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Dio Ontario and Say Yes! to Kids KINGSTON. Bishop Michael Oulton stands with a banner advertising the 2021 Diocesan Synod to be held this October 28-30. Bishop Oulton: “The theme of Synod 2021 Being Light/Building Hope: Walking Together/Tewathahita:Yo is particularly appropriate for our gathering this year. The Mohawk translation of the phrase “walking together” is rendered “walking the good path together.” Given the challenges brought about by the pandemic and the recent sadness in the ongoing journey of reconciliation with indigenous peoples, we lean ever more heavily into our calling to seek the good path in hope, illuminated by the Spirit of the Living God.” Photo-Mark Hauser.
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From October 28-30 the Diocese of Ontario will gather as the 143rd session of Synod. Delegates from across the diocese will participate, via online video conferencing and in regional hubs, in this historic in-person and online gathering.
The theme of Synod 2021 Being Light/Building Hope: Walking Together/Tewathahita:Yo is particularly appropriate for our gathering this year. The Mohawk translation of the phrase “walking together” is rendered “walking the good path together.” As Bishop Michael stated in his letter to Synod delegates: “Given the challenges brought about by the pandemic and the recent sadness in the ongoing journey of reconciliation with indigenous peoples, we lean ever more heavily into our calling to seek the good path in hope, illuminated by the Spirit of the Living God.”
Bishop William Cliff
LIGHT BUILDING HOPE
Synod will welcome Bishop William Cliff of the Diocese of Brandon as our synod plenary speaker. Bishop Cliff is well known to the people of our diocese, particularly as a member of the “Three Cantors” trio who have performed a number of times here over the years in support of the Huron Hunger Fund and the Primates World Relief and Development Fund. Synod looks forward to Bishop Cliff’s presentations as he opens up the scriptures related to the theme of this year’s Synod.
Not a Synod delegate? Here are ways you can still take part! Thursday evening Synod Service at St. George’s Cathedral
All members of our diocese are invited to join online to take part in the virtual Synod Service to be live streamed on Thursday October 28 at 6:30pm from St. George’s Cathedral in downtown Kingston. Visit: https://www.stgeorgescathedral.ca/live to view the Synod Service on Thursday evening.
Evensong Service at St. George’s Cathedral
Evensong will be live streamed from the Cathedral on Friday October 29 at 3 pm. All members of our diocese are welcome to join online for this service. https://www.stgeorgescathedral.ca/live
Diocesan groups and ministry trade fair
Since gathering in large groups won’t be an option, this Synod will see displayers and ministry groups take their presentations online! A special online trade fair will be available for all members of our diocese to take part in and view Friday October 29, afternoon and evening. Check for updates on the Diocese of Ontario website for how you can view this online trade show once Synod begins.
Pre-Synod regional gatherings will be held on Wednesday September 15, 2021. Non Synod members will be able to view the gatherings online. Stay tuned for further information on pre-synod meetings to be posted on the diocesan website in early September.
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Being, Building, Walking Bishop Michael Oulton
Bishop Michael’s trusted walking stick. Photo-Mark Hauser
very morning when I wake up, I get my first cup of coffee in hand and take a stroll around our backyard garden, checking on the vegetable patch and flower beds while contemplating the day ahead. Invariably, I encounter any one of a number of the animals roaming the neighbourhood, including foxes, rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons and the odd weasel, together with a myriad of songbirds getting their morning underway and telling the whole world about it. I have a favourite walking stick that I have used for the past twenty-two years. I have a photograph of taking a walk with a very young Charles, when we lived on the farm north of Bath. This provides me with a rough date for my first use of the walking stick. I don’t recall when I first picked it up, but I am certain that it was just a random stick laying on the ground that I used for one of the many walks I took out in the country with my children. The stick has remained with me through the years and while it has lost a few inches off the bottom and has a crack in the middle, it has become a familiar friend. My walking stick is not intended for use in a determined, fast paced walk. It
“Those three little words, being, building, walking, set the context of our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ, encapsulating both who we are and what we are called to do” says Bishop Michael Oulton. Photo-Mark Hauser is too heavy for that and is intended for the long, slow walks—poking about in the underbrush and leaning upon to contemplate the next steps in my journey. It is made for the marathon, not the sprint. While
walking with that old stick in my hand, many are the prayers I have offered and many are the times I have contemplated the decisions and direction we are called to take as a diocese. This Fall, we will gather
as a diocese for the biannual meeting of Synod under the theme of “Being Light, Building Hope” to which we have added the phrase “Walking Together” including the Mohawk translation “Tewahthahita Yohahi:Yo” meaning “walking the good path together.” The theme for our Synod reminded me that ours is the journey of faith and, in fact, the English translation of the word synod is “to walk together.” The journey of faith is also more of a marathon than a sprint, which I believe the writer of Hebrews indicated in Chapter 12, describing running the race with perseverance, looking to Jesus as the author and finisher of our faith. I also love the active words that make up the theme statement for synod. Those three little words, being, building, walking, set the context of our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ, encapsulating both who we are and what we are called to do. COVID-19 has inundated every part of life over the past eighteen months and our Synod, originally scheduled for Fall 2020, has been postponed for a year. When I think about life as it was, both personally and professionally, since we last gathered in synod in November of 2018, it feels like a lifetime has been traversed. Since then, my father and Jeanie have died, Sophie and I
were married and we have recently celebrated our first anniversary together. Our diocese gathered in 2019 for a Special Synod to discuss the possibility of my authorizing marriage for same sex couples. Shortly after 2020 dawned, the pandemic quickly began to dictate much of church life, including how we support one another pastorally, continue in worship and engage with the wider community around us. Jesus proclaimed that he is the light of the world in one of the great “I am” sayings of John’s gospel. He went on to state that whoever follows him will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life (John 8:12). St. Paul goes further to proclaim that we are “children of light,” waiting in hope and expectation for the coming of Christ, encouraging and building one another up (1 Thessalonians 5). Please be assured of my prayers as you continue in your journey of faith through these days and please hold our diocese in prayer as we prepare to “walk together” in synod, seeking the good path, illuminated by the abiding presence of Christ in our midst and strengthened by the Spirit, our guide and stay, who fills us with hope and inspires us for the next steps in the journey.
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New community engagement coordinator for Adelaide Street Mission Mark Hauser
his past April, the Diocese of Ontario welcomed Taylor Lynch to its staff roster as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the new Adelaide Street Mission. Located at the site of the former Church of the Good Shepherd in Kingston, the Mission will serve the neighborhood as an outreach hub for programming and
services that will be offered for the local vulnerable population. Taylor’s job is to determine the best way the Mission can move forward in meeting these needs. To step back to how this began, in 2015, the Diocese of Ontario offered an exchange to Habitat for Humanity Kingston for the property that the former Good Shepherd Mission church was located on. The lack of available land in the City had al-
“In a way, we are rethinking how ‘church’ is lived and communicated to the community” says Taylor Lynch. Photo-Mark Hauser ways been a challenge for Habitat to find property for new housing builds. In exchange for the land, Habitat would build three duplex homes housing a total of 6 families along with a ministry centre that would belong to the diocese. Through the centre, the diocese could maintain an outreach presence in the Inner Harbour area of the city, as well as act as a partner to Habitat in
providing the land for new affordable housing. With the building completed and the diocese slated to receive the keys to it at some point this Summer, next steps are to determine the best way to use it as an outreach hub for the local community. As the Community Engagement Coordinator, Taylor is first investigating current community needs and challenges and
identifying any programming gaps that exist. She has used information from existing community needs assessments and reports published by the City of Kingston, United Way, Queen’s University and local census data. Based on that research the diocese can then determine the best use for the building. Taylor is mindful of not duplicating existing services and sees
the Mission as potentially a place to coordinate existing services. “Different service providers could come in on different days and provide their programming. And then on the other end of the spectrum, we may identify a niche or an underserved population in the community, and the diocese may elect to develop programming specifically around that need, continued on pg. 9
Dio Ontario deacons attend national conference Rev. Lisa Chisholm-Smith
hree Diocese of Ontario deacons, Canon Sharon Dunlop, Fran Langlois and Lisa Chisholm-Smith, participated in a two-day virtual conference in July organized by Anglican Deacons Canada (ADC). Deacon John Morrison registered for the event, but ended up having to officiate at two funerals that same weekend and so was unable to participate. Not only was it Anglican Deacons Canada’s first virtual conference, it was also the first time the conference program included Lutheran deacons from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and their National Bishop, the Reverend Susan Johnson. The virtual conference also saw the organization change its name from the Association of Anglican Deacons in Canada (AADC) to Anglican Deacons Canada (ADC). Lisa Chisholm-Smith was elected for a second term on the ADC board and is now its new president! The conference theme: “Deacons in a Pandemic
Anglican Deacons Canada held a virtual conference in July with Primate Linda Nicholls and ELCIC Bishop Susan Johnson. Rev. Lisa Chisholm-Smith (R) was elected Board president. Photos-contributed. and its Aftermath” touched political and social prestige the presence of the Anglithe reality of the particiis no longer true. We are a can Primate, Archbishop pants. The conference was small church that is called Linda Nicholls, the ELplanned and ably hosted to live into a time of diaCIC National Bishop, Rev. by the College of Deacons konia. The primate noted Susan Johnson, and the in the Diocese of Niagara that with the renewal of Bishop of the Diocese of with some assistance from the diaconate and the unNiagara, the Right Reverthe board of ADC and Luequivocal statement from end Susan Bell. theran Deacon Scott Knarr. the 1968 Lambeth conferArchbishop Linda deOver one hundred people ence that the diaconate livered a passionate and registered and a similar was no longer considered challenging keynote adnumber joined online at its an “inferior order,” deadress. She said the narrapeak. The unique relationcons have been preparing tive some might still hold ship between deacons and for and growing into what about the church and its bishops was highlighted by the church needs now. historic relationship with
“This is your moment. You must be our guide.” While deacons call the church to attention, this is also a time which calls for “a new and deepened servanthood of all.” She warned that such service is costly. The primate used the image of the deacon as a foot in the door, pushing it wide open so any who choose may enter, and calling the faithful into service on the streets, in the community and the world. The deacon, she said, observes, notices and names the disparities, and the needs. ELCIC Bishop Susan Johnson referred to the work done in the Lutheran church and their recent decision to begin ordaining deacons. She reminded us that all the baptised are called to “diakonia” through their baptism. Deacons are to lead and work to ensure the gospel is heard as good news. Deacons are living bridges. She also spoke of the desire in the ELCIC to “flatten the ministry of all in orders.” Webinars followed up on the primate’s call for deacons to listen for the
unheard voices, to ask who is missing, and what erroneous assumptions we are making. The topics included truth and reconciliation; prejudice and inequality; and migrant farm workers. The Saturday morning worship service was led by the Lutheran deacons. It included the reflections of two deacons who shared stories of their ministries through the pandemic. One spoke movingly of her work in long term care where so many contracted and died of COVID-19. The other spoke of the ways, she had found to continue social justice ministry during lockdown. The new ADC president, Deacon Lisa ChisholmSmith preached at the closing evening prayer service. Those gathered online prayed and listened to a very, clear call of diakonia in this very, different time. The service ended with a new worship song video; “We seek your Kingdom,” https://youtu.be/vS_fCJJvVOY May we too embrace our calling to transform, revive and heal society!
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COVID-19 and the
Climate Crisis Mary Raddon Diocesan Green Group
e are just coming out, we hope, of a pandemic which has caused a huge number of deaths in Canada and untold numbers of deaths around the globe over the last year and a half. This summer a “heat dome” settled over much of western Canada, causing hundreds of heat related deaths. Forest fires are adding to the risk of further deaths from smoke. Are these two events related? Is global warming connected in any causal way to the rise and spread of COVID 19? We simply do not know. What we can say, however, is that there are lessons we can learn from our experience of the COVID-19 crisis that we can apply to the climate crisis. One of those lessons is that nature rules. We humans think we are smart, but we have been knocked down by a tiny virus. We need to learn humility when it comes to nature and the environment. We can impact the climate but we cannot control it. The laws of nature are changeless and immutable, and we mess with them to our detriment and danger. During the worst of COVID-19, we worried that our health care system would be overwhelmed. Now we are close to, or even at, the tipping point where the climate cannot recover and we will not be able to flatten the climate curve. A second lesson we are learning through COVID-19 is that we are all in this together. We are truly a global community interconnected in many ways. One infected person can spread the virus throughout a whole community. At the same time, we have learned that kindness and empathy can make a difficult situation tolerable, and a single act of graciousness can inspire a whole community. We all have agency, and we are all needed. In going through COVID-19 together we learned that our individual actions were essential to our communal survival. Similarly, our individual actions will be determinants in the survival of the human race as the planet
experiences global heating. The third lesson is that we have power to change ourselves and our situation rapidly. We discovered this past year that we can change on a dime; our habits, our ways of interacting, our economy. Mask wearing and social distancing quickly became normal. Factories switched to making PPE, breweries started making hand sanitizer. Now is the time to be honest with ourselves and take stock of what is happening to our planet Earth. Substantial and rapid change is essential to avert climate disaster. There are things we can do. First, determine our personal carbon footprint and take strong, immediate measures to reduce it. Adopt a plant-based diet. Use public or active transportation where possible. Drive an electric vehicle. Take steps to make our homes energy efficient. Enjoy local vacations. What may seem like a sacrifice could actually enhance our health and enjoyment of life, and indeed will be a lifesaver for all earthly beings. Get political. We learned during COVID-19 that it is essential for our leaders to listen to science. We need strong, immediate, and effective science-based leadership on climate change. Contact our political candidates and ask about their policies. Continue to push them. There is power in numbers. Join with others in our parishes who care about the environment and form a parish “green group”. Learn all we can about the climate crisis and share our findings with our fellow parishioners. The COVID-19 crisis may or may not be over, but the climate crisis is no longer just imminent, it is immediate and deadly. To make it through the climate crisis, we will all need to hold fast to God. Let’s pray to the Lord of creation that we apply the lessons we have learned in COVID-19 to our efforts to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. Our lives and those of our children and grandchildren depend upon it.
Money was raised for Primates World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) through the Justice and Peace Commision via a plant sale hosted by the Diocese of Ontario Green Group. Photo-Sophie Kiwlala.
Justice and Peace Commission update Rev. Valerie Kelly
s a joint Commission of Anglican and Roman Catholic members, we are aware that the signs of our faith are not life-threatening. Because of the violence perpetrated against a Muslim family in London, Ontario, in early June, we will be initiating an information session on Islam as a means of addressing the rise in hatred. Once details are confirmed, they will be made available. The St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) hopes to move to its new location in the coming m o n t h s. St re t c h e d beyond its current location on Stephen St., SVDP is expanding its programming. I wrote about this in the last edition of Dialogue. The Justice & Peace Commission has partnered with SVDP and the Community
Engagement Coordinator, Dianne Aziz, to help secure monthly donors for programming. If you would like to become a monthly donor or simply make a donation, please visit their website at http://www.svdpkingston. com/. A range of potential programs will be available for both new and regular clients! This initiative is but one in the Inner Harbour, another is the Adelaide St. Mission, formerly known as the Good Shepherd Mission, at Cowdy & Adelaide Sts. The Commission has been pleased to meet and brainstorm with its Community Engagement Coordinator, Taylor Lynch. The St. Mary’s Outreach Centre is a third initiative in its second year and strives to meet the needs in the central downtown core (Clergy & Brock Sts.). With devastating results from extraordinarily high summer temperatures in the West mixed with fires and severe flooding in
Europe, the call to address the climate crisis is even more pressing. It was a timely presentation on electric cars hosted by the Green Group in midJune. This is one means of reducing carbon, we also need to continue advocating for change at the political level. As a means of tying together the political with the local, the Commission welcomed the new Chancellor of Queen’s University, Murray Sinclair. After an incredibly difficult revelation of unidentified remains at the Kamloops Residential School and many since then, members of the Commission have struggled with this news. We continue to uphold our Indigenous sisters and brothers in prayer. The Faith and Justice Coalition continues to letter write on behalf of topical issues such as Bill C-15 [Canada must take all measures necessary to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent
with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and must prepare and implement an action plan to achieve the objectives of the Declaration]. The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is a contributing member of the Commission. Two fundraisers have helped raise funds including a plant sale by members of the Green Group, some of their plants are growing nicely in my garden! For the diocesan cookbook, recipes have been solicited for a few months. Soon we’ll be sharing in a host of “best loved” recipes! For further information on the matters of the Commission please contact me, at vkelly@ o n t a r i o. a n g l i c a n . c a , coordinator of the Justice & Peace Commission.
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Thank you To all our volunteers, individual donors, and team fundraisers for giving generously to AFC’s Say Yes! to Kids campaign. Together we raised over
to fund programs that will support children, youth, and young adults in a post-pandemic world. With courage, compassion, and creativity, AFC will Say Yes! to Kids.
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Based on the Revised Common Lectionary - Liturgical Year B The following reflections are intended to encourage individuals and parishes to think about holistic stewardship and serve as guideposts along the way of our individual and collective faith journey. Bless you during this year’s Season of Pentecost and your various activities and ministries, including the practice of stewardship. We pray for the Holy Spirit to enable and equip us in taking care of ourselves; the gift and practice of faith; our relationships; Christ’s church; our local communities; and the wider world.
September 5, 2021
15th Sunday of pentecost:
Jesus is quite busy taking care of the needs of people and in this passage of scripture uses the word “Ephphata”, that is translated, “Be opened.” As faithful stewards, in what ways are we open with our lives and resources as a thankful response to God’s gifts to us this year?
A reflection based on Mark 7:24-37
september 12, 2021
16th Sunday of pentecost:
Jesus challenges his church with a question, “Who do people say that I am?” and later “Those who are ashamed of me and my words.” Your answer to the question and humble pride in following Jesus in word and deed has a great deal to do with your faithful stewardship.
A reflection based on Mark 8:27-38
september 19, 2021
17th sunday of pentecost:
Saint James writes, “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits.” Faithful stewards work at living by these guideposts rooted in our relationships. Difficult at times? Yes. A source of gratitude? Yes!
A reflection based on James 3:13-4:3
september 26, 2021 october 3, 2021
A reflection based on Mark 10:2-16
october 10, 2021
A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day written on page 396 of the Book of Alternative Services
october 17, 2021
A reflection based on Mark 10:35-45
october 24, 2021
A Prayer for the Diocese of Ontario based on page 672 of The Book of Alternative Services
october 31, 2021
A reflection based on Mark 12:28-34
november 7, 2021
A reflection based on the hymn “For all the saints…” (Common Praise #276)
November 14, 2021
A reflection based on Mark 13:1-8
november 21, 2021
A reflection based on 2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-13; Revelation 1:4b-8; and John 18:33-37
18th Sunday of pentecost:
Season after Pentecost
A reflection based on Mark 9:38-50
Jesus assures that faithful stewardship involves repenting when we fall short, giving of ourselves for his sake, and being rewarded. Let us take stock and determine how we may deepen our relationship with God in 2021.
19th Sunday of pentecost:
Jesus offers an invitation when he says, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” In what ways is our faithful stewardship lived with a child-like faith and trust and thanksgiving?
20th Sunday of pentecost: Creator of the fruitful earth, you made us stewards of all
things. Give us grateful hearts for all your goodness, and steadfast wills to use your bounty well, that the whole human family, today and in generations to come, may with us give thanks for the riches of your creation. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
21st Sunday of pentecost:
Jesus calls and says to us, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” This is an incredible gift inviting us to follow his example and teaching about self-giving love in living lives as faithful stewards.
22nd Sunday of pentecost:
O God, from living and chosen stones you prepare an everlasting dwelling place for your majesty. Grant that in the power of the Holy Spirit those who serve in the diocese of Ontario and its parishes may always be kept in your presence. This we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever.
23rd Sunday of pentecost:
Archbishop Michael Curry said that an impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it encouraged the church to get back to the core of our faith: Love of God and our neighbour. What are some ways that we are doing so and giving our all in 2021??
24th sunday of pentecost:
Today we remember all the blessed saints and their lives of faithful stewardship, praying that God’s perpetual light shine upon them. Which of the saints inspire you and who are the people in your lives that are examples of loving discipleship?
25th Sunday of pentecost:
We are bombarded with messages and information and within the noise is Jesus’ advice, “Beware that no one leads you astray.” As faithful stewards, how are we doing in listening to Christ’s voice?
last Sunday of pentecost:
We come to the end of the church year and look forward to the season of Advent. Let us take time to reflect on how our lives as faithful stewards is going this year. In what ways are we growing in gratitude and will serve God in the coming year with the offering of our talent, time and treasure? Loving God, thank you for your generosity to us and for the privilege of sharing in service. Amen!
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Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation: The importance of making a will Alexandra Manthorpe We are grateful to Roy Conacher, QC, a director of the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation and retired Chancellor of the Diocese of Ontario, for inviting his colleague, Alexandra Manthorpe, for preparing this article. This is the first of a series on gift planning – for your Foundation, parish, the Diocese as a whole, as well as other charitable organizations and for careful planning in general. Other articles in this series will be posted from time to time on the Foundation’s website, www.dioceseofontariofoundation.ca
n Ontario, what happens if you die without making Will? Intestacy—the legal term for dying without a Will—is not desirable. Intestacy can often lead to litigation and may end up being far more expensive than having a proper estate plan, including a well-drafted Will, would have cost. While registered assets (such as Tax-Free Savings Accounts, RRSPs, RRIFs, etc.) and life insurance policies can be payable to your designated beneficiaries, if they survive (outlive) you, and while jointly-owned assets can pass to the surviving co-owner(s), if any,
there are a set of rules - the “rules of intestacy” set out under Part II of the Succession Law Reform Act - governing what will happen to any property solely in your name on death and without designated beneficiaries, if applicable. The rules of intestacy are generally quite old and are basically the government’s “best guess” as to what you would have wanted. If you have a spouse and children, generally your estate will be split among or between them, although your spouse will be entitled to a “preferential share” of the first $350,000 (recently in-
“Do not rely on the default “rules of intestacy” to accomplish your estate planning goals. You might end up unintentionally leaving behind a mess for your loved ones” says Alexandra Manthorpe. Photo-Shutterstock. creased from $200,000). If you don’t have a spouse, your children will share your estate. If you don’t have a spouse or children, then your estate will go to your parents (if they are still alive), otherwise to your siblings (if any), or to even more distant relatives. The distribution can change if someone, like a child, predeceases you leaving chil-
dren of his or her own. Importantly, “spouse” in intestacy means legally married spouse. As such, some of your loved ones, including a common-law spouse, stepchildren, and friends could be excluded, along with any charities you might wish to have included. If you fail to adequately provide for someone who is financially dependent on
you and/or to whom you owe legal obligations, then that person may need to “sue” your estate for support. This can be awkward and emotional, especially when that person is grieving your death. There are other drawbacks to intestacy as well, including but not limited to the following: 1) Intestacy means that continued on pg. 10
Walking in difficult shoes Diana Duncan-Fletcher
hen I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a [wo]man, I put childish ways behind me.” I Corinthians 13:11 As a child I was needy. Looking back I realize now that I was a square peg in a round hole. I knew I was loved by my family and a few friends, but I was always searching for something that seemed to be missing in my life. Perhaps that was a good thing, but it didn’t make for an easy childhood. By the time I was in my late teens and early 20’s I had become quite rebellious—quite a challenge for my parents and my two brothers, but they still loved me, and tried to teach me right from wrong. Adding a marriage and three children did not stop me from questioning my own worth. Although I had grown up in a church-related life, I couldn’t say I had “found religion.” I know I went through the motions, but was I really a believer? Probably not. So what happened to change that? It didn’t happen suddenly, but each time I messed up I found peace afterwards,
and a sense of forgiveness. It was powerful. Cats are supposed to have nine lives. Thinking about that, I know I have used up quite a few of mine. One day I totaled up the times I should have died but miraculously lived. I was amazed and grateful. I realized that God doesn’t wait for us to get our spiritual lives in order before offering us grace. His patience is everlasting. So now, when I feel my life is unwieldy, I know I can find shelter, forgiveness and peace within me. I just have to ask and listen for a response. Most of you will relate to the following scenario: You have a plan of what you intend to do when you wake up each morning. It is realistic—a list of necessary chores including ‘me time.’ But things happen, and your well-made plan goes out the window. It
may be an unscheduled appointment or medical issue. It could be because you receive a phone call, email or text from someone who needs a sympathetic ear. Instead of being frustrated, I try to be open to God’s grace, and follow His direction. Even a smile to a total stranger having a difficult day cannot help but be encouraging. This has, of course, been difficult behind a mask! Because of that, I have begun to briefly acknowledge another’s presence with simple words. “Hello,” “How are you doing?” or even “Nice day.” It doesn’t take the place of a smile, but it does let the other person know that, at least just for that minute, someone is being thoughtful. At present in our COVID-19 world, it may be the only physical way of expressing caring for others. Matthew 25:35 states: “... I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Please take this to heart. None of us knows in what difficult shoes another is traveling. A good friend gave me some incentive in a recent card: “Please whenever you think of me, pray for me.” I humbly suggest you do that for me. I know it will help. Thanks be to God! firstname.lastname@example.org
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Coventry Litany of Reconciliation returns to the steps of St. George’s Cathedral
Summer Fruit for Souls 2021 goes online Sylvia Dopking
Bishop Michael Oulton prays the Litany of Reconcliation on the steps of St. George’s Catheral this past June. With the return to in-person worship as of June 16, 2021, People could once again gather on the King Street steps of St. George’s for the Friday Litany service. Photo-Mark Hauser.
e did it! We had Summer Fruit for Souls in spite of COVID-19 restrictions. Summer Fruit for Souls is in the history books for another year. This annual event presented by the Lay Readers Association of the Diocese of Ontario has been held every summer for about two decades. It is a course in Christian Education initially started for the Lay Readers of the Diocese of Ontario that has expanded in several directions. First it has broadened in that all lay people have been invited and secondly it has been offered to people outside our diocese. This year we welcomed people from the dioceses of Moosonee, Toronto and Huron as well as our own. Traditionally it has been presented in a residential retreat format most recently at the Providence Spirituality Centre in Kingston. This year to no one’s surprise the format was ZOOM. Attendees zoomed in at 8:30 a.m. for informal chats with each other followed by a morning worship of about twenty minutes. Then we were led in our education and contemplation by Dr.
Sylvia Keesmaat of Trinity College in Toronto. Dr. Keesmaat met us at her permaculture farm near Fenlon Falls, Ontario. We finished before noon each day, feeling tired but filled with new knowledge and inspiration. Dr. Keesmaat led us in looking at the sweep of the Biblical story from creation to the early church, thinking how that biblical story could look in our 21st century world. She talked about how the kingship of God would become kinship with God, each other and all of creation. She illustrated her points with a variety of beautiful paintings by artists from different cultures. On Friday morning we exercised our imaginations to envision what the kinship of God on
earth would look like in our lives and our current world. A wide range of wonderful visions ensued as the presence of Christ was sensed among us. Plenty of time for questions and discussion was given in our online format, when we broke into small groups, and had ‘chat’ questions answered. Many aspects of our traditional program were missing. Less music and no communal singing, no program speakers in the afternoon, the fun of living and eating communally, being able to read body language were all absent. However, the richness of the presentations by Dr. Keesmaat, the joy of worshipping together and just ‘being with’ our fellow Christians made it an experience that not one of us regrets and would not be deterred from next year’s registration, no matter the format. Summer Fruit for Souls 2022 will feature Willard Metzger, the executive director of Citizens for Public Justice, speaking on what Jesus has to say about justice in the Gospels. The dates are July 18 to 22, 2022 and the format is yet to be determined. Let’s pray we can meet in person.
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Diocese of Ontario receives the personal library of John Travers Lewis, the first bishop of our diocese. Diocese of Ontario Summer intern William Hounsell-Drover holds up a biography of Bishop John Travers Lewis written by his second wife Ada. The book is part of the personal library of Bishop Lewis that was recently donated to the Diocese of Ontario. While most are books of fiction by Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling, the most valuable in the collection is a hand bound book dating to the mid 1400’s written by Benedictine monks in Germany. The book belonged to Lewis’ father in law, Henry Sherwood who was the solicitor general of Canada West. After making an inventory of the collection of over 70 books, they will be appraised and the vast majority of them will be archived while some may become part of a future resource centre. Photo - Mark Hauser
Adelaide Street Mission outreach From page 4 and that will become the missionary identity of the building” says Taylor. She knows that speaking with not only service providers, but also the community members themselves is key in identifying needs. Their voices will be the most important in shaping programming for the Mission going forward. Taylor’s ongoing research into the local neighborhood community has revealed needs in not only a lack of affordable housing, mental health and addiction problems and food insecurity, but underlying problems that don’t always get the same media attention. Underserved populations like the formerly incarcerated, vulnerable and victimized women and Indigenous people who have no dedicated space in the City of Kingston. She hopes that services and programming at the Mission can make a difference in the lives of these groups as well. Next steps, Taylor will offer a final report and recommendations to Synod Council by the end of June for the diocese to consider the best
In a way, we are rethinking how ‘church’ is lived and communicated to the community. My hope is that our Mission will be a blessing to the entire neighborhood and eventually elsewhere in the diocese.
way forward for the Mission with what partnerships and services would best benefit the local community. As for Taylor herself and her own path to the Diocese of Ontario, working as
a community engagement coordinator was the last role she ever saw herself in. With a goal to becoming a history professor, she was well down that path and was in her first year of her PhD at Queen’s University when she attended a prison ministry event with the Queen’s Chinese Catholic Student Association. She was hooked and while completing her PhD, Taylor was hired by the Canadian Families and Corrections network, a non-profit that assists families. “I just completely fell in love with prison ministry and that really became where my heart was. It really became a vocational calling for me” she says. Not to be alone in her passion for working with the vulnerable members of our community, Taylor’s ministry is matched both in spirit and energy by Bishop Michael Oulton who has
defined his ten year episcopacy through outreach to those on the margins. Says Bishop Michael, “There are two clear guideposts for ministry in service to the mission of Jesus Christ. The first is the Great Commandment calling forth love of God, neighbour and self in equal measure with the totality of our being and second is the Great Commission exhorting us to carry the love contained in the Gospel to all the world, reaching out particularly to those on the margins of society. This is where Christ calls us to be.” With the Adelaide Street Mission sure to open up new possibilities for outreach in the Diocese of Ontario, Taylor’s work within the community will also go a long way towards providing a model that can be replicated across our diocese in future mission development. Says Taylor, “In a way, we are rethinking how ‘church’ is lived and communicated to the community. My hope is that our Mission will be a blessing to the entire neighborhood and eventually elsewhere in the diocese.”
We join with Christians worldwide to pray and care for God’s creation. The annual Season of Creation observed from September 1 to October 4 is an important focal point. https://www.ontario.anglican.ca/resources/worship-resources/ pages/season-of-creation
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Diocese of Ontario Raises more than $2,300 for AFC National Campaign AFC Communications
peaking at a Celebration of Giving on July 8, a virtual event to announce the results of the Anglican Foundation of Canada’s (AFC) Say Yes! to Kids campaign— which raised more than $110,000—the Rev. Canon Dr. Judy Rois, Executive Director, credited the incredible effort of volunteers and local fundraisers. “A dozen teams, led by a tireless network of volunteers across the country, helped Say Yes to Kids surpass its $100,000 goal in under three months,” said the Rev. Canon Dr. Judy Rois, Executive Director. “This was an unprecedented team effort that helped us to see what we can do when we imagine more together. So much of our momentum grew out of our team fundraisers and their supporters. With videos and messages of support, they put the ‘fun’ in fundraising.” In the Diocese of Ontario, Say Yes! to Kids was championed by The Diocesan Green Group and St. Thomas’ Messy Church, the latter one of the only youth fundraising teams to participate in the national campaign. “I am very grateful to everyone who supported this effort in the Diocese of Ontario,” says the Rev. Canon Bob Wright, AFC’s Representative in the
Say Yes! to Kids
AFC’s Celebration of Giving panel of speakers, including Executive Director Judy Rois, Archbishops Linda Nicholls and Anne Germond, Diocesan Representative for Huron Diane Dance, and AFC staff Scott Brubacher and Michelle Hauser. PhotoAnglican Foundation of Canada. Diocese of Ontario, “and a special word of thanks is owing to our Diocesan ACW who contributed $500 to the
campaign.” Canon Wright explains that AFC will now turn its attention to making this ex-
ceptional national funding available to local applicants and has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) that will
Gift planning: making a will From page 7 Executor. No Will, no named Executor! This means that someone - usually but not always a beneficiary of your estate - will need to apply for a “Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee without a Will” (formerly called “letters of administration”) from an Ontario court in order to have the authority to administer your estate. The “without a Will” process is more complicated than the “with a Will” process, and there can sometimes be disputes about who gets to be Executor, especially when the beneficiaries don’t get along. 2) A well-drafted Will usually includes trusts for minor or disabled beneficiaries. Trusts can be a great way to protect beneficiaries. If there are no trusts in place because there is no Will, a child or grandchild might receive
within Canada. AFC encourages applicants to be creative and to imagine more at a variety of levels, “Whether you imagine a lot more, or a bit more, it’s important to remember that even a small program or initiative can make a big difference in the life of a young person,” says Wright. “Grants for both ongoing and emerging projects will be considered,” says Dr. Scott Brubacher, Executive Administrator, AFC. Proposals will be accepted from September 1 to October 1, 2021. “Category A grants, of up to $5,000 will be considered based on impact and how they support young people in a local context,” says Brubacher, “Category B grants of up to $15,000 will be considered based on how they support the overall mission and service to children and youth in a city, diocese, or region.” Eligible uses of funding include, but are not limited to, administrative expenses, equipment, technical costs, remuneration, honoraria, and food. For more information about the RFP, visit www. anglicanfoundation.org/ rfp2021. To make a donation to AFC’s ongoing grant funding for youth-focused initiatives visit www.anglicanfoundation.org/kids.
his or her inheritance at the age of majority (usually 18), instead of 25 or 30 when he or she is more mature. Further, if a beneficiary cannot manage property due to mental incapacity or if a beneficiary is receiving Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) payments,
then not having that beneficiary’s property held in trust could be hugely detrimental for him or her. 3) Dying without a Will can sometimes mean that you have missed out on opportunities to save tax, including the ability to minimize estate administration
tax (probate tax) on death. You will have also created additional work for the person eventually appointed as your Executor, such as the requirement to advertise for creditors, particularly if the Executor wants to distribute your property within the first year after your death. Do not rely on the default “rules of intestacy” to accomplish your estate planning goals. You might end up unintentionally leaving behind a mess for your loved ones, at a time when emotions are raw and funds can sometimes be required with some urgency to fulfill any obligations you might have, obligations which do not necessarily end on your death. In future articles, I’ll talk about some “best practices” for estate planning and estate administration, so stay tuned!
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Living in grace through PWRDF Sophie Kiwala
PWRDF has partnered with EHALE Mozambique and California-based We Care Solar to bring light to 50 rural health clinics in Mozambique. You can ensure babies are born safely with a donation to PWRDF’s A Light for Every Birth project. Photo-PWRDF.
any people speak of how COVID-19 has changed our relationship to time. For those who are alone, the quiet days of solitude during the fearful onset of COVID-19 were long and excruciating, as the world collectively adjusted to a new reality. Time took on an urgency and a sense of foreboding. We no longer marked the days, weeks and seasons— we marked the number of deaths and the waves we feared in the future; a bleak perspective in a dark time indeed. As believers in Christ we draw deeply from our faith, both to sustain ourselves and then to ask what is God’s message for us. Church buildings were closed and our usual sources of support, being together and supporting one another, were challenged in ways this generation never experienced. At the onset of the pandemic, I felt the need to act and brought together
a vulnerable sector service provider call in Kingston. We collaborated, problem solved, and supported one another in caring for those struggling without homes, with substance abuse, and most urgently with food insecurity. Later, I started a charity vegetable garden on land donated by a local Muslim family. New projects popped up, initiated by citizens and groups, young and old, near and far to help one another through this monumental threat to our existence. These measures weren’t enough to keep me from worrying. When Bishop Michael appointed me PWRDF representative for the diocese, I knew I found my place. This was indeed where God intended for me to work out my drive to make a difference in the lives of others. There is no shortage of critical initiatives to support. My first steps involved gathering together our team. My hope is to have at least one PWRDF representative in every parish of the diocese. Thankfully, we have 8 new representatives.
Next, we began to work together during monthly meetings, held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7pm. We learned about the myriad of ‘relief’ and ‘development’ programs offered by PWRDF. We learned about matching fund opportunities such as the extension of the ‘All Mothers and Children Count’—COVID-19 support program. We currently have a 1 to 1 matching program (up to $100,000) for ‘A Light for Every Birth’ solar suitcase project in Mozambique concluding at the end of September (https://pwrdf.org/solarsuitcases2021). We learned about programs supporting Canadian Indigenous initiatives, food security and climate mitigation programs in many countries. PWRDF has been immediate in their response to numerous international and domestic relief projects, from earthquakes in Indonesia, typhoons in the Philippines, floods in Nepal, and food assistance for the Rohingya and those in South Sudan. Domestically, PWRDF provided support
in Fort McMurray and more recently in B.C. to keep a Friendship Centre open after the recent wildfire. As I write this article and think about the past remarkable year, I think about so many of you who I have the pleasure of working with. I thought about those who came forward to host numerous and unique fundraisers, from more traditional plant and bake sales to ‘dump days’ and collection boxes. We are also in the process of putting together a Diocese of Ontario Cookbook, so please send me your personal or family favourite recipes (pwrdf@ ontario.anglican.ca)—it is sure to be a gift to be treasured this Christmas! You inspire me with your ideas and energy. As we gather in the weeks and months ahead and adjust, refine and explore how as disciples of Jesus Christ we can ‘be the difference we want to see in the world’, please know that all your efforts count. Know as well, you are welcome to engage with our group as a representative or a visitor to our
Sept 2: Is this World our Home? A Biblical Case for Climate Care Rev. Dr. William Morrow Sept 9: What Is Climate Justice? Jeremy Milloy
SEASON OF CREATION 2021 WEBINAR SERIES
Sept 16: Acedia, Lament and Renewal: Spiritual Care in a ZOOM Time of Climate Crisis Rev. Canon Lynn Dillabough
Thursdays Sept 2 to October 7 7:00 to 8:pm
Sept 23: A 101 On Working Faithfully with Government Moderator Mary Wooding Sophie Kiwala
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Sept 30: To be announced. Oct 7: The Earth is the Lord’s and the Fulness Thereof Rt. Rev. Michael Oulton
COMING SOON! The Diocese of Ontario Green Group will launch
Caring for Creation A survey of churches in September during the Season of Creation. We look forward to hearing from you!
New honourary assistant at St. Mary Magdalene, Napanee Rev. Richard Hetke installs Rev. Dave Donevan as the new honourary assistant at St. Mary Magdalene, Napanee, on Sunday July 4. Photo-Mark Hauser.
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DIOCESE OF ONTARIO FOUNDATION
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