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Miracles needed We are witnesses to acts of courage and kindness

Climate Change Christians called to take

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Parish opens community thrift store

Inside Parish history mystery Church plaque sends parishioner on search for link between two parishes in our diocese. nPage 3.

St. Mary Magdalene Napanee supports parish mission and ministry along with benefiting local charities in a thrifty new way!

Cathedral Choral Festival St. George’s to host four different travelling choirs during month of June. nPage 5.

Where’s the beef? Green Group member reduces meat consumption in personal effort to fight climate change. nPage 6.

Random acts of kindness Compassionate deeds provide opportunities for gratitude and grace. nPage 8.

Diocesan Archives centre for parish history and family research

Bishop Michael and Mayor Marg Isbester cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new Napanee Charitable Thrift Store. Operated by volunteers from St. Mary Magdalene, Napanee, proceeds from sales will be shared with St. Mary Magdalene Church and local charities. Photo-Mark Hauser.

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Diocesan Communications


he Diocese of Ontario Archives, once housed in the former diocesan Synod Office at 90 Johnson Street in Kingston, has now been in their interim location in the West end of Kingston for just over two years. Eager to pay a visit, I made the trek across Kingston for an opportunity to visit with Archives volunteers Art Keates and Jane Miller who spoke to me about their current location and how the volunteers assist those who come to the Archives to conduct research. After moving from 90 Johnson Street, the volunteers were faced with the task of reorganizing and re-shelving their entire archival collection. Not an easy task I found out from Art Keates. “We had a lot See ARCHIVES on page 6

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small group of parishioners from St. Mary Magdalene, Napanee, have been working for over three years to open a charitable thrift store in Napanee. The concept of such a philanthropic retail outlet was developed by Chris Yeomans as he went through the process of obtaining his Masters degree in Business Administration (focusing on business functions and initiatives that directly benefit social issues in local communities), Cape Breton University (Kingston cohort), graduating in 2018. His Applied Research Project for this degree was entitled: “A Thrifty Solution to Subsidize the Church Budget.” Chris presented the idea to the AGM

in January 2018. The Napanee Charitable Thrift Store had already become a stand alone Canadian Corporation, to be operated at ‘arm’s length’, outside the church’s regular financial situation. There was already a Board of Governors, consisting of Chris himself, Marg Robertson, Ross Jeffrey, advisors Sharon Yeomans, Bill/Cathy Russell, and others. Registered charitable organization status soon followed. The mandates of this initiative are: (1) Help the community reduce waste by reselling gently used clothing, shoes, household items, linens, sports equipment, toys, books, games, which get dropped off at the store during business hours or via arrangements made through the store for pick up. (2) Reduce overhead

costs, not only with all merchandise items being donated (no consignment arrangements), but with all staff being volunteers, both from the church and from the community. (3) 50% of the profits to support the ministries and mission of St. Mary Magdalene, Napanee, such as Refugee Relief missions and parish programs as well as supporting the work of Morningstar Mission; the other 50% to be gifted to charities in Greater Napanee and surrounding areas upon application to the Board which will do the decision making. Items for merchandising immediately began pouring in, eventually necessitating the rental of storage facilities to accommodate them all. Applications for See THRIFT on page 7

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The glory of God’s tomorrow Where miracles happen, where life is greater than death Bishop Michael Oulton


wo years ago, my wife Jeanie took the opportunity to say thank you to the many people who through their prayers, notes, cards and gifts reached out to her and our family during her years living with cancer. Her article in “Dialogue”, our diocesan newspaper, spoke of what being diagnosed with this illness meant and how her life had changed as a result of that. She wrote her thank you in the context of Easter and the faith that sustained her and all of us through those years and the difficult final days before she died. I was re-reading her article and these words warmed my heart through the tears. “When finally the moment comes and death is vanquished in the glory of Easter, we are recommitted to life. It is a world where miracles happen, where there are acts of courage and kindness, where life is greater than death and we are possessed by what God makes possible.” It is my turn to say thank you to so many people who have walked this journey with our family and now hold us in the loving, warm embrace of prayer, faith and friendship. The cards and caring conversations, the donations to charities and causes in Jeanie’s memory and the establishment of the diocesan fund in her memory to support her vocational passion, correctional chaplaincy, have been overwhelming and uplifting. We live in the joy of our Easter faith which bears us through the dark and difficult times, through the valley of the shadow of death, into the glory of a tomorrow that is God’s miraculous gift to us. Jeanie and I had many conversations about this during her last months. I knew beyond any shadow of doubt that when she passed through the gossamer thin veil separating heaven and earth, it wasn’t death, but joy in the vanquishing of death that I saw on her face. The empty tomb of Easter holds that promise and that certainty.

Dialogue Published by the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Anglican Church of Canada Editor: Mark Hauser Publisher: The Right Reverend Michael Oulton Bishop of Ontario Office of the Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Ontario 165 Ontario Street Kingston, ON, K7L 2Y6 Ph: (613) 544-4774 “The Easter season will plunge us forward once more into life” says Bishop Michael. Photo-Pixabay. I sat in the Church of St. Paul, Kingston on Good Friday, listening to the beautiful organ music played by Kris Michaelson, while reading the portion of John’s Gospel that takes us from the last supper to the burial of Jesus. We walked in procession to the cathedral, marking the stations of the cross and recalling our Lord’s passion. Tonight, (Holy Saturday), we will kindle a tiny light in the midst of darkness. It is a world “where miracles happen, where life is greater than death.” The Easter season will plunge us forward once more into life and we will be possessed by what God makes possible for us and for the world that God loves so dearly. We will witness acts of courage and kindness. In the strength of the Spirit, who carries us through the first moments

following the final alleluia of worship, we might well be the authors of acts of courage and kindness ourselves. The world today, much like the world surrounding Jesus, has too much hatred, too much enmity, too much division. Jesus continually preached love as the world closed in during his final hours, Jesus preached love from the cross as those cacophonous voices sensed victory and Jesus preached love to the startled company of followers who couldn’t believe their eyes on Easter Sunday. The world needs miracles and needs to hear of miracles. May your life, your witness and every action you undertake, proclaim the faith of the miraculous and the hope that will “possess us of the possibilities of God.”


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Mystery plaque links Madoc and Adolphustown churches Al Danford


hile cleaning a plaque on the wall at St. John’s Madoc, Al Danford was intrigued by the names on it as he had never heard of them while studying the history of the parish. The search was on! The plaque was in memory of two daughters of Professor Forneri of the University of Toronto. After long hours on the computer the mystery was solved. Professor James Forneri had a very exciting and dangerous life. Born into a noble family in Italy in1789, he was expected to become a priest as he was the second son of the family. After spending three years in seminary, his older brother died, which meant James could change careers and he became a lawyer. At this point (1812) Napoleon invaded Italy and James was conscripted into the French army for the invasion of Russia. During the war he was wounded and captured by the Russians. He became friends with his captors, was released with a note of safe passage back to Italy but was captured by the French again, escaped, and finally returned home. He became active in the revolutionary movement to unite Italy into a democratic nation. The authorities cracked down on the movement and James fled to Spain which had a new democratic government. While there, a French army invaded in order to return Spain to an absolute monarchy and Forneri was captured while fighting the French. He was eventually released and exiled. He chose to go to England. In London, he made friends with an M.P. named Daniel Sykes who promoted Forneri as a teacher as James could speak 4 languages. He spent several years teaching in England and married the 16 year old daughter of a friend when he was 46. Immediately after their marriage, he was offered a professorship in Belfast,

Research on a plaque at St. John’s Madoc led to a family connection with St. Alban’s Adolphustown. Photos-(TOP) Al Danford. (BOTTOM) Mark Hauser. Northern Ireland. While in N.I. the couple had nine children. One source states they had 10 children but one died in infancy. James was then offered a job teaching

at a college in Nova Scotia which he accepted and the family moved once again. His contract was not renewed after only one year as the college was short of

funds. He decided to emigrate to Australia, but on the way to Boston to catch the ship to Australia, his wife became ill and they missed the boat. While she was recuperating in Boston, James was encouraged to apply for a new professorship in Toronto, Upper Canada. He changed plans, and the family headed to Toronto. It turned out that the Premier of Upper Canada was the son of a fellow professor of Forneri’s in Belfast. His application was accepted and at 64 years old in 1853, Governor General Lord Elgin approved his appointment as the first Professor of Modern Languages of the new University of Toronto. During the research it was discovered that one of James Forneri’s daughters married a Madoc man and is buried in Madoc, hence the plaque at St. John’s. During this research online, another Forneri man kept appearing, the Rev. Richard Sykes Forneri. James Forneri hadn’t forgotten his friend and benefactor in England, M.P. Daniel Sykes, and had named his first born son after him, Richard Sykes Forneri. It turns out that James’s oldest son, Richard, was ordained an Anglican priest by the first Anglican Bishop of Toronto, Bishop Strachan and he was appointed to St. Alban’s in Adolphustown. Rev. Forneri promoted building a new church in memory of the Loyalists in the parish. He was inspired by the trials of his father who had fought for freedom and democracy in Europe and wanted the United Empire Loyalists who founded Ontario to have a suitable memorial. The mystery was solved. The sisters of Rev. Forneri of Adolphustown are memorialized by the plaque at St. John’s and buried in Madoc. What a coincidence! An additional coincidence is that a family who attends St. John’s in Madoc was raised at St. Alban’s Adolphustown.

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Mass migration, changes to agriculture, food shortages and economic disaster just some of the potential repercussions of Climate Change says Peter Cory. Photo-Shutterstock.

Climate Change:

a matter of faith? Br. Peter Cory, OP


e need not be concerned with the environment, with deforestation, arctic ice, greenhouse gasses, global warming or the fate of the Earth. In the end, there will be a reckoning and God will give us a new home. He’ll favour

Christians above other religions. And hey, Climate Change might not even be real! This is some of the disturbing rhetoric I’ve heard from some Christians. The Earth really does not matter and so the stewardship of God’s creation—our home, at least for now—is unimportant. But I would urge these people to rethink these ideas. It is scientific fact that our planet is getting warmer, that artic sea ice is declining, and that the climate is changing. All of these things, according to the vast majority of the scientific community, are caused by humans. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report last year that said that we have until 2030 to make serious, major changes to the way we live on Earth or face a situation where our world could be an extremely undesirable

place to live. Indeed, we have come to a point where the worst case scenario, according to some scientists, could take us to the point of extinction as a species. But even the best case scenario, one that we might not realistically be within our reach, is a gloomy one, and may mean we won’t be passing on the same world to future generations as the one we inherited. But still one might ask: why should fixing this problem be a Christian imperative? I’ve asked myself this question. I believe that our current state of existence is temporary, and that eternal life awaits us in God’s Kingdom where conditions will be perfect. So why is Climate Change an issue for us here and now? The answer to this lies in the fact that humans caused it to happen, and that the future effects of Climate Change,

SUMMER 2019 if not addressed, could lead to many situations which will adversely affect our lives and the lives of those not yet born. Due to rising sea levels and extreme weather we could see mass migration on unprecedented scales. Global Warming is changing agriculture and we could see food shortages and economic disasters. It threatens the survival and the stability of nation states, and all of these things could easily bring about armed conflict and even war on a global level. These projections are not the plot of a dystopian science fiction movie. This is science fact. Climate Change is already responsible for humanitarian disasters which are happening now. To look at just a few, we’ve recently seen extreme weather and drought decimate food sources in Ethiopia and Haiti. Similar conditions destroyed crops in Madagascar, leaving more than 1 million people hungry. Climate Change has caused disasters in these and other countries which are not equipped to deal with them, and which will take many years to recover from. We are the inheritors of an ever worsening situation that is causing tremendous human suffering. But the most important point for us here and now is that we can do something about this. We can change this if we really work at it. The fact alone that it’s within our power to alter the course of these events is enough to make me see this issue as an imperative for people of faith. With our money, our votes, and our prayers we can support clean energy technologies, use less energy in our daily lives, and seek to reduce the carbon footprint of the places where we live, work, and play. We can be part of the process of transitioning our civilization away from being dependant on fossil fuels. Through our intelligence, collective action, and faith, we can achieve all of these things. We have seen that when we allow this world that God gave us to be destroyed by our own hands and through our own greed, it leads only to suffering. We caused it. We can repair it. And our faith should be the main driver in all our aims to do so.

STRATFORD AND ST. JACOBS THEATRE TRIP SEPTEMBER 18 & 19, 2019 Enjoy a truly remarkable theatre and shopping getaway. The cost of the trip is $300 per person (cash or cheque only). A $60 tax deductible receipt will be issued. This getaway includes tickets to a matinee performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor, group dinner, overnight hotel accommodation (double occupancy), a visit to the St. Jacob’s market and bus transportation. Organized by Projects’ Group (St. George’s Cathedral). Tickets are available from St. George’s Cathedral Office, 613548-4617 or Eleanor Rogers,

Merry Wives of Windsor: Set in the 1950s, in a town not unlike Stratford, Ontario, This production brings Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy close to home–and close to our hearts.

St. Jacobs: Known as Canada’s largest year-round farmers’ market & flea market, hundreds of local vendors in three main buildings and the outdoor area swells as the growing season progresses. There are various glutenfree and organic options, local crafts, housewares, and wearables.



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St. George’s to host Choral Festival in June Phil Rogers


t. George’s Cathedral will host a Choral Festival in the month of June. From June 7 to June 22 four choirs will perform five concerts.

Libertas Male Choir The Libertas Male Choir was founded to commemorate the 70th year of the liberation of Holland in the Second World War. Comprising 65 members, it is conducted by Martin Mans, Dutch concert organist and conductor, who travels to Canada several times a year for rehearsals and concert series with the choir. The choristers learn most of their music through a computer program (Noteworthy) before meeting with the conductor for one or two rehearsals preceding a concert. The Libertas choir will be joined by the “Groot Mannenkoor Nederland” (Large Dutch Male Choir) to form a choir 120 voices strong in a program entitled “Hands Across the Ocean.” This concert takes place on June 7 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available only at the door: $20 for adults, $14 for youths 1014, and free for children under 10. Didgori Ensemble The Didgori choir, formed in 2003, is dedicated to the recovery, preservation and performance of traditional Georgian polyphonic singing This music, which occurs in several different forms of polyphony, has earned the designation of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The choir takes its name from the historical battle of Didgori in 1121, which liberated the Kingdom of Georgia from subjection to the Empire of the Seljuq Turks and ushered in the Georgian golden age of art and culture. The group enlarges its repertoire by discovering early-20th century recordings preserved in the country’s archives and museums. The Didgori travelling ensemble comprises only six singers; their performances are normally sung a capella. Didgori’s current tour is the first visit of a Georgian choir to Canada since 1975; before coming to Kingston they will participate in Edmonton’s International Choral Festival. This concert is at 12:15 p.m. on Monday June 10. Admission will be at freewill offering at the door.

St. Martin’s Choir of Biberach, Germany, will make their first trip to Canada as part of their annual tour to another country. Photo-contributed.

Chorknaben St. Martin’s of Biberach, Germany This choir of nearly 60 members ranging in age from 9 to 29 was founded in 1962. Totally self-governing; its major decisions are made by a vote among the older members. An important feature of the choir’s life is an annual tour to another country; this is their first tour in Canada. The two-week tours are organized by the older boys, who not only plan and organize the trips, but also take responsibility for looking after the younger members. At the end of each year’s singing tour the choristers enjoy a week of camping holiday. Commitment to the St. Martin’s choir is a large undertaking, both musically and socially. After a time learning rudiments of music the younger boys who pass an examination are accepted into the choir in a formal ceremony in St. Martin’s church. The boys sing the treble and alto lines until their voices break, at which time they pause from singing until their voices have

settled. Instead of leaving at this point, however, almost 100% of boys remain with the choir, taking on various non-singing responsibilities before returning to sing the lower lines of music. Much of the boys’ social life revolves around the choir, and they have a social centre where all may gather for recreation. Senior choristers are committed to fostering and mentoring younger choristers. St. Martin’s choir will sing two different programs of sacred and secular music on Wednesday June 12 and Thursday June 13 at 7:30 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Stratford Concert Choir The Stratford choir is a mixed choir of about 85 voices conducted by Ian Sadler, concert organist and organist of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Ontario. Its membership includes both professional and amateur musicians of all ages, singing a broad repertoire of sacred and secular classical works. The Stratford choir

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will perform the final concert of the St. George’s series on June 22 at 7:30 p.m. $20 if bought in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets for the St. Martin’s choir and the Stratford Concert Choir are available at the Cathedral Office at 129 Wellington St., The Church Bookroom (165 Ontario St.), the Seniors’ Centre (56 Francis St.), and at Novel Idea (156 Princess St.)

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Agriculture activities generate over 60 million tonnes of greenhouse gases every year says Dr. Josef Cihlar. Graphic-BBC.

Why I gave up beef Methane produces 40% of greenhouse gases Josef Cihlar


like beef, and always have. In any form— steak, roast beef, stew, hamburger. I have enjoyed these at home skillfully prepared by my wife, and in restaurants in Canada and abroad. So why would I consider doing without? I am worried and scared by climate change. I was exposed to this topic during my research career, but then the magnitude and timing were not well understood and moreover, governments adopted the Kyoto Protocol and seemed serious about taking steps to mitigate its impacts. Regretfully, these had very limited effect, and vested interests have succeeded in clouding the issue for the public – claiming first that climate is not changing, then that it is not due to human activities. Eventually, governments have realized that something has to be done, and in 2015 adopted the Paris Climate Accord that aims to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees C with an ambition to not exceed 1.5oC. Yet, the world in still on track for a temperature rise of 4-5oC by 2100, and the signs of early impacts through fires, floods, tornadoes and other extreme events are in the news almost daily. The world has recently been warned that we have 12 years left to keep the temperature rise to 1.5oC, and only 2 years to “risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change”. There is only one way to avoid runaway climate change, and that is by sharply reducing the production of greenhouse gases. Ultimately, this means stopping extraction and use of fossil fuels on which much of our economic activities depend and is also the reason why electing governments that will act aggressively and fast is decisive. However, there are other human activities besides energy production that generate greenhouse gases and where each person’s action can make a difference. In Canada, agriculture generates about 60 million tonnes of greenhouse gases every year; 40% of that

is caused by livestock, mainly through methane production in their gut. Beef cattle play a major role in this respect, both through grazing and in ‘finishing’ feedlots where they are fed corn and other grains to produce the marbled beef desired by consumers. Beef is thus considerably more ‘dangerous’ to climate than other meats consumed by humans; this is evident from the attached graph recently published in a prestigious scientific journal. Reduced meat consumption has other benefits. For example, in 2018 the World Health Organization recommended a healthy “nutritious diet based on a variety of foods originating mainly from plants, rather than animals…replace fatty meat and meat products with beans, legumes, lentils, fish, poultry or lean meat”. Similarly, Canada’s 2019 Dietary Guidelines recommend eating more plant-based foods and less meat containing saturated fat. Was it hard to make this dietary change? It took some adjustment, but I have continued eating other kinds of meat (chicken, pork, fish, see graph) and a variety of plant foods as well. It did require some changes in our family’s eating habits. On reflection, the necessity to respond to climate change demands that we as individuals and society do things differently. Some changes are bound to be uncomfortable, even difficult. However, not taking that route is not an option if we are to continue—through our children and grandchildren—to prosper as a species. For us Christians, ‘Love Your Neighbour as Yourself’ is an additional motivation and a source of strength as runaway climate change would cause widespread human hardships. And, ‘no one can do everything but everyone can do something’ (D. Saxe); there is great power in numbers. Dr. Josef Cihlar is a member of the Diocesan Green Group. He can be reached at

(Top) Volunteers Jane Miller and Marjorie Keates conduct reserach for clients. (Bottom) Art Keates speaks with visitor Anne Patterson. Photos-Mark Hauser.

ARCHIVES Continued from page 1 less shelving than where we came from, it all had to be re-shelved, and in some cases re-identify what some of the material was” says Art. An interim location of any kind is just that. Interim. So naturally, the Archives faced a few challenges in how they housed their collection and what they are able to control environmentally. The temperature and humidity are monitored daily by Jane Miller and kept within the required archival range. Open by appointment only, the volunteers receive requests for visits by email, then usually do some preparation work for people before they arrive. “So we know where the material is they are going to ask for” says Art. I asked Art what research most people visit the Archives for? “A lot of people are writing history of their own church. Doing research on the building. A lot of people come if they need documents if they are getting remarried. Some people come for genealogical reasons, they want to know about their family” says Art. Others he mentions are researching a particular geographical area, or maybe a certain point in local history. “It is surprising the various reasons people come to the archives to do research” he says. That begs the question of what sort of historical items should a parish transfer to the archives? Says Art, “They certainly should send their parish registers. They send their service registers when they are completed. They send minute books.

Things that we refer to as parish papers, frequently are kept in the parishes until the parish closes or runs out of storage space.” Art if often surprised by what people will drop off at the Archives. “There are people who drop things off, you would be surprised how significant some of these items are” he says. “A picture showing the choir in their particular church in 1943 or something like that could have enormous value years from now.” Art does not know what the oldest item in the Archives is, but he suspects it could be a letter written in 1789 from Dr. John Stewart to the bishop of Halifax. Stewart also wrote a lot of letters to the bishop of Quebec. While not always the oldest item, Art says the parish registers are “the most precious thing that we have, because they are the names of the people who were baptized, married, confirmed or buried.” If you are looking to contact the Archives for a visit or to request research, Art encourages people to email their request to rather than by phone. “Much better than telephone, we get the actual spellings of names” he says. Would like to volunteer at the Diocese of Ontario Archives?They could use your help! Contact Alex Pierson at apierson@ontario. or call (613) 544-4718



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Housing ACTION Forum Rev. Valerie Kelly


he Justice and Peace Commission partnered with the Social Planning Council of Kingston and District to host a Housing ACTION Forum. Affordable housing in Kingston is scarce! In February 2018, the CEO of Indwell (Jeff Neven) presented to a class in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s. His discussion after the class attracted 30-40 community members and faith communities. more than the anticipated 10-15. Versions of this group met monthly for another year, and continue with a new focus and more refined goals and expectations. The Justice and Peace Commission in the Fall of 2018 agreed that its Spring awareness event would focus on affordable housing. Shortly thereafter, at one of these ecumenical affordable housing meetings at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, a member of the Social Planning Council of Kingston and District (SPC), shared their intention to host a symposium in the Spring. At its January 2019 meeting, the Commission had no hesitation in agreeing

THRIFT Continued from page 1 grant funding went out far and wide, but none were successful. Several yard type sales bought in several thousand dollars. An anonymous donor stepped in with an interest free loan. Finally there was enough ‘seed’ money to proceed. A store location was leased. On April 1, 2019 The Napanee Charitable Thrift Store opened its doors. The grand opening, graced by Bishop Michael Oulton and Mayor Marg Isbester, followed on April 6, 2019. Come visit!..often!..because turnover of merchandise will be frequent. Bring those items you’ve been wanting to get rid of... enthusiastic volunteers will be delighted to accept them as long as they meet

to partner the SPC on this event and have been meeting regularly since. On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Social Planning Council of Kingston & District with its event partners, the Justice & Peace Commission (Anglican & Catholic) and the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, hosted Housing ACTION Forum at St. Luke’s Anglican Church (Nelson St.). People from across the community were invited to come together to suggest actions to improve the housing situation in Kingston. The suggested actions were compiled and shared with participants, the City of Kingston, and other interested Individuals and Groups. More information will be available on the Justice & Peace Commission’s Facebook page justiceandpeacecommission/?ref=book marks or on the diocesan website http:// If matters of justice and peace are close to your heart and you would like to find out more about the Commission, please contact Rev. Valerie Kelly, Coordinator, at .

The Diocese of Ontario Justice and Peace Commission is focussing on affordable housing in 2019. Photo-Shutterstock.

government requirements. Browse the inviting just might find that ‘gem’ you’ve been searching for...and the price will be right!

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(TOP) The Napanee Charitable Thrift Store supports ministry at St. Mary Magdalene. (BOTTOM-L) Shoppers scout deals on opening day. (BOTTOM-R) Warden Chris Yeomans and Napanee Mayor Marg Isbester. Photos-Mark Hauser.



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In 1917 the hymn “Have You Had a Kindness Shown?” was written by Henry Burton, a Methodist Episcopal minister.

Acts of Kindness

Diana Duncan-Fletcher


esop wrote: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” This is so true. I recently was sent a video showing a woman coming out of a building into the pouring rain holding an umbrella over her head. She spotted an old dog lying shivering on the sidewalk nearby. She walked over to him, hesitated, and then took off her large warm scarf and put it over the dog, sheltering it from the elements. Then she walked on. Someone captured this scene and it went viral over the internet. We all have opportunities to reach out and help. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has lots of fascinating examples of how people thought outside the box and gave generously of themselves to others. At various times in my life, someone has aided me with a compassionate deed when I really needed the help. When I have thanked them, the response has usually been: “Just pass it on, and help someone else.” I have tried to do that, although it never seems to be enough. In 1917 the hymn “Have You Had a Kindness Shown?” was written by Henry Burton, a Methodist Episcopal minister. The first stanza is: Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on, pass it on! ‘Twas not giv’n for thee alone Pass it on, pass it on!

Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another’s tears; ‘Till in heav’n the deed appears, Pass it on, pass it on! This old hymn was one of 26 written by Henry Burton and published in many hymnals. Its words are meaningful to me. My son, Robert, is almost a world traveler. Recently he has been volunteering in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, in the Missionaries of Charity homes started in 1948 by the woman known world-wide as Mother Teresa. He, and a friend of his, go each day to the Mother House of the nuns. They share breakfast together with the nuns and other volunteers, and then are sent out to help with the feeding, washing, physical therapy, and doing laundry for these less fortunate individuals. These men, women and children are the starving, crippled, ill and destitute left on the roads to die. Robert admitted it is challenging work, and the burn-out rate is high, but he senses that this is where he is meant to be now, showing compassion, love and kindness in action. While I realize it is not possible for each of us to work in this mission, we are given an opportunity to open our hearts and hands, and give out of gratitude and grace to those less fortunate each day. The beauty of kindness is that everyone’s capable of it. I challenge you. Thanks be to God!

The Education for Laity Committee is honoured and pleased to host preacher, broadcaster, hymnwriter and member of the Iona Community in Scotland:

John Bell

Saturday July 6, 2019 9:30am to 3:00pm

Christ Church Cataraqui Kingston. $20/person pre-registration until June 15. Contact Rev. John Morrsion:

The title of the day is “One Voice” and the theme is enabling music for small churches including those who may not have a music director, choir or praise band. John Bell has led parish weekends on a variety of topics and offers proven and tested ways of enabling people to improve our contribution as we join together in singing the praises of God. Some of his works are available for use in “Common Praise.”


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Dialogue Summer 2019  

Dialogue is the quarterly newspaper for the Anglican Diocese of Ontario

Dialogue Summer 2019  

Dialogue is the quarterly newspaper for the Anglican Diocese of Ontario