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Diocesan centre gets set to move to new location

Service of installation for The Very Rev. Don Davidson

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Diocesan of Ontario Foundation invites new membership

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SYNOD 2016 Diocesan Synod highlights reconciliation, mission, ministry and engagement Ven. Nancy MacLeod


he 141st Synod of the Diocese of Ontario began on November 3rd with the Opening Eucharist at St. George’s Cathedral. A wonderful display by artists from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory filled the Stuart room. The Ven. Dr. Michael Thompson, General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, was the preacher. He said the claim in 2nd Corinthians 5 that “if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation” is not simply about the individual, but about all reality being made new. The Gospel (Luke 6:20-31) gives us a disorienting example of this new reality, of God restoring those who have been alienated to God’s love, justice and compassion. Reconciliation, the overcoming of alienation, often seems impossible and is too often normalized. In our Canadian context it has taken a long time for us to come to the difficult place we now are with respect to the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples and it will take generations to change that, but if indeed in Christ there is a new creation we are simply called to enter into that, being attentive to signs of hope. He called us as Synod to be particularly attentive because the world will be a different place because of this gathering. A reception sponsored by the Covenant Celebration Group followed. On November 4 following Morning Prayer and including the performance of the Synod theme song “Gracious God”, composed by Cameron Strings, Bishop Michael welcomed guest speakers and business commenced. Bishop’s Charge Bishop Michael began, referring to Philippians 4, noting that while Saul would not have proclaimed it, Paul, who had experienced the grace of the Risen Christ boldly says “Rejoice.” The

gospel calls us to love and serve, to venture boldly into the world, trusting that the Spirit will provide all we require. He noted the strong emphasis on reconciliation in our Synod theme and agenda. The ministry of reconciliation and proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ are at the heart of our identity. The bishop prayed that as we experienced Synod we would be renewed for mission and prepared for the opportunities that would present themselves. Bishop Michael reflected on the adoption of the recommendations of the Ministry Task Force and commended the parish covenants that took up those calls to action. His personal covenant to connect more fully with all the parishes of the diocese has been lived out particularly in meeting with 32 parish councils. He encouraged us to seek community partnerships. The bishop stated the importance of growing from maintenance to mission. His previous charge had highlighted 3 imperatives, fiscal, governance and missional. Much time and energy has been invested in the first two. We’ve been well served by staff and volunteers in this regard and have made many changes, including the sale of 90 Johnson Street. He looks forward to welcoming all to 165 Ontario Street in January. A decision to suspend Camp Hyanto for 2017 does not reflect on the commitment of all who served there, and he particularly thanked Camp Manager Carol Fitzpatrick. Bishop Michael expressed his excitement about the shift toward mission and ministry and invited us to consider what God is calling us to be and do. He is confident in the recent appointment of Alex Pierson as Executive Officer and the Ven. Wayne Varley as Archdeacon of Ministry and Program and expressed his thanks to them and to all diocesan staff.

(Top Left) The Ven. Michael Thompson delivers his homily during the Thursday night Opening Eucharist at Synod. (Top Right) Bishop Michael Oulton addresses Synod during his Bishop’s Charge. (Bottom) Members of Synod gather on Saturday morning November 5 for synod business. Photos-Mark Hauser. Changes to Canons Chancellor Roy Conacher highlighted changes that have been made to the draft canons that need to comply with the provincial Not-For-Profit Corporations Act—to be in force within the next four years. Recent canonical changes in other dioceses were used for template purposes. The canons also impose a new constitution. A motion to approve the canons in principle was carried. This

motion is subject to consultation with parish leadership, potential amendments, and presentation of the final draft for approval to Synod 2018. Vision and Strategy: Living Boldly into the World The presenters spoke of our context and the various initiatives undertaken. We’ve done well in planning, but have been challenged in the execution of plans. We were invited to shift from maintenance to mission,

and to reflect on the image of a tree, with the trunk, the core, carrying all the nourishment needed and holding all the branches together. There are three particular areas of growth core to our vision and strategy that we must particularly focus on supporting: investing in ministry, serving communities and mission driven stewardship. The first actions will involve connecting and - see SYNOD page 4

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“Go out into the darkness” In uncertain times, God leads us to new beginnings Bishop Michael Oulton


ast year when I sat down to compose my Advent and Christmas message, I was celebrating the work of many people in our diocese who worked tirelessly in support of the Canadian response to the burgeoning refugee crisis throughout the world. The palpable joy expressed by that dedicated army of volunteers was only exceeded by the relief and hope mirrored on the faces of many displaced persons who found refuge in the communities of our diocese. The story of the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt loomed large in my prayers of thanksgiving at that time. This year, I am drawn to another part of the Christmas story we have often heard but rarely pause to consider in depth. St. Luke begins his narrative of the birth of Jesus by setting the geo-political scene of the time: “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This first registration was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.” St. Luke 2 (1-2). Luke may simply be trying to set the scene of Jesus’s birth in context of the times and place, but I find this passage growing in significance for me as I shape my hopes and prayers for the world. The Lord God Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, author of the covenant, giver of the Law and the timeless template of love was about to break into the world dramatically in the person of a tiny, vulnerable and loved child of a young, uprooted Middle Eastern couple. Ironically, as

Dialogue Published by the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Anglican Church of Canada Editor: Mark Hauser Publisher: The Right Reverend Michael Oulton Bishop of Ontario Office of the Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Ontario 90 Johnson Street Kingston, ON K7L 1X7 Ph: (613) 544-4774 King George VI delivers his Christmas message in 1939 in the midst of dark, uncertain times in the British Empire. Photo-Photolia.

God acts far from the welltravelled paths of kings, generals and rulers to heal the world, those same powers issue orders to disrupt the world given into their authority. Caesar speaks and everyone is uprooted and on the move as local rulers ensure his edict is carried out to the full extent of the law. The powerful speak and the powerless pack up and move. Caesar needs to count his possessions but God needs to love the world. There was much uncertainty in the world when Jesus was born and the same is true for the times in which we live and in this context, I shape my prayers

for the world and our mission as disciples of Jesus Christ. We stand at the beginning of a new year, both in the church and the world we are called to serve. The words of the poet Minnie Louise Haskins used by King George VI in his Christmas message of 1939 in a dark, uncertain time are particularly appropriate in our day and age: “And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

Quietly, in the dark of night in Bethlehem, God needed to love creation and the word of love became flesh and dwelt with us. A tiny light was kindled and will forever be for us safer than the known way. Caesar came and went, rulers come and go, but the known way leads us always “to the breaking of day in the lone east.” The new beginning is always beyond the next horizon and love of God inspires, calls and leads us forward. May that light shine for you as this year wanes and 2017 dawns upon us.

Teaching ‘old dogs new tricks’ at St. Thomas’, Belleville

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Diocesan Centre to move end of Jan 2017 Alex Pierson

Diocesan Executive Officer


here is a great deal of activity as we move through the sale of the existing Diocesan Centre at 90 Johnson Street, the planning for the new centre at 165 Ontario Street and the actual move itself. Here are a few key points of information and update: •

All conditions have been met on the Sale of 90 Johnson Street. We expect to close the actual sale at the end of January 2017.

A lease has been signed for us to occupy approximately 3200 square feet at 165 On tario Street (the Landmark Building). This is less than 1/3 the current space we have at 90 Johnson Street.

The new space is now un dergoing renovation to suit our needs. The plan is to have the construction complete in January, with the offices moving in before the end of January 2017.

The selection of the new location and the design work has focused on it being welcoming and barrier free. We are also working to create a workspace that is effective and efficient while being enjoyable to work in or visit.

The new Diocesan Centre will house: Offices for the Bishop and all Diocesan Staff; Meeting Rooms (including one to host online meetings); A welcome

and drop in space; The Church Bookroom; A workspace for the diocesan archives. The actual archives will be stored in a separate space. The Bishop plans on hosting a social event to celebrate the history of 90 Johnson Street and the ministry that has happened there. More details to follow in the weekly eNews newsletter. Please stay tuned to eNews and the Diocese of Ontario website for more details. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Alex Pierson (Diocesan Executive Officer) at apierson@ or 613-5444774, Ext 131.

Birthdays at Christ Church Belleville

First Sunday Festival at St. John the Baptist Madoc

At coffee hour on Sunday, October 26, The Rev. Michael Rice (Right) celebrated his 60th birthday along with (Below) long time Christ Church member Helen Worrell who celebrated her 90th birthday. Photos-Pam Park.

Al Danford


he congregation of St. John the Baptist Madoc has begun what it calls, “First Sunday Festival”. The idea is to invite guest musicians and/or speakers to the first Sunday service of each month. A Morning Prayer service used at the recent Lay Readers conference is printed in full in the bulletin to make the service easy to follow. It is hoped that it will raise the profile of St. John’s in the community and hopefully be an evangelism outreach to attract visitors to our church. The first, First Sunday Festival

The Landmark Building at 165 Ontario Street, the new site of the Diocese of Ontario Synod Offices. Diocesan staff are scheduled to move into thier new space by the end of January 2017. Photos-Mark Hauser.

(Top) The musical group Camaraderie visited the parish in October. (Right) Mime artist Paul Hutt. Photos-contributed. occurred in October and featured the musical group “Camaraderie” and was very positively received by the congregation and visitors alike. Paul Hutt, a well known mime artist and lay reader of the diocese is the special guest in November and Hilary Rice will present some musical selections in December. We are looking forward to the first Sunday of each month in a new way.

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SYNOD 2016 Rejoicing in God’s Promise SYNOD - continued engaging to build strength: • Sharing the plan with all parish leaders. • Creating regional councils with purpose and authority. • Structuring a volunteer corps, a network matching gifts and needs. • Expanding and focussing communication. • Making best use of technology to enable connections. • Renewing diocesan gatherings for laity and clergy. All synod members were asked to submit a form saying how they intend to engage with the diocesan vision. Ratification of Synod Council Members The following people, acclaimed at deanery meetings, were ratified for four year terms: Anne Patterson (Frontenac), Rev. Nancy Beale (Hastings), Robin Jones (Leeds & Grenville), Rev. Don Bailey (Quinte). In addition, Bishop Michael appointed Rev. Canon Michael Read, Brenda Hobbs (ACW), Doug Cowley, Viren Oogarah and Voila David (Youth). Green Group Presentation The presentation drew attention to harsh and wide spread realities of climate change as the earth gets hotter because of our extraction of fossil fuels. Having neglected to act on this vital issue for so many years, we must be proactive and ensure that not only our individual choices, but our choices as a society ensure that the trend of increase in carbon dioxide emissions turns around by 2020. All are invited to sign a letter prepared by the Green Group calling for government action. Coventry Litany of Reconciliation All members of the diocese were encouraged to gather with Synod at the Cathedral steps on Friday at 12 p.m. to pray the Litany of Reconciliation. In December, St. George’s Cathedral will become a Partner in the Community of the Cross of Nails. Workshops Following the Litany, Synod and diocesan members took part in afternoon workshops that covered a range of topics including: social justice, climate change, truth and reconciliation, refugee support and the Primates World Relief and Development Fund. KAIROS Blanket Exercise Worship & Evening Prayer All were invited to gather in the Cathedral for a worship service that provided an opportunity to increase understanding of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and nonIndigenous peoples in Canada. Representatives of each parish took part and were given a blanket from the exercise to take back to continue the process of learning and reconciliation in their own communities. Aboriginal Artfest winner Margaret Sue Anderson performed “Gather the Children”, a song poignantly sharing the story of children sent to Residential Schools. Bishop Michael

(Top Left) The Ven. Michael Thompson, General Secretary for the Anglican Church of Canada. (Top Right) Diane Davie of St. Alban’s, Adolphustown, holds a purple card to vote on a motion. (Bottom Left) Jonathan Maracle performs at the Friday night reception. Kitwana Kashira spoke to Synod about his sponsorship with DOORS (Diocese of Ontario Refugee Support). Photos-Mark Hauser. officiated at Evening Prayer and the service concluded with the other winning musical entry from Aboriginal Artfest, the hymn “Now Our Minds Are One” by Narda Kathaleen Julg. Synod Evening Reception Friday’s activities concluded with an informal gathering hosted by the Bishop, featuring entertainment by Jonathan Maracle, Jennifer Brant and friends, and Cameron Strings. Response to the Bishop’s Charge Rev. Andrew Wilson noted an evangelical call throughout the Bishop’s Charge, especially in the phrase “from local to global.” He shared his appreciation of the

practical thoughts on how to do this and encouraged synod to take the Bishop’s vision back to the parishes to reflect pray and act upon. Aveleigh Kyle embraced the call to throw open the doors and venture boldly into the world. She reminded synod that WE are the church—not our buildings. New ventures need not be huge to have an impact. Al Danford expressed his gratitude for the way Bishop Michael has been paving the way to our future, especially by continually drawing our attention to the ministry of reconciliation and by setting an example of connecting

through his parish council visits. He was most inspired by the call to move from maintenance to mission and how much has already happened in that regard and expressed his optimism for our Diocese. Plenary Address-The Venerable Dr. Michael Thompson Archdeacon Thompson told us the story of Orphan Lake Trail, where one can notice the positive effects following a forest fire—an abundance of blueberry bushes. We, the church, can see what isn’t there or what is there. Do we notice the gifts we have, including the wisdom and experience of those gathered at

Synod? He thanked the diocese for its generosity in supporting the ministries of General Synod, saying that it is a pleasure and responsibility to be good stewards of that. He spoke at length about reconciliation and noted that this cannot happen without those who are willing to share the experience of past wrongs, to witness, and those who are willing to listen, to have their hearts broken so that God’s word can enter in. He called our attention to the teaching of National Indigenous Bishop Mark McDonald who



(Top) The KAIROS Blanket Exercise at St. George’s Cathedral. (Middle Left) Bishop Oulton and Synod Members offer a prayer of thanksgiving over water. (Middle Right) Opening Eucharist at the Cathedral. (Bottom) Displayers at the Four Points Sheraton included Habitat for Humanity. Photos-Mark Hauser. speaks about Four Directions thinking—truth can be viewed as a mountain. We all have different perspectives but none of these is the truth, the mountain is the truth. He called us to turn from denying another person’s understanding of truth and instead look with appreciation on the other, asking “how is that true?” He reminded us that the world needs people of faith and invited us to continue to listen for the song of God’s kingdom in the world, to listen for harmony, not discord and not be afraid to sing along. Budget Presentation A review of previously bal-

anced budgets with no year over year expense increases, declining parish receivables and investment fund growth. The 2017 budget is projected to be just under $1.6 million, on par with 2016, based on 20% CMM. Highlights of how the financial costs of various expenditures were shared and members were updated on changes to the budget regarding the new appointment of Archdeacon Wayne Varley as Archbishop of Mission and Ministry. The motion to reduce CMM for 2017 from 20% to 17% was brought forward. This would reduce revenue by over $190,000

and compromise support of parish, diocesan, national and international ministries. Discussion continued until a motion to table this motion was carried. Then, a motion to lift the original motion from the table was carried by the necessary 2/3 majority and discussion continued. A motion to amend the original motion to refer to 2018, not 2017 was not carried and discussion continued on the original motion, then was defeated. A motion to approve the diocesan budget was carried. A motion to explore alternative methods of CMM assess-

ment to reduce disproportionate burden on smaller, poorer parishes, with such alternatives to be voted on at Synod 2018 was defeated. Following lunch, Bishop Michael offered a prayer of thanksgiving over water and all members symbolically connected themselves to one another and to the water, the sign of our reconciliation to God and to one another in baptism. Each congregation was invited to take a container of this water with them to make use of in worship and thereby connect all those in the congregations with our Synod. Diocese of Ontario Refugee Support Presentation The story of the last two years of activity was shared. 2015-16 has seen the welcome of 60 refugees. Two gentlemen shared their stories: Pierre, from Aleppo, Syria, was a hairstylist targeted by ISIS. He talked about the connections, especially Debra Fiefuth, who facilitated his journey to Canada. He shared the difficulties of learning new culture and new languages. Kitwana, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, told of his troubled life in Africa and gives thanks to God for a safe life here. As a student on holiday he came home to find his parents killed. He escaped to Uganda, spending 7 difficult years there. Kitwana is glad to have some family now in Canada: a wife, a new son, and work. He encouraged support for so many still in need. Bishop Michael called us to a time of silence in memory of Debra Fieguth, and a video highlighting her life was shown. Camp Hyanto Presentation Synod reviewed the history of the camp’s financial situation. No longer in a position to continue to support deficit budgets for the camp, Synod Council made a decision to suspend camp operations for 2017 and to put in place a new camp board. A motion to ratify the renewed Camp Hyanto Board was carried. This group can now begin their task and report to Synod Council in January with a ‘viable vision’ for the camp in order to prevent permanent closure. Provincial Synod Report Delegates highlighted the last gathering of Provincial Synod which has a strong focus on addressing common concerns, especially social issues. General Synod Report Delegates spoke of the importance of community strengthened in neighbourhood groups, especially the care for one another amidst the emotionally charged vote on the Marriage Canon. They noted the focus on the continuing comprehensive work of truth and reconciliation. They celebrated the presence of the Holy Spirit in worship, the address of Archbishop Michael Curry (TEC) and the importance of partners within the communion and ecumenically. Bishop Michael reminded members of his pastoral letter regarding Canon 21 which included the letter from the Primate and his subsequent

Page 5 letter regarding the process for moving forward in this diocese to study the potential change to the Marriage Canon. He announced the membership of the steering committee to guide our process for providing input prior to second reading: Rev. John VanStone, Haroldine Neil Burchert, Anne Patterson, Lisa ChisholmSmith, Rev. Dr. Bill Morrow, Rev. Dr. Barbara Robinson and Mr. Andrew Innes. This committee will create a format for consultation to come back to Synod 2018 and make a decision on input to General Synod 2019. A motion to support the Basic Income Guarantee initiative and express support through letters was carried. A motion, received after the deadline, came to Synod requesting that when a parish, supported by the incumbent or priest in charge requests permission from the bishop to extend the sacrament of marriage to anyone legally entitled to be married under civil law, that the bishop review the request and, where deemed appropriate, grant such permission. The motion did not achieve the 2/3 majority required for motions received late to come to the floor of synod. Synod Observer’s Report - Rev. Dr. Bill Smith, Executive Secretary, Bay of Quinte Conference, The United Church of Canada Dr. Smith’s noted that there was far more that unites us than divides us. He drew attention to many highlights of the Synod— especially noting the call to rejoice FIRST. He heard the need for reconciliation on so many levels and in many contexts. He noted that the communities around our congregations deeply yearn for God. He heard us being called and to live boldly, rejoice, serve and live faithfully in response to God. We are blessed by having capable leaders, especially our bishop. We have adopted a clear, mission focused budget and acknowledged concern about the church at all levels. He expressed his joy in hearing about our ministries. Report of Election The following were elected as delegates to Provincial Synod 2018: Clergy: Ven. Nancy MacLeod, Ven. Wayne Varley, Rev. Canon Michael Read, Rev. Christine Downey. Alternates are, in order: Rev. Trish Miller, Very Rev. Don Davidson, Rev. Michael Rice. Lay: Harry Cleghorn, Haroldine Neil Burchert, Ken Healey, Peter Bunn. Alternates are, in order: Joyce Eggleston, Al Danford, Peter Corey, Maureen Sampson. Motion of Thanks Rev. Lynn Dillabough first gave thanks to God in whom we rejoice and noted that we leave energized, inspired, filled with hope and gifted with many images of rejoicing in God’s promise and living God’s reconciling love. She thanked all who had contributed to this event and especially our Bishop for his wise and faith filled leadership. Closing Worship Synod 2016 was dismissed by members of the College of Deacons.

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Installation of a new Dean for the Diocese of Ontario St. George’s Cathedral


lovely autumn afternoon saw the gathering of people from all around the diocese at the Cathedral of St. George in Kingston. The congregation was swelled with many visitors from the Diocese of Huron. All were gathered to celebrate the installation of a new Rector for the Cathedral, and a new Dean for the Diocese of Ontario: The Very Rev. Don Davidson. As the procession entered the cathedral, lay readers, religious orders, deacons, priests and bishops reminded us of the incredible diversity of our Anglican expression of the faith. But the homilist, The Rev. Laura Lightfoot of the Parish of St. Stephen’s Stratford, reminded

us that though our differences may be many, there is far more that unites us in our faith. The preacher’s message was borne out in the worship of the evening. Our diversity as a worship community did not end there though. Even as the congregation gathered in Kingston, a parallel congregation was gathered in the Cathedral of St. Mary in Belem Brazil, in the Diocese of Amazonia, where Davidson worked in ministry during a recent sabbatical. The people of Amazonia were gathered to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the foundation of their diocese, and the consecration of Saulo Barros as their first Bishop. Marking both friendship and our connection in one communion, the congregation

in both cathedrals took time to pray for the significant milestone that was being celebrated in the other Diocese. Since a video of the service was being made to send to Amazonia, Davidson, speaking for a few moments in Portuguese, sent greetings and blessings to the people gathered in Belem. With added voices from choirs around the diocese leading the gathered group, the music of the liturgy filled the cathedral with the powerful sounds of the people of gathered in praise and worship. The service of Institution has a clear focus on stepping out in faith to follow God’s leadership in a new chapter of ministry. As a diocese, we pray for both the cathedral and our new Dean as they seek to follow God’s call.

Top Left: The Ven Charles Morris and the Very Rev. Don Davidson. Top: The Rev. Laura Lightfoot. Above: Bishop Oulton and the Very Rev. Don Davidson. Photos-Mark Hauser.



I have danced in the fields and in the grassy plains. I have laughed with joy when the spring brought the rains. I have watched with wonder as the wild flowers grew, And painted cloud pictures when the sky was blue. I have strummed the rainbow as it bent across the sky, And have wallowed in the warmth from the sun on high. I have skipped with the waves on the pebbly beach, And touched the sequin stars when they came in reach. I have tasted the nectar of the golden honey bee, And followed the wind, when it was free. I have listened to the whisper of the lacy fern, And weaved the woodland paths where’er they turn. I have hymned the heartbeat of this terra earth, And been present at the magic moment of birth. I have frolicked with the moonbeams on the summer’s eves, And wrestled with the autumn in the fallen leaves. I have squeaked with the snow on a crispy morn, And aided Jack Frost a wintry window to adorn. I have marveled at the mystery of a flake of snow, And witnessed the mighty maple sway to and fro. I have sat in reverent silence on a craggy mountain top, And scampered on the hillside until I’d finally flop. I have drifted on the ocean and in the deep blue sea, And soared above the earth in joyous ectasy. I have struggled with the salmon as it forged upstream And slid down into a shady glade on a silky sunbeam. I have breathed the purity of the mountain air, And saw eye to eye with the grizzly bear. I have flitted with the butterfly as it went from flower to flower, And I have sat on the swaying swing in the rosy twilight hour. And wherever I’ve traveled to wherever I’ve trod, These pathways have always been in the Cathedral of God. Margaretann Gorham

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Be still and know that I am God


Rev Valerie Kelly


ome things we can say with certainty. Sometimes we believe what we say. Often in our Christian tradition we speed through our liturgies, our prayers, our wants and needs articulated before God. We skim over phrases having said them countless times before. It becomes rote; we become bored. Our spiritual life becomes stagnant. We dismiss change as it will force us out of our place of comfort despite being bored and unsatisfied. I hear it and see its effects. We, the church, try harder to engage; to ‘find’ something more interesting. We, the church, try out new “techniques” that will stimulate our and hopefully newcomers’ spiritual interest. We try new ways but our attempts generally have little if any sustaining life. A warm energy for a while, then the lagging begins. Some will disagree with me. Statistics tell us what we experience every Sunday.

I’ve heard it said, “the train has left the station.” That may be true. But God wasn’t on it. We, the church, have the riches of God’s presence and grace with us. We are never absent of either. We are showered with them every moment of every day. Like our prayers, we skim over God’s presence barely aware of what we are encountering. We spend little if any time on theological reflection and it is in this examination we come to see more fully and clearly how God is actively engaged in our lives. We need to spend more time with God. We, as individuals, have daily opportunities to become better witnesses of this engagement. Each year, the Advent and Christmas seasons rightfully invite us into this awareness— ever more deeply. We can never ‘maximize’ comprehending God’s relationship with us. When we increase our awareness, we might discover our willingness to embrace God’s love as expressed in our personal and corporate lives has shifted. We might

discover God calling us to be more relational, more involved, to stretch, expand and grow— inwardly. Perhaps you’ve heard this before and the message is ‘same old, same old.’ Will you dismiss the notion as a way to enliven and enhance your personal and corporate life? Might you set aside time each day to listen to God’s manifesting presence in your heart? Would the phrase, be still and know that I am God (Ps 46:10) have any redeeming dynamism for you? Let’s be creative this Christmas. Not through a bigger, better crèche or more sparkles on the angels, or a “real” baby representing the baby Jesus. The real birth of Jesus and God comes from within. I invite you to take these words and make them into a gift for yourself. I can say, with certainty, it will be the best gift you give yourself this Christmas! As well, it is with thanks to God and through Jesus Christ that I believe in what I say.

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Laudato Si Thank you for your past support of Love in Action, the annual diocesan appeal that supports local and national ministry. This appeal provided us with enormous potential to affect the lives of people now and in the future through the Diocese of Ontario Foundation and the ministries of General Synod. Going forward The Diocese of Ontario Foundation and The General Synod of The Anglican Church will reach out to you together through Giving with Grace, previously known as Anglican Appeal. Through your generosity we can answer God’s call to mission. Through you… Indigenous leaders across the church gather, pray, discern, and decide. Every three years, Sacred Circle gathers Indigenous leaders from every part of Canada for a time of prayer, study, spiritual renewal, discernment, and decision-making. Our church’s commitment to Sacred Circle is part of our wider commitment to healing, reconciliation, and self-determination.. Through you… Ministry leadership in Cuba flourishes. The Ecumenical Seminary at Matanzas, Cuba, serves the formation of clergy for the Episcopal Church of Cuba (IEC) and facilitates distance education to strengthen the leadership and ministry of all the baptized. The Anglican Church of Canada provides the stipends for and supports the IEC’s overall financial commitment to the seminary.

Paula Walker


t St. Philip’s Anglican Church in Milford we are studying Laudato Si (‘Praise Be to You’), Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on care for our common home. Before its much anticipated release last summer, people were wondering if the Pope would take a strong stand. He does not disappoint. He tells it like it is, people are being treated badly, animals are being treated badly, as are the land the air and the water. Sadly this is a result of our self-centred, egotistical, consumeristic society. In a quest to satisfy our every need we have become willing to do so at the expense of the land and of people. Too many of us have turned our backs on God and made ourselves the centre of our universe. Laudato Si is saying exactly what we need to hear at this time. Pope Francis describes the state of creation today and calls us to make a change. The good news is that if we accept the challenge we will become the Christians we are called by God

to be. After all the damage we have inflicted upon this earth, upon the people and other living things of this earth, Pope Francis affirms that all is not lost. We are capable of making a new start, of choosing what is good. We need a new attitude, a new way of doing things. God calls us to care for his creation and Jesus commands us to love one another. What kind of world do we want for future generations? The choice is ours to make. Jesus tells us God is our father and as such we are brothers and sisters. How will we live in communion with one another? We need to stop our wasteful, greedy, exploitive ways and become the good stewards of the earth we are called to be, to care for the land and to care for the people. We need to remember creation is God’s gift. Let us show our gratitude. We must not be overwhelmed. Laudato Si tells us how to care for this great gift. Little things will not solve the problem but they do matter. We can all do something. We can choose what is life giving or we can continue to make the problem worse. With kindness, love and caring actions we can change the world. We can rise to the challenges of environmental degradation and social justice by becoming the people God calls us to be. In the words of Pope Francis “Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.”


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Celebrating the community of the Cross of Nails

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As a visionary, mission-minded member of our diocesan family, you are invited to become a member of the Anglican Diocese of Ontario an individual supporter or as a parish. Memberships are for a calendar year: $50 or more for personal membership, single or couple; and $100 or more for a parish, including one or more points. This welcome support includes a vote at our next annual meeting–January 24 at St. Thomas’ Church, Kingston at 2 p.m. Your support will provide grants to parishes and diocesan groups for lay leadership, clergy development, infrastructure projects, and parish and diocesan ministries. Parishes applying for grants need to be supporting members.

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Diana Davis Duerkop


ecember 10 and 11 are days of celebration at St. George’s Cathedral! St George’s Cathedral in Kingston has joined hundreds of other groups throughout the world in gathering every Friday at noon to pray together the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation. On Saturday, December 10, we will gather with Rev. Sarah Hills, Canon for Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral to pray together at noon. We anticipate a day of celebration; details were not confirmed at press time. On Sunday December 11 we anticipate a presentation of the Cathedral’s Cross of Nails at the

10:30 a.m. service in recognition of our partnership with the Community of the Cross of Nails. We invite members of all parishes to join us and others at the Cathedral for this special presentation. “Coventry Cathedral is one of the world’s oldest religiousbased centres for reconciliation. Following the destruction of the Cathedral during ‘Operation Moonlight Sonata’ in November 1940, Provost Howard in a national radio broadcast from the cathedral ruins declared that when the war was over he would work with those who had been enemies ‘to build a kinder, more Christ-child-like world.’ It was this moral and prophetic vision which led to Coventry Cathedral’s development as a world Centre for Reconciliation,

which over the years has provided inspiration and support to many Christians addressing ongoing conflict in contemporary society. A major part of this ministry was the establishment of the Community of the Cross of Nails, which today is an international network of nearly 200 Partners in 35 countries, each committed to a shared ministry of reconciliation.” [Taken from the website of the Community of the Cross of Nails]. Note: Details had not been finalized at the deadline. Information will be included in the Diocesan eNews Weekly when available, on the Cathedral’s website and on the Cathedral’s Facebook page.

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Announcements New accounting assistant at Synod Office Diocesan Financial Officer John Secker is pleased to announce the appointment of Joyce Williams as the new diocesan accounting assistant. Joyce can be reached at jwilliams@ontario. or by calling (613) 544-4774 ext. 135. Welcome to Joyce as she takes on her new role with the Diocese of Ontario.

Faith, trust and hope for the future Diana Duncan-Fletcher “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. (1) have laid your hand upon me. (5b) ...your right hand will hold me fast. (10b) For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. (13)... your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (16) How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! (17).”


love the above words of Psalm 139. I feel these verses were written just for me. I wonder if Mary, the mother of Jesus, felt the same way? When I was 14 or 15, the age Mary was when the angel came to her with the proclamation that she was carrying God’s Son, I know I would not have had the wisdom to say: “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said” (Luke

1:38). Last year, for the first time in many years, our church performed a nativity play. We involved almost everyone in our little country congregation. There was a very young baby, Blake, who took the role of Jesus. His mother and father were Mary and Joseph. His older brother, Pierce, was a shepherd boy. My husband was a very convincing surly innkeeper. Many members of the choir were angels, and three stalwart men in the church became wise men. The star of the show really was a star. Gavin held a star over Mary at the beginning, and later over Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. It shone brightly wherever they went. Our parishioners all really got into the story, and it was deemed a most successful Advent event. Looking back on it, I am glad that it was performed, but this was an act. When Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, angels and wise men originally journeyed to Bethlehem under that shin-

Photo-Pixabay. ing star, it was the real thing. It involved faith, trust and hope for the future. There is a beautiful carol written by Mark Lawry in 1991 called: “Mary Did You Know?” The words are soul searching and plaintive. As you probably know, the writer asks Mary a number of questions that involve

the future life of her baby, Jesus. Mary is not given the chance to reply, but I believe that Mary did know because, as it is written in Luke 2:19, “...Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” How about us? Do we have this same belief? I recently read a quote by Cherie R. White, a

professor at the Methodist Seminary in Mexico City, who wrote: “Be ready to embrace the lifechanging surprises that God has in store for you.” Mary had the wisdom to accept this challenge. How about you? Thanks be to God!

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Ancient Advent music at historic St. George’s Cathedral Heather Schreiner


t. George’s Cathedral in downtown Kingston, the site of many musical events, is the home base of Melos Choir and Period Instrument, specializing in the music of the 12th-18th centuries. Melos performs with period instruments—those used at the time in which the music was composed. In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, this could include vielle, rebec, the viol family, recorders, shawm, and rackett, while in the Baroque Melos looks to Baroque oboe and bassoon, recorder, viola da gamba, and harpsichord, played at a lower pitch than today’s orchestras. Melos is the only ensemble in eastern Ontario to perform regularly using period instruments. Melos is also a HIP ensemble—meaning Historically Informed Performance Practices. Melos musicians study and research the techniques and treatises taught during these centuries, to perform music that sounds close to how it would have sounded at the time it was composed. Mention the phrase “sacred music” and the resulting image is usually of choirs in robes singing the music of Bach, Handel, or Palestrina. Fifteen hundred

Duetting lute and rebec in Gerard David’s The Virgin among angels, Netherlands, 1509. Photo-iStockphoto. years before this, however, the music and liturgy of Christianity had emerged out of Jewish traditions, and then took on elements of the cultures where Christianity spread—from Syria and Turkey to Greece and Italy, then flourishing in multicultural Spain where Christians, Muslims and Jews worked together. In looking back to the roots of Christian music, more and more “historically informed” music groups are looking to the folk

music of the Middle East, where traditional music has been passed down for generations. This music is often much more rhythmically intricate and uses different tuning systems to that which our “western” ears are used to. In its dedication to historical performance practice, Melos is exploring these aspects of early sacred music, and is looking forward to bringing this new flavour to Kingston audiences this Advent.

Over the past 4 months, Melos musicians have received lessons and coaching from Toronto Consort members Ben Grossman and Paul Jenkins in the art of Middle Eastern drumming and various techniques involving harpsichord, percussion and oud (an Arabic lute). This will bring new life to the pieces Melos will be performing, including an ancient Syrian dance, and a Medieval Armenian Christmas carol.

On December 2, Holly Gwynne-Timothy will lead the choir and instruments in a unique concert of Advent and Christmas music, telling the story of Christ’s birth and its preparation. The performance brings together music and poetry from the west (12th to 18th centuries) as well as chant, carols and instrumental music from the ancient cultures of the Middle East. The readings range from Middle English to English poets of the 16th centuries, both Protestant and Catholic. The program will include Coptic and Gregorian chants, Sufi dance, ancient Celtic and Armenian Christmas carols, and music of Hildegard, Praetorius, and Charpentier. The concert will be held in St. George’s Cathedral in downtown Kingston, on Friday December 2, at 7:30 pm. Tickets ($25/22/15/5) are available at the Church Book Room, Novel Idea, St. George’s office, or at the door. Melos is also planning to make a recording of the repertoire, to keep this ancient music alive and relevant for today’s audiences. Keep up with Melos’s activities at the new website:, and visit Melos’s Facebook page.

Sunday school as gateway to Christian belief Brother Peter Cory OP


n a time where many things seem to be changing in the church, I remain an advocate of the traditional model of Sunday school, which is one of the best ways of introducing young people to the fundamentals of the Christian faith. Sunday schools that are led by committed and faithful leaders, and offer education and worship for children and youth can provide enriching experiences for young Christians today. I’m not opposed to “messy church”, “fresh expressions” or anything like that and I know that words like “traditional” sometimes scare people today. Things described as “traditional” can sound like they will be rigid, anachronistic, or hard to understand. But this need not be the case at all. Sunday schools can be enjoyable, as well as open and accommodating to all children. They can foster growth, and be lots of fun. This was my experience growing up attending St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston. Perhaps one of my fondest memories is when I was an older youth around the age of 12 or 13— an age range that we find hard to serve within the church. There were many kids in the Sunday school but only a small number of us in that age group

Traditional Sunday school can still play a significant role in Christian education says Peter Cory . Photo-iStock. at the time. Meeting in the ‘loft’ upstairs in the Great Hall, we were taught by a group of teachers from the congregation on a rotational basis. I remember looking forward to each Sunday during this time, because it seemed like no question or issue was off limits. We talked about subjects that included theology, metaphysics, history, science

and art. We looked at ideas very critically, holding many previously taken for granted ideas up to the light of logic and reason. The results of these discussions challenged many of our preconceived ideas, but also strengthened our faith as we realized how belief in God could withstand the scrutiny of science and reason. We found that our

belief in God was not subjugated by the scientific discoveries that we talked about with our Sunday school teachers, but that our God was revealed in the mysteries of such discoveries! One of these great teachers that fostered inquiry and critical thought was Professor Ross Kilpatrick. He was a great mentor to many young people in the church. His musicianship

supported our worship, and his approachability and sense of humour always brought smiles to everyone. His talent for teaching really made a difference in the Sunday school. He was a great blessing to the church, and his work was wonderful example of what Christian education can be when caring, faithful adults direct their fullest energies and talents toward it and make it a priority within their church life. I count this powerful experience of Sunday school at St. George’s as a major part of my formation as a Christian, and as an influence on my decision to volunteer in the field of youth ministry myself. I believe that we should be open to new concepts of ‘doing church’. We should take notice of new research about educating young people and be mindful that not all children learn the same way. But I believe that new ideas and methods can work well within the structure of the traditional Sunday school model. We do not need to re-invent a concept that has taught children about Christ for countless generations. What we do need is for churches to continue to make educating children and youth about Christ a high priority, and to give this mission the time and resources it requires.



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Earth care, motivation, and Laudato Si Josef Cihlar


his year, we have been faced almost daily with disturbing news on changes in our environment. On the climate change front, global temperatures have not been this high for 115,000 years (when sea level was 20-30 feet higher than today). Both July and August have been the warmest ever. Greenhouse gas (GHG) concentration has now exceeded 400 parts per million (the highest since 3 million years ago, when sea levels were 65 feet higher than today), and are expected to remain there for an indefinite future. Increasing GHG concentration has made oceans more acidic, resulting in extensive coral bleaching and related impacts on all marine life. Oceans also receive vast amount of plastics, and current trend continues they will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050. And so on. Commenting on ocean pollution plastics, C. J. Moore wrote in New York Times “… in the end, the real challenge is to combat an economic model that thrives on wasteful products

Photo-Fotolia and packaging, and leaves the associated problem of cleanup costs”. That assessment also holds true for GHG production and for many other human activities: if the earth is to continue providing a liveable environment for us, we have to change the way we use and treat

it. The transition to ‘sustainable living’ is a big challenge for people everywhere. It may be the most difficult for those of us living (or aspiring to be) in consumer societies. How to limit the desire for consumption, ownership, and

Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation…Looking to the Future

use of goods one ‘can afford’? A strong and principled resolve to act and persevere seems to be a necessary pre-requisite to such self-control. How can we achieve it? Knowing the facts is not enough, as lawyer/ scientist G. Speth noted: “I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.” Yet, there is a way. Laudato Si (Praise Be to You) is a 2015 Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis on Care for our Common Home which addresses this problem. Francis recognizes that change is impossible without motivation and a process of education, and offers some guidelines for action inspired by Christian experience. In reviewing the present environmental crisis, Pope Francis’ goal is “to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it”. Pollution, waste, throwaway culture; climate

as a common good; water as a basic and universal human right; biodiversity loss; decline in the quality of human life and the breakdown of society; and global inequality are among the topics raised for attention. He highlights the importance of Christians’ contribution: they realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith. Consequently, their environmental care commitments stem from their deep convictions. Addressed to all people, Laudato Si speaks especially to Anglican Christians who profess the 2nd Great Commandment and follow the 5th Mark of Mission, to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. The benefits of reading the Pope’s Letter and reflecting on its implications for our faith and daily actions have already been experienced by study groups in churches of our diocese. The letter has been published as a book and can also be downloaded free from the Vatican website.

Anniversary Bear coming in 2017

Ven. Bill Clarke


he Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation (ADOF) continues its work to support new ministries in diocesan parishes. Having provided funding to restore a kitchen at St. Paul’s, Sydenham, for its food ministry and a thrift shop in Lyndhurst’s Ministry Centre, the foundation is working to support future choristers and musicians with a grant to the St. George’s Cathedral Youth (Teen) Choir. The Choir had a very good first year. Alana Sargeant was hired to direct the group, and did a great job. She came to this new choir with experience as a choral director (Queen’s, Cantabile), and knowledge and understanding of liturgy and church culture. Having begun with eight singers the choir hopes to grow this year and into the future. As well, the foundation is working with the Training and Development Committee to provide funds for doctoral students whose studies will provide innovative leadership skills and ministries within the diocese. ADOF endeavours to support three key areas of ministry life: lay and clergy leadership, new and emerging ministries and

ACW CHRISTMAS TEA Craft and Bake Sale & Silent Auction Photo-Pixabay infrastructure. If your parish has an idea or plan for the future, please explore with us how the foundation can be a support. Parishes and individuals are welcome to become members of the foundation. A $100 or $50 fee respectively provides membership for one year and allows members to attend and vote at the foundation’s annual meeting and take a role

in directing the efforts of the foundation. Applications are available from the Board Chair, the Ven. Bill Clarke. The 2017 Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 24, at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church at 130 Lakeview Avenue, Kingston. The foundation board is planning to host Bishop Mark MacDonald as its guest speaker for the meeting.

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