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Clergy day strengthens common walk together Mark Hauser

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he clergy in our diocese gathered together on Thursday January 12 at the Ramada Kingston Hotel and Conference Center for the first of this year’s planned clergy days. Four in all are planned for 2017. This first gathering highlighted a number of initiatives that came out of the November Synod. Two of these being a proposal to hold regional councils within the diocese and the plan to grow a volunteer corps—modeled after a similar volunteer ministry the Diocese of Toronto operates. Canon Michael Read, Regional Dean for Leeds and Grenville, said that the first steps in planning the regional councils is the creation of a regional executive that would chair and plan the deanery gatherings. “One of the areas in the vision and strategy plan that I am most excited about is the development of regional councils. Over the last few years of meeting across the diocese one of the opportunities people enjoyed and would like to do more often is gather at the deanery level for conversation about sharing and learning to make decisions about our life together at the deanery level” explained Read. Archdeacon Wayne Varley updated clergy on the role changes made at the Synod Office the end of 2016 when he returned from secondment to St. John’s, Kingston. Previously the Diocesan Executive Officer, Wayne was appointed the Archdeacon of Ministry and Program—A new position created by Synod Council responsible for planning and implementing diocesan programs, activities enhancing ministry, providing support to diocesan committees and assisting the Bishop with pastoral and administrative responsibilities. Updates on the sale of the

Diocesan Centre at 90 Johnson St., the temporary location of the Diocesan Archives (until a permanent location can be identified) and the business plan moving forward with the Church Bookroom were profiled. Camp Hyanto, now Hyanto Ministries, will not operate in 2017. A new board is in place and is responsible for bringing a business plan to Synod Council for approval regarding a vision and strategy for Hyanto Ministries in 2018. Diocesan Executive Officer, Alex Pierson, outlined plans for a new set of human resource policies and an updated HR resource manual. Other goals include enabling lay and ordained leaders to build a commitment to lifelong learning and renewal in ministry and professional development. Clergy also learned about the current Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and how to access it. Bishop Oulton expressed a desire for future clergy days to continue building on a positive foundation. “My hope for these quarterly clergy days is that we will primarily focus on the spiritual feeding and nurturing of the diocesan clergy. The building up of our faith within our common walk together as a college of clergy, provides a powerful witness, not only within our Church, but also to the communities we are called to serve. I cannot emphasize enough, the importance of coming together to pray, worship and learn so that together, we may minister more effectively both within the Body of Christ and in mission to the world.” Rev Jonathon Kouri emphasized the importance of meeting in person. “It’s always good from my perspective to be able to get together and hear the news in person and discuss it in person as a group. It’s very different from just reading it on email or on the internet. It’s good to be able to get together face to face and build relationships.”

(Top) Canon Michael Read and Rev. Michael Rice break for lunch at the diocesan clergy day held in January. Four clergy days in all are scheduled for 2017. (Left) Bishop Michael Oulton. (Right) Rev. Kate Ann Follwell and Rev. Lisa BrandtFrancis. Photos-Mark Hauser.

Living out our common mission Diocese sees parish receivables continue to decline Alex Pierson

Diocesan Executive Officer


e are now in the season of annual vestry meetings. While each vestry and each meeting across the diocese is unique to each church, they all meet common needs—looking back at 2016, elections, review-

ing plans and approving budgets for 2017. Each church, parish and region spend time looking at their successes, challenges, opportunities and risks as they live out the mission we are called to in each of our communities. At the diocesan level, we have already done key elements of this work at our Synod, which was held in November 2016. We have already begun the year with a major set of changes—the farewell and sale of 90 Johnson Street, which served a role in

the Diocese of Ontario for over 60 years. I write this from my desk in our temporary location on Bagot Street as we prepare to move into our new office on Ontario Street. There is a great deal of activity in working the calling of our vision & Strategy, as we connect & engage across the diocese, invest in new ministries, werve our communities and develop mission driven stewardship. There are many ‘new shoots of growth’ beginning, together See MISSION on page 3

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“Gods grace doesn’t trip over the mundane” living with cancer teaches grace, strength and thankfulness Rev Jeanie Oulton


y life has changed. There was a time when I was safely moored in a ministry that I loved. As a prison chaplain I knew what was expected of me. I remember hurrying along the 401 to the Joyceville Correctional Institution thinking about all the things I would do and how it all mattered. Then one day a doctor, whose bed side manner was remote and impersonal, said with unequivocal certainty “You have cancer”. It was like being splashed with icy water on an already harsh, cold day. I sat frozen in the moment until a dear, kind nurse put her hand on my shoulder and said “Can I help you off the table”. I was offered a follow up appointment and sent on my way. It was January 2014. I didn’t cry. I teared up. It was instantaneous and surreal. I had always known how to manage my emotions, especially in my work life. I gathered people in difficult times, delivered sermons at funerals following

tragic happenings and was the one in the room who was a calm presence to reassure the crying and suffering. Now that veneer was pierced beyond my control In the months ahead I would think about what it meant for me to feel ‘out of control’. There were so many procedures, tests, surgeries and Chemo. I was blessed with caring doctors who tried to ease me into the reality that there was no going back. There have been many blessings. Cards began to arrive. It was like a tsunami of caring pouring in from so many enclaves of faith. People that I knew and so many that I didn’t, took time to write. I was humbled by the kind and considerate ways in which love and support were being expressed. There were cards where congregations had signed their names, countless notes from the ACW, hand drawn and crayon colored cards from Sunday schools. I received prayer shawls. It has been an amazing experience to wrap the shawl around me and viscerally feel the strength and faith of the hands that made it. It is like receiving a hug when I need it most. I will not diminish the difficult reality of living with cancer. Cancer is awful and my future uncertain. In the midst of all that is wrong, dangerous, and

Photo-Pixabay. threatening, I feel God’s grace. I have leaned into the signatures on greetings cards, the warmth and comfort of prayer shawls, the love of strangers, the holiness of faithful people. When I have been weakest, I have felt undeniable strength. When I find it hard to pray, I have known that others pray for me. I am so very thankful. It is wintertime. The winds come creating snow banks to climb over and silky, slippery sidewalks to cross. We are a waiting, expectant and fragile people from Ash Wednesday through to Good Friday, whose

Diocese of Ontario Clergy Mentoring Program Canon Blair Peever


was recently reading through some older articles from “Good Idea!” the newsletter from the Institute of Evangelism and came across one from John Bowen on the four kinds of leaders we need in the church. He wrote that “Leadership comes in many shapes and sizes—not just one. And different situations call for different styles of leadership.” He then asked the question “So what types of leader does the church need right now?” This is an important question and one that I do not remember spending much time talking about in Seminary. In fact there are not that many opportunities for clergy to gather and to talk meaningfully about leadership issues and all the other joys and

lives are filled with all that is far beyond our control. When finally the moment comes and death is vanquished in the glory of Easter, we are re committed to life. It is a world where miracles happen, where there are acts of courage and kindness, where life is greater than death and we are possessed by what God makes possible. There really isn’t any way to adequately express my feeling of thankfulness for all that I have received. What I can tell you for certain is that ‘I love my life”. It is true that I don’t know what will come or when. I will continue to live with cancer. There will be more tests and procedures, side effects to new treatments, etc. but my journey, my Lenten journey, is filled with promise and hope. It is hard to lose control but how wonderful it is to feel the presence of the one who is in control. Thank you Michael for asking if I wanted to write something about my journey as we approach Easter (I told him not to edit this out ‘or else’). You have been there for me every step of the way and that means everything to me. Love you, Jeanie.

NEW SYNOD OFFICE OPEN HOUSE Bishop Michael Oulton and diocesan staff invite you to attend an open house at the new synod office location at 165 Ontario Street. challenges of our ministries. A few years ago I had the privilege of begin part of a mentorship program with Harold Percy through the Institute of Evangelism and it was not only personally challenging but it was life giving for my ministry; and now Bishop Michael has asked me to bring a program of this type to our Diocese. So I am pleased to announce the creation of the Diocese of Ontario Clergy Mentoring Program. The purpose of this program is to provide clergy with someone who will intentionally walk with them through the challenges and joys of leading a faithful and vital church within the current realities of our church and our culture; help clergy to claim their leadership space and discover who they are as leaders and to find life in their

ministry. Realizing that each ministry context has its own challenges and issues the mentor relationship is a place to discover and work out what fruitful and fulfilling leadership in their particular context looks like; what issues they are facing; what they are learning, and where they are stuck, in their role as the one who takes responsibility for equipping God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ. If you think your clergy would benefit from being a part of a mentor group please make sure they hear of the program and have your support. For more information on the Diocese of Ontario Clergy Mentoring Program please contact Canon Blair Peever at fatherblair@ or phone (613) 3289861.

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continued from page 1 with some established missions and programs that continue to grow. Like each church and parish, the overall diocese is dependent on the gifts (time, energy, skills, prayers and financial) that each of us bring. The shift from maintenance to mission continues to be a key focus in all we do. This effort began a number of years ago and continues on into the future. We continue to drive for transparency in all we do,

including our financial reporting. As part of this focus, we are providing further detail on how parishes are doing in meeting their commitments to the diocese. This obligation of each region, parish or church is for their Common Mission & Ministry (CM&M), payroll, insurance, licensing, etc. In total, there was over $400,000 owing from parishes at the end of 2016. Each situation is unique and we continue to work with each parish that is owing to develop a plan to address their situation. Many of the larger amounts owing have developed over a number of years. These situa-

tions and the recovery plans are reviewed and brought to Synod Council for approval. There are many cases where parishes have turned around difficult financial situations. On behalf of the diocese (which is all our churches together), we offer sincere thanks and appreciation to all for their efforts in meeting the obligations each church has to the other churches of the diocese and the mission we do together. If you have questions, comments or want to discuss, please contact me at apierson@ontario. or at (613) 544-4774 Ext 131.

Parishes/Churches that are fully current or have small amounts owing Lakes and Locks Kitley St Mark’s Bonarlaw Adolphustown & Sandhurst St John’s, Lyn St Peter’s, Collins Bay Land O’Lakes St Matthew’s, Marlbank Oxford Lansdowne Front Good Shepherd, Kingston Parish of the St Lawrence Holy Trinity, Lombardy St John’s Madoc St John’s, Stirling St Mark’s, Barriefield Christ Church, Belleville Emmanuel, Portland St John’s, Portsmouth St George’s Cathedral St Mary Magdalene, Napanee Christ Church, Gananoque Christ Church Burritt’s Rapids Parishes/Churches with $1,000 - $5,000 owing St Paul’s, Sydenham St Alban’s, Odessa Holy Trinity, Wolfe Island Trinity Parham & Sharbot Lake

St James’ Kemptville St John’s, Sunbury Kente St Thomas’, Kingston Lansdowne Rear St Paul’s, Cardinal St Thomas’, Belleville with St Paul’s St Paul’s, Brockville St James, Kingston St Paul’s, Roslin Tyendinaga St Luke’s, Kingston St James’ Maitland

Parishes/Churches with $5,000 - $10,000 owing Marysburgh St Alban’s, Amherst Island Parishes/Churches with $10,000 – $25,000 owing Christ Church, Cataraqui Anglican Churches of Quinte West St Mary Magdalene, Picton

The Bible book club at Christ Church, Belleville. Photo-contributed.

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n our Christmas parish post 2015 I extended an invitation to everyone in our congregation to join me in reading the Bible in a year. Eighteen brave souls joined me and today we have less than 40 readings remaining in our 365 day journey. We have used a NRSV Bible. The format has taught us to practice an ancient method of study called “lectio divinia”, Latin meaning divine reading. This includes reading Scripture, meditation, contemplation, and prayer. As the intro to the book explains “at any moment along the way you may have repeated awareness of being examined. You can stand back, or you can step forward and experience. As we contemplate God; God contemplates us.” Each Monday afternoon as we meet together, we begin with the following prayer “Open my eyes, O God that I may contemplate the wonders of your Word and be changed by them”. It has been my deepest privilege to be involved with this

amazing group of fellow seekers. One participant expressed the joy we share as a group so eloquently “I have met new friends who really care about me and me about them and really loving more easily. I feel that I am getting to know myself and my feelings about God and Jesus. I really appreciate the fellowship with this group. We share so easily and help one another to understand what we are reading. I really enjoyed my daily study and looked forward to our Monday study. I have found confidence to share my thoughts and feelings with this group. They are very encouraging and definitely nonjudgemental. I feel this group is helping me to be a better person and a better Christian.” Every once in a while you feel like you really belong to something unique and precious—that is what this group is to me. God has blessed me more than I could ever have imagined. Through difficult times of sorrow and sickness this group reaches out and holds each other in love and in constant prayer demonstrating Christ’s compassion and devotion.

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The role of a Cathedral Phil Rogers


he first cathedrals of Western Christianity begin to appear soon after the year 313, when the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to the Christian religion. In the remains of the great basilica church beneath the presentday Cathedral of Aquileia in northwestern Italy is a mosaic inscription dated between 313 and 316 which suggests that the building was an early cathedral. These early basilica enabled the bishops to carry out their duties much in the manner of Roman magistrates, who presided from raised thrones in large rectangular halls. These thrones evolved into what we now call cathedrae, or bishop’s seats. In Western Europe the great Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages, however different

in architectural style from the Roman buildings, are the descendants of those earliest cathedrals, and they maintain many of the functions of such buildings. So, too, do our Canadian cathedrals in their own way. It is still the case, of course, that the bishop of a diocese has his official seat in the cathedral of that diocese. That is, in fact, what makes the building a cathedral. While some European churches were built specifically to serve as cathedrals, in Canada it was common for a parish church to be elevated to cathedral status. St. George’s was the main parish church of Kingston when the Diocese of Ontario was created in 1862, and it was thus named the cathedral of the new diocese. A cathedral’s main liturgical function is to maintain a regular cycle of worship, not only on Sundays, but throughout the

week. In modern times daily services are reduced in many places, but even now, at St. George’s for example, there are regular services on Wednesday and Thursday. On Sundays there are often three services at 8:00 a.m. a said Eucharist using the rite in The Book of Common Prayer, at 10:30 a.m. a choral Eucharist using one of the rites in The Book of Alternative Services, and at 5:00 p.m. a Celtic service, or once monthly choral Evensong. Another traditional function of cathedrals has been the production, preservation and dissemination of sacred music. This is one of the ways that the cathedral serves the larger community. Cathedrals notably have musicians who participate in services of worship: organists or other instrumentalists who play before, during and after services, and choirs or solo singers who sing parts

Basilica di Aquileia. Photo-Pixabay. of the service and lead the congregation when services include congregational hymn singing. Many of the great composers of Western music, such as Bach and Mozart, were church musicians. And in the Anglican Church in particular cathedral musicians have produced a prodigious amount of music for services. In St. George’s music has always been a strong part of regular worship, and the organists and choirs also present extra programs such as the service of carols at Advent and the service of lessons and

carols at Christmas. I addition, there is a lively program or weekly concerts in Advent and in the summer which is part of the cathedral’s outreach. In both the Roman Catholic and in the Anglican Communion a cathedral is often referred to as the “Mother Church” of the diocese. This phrase is intended to suggest that the cathedral provides support and nurturing to other churches in the diocese. The cathedrals of Canada belong to all the people of their dioceses, not just to their own parishioners.

Come visit your Cathedral Kevin Raison


he Cathedral Church of St. George is truly one of the “Old Stones” of Kingston and is well worth visiting. As the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Ontario it is a building rich in history which is also a vibrant and very engaged parish that has much to offer. The original building was built in 1792 and the first Rector was John Stuart. On July 8, 1792 Lieutenant Governor John Simcoe, stood on the steps of St. George’s and took the required oaths of office and read the Royal Commissions, thus connecting St. George’s with the beginnings of provincial government in Ontario. A new building was built in 1825 and then between 1838-40 was enlarged. In 1841 Lord Sydenham, first Governor General of British North America died after falling from his horse. He was buried in a vault under the Cathedral. On New Year’s Day 1899 the Cathedral was destroyed by fire. In 1900 the church was rebuilt over a period of eighteen months. The cathedral is a magnificent building and is well worth a visit. The beauty of the dome, the high altar, the beautiful windows, pillars and overall incredible features is well worth seeing. The incredible pipe organ also contributes to making this visit worthwhile. It is the biggest such organ in this area. The cathedral is visited by thousands of tourists

each year as it is regularly open depending on the day and season for tours. Keeping up such a building is an incredible amount of work that requires a great deal of time and effort on the part of many people. However, it is well worth the effort as it is much more than just a beautiful building. It continues to be a very vibrant parish which has much to offer to not only the members there but the community at large. Besides being a great place for sightseeing there is often musical concerts. There are multiple worship services each week. It would be typical to have at least five services each week. For information about the schedule of services it is worth a visit to the Cathedral website at The website has very updated information about various groups, services, concerts and activities that are taking place.

Whether it be your love of beautiful spaces, sacred and inspiring music or the desire to be part of a Christian community or to be a part of a group that might pique your interest we would encourage you to check out St. George’s Cathedral. This is your Cathedral and we want it to be a welcoming community for all people. We want the people of the Diocese of Ontario and the Kingston community to see this as part of your history and your community. We want the wider community to feel welcome to explore this historic Christian landmark. Old cathedrals like St. George’s Cathedral require much tender and loving care and attention. However, this is well worth the effort when we gather to worship in this holy space or see how delighted visitors are as they look around and explore the beauty. We look forward to your visit.

St. George’s Cathedral, Kingston. Photo-Mark Hauser.



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Bearing witness Diana Duncan-Fletcher


n 1959 our family emigrated from South Africa to Canada. We came because my father believed in the equality of mankind and could not tolerate a system which subjugated one race. He wanted our family to have the best, and he already loved Canada. This was a place he had visited as a student and it had touched his heart. Shortly after our arrival, we met a family who shared our views on discrimination and were active in the same church we attended. They became good friends. We saw them through births, deaths, and marriages. Eventually we all lived in different cities, but we kept in touch via Christmas cards and correspondence. One day I received a postcard. This close friend of our family, an apparently devout Anglican and advocate for those who suffer, and an active member of prison ministry, was dying. He wanted to see me. So I visited him in Palliative Care. He was delighted when I came. We talked about his family’s connection to mine and the many similarities we shared. He and my father had been colleagues at Queen’s University, and each admired the other’s accomplishments. At the same time, there was a rivalry of sorts, as my father had studied at Oxford, and he had been at Cambridge. In my estimation, both men had brilliant minds; both appeared to exhibit deep faith. Suddenly he cut to the chase and I heard words I had never ever expected to hear “You know Diana, I don’t believe there is anything after life.” He repeated it for effect. I was aghast! Here was a special person in my life, someone I had always felt was very much a believer, denouncing his Christian beliefs. I said nothing. I did not even say I was sure he was wrong. Perhaps he had expected an argument, but I failed him. He died a few days later without my seeing him

again. This all happened in 2013 and I still wish I had opened my mouth and said something. I berated myself. After all, what kind of a Christian am I for not trying? Simon Peter denied three times and I did not even open my mouth! I know the old saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink.” I am sure that my friend had made up his mind about this. He knew I had a deep faith. But it made me wonder if he felt that it was necessary to challenge and try to shake mine, or if he was just making a statement. Then, last fall, an unexpected thing occurred while my husband and I were in a little restaurant in Westport, Ontario, having brunch after church. When our food arrived at the table, as is our custom, we held hands and quietly blessed it with a simple grace. Afterwards, we were deep in discussion, when a man we had never met before walked up to our table after he had paid his bill. He stopped and said, “I think I observed you saying grace before you ate, am I right?” Quite surprised, we agreed we had indeed been asking a blessing. He then looked at us directly and said, “Thank you for your witness [to others].” We were both quite surprised. That memory came back to me recently and I felt I had been given an answer to my quandary. Just as I believe very strongly that there is an afterlife, I also loved and respected my friend for sharing his thoughts on his deathbed. Only God can judge his actions, but he certainly witnessed positively throughout his life and I am sure he influenced many people by his actions. There are many pathways to a Christian lifestyle, one of which is pure logic. A passage in Psalm 145: 4 (NIV) says: “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” Thanks be to God!

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Lay Pastoral visiting at Kingston General Hospital

Georgina Stewart


hy visit strangers in hospital? Quite simply, it’s in our job description as Christians. The Gospels are full of passages where Jesus tells his listeners that they are to visit the sick. The parable of the Good Samaritan is all about caring for strangers. We are most likely to encounter Christ in the weak and vulnerable, and we are commanded to serve them as Christ would. This is why the Diocese has a small but vital lay pastoral visiting ministry at Kingston General Hospital. The ministry consists of a team of dedicated volunteers with support from Rev. Timothy Kuhlmann, one of the hospital’s spiritual care providers, who visit Anglican patients at KGH in order to help them feel connected to the church community outside the hospital. We generally make these visits weekly, meet regularly as a team to support and check in with each other, and maintain strict confidentiality, never disclosing who we have visited without explicit permission from the patient. What does a typical shift look like? We usually spend a couple of hours doing

ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF ONTARIO • DIALOGUE visits, and we find out who to visit by consulting a list produced by the hospital of patients ordered by denomination and unit. The number of Anglicans on any given unit can vary dramatically, and just because someone is listed as a patient does not mean that they will be available for a visit. Inevitably some will be elsewhere having tests or procedures, others will have visitors already, and some may even be sleeping— not always an easy thing to do in a hospital! As well as providing spiritual comfort, there is a practical side to these brief visits. Sometimes people are admitted to hospital and their home parish doesn’t find out because there aren’t family members around to contact them. If requested, we can make that connection. Other people come from different dioceses (many from remote northern communities), so their clergy and fellow parishioners are not able to visit. We can arrange support from the spiritual care team and local clergy. The biggest group, however, is people who identify as Anglican but no longer attend church regularly and do not have a home parish. By visiting, we provide them with a tangible reminder that they are still part of God’s family and have not been forgotten. We are always looking for more people to join us in our valuable work. If you feel that God may be calling you to join this ministry, or if you have further questions, please contact Rev. Timothy Kuhlmann at




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Bishop’s Tea and Synod Office open house

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Let’s talk about climate change Your Diocesan Green Group has a new resource for congregations wishing to get a dialogue going on climate change and faith. Opening with the baptismal covenant question “Will you strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the Earth?”, Professor Lenore Fahrig gave a powerful presentation on this topic at our recent diocesan

synod. She drew attention to the urgent need to end the era of fossil fuels. The green group has her powerpoint presentation with additional comments from our own Dr. Josef Cihlar; we can share both with you in pdf format. If you are interested in obtaining this resource for your congregation please contact us at greengroup@ontario.

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On January 13 Bishop Michael Oulton (Top) hosted a Bishop’s Tea and Synod Office open house. Members of the diocese were invited to tour the Synod Office at 90 Johnson Street before closing on January 23. (Left) The offical diocesan tea set was on display. (Right) Musical entertainment provided by Triola. Photos-Mark Hauser.


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Bridlewood Manor

1026 Bridlewood Dr, Brockville 613-345-2477 Featuring a stunning landscape, Bridlewood Manor offers 67 Independent Living suites combining quiet luxury with modern conveniences. The variety of services help you to maintain a full and active lifestyle in addition to all the amenities that Brockville has to offer.

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