Education for seniors
helping aging parishioners navigate care needs SEE PAGE 2
Outreach in Tamworth
St. James’ mental health ministry
New drop-in centre offers community services
SEE PAGE 5
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Hyanto Ministries renewed vision for youth ministry Cheryl Green-Betts
yanto Ministries is a name that more accurately reflects the renewed vision of the camp. We aim to see the ministry that has become part of Camp Hyanto extend beyond the grounds in Lyndhurst and to share this vision with parishes and communities. Camp Hyanto in Lyndhurst will continue to offer children the experience of growth, development and fun in the beautiful outdoors. We are looking at few physical changes
as we return to operation in 2018. We are committed to Fiscal Stewardship. We are proposing to begin with a shortened full or nearly full season. We are excited to bring back a shared volunteer/ paid staff program. Upgrading our themes and daily program will lead to a higher camper satisfaction rating. The end goal being increased retention. The Christian environment is central to the life of the camp. We are looking at building on our strengths and finding ways to expand our usage. But, Hyanto Ministries is that and so much more. Part of the vision will involve
increased property rentals and partnerships that will help generate revenue. An updated approach to marketing, advertising and promotion will enable greater exposure and a more user friendly approach. Moving the ministry beyond the grounds in Lyndhurst will take various forms. VBS (Vacation Bible School) is a wonderful opportunity. While not new. We see VBS as a microcosm of the same values and ministry as Hyanto. Parishes are invited to host a Hyanto Ministries VBS program. The parish provides the location while Hyanto Ministries takes
care of the programming for the week. What a great way to help other parishes share in a new or renewed program in their parishes. For more information regarding VBS go to www. ontario.anglican.ca and check out the VBS tab. This program begins in the summer of 2017. Another extension of the vision of Hyanto Ministries will be to offer parish development. This is where we see a large component of the extended side of Hyanto Ministries. We can work together with a parish to offer new or renewed programs. One idea in this area would be PA day events.
Many of the current PA days in the school year are consistent with Church Holy Days (Ash Wednesday, Ascension, All Saints for example). This is a great time to reach out to children within your parish and community. Hyanto Ministries will look to support you with training and development. It is a busy and exciting time to be part of Hyanto Ministries. We welcome additional partners. If you would like to help support this vital ministry please contact Carol-Anne Woodcock, chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you at a Hyanto Ministries event soon.
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This is the day! Bishop Michael Oulton
here is a feature on Facebook that I have really come to enjoy entitled “On This Day”. Every morning, this application reminds me of posts I have made each year on that calendar day, making for quite a comprehensive historical record over the seven years since I signed up for my Facebook account. The types of posts that are recalled through the years on a particular day include a wide range of events that run the gamut from times of celebration to more difficult moments. Requests for prayer, news from close to home and around the world, family moments and stories from my ministry are bound up along with videos and posts from other friends that I have shared in order to spread news and items of interest. I am often surprised by the various posts that pop up which help to recall moments and events that may have slipped my mind, bring a smile to my face as a particular happy memory
comes once more into view or cause me to pause in surprise at how long ago an event took place that seems closer in my mind’s eye. I looked at my “On this Day” feature as I prepared to write this article to discover a wide range
of moments going back over the years. I wrote a post and shared photos last year after attending the Diocesan ACW annual meeting. Two years ago we kicked off the annual Love in Action campaign and I shared news of relief efforts following the earthquake in Nepal. Three years
ago I attended the Lunch4teens program at St. Paul’s, Sydenham where 83 students were fed and shared news from my friend Archbishop Francisco DaSilva on the relief and development work of ACT Alliance. Four years ago I prepared to fly to Cape
Town, South Africa for the fourth meeting of the Anglican Bishops in Dialogue and five years ago I celebrated the Eucharist as Emmanuel Church, Portland marked their 150th anniversary. Through all of these glimpses of past events and moments, I have discovered one thing com-
mon to them all which can be best summed up in the words of Psalm 118:24: “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” This psalm includes the very familiar proclamation we hear through the Easter Season that the stone the builders rejected has become the chief of the corner and proclaims how marvellous it is in the sight of all. Our journey through the Easter season is a hope filled pilgrimage very year as we recall the resurrection of Jesus on a day to surpass all days. Psalm 118 is set in a context where the psalmist is being pressed hard on every side, yet joy permeates the whole of the text in spite of hardships faced. The psalmist paints a vivid image of the might of the enemy, all the while proclaiming confidence in the never failing presence of God who gifts us with each new day. The glorious victory of Jesus over death itself leads us to proclaim victory at the dawning of every day and I pray that your joy will always flow from that great truth.
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PASSAGE – Providing Aging Seniors with Spiritual Guidance and Education Rev. Valerie Kelly Rev. Kate Ann Follwell
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eniors are the greatest asset in our church today. They have learned how to be faithful, hospitable, committed and caring. They provide such depth and richness to our Body of Christ. Seniors have carried the institutional church to its current day and for that, we are not only thankful, but also we would like to express our sincere gratitude for their loyalty, devotion and tenacious spirits. A newly formed group, Passage, from across the diocese is working toward providing educational tools for seniors to help them discover the care that is appropriate for their needs. As our society continues to become faster paced, and increasingly reliant on technology, decisions around care can be overwhelming to everyone. Many senior parishioners and family care providers enter this often scrambled, confusing and misunderstood stream of life
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Cathedral celebrates birthday of longtime parishioner Valerie jackson
here was a very special event during the January 22 Eucharist service at St. George’s Cathedral. The celebration of Mrs. Margaret Cruickshank’s 108th birthday on January 19. Mrs. Cruickshank has been a member of our congregation for 104 years, which is also a record. There is a plaque and a window in the RMC Gallery in recognition of her contribution to the life of the Cathedral. Honoring Mrs. Cruickshank’s longevity and dedication to the Cathedral has been a tradition at the Cathedral in January every year since Mrs. Cruickshank’s 100th birthday. The tradition is that the children of the Sunday school make her a special birthday card which is presented to her and then there is cake after the service. This year she was presented with two certificates by the Very Reverend Don Davidson, Dean of the Cathedral. The certificates honoring her birthday and contribution to the Cathedral were from the congregation and from the bishop, clergy and members of the diocese. Also in attendance was a local TV station CKWS filming the event which aired that evening. Kevin Raison, the People’s Warden spoke at the presentation of the birthday card and he talked about Mrs. Cruickshank’s interest in the children’s activities in the Cathedral, particularly the Sunday school. More often than
Longtime parishioner of St. George’s, Margaret Cruickshank, celebrated her 108th birthday with a special service at the Cathedral in January. Photo-Diana Davis Duerkop. not she walked to the Cathedral when she attended a service and she would stop in to see the children. She spent a morning some years ago and shared her history with the Sunday school children and they and their teachers were fascinated. She told them how she came to Canada in 1913 from Dover
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England with her Mother and three sisters. She was just a preschooler at the time. They landed in Montreal and took the train to Kingston station which in those days was on Ontario Street, just down the street from the Cathedral. Her Father had to carry her when he met them at the train
as the streets were muddy and they didn’t want her shoes and dress to get dirty. The tales of a time long past stayed with Kevin and created some wonderful childhood memories for the children who were fortunate enough to have heard her story. Mrs. Cruickshank was also involved in Lunch by George;
an outreach program which provides coffee, soup and lunch for people in the Great Hall who are disadvantaged, alienated, marginalized and who are hungry. Today, the program annually serves 11,666 meals and 10,191 soups, but in 1985 things were a bit different. Margaret Cruickshank was one of the original ladies who started the ‘lunch program’. They began by making sandwiches and coffee in the summer, when the St. Vincent DePaul program was closed, and giving them to folks who gathered on the sidewalk. They decided that handing out food on the street might seem a bit rude so they invited them up to the Great Hall and so began the start of ‘Lunch by George’. At the end of the service just before cutting of the cakes (when you are 108 you deserve more than one) CKWS reporter Heather Senoran spoke with retired Bishop George Bruce, formerly Dean of the Cathedral, and invited him to comment. He talked about the Cathedral being Margaret’s spiritual home, how she lives life to the full, that she is amazing and a force to be reckoned with. Mrs. Cruickshank, surrounded by members of her family, took a lively interest in all the activity. David Cruickshank, her eldest son was also interviewed and he told how his Mother had survived two broken hips and she is still going strong. She told him that she is going to get her ears and eyes fixed and then she will be good for another 5 years. Here’s to 109!
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Meet your new Archdeacon for Ministry and Program Mark Hauser Diocesan Communications Officer
f you enter the title ‘archdeacon’ into a Google search, this description is returned: “A senior Christian cleric (in the early church a deacon, in the modern Anglican Church a priest) to whom a bishop delegates certain responsibilities.” If you ask the Rev. Wayne Varley about his new role in our diocese as the Archdeacon for Ministry and Program, his list as to what those ‘certain responsibilities’ are could easily fill a page. So what does an Archdeacon for Ministry and Program do exactly? And just what are these long list of responsibilities? We’ll get to that, but first, let’s find out how all this started. Wayne was seconded from his role as Diocesan Executive Officer to St. John’s Portsmouth in September 2015. He served as the full time priest-in-charge un-
til October 31, 2016. The intent was to provide stability and meet the needs of the parish in the midst of transition towards the appointment of a new incumbent. Rev. Mike Michielin was appointed to that office November 1, 2016. Alex Pierson stepped in to temporarily fill the role of executive officer in Wayne’s absence. Towards the end of Wayne’s time at St. John’s, Bishop Oulton identified a significant gap in diocesan ministry. “The role and office of executive officer” says Wayne, “in my opinion, over the years was just growing all the time. Much of the programmatic side of it I certainly had little or no time for. Because I was dealing with personnel issues, financial issues, crisis, legal matters, and they just consumed almost all my time and energy.” With his executive office tied up with legal and human resource matters, Bishop Michael saw the need for a new position. One
Archdeacon Wayne Varley. PhotoMark Hauser. that supported ministry and program and acted as a dedicated link to committees and groups. In stepped Wayne as the new Archdeacon for Ministry and Program, while Alex continued on in the role of executive officer.
Now back to what his role of ‘Archdeacon for Ministry and Program’ actually does. Wayne goes on to explain. “The gist of my work is I now devote more time and energy to programmatic groups of the diocese. I am responsible, report and assist in various ways to stewardship and congregational development, stewardship education in the diocese and giving with grace. I am now the diocesan staff person that leads that. With any capital campaign it will be my diocesan role to be the key staff support to that. Working with others raising up the volunteer corps program. Determining what kind of children and youth ministry we will have. There’s the new Lay Ministry Task Force, Fresh Start, the Green Group, any social action social justice work in the diocese and Diocese of Ontario Refugee Support (DOORS). I am now attending and supporting that work. Whereas before, in some cases, they were left to their own
devices.” And if that is not enough to fill his average work day, Wayne’s other role as archdeacon is to assist the Bishop in his care and support of clergy. “Where I am already ramping up is a lot of Sunday work. Filling in for a number of reasons, someone is away or someone is ill” he says. Outside of programmatic elements and assisting the Bishop, Wayne also may act interchangeably with Alex in the executive office role should the need arise. “If the bishop makes an appointment and Alex is away, then I would deal with the parish, so that everything could continue to happen in a timely fashion.” Out of our 2016 Synod came the call to action for greater engagement and focus on ministry as a diocese. Now with Wayne’s new role as the dedicated staff support to parishes and diocesan groups, we are far more likely to achieve it.
Is your church celebrating the season of Creaton? Archdeacon Wayne Varley Dr. Josef Cihlar Diocesan Green Group
he Season of Creation runs from Sept. 1—proclaimed as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation—through the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4. Christians across denominations are encouraged to join together in prayer for creation and environmental stewardship. Why has this practice been established, and what is its significance? The Bible provides the strongest evidence of the importance of Creation and our role in it. Prof. David Rhoads (www. webofcreation.org/archive-ofresources/590-reading-thebible-with-care-for-creation) discusses 17 creation-related themes found in the Bible, including: Humans belong to the Earth; Creation was not formed for human beings alone; God wants all creatures to thrive; Human beings were created so that they could take care of the garden Earth that God had created, so that they serve and preserve it; The human responsibility to care for creation shows in the Sabbath laws of the land of Israel; All of life is sacramental; As with humans, all creation is called to praise God; The biblical books of wisdom show us that humans learn from creation; Justice for humans is related to justice toward Earth; The kingdom of God restores all creation,
and it involves rescuing the least; Jesus died for all creation; All creation is groaning; The Book of Revelation portrays the most amazing vision of the future unity of all creation. We are grateful to God for providing us with the means to sustain our very lives. The air we breathe, the food we consume, and all the amenities that make life pleasant; but also making life worthwhile—enjoying the beautiful and mysterious Universe, from the complex subatomic particles to the ‘event horizon’ beyond the farthest galaxies. We are grateful for being endowed with senses to perceive and enjoy these gifts, and with abilities to share our enjoyment and experiences with others in the various groups we are part of. The Season of Creation gives us the opportunity to reflect on
these gifts and their profound importance to us, individually and as a community. It is also a period to re-examine our role as stewards of the Creation, for us and particularly for the generations to follow us. We wish them to enjoy the same, or better, gifts
and experiences as we have. This task has been given us clearly: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it”. With climate change impacts, unprecedented loss of species, plastic pollution, coral reefs bleaching and numerous other environmental crises we now face, the Season of Creation gives us the opportunity to reflect on our ways, priorities and practices to ensure these are aligned with the God-given responsibility. Numerous resources are available on the internet to churches that desire to participate in the Season of Creation. The above website is a good starting place, but many others provide alternatives, e.g. The Anglican Church of Canada (http://www.anglican. ca/news/season-creation-raisesecological-awareness-prayer/), the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (http://acen. anglicancommunion.org/), and
others (http://seasonofcreation. org/, http://www.textweek.com/ festivals/index.htm, http://www. webofcreation.org/about-us). Parishes also found a study of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si (Praise be to you, my Lord) providing valued insight and inspiration in Creation care.
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St. James’ Kingston mental health ministry initiative Rev. Canon Barbara Stewart Rev. Timothy Kuhlmann
Kingston—a safe haven
See city of our diocese once a destination for refuge seekers on the Underground Railroad William Cowan
efore the Civil War in the United States, Kingston, Ontario was a welcoming place for slaves desperate to flee from their slave owners. Many northern communities were against Slavery, one of them being our neighbouring city Syracuse, New York. The Quakers living in the Syracuse area were actively assisting runaway slaves to find a safe haven in Canada. The Quakers came to this conclusion through consensus and virtually all were in agreement that slavery had to be wiped from the face of the earth. The Quakers had abolished slavery from among their ranks 75 years before the Civil war. It is difficult to imagine that the American colonists revolted in 1776 and professed in their Declaration of Independence that: “ We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Many of these same people, some of them founding fathers, were in fact slave owners and remained so until it was declared illegal. After George Washington’s death in 1799, his 100 slaves were granted their freedom as directed in his will. It seems that the “all men” part of the declaration had not been honoured. One example of a runaway slave fleeing to the safety of Kingston, can be found in the story of Harriet Powell. Harriet, a beautiful ‘quadroon’ slave girl who was often mistaken for white, came to Syracuse with her owners, the Davenports, from Mississippi in September 1839. Harriet’s job was to look after the Davenport’s child. Sympathetic staff at the hotel they stayed at introduced her to abolitionists who told her that they could arrange for her to escape to Canada. Harriet, hearing that she was going to be sold again into slavery for $2500, agreed to take the chance.
After passing through several safe houses, she arrived at the home of Gerrit Smith, the famous abolitionist. His mansion in Peterboro, New York was a station on the Underground Railroad. She was dressed as a Quaker and driven by horse and carriage to Cape Vincent. Harriet crossed Lake Ontario on a ferry on October 29, 1839. She arrived in Kingston and was taken in by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hales. Charles was a successful merchant who owned Bellevue House (leasing it to Sir John A. MacDonald) on Centre Street, Hales Cottages on King Street, and the former S&R Department Store building. He and his wife Charlotte were leaders in the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Kingston. Retired Anglican priest, the Reverend Canon Bob Hales of our diocese, is a proud descendent of Charles Hales. Harriet married musician Henry Kelly on April 23, 1840. The abolitionist newspaper “Friend of Man” commented on this happy event. “Mr. Kelly is a respectable coloured man, in good pecuniary circumstances.” Harriet and Henry had eight children, their home being near the corner of Bagot and Queen street According to St Paul’s, Kingston church records, Harriet died at the age of 45 on February 8, 1860. Henry died March 14, 1874. Both are buried in Cataraqui Cemetery. It is worth noting that Harriet’s granddaughter married William Peyton Hubbard, the first black poitician elected to Toronto City Council in the year 1893. Hubbard served as acting Mayor on several occasions. He is known for saving the life of George Brown, a father of confederation, who landed in the Humber river after his cab rolled over. They became life long friends. It was Brown who encouraged Hubbard to enter politics. History confirms that Kingston welcomed many runaway slaves and today is still welcoming those that want to live a better life.
he St. James’ Alzheimer’s Café began way back in 2015 when a group of parishioners took part in a Webinar which was a report of research done looking at the role the church had for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Following this learning they got together quite regularly to talk about how they could respond to those in our parish and our community struggling with dementia and to support those who care for them. Also to educate those who are aware of dementia issues but don’t know or understand the difficulties experienced by those involved. The idea of an Alzheimer’s Café was brought to the group by Marty Jordens and the group decided to put on an Alzheimer’s Café in St. James’ Hall. On March 19, 2016, the first St. James’ Alzheimer’s Café took place and the hall was filled. There was music, social time, a speaker and lots of food. The feedback from participants was very positive and there was a clear desire to have more such gatherings. The Cafés take place about every seven weeks with a break for the summer. The Alzheimer’s Café is for those with all forms of memory loss, care partners, family and friends, parish clergy, pastoral care ministers and those wanting to be more aware or be educated about dementia issues. We send invitations and advertise to all the Anglican Churches in Kingston and surrounding area. We also advertise on the Diocesan Website, our St. James’ Website and in Kingston This Week. This ministry is very well received by all who attend and has become an important part of the mental health ministry here at St. James’.
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provide a legitimate, structured support group for care partners, family and friends, and people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory loss.
Many thanks to all who have supported the cafes with food, computer skills, preparation of the hall, musicians, speakers, and all who have come to be a part of the gatherings. On Sunday, October 30, 2016, approximately 25 persons attended a seminar at St. James, Kingston, on the topic, “Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety.” Sandra Bradley, RSW, MA, M Ed (Counseling) was the presenter at the afternoon session. Parents, caregivers, priests, Sunday School teachers and youth leaders were the target audience for the seminar. Sandra brought to the seminar twenty years of experience in
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working with young people and their families. She spoke to the question, how can parents and caregivers effectively support young people facing anxiety? Mental health challenges bring forth a range of emotional responses for the person, and for their family. Sandra demonstrated with her professional presentation, and her empathetic skills that loved ones can meaningfully journey with the person and provide emotional support. Mental health/mental illness has been identified by the parish members of St. James as a ministry focus as a church family. This event was an expression of this ministry as a means of reaching out to family and loved ones affected by mental health challenges. As members of the body of Christ become more aware and informed of mental illness topics, they will be better equipped to welcome, support, and encourage persons living with mental health challenges. This spirit of welcome, support and encouragement are important tools in reducing mental illness stigma. It is vital that young people, struggling with mental health issues, feel accepted and safe in the body of Christ. (This ministry event was supported by the Diocese of Ontario through a Covenant Grant).
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Birthing a vision in Tamworth: continued
New drop-in centre offers range of outreach services to local community Valerie Lynds
he December 2014 issue of Dialogue had an article I wrote entitled Birthing a Vision. In that article I told you about a vision for a drop-in centre, with a food bank and clothing program, that I had received for Christ Church in Tamworth, ON. Birthing a Vision has many similarities to birthing a child. Once you have established the viability of the child (in this case, vision) the next months are spent preparing for its arrival, choosing a name, and, near the end, longing for its day of arrival. For a short time after its birth,
When God steps in, miracles can happen Diana Duncan-Fletcher
ometime recently I read something by Darian Duckworth, pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Cleveland, Mississippi. I found it thought provoking. This is what he wrote: “When have you felt pushed out of your comfort zone? Even when we only fearfully obey, faith spurs us out of our comfort zones to a place where miracles happen. Lord, draw me out of comfortable discipleship and into your miracle-working Kingdom.” Miracles come in all sorts of ways, and at different times in our lives. Miracles often happen when we feel desperate, needy and unworthy. Sometimes when we have physically and mentally given up, the unexpected
taking care of it is very tiring. Thank you for your prayers! The vision of a drop-in centre has finally been realized! It has been named New Legacy Centre. You can find it on line at newlegacycentre.ca. We moved into the rented space at the five corners in Tamworth near the beginning of March, 2017 and are just beginning to open its doors now. We have held a Screening in Faith session, for volunteers, in that space. The shelving units for the food bank have been built on site using donated lumber and volunteer hours. On Palm Sunday, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Ian Ritchie, there was a
occurs and we realize that this unexpected blessing has materialized which brings enormous hope. One of those special events happened to me recently. I believe it was a miraculous occurrence. Sixteen years ago I met a sweet five-year old called Emmett, my husband Fred’s, grandson. He was attending a music camp in Toronto with his older brother and several cousins. I don’t remember much about the music sessions, but Fred and I had a good time looking after this child. As one of my hobbies is taking photographs, I took several of Emmett. One in particular was a charming image of grandfather and grandson sitting together outside on a large rock. That Christmas I gave a 5” x 7” framed copy to Emmett from us. Time moved on, but sadly his family was unhappy with my presence. So, although Fred was included in family activities, I was not. It was a difficult situation, and I was saddened by their inability to want to get to know me. It was a heavy burden and one that Fred and I shared. Our love for each other and our happiness in our marriage was tinged with regret. I prayed that something would change and that I would be accepted. But each family event, or special family time like Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, weddings, etc.,
The New Legacy Centre in Tamworth is a community drop-in centre offering food and clothing services, conversation, prayer, tutoring, workshops and other activities for seniors, children and families. Photo-contributed. procession from Christ Church to that location with palm and yew branches plus the many food bank donations we had received. Christ Church held its Maundy Thursday service at New
happened without my being included. At first Fred attended alone, but eventually, he stopped going too. He explained to his family that when he married me he promised to love, honour and protect me. He came to feel that he was not doing this when he attended family gatherings without me. This decision disturbed them very much, but nothing changed. Sixteen years passed. I continued to pray. Then one day came a phone call from Fred’s oldest daughter. There was to be a wedding. Emmett was engaged, and he and his fiancée wanted to meet with us. Would we consider it? Naturally, the answer was yes. It was a time to rejoice and give thanks for a miracle! We met a few weeks later for coffee. It was then that Emmett reminded us about the photograph which he had kept and treasured all these years. He was a man now with the same warm disposition that I remembered from the time we had spent together when he was five. When we received their wedding invitation for this June, we rejoiced that were able to accept. We look forward to closer contact in the future, and to celebrating this special event with the family. I believe in miracles. This special blessing has brought much hope. Thanks be to God!
Legacy Centre. We have also had our first drop-in visitor. Please continue to pray for this endeavour as we apply for funding grants from various local, provincial and federal
groups. God is the author and finisher of this vision. He is the provider and sustainer. All praise, honour and glory goes to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
UNITED EMPIRE LOYALIST COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE Sunday, June 18, 2 pm In remembrance of the 233rd anniversary of the landing of the Loyalists at Adolphustown, under the command of Major Peter Van Alstine, June 17, 1784 ST. ALBAN THE MARTYR UEL MEMORIAL CHURCH 10419 The Loyalist Parkway (Hwy. 33) Adolphustown We invite you to join us for this special service at this historic and uniquely beautiful church Officiant: Rev. Dr. J. Walmsley, Priest-In-Charge, Parish of Adolphustown-Sandhurst A Loyalist ‘Tea Under The Trees’ will be served following the service
165 Ontario Street Kingston, ON Monday-Friday: 9 am-5 pm Thursday: 9 am-7 pm Saturday: 10 am-4 pm
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Water Justice workshop Paula Walker
loods, droughts, pollution, exploitation, all are increasing in our world today and too many people are thirsty for clean, safe water. Over 700 million people lack access to safe drinking water, more than 2 billion do not have adequate sanitation. Every day 1,400 children die from diarrhea caused by unclean water. On April 8 at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Collins Bay, the Diocesan Green Group presented Water Justice a workshop featuring webcasts from a Trinity Institute conference held in New York in March. Participants watched talks given by Maude Barlow author, activist, chair of the Council of Canadians and Katharine Hayhoe, author, climate scientist and director of the Climate Science Centre of Texas Tech University. Maude Barlow raised concerns over
Participants at the Diocese of Ontario Green Group’s workshop on Water Justice hold up signed postcards that were sent to the federal government urging them to honour commitments made at the Parish Climate Conference. Photo-contributed. the privatization of water and Katharine Hayhoe inspired action. We are where we are meant to be. We all can do something. Rev. Lisa BrantFrancis opened the day with prayer and shared her personal experience of water shortages while serving in an Indigenous community in north-
ern Ontario. John Brisbois gave an account of a local Roman Catholic school board’s efforts to prevent the use of single use bottled water in their schools. All this information gave plenty of inspiration for breakout sessions where discussion was lively and hopeful. We signed postcards for
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the federal government urging them to honour commitments made at the Paris Climate Conference. We prepared a petition for the provincial government urging them to protect our water from privatization. The green group has much to consider after this workshop.
How should we move forward? Water is sacred. It is a gift from God. We urge everyone to learn more about the water in our lives and how we are using it. How are we treating this precious gift which gives us life?
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