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ecently, I was pleased to welcome Canon Sarah Hills to St Georges Cathedral in Kingston. Sarah serves as the Canon for Reconciliation Ministry at Coventry Cathedral in the United Kingdom and the purpose of her visit was to present the Coventry Cross of Nails marking the cathedral’s admission as a global partner in the Community of the Cross of Nails. The story of the creation of this ministry, based out of Coventry and today including over 120 partner churches, schools and agencies world wide, traces
its routes to the dark days of World War Two. During an air raid on the night of November 14th, 1940 the medieval cathedral of St. Michael was reduced to ruins. Thousands of the citizens of Coventry were killed during that and subsequent raids and I can only imagine the fear, anger and despair that must have been close to hearts of those who lived through those terrible days. Yet fear, anger and despair which comes so easily to the surface in the face violence, oppression and injustice did not have the final word in Coventry. See CROSS on page 8
The Cross of Nails forged from nails from the roof of Coventry Cathedral. Photo-Bishop Michael Oulton.
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BVOR sponsorship: a gift with no limits Looking to sponsor a refugee family? Consider the Blended Visa OfficeReferred program Mark Hauser
he hardest part about sponsoring refugees to come to Canada is the waiting says Mimi Merrill, Refugee Settlement Coordinator for the Diocese of Ontario Refugee Support Committee (DOORS). If you are sponsoring a family through private sponsorship, waiting for a family to arrive can take 18 to 24 months, depending on where they are coming from. African countries can take even longer. “A lot of groups they struggle with seeing the family they wish to sponsor suffer. Continuing to suffer year after year when they could be in Canada and it’s really tough for people” says Mimi. Families may have little money for food in their country of asylum, be abused, or have no way to educate their children. “They just feel their hands are tied and there is nothing they can do during that waiting period” Mimi explains. Groups can bring families to Canada quicker. Sometimes in as little as 1-4 months. But they would have to choose to sponsor families through a program called Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR), as opposed to a private sponsorship. A big part of the waiting period for privately sponsored families is that they have not been previously vetted by the government. BVOR sponsored families have been vetted, and can be travel ready in as little as 4-6 weeks. The other benefit of BVOR sponsorship is that the government shares in the financial support—six months worth. Private sponsorships receives no government financial support. “Right now the biggest challenge for DOORS is we would like to see more people doing the Blended Visa OfficeReferred because these are refugees who have already been processed so they are ready to come to Canada” says Mimi. Years ago DOORS sponsored more families through the BVOR program.
Published by the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Anglican Church of Canada Editor: Mark Hauser Blended Visa Office-Referred refugee sponsorship has no limits on the number of families that can be sponsored. Photo-Siddhant Soni courtesy unsplash.com. But as is the natural life cycle of refugee sponsorship, the families who came to Canada previously through BVOR, are now looking to sponsor other family members abroad. In most cases, the only way to do that is through private sponsorship— something that Mimi says is where the bulk of DOORS effort and time goes to now. 2016 marked the largest number of refugees admitted to Canada since 1978 according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Over 46,000 refugees were resettled in Canada last year. Canada was No. 2 in the world behind the United States with more than 84,000 refugees resettled. Out of all the Canadian provinces Ontario has the highest rate of refugee resettlement. Over 29,040 refugees have been resettled in the province since January 2015. Out of that number, BVOR sponsorship only accounted for 2,835 people as opposed to 12,350 private sponsorships (full Government assisted sponsorships made up for the other 13,850). Unlike private sponsorship, BVOR has no limits on the number of families that can be sponsored. The number of private sponsorships allowed for each Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) changes each year. In 2017 the Diocese of
Ontario was allowed 14 private spots, all of which were filled. Mimi, herself a refugee, came to Canada from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Without existing family support, it was challenging she says. “I came as a refugee on my own and it was extremely difficult. I didn’t know this country and I didn’t know what to do or where to go.” Sponsoring through BVOR is a chance to give a family an opportunity for resettlement who otherwise doesn’t have any connections or family members abroad. Says Mimi, “It’s a great gift to give to someone. We would love to see more people come and take on a blended visa refugee. There is no limit on how many blended visa applications we can fill, we just need the people.” How to begin refugee sponsorship • Contact DOORS: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll help you set up a sponsorship committee and review profiles. • Work with DOORS to complete paperwork and communicate with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. • Begin fundraising and make a settlement plan, designating tasks among committee members. • DOORS will provide logistical support to your committee throughout the application and sponsorship process.
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Stewardship gathering inspires culture of generosity Conference shares inspiration on lives and parishes built on foundation of gratitude Rev. Trish Miller “Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart.” 2 Corinthians 4:1
rom October 2-4, 2017, representatives from the Diocese of Ontario attended the Eastern Stewardship Gathering of the Anglican Church of Canada in beautiful Chateauguay, Quebec. This stewardship conference provides an annual opportunity for Anglicans, both lay leaders and clergy, to share inspiration on how to live a life of thankfulness for God’s abundance in our personal lives and parishes. We were blessed with encouraging keynote speakers, including the Very Reverend Andrew Asbil who shared 14 practical observations on how to become a cheerful giver. We all need the reminder to be grateful and courageous, and to remember that we are rooted in Christ. The Rev. Canon Dr. Wendy Fletcher, President of Renison University College, led a two-part address on Stewardship from the perspective of our standing in relation to the Gospel and our standing in relation to the world. She highlighted some of the challenges of stewardship in our present era including communication and our preoccupation with survival. To navigate through these concerns, we must discern what God is requiring of us in this generation, “Where does the world’s suffering meet our vocation.” Workshops were also provided on topics from Planned Giving and Legacy Gifts, Being Missional for Small and
Diocese of Ontario representatives with Keynote Speaker at ACC Eastern Stewardship Gathering (L-R): The Rev. Trish Miller (Leeds Anglican Ministries), The Rev. Canon Dr. Wendy Fletcher, (President, Vice Chancellor of Renison University College), Lloyd Lewis (Christ Church, Belleville), John Coghlan (St. Mary Magdalene, Napanee). Photo-Contributed. Rural Congregations, Digital Giving, and Capital Campaigns. Parishes are encouraged to contact the Rev. Trish Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org for links to the resources provided. Our companion dioceses and parishes in the Anglican Church of Canada have been very generous in sharing the fruits of their creative enterprises to ensure the church remains vibrant and relevant. One of the more exciting initiatives presented was a new parish giving program developed by the national church. This stewardship program, titled Giving our Thanks & Praise, is built around three fundamental pillars: Inspire,
Invite, and Thank. The Inspire pillar emphasizes sharing our stories, both as individuals and as a community. Invite encourages us to invite generosity through peer-to-peer conversations as well as letter writing. In sharing our thanks, we are reminded that a culture of generosity is built on a foundation of gratitude. Our thanks for people who share of their time, talents, and treasure should be timely, sincere and personal. The benefit this program has over its predecessors is that it can be started anywhere at any time— parishes are not locked into a prescriptive calendar of stewardship activities. More information on this parish giving program
is available online at www.anglican.ca/ gifts/gtp/. We are thankful for the Diocese of Ontario’s sponsorship of our attendance at the Stewardship Gathering through the Stewardship and Congregational Development Committee. For more information on how the committee can help your parish, please contact the Chair, Doug Cowley, at email@example.com or the Ven. Wayne Varley, Archdeacon of Ministry and Program, atwvarley@ontario. anglican.ca or (613) 544-4774 ext. 138. Also visit the Stewardship page on the Diocese of Ontario website at www.ontario. anglican.ca.
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Christ Church Gananoque celebrates 160 years Reclaiming voice in village square, parish sponsors First People’s Performing Arts Festival in community Mark Hauser
nglicans at Christ Church Gananoque celebrated 160 years in their community in September. In marking this anniversary, the parish wanted to do more to acknowledge its place in Gananoque than just focus on the church building itself. “We have been trying to acknowledge our place in this community. Part of what we are trying to do here at Christ Church is we are trying to reclaim our voice in the village square” explains Rev. Christine Downey. In reclaiming that voice, the parish sought to acknowledge the long history of Indigenous presence in the Gananoque area that stretches back to 700 B.C. Iroquois tribes of Onandaga, Seneca, Cayuga, Mohawk, Tuscarrora and Oneida formed a confederacy and lived along the Canadian and American shore in the area, travelling to the islands first using dugout canoes, then birch bark canoes. They called the 1000 islands area the “Garden of the Great Spirit.” “We felt that it was important to acknowledge Canada’s anniversary, our anniversary but also to make sure that that was done in a more appropriate way, a way that includes first peoples presence in some way, to honor that presence” says Christine. Enter the parishes’ sponsorship of the First People’s Performing Arts Festival at the Royal Theatre in Gananoque. The centerpiece of the festival being a perfor-
(Left/ Top Right) Elaine Kicknosway and her son Theland led participants in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise at the Royal Theatre. (Bottom Right) Bishop Oulton dedicates the parishes new memorial garden with Rev. Christine Downey. Photos-Mark Hauser. mance of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise— the story of 500 years of Indigenous history in Canada—with Elaine Kicknosway and her son Theland Kicknosway. “We had wanted to do the blanket exercise in our parish for a couple of years but it just didn’t work out” says parishioner Jen Palmer. “We talked about the possibility of a festival. Kevin Saylor (co-owner of the Royal Theatre) himself had a vision for
Bottled water: your best option? Mary Raddon Bottled Water Industry Facts
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Bottled water is not subject to the same guidelines as tap water. there are no limits on specific contaminants aside from arsenic, lead and coliform bacteria.
Monitoring of water quality in the bottled water industry is voluntary. Test results do not have to be made public. Outside of Quebec, labels on bottled water don’t have to specify the source of the water, even if that source is your municipal water supply. Bottled water costs anywhere from about eight cents per 500 ml bottle to $2.50 for high-end brands. Tap water costs tenths of a cent per litre. The industry generates significant waste and consumes water and fossil fuels in the process of bottling and transporting its product.
ingle use plastic bottles of water leave stores daily by the thousands, and we think we are buying our way to health. Are we? What is in those clear plastic bottles labelled “pure”? Not what you think. Most single use plastic used for water and soft drinks is Number 1 plastic, or PETE. Although PETE does not contain BPA or Phthalates, make sure that your water bottles are not temperature abused. PETE plastic should not be reused because detergents and high temperatures can cause chemicals to leach out of the plastic. PETE can release antimony— a chemical element associated with cancer—into the contents. Not to say that drinking bottled water would have a direct causal relationship with cancer, but wouldn’t we prefer to keep on the safe side by drinking from an inert container like glass, or stainless steel? Health Canada recommends never reusing single use water bottles, and to keep them from becoming heated, as in cars in the summer, and to discard water that has been bottled for 12 months or more.
an Indigenous performing arts festival and the two just seemed to fit and we thought that we will use The Blanket Exercise to build around it as a first attempt” Jen says. Kevin and business partner Frayne McCarthy noted a lack of Indigenous presence in the community, despite its First People’s heritage, and were eager to celebrate their contributions to the performing arts scene in Canada.
Holding the festival at the Royal Theatre instead of at Christ Church ensured the festival’s outreach into the broader Gananoque community and an effort to build relationships on common interest. Says Christine, “It felt wrong to celebrate only our 160th for the building. We have been sensitized enough to say, yeah there needs to be something more. And that’s really why we did it this way.”
What’s the source of the water in those bottles labelled “pure.” 40% of bottled water in Canada comes from municipal tap water systems. When we buy bottled water we are paying again for water that we have already paid for through taxes or our local water bill—at a higher cost! Health Canada regulates bottled water to the same standards as municipal tap water. What may be different is the frequency of testing. Ontario is extremely vigilant with its testing of tap water, and tap water is extremely safe. For those of us concerned about chlorine in tap water for health reasons, it is reassuring to know that chlorine will evaporate off very quickly when water is exposed to air. Bottled water companies promote sales by adding colour, flavourings, insignificant amounts of vitamins and preservatives to their products. The quantity of vitamins in these products are too minuscule to have any health effect at all, but they have a strong commercial effect! Beneficial for the companies’ bottom lines, harmful for the consumers’ bottom lines! Those of us who rely on a private well should have our water tested seasonally. Contact the local Health Unit for free test kits and advice for keeping well water safe and tasty. If well water is unsafe, and five gallon jugs are the only option, then it is important to know whether the jug is made of polycarbonate. Polycarbonate can leach BPA into the water. We need to check with our distributer about the type of plastic used, since there are five gallon
containers available in other types of plastic. The production and transportation of plastic bottles involve systems that generate greenhouse gases, raising concerns for the wellbeing of us all. In 2016 Coca Cola produced over 110 billion single-use plastic bottles. The equivalent of over 3,400 bottles per second! Plastic breaks down, but not organically. It remains in the environment as a toxic contaminant, taken up in the food chain, from earth worms to tiny fish to birds and mammals, even into the food we eat. Humans aren’t immune to the impacts of plastic pollution. If you are a lover of seafood, it’s quite likely that you have accidentally ingested plastic. Studies suggest that frequent consumers of shellfish ingest thousands of pieces of microplastic each year. A report released a few months ago confirmed that there is plastic in our sea salt. Many of us feel a personal responsibility to stem the flow of plastics into our oceans. We can help by reducing our plastic footprint. We can purchase reusable water bottles and switch from bottled water to tap water. We can bring a reusable coffee cup with us when we venture to our favourite cafe. We can bring our own bags when we go shopping and refuse plastic straws when we eat out. So let’s guard our health, save money and protect our environment by raising a glass to tap water. Slainte!
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Trinity Anglican windows and bell find new home Ottawa developer donates memorial items to Parish of the St. Lawrence Nathan Rudyk
he RGB Group’s President Rolf Baumann is donating church windows with an estimated value of $150,000 and one of the remaining bells from the former Trinity Anglican Church to the congregation of St. Lawrence Anglican Church. The donations conclude the Ottawa developer’s involvement in the former Trinity church property. The donated windows and bell were commissioned by several prominent Brockville families in the former church that dates back to 1877 according to Father Michael Read, who served as the Incumbent of both Trinity and St. Peter’s Church and is now leading the combined membership of those churches as the Parish of St. Lawrence. For example, one of the donated windows documents a period in the Bible where Mary and Joseph fled with the baby Jesus to Egypt as political refugees fleeing from violence. That window is now installed in St. Lawrence Anglican’s Library. There, it inspires regular meetings of Agape Brockville, a group of parishioners from St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, and St. Paul’s and St. Lawrence Anglican churches, who work together to help sponsor and settle refugee families into the local community. “The donation of these treasured memorial items from the former Trinity building is particularly important to the many former members of Trinity who are
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RGB Group President Rolf Baumann (Right) with Father Michael Read in Library of St. Lawrence Anglican Church with donated window. Photo-Contributed. now part of the St Lawrence Church family,” said Father Read. “We all have an emotional tie to the former building which was a deeply meaningful place of worship for us. Having the windows and bell honours the last memorial items from the church and our deep bond to that place that has meant so much to us who continue to be together here at St. Lawrence Church.”
“I had more ambitious plans for the Trinity property,” said Baumann, “After having concluding that the slow sales of existing condo units in Brockville would not merit the development we initially planned, I still saw potential until the former church’s interior suffered systematic damage, theft of two tower bells and other indignities in 2014. The donation of
love the Anglican Church. Her links to antiquity through apostolic succession, her doctrines and practices shaped by the writings of the early church fathers and later influenced by the Protestant Reformation, and the whole ‘Anglican ethos’; all these things make sense and inform my faith and practice as a follower of Christ. The history is vast, encompassing many historical movements and events. What we experience in worship today is a distillation of this magnificent history, with sounds, words, and colours all having particular meanings, often originating in ancient practices. Everything we do in worship exists to foster a deeper connection with God, and while sometimes antiquated, nothing is without meaning. This leads me to a concern. How is Anglicanism experienced by those new to Christian worship? And if I find things I don’t understand, what does an unchurched person encounter if Anglicanism is their first experience of Christian worship? Thankfully, we needn’t look further than The Church Bookroom at our diocesan centre at 165 Ontario Street, Kingston, to find some very helpful books on this subject. One such book is ‘A Handbook of The Faith’ by David A. P. Smith, a priest in our diocese. First published in 1983, this thoughtful, easy-to-use reference book has changed little through eight re-printings. Simply bound, with delightful illustrations reminiscent of those in the ‘Good News Bible’, Smith’s ‘Handbook of The Faith’ is a field-guide to Anglicanism. At $9.95 this book is a bargain. Smith begins with basic ideas about what it means to be a Christian, taking us through the most important documents of the faith, breaking down the Bible by section, explaining the meaning of the Creeds, the Commandments and the Summary of
the windows and a remaining bell from the tower to Father Mike and his parish is helping me move forward knowing I did all I could to respect the history and many contributions of Trinity Anglican to Brockville.”
The Law. There is a section for each Sacrament including the two Gospel Sacraments and the Five Lesser Sacraments. All explained in simple, concise terms. Throughout the work we find a basic primer on the theology that undergirds each item. Smith makes it clear to us what sacraments are and what they are not. A sacrament, writes Smith “is an outward sign which we can see and feel that tells us that God has an inward and spiritual grace for us”. He also tells us that “God’s grace is never granted mechanically.” I talked to Canon David recently, who told me that the basis of each section of the book came from printed instructions he prepared for confirmation classes he led in the 1970s. “The concept for a simple instructional handbook for Anglican laity arose out of my discovery of such a handbook within the Greek Orthodox church. I wished such a book existed for Anglicans,” he said. Perhaps one of the best things about this little reference book is its wide-ranging accessibility. In addition to being suitable for a young person, it’s great for anyone new to Christianity or even experienced church members. Phil Maloney, the Church Bookroom Manager, says “Smith has a way of putting things into everyday English that’s very people-friendly.” The book is always in stock and is often sought by confirmands. Wherever you may find yourself as an Anglican, this book is a valuable resource that you’ll find yourself revisiting. Recently, I had a chance to rediscover it when a young man asked me for sources that would be helpful as he journeyed towards Confirmation. Smith’s book was the first that came to mind. I bought one for him and a new copy for myself. I trust the book was helpful to his studies. I found it to be a wonderful and needed refresher for myself.
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The simple gifts Diana Duncan-Fletcher
James Herriott’s tales were unforgettable for their humour and compassion says J.B. O’Reilly
God is present in all creation J. B. O’Reilly
ho can forget James Herriott’s tales of life as a veterinary surgeon in England’s Yorkshire Dales? His portrayals of local characters, scenery, the weather, and most of all, of the animals “both great and small” that he worked to heal are unforgettable for their humour and compassion. “James Herriott” was the pen-name of a real veterinary surgeon named James Alfred Wight. Memories of his daily work (as well as university student days in Glasgow, Scotland) were written in plain notebooks when he was in his fifties. Published in North America in the early 1970s, the U.S. editions of his books were given titles taken from a hymn written in 1848, by Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander. Most of Mrs. Alexander’s hymns were written so that children could easily sing and understand them. “All Things Bright and Beautiful” perhaps her most famous (thanks to its connection to James Herriott) is both lovely and deceptively simple. Even if you didn’t grow up singing in the Anglican tradition, reading Herriott’s books gave you an understanding of this hymn’s subtle depth. “All things bright and beautiful/All creatures great and small/All things wise and wonderful/The Lord God made them all”; remind us of the surprising variety and goodness of the natural world. It’s a created world whose inhabitants grace our daily lives with joy and warmth, not to mention plenty of laughs. Many people grew up with animals. Perhaps a hamster who gamely navigated his way through whole villages built for him out of Lego, or who rode across the kitchen floor in little cars. In fine weather this same rodent might sail across a paddle pool as “Cap’n Hammy”, gazing with interest from the prow of a small (but very
safe) plastic boat. Dogs who stole chips and butter, and who snuck away to the refuse bin behind the donut shop, returning home bloated and shaped like a barrel; cats who dragged socks, underpants and stockings across the floor, especially when people were visiting; pet pigs whose intelligence rivaled that of the dogs, and whose vivid personalities doomed their owners to a life without pork products in their honour. Goats who thought they were dogs, horses whose untimely passing left everyone grieving for months, caged birds who communicated; all these animals delight and enrich our lives. The world outside our windows reveals the beauty and variety of God’s creation. Plants, the seasons, bird-life and wild animals are all out there in their grandeur. Re-awakening to this richness enriches our existence. In a world that can seem unkind and full of big problems with no solutions, it’s good to sometimes turn away, and to pay attention again to the enchanted universe. The intimate worlds of St. Francis of Assisi, grounded in trees, animals, the sun and moon, and of a kindly vet like James Herriott can soothe a frazzled soul and reawaken happiness. As the bossy (and very earthy) priest and theologian Martin Luther wrote in the 16th century: “God is wholly present in all creation, in every corner, behind you and before you. Do you think God is sleeping on a pillow in heaven? God is watching over you and protecting you!” Luther’s amusing scold speaks a truth repeated by Mrs. Alexander in her hymn: “He gave us eyes to see them/And lips that we might tell/How great is God almighty/Who has made all things well”. While we can’t fix all the world, we can remember to appreciate God’s wonderful creation, and the little bit of the world we each inhabit.
t this time of the year the stores are full of people searching for the “perfect” gift. Flyers in our newspapers promote every sort of item to give to the special people in our lives. Ebay sells everything from soup to nuts. There are catalogs with photographs of under privileged families holding sheep, goats or chickens from charitable agencies. Each marketing ploy produces results. But are these gifts the real thing? There are other types of gifts. Simpler ones. Thinking outside the box is one. Sometimes giving someone else the benefit of doubt is a gift; sometimes going against the normal flow is a gift; sometimes standing up for something or someone you believe in is a gift; sometimes being a good listener is a gift; sometimes listening to your own inner voice and acting on it is a gift. Last March I was in St. Mary’s-of-the Lake Hospital as my husband, Fred, was meeting with his physiotherapist. I was in the coffee shop when I encountered Bishop Michael Oulton buying lunch. He explained he was there for the deconsecration of the chapel. Several things happened in that brief encounter. First, I was pleased that he actually knew my name (think of how many people a bishop sees in the course of time). Second, I saw that, in spite of his infinite politeness, he was a bit distracted. Then someone else came along who also knew him. He introduced us. This priest was on her way to the service and asked Bishop Michael to join her. He explained that he was going to have a bite to eat beforehand. I bought two coffees and went to sit with my husband while we waited for his appointment. Somehow I knew that the bishop needed time to be silent, relax and enjoy his lunch. He did not need to have to make small talk (or ‘big’ talk) with us. Having been married to an Anglican priest, I remembered how precious it is to have the gift of quiet time. So when Fred’s physio session began, I still did not interrupt him.
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I sincerely hoped that Bishop Michael did not misinterpret my avoidance, but I listened to my inner voice, and it spoke volumes. How about you? Do you think carefully before you intrude on someone’s space? Of all the gifts we are given perhaps the most precious is one we often overlook, the gift of time. As I get older I appreciate it more and more. In our busy lives it is hard to find the opportunity to appreciate a few minutes of peace and quiet. This gives us time to recoup, to pray, to give thanks for those tasks completed, or to make decisions about upcoming events, to remember moments of joy or sadness. Perhaps to plan. The list goes on and on. For me that ‘found’ time is worth more than gold. In the summer and fall one of my favourite places to be is at our cottage on Buck Lake. There, sometimes, time stands still. I can sit and appreciate the beautiful view, or close my eyes and dream. I can swim or float in the lake. The peace and quiet surrounds me and the unhurried and welcome sounds of nature pervade my soul. If this appears too poetic, I don’t apologize. “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” - Philippians. 2:13 This Advent, as you prepare for the holiness of Christmas, remember and give thanks for the simple gifts. Thanks be to God!
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Who cares about water? Paula Walker
Diocesan Green Group
ater, who cares about water? When it runs into our basements during spring flooding, when we hear of another boil water advisory, when we see pictures on the nightly news of islands being demolished by the violent hurricanes, then we care about water. Believing access to clean water is an essential human right, yet learning such access is increasingly compromised by droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding might make us care. When we consider that these effects of climate change are being most strongly felt by the very people the Gospel urges us to care for—the marginalized and the vulnerable, that might do it. We are told the demand for water is expected to increase 55 percent by 2030 while at the same time global resources may only meet 60% of demand. Whatever the reason, more and more people are becoming increasingly concerned about water, that precious gift from God which gives us life. In order to raise awareness of issues around water, the Green Group held an event in April that focused on the Trinity Institute Water Justice Conference held in New York, in March. One outcome of that event was a petition asking the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to ensure that free access to clean water remains a guaran-
teed public good for all citizens of this province. Privatization of water is another very good reason to care about water. In early September members of the green group presented the petition to M.P.P. Sophie Kiwala. We discovered she is a member of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus. She would like to explore ways for us to work together. We plan to meet with her again before the end of the year and hope to include representatives from other groups interested in water issues. We invite everyone to care about water, to learn more about water issues, get involved at the community level, donate to a charity that is focusing its efforts on water related issues. Pray for water, give thanks for water and turn that prayer into action by doing what you can to conserve water and to protect water in your neighbourhood and around the world. We would love to hear what you are doing to care for water. Share your stories with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CROSS Continued from page 1 The smouldering ruins of St. Michael’s Cathedral lit a beacon of hope that shines around the world today. I marvel, that during a time when the outcome of the war was uncertain and the dark cloud of totalitarianism was on the ascendancy in Europe and Asia, two simple Gospel words stood out: “Father Forgive”. They were inscribed by Coventry Provost Richard Howard on the east wall of the ruined sanctuary. A few short weeks later, Provost Howard preached the Christmas sermon from the ruins. He committed to “work with those who are now our enemies to build a kinder, gentler more Christ-child like world” in a service that was broadcast throughout the United Kingdom. What a brave, hope filled sermon to have preached and in so doing he planted the seed of a ministry that resonates to this day, long after the clanging noise of violent people was silenced. We are all painfully aware that the clanging noise of violent people never remains silent for long and thus the need to return often to the deep well of our faith and drink deeply from the waters of life. We are called to confront darkness with the light of hope that has been handed to us by Jesus. I am looking forward to the many ways in which we can live the ministry of reconciliation, from the local to the global, as we grow our partnership with the Community of the Cross of Nails. Advent is soon before us with its themes of love, joy, hope and peace. Christmas reminds us once again that we are not left in hopelessness and fear. God comes to dwell with us in the light of a star, the songs of angels and the cry of an infant. May the spark of faith light your soul as the new year dawns, when renewed in spirit, we embark once more on the mission entrusted to us. The world awaits.
(TOP) Bishop Michael Oulton with Canon Sarah Hills and Dean Don Davidson at St. George’s Cathedral. (BOTTOM) Coventry Cathedral after the bombing in November, 1940. Photos-(Top) Diana Davis Duerkop. (Bottom) Community of the Cross of Nails.
The Story of the Community of the Cross of Nails The work of the CCN is linked to and inspired by the reconciliation between the English and the Germans, which took place after the bombing of Coventry in November, 1940, and the bombing of Dresden, Germany in 1945. However, as Provost Williams writes in Order My Steps in Thy Way, the beginning of the CCN can actually be found in 1326 when medieval craftsmen hammered into the oak beams of the roof of the ancient St. Michael’s Church in Coventry, nails hand-forged by unknown medieval town smiths. In 1940 that ancient church, then a Cathedral, was burned in the anger and hatred of war. “Those 14th century nails were strewed amidst the remains of the Cathedral. As if to make a grave of the mound of destruction, the Cathedral’s stonemason tied together two partly consumed beams into the shape of a cross and placed it among the rubble; a local priest, with the same intuition of death, made a cross of three of the ancient nails. Inevitably, the Christian response to the devastation was the utterance of Jesus from the Cross: ‘Father Forgive.’ The new Cathedral, built next to the ruins, now grows like a limb from the old, and the heart of the Christian religion is proclaimed in the rhythm of ‘Crucifixion-Resurrection through Forgiveness.’ ” Today, the Cross of Nails stands as a world-renowned ecumenical symbol of reconciliation and hope.
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Habitat breaks ground at the Good Shepherd Mission in Kingston
(LEFT) Groundbreaking at the Good Shepherd Mission on Cowdy Street in Kingston. Archdeacon Bill Clarke, Deputy Mayor Jim Neil, Habitat Chair Doug Arrand and homeowner partners Nathan Lovelace, Kay Moedt and Virginia Lovelace turn the sod at the Good Shepherd Mission on Cowdy Street in Kingston in early November. The diocese is in partnership with Habitat for Humanity to build a 5-unit housing project and ministry centre on the property of the Good Shepherd Mission. (TOP) Construction commences. Photos-Mark Hauser.
Appointments Canon Reg Gilbert appointed Interim Priest-in-Charge for Christ Church Gananoque and Church of the Redeemer, Rockport effective November 1 through to mid-December 2017. Rev. Dr. Barbara Robinson to take over the role of Interim Priest-inCharge for Christ Church Gananoque and Church of the Redeemer, Rockport effective mid-December 2017. Noel Henry appointed Lay Pastoral Associate of the congregation of St. John’s, Bath, effective September 1, 2017. Reverend Canon Greg Long appointed Priest-in-Charge of St. John’s, Bath commencing September 1, 2017. Reverend Ada Clifton appointed Incumbent for the Parish of Kente (St. Andrew’s, Wellington) and the Parish of Marysburgh (St. Philip’s Milford and St. John’s Waupoos) effective September 12, 2017. The Rev. Lynn Dillabough appointed Regional Dean for Leeds & Grenville Deanery.
Canon John Secker, Diocese of Ontario Finance Officer, will retire at the end of December 2017 after more than 27 years of service with the diocese. We wish John and his wife Judy a happy and healthy retirement, confident Judy will keep him very busy. We may see John around the Synod Office during this time of transition in the Finance Department.
Reverend Christine Downey has resigned from the Parish of Gananoque (Christ Church) and the Parish of Lansdowne Front (Church of the Redeemer, Rockport), effective December 1, 2017. Christine has accepted an appointment to St. Mary’s Dalmahoy in the Diocese of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Evensong and Bishop’s New Year’s Levée December 31, 2017 @ 5 p.m.
Join Bishop Michael Oulton and the Anglican Parish of Tyendinaga for a New Year’s Eve Evensong service and The Bishop’s Annual Levée at Christ Church Chapel Royal, Tyendinaga, on Sunday December 31, 2017 at 5 p.m. Reception to follow. Bishop Michael Oulton will preside as the Bishop Ordinary of the chapel. Worshipers are welcome to arrive 45 minutes early to take part in the music rehearsal. Christ Church Chapel Royal Tyendinaga South Church Road, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
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Foundation celebrates 60 years of generosity with choral anthem Michelle Hauser
hat better way to celebrate six decades of gift-giving than by offering yet another gift? This is how Judy Rois, Executive Director of the Anglican Foundation of Canada, describes “I Will Give Thanks to the Lord,” the choral anthem composed in honour of the Anglican Foundation of Canada’s 60th anniversary: “It is the gift of a beautiful piece of music from the Anglican Foundation to the Anglican Church.” The anthem is one of many commemorative projects developed during the Foundation’s milestone year. “We chose the themes of gratitude and generosity, based on Psalm 9:1-2” says Canon Rois “because they are at the heart of what the AFC is all about.” Established in 1957 to ensure a generous flow of funding for infrastructure and ministry projects, the Foundation’s legacy of grants and bursaries have proved transformational in the lives of thousands of individuals, parishes and faith communities. The composition was commissioned by AFC in a spirit of celebration but was also meant to open the door to a young composer. Nicholas Piper, Ottawabased Choral Director and Organist, and winner of a 2010 SOCAN Award for Young Composers, was chosen and began work on the composition in January, 2017. “It has a lot of energy” says Nicholas, who heard it performed by “a very fine choir” for the first time in Vancouver
Christian unity achieved Dr. David W. T. Brattston
here is no further need for efforts toward Christian unity. The major churches have already attained a sufficient degree of harmony and mutual acceptance to fulfill Jesus’s call for unity among Christians in John 10.16 and in His oft-cited prayer in John 17. Look at mainline denominations, such as the Anglican Church. It has intercommunion agreements, fellowship and joint ventures with other church bodies, and cooperation in local, national, and world council of churches. Any disunity is largely illusory, with the differences being only in nonessentials which other major church bodies are willing to tolerate. What keeps denominational separation in place are the secular laws which confer corporate status and property-holding arrangements, which were laid down centuries ago, and can be overcome only by an act of Parliament or provincial Legislature. I looked for the meaning of Christian unity as contemplated in the Scriptures, and in the writings of Christians so early they could recall what the Jesus and His first disciples actually did. I aimed to ascertain the meaning of such unity in the practice of the apostles and their first successors, and how “unity” was understood in the next few overlapping generations. Drawing on Christian sources to the middle of the third century AD, I discov-
The Anglican Foundation chose themes of gratitude and generosity to celebrate milestone year. Photo-courtesy Anglican Foundation of Canada where it premiered at Choral Evensong on Thursday, May 25 and at a service of Holy Eucharist on Sunday, May 28 at Christ Church Cathedral, under the direction of Rupert Lang. “I Will Give Thanks to the Lord” assumes a choir with four parts but is still a relatively accessible anthem. “At the outset we wanted it to be singable by parish choirs, with no professional leads” says Canon Rois. The hymn offers what some listeners have described as a deeply moving balance between triumph and reflection and can be sung at any time of
the year but is “especially appropriate for Thanksgiving or for special celebrations.” More than anything, though, Canon Rois says the anthem does what all excellent music can do, “transport the listener to somewhere beyond human experience, beyond words, beyond thought to a place of transcendence.” Reflecting on a year of a celebration in which this anthem has been a centrepiece, she adds “When King David said, ‘remember the wonderful works of God’, perhaps when we allow ourselves to remember deeply, we may just experience
the One whom to thank, and in so doing, feel even a few moments of genuine contentment and peace.” “I Will Give Thanks to the Lord” is available to parish choirs at no cost and will be distributed free for one year at which time rights will return to the composer. For more information or to request a pdf copy, please write to email@example.com or call 416-924-9199 ext. 322.
ered that “unity” meant attitudes, qualities of character, or modes of relating to people with whom one is in personal contact. In the Biblical sense, it is a pattern of conducting one-to-one interpersonal relations among Christians that fosters peace, love, and harmony at the neighbourhood level. The Scriptures and church fathers mentioned merger of organizations or bureaucracies. My research resulted in a magazine article that investigated and countered allegations that the Christian churches today are too fragmented to fulfill Christ’s will. The article has since been published in several magazines in Australia, Britain, Canada, and the United States, including Dialogue. The article demonstrated that there already was, or could easily be at a moment’s notice, Christian unity among major denominations, especially at the local and person-to-person level. If we substitute the phrase “Christian unity” in its Biblical sense for the “organizational unity” or “structural unity” that fringe denominations and many members of mainline churches mistake it for, believers of every denomination can practice John 17 now, in their daily lives. Even when we narrow down the meaning of Christian unity to structural or bureaucratic arrangements, there is no longer any sense to regard disunity as a problem, for there exist far too many avenues for churches to cooperate with each other, such as intercommunion agreements, open Communion, unhindered mutual acceptance, joint ventures with other church bodies, and cooperation in local, national, and world council of churches. True, some church leaders allege that
disunity remains, but this may be a mere public relations gesture by some of them. They usually mention it as if it were the only sin of which they are guilty, and hasten to add that they are working hard to overcome it. In the last hundred years, the tireless efforts of many leaders of major churches and the goodwill of local laity towards their counterparts in other communions
have achieved a real, viable, and practical unity through many branches of Christendom, which answers Christ’s prayer. Let us honour them or their memories, and concentrate instead on redoubling Christian efforts more towards feeding the hungry masses of the Third World. How about a “Week of Prayer for Starving Africans”?
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