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SEPTEMBER 2015 A SECTION OF THE ANGLICAN JOURNAL

ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF QUEBEC • DIOCÈSE ANGLICAN DE QUÉBEC The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa

A Section of the Anglican Journal / November 2015

Ordinations on the Feast of St. Matthew Three Individuals with Three Unique Stories BY STEPHANIE BOYD

What an exciting time to be a part of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. Ordinations are always exciting for a Diocese, and on September 21, the Diocese of Ottawa held an ordination service for not one, but three individuals. On the Feast of St. Matthew, members of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa; along with friends and family, gathered at Christ Church Cathedral for the ordinations of The Rev. Aigah Attagutsiak, Rev. Elizabeth December-Lovell, and The Rev. Jo-

seph Varkey. Adding to the joy of the ordination service was the unique story that each ordinand brought with them. The Rev. Aigah Attagutsiak was ordained priest. Rev. Aigah is the first Inuk to be ordained in a Southern diocese. The Rev. Elizabeth December-Lovell, whose father Rev. Fred Christmas was a priest in the Diocese, was ordained deacon. The Rev. Joseph Varkey, who was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church in 2006, was received as a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada, Diocese of Ottawa. For a video interview with Rev. Aigah, please visit: http://bit.ly/1Lmkl7J

The Bread of Life

It does a body

good - or does it? BY REV. JESSICA WORDENBOLLING, Priest of the Di-

ocese of Ottawa Every Sunday we gather around the communion table and use the symbol of bread to remind ourselves that Jesus Christ is the one who sustains us, feeds our souls and fulfills our every need. We invite everyone who has been baptized into the Christian faith to come and eat of that living bread, taking into themselves not just physical bread, but spiritual nourishment as well. For some, however, the image of bread is not entirely fitting when used to describe something that gives us life. Indeed, for some people

who have sensitivities to gluten or Celiac disease, bread has become something that damages, rather than builds up their body. I think Christian hospitality is so important in making people feel welcome and included in our church community. Part of this is recognizing that more people are becoming aware that they are sensitive to gluten (wheat) products or have celiac disease. Personally, I have a sensitivity to wheat. That means that my body feels much better when I don’t consume wheat products. When I do eat them, a few hours later, my body feels old, with aches, pains and a sore gut. From what I’ve learned, this is my body’s inflammaSee STORY, p. 8

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Stephanie Boyd

Rev. Aigah Attagutsiak, Rev. Elizabeth December-Lovell, and Rev. Joseph Varkey being presented to the Bishop for Ordination on the Feast of St. Matthew at Christ Church Cathedral.

Power in a Name St. Alban’s Re-Naming Service for Parishioner

BY ERICA HOWES, Com-

munications Intern at St. Alban’s “There is power in a name,” began Rev. Mark Whittall’s homily at St. Albans on Sunday Sept. 27. All eyes were glued to the front from a congregation made up of friends, family and community members, some who had never been to church, others regular parishioners. Regardless of background, there was a buzzing energy in hearing original liturgy on Re-Naming a Transgender parishioner. Rev. Whittall described the problems of the “them vs. us” mentality in Mark 9:38-

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Zack Ingles

Eliot Waddingham’s re-naming service, a non-binary transgender St. Albans parishioner who goes by the pronoun ‘they’. 50 as he explained how “peoAlbans parishioner who goes ple who are queer and transby the pronoun ‘they’. Wadgender in our society and in dingham, a history student at our church understand this the University of Ottawa, is dynamic only too well. They involved in St. Alban’s music know first-hand the barriers team and Altar Guild, is the and boundaries that we set leader of a Bible Study and up to define who is in and was St. Albans student intern who is out.” last year. They’re a face every It was Eliot Waddingparishioner knows from enham’s re-naming service, a See STORY, p. 4 non-binary transgender St.

Crosstalk - November 2015  

Crosstalk News; November 2015 Edition. A publication of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa; member of the Anglican Church of Canada. #OttawaCro...

Crosstalk - November 2015  

Crosstalk News; November 2015 Edition. A publication of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa; member of the Anglican Church of Canada. #OttawaCro...

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