The Congo by the Napanee Community Refugee Committee in late 2012.

St. Mary Magdalene Picton celebrates 100 years on main street The members of St. Mary Magdalene Picton One hundred years ago this year, the parishioners of St. Mary Magdalene moved to their new church on Main Street in Picton. The congregation left behind the historic but small stone building on Church Street which today houses The Prince Edward County Museum. The Parish of Picton was established in 1823, and the first church was completed in 1827. It was built on property next to Macaulay House, the home of the first minister, Rev. William Macaulay.

In spite of extensions to the building, by 1904 there were calls to construct a new, larger church. Plans were completed in 1911, with a projected cost of $22,000. The cornerstone was laid on May 10, 1912 after the existing Parish House (now the Parish Hall) had been moved to the back of the property using log rollers and horses. The Service of Dedication for the new church was held on Ascension Day, May 1, 1913. Our centennial celebrations began in May 2012 with a Service of Rededication of the cornerstone and the dedication of new church doors, donated in memory of lifelong parishioners

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Jack and Marguerite LeHeup, by their son and family. Over the course of a year, numerous special events and services took place, including: A Choral Evensong at the Old St. Mary Magdalene Church; a visit from The Gallery Choir of St. Mary Magdalene Church, Toronto; a Jazz Mass; the Rededication of the Queen’s Colour of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment to mark the historic connection between the Regiment and St. Mary Magdalene Church; and a service to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ordination of Rev. Stan Whitehouse. Former ministers (Rev. Canons Bob Hales, David Sinclair and David Ward) and guest clergy (Archdeacon, Ven. Brad Smith and Bishop Michael Oulton) were invited to help celebrate the centenary. Blessed with exceptional acoustics, the church is a venue of choice for numerous musical activities and performances. As a centennial project, we purchased a Yamaha Grand Piano, which has helped to broaden the scope of musical possibilities. Numerous donations were received, and Music Director and Organist Michael Goodwin arranged many musical events to help pay for this welcome addition.

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Since Prince Edward County is a growing centre for the arts, we decided to promote the recognition of art and spirituality as part of our Centennial year celebration. The Ven. Rev Karen Dukes (poet) and parishioner Andrew Innes (visual artist) organised a series of special presentations by local artists, from various disciplines; ceramic art, visual art, poetry, writing and music. All gave insights into how their spirituality is reflected in their creative work. The closing event was a Jazz Vespers. The centennial celebration culminated in a special weekend of activities at the beginning of May 2013. A very successful Victorian Tea was held in the Parish Hall on May 1. Guests were welcomed by parishioners dressed in period costume and were pleasantly surprised to be served by the men of the congregation who were neatly attired in black pants, white shirts and bow ties. A wonderful concert of “Choral Anthems through the

Ages” was performed by the The County Ecumenical Choir (which includes the choir of St. Mary Magdalene) directed by our own Michael Goodwin. On this occasion, Ian Bevell, from Kingston, was the organist. The concert included wonderful and inspiring church anthems sung by Anglican choirs over the past 100 years. This free concert was a gift from the Church to the community. The events concluded with a well-attended anniversary service which was presided over by The Ven. Wayne Varley and our interim minister, The Rt. Rev. Peter Mason. After the service everyone enjoyed a birthday luncheon with great food and fellowship. It was a wonderful conclusion to our year of celebration.

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My mega-contemporary mom - continued So we established a kind of ‘don’t-ask-don’t-tell’ arrangement that makes sense… or at least it did, until recently. You see sense-making as it relates to spirituality and religion is a delicate occupation and when God does a new piece of work, helping someone untie the knots within themselves, who’s to say what the result will be. There are certain phrases I was certain I would never hear in my lifetime. Disembarking from a flight: “Welcome to Mars Mrs. Hauser, did you enjoy the ride?” is highly unlikely. Shopping at Sears: “My dear you are positively swimming in those trousers, wait here, while I get you a size 6” is pretty far afield. In my mother’s guest room, readying for bed: “So we’ll try to make it to the 9:15 service at my church tomorrow okay?” is the most improbable of all. But this is what I thought I heard on a recent visit, while struggling to find the neck-hole in my nightgown.

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“Come again?” I said, “Make it to the… what at your… what?” I was sure the flannel shroud around my head had muffled some critical details. “My church” she said. “There’s a service at 9:15 and another at 11:15.” I was speechless. After crickets began chirping audibly through the drywall mom finally broke the silence with, “Why don’t we just play it by ear and see when you wake up. Sleep tight!” In the morning, not wanting to spook her, I asked no churchrelated questions, even while she filled out a little blue offertory envelope. I uttered not a single word as she called her friend to confirm our rendez-vous and departure time. I was quiet still as we drove into the parking lot of what looked like a big-box store, or a Cineplex movie theatre. A greeter had passed me a card when we arrived and that’s when all the pieces started to come together: “The Meeting House: The Church for People who Aren’t Into Church.”

Boy they sure saw my mother coming I thought to myself, “This place is perfect for her!” The theatre was filling up with at least several hundred people when we found our seats. The band was warming-up while we sipped our coffee: yes, they have cup holders, just like at the movie theatre. Mom seemed nervous. “This is so exciting” I said, hoping to put her at ease, “It’s so different than what I’m used to. The service started and we all stood and rocked-out some contemporary praise music for about 15 minutes. Afterward, we exchanged greetings with our neighbors and then sat and listened to the usual list of announcements: good works, community projects, and invitations for parishioners to get involved. (Even the megachurch can’t escape the banality of announcements.) Wearing a pair of casual cargoshorts, Bruxy Cavey—part pastor, part rock-star—walked on stage to lead the service. Like most mega-churches, The Meeting Place

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decision to be confirmed Anglican baffled, mystified, and to some extent, insulted her has the whole kit-and-caboodle of mood-altering sound and lighting effects. There was a brief moment when the spit-and-polish of it put me on the defensive—the cup of cynicism within reach—but I worked my way back to an open posture, which helped me find the theological meat and potatoes among the pyrotechnics. The sermon was part of a series called “One Church”, meant to educate the congregation about other branches of the Christian Church. On that day we learned about the challenges facing the

Arab Christian community. It was more teaching than preaching, but we studied a number of different biblical passages and had our eyes opened to cultural assumptions and presumptions about Christians from the Middle East. In short, it was amazing. It was totally un-Anglican, but inspiring and soul-filling nonetheless. I left The Meeting House grateful beyond measure that God has directed my mother to a place that lifts her up spiritually. And that this church can help the two of us, over time, move from the symbolic to the actual in terms of meeting halfway about religion is an enormous bonus. There we were, singing the Lord’s praises together, the religious tension between us having floated away. I did not think that would ever be possible. There are so many streams that will take us to God and help us to know Jesus better. I may prefer to swim in more traditional waters, but I’m so glad my mother has found the stream that’s right for her.

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