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The presence of God never fails The Lenten journey reminds us our propensity to despair is no match for a God who never forsakes us
Bishop Michael Oulton
here are times when it seems like a good course of action might be to jump into a hole and pull the hole in after you. Usually this sentiment follows a feeling of helplessness, a perceived sense that circumstances are conspiring against you and that your hopes for the future have been replaced with doubt and uncertainty leading to the pain of despair. Scripture is filled with poignant descriptions of the despairing state of God’s people. The Book of the Prophet Isaiah opens with a bitter description: “Your country lies desolate, your cities are burned with fire; in your very presence aliens devour your land; it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners” (Isaiah 1:7). The prophet does not mince words when describing the path that led the people to this point. “Ah, sinful nation, people laden with iniquity, offspring who do evil, children who deal corruptly, who have See ISAIAH on page 11
The Prophet Isaiah. Fresco painted by Italian painter and architect Raphael. Isaiah carries a Hebrew scroll with his prophecy foretelling the birth of Christ.
Primate to visit diocese for Holy Week Mark Hauser
oly Week 2018 will see the Diocese of Ontario host a very special visitor. The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, will spend the week visiting parishes and outreach projects in our diocese and celebrating Holy Week services. Visiting Anglicans in their parishes, witnessing ministry in action, is a part of the job the Primate loves. Bishop Michael Oulton’s episcopacy has involved a number of times where he welcomed the Primate to our diocese. “I have been involved with Fred in a couple of anniversary services here in the diocese, at synod—his ability to just exude the enjoyment of the ministry he shares among the people is one of his strengths,” says Bishop Michael. The idea of a Holy Week visit to our diocese started as a conversation between the Primate and our Bishop about a year
ago following the Primates return from a week in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. “I extended the invitation right there and said would you be willing to come to the Diocese of Ontario. I know not only how much he loves that but how much that would be appreciated by our people. So we put a pin in that and then a few months later we had to start looking at the plans for that,” says Bishop Oulton. “We wanted the Primate to be able to get a full experience of the life and ministry of the Diocese of Ontario over that time,” says Michael. Fred’s visit will begin on Palm Sunday at St. Thomas’ Belleville. It was a happy coincidence that around the time of laying out the itinerary, St. Thomas’ asked our Bishop about the Primate visiting for their 200th anniversary. “My response was funnily enough, we are talking about having the Primate in the diocese, what a wonderful way to begin that Journey, gathering with the people of
St. Thomas’ Belleville celebrating 200 years of ministry.” The Primate’s visit will include stops all across our diocese from West to East: St Thomas’ Belleville, All Saints Tyendinaga, St. George’s Cathedral, the new diocesan offices, the Cowdy Street Habitat for Humanity Project, St. Lukes Lyndhurst thrift shop and parish and Camp Hyanto Board, the Tamworth Legacy Centre, St. John’s Stirling, St. Paul’s Kingston, St. Lawrence Brockville and Holy Trinity Merrickville. Two stops on the Primate’s visit will focus on the ministry of reconciliation—a ministry that both Bishop Michael and Fred have great heart and passion for. On Monday March 26 The Primate will visit the Parish of Tyendinaga for an afternoon tea following by a service of Evensong. On Good Friday the Primate will take part in the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation on the steps of St. George’s Cathedral. See PRIMATE on page 11
Archbishop Fred Hiltz preaches at the 200th anniversary service of the Parish of the St. Lawrence in 2014. Photo-Mark Hauser.
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Raising awareness on modern slavery St. Paul’s Kingston uses Rag Doll Prayer Project to foster prayer and invite spiritual growth while seeking social justice in effort to combat human trafficking Joe and Pat Burnham
n the fall of 2016 the clergy leadership team of St Paul’s Kingston asked the parish to consider a new congregational mission—working to prevent modern day slavery in Kingston and beyond. “The United Nations defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation” (National Institute of Justice). Hoping to combat this evil corporately, Pastor Kris Michaelson and Assisting Priest Rev. John VanStone used bulletin inserts during the Advent season to 1) offer broad scope statistics on this worldwide pandemic and 2) give some history of local work on this topic. The question was posed: is St. Paul’s called by God to raise awareness and foster prayer against human trafficking in the year 2017? The feedback was an overwhelming yes. St Paul’s Annual Vestry 2017 approved a plan to undertake the Rag Doll Prayer Project (RPP) as a concrete way to contribute to the cause. RPP is a ministry of Anglican Renewal Ministries to raise awareness of the severity of human trafficking and contribute to helping child soldiers. Over the summer, a kit was developed for the RPP by a team of 10 from the parish—increasing the profile of the topic within the congregation to build anticipation of the 3 stage project. The kits included sewn rag doll patterns and literature. On Saturday October 28, over 30 people both from within and outside the parish, including Rev Kate Ann Folwell (Deacon at Christ Church Belleville) and Constable Kim Siemonsen, Kingston OPP, attended a workshop at St. Paul’s. While the sewn rag doll patterns were being stuffed and decorated, an interactive talk was presented by Doug van der Horden, a local expert on this plague of contemporary slavery. He described
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(L-R) Participants at the November 29 workshop held at St. Paul’s Kingston created rag dolls symbolizing the faceless victims of human trafficking in Canada. Photo-Joe Burnham. the extent and seriousness of the problem of human trafficking in Canada and the Kingston area. The workshop was followed by a five week sermon series (Oct 29–Nov 26) inviting a deeper awareness and need for prayer (with head, heart and hands) to combat this evil. 40+ rag dolls were on display in the church during this period. Parishioners continued to sew, stuff, and decorate ragdolls, adding to their number during the project. Themed special intentions were included during the prayers of the people to engage the Holy Spirit in the work of combatting human trafficking. An estimated 35 million people are held in bondage today. St. Paul’s RPP culminated in the blessing of the rag dolls at a special service on November 29. At that event the Reverends Rod and Lisa BrantFrancis presented a talk of the significant problem of human trafficking within the First Nations community. One of the important external offshoots of our efforts promoting the Rag Doll Prayer Project for human trafficking awareness has resulted in at least one parish taking a lead in bringing the
issue for action by their parishioners. Moving forward internally, an RPP task force has emerged at St. Paul’s to carry the work forward in prayer and ongoing awareness. St. Paul’s RPP task force would be delighted to work with you to raise awareness, prayer, and action against modern day slavery. We pray that this article gently encourages the same congregational spiritual growth that has happened at St. Paul’s Kingston while in the trenches of seeking social justice. Inquiries: email@example.com
The Rag Doll Project raises awareness about human trafficking. The rag dolls symbolize the facelessness and vulnerability of victims. The most common forms of human trafficking are: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5)
Domestic servitude. Forced & bonded labour. Sex trafficking. Child labor. Forced marriage.
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Celebrating a year of successes, challenges and faith Alex Pierson
Diocesan Executive Officer Diocesan Financial Officer
he beginning of 2018 brings the opportunity for new beginnings and continued stewardship of the gifts that God has given us. As the year unfolds, we will write the next chapter of our stories and our faith journey. Our Diocesan Vision and Strategy will continue to unfold as we work together to bring it to life. Each Annual Vestry Meeting has been invited to include a video from Bishop Michael, asking you to reflect on your parish’s mission and how we can help move forward. At the same time, we look back to recall, celebrate and ‘close off’ 2017—the successes, the challenges and the faith that guided us through it. Like parishes, at the diocesan level we are busy producing financial statements, year end summaries and plans for 2018. As the governance body for the diocese when Synod is not in session, Synod Council will review and approve the audited Financial Statements for the diocese (usually in April). The Budget for 2018 was approved by Synod Council in October 2017 and supports and continues to enable our diocesan Vision and Strategy, with a strong focus on further progressing in our shift from ‘Maintenance to Mission.’ In December, we celebrated the long service and commitment of John Secker, who faithfully held the office of Chief Financial Officer for almost 28 years. John’s skill, faithfulness and the many relationships he built over the years were celebrated as he moved to a well deserved retirement. Effective January 1, the Bishop appointed me as Chief Financial Officer, in addition to my role as Diocesan Executive Officer. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to being able to fulfill the role of the CFO as we go forward into
the next steps on our journey of faith and mission. In order to ensure we have the skills, capability and capacity in the Finance Team, we have created a new position—Financial Analyst. Please join me in welcoming Candace Hartley to the diocesan centre and our team! Candace can be reached at chartley@ontario. anglican.ca or at (613) 777-0531. Together with Joyce Williams (Accounting Assistant) and myself, we will be working to meet the accounting and finance needs of the diocese, both now and into the future. We are fortunate and thankful that John Secker is working with us on a part time basis to help bring Candace on board and to support us through the audit process. 2017 was a year of change. Consistent with our Vision and Strategy and our shift from ‘Maintenance to Mission,’ we sold the diocesan centre (90 Johnson Street) in January and after a period in temporary quarters on Bagot Street, we moved our offices into 165 Ontario Street. Apart from the financial benefits, our new office offers us a much more accessible facility that supports a collaborative, welcoming environment. The Church Bookroom has also settled in with many new and existing customers finding the wonderful resources and staff that it has to offer. The Archives are alive and well, now located on Baker Crescent and operated by a dedicated group of volunteers. Saying goodbye to the old building was a difficult thing to do, but we are now better able to support our goals and mission. Please drop in, visit and enjoy a coffee while in Kingston! The Canons and Governance Committee, led by our Chancellor, Roy Conacher, have continued the work to create a Constitution and update our Canons to meet our needs and the legal requirements placed on us. They will be going through an extensive consultation
to thank each congregation and parish “forI want their work and their mission in their local communities and for their commitment and efforts in supporting the overall diocese. – Alex Pierson
and review process leading up to Synod 2018 in November, where they will be presented for approval. We have also continued to update and expand the policies and processes that are used to guide and operate our diocese. These have ranged from policies such as Workplace Anti-Harassment and AntiViolence to Investment Policy to Parish Arrears. We also continue to study and review the structure used to calculate Common Mission and Ministry, again for consideration at Synod 2018. This work will continue as we move forward so that we can be transparent and responsible, supporting the overall diocese and ensuring we are compliant with legal requirements of many types. One of the key areas of work last year was updating our policy on parishes/ churches that are in arrears against their financial responsibilities to the diocese and other parishes. This has been a focused effort on balancing the needs of parishes that are experiencing challenging times with the financial responsibilities we hold to each other, and our obligations set out in our Canons. A new policy was approved by Synod Council, new processes developed and we are completing a set of tools to support this work. The focus of the policy is to collaboratively work with parishes that are experiencing difficulty to evaluate where they are, what their assets and capabilities are and to develop a path forward. We are now working with several churches, with several plans already in place. The
conversations around detailing where the current state of the parish/church, its assets, strengths and challenges, the mission and the vision for the future are valuable to have and help define the path forward. Through the faithful (and at times difficult) ministry in the churches of this great diocese, we have seen a year where the overall diocesan financial position has remained stable while we work to bring our Vision and Strategy to life. I want to thank each congregation and parish for their work and their mission in their local communities and for their commitment and efforts in supporting the overall diocese. That commitment and stewardship has seen the amount owing to the diocese by parishes reduce by almost 20% in 2017. A number of parishes have prepaid part of their 2018 commitments. We will continue to work collaboratively with churches this year. We will be publishing the Audited Financial Statements of the Diocese of Ontario on the website after approval by Synod Council. We will also make the year end list of Parish Arrears available by request. I look forward to a strong year, as we continue to do the work that God has called us together to do in our diocese and each community. As always, you are welcome to provide comments, questions, concerns, or just to say “hello.” Email (email@example.com), phone (613) 544-4718, by dropping into the diocesan centre or by chatting when I visit your church.
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New literacy ministry in Diocese of Ontario Christ Church Belleville supports youth literacy partnership with Prince Charles Public School Mark Hauser
rince Charles elementary school sits at the end of Ritchie Street in the heart of old Belleville. Twice a week, volunteers from Christ Church Anglican go to the school to read one on one with primary grade children. “We know that reading is key to everything else that they learn. If they can’t learn to read, if they have difficulty with that then they are going to have difficulty with everything” explains Marg Werkhoven, a retired educator and parishioner at Christ Church who was key in setting up the partnership between the parish and Prince Charles. Christ Church was inspired by All Saints Tyendinaga and St. Mary Magdalene Picton—both running literacy support partnerships for a number of years now. It was at Diocesan Synod in 2016 where members of Christ Church first learned of these parishes and their literacy support programs. Encouraged by the success stories at Tyendinaga and Picton and looking for ways to expand outreach into their community, synod delegates from Christ Church returned to the parish with the idea to start their own program with a local school. They chose to emulate the model demonstrated by All Saints, where volunteers from the parish went into the school to assist children in learning to read. Connecting with the principal at Prince Charles, the group learned there was a huge need for support for primary grade children in the area of pre-reading and beginning reading. “These kids were specifically picked by their teacher as requiring a little bit of extra help. We have two kids assigned to each volunteer and it is always the same kids,” says Liz Reid a volunteer from Christ Church. The parish used this opportunity to fulfill their Diocesan Covenant by establishing a new ministry. Through the covenant process, parishes are encouraged to strengthen an existing ministry and start a new one that involves outreach into their community. As an incentive, the diocese offers $500 as seed money for new ministries. The group used this money to buy books for the children. “We said right from the beginning that many kids don’t have
Volunteers from Christ Church Anglican in Belleville go to Prince Charles Public School twice a week to read with primary grade children who need literacy support. Photo-contributed. access to books at home to read,” says Marg. For some kids, just having the attention of an adult one on one does wonders for their self-esteem. “It’s not just a matter of reading it’s having contact with an adult other than their family who is focussed just on them for that short period of time. They don’t have to compete with other kids for teacher’s attention, they have someone all to themselves” says Marg. The group has 12 volunteers in total, half are from Christ Church, while the others are retired teachers living in the Belleville area. While it helps to be a former educator, it’s not a prerequisite for
success. “You don’t need to know how to teach kids how to read you just need to be prepared to sit down with a child and the material is there and there is a book in front of you and to say ‘I wonder what’s in this book?” says Marg. “Sometimes it’s ‘why don’t I read a page and you read a page or what do you think this story will tell us.’ And it just leads often to so many other things.” Conscious of the fact that a public school might be resistant to volunteer groups from religious organizations, Marg calls the group “volunteers from Christ Church but we are not Christ Church volunteers. We are not there as members
Seniors Morning Out
St. Luke’s Kingston begins outreach to seniors in the church and local community Alison Filteau, Carol Risto and Rev. Valerie Kelly
t was an idea that took a long time to get traction. Held weekly in Braman Memorial Hall at St. Luke’s Church in Kingston, a speakers’ series began on January 9, 2018. Usually a long, cold, dark, month, Janu-
ary was enlivened by sharing and learning together. Each Tuesday morning a specific topic was presented: Advance Care Directives, Fall Prevention, Long Term Care, Drug interaction on the brain, Alzheimer’s, Community Services, MAID and grief. For a number of months, a team across the diocese was formed to help focus and
of a church trying to proselytize. I knew from my background that we would have to be very clear about that both with our volunteers and with the school.” Sadly, Prince Charles is not the only school in the Belleville area that has kids who struggle with literacy issues. Marg’s dream is that more churches will get involved with local schools. “I see it as a partnership that could in time build into something that is more than one church and more than one school,” she says. For now, it is enough to help children at Prince Charles. Says Liz Reid, “they love to see us there. They are thrilled that we are there.”
centralize specific needs of seniors in the church and in the community. After many discussions and ideas, the Seniors Morning Out initiative was formed. To those who helped create the end result, thank you! The Diocese of Ontario is rich with talented people, many of whom are able to contribute to fulfilling the Gospel imperative. It is through these people that we see the results of active ministry. Part of this initiative was to link with community organizations. Being informed empowers and enables decision-making in times when so many new and varied possibilities of care exist. The Seniors Morning Out initiative was fully funded by a Diocesan Covenant Grant.
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Thy Kingdom Come Leeds Anglican Ministries encourages participation in 2018 Pledge2Pray Rev. Trish Miller “Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.” Romans 12.12
e have a unique opportunity this coming May, to participate in a global wave of prayer. This movement, named Thy Kingdom Come, started in 2016 in the Church of England but it has grown into a worldwide ecumenical call to prayer for a deeper relationship with Jesus. Thy Kingdom Come spans the eleven days between Ascension and Pentecost, May 10-20, 2018. Individuals, families and communities of faith, are invited to deepen their relationship with Jesus and to bring others to know Jesus or know him better through prayer. Thy Kingdom Come aspires to reveal that prayer matters in every aspect of our lives. Leeds Anglican Ministries (LAM) took the Pledge2Pray in 2017 as a way not only to participate in this global prayer movement but also to draw our four parishes closer together in our regional ministry. From May 25 to June 3, 2017, the Parishes of the Rideau, Kitley, Lansdowne Rear and Leeds Rear joined together in worship. As LAM is spread over a sizeable geographic area, we gathered for Evening Prayer in a different church each night. Our times of worship included time for creative expressions of our prayers and reflections on scripture. The prayer activities focussed us on the needs of
those closest to us as well as on the needs of the world. We also prayed for ourselves, asking for forgiveness of sins and asking for help in forgiving others. We flew prayers written on paper airplanes, prayed while kneading bread, and washed away sins we had written on our hands. We built a wailing wall with prayers for our broken world and broken relationships and we lit up the world with candles set ablaze with our prayers for hope and redemption. We shared our journey through Thy Kingdom Come on our Facebook pages, encouraging others to participate even if they could not physically join us. The response was beyond anything we could have imagined. Our posts were seen by over 10,000 people and many of the photos of our prayer activities were shared by the global Thy Kingdom Come Facebook site. We even received prayer requests from as far away as Pakistan. Most importantly, we grew together as disciples of Jesus Christ and were encouraged to continue in our prayers and the breaking of bread with our brothers and sisters. Leeds Anglican Ministries is already planning our participation in Thy Kingdom Come 2018. We may change things up this year by taking our worship out of our church buildings and into our communities. We encourage you as an individual or a congregation to make the Pledge2Pray from May 10th to 20th, 2018. There are amazing resources available on the global website: www.thykingdomcome.global. The website offers planning advice as well as inspiration for prayer stations and templates for worship. You are also welcome to contact us through our Facebook page (Leeds Anglican Ministries) or by emailing Rev. Trish Miller (rev.trish. firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
(Top) Family Tree prayer activity for Thy Kingdom Come. Parishioners prayed for families and friends by writing prayers for them on leaves attached to the family tree. (Bottom) Bracelets created with five beads as reminder to pray daily for five friends or family members. PhotoContributed.
Meditations on Christ’s Resurrection Br. Peter Cory, OP
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s we move towards Easter and journey through Jesus’ final days on Earth, we arrive at the most important and most pivotal moment in human history. One that reverberates through the ages and has become the focal point for our understanding of the very nature of God. The resurrection of Jesus is the pivotal moment in which humanity is set free from sin, a new life begins, and God initiates the process of remaking the universe. I have heard many people reflect on the Resurrection, looking at it through the lens of science and rationalism. Many question how Jesus could have been raised from the dead and restored in physical form. It is true that the notion of a full, bodily resurrection represents an abrogation of the laws of science as far we perceive them. Some feel it sufficient to view the Resurrection an event of great inspiration that took place within the minds of Jesus’ followers. But of this notion I would ask, what then really happened that would be of meaning or consequence for us today? How could an event that happened only inside the minds of Jesus’ followers—however beautiful and motivating it may have seemed—bring hope to a fallen world? A resurrection that does not break the barriers of what seems possible in the physical world is not a resurrection at all. It makes Jesus a very ordinary entity, reducing him perhaps at best to the role of a great ethicist, of which history is replete with. But worse than this, it repudiates Jesus’ own claims as to
who he really is, making his teachings unworthy or even suspect. The author Tim Keller summarizes well the dilemma that that we face as we look at the Resurrection: “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.” The Resurrection really is the most consequential moment in history, without which we would truly be lost and with no hope for the future. St. Paul explains this well in writing to the Corinthians by telling them what it would be like had it not happened: “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” But the glorious truth of the Easter story is that Jesus was indeed raised to new life! He did take his own body again and he ascended into Heaven. This is why we are assured that a new life is there for us, and that there is hope for all humankind. I love the way C.S Lewis writes of the Resurrection and what it brings to humanity and the universe we inhabit: “He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so. This is the beginning of the New Creation: a new chapter in cosmic history has opened.” This opened door is one we can all walk through, the victory over death that is won for us, and by God’s grace and love we are welcomed as inhabitants of this new universe. Alleluia! Christ Is Risen!
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Earth Day: raising awareness on climate crisis Diocese of Ontario Green Group urges Anglicans to view climate change as spiritual problem Mark Hauser
politicians who support climate change to planting trees to stopping eating meat for a month. Regardless of what personal action you take, whether you are comfortable with it or not, Anglicans have a moral code to live by. “For us Christians, it’s our duty to care for God’s creation. If you consider it your duty then you are more willing to accept things that are uncomfortable, that you sacrifice,” says Josef. “If the earth is to stand a chance all of us will have to commit to do our part in creation care and stewardship. I think if one is truly and morally spiritually committed, that’s where the heart comes in.”
his April 22 will mark the 48th Earth Day held in the United States and the 28th Canadian Earth Day. You can thank a U.S. senator named Gaylord Nelson for that. After a 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, Nelson sought to mobilize the politically active student community for a national ‘teach-in’ on the environment. He chose April 22, 1970 as the day (falling between spring break and final exams). Over 20 million Americans took to the streets, campuses, parks and other public spaces to demonstrate in support of the environment. Earth Day went global in 1990 and saw the mobilization of 200 million people in 141 countries (Canada being one of them with 2 million people turning out) demonstrating on behalf of the environment. The largest secular observance in the world, Earth Day is now celebrated by more than 2 billion people worldwide. What can we do here in our diocese to join those worldwide in celebrating Earth Day? And beyond taking action one day of the year, how can Christians work to reverse the environmental crisis the world now faces? Participating in municipal Earth Day projects like cleaning up local roadways is a great start. Building on that, the Diocese of Ontario Green Group would love to see more Anglicans consider the abuse of our environment as a spiritual problem and take action at a higher level. But that course of action is not always an obvious path. Green Group member Mary Raddon admits that it can be a challenge to instill that kind of mindset. “The question that the Green Group grapples with is how can we serve to keep the issue of climate change as a spiritual problem before people so that they can consider whether they wish to change their behaviour,” says Mary. Initiatives like the Season of Creation observed each year from September 1 to
What is climate change? Climate change refers to the humaninduced increase of atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations beyond normal levels of variation. Why is climate changing? GHGs absorb some of the solar energy entering and exiting Earth’s atmosphere. The transfer of energy to and from various gases then heats up the atmosphere.
Diocesan Green Group asks “How can Christians work to reverse the environmental crisis the world now faces?” Photo-Pixabay October 4, where Christians worldwide are invited to pray and care for God’s creation, are a great start in raising awareness. “We [the Green Group] encouraged people to celebrate the season of creation back in the fall. This is one more way to bring it out to make people think about how their church could take part,” says Green Group member Paula Walker. Member Josef Cihlar is clear that the message needs to be supported through church leadership. “A really important part of the Earth Day is that there ought to be a sermon on creation. That’s where it would start. The spiritual message needs to come from the priests,” he says. Mary points out “Christians have a huge responsibility but at the same time
we are not alone in that.” Authors and environmentalists like Paul Hawken are educating us on solutions on global warming and how we can create a credible path forward. “He believes there is lots of hope and that it’s possible not only to halt climate change but to reverse it,” says Mary. “One of the things that holds people back is that they believe that it is inevitable. That fatalism will kill us.” The Earth Day Network, the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 195 countries to build environmental democracy, is asking people around the world to commit to their own Act of Green. That Act of Green may be anything from voting for
Why is climate change a problem? Climate change is negatively impacting physical, biological, and human systems everywhere. Ocean acidification, caused by the increased uptake of CO2 by oceans, is negatively affecting marine ecosystems and fisheries. Increased average global surface temperatures are changing precipitation and snowmelt patterns, impacting the quantity and quality of water resources for human consumption. How should Christians respond? As Christians, we are called to respect the dignity of every human being as image-bearers of God. We know that God gifts every person with both rights and responsibilities. We all have a rightful claim to live in dignity, be respected by others and have access to resources needed to live out God’s calling. And we also have a duty to act justly, care for creation and work for peaceful and just relations within society.
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A woman of St. George’s Valerie Jackson
hen Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named his Cabinet in 2015, he chose a gender based cabinet with as many women as men. When asked why, he said “Because it’s 2015.” It certainly has taken some time for equity. Imagine being a woman in the male dominated society of the eighteenth century where the role of women was to bear children and manage the household. How did Molly Brant come to wield such influence and power and how is it that her contribution to the history of the formation of Canada, Kingston and St. George’s Cathedral is still remembered today? A simple answer might be that she was the consort of Sir William Johnson, who was British Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the northern district, however, in Mohawk society children traced their descent through their mother. Women in Mohawk society were very powerful and could veto decisions made by their men. The women owned the land and decided when to plant and harvest. That determined when the men went to war. Molly Brant and Sir William made a good partnership. Molly Brant, may have been born in 1736 at Canajoharie, NY but she soon moved to the Ohio Valley. She was the eldest sister of Joseph Brant born in 1741. Although only eighteen, in 1754 she travelled to Philadelphia as part of a delegation to discuss fraudulent land transactions. In 1759, she started living with Sir William following a Mohawk marriage. As his consort, she did not bear his name and retained the name of Brant. When Sir William died in 1774, leaving her with eight children, she still continued to be respected and influential in the community. In 1777, the Mohawks broke their neutrality in the American War of Independence, and sided with the British. She had to leave her home, and travel to Fort Niagara. She continued to support Mohawk warriors and give intelligence to the British. At the end of the war she negotiated for the land at Grand River and on the Bay of Quinte, and helped to persuade the British to sign the Crawford Purchase. She moved to Cataraqui and was granted a farm lot where Rideaucrest now stands. The Reverend John Stuart, whom she knew from Fort Hunter, New York, was also in Cataraqui, and she became a member of his parish. Molly was a staunch member of St. George’s and contributed £1 to the building of the first wooden St. George’s. She attended services regularly. Although many of her children opted for the European culture, Molly was noted as sitting in her pew attired in her traditional native garb. She is still remembered today for her association with St. George’s. Inside the main door looking towards the right underneath the Mohawk powwow flag , is a plaque dedicated to the only female founder of St. George’s, Molly Brant. Molly died on April 16, 1796, in Kingston. She was buried in the lower Burial Ground, now the churchyard of St. Paul’s Anglican Church. The actual location of her grave is unknown. No portrait of her is known. However, in 1986 The Post Office of Canada issued a postage stamp to commemorate her contribution to our history and it is this image which is reproduced in this article.
A stamp issued by Canada Post in 1986 depicting Molly Brant. Created by Sara Tyson, the design depicts three facets of the heroine’s life: Molly Brant as Iroquois, Loyalist, and European. Photo-Canada Post. Molly Brant Timeline 1736: Mary Brant is born (either in Canjoharie, New York, or in the Ohio Valley). 1743: Joseph Brant is born in the Ohio Valley. 1759: Mary Brant marries Sir William Johnson. 1758–60: Joseph Brant fights with the British against the French. 1760–63: Joseph Brant attends school in Connecticut. 1774: Sir William Johnson dies. 1777: The Council of Iroquois supports Britain against American revolutionaries. 1777: Mary Brant and her children flee to Canada. 1784: Many Mohawks come to Canada and are given lands on the Grand River. 1796: Mary Brant dies on April 16 in Kingston, Upper Canada (later Ontario).
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St. James Maitland offers hurricane relief to sister church in cuba Wayne and Doreen Thornhill
n November 29, 2017, Doreen and Wayne Thornhill and Kathy and Tom Colwell from St. James Anglican church in Maitland, Ontario, travelled to their sister church, San Lucas Episcopal Church in Santiago de Cuba. Following the devastation caused by hurricane Harvey in September, the four put together a short campaign to gather medical and personal care items as well as $7,200 in cash to purchase materials for repairing damaged homes on the north shore. The first few days the group worked around San Lucas Church where they were comfortably lodged and well fed by Archdeacon Halbert Pons Santana, his wife Yeleny and their sons, Juan and Jose. They attended services at San Lucas, Santa Maria and San Juan Churches and were special guests at a monthly birthday party for the seniors at San Lucas. Monday, December 4, the four, along with Father Halbert, his family and student priest Noel, set out for the eight hour trip to the city of Nuevitas on the north shore. The road was challenging to say the least and a flat tire on the truck and a dying battery in Halbert’s car added some interesting memories about the trip. Arriving in Nuevitas late afternoon they immediately toured six affected homes. This is Yeleny’s hometown so she is familiar with the people and the damage. The conditions in which these people are living brought tears to the eyes of the visitors. During a meeting with Halbert and Yeleny a decision was made to split the finances evenly between the six households. This will allow them to pay for materials and labour costs. Yeleny was asked to visit the households privately to explain the purpose of the financial gifts. She said many tears of gratitude were shed including her own. She will monitor their progress. The next day the group made their way back to Santiago with only the road and the battery in Halbert’s car challenging their high spirits. During a stop at a gas station they found a new battery. It was presented to Father Halbert as a present for his birthday which just happened to be the next day. He was very happy and everyone felt more confident about the rest of the trip home. Kathy and Tom returned to Canada on Wednesday. Wayne and Doreen went to their favourite resort nearby for a week’s vacation. Halbert and his family were invited for a day at the resort as their guests for some fun and relaxation. They
(Top) The monthly senior’s birthday party at San Lucas church, Santiago. (Bottom Left) Dianne and Frank Witting donate two bicycles, spare tires and tools to Father Halbert. (Bottom Right) The outside of a home patched with tar paper in Nuevitas. Photos-Doreen Thornhill. were soon reminded that God’s work never stops. Doreen had talked to a group of people she had met on a previous vacation. They belong to a bicycle club from the Kitchener area. Members travel to Cuba and other countries, giving away bicycles at the end of their vacations. Out of the blue one couple approached and
donated two bicycles and spare parts to Father Halbert. He will give one to a man to ride to work and the other to a priest who has no means of transportation. To quote Kathy and Tom Colwell who were on their first visit to Cuba, “It was the most emotional, inspirational and rewarding trip they have been on.” They
now know why Doreen and Wayne have such love for the people of Cuba. With the Grace of God this partnership will continue for many years. For further details contact Doreen Thornhill at (613) 926-1631 or wayne.d.thornhill@gmail. com.
Appointments New Financial Officer for the Diocese of Ontario In addition to his role as Diocesan Executive Officer, Alex Pierson has been appointed by the Bishop to the position of Diocesan Financial Officer effective January 1, 2018. In this role, Alex serves as Treasurer to the Synod and is responsible for managing the financial affairs of the Synod. He also works directly with congregations on any and all matters related to financial management and annual financial reporting. For financial queries and matters, please contact Alex at apierson@ ontario.anglican.ca or call (613) 544-4718.
New Financial Analyst for the Diocese of Ontario Diocesan Executive Officer/Financial Officer Alex Pierson is pleased to announce the appointment of Candace Hartley as the new Diocesan Financial Analyst. Candace will assist the finance department in a range of areas including financial reporting, income and expense statements, cash modelling, support of the consolidated investment fund and parish support for green sheets and consulting on financial matters. Candace can be reached at email@example.com or by calling (613) 777-0531. Welcome to Candace as she takes on her new role with the Diocese of Ontario.
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! A Four-Day Summer Conference for Lay People Training, Learning and Development in Christian Ministry ! July 24-27, 2018 A Four-Day Summer Conference Lay People Mark your calendars for these Pre-Synod dates: Providence Spirituality Centre,for Kingston Training, Learning and Development in Christian Ministry April–Consultation Meetings on Canon 21
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Being a disciple Diana Duncan-Fletcher
Be creative and taxefficient with your giving this year Judy Rois
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hen there is a need in this country, it seems that Canadian Anglicans are among the most generous donors. One of the many ways they give is through their Anglican Foundation, established in 1957 to financially assist people and parishes where need was greatest. Sixty years later, Canadian Anglicans have made it possible to disburse over $34 million to help their fellow Anglicans. All across our country, they have supported infrastructure projects, encouraged interfaith dialogue, fostered youth engagement, stimulated innovative and imaginative ministries, cared for new immigrants, assisted seniors with housing and transportation, promoted music and the arts, attended to the needs of children with homework clubs, end-of-life care and nutrition, and strengthened Indigenous communities on their path toward selfdetermination. All of these initiatives have been supported by many of you over the years, making the Anglican Church of Canada a robust faith community for each new generation. There are many ways that you can give through the Anglican Foundation to ensure Canadian Anglican presence in our country for years to come. You may wish to speak with your financial advisor about a new and creative approach to your donations this year while also being taxefficient and making a big impact. There are many other strategic ways to give than simply writing a cheque. If you have stocks that have increased in value, you can donate these to AFC and receive a significant tax rebate. You can set up a gift annuity with AFC and receive income for the rest of your life. You can make AFC a beneficiary of a
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ecently, I read the following quote by Anne Mathews-Younes of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, DC: “Imagine what happens to us when Jesus calls us to follow him. He knows us and the secrets of our hearts. He knows our weaknesses, inadequacies, and doubts. Yet he invites us into an intimate relationship with God by becoming his disciples.” Do you feel like a disciple? We all know from reading the Gospels that Jesus chose twelve men. The women were also included in the Biblical passages but never called disciples. So when I, as a woman, envision the disciples, I think of those twelve men in their long robes with sandals on their feet, and obvious adulation for their Master. Fast forward to the 21st Century. In today’s Western world women certainly do count. So, as a woman, and disciple of Jesus, I do attempt to follow His rules in my faith journey. But it is not always easy in this secular world. I am sure it was not easy for the women and children of Jesus’ era either. The few outspoken comments quoted in the Bible prove that. It was certainly not the done thing for women to question. The women were there to serve. They were allowed to accompany the men for that purpose only. Their thoughts are seldom mentioned. Their love, compassion and obedience was simply taken for granted and, not knowing anything different, they accepted it. Would it be better for us if we did this too? My parents’ generation believed in chivalry. My father stood up when a woman walked into a room he was in; he automatically opened doors for women; he always walked on the outside of the sidewalk next to the
curb; offered his seat to any woman on a bus, etc. I grew up in that world. I was definitely not a women’s libber! I appreciated these special gestures, and my late husband, George, and my husband, Fred, both recognized its importance to me. At the same time, however, I saw the role of womanhood as a very relevant one. As well as raising three children, I ran a household and held down a job. Juggling these was not very easy and I always admired women who managed to do so effortlessly. I did the best I could, and tried not to beat myself up if I failed miserably. Now that my children are grown, and I have grandchildren, I look back and remember that in spite of difficulties, we had lots of happy times and enjoyed being together. I still do appreciate having had the opportunity of raising a family in a non-electronic age. It was a quieter time, and a lot less stressful in spite of some financial insecurity. Our involvement in our church was a most important part of our family life. My children are now in their 40’s and recently reassured me that they gained greatly from my philosophy of loving unconditionally, and raising them with my Christian values. Do I feel like a disciple? Yes. Thanks be to God!
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Good Shepherd Mission Service of Deconsecration All are welcome to attend the Good Shepherd’s final service on April 8 at 3pm. Reception to follow after the service in the parish hall. Construction continues at the Good Shepherd Legacy Project at the Cowdy Street Mission in Kingston. The project is a joint initiative between the Diocese of Ontario and Habitat for Humanity that will see a 6-unit housing project built on the site of the Good Shepherd Mission. A diocesan ministry centre will be included in the build and is scheduled for construction in the Spring. Photo-Mark Hauser.
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forsaken the Lord, who have despised the Holy One of Israel, who are utterly estranged” (Isaiah 1:4). Not only is it hard to deal with lost hope when it’s someone else’s fault, when your own actions have brought you here, the excuses float away like lint on the wind. The Good News in the midst of all this is that God never leaves the people in a state of despair. The all too often human response to the fall of those who “brought it on themselves” is “looks good on you.” The beautiful description of the Highway of God in the midst of the wilderness, built over mountains that have been brought low and valleys that have been lifted up,
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Good Friday will also see the Primate participate in the Walk of the Cross from St. Paul’s to St. George’s in Kingston. “I am looking forward to a deanery service this year beginning at St. Paul’s and want to extend the invitation to the churches of Frontenac Deanery and also to anyone across the Diocese who wants to come and be a part of this walk. What a witness and testimony to our faith in making that walk through the streets of the city of Kingston to the Cathedral and concluding with the Good Friday liturgy there,” says Bishop Michael. This visit to our diocese by the Primate could be his last before his retirement at the end of General Synod in 2019. Bishop Michael hopes Fred’s time here during Holy Week will give him a sense of the full scope of ministry and mission in our diocese both in our urban and rural settings. Says Michael,“I think it is a wonderful opportunity for us to gather and celebrate our faith in that journey from the glory of the palms to the glory
is a beckoning call to those whose actions have brought them to the point of despair. There is a way back to the land of promise. The people of Israel returned from Babylon to the land of promise, but once again they strayed from the ways of God, failing to act as the people who “seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with their God” (Micah 6:8). Yet once again, God promised to come to the people as redeemer and vindicator calling them to turn once more and be saved. The beautiful words of Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you” carried them once more to the land of promise along the pathway of God. The season of Lent opens with the acknowledgment of our human frailty and propensity to turn from the way of
God. This forty day journey through the innermost parts of our soul, prepares us to rejoice once more in the Good News that the promises of God will never fail nor forsake us. Remember in those times when you are tempted to despair, when circumstances seem overwhelming and the path forward unknown, that the presence of our God will never fail us. We don’t get to jump in the hole and pull it in after us, for as the psalmist declares: “Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?....If I make my bed in Sheol, thou art there!” (Psalm 139). May the Spirit of the Living God attend you this Lent and as the Glory of the Palms leads to the Glory of the Empty Tomb.
of the empty tomb. To give thanks for the ministry that we share together and to give thanks for the ministry that Fred has offered to us over these last 12 years. I am
looking forward to welcoming Fred to the diocese and opportunities for worship and witness and mission will flow from that.”
Primate’s Visit: March 24 – April 1, 2018 Palm Sunday, March 25 St. Thomas’ Belleville 10:30am. Monday, March 26 All Saints Tyendinaga–Tea with the Primate 2-4pm. Christ Church, Tyendinaga Evensong 5pm. Tuesday, March 27 Quiet Day with clergy 9am - 4pm Sheraton Hotel, Kingston. Renewal of Vows service 12 noon, St. George’s Cathedral, lunch to follow. Wednesday, March 28 Diocesan centre, Cowdy Street Habitat for Humanity project, Lyndhurst (Leeds North) visit Thrift Shop and worship at 2:30pm. Thursday, March 29 Tamworth Legacy Centre, St. John’s, Stirling Martha’s Supper 5pm, Maundy Thursday service 7:30pm. Good Friday, March 30 St. Paul’s, Kingston–9:30am Organ Meditations & Silent Prayer. 10am walk to St. George’s Cathedral. St. George’s Cathedral–11 am deanery service & Litany of Reconciliation. Vigil, Saturday, March 31 St. Lawrence, Brockville–7:30pm Joint service with St. Paul’s and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Easter Sunday, April 1 Grenville North Anglican Ministries.
A letter to you from the Anglican Editors Assocation The Council of General Synod (COGS) has created the Anglican Journal & Communications Joint Working Group who has been tasked with examining the issue of how we communicate across the Church, at both the national and diocesan levels. An important part of the work being conducted by that working group is to consider options and to make recommendations regarding the future of print publications in the Anglican Church of Canada, at both the national and diocesan levels. There has been an initial report from the working group made to COGS and there are to be some surveys done by the working group to gather reaction from the wider Anglican Church membership in Canada. What has not been made clear to those at COGS or to those asked to fill in a survey is that if the Anglican Journal no longer is produced in print form then most of not all of the diocesan papers will no longer be produced. The reason is that the cost of the distribution of the Anglican Journal and your diocesan paper is shared by the two reducing the costs to both. In addition all the papers are printed at the same printer and the size of that contract results in a lower price than any diocesan paper or the Anglican Journal could obtain on its own. The Anglican Editors Association asked last June to be a part of the working group but was refused. It is our opinion that he Anglican Journal is widely viewed as an instrument of unity for the Canadian church and helping to fulfill the first Mark of Mission in proclaiming the Good News. It is vital that it continues to provide Anglicans across the country with inspiration and information from and about both General Synod and the dioceses. Members of the Canadian church need to remain connected to the life of the national church and activities happening throughout the country. This exchange of information inspires both parishes and dioceses with ideas from outside as well as helping to overcome the isolation and congregational nature of some parishes and regions. The Journal also provides an important vehicle for the distribution of the PWRDF tri-annual paper Under the Sun and the Christmas Gift Guide. The diocesan papers link parishes across their dioceses, provide a vehicle for spreading news into each household and are a way for the Bishop to communicate with parishioners in each and every community. The Anglican Editors Association is seriously concerned that the readership of our diocesan papers will not get a chance to voice their opinion on the importance of their diocesan paper and the Anglican Journal to them. The editors are not in a position to hold a national survey of our readership however we are inviting you, our readers, to send letters to the editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) of your diocesan papers regarding the future of the print editions of your diocesan paper and the Anglican Journal. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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