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Introducing the newest officers of the Canada and Bermuda Territory
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ieutenant Champ, you look like you know how to ride a horse!” It seemed liked the whole world was watching as I stood on stage staring into the eyes of the territorial commander, Commissioner Arnold Brown, who would later become General. It was June 21, 1975. The summer solstice had arrived; the Steven Spielberg film Jaws had just premiered; the Beach Boys were playing at Wembley Stadium in the U.K.; and the Americans and Russians were about to make history with a joint Apollo-Soyuz space mission. But none of these were the focus of my attention, as it was the day of my commissioning as a Salvation Army officer. The afternoon was a solemn and sacred occasion as the Soldiers of the Cross Session of cadets knelt at the mercy seat in moments of consecration and ordination. And then the evening came. First-time appointments were wellguarded secrets until the great unveiling on the Saturday evening. Sure, there was speculation among the cadets and their families in the lead up to the gathering, but few, if any, had inside knowledge of their destinations. And so there I stood on the platform in Toronto’s Massey Hall on a hot and humid evening in my high-collar uniform. I awaited my marching orders with an adrenalin rush fueled by equal parts fear and anticipation. Nearly everyone I
cared about was in the hall that evening as Commissioner Brown called my name and announced my first appointment. Commissioning events and the approach to the weekend have changed over the years. First appointments are shared in a more private setting prior to the all-important weekend. Today, there are no great surprises or outbursts of shock and awe from the new lieutenants or their families and friends. And I dare say that this more measured approach is much preferred by most participants. What has not changed is the significance of the commissioning and ordination of officers. The response to the call to officership is a key indicator of the health and vitality of the Army. A strong and vibrant Movement demands and develops high quality leaders. Which comes first? I will leave that for you to debate. This month we are pleased to profile the cadets of the Friends of Christ Session as they anticipate their commissioning and ordination as Salvation Army officers on June 23 (pages 12-15). Major Eric Bond, principal of the College for Officer Training, writes, “During their 22 months of training, they have developed character and competency through their spiritual formation, academic studies and field training.” Reflecting on his training experience, Cadet Joshua Ivany states, “I have learned there is no cookie-cutter Salvation Army officer. God has created us all differently and that’s what makes the body of Christ so beautiful.” Commissioner Dudley Coles would agree wholeheartedly. You can read about his journey to officership on page 22—a journey that took him and his family around the world. As it turned out, my first appointment was to Melfort, Sask., a lovely farming community of 5,000 people. There was an abundance of John Deere tractors and other such implements, but nary a horse to be found. As I drove into town in my late model Chevy, I prayed for strength and wisdom. And then, with the brashness that only a 23-year-old lieutenant could display, exclaimed, “Giddy up!” MAJOR JIM CHAMP Editor-in-Chief
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A Century of Song in St. John’s DURING ITS 126TH CORPS anniversary weekend, St. John’s Temple, N.L., celebrated 100 years of vocal ministry by the songster brigade. Using Sing for Joy as its theme, festivities commenced with a luncheon on Saturday with current songsters and a large group of former members. The evening concert featured the St. John’s Temple Songsters and alumni, the singing company, St. John’s Citadel Songsters, a brass ensemble and vocal selections from the mass chorus. Guests Lt-Colonels Donald and Renee Lance, divisional leaders from the Pendal Division, U.S.A. Eastern Territory, led Sunday morning worship. Lt-Colonel Renee Lance is a former St. John’s Temple songster. Sunday afternoon’s Say It With Music featured all of the music sections of the corps. Celebrations concluded with fellowship and the cutting of the anniversary cake.
St. John’s Temple Songsters celebrate a century of vocal ministry
Tax Preparation Support in Cornwall FROM MARCH 5 to April 30, Cornwall Community Church, Ont., facilitated the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), which serves individuals with low incomes and simple tax situations. Volunteer Andre Therriault, who co-ordinates the CVITP and has done similar programs in the past, approached The Salvation Army about providing a venue for this service. “I felt it was something the Army could do to help people in Cornwall and show them that we are a socially conscious organization,” says Oren Cole, corps leader. “We’re here to serve the community in whatever way we can. When needs arise, we try to address those needs.” The corps advertised the CVITP at the food bank and then sent out press releases to inform the broader community. Approximately 1,500 returns were completed. Therriault completed most of the returns himself, but he was assisted by six volunteers, all of whom have been accredited by the Canada Revenue Agency. Cole hopes that the CVITP will become an annual program.
Lunches for Kids in Regina THE SALVATION ARMY’S Haven of Hope Community Ministries has been daily delivering nutritional lunches to 50 students of Coronation Park Elementary School in Regina since March. “We received a $10,000 donation at Christmas from one of the local car dealerships to be used for a feeding program,” says Major Doug Binner, corps officer. “We had already determined there was a need to address nutrition in the elementary schools and so this donation was timely.” The superintendent of community schools in Regina put the Army in touch with a school that had a high need and a very low budget, and so the relationship began. Several volunteers from Haven of Hope and the community prepare fresh fruits, vegetables and wholesome sandwiches in the corps’ kitchen every school day. “One of the staff and a volunteer deliver the lunches to the school before the noon-hour bell,” explains Major Binner. “We stay to assist with the distribution of the lunches and supervision of the lunch hour. This gives us an opportunity to build relationship with the children, to eventually be a transforming influence in their lives and hopefully in their families’ lives as well.”
Volunteer Nancy Goodwin, Andre Therriault and Oren Cole help people complete their tax returns Nutritious lunches are prepared daily for school children Salvationist I June 2012 I 5
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IT’S FRIDAY NIGHT in St. John’s, N.L. For many people who frequent the city’s entertainment district, it’s a chance for a night on the town. But for members of the Salvation Army Student Fellowship (SASF) at Memorial University of Newfoundland, it’s an opportunity to share a hot meal and conversation with the city’s most vulnerable residents. Every Friday night from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., eight to 10 students offer hot meals, soft drinks and snacks to homeless people, buskers and street vendors. The ministry is a partnership between the Army’s New Hope Community Centre, which provides the food, and the Army’s emergency and disaster services, which provides a van. People from St. John’s West Corps also help out. The ministry plays an important role in St. John’s, where poverty is on the rise. “It’s not as visible as it is in bigger cities, but it’s becoming more obvious than it was,” says Valerie Barter, chaplain and director of campus ministries at Memorial University. “As the economy improves, we’re seeing a bigger gap between rich and poor and, as a result, we’re seeing more homelessness and poverty.” On a normal Friday, the team helps up to 50 people. Some come directly to the van for a hot meal, but the SASF also has
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Salvationist Students Help the Vulnerable
Members of the SASF spend Friday evenings assisting people in need
groups of students who walk around the neighbourhood to look for people who may need assistance. The students tell them about the Army food van and bring hot drinks and snacks to those who don’t want to leave their spots. The ongoing nature of the ministry has made it possible for the students to build relationships with the people they serve. “People expect them now, and the stu-
Youth Retreat With a Social Conscience DURING A MARITIME Division youth retreat held in Amherst, N.S., young people put the Army’s mission into practice by participating in community service projects. Options included serving cups of hot chocolate through the Army’s community response unit (CRU), handing out encouragement cards at the local mall, working at the thrift store and food bank, putting together care packages for seniors and picking up garbage. “We had a fantastic time,” says Melissa Mowbray, a youth chaperone from Sussex, N.B. “I led a group on a prayer drive to pray at a hospital, school and police station. It showed our youth that they have a voice to make change, even in their prayers.” The annual youth retreat is an opportunity for spiritual, social and personal enrichment, open to ages 12-25. “It’s a real eye-opener to see how much the Army does for people,” says Linnea Dean, 17. “It’s important to help youth put mis6 I June 2012 I Salvationist
sion into practice and give them an opportunity to express their Christian faith,” says Major Wanda Vincent, divisional youth secretary, Maritime Division.
Maritime youth participate in a prayer walk
dents are having conversations with them,” says Barter. The SASF has been involved with this ministry since December 2010, when it was led by St. John’s West Corps, but the students took over in summer 2011. “In Newfoundland and Labrador, The Salvation Army is mostly known as a church,” says Barter, “and this shows people that we do social work as well.”
Did you know …
… the Army’s Regina Waterston Centre is receiving over $500,000 in homeless partnering strategy funding to help women in the city’s drug treatment court program? Housed in a 10-bed residential facility, the program helps women to become healthy and independent … the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and members of the Weston family donated $3 million to expand the ministry of two Army family centres in Winnipeg and Calgary? … eight corps made the honour roll and received certificates from the territorial commander in recognition of growth in soldier enrolments, increased attendance in Sunday worship and Christian education programs? They were: Alberni Valley, B.C.; Halifax Citadel CC and Kentville, N.S.; New-Wes-Valley, Peterview and St. John’s Citadel, N.L.; Toronto’s Yorkminster Citadel; Montreal Citadel
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Heritage Brass Tours Florida IN MARCH, ONTARIO Central-East Division’s Heritage Brass participated in a 10-day tour of Florida under the leadership of Brian Burditt. Canadian Major George Patterson, corps officer in Ocala, accompanied the band throughout the tour. On the first Saturday of their trip, the band divided into ensembles to minister at five nursing homes before performing at First Baptist Church. The program included soloists Gary Dean, playing Gift of Love, and Deryck Diffey, playing I’d Rather Have Jesus. Major Greg Simmonds, the band’s executive officer, gave a thought-provoking meditation on Psalm 139. “During the holiness meeting on Sunday morning, the congregation was ‘on fire’ for the Lord,” says William White, a member of Heritage Brass. “Our aim is to bring blessings to others through our music; however, we were immensely blessed by the corps members at Ocala.” In the afternoon, the band did an outdoor service at Ocala Downtown Square. On subsequent days, the band performed in Jacksonville, Lakeland and Sarasota. On Thursday, prior to an evening concert in Port Charlotte, the band did a 45-minute program for 650 children at Kingsway Elementary School. A highlight of the event was when Brian Burditt invited six students to conduct the band through the march, Montreal Citadel. On Friday, an enthusiastic audience enjoyed the
band’s performance at United Methodist Church in Venice/Nokomis. The next day in Dunedin, the band was honoured to play the American and Canadian national anthems at the commencement of a baseball game in Dunedin between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves. At Clearwater Citadel on Sunday, the band contributed Dean Goffin’s classic piece, Light of the World, and in the evening gave their final concert to a large and appreciative crowd. “It is our prayer that the band was entertaining and that the gospel message was clearly proclaimed,” says White.
Gary Dean performs a solo during the tour
Heritage Brass prepares to play the American and Canadian national anthems prior to the start of the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves
Honouring Refugee Rights TO HONOUR CANADA’S annual Refugee Rights Day, Florence Gruer, director of immigrant and refugee services at Toronto Harbour Light Ministries, facilitated a seminar on April 4. One of the goals of the gathering was to inform frontline workers and newcomers to Canada of the implications of the federal government’s Bill C-31, scheduled to become law this month. Dumo Siziba, a Toronto lawyer originally from Zimbabwe, works with several prominent non-government organizations to promote refugee rights. At the seminar, Siziba informed participants of the two categories of refugees: convention refugees who leave their home country because of religious and social intolerance, for example, and protection refugees who fear torture, unusual punishment or death if they return home. Currently, it can take up to four years to return refused refugee claimants to their home country. Siziba said that although Bill C-31 will speed up the citizenship process, the stricter processing deadlines, designed to more quickly extradite people, may compromise their rights. Jennifer Stone, a lawyer at Neighbourhood Legal Services in Toronto, focused on issues regarding family reunification for refugees who are already in Canada but want their spouse and/
or children to join them, a process that can sometimes take six or seven years.
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Easter Musical Portrays Life of Christ FOR SEVERAL MONTHS leading up to Easter, St. John’s Citadel, N.L., became a beehive of activity as 130 cast and technical personnel prepared for Because We Believe, a musical presentation of the life of Christ. With a backdrop of flowing curtains and pedestals, the citadel sanctuary was transformed to help the audience feel they had stepped into the heavenly realm. A 50-voice choir comprised of the St. John’s Citadel Songsters and others provided the angelic sounds of the heavenly hosts as the musical opened, proclaiming the Creator’s plan to send the Prince of Glory to earth to become the world’s Saviour. Narrator Major Judy Mayo prepared the audience before each scene as the familiar story of the life of Jesus unfolded. Glimpses into Jesus’ ministry highlighted the calling of the Twelve Apostles, the healing of the crippled boy, the resurrection of Jairus’ daughter and Christ’s death, Resurrection and Ascension. “As Jesus was crucified, one could not help but be moved by the piercing sounds of the nails being driven into his hands and feet, the sight of him being lifted up on the rugged cross and then his body being removed from the cross and placed in the tomb,” says Glenys Woodland, a corps member. Dramatic sound effects recreated an earthquake rolling the stone from the tomb’s entrance with the resurrected Christ then appearing to his followers. In the concluding moments of the musical, Jesus, portrayed by Todd Woodland, stepped out
of the story and addressed the audience: “Do you believe in me?” The production concluded with the cast and choir transformed into robes of white, representing the redeemed of the Lord entering the presence of God, singing Behold He Comes. The corps has been producing Easter musicals for more than 20 years. This year’s production was dedicated to the memory of Dona Stryde, who for many years had researched, designed and created period costumes and props to create a realistic atmosphere for each pageant. The congregation invited their families, neighbours and co-workers to attend Because We Believe. Several of the 1,200 who attended said they had made a personal commitment to Christ during the musical. “This production was more than
an Easter pageant, ” says Glenys Woodland. “It was the presentation of Jesus Christ and an affirmation of our faith.”
For many years, Todd Woodland has played the lead role of Jesus in St. John’s Citadel’s Easter musical dramas. He is pictured in the scene that portrays Christ resurrecting Jairus’ daughter
On the night of his betrayal, Jesus (Todd Woodland) shares a sacred meal with Bartholomew (Neil Hicks)
Winnipeg Immigrants Receive Driving Instruction
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program that is parallel to the one highschool students take. “Most new Canadians can’t afford private driving lessons. Driving makes the lives of newcomers so much easier,” says Michelle Strain, LEEP’s program supervisor. Brothers Trésor and Daniel Namwira, who left the Democratic Republic of Congo a year ago, are recent graduates of LEEP. At home, their family didn’t have the funds for driving so when they first got behind the wheel in Canada, they were very nervous. Now, after several months of practice, the brothers are confident, feel safe and are ready to trade in their learner’s permits to become fully licensed drivers. “A driver’s licence makes it less com-
plicated to get to work, to get groceries, to get to school,” says Strain. “And it opens up a whole new range of job possibilities.” Photo: Trevor Hagan, Winning Free Press
NEW IMMIGRANTS FROM war-torn countries face a host of challenges. While poverty, language barriers, loss, separation and unemployment are common and frightening, the thought of driving on Canadian roads can also be daunting. Located in Winnipeg, The Salvation A r m y ’s L i f e E m p l o y a b i l i t y a n d Enhancement Program (LEEP) is a preemployment training program that assists newcomers in becoming contributing members of Canadian society. Participants must be from a country affected by war and be between the ages of 18 and 30. In an effort to assist newcomers with the challenge of driving, LEEP has introduced something new—a driver training
Trésor and Daniel Namwira learned to drive through the Army’s LEEP program in Winnipeg
Our future depends on the partnership of existing and emerging leaders
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BY COLONEL FLOYD TIDD
ob Dylan may have penned the song The Times They Are a-Changin’ almost 50 years ago, but the words still ring true today. Change is all around us and happening at an accelerated rate. With these rapid shifts in culture, many people question whether the Army can change quickly enough to keep up or even risk not changing. While the Christian Church—including The Salvation Army—has been forced to navigate the often confusing and turbulent waters caused by the shift from a modern to a post-modern world, it’s helpful to remember that today’s leaders are not the first to face the challenge of a changing culture. In the Early Church, the Apostle Peter was confronted with a similar situation (see Acts 10-11). In spite of his personal convictions about how the Church should be organized and operated, Peter’s views were challenged as the Church moved from an almost exclusively Jewish context into a Gentile one. Although difficult, Peter understood that God was calling the Church to minister in a radically new way as it expanded into new cultures. These changes would begin with Peter—the leader—and continue with other emerging leaders as the Church adapted to a changing context while remaining committed to the
unchanging gospel. Leadership looks different in our postmodern culture. In The Leadership Jump, Jimmy Long suggests that, “If the modern leader is represented by hierarchy and directing, the emerging leader is represented by a culture of networking, permission giving and empowerment.” Long proposes that the key issue facing church leaders in these years of transition is not so much a choice between two leadership approaches but rather how best to form partnerships between leadership styles. A healthy partnership between existing and emerging leaders will effectively guide the Church through these changes, gracefully engaging the emerging culture without compromising the gospel. Jim Collins, author of Built to Last and Good to Great, notes: “The best and most innovative work comes only from true commitments freely made between people in a spirit of partnership ….” The gospel of Jesus Christ and the mission of The Salvation Army deserve the best and most innovative work. Partnerships are not always easy to achieve or manage, but they are critical to our future as a Movement. In true partnerships, existing and emerging leaders need to listen to each other. Existing leaders will benefit from the insights and interpretation of the cur-
rent culture from emerging leaders, and emerging leaders need the experience of existing leaders and their understanding of how God has brought his Church to this point in time. Existing leaders can also provide power, resources, wisdom and encouragement through the difficult times ahead. However, partnerships are only as strong as the level of trust between the parties. Trust is not easily earned in the world or within the Church and requires time, effort and a willingness to be open and honest. Existing leaders must be accountable to emerging leaders and not just seek accountability from them. In turn, emerging leaders must honour the interest and trust shown in them by existing leaders. Trust shares the resources, the power ... and the mistakes. As I reflect on my own leadership journey, I appreciate what the Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, refers to as the privilege of being partners in the gospel (see Philippians 1:3-11). At various points in my life, existing leaders entered into partnerships with me, even when I didn’t recognize it. In so doing, they strengthened and developed my potential for leadership. A junior soldier sergeant, a cub pack leader, corps officers, divisional youth leaders and other senior officers and local leaders mentored me in various ways. They listened, invested time and opened themselves to questions and shared accountability. They demonstrated and developed trust through the releasing of power and resources. And they took risks that did not always result in success. Now that I’m an existing leader, I also need to seek out and commit to strong partnerships with emerging leaders. Just like Peter, I need to revisit my understanding of how the Church—and The Salvation Army—will function in this strange, new post-modern culture that is increasingly post-Christian and post-denominational. If the times they are a-changin’, then we should not be surprised by the desperate need for an accompanying shift in leadership—nor should we resist it. The command-and-control leadership style, so effective in a modern culture, needs the influence of a different leadership style that will be effective in a post-modern culture. Our future depends on leaders—existing and emerging—committed to partnering with mutual respect, a joyful openness and willing accountability. Colonel Floyd Tidd is the chief secretary of the Canada and Bermuda Territory. Salvationist I June 2012 I 9
Staff and campers enjoy a sunny day at Camp Sunrise in Gibsons, B.C.
It’s just one week—seven days filled with fresh air, campfires and fun—but for many children, a short time at summer camp can mean a lifetime of faith and friendship. In this article, three young people tell Salvationist about their life-changing experiences at Salvation Army camps BY KRISTIN FRYER, STAFF WRITER
Name: David Skeard Age: 18 Hometown: Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L. Camp: Twin Ponds Camp, Gander, N.L.
David Skeard was eight when he went to music camp at Twin Ponds Camp, but after his first year, he says, “I was hooked.” Raised in Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L., David attends Grand Falls Citadel with his family. Before he went to camp, he did not know how to play an instrument, but the camp gave him the chance to learn the tenor horn. David says he learned a lot in those early years—both musically and spiritually. “When you’re a little kid, going to church and other stuff at your corps, you don’t learn as much as you do at camp, where you have Bible studies with your own age group,” he says. “At camp, I learned what it means to be a Christian.” David continued to go to camp each year, but in 2009, when he was 14, he had a spiritual awakening that deepened his faith. 10 I June 2012 I Salvationist
“After that year, I didn’t want to go to camp just to please my parents,” he says. “It was me wanting to go, to do this for myself. It wasn’t my parents’ faith anymore.” The next summer, David went to camp as a staff member, working in the kitchen. “I did that to get my foot in the door, to see what it was like to be on staff,” he explains. “I enjoyed it, so I applied to be a counsellor the following year.” Being a counsellor had long been a dream for David. “Going to camp all those years, I knew a lot of the counsellors and I always looked up to them,” he says. “I thought it would be cool to be the person that young kids could look up to as well.” David was a counsellor at Twin Ponds Camp last summer, working with children aged seven-12 and teens. He notes that almost all of the children he worked with were from the community and did not have a Salvation Army background. “I built good relationships with the children,” he remembers. “There was this one kid—when he was getting on the bus to leave the camp, I went to say goodbye to him, and he looked at me and said, ‘I wish you were my brother.’ “You don’t know where these kids are coming from,” he continues. “Some of them have had a good childhood, others have had a difficult childhood. But we try to teach them about God and help them in their faith.”
Name: Kevin Simpson Age: 10 Hometown: New Westminster, B.C. Camp: Camp Sunrise, Gibsons, B.C.
Going to summer camp for the first time can be an intimidating experience. “I was sort of scared,” admits Kevin Simpson, who first went to Camp Sunrise at the age of seven, “but when I started getting into it, it all changed. I loved it.” Though not from a Christian background, Kevin attended a Salvation Army daycare. “They closed the daycare for the week of camp because most of the workers go to camp,” says his mother, Barbara Simpson, “so sending him was the natural thing to do. I was working and I needed childcare.” That summer, Kevin went to the holiday camp at Sunrise, where he made a lasting connection with his counsellor, Mark Touzeau. “We became friends,” Kevin says. “I remember going on the ropes course with him and, since I was too young for the high
ropes, he took me zip-lining.” Today, he is still in touch with Touzeau through Facebook, and the two meet up occasionally. After attending holiday camp, Kevin and his mother discovered that Camp Sunrise also offered a junior music and performing arts camp. “I played the violin and I wanted to do more music,” he says, “so my mom told me I could go to music camp as well.” Since then, he has attended both camps every summer. His first year, he joined the band, but for the next two years he did drama. His first year in the drama group, Kevin was in a production of Jonah and the Whale. “I was one of the sailors and I got to chuck someone off the boat!” he laughs. “That was fun.” While he plans to go to arts camp again this summer, Kevin is not sure whether he will choose band or drama. Either way, he can’t wait to go back. “I really like camp,” says Kevin. “That’s where I met God and learned about him for the first time. “I learned about Christianity at school,” he adds, “but I was told, ‘This is just another faith. There are many religions to choose from.’ Now I go to a Christian school and I learn about Jesus every day.” Kevin’s experiences at Camp Sunrise have inspired him to join the staff when he is old enough. He plans to volunteer to be a counsellor at the junior camp (ages seven-12) as soon as he turns 13.
“I really like camp,” says Kevin. “That’s where I met God and learned about him for the first time”
Name: Tom Morrison Age: 19 Hometown: Jackson’s Point, Ont. Camp: Jackson’s Point Camp, Ont.
Growing up, Tom Morrison had very little exposure to church. None of his family or friends were Christians, but he happened to live just down the street from a Salvation Army camp in Jackson’s Point, Ont. He was six when he first went to the camp. “My parents wanted to get rid of me for a week so they sent me there,” Tom jokes. He loved the activities at camp—especially games like capture the flag—and he fondly remembers the cabin leaders acting out stories from the Bible during lesson time. “That engaged me and made the stories stick in my head,” he says. During his fourth summer at camp, these lessons led Tom to an important decision. “One night, after all the other kids had gone to bed, I stayed up late talking to one of the cabin leaders,” he recalls. “He read me different verses from the Bible, and he explained to me why Jesus died for us and how much he loves us. That night, I decided to commit my life to Jesus.”
Back home, Tom found little support for his faith and he fell into old routines. But he continued attending camp and in the summer of 2007, one of his cabin leaders invited him to come to his church in Richmond Hill, Ont. Tom started attending Richmond Hill Community Church regularly, and in 2008, he became a counsellor at Jackson’s Point Camp. “My first year as a counsellor was an eye-opener—the kind of commitment you need,” he says. “You come into the camp not knowing these kids at all, you spend a week getting to know them, and then they’re gone. And still, while they’re there, you give them everything you’ve got. It made me appreciate what the cabin leaders did for me growing up.” Tom, who has been a counsellor for the past four years, says the experience has had a “huge” impact on his faith. “Being in charge of a group of kids like that made me want to be more of a leader in my own church,” says Tom, who now attends Corps 614 in Toronto. “I’m involved with the kids’ programs and some of the teens’ programs at 614. All of that started with camp.” Tom is hoping to work at Jackson’s Point Camp again this summer. Knowing the impact summer camp had on his life, he believes that it is one of The Salvation Army’s best ministries. “Camping ministry brings together kids from all walks of life,” he says. “They learn about God and, for kids like me who aren’t from a Christian family, it’s their first exposure to Jesus. And what a way to remember that—when you’re having a ridiculously fun time at camp.” Salvationist I June 2012 I 11
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Friends of Christ
Introducing the newest officers of the Canada and Bermuda Territory
n June 23, the cadets of the Friends of Christ Session will be commissioned and ordained as Salvation Army officers with the rank of lieutenant. After nearly two years of intensive training through the College for Officer Training (CFOT) in Winnipeg, these 18 Salvationists are now preparing for their first appointments.
The Principal’s Commendation It is my pleasure to introduce the Friends of Christ Session who will be the newest lieutenants in the Canada and Bermuda Territory. As officers who have met the requirements of ordination and commissioning, they go forth as Friends of Christ to bring everyone, from the young to the old, the outcast to the affluent, to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. During their 22 months of training, they have developed character and competency through their spiritual formation, academic studies and field training. Their ordination and commissioning is the beginning of a journey marked by lifelong learning, service and a growing dependency on God for power and direction in ministry. They are armed and ready to accomplish the mission of The Salvation Army and extend the Kingdom of God. My prayer is that, by faith, they will expect great things from God and he will work in and through them beyond their wildest imaginations. “The one who called [them] is faithful and will do what he promised” (1 Thessalonians 5:24 NLS). Major Eric Bond Principal, CFOT 12 I June 2012 I Salvationist
Challenge from the Territorial Commander Welcome to a worldwide fellowship of covenanted officers. It is my pleasure to acknowledge your declaration and commitment to serve as commissioned and ordained officers of The Salvation Army in the Canada and Bermuda Territory. As a Friend of Christ you are appointed to lead the work of The Salvation Army and extend the Kingdom of God. You will be welcomed as the shepherd of God’s flock, preacher of the gospel of Christ, counsellor to those in need and comforter to the distressed. Of course all of these roles are possible by the grace he gives. You are now his “sent ones” into a needy world and charged with the responsibility of bringing new life, light and hope as you share Christ. Your sessional name declares that you are not alone in this Kingdom adventure. Your life of faithful service must always be linked to the steadfast faithfulness of Christ, remembering the words of 2 Timothy 2:13—“He will remain faithful” (NIRV). You step into leadership at a time when General Linda Bond calls us to an aggressive Vision Plan that is focused on One Army, One Mission and One Message. You are welcomed reinforcements in this worldwide mission vision emphasis. Commissioner Rosalie joins me in the assurance of our prayers and extending God’s blessing to you as you begin your officership journey. Sincerely yours, Commissioner Brian Peddle Territorial Commander
I had the opportunity to learn many aspects of ministry during my field placements at Winnipeg East Community Church and Portage la Prairie, Man. I particularly enjoyed visiting and spending time with corps members. Learning the history and mission of The Salvation Army has not only been inspiring, but has also challenged me to faithfully carry on the work of the Army. As I move forward into officership, I am grateful for the encouragement and support I have received.
I was 16 when I first felt the call to become a Salvation Army officer and now, 16 years later, I am being commissioned. I did not know then that it would take so long for God to prepare me for full-time ministry, but as I look back through the years, I have no doubt that he has been guiding me every step of the way. Over the past two years at CFOT, I have learned the importance of community. The opportunities I had to be in community with Salvationists in Saskatchewan while on assignment are some of the most significant moments of my training.
Mary Maybury College was very challenging for me, as was adapting to a different culture. I praise God for new friends and fellowship, which have helped me along the way. My dearest memories are visiting seniors at hospitals and nursing homes. It was a privilege to sit with them, read devotionals to them and listen to their stories from days gone by. Their shared knowledge and wisdom was a blessing. I also appreciated the morning prayer chapels at CFOT—those quiet, sacred times helped me experience God’s peace throughout the day. Pictured with daughter, Demara.
Stefan Van Schaick
indicating that she, too, had been a cadet. There was an instant connection. We may live in different worlds, but we share in the ministry of Salvation Army officership. As I enter full-time ministry, I know that I do not go alone. Christ goes with me, but I also go with the support of my session-mates, fellow officers, family and friends.
Wa t c h i n g n e w believers grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and what he wants for them brings me great joy. During my training, I have walked down this path of understanding with many individuals. There is something wonderful about seeing someone’s eyes light up when they have those “aha!” moments. My time at CFOT has taught me that God is always present and working out his great plan. I simply need to look for him and allow him to use me.
Laura Van Schaick I met Rolanda while visiting Cuba on a mission trip in April 2011. In my broken Spanish, I introduced myself as a cadet in the Friends of Christ Session. Instantly, her face lit up and she ushered me inside her home to see her ordination certificate,
When Cory and I decided to come to CFOT, I was excited but unsure of what the next two years would hold. Many times I have had to rely on God for help, but I have also had many opportunities to rejoice with him. As I reflect on my time at CFOT, I am reminded of the communities that God has taken me to, as well as the relationships that I have developed. Looking forward, I am eager to go to a community where I can invest myself in the lives of others.
Bethany Howard At my summer assignment in Quesnel, B.C., I took part in a ministry called Tiny Bites. During the week, we prepared lunches and took them to various schools around the city. Every day, children ran up to us with bright smiles, awaiting the goodies we had for them. There was one family who always came to meet us, rain or shine. One day, their guardian explained to me that the children’s parents had recently lost their jobs. She said that because of Tiny Bites, she knew the children would eat every day. Ministry moments like this reaffirm my calling to be a Salvation Army officer. Salvationist I June 2012 I 13
Growing up, people told me that I was destined to be a Salvation Army officer because the past five generations of my family had been officers. But I went my own way for a few years before I finally decided to surrender my life to God. Over the past two years at CFOT, I have learned there is no cookie-cutter Salvation Army officer. God has created us all differently and that’s what makes the body of Christ so beautiful.
I have learned so much from seeing the work of Christ in the lives of volunteers and my fellow cadets. I had the privilege of serving at the Urban Café at Winnipeg’s Weetamah Corps during my first-year placement, and I have been blessed by the families I met at Winnipeg East Community Church. God has used my two years at CFOT to shape me for ministry. I am looking forward to serving God and joining him in the community where I am appointed.
Jennifer Ivany The beauty of community and the blessing of wise leadership continually amazed me and Joshua during our time at CFOT. In the end, we have come out imperfect and still filled with questions: Where are we going to be living for the next few years? Will our children transition well? Will people be happy with our leadership? Yet we know that God is faithful, “keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9). Pictured with sons Aiden and Liam.
Throughout my training at CFOT, I have seen God’s hand upon my life. I have been blessed with field placements that have broadened my thinking and opened my eyes to the various ministries of the Army. I am especially thankful for two great winter assignments (Cranbrook, B.C., and Lethbridge, Alta.) and an amazing summer assignment (Hamilton, Ont.), which gave me the opportunity to learn from experienced corps officers and share in ministry with them. I know that as I enter my first appointment, God will go before me and surround me with his presence.
My field placements in Ontario and Manitoba taught me about the importance of relationships. Most recently at Weetamah Corps in Winnipeg, I bonded with women from all walks of life and cultures. Seeing God at work in the lives of people at CFOT and in the community has helped me understand the importance of our mission. In meeting human needs, I have learned that sharing the love of Jesus Christ is foundational if we want to be a transforming influence in our world. Pictured with sons Elijah and Ewan.
Lance Gillard The last 22 months have been a time of transition and selfdiscovery, a pilgrimage that has torn down my pre-CFOT walls of life and rebuilt them on the Word of God and the love of Jesus. God has used the staff at CFOT and Booth University College, as well as my session-mates, to accomplish this. My field placements and assignments introduced me to the realities of officership and showed me what it is like to answer the call. 14 I June 2012 I Salvationist
During the past two years at CFOT, I have learned that God’s love and presence is all I need as I reach out and serve others. God has continually affirmed his calling upon my life. I have been blessed with ministry opportunities where I have prayed with people and have witnessed lives being touched by the Holy Spirit. I am humbled by these experiences and I look forward to my future ministry, knowing that God will be with me. Pictured with son, Daniel.
Brian Bobolo The flexible training environment at CFOT enabled me to learn and gain experiences that have nourished me both as a person and a minister. I am thankful for the opportunity I had to work in the corrections program with women and men dedicated to sharing the love of Christ with vulnerable and often rejected members of our society. Most importantly, I am thankful that I was able to learn and grow alongside my wife, June. I know our lives will be filled with learning and wonder as we experience what it means to dedicate ourselves to the cause of Christ.
Jason Dockeray Over the past two years I have grown to love the label “Friend of Christ” because it reminds me that I am called to exemplify the greatest commandment: to love God and love my neighbour. Field ministry, classes and community living have shown me that by loving others I am able to love Christ. CFOT has afforded me diverse experiences in Winnipeg and across the territory, which have challenged me to grow closer to God, see him at work in others and develop strong relationships with people.
June Bobolo I have been stretched in so many ways since the day I arrived at CFOT. I remember being a nervous wreck the first time I had to stand in front of my session-mates and present something I learned in class. Yet, somewhere along the way, my legs grew stronger, my knees stopped knocking and my confidence was strengthened because of God’s abiding grace. I know, and can now confidently proclaim, that I can do all things in Christ Jesus who gives me strength.
Kristen Jackson-Dockeray My calling to officership was unexpected and, initially, not chosen by me. Instead, my calling is evidence of God’s divine initiating grace and his continuing work in my life. Throughout my time at college, in field placements and in my relationships with others, I have been humbled by the knowledge that God has chosen me, despite my weaknesses and limitations. Pictured with son, Jackson.
ORDINATION AND COMMISSIONING
Commissioner Brian Peddle – Territorial Commander Commissioner Rosalie Peddle – Territorial President of Women's Ministries
I'll Fight A Social Justice Concert featuring OCE
Divisional Youth Chorus & Canadian Staff Band Canada Christian College, 50 Gervais Dr., Toronto, Ontario
Ordination and Commissioning
of the Friends of Christ Session Canada Christian College, 50 Gervais Dr., Toronto, Ontario
Scarborough Citadel 2021 Lawrence Ave. East Scarborough, Ontario
The Salvation Army College for Officer Training Canada and Bermuda Territory
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Snow White and the Huntsman offers a new take on the classic tale
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BY KRISTIN FRYER, STAFF WRITER
Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth star in Snow White and the Huntsman
he story of Snow White may be 200 years old, but it has never lost its place in popular culture. This summer, the classic tale gets updated in Snow White and the Huntsman, an actionadventure epic that offers a unique and entertaining blend of old and new. In keeping with the original fairy tale, the film follows Snow White (Kristen Stewart), daughter of the late King Magnus and stepdaughter of Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron). Queen Ravenna is a vain, selfish tyrant who gains power and beauty by stealing the youth of others. Upon learning from her magic mirror that she is no longer the “fairest of them all,” she sets out to kill Snow White, enlisting the help of Eric, a young huntsman (Chris Hemsworth). The Mirror tells her that if she takes Snow White’s heart, she will become immortal. 16 I June 2012 I Salvationist
The call to fight evil and do what is right is very real Much of this is familiar, yet for those of us who grew up watching the 1937 Disney film, Snow White and the Huntsman may at times feel like a completely different story. But this is to its credit. Disney’s Snow White is closer to the young girl in the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale, but she lacks the personality and agency today’s audiences expect from the central character of a film. In this modern retelling, Snow White is portrayed as a strong female warrior instead of a passive princess.
For example, in the Disney film, Snow White willingly follows the huntsman into the forest, oblivious of his intent to kill her, but in the new film, she recognizes that she is in danger and makes a daring escape from the castle, thwarting her stepmother’s plan to take her life. And forget cooking and cleaning for the dwarves. The new Snow White spends her time in the forest training to fight Queen Ravenna. The dwarves see her as a leader, not a housemaid. The film’s male leads are also more fully developed. Prince William’s love for Snow White goes beyond simply admiring her beauty, and the huntsman not only refuses to kill Snow White, as he does in the traditional story, he also teaches her the art of war and joins her rebellion against the queen. These changes underscore the film’s emphasis on destiny and choice. The Mirror tells Queen Ravenna that Snow White is “destined” to surpass her, both in beauty and as ruler of the kingdom, and the dwarves recognize that she is “the one” who can end the darkness. But destiny, on its own, is not enough. Snow White must choose to fight—to be the person she is called to be. The queen has already made her choice. As the Mirror puts it, she has “defied nature and robbed it of its fairest fruits.” Queen Ravenna admits that it once pained her to know that her actions were the cause of so much suffering among the people in her kingdom. “But now,” she says, “their cries give me strength.” These choices set up an epic battle between good and evil. But before the battle begins, Snow White and the huntsman are given a glimpse of life outside the influence of the queen. The dwarves take them to an area known as Sanctuary, a lush, green forest and a place of beauty and harmony. This heavenly scenery, as contrasted with the darkness of the queen’s influence, is an image of life without evil— a Garden of Eden, free from sin. The setting of Snow White and the Huntsman may be fantastical, but the call to fight evil and do what is right, despite the difficulty, is very real. This commitment to pursue the good is the true source of Snow White’s beauty. We see her mother saying to her in a flashback, “You possess rare beauty, my love, in here,” putting her hand over Snow White’s heart. “Never lose it.” With unwavering strength in the face of adversity, Snow White proves that she hasn’t.
Nowhere to Lay Their Heads We have a responsibility to extend justice to the homeless
BY AIMEE PATTERSON
t’s widely accepted that Jesus was homeless. He is known for saying, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head” (see Matthew 8:20; Luke 9:58). Of course, it may have been that Jesus had a home and that he often left it to embark on his ministry. His acceptance of the hospitality offered to him by others indicates he at least had an appreciation for the “comforts of home.” But the theme of living apart from a place to call his own is a recurring one in Jesus’ life. Jesus never seemed to stay put for very long. He always borrowed things from others to support his life and ministry—a little boy’s dinner, a colt for his ride into Jerusalem, a room for the last supper he would share with his friends. Perhaps none of this should surprise us when we consider that he started his life alienated from all that is safe and familiar. Born in a stable far from his parents’ home, Jesus began life as a transient. In his early days he was spirited away to Egypt to escape the danger posed by the authorities in the land of his birth. Even those scriptures that do speak of Christ “dwelling among us” (John 1:14) have an impermanent flavour. When we look into the original text we see that this dwelling is akin to a tent, recalling the tabernacled worship of the ancient Israelites wandering in the wilderness. Jesus’ experiences of being transient or without a home raise the question: is
being homeless necessarily a social ill? It may not always have been unjust that Jesus was homeless. His decision to engage in the kind of ministry that does not require a permanent home seems to have been a matter of choice backed up by good reason. His life circumstances challenge us when we consider that we are called to imitate Christ. Still, as John Howard Yoder writes in The Politics of Jesus, imitating Jesus does not consist in “a naive outward … replicating of the shape of Jesus’ life,” such as barefoot travel. Being homeless is not in itself a path to virtue or constitutive of the Christian life. Furthermore, we attach a definite sense of injustice to homelessness today. J. David Hulchanski, associate director of research at Cities Centre at the University of Toronto, points out that the word “homelessness” is a fairly recent construct. On the one hand, the word “homeless” indicates the condition of having no fixed abode. Throughout different times and cultures there have been many reasons to be homeless, some of which have involved free choice. Homelessness, on the other hand, is a concept particular to our day and age. It indicates a certain set of interrelated social problems prevalent today—inadequate employment or lack of employment, mental illness, personal vulnerability and substance abuse. Primary among these problems is poverty. Hulchanski suggests that the kind of poverty experienced by many in Canada over the last two or three decades has left them without social supports; the availability of affordable housing for unemployed or low-income persons continues to decline. While it may not always be a bad
thing to be without a home, the homeless people of our time are too often objects of contempt. There are many things we can learn from those whose lifestyle is marked by transience. Salvationists who engage in ministry with those experiencing homelessness are well aware of this fact. However, homelessness, in the sense of being bereft of resources that would allow one to acquire a permanent dwelling, is most definitely a social ill. It is unjust that some people go without when others could share resources. We have a responsibility to extend justice to those who lack a home to call their own. People need a place to lay their heads. If we are to continue with Yoder’s interpretation of Christian discipleship, the imitation of Christ consists in being radically loving, forgiving, self-giving, willing to serve and willing to suffer. In what manner are we, as followers of Jesus, willing to give, serve and even suffer so that others may truly live? What can we learn from people like Lazarus, Mary and Martha, Peter and Andrew, and Zaccheus about providing hospitality? How can we continue to respond to those ills—poverty, marginalization, substance abuse and mental illness—that have given rise to the contemporary term “homelessness”? What can we do to go beyond a sheltermentality? How can we work for the provision of affordable, sustainable and decent permanent housing that offers people not just a bed but a home? For some practical help in answering these questions, visit www.salvationarmyethics.org/ resources/housing-and-homelessness. Salvationist I June 2012 I 17
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In this age of celebrity, does the public profession of faith by famous people help the Christian witness?
YES. Christian celebrities are a great public witness and they also encourage other believers to share their faith. BY MAJOR KATHIE CHIU WE LIVE IN the age of celebrity. Our society is obsessed with the lives of actors, musicians, sports figures and other famous people. Beyond appreciating their athletic or artistic skills, we seem fixated on other aspects of their lives as well. And when they speak about politics or specific causes and charities, we listen to their points of view. We care about what they believe in. The list of celebrities and sports figures who openly profess their faith is a long one. Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin are two that come to mind right away. Then there’s Tyler Perry, Denzel Washington and Kristin Chenoweth. Even Martin Sheen and Mel Gibson make the list. And let’s not forget Kirk Cameron and his very public Christian faith. The actor, well known for Left Behind, Fireproof and now a new documentary he produced and starred in, Monumental, recently found himself in a firestorm of controversy over his views on gay marriage. Whatever these celebrities talk about, we’re interested. Is it a good thing, however, when these celebrities proclaim their faith so publicly? Does it help the cause of Christianity? Or does it harm the faith of believers when they slip up? Celebrities who proclaim their faith publicly are good role models. They demonstrate that they are not afraid to claim Christ as their Saviour. Paul Blackman, a young father of three from Vancouver who attends Cariboo Hill Temple in Burnaby, B.C., says of David Booth of the Vancouver Canucks and Tim Tebow of the New York Jets, “I feel that these athletes can have a positive impact on others. They don’t hide their faith. They share it with their teammates and the media. I like and respect that, as I find it hard to share with my own co-workers.” It can be challenging to share our faith in a society that is becoming increasingly secular. Today, we’re faced with a generation that distrusts organized religion and some think that we can gain courage to speak up when we hear public figures proclaim their faith. “In our culture we need positive role models for our young people and strong leaders that have strong faith and who practise that faith. It’s a blessing that we can see these ‘stars’ praising Jesus in the public arena,” says Amy Wallace, who works for The Salvation Army in London, Ont. However, does the public testimony of these celebrities actually encourage people to come to faith in Jesus? Grace Barnhart, a photographer, musician and music teacher who attends Niagara 18 I June 2012 I Salvationist
Orchard Community Church in Niagara Falls, Ont., thinks so. “It’s beneficial for celebrities to openly identify themselves as Christians because it makes the Christian faith more accessible to non-believers. It has the potential to encourage non-believers to research Christianity, educate themselves on our faith and come to know Jesus.” But what happens when these celebrities and athletes slip up and make very public mistakes? Who can forget Mel Gibson’s drunken rant a few years ago? Barnhart thinks this provides us with the opportunity to dialogue with others that “Christians make mistakes and sin just like everyone else and that no Christian claims to be perfect.” Finally, I know that when I hear someone in the media spotlight thank God and share their faith, I feel inspired. When I hear a celebrity or sports figure give their testimony, I am encouraged and remember that I am not alone in the fight. It takes boldness to share your faith. When celebrities identify themselves as Christians, it takes a lot of courage, for they have a lot to lose in the worldly sense. Many of us have nothing to lose and everything to gain. As the Apostle Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). Major Kathie Chiu is the executive director of the Centre of Hope in London, Ont.
NO. Highlighting Christian celebrities puts the focus on them and not on Christ. And when they fail, they give Christianity a poor image. BY CLINT HOULBROOK HEY, DID YOU hear the one about the Christian teenage actress and musician superstar? She celebrated her 18th birthday by getting high on drugs. Unfortunately, this isn’t a joke. In fact, in today’s pop-culture driven society, you could insert the name of any number of famous Christian musicians, movie stars and professional athletes and switch the moral failure to include everything from semi-naked photo shoots, infidelity, alcohol and drug abuse, drunk driving, eating disorders, self-harm, anti-Semitic outbursts and more. Given the reality of human nature and the inevitability of a moral meltdown episode, I’m not sure why many in the Church
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continue to hold up these celebrity Christians or look to them in efforts to evangelize non-Christians. Let me outline some of the problems I see. Pop-culture celebrities make pop-culture Christians. A big problem with this is that their faith and praxis are often only as deep as the ink in their latest Jesus tattoo. I’m not convinced that’s the picture of Christian faith we want to disciple others to follow. Celebrities get held up as the poster children for what it means to believe in and follow Jesus. Unfortunately, though their PR manager and airbrushed magazine image would have us believe they are perfect, they are still human and, as such, suffer the consequences of the Fall and will never measure up. This is exacerbated by the fact that their entire worldview is warped by fame and their existence is highly self-centred and driven by excessive wealth and an attitude that there is little they can’t buy. When celebrities sin, it has a wider impact. Because we live in a celebrity-obsessed culture, their every move is watched and broadcast to the world. While the sins we commit will generally only affect and be known by a few people, their transgressions are beamed out to millions of viewers and God’s name gets tarnished. Unlike them, God doesn’t have a PR firm at his disposal to spin the story and manage his image.
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When a professional athlete or movie star is shown to be a hypocrite, the public responds wrongly by thinking, “They’re a fake, so God must be, too.” Obviously this is incorrect, but who’s saying otherwise in the media? When that star checks into rehab, then millions of fans worldwide think, “If that’s what Christians are like, I don’t want anything to do with their God.” When that music sensation gets busted cheating on their spouse, Facebook feeds are filled with status updates and comments that ridicule the name of Christ and Christianity. Public discourse in the news after their incident tends to emphasize rules and what Christians should and shouldn’t do. The problem with this is that the public’s perception continues to be that Christianity is a list of rules to follow instead of understanding Christ’s sacrifice and grace. Using celebrities and their beliefs doesn’t make sense as a strategy for evangelism in our postmodern culture. The reason for this is because one of the characteristics of the postmodern culture is that truth is subjective—there are no absolute truths. So, when you point to the celebrity and her belief in God, the non-believer responds with, “That’s good for Suzy, and it might be true for her, but I don’t believe it’s true.” There’s a saying, “What you’ve won them with is the faith you’ve won them to.” We should be winning non-believers with Jesus, not celebrities. His example is the one we should be holding up and pointing to because pop-culture Christianity is shallow and preaches a false gospel. We seem to have forgotten (or at least we act like it) that celebrities don’t draw people to God. He draws them to himself (see John 6:44, 65; John 12:32; Jeremiah 31:3). This reality should drive us to pray for our non-believing friends and neighbours instead of looking for ways to play the fame game. As the Church, it’s our God-given responsibility to teach and model individually and corporately what it looks like to hold up and worship Christ, not Christian celebrities. Clint Houlbrook is youth consultant and SendTheFire.ca point person for the THQ youth department.
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MINISTRY IN ACTION
A Way With Words
The Salvation Army translation department helps get the message out in both official languages BY KEN RAMSTEAD, EDITOR, FAITH & FRIENDS AND FOI & VIE
Genesis With their office located at Quebec Divisional Headquarters in Montreal, the territorial translation department was born out of an urgent need. “When we arrived in Montreal in the early 1990s,” says Colonel John Ham, the officer then in charge of the Quebec Division, “there was one French corps that was 50 percent Haitian. We were also encountering hundreds of ex-Catholics who formed Salvation Army corps of their own. Many of them felt compelled to go into full-time service in The Salvation Army, so we needed to start a French training college.” What French resources that did exist 20 I June 2012 I Salvationist
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ierrette Mathieu was distressed. A translator for the Canada and Bermuda Territory’s translation department, she’d been tasked to proofread the final version of the April 2012 Foi & Vie, the French-Canadian version of Faith & Friends. The cover story was a profile of retired Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, a Canadian icon and senator. The cover featured only his name, banking on the fact that readers, especially in Quebec, would know who he was. “But the more I looked at the final draft, the more I was dissatisfied,” says Mathieu. “He’s a retired general and a senator, and not acknowledging that on the cover seemed impolite to me, if not insulting.” She took her concerns to her director, Serge Careau. “I’m retiring by nature—I think many translators are,” she says, “but I couldn’t let this go.” From a strict translation standpoint, the cover was accurate, but Mathieu had brought a sensitivity to the assignment, as well as a keen sense of decorum, and Senator Roméo Dallaire eventually made the cover. “That’s what makes a good translator a great translator,” comments Careau, “and that is what we bring to our job each and every day.”
From left, Serge Careau, Pierrette Mathieu and Francois LeBlanc
originated in France, such as the song book and their War Cry, but much of what was available had little local relevance. Translation efforts by bilingual Salvationists with a good grasp of Quebecois French helped but the needs of other departments, such as social services, correctional and justice services, and community and family
“We have to respect the writer’s voice and the target audience” services, threatened to swamp the informal efforts that existed. In 1991, the decision was made to put in place an officially recognized translation department manned by local employees. Pervading Respect The three full-time translators—Francois LeBlanc being the third—are all Quebec-
born and university-trained. The team is responsible for translating all official messages and documents, from directives from territorial headquarters to financial statements. “We need to get it right the first time, every time,” says Careau. “Everything has to be accurate right down to the last line.” The Salvation Army’s faith communications are not overlooked, either. “I love translating sermons,” he confesses. “It’s always a challenge to keep the force and impact of the original.” One of his first assignments was to translate Salvation Story into French. It was a daunting task but he eagerly took it on, with the proviso that his translation would be vetted by a theological expert from Booth University College in Winnipeg. Early on, though, Careau took issue with the wording in another document. “The text said that all Quebecers were lost souls,” he smiles. “I wasn’t personally offended but I thought about my parents and my family who believed in God and were churchgoers, and how they would feel when they read that.”
MINISTRY IN ACTION He decided to bring the offending passage to the Salvation Army officer who had written it. The officer looked at him straight in the eye and answered simply, “You’re right.” “And he changed it,” says Careau. “We discussed the issue and found some middle ground. That was a wonderful example of the respect that pervades The Salvation Army as a whole.” Moving Stories The translation department also has to be prepared to switch gears at a moment’s notice. When there is a national disaster, such as the Red River flood, or an international catastrophe, such as 9-11 or the Haiti earthquake, Francophone Canadians need to know as quickly as their English counterparts how The Salvation Army is reacting and how they can help in the relief efforts. Another frantic time occurs when the officer moves are announced. “It’s imperative to transmit the information as accurately and as quickly as possible,”
says Careau, “and we drop everything to tackle that.” Less urgent but as compelling is the work the translation department does on Foi & Vie. “As a team, we all have our strengths,” says Careau. “Francois loves the technical documents and the financial statements, but Pierette has a more literary Materials produced by the translation team
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bent and will gravitate to the magazine. As the director, I need to look at everything, but I must confess that the stories in Foi & Vie, of people coming to God or of people helped by The Salvation Army, particularly move me. It makes me proud to be affiliated with a worldwide organization that does so much good for so many.” Dream Job “It has been said that translators hold a lot of power,” chuckles Careau. “We don’t, really. Each language has its own form and structure and every translator has his or her own style, but we have to respect the writer’s voice and the target audience.” “It’s more than just reading and translating word for word like some computer program,” affirms Mathieu. “You have to understand, to enter into the text that someone else has written and endeavour to understand how he or she wrote it.” “As a translator I am aware of the importance of how words are expressed and how to put order into ideas,” says LeBlanc. “I love to help get the message out. Whoever wrote the original can be certain it’s in good hands with us.”
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Public Welcome of Delegates to the 2012 International Conference of Leaders Sunday July 8, 2012, 5:00pm | Mississauga Living Arts Centre Conducted by
General Linda Bond Commissioner Barry C. Swanson, THE CHIEF OF THE STAFF
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A Crowning Achievement Present for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, I have had the joy of serving God through The Salvation Army throughout her reign
he year 1953 was dramatic and life-changing for me. At 27, I had already lived in wartime England, served on a British cruiser and experienced employment with a British airline, the Canadian Government in England and an oil company in Canada. Life was good. But I was restless. Then, in February 1953, came the irresistible call of God to be a Salvation Army officer. It was a sudden and undesired change to my own vocation plans and daily routines. To help me adjust to this calling and prepare for my future, I was invited to go to England and spend a few months with kind relatives. This I did. It proved to be blessed by God. One of the first places I visited was Canada House in London where I had been employed before and after my Royal Navy wartime service. It came as a great surprise to be offered temporary employment on the High Commissioner’s special coronation staff. I happily accepted. (Although Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1952, her coronation took place the following year.) The crowning of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey and the processional to and from Buckingham Palace were events of breathtaking pomp and pageantry. Many Canadians looked to Canada House to arrange seating for these events as well as other hospitality courtesies. I had the privilege of watching the coronation procession from the stands built outside Canada House as the parade passed through Trafalgar Square no fewer than three times. This must have been one of the best positions on the whole route. The weather on June 2, 1953, could hardly have been less kind. It was wet, cold and miserable. But tens of thousands of people packed the square below us and seemed undeterred. An air of expectancy mounted following our 6 a.m. seating deadline. Right from the colonial contingents (as they were called in those days) that headed the procession, to the brilliantly plumed Household Cavalry that escorted the great, golden state coach in which the Queen was seated, the spectacular colour, magnitude and magnificence of the cavalcade was awesome. I do not suppose that ever again will we see so many royal personages, prime ministers, top service chiefs and leading representatives of so many countries in a single procession. Little did we imagine in those days that our newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II would reign through 60 glorious years with unwavering steadfastness, dignity and grace, winning the admiration of people worldwide. As I reflect on my own life through the past six decades, I see a road less travelled but fulfilling beyond all expectations. Little did I imagine that in 1956 I would marry a sessionmate, Evangeline Oxbury, and that within three years we would be asked to go to India. India was halfway around the world and required a six-week voyage by sea. In an age before phones and Internet, communication was made by sea mail and a letter
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BY COMMISSIONER DUDLEY COLES
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
would take six weeks to arrive. We would not return to Canada for five years. Our baby daughter would have her first birthday in England en route. Two sons would be born in India. I would not see my parents again in this world. The years that followed were full of challenge, adventure and fulfilment beyond all expectation. And it all started because in 1953, the year that Queen Elizabeth II made her coronation vows, Eva and I made our own vows, echoing George Matheson’s inspired and transforming words: O love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee; I give thee back the life I owe, That in thine ocean depths its flow May richer, fuller be. Commissioner Dudley Coles lives in retirement in Toronto. Together with his daughter, he is in England this month for the Golden Jubilee celebrations that mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign. The Canadian High Commission has invited him to share in a number of special events.
Living Into Focus
Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions Arthur Boers
REVIEW BY CAPTAIN MARK BRAYE
very man seems to feel that he has got the duties of two lifetimes to accomplish in one, and so he rushes, rushes, rushes and never has time to be companionable,” observed Mark Twain. These words could be applied today. In Living Into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions, Arthur Boers engages the writings of philosopher Albert Borgmann to identify the spiritual and theological implications of living in a technologically obsessed world. “Our culture has a prevailing sense of being too busy, having too much to do, without enough time for things that matter and priorities that really count,” says Boers. Both Boers and Borgmann believe in “focal practices”— activities that centre, balance, focus and orient one’s life. Focal practices could be walking and hiking, sharing meals with family and friends, reading together and conversing. These practices bring depth and grace, and are wonderful gifts to the mind and soul. Boers served as a pastor for 16 years and is an associate professor at Tyndale Seminary. As a result, Living Into Focus is well-written by a person with the heart of a pastor and the mind of a theologian and philosopher. He is not judgmental about technology and its use nor is he solely appealing to academia. However, with the unprecedented availability and affordability of technology at this point in our history, he cautions readers to be aware of its implications, both positive and negative. The use or misuse of an iPod, a BlackBerry, a computer or television can affect us as individuals, as families and as the body of Christ. Technology is not inherently evil, and in fact, has blessed us in many ways. The problems arise when we allow it to distract us from what should be our primary focus as followers of Christ: “Seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
Mine is the Night
Liz Curtis Higgs In this latest work of fiction from well-known writer and speaker Liz Curtis Higgs, newly widowed Elisabeth Kerr must stitch together the remnants of her life and move on. Without a husband, property, fortune or title, Elisabeth works to forge a future for herself and her grieving mother-in-law as together they survive the harsh realities of life in 18th-century Scotland. A great story of redemption and restoration, Mine is the Night is the sequel to Here Burns My Candle.
101 Bible Adventures
The ultimate quest for truth! Carolyn Larsen Bestselling author Carolyn Larsen offers kids a high-energy, adventurefilled approach to reading, interacting with and learning life lessons from Scripture. This book provides a fun way to explore the Bible while highlighting concepts such as forgiveness, love and discovering God’s plan for our lives. Each Bible adventure features an overview of the story, a key verse and an application section that challenges kids to make their faith active. A great resource to teach children to make God’s Word a daily part of their lives.
Territorial Prayer Guide WEEK 1 – JUNE 1-2 Personnel on International Service • Comr M. Christine MacMillan, international director for social justice, IHQ • Cpts (Dr.) Paul and Pedrinah Thistle, Howard Hospital, Zimbabwe Tty WEEK 2 – JUNE 3-9 National Recycling Operations • Wisdom and foresight for strategic initiatives across Canada • Guests and donors to enjoy positive experiences in our stores • Store employees to feel the dignity and honour of working as unto Christ • Stores to represent the Army well in the community WEEK 3 – JUNE 10-16 The General’s Vision Plan—Deepen Our Spiritual Life • To cultivate a life of holiness as we serve where God has placed us • Encouragement, strength and direction from God’s Word for those in despair • God to pour his Spirit of wisdom and humility on leaders at all levels • People to hunger for God’s righteousness and seek his Kingdom WEEK 4 – JUNE 17-23 Ontario Great Lakes Division • Spiritual renewal through private and corporate prayer • Human and financial resources to further the Army’s ministry • Those called to officership to obediently respond to God • Strategic planning in all ministry units to result in effective and Godhonouring mission WEEK 5 – JUNE 24-30 Partners in Mission—Zimbabwe Territory • Economic recovery as the territory develops its plans for self-reliance • Church planting to reach more people for Christ • Officers and soldiers working in challenging situations • Infrastructure so that hospitals and drinking water will be available • Sufficient rain to enable farmers to support themselves and ministry Salvationist I June 2012 I 23
ENROLMENTS AND RECOGNITION
ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—The YP band members of St. John’s Citadel are thrilled to receive their young musician commissions.
CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L.—Pioneer Club members received their badges on an awards recognition Sunday and participated in the service. Fifty-one young people and 14 leaders are involved in the program.
SHERBROOKE, QUE.—Lts Claude and Anne-Marie Dagenais, COs, proudly present two new soldiers: Olivier Dagenais and Skarleth Arias. “Their consecration to the Lord is inspiring the congregation to faith and commitment,” says Lt Claude Dagenais. With them are Olivier Dagenais’ grandfather, Guy Provencal, and Maria Giron.
BISHOP’S FALLS, N.L.—Shirley Tibbs, Betty Champion and Betty Verge reinforce the ranks as they are enrolled as soldiers. Supporting them are Mjrs Shirley and Wycliffe Reid, COs, and CSM Winston Snow. 24 I June 2012 I Salvationist
ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Josh Holloway is commissioned as deputy young people’s band leader at St. John’s Citadel. With him is Mjr Brian Wheeler, CO.
COBOURG, ONT.—Anuel Pond is commissioned as corps sergeant-major of Cobourg CC. With him are Cpts Sheldon and Ashley Bungay, COs.
HAMILTON, ONT.—Adding to the excitement of Easter celebrations at Meadowlands was the enrolment of a senior soldier and adherents. Front, from left, Curtis Whitelaw, Lori Whitelaw, Danielle Robitaille. Back, from left, Mjr Max Sturge, guest; RS Sharon Avery; Mjr Doreen Sturge, guest; CS Dan Millar; Patrick Whitelaw; Mjrs Sharon and Gary Cooper, COs.
COBOURG, ONT.—Paige Graham and Alysha Graham are excited to be junior soldiers at Cobourg CC. Supporting them are their junior soldier friends Jamie Stokes, Raisa Stokes, Jayelle Graham and Isaac Graham; Cpts Sheldon and Ashley Bungay, COs; Eric Hobe, holding the flag.
WHITBY, ONT.—During a junior soldier renewal service, JSS Carol Blair encouraged the young people to “put on the full armour of God” (Ephesians 6:11). Travis Brookes dressed as a Roman soldier to help Blair illustrate the spiritual truths of her sermon. Following the service, the junior soldiers signed their pledges at the mercy seat.
ENGLEE, N.L.—Community care ministry is active in Englee for the first time following the training of eight people. Front, from left, Mjr Beatrice Bingle, CO; Elzena Ellsworth; Irene Compton; Ivy Burton; Shirley Randell. Back, from left, Josephine Hopkins; Bessie Compton; Mae Randell; Regina Hopkins; Mjr Henry Bingle, CO.
HALIFAX—Mjr Doug Hefford, DC, Maritime Div, accepts a cheque for $136 from Stephen Deturbide and Hugh Layton, students at Fountain Academy of the Sacred Heart. With them is Rhonda Harrington, DSPR, Maritime Div. The students hosted a dance as a fundraiser during their school’s winter carnival and donated the money raised to the Army. “We wanted to bring recognition to people who might need help,” Deturbide says.
JACKSON’S POINT, ONT.—The young people at Georgina CC hosted a mystery dinner as a building-fund initiative. The audience enjoyed a delicious meal and had fun pretending to be detectives as they solved the “Rocking Case of the Missing Music.”
LABRADOR CITY/WABUSH, N.L.—Mjrs Stan and Debbie Higdon were privileged to dedicate granddaughter Olivia Sarah Kate Higdon at the corps in Labrador City/Wabush. Thankful to God for his hand upon Olivia, who arrived six weeks prematurely, are proud parents Adam and Erin Higdon; sister, Georgia; and the Higdon and Yetman families.
Celebrating 100 Years
BRAMPTON, ONT.—Greg and Andrea Butt dedicate their son, Evan, to the Lord. Sharing in the moment are Evan’s grandparents, Mjr Glenys Butt and Ruth and Roger Valyear; Mjrs Kathie and Bert Sharp, COs.
Join the North Toronto Community Church as we celebrate 100 years of God’s goodness in midtown Toronto. If you’ve been part of us in the past or want more information, connect with us at www.ntcommunitychurch.com or call 416-488-7954. Salvationist I June 2012 I 25
GLOVERTOWN, N.L.—Exciting things are happening in Glovertown! The youth department has increased from four to 26 and two people have committed their lives to Christ. The men’s fellowship served a thank-you supper to the Lion’s Club, firefighters and search and rescue personnel, the home league hosted a breakfast for local high-school graduates, and on Easter Sunday, five soldiers were enrolled. From left, Lt Tina Dominaux, CO; Wilfred Janes; Bridie Janes; Judy Holloway; Michelle Yetman; Clarise Denty; Florence Sheppard, colour sergeant.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—St. John’s Citadel’s newest junior soldiers proudly display their pledges. From left, Mjr Valerie Wheeler, CO; Jonathan Sturge, holding the flag; Maggie McGann; Megan Hillier; Jenna Elliott; Ehvan Griffin; Averie Stride; Bram Thorne; JSS Denise Rideout.
TORONTO— Salome Soutthiphanh is enrolled as a senior soldier at Etobicoke Temple by Cpt Rick Honcharsky, CO. With them is CSM Col David Gruer.
Donations Sail In VICTORIA—Crew members from HMCS Protecteur made a generous donation to The Salvation Army in Victoria. Sub-Lt Melanie Vokey delivered boxes filled with $1,500 worth of personal care and hygiene items. The crew also donated $1,000 to be used for additional hygiene products and homelessness initiatives at the Victoria Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre and the Stan Hagen Centre for Families. Sub-Lt Melanie Vokey presents donation to Pat Humble, executive director, Stan Hagen Centre for Families
Accepted for Training Dae-Gun Danny Kim Toronto Korean Community Church, Ontario Central-East Division
HAPPY VALLEY–GOOSE BAY, N.L.—During its 49th anniversary festivities, Happy Valley-Goose Bay Corps celebrated the enrolment of senior and junior soldiers. From left, Wilson Baggs, holding the flag; Beverley Nippard; Monty Rowe; Sheila Rowe; McKenzie Pye; Charlene (Burden) Davis; Brian Davis; Dillon Bragg; Mjrs Debbie and Stan Higdon, COs.
The Salvation Army Victoria Citadel 125th Anniversary October 26-28, 2012 Special Guest: Commissioner M. Christine MacMillan Help us celebrate this special event! Greetings from former officers and friends can be sent to 4030 Douglas Street, Victoria BC V8X 5J6 Phone: 250-727-3770; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 26 I June 2012 I Salvationist
Working as a youth pastor in the Army’s Korean Community Church in Toronto, I was encouraged by godly people to consider how I could more fully be God’s true servant. The longer I served in The Salvation Army, the more I realized that God’s work was not limited to my corps, but he is working everywhere. As his committed follower, I am to continue what Jesus started in my life. I know that he calls me not only to come to him, but to go for him. After completing God’s assignment for my life, the words that I want to hear from him are: “Well done, good and faithful servant! … Come and share your master’s happiness” (Matthew 25:21). Aejin Karen Kim Toronto Korean Community Church, Ontario Central-East Division I accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour at the age of 13. Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine’ ” (Isaiah 43:1). He called me as a servant of Jesus to serve the people he loves. I have been a children’s pastor since 1996, and since settling in Toronto in 2010, I have had wonderful opportunities to learn about The Salvation Army. I became interested in officership and wholeheartedly want to live out the Army’s mission. God has brought me to The Salvation Army to fulfill my desire to help others, to reach out to those who are brokenhearted and lead them to Christ.
The Salvation Army Honoured in Saskatchewan REGINA—The Better Business Bureau of Saskatchewan annually recognizes worthy organizations for their ethical decision-making and positive contributions to their communities. For 2012, the Prairie Div (Saskatchewan area) was selected as a finalist in the non-profit organizations category at the eighth annual Torch Awards held at the Queensbury Convention Centre in Regina. The process for selecting a winner included each finalist being evaluated by an independent panel of judges from the business and academic communities. “It is a privilege and honour to be nominated for such a prestigious award and to be recognized for our continued efforts in serving the people of Saskatchewan with the honesty and integrity they expect and deserve,” says Mjr Joanne Binner, AC, Prairie Div. Mjr Joanne Binner proudly displays the Better Business Bureau award. With her are Mjrs Craig and Patsy Rowe of Regina’s William Booth Special Care Home
Army Officer Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal On March 30, at Government House in Victoria, Steven Point, lieutenantgovernor of British Columbia, presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to deserving volunteers, including Mjr Brian Venables, the Army’s divisional secretary for public relations and development in British Columbia. The medal is awarded to those who have supported the lieutenant-governor’s programs and initiatives, such as the creation of his CD, A Dedication to the People of British Columbia, the first all First Nations Cadet Corps in the province, and the canoes he gifted to the province and to the Royal Canadian Navy. The commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. Mjr Brian Venables and Lt.Gov. Steven Point
TERRITORIAL Appointments Mjr Ian Swan, vice-president academic and dean, Booth University College, Winnipeg; Cpt Ruth Gardner, records officer*, officer personnel department, THQ; Cpts Angel Sandoval-Silva/ Marlene Sandoval, Ariano Irpino Corps, Italy and Greece Command; Mjrs Brian/Anne Venables, DC and DDWM, Quebec Div; Mjr Keith Pike, territorial youth secretary, children and youth ministries department, and assistant secretary for candidates, personnel services, THQ; Mjr Shona Pike, secretary for candidates, personnel services, and assistant territorial youth secretary, children and youth ministries department, THQ;
WINNIPEG—Captain Mary Kathleen Wray was born in Winnipeg in 1924. Commissioned in 1946 as a member of the Challengers Session, Mary served in corps ministry and as an officer teacher in Alberta and British Columbia for 10 years. She resigned her commission to marry in 1957 and was reaccepted for officer service in 1972. She then ministered at Grace Haven in Regina, served as administrator of Bethany Home in Halifax and for two years in Sri Lanka, returning in 1978 to again administer Bethany Home. Health issues required her to take an early retirement in 1980. Mary is lovingly remembered by sister, Leah Taylor; sisters-in-law Ilse and Jean Robson; many nieces and nephews and their families; friends. MANUELS, N.L.—Terrence (Terry) Horatio Banfield was born in 1959 in St. John’s, N.L. He grew up in Long Pond, N.L., and in his late teen years started to attend Conception Bay South Corps. Terry was enrolled as a senior soldier in 1989 and proudly wore his Salvation Army uniform. He was a loyal member of the men’s fellowship and faithfully attended Sunday worship services. Terry was often the first to respond to the altar call, praying earnestly to be a good soldier. He was a friend to all and in his unique way was a blessing to the corps family who miss him. Left with loving memories are his mother, Joan; brothers Rick and David; sisters Jackie, Debbie and Wanda and their families; stepdaughter, Amanda; extended family members and friends. BISHOP’S FALLS, N.L.—Thomas Sheppard gave his life to the Lord as a young family man. He was a founding member of the men’s fellowship in Bishop’s Falls and a loyal bandsman until poor health interfered with his ability to remain active in the corps. Left with wonderful memories of a loving, quiet, spiritual man are his wife, Jean; son, Wayne (Stella); daughter, Diane (Gurmit); grandson, Ryan (Stephanie). WINNIPEG—Sean Evan Robinson was born in Toronto in 1969 where he became a junior soldier. With his officer parents, Colonels Earl and Benita Robinson, he lived in Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg where he completed his schooling. In 1994, Sean married Gail Canning and they made their life together in Winnipeg. A member of The Salvation Army, Sean attended Southlands Community Church in Winnipeg. Those who knew Sean witnessed his valiant struggle over the years with diabetes and its many complications. It is with some measure of relief that the family released him to the Lord’s faithful care. Sean is survived by his wife, Gail; mother, Benita; sister, Manda Poole (D’Arcy); nephew, Ethan; father- and mother-in-law, Wilbert and Daisy Canning; sister-in-law, Gaye Morgan (Arnold); niece, Rebecca; nephew, Andrew. He is missed by many other relatives and friends across Canada and around the world whose lives he has touched.
Mjr Fred Waters, corps ministries secretary, corps ministries department, THQ; Mjr James/ Ann Braund, principal and director of spiritual formation, CFOT, Winnipeg * Designation change Promotion to Major Cpt Betty-Lou Roberts-Topping Retirements Mjr Margaret Bailey, last appointment: correctional and justice services officer, Fraser Valley, and divisional prayer co-ordinator, B.C. Div; Cpts Inhee/Heather Cheon, last appointment: Toronto Korean CC, Ont. CE Div Promoted to Glory Cpt John Fredborg, from Lethbridge, Alta., Apr 1
Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle June 2 Canadian Staff Band 43rd anniversary festival, Scarborough Citadel, Toronto; June 9-10 Guelph, Ont.; June 17 CFOT, Winnipeg; June 22-24 commissioning events, Toronto Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd June 1-3 125th corps anniversary, Bay Roberts, N.L.; June 22-24 commissioning events, Toronto Canadian Staff Band June 2 43rd anniversary festival, Scarborough Citadel, Toronto; June 22-23 commissioning events, Toronto
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NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD
From legal services to thrift stores, lawyer Stephen Bodley is strengthening the Army’s mission
member of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board, Stephen Bodley is the senior vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Sherritt International, a natural resources company. He is responsible for all legal affairs relating to the company, including corporate governance, compliance, risk management, internal audit, and environmental health and safety. Bodley spoke with John McAlister, features editor for Salvationist. How did you get involved with The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board? A recruiting firm tasked by Andrew Lennox, board chair, asked if I’d be interested in joining the Army’s National Advisory Board. After meeting with Lennox and researching the organization, I felt that this was a great opportunity. Why do you volunteer your time and expertise? I think everyone wants to make a contribution to society and do something meaningful that helps others. There is probably no other organization in Canada or internationally that does more to help people than The Salvation Army. As the father of three children, I want them to see me engage in things that have a broader purpose than just work. From a corporate perspective, I believe that senior management teams benefit from broadening their networks within communities, so participating on this board helps foster that for my company. How has your perspective of the Army changed since becoming a board member? Before joining the board, I had a vague but positive impression of The Salvation Army. When I was asked to join, I did some research and gained a better understanding of the breadth of activity that the Army is engaged in. I was impressed with the international scope of the Army, the significant impact it has on peoples’ lives and the sense of purpose that animates its personnel. 28 I June 2012 I Salvationist
I used to have a biased view of people who work in charitable organizations, thinking that they were well intended but perhaps not the hardest working or the most capable. Having witnessed the level of commitment and the professionalism of the people working for the Army—not just at the senior levels but throughout the organization—my perception has completely changed. Do you think our religious grounding is a deterrent for the public? The Army’s religious grounding, and the sense of purpose that it provides the organization, will always be a core element of the Army and its success. However, the world is becoming increasingly secular, so how the Army fits into it is one of the key strategic questions moving forward. From discussions that I’ve had since joining the board, most members of the public don’t fully understand the Army, and some believe it to be primarily an evangelical organization. Many people also don’t know that the Army delivers services on a completely objective basis regardless of a client’s background, including ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. These misconceptions all have the potential to impair the Army’s ability to operate effectively in the face of growing secularization. The Salvation Army can help address these issues through continued improvements in its communication with the public. As a board member, what projects have you been involved in? As a lawyer, I’ve worked as a partner in a Bay Street law firm and as in-house counsel and general counsel of a public company, so I have perspective on the delivery of in-house legal services. I was asked by the board to review the efficiency of the Army’s legal function. I recruited a team of people from the private and public sectors to share their perspectives and spent time working with Bryan Campbell, THQ general legal counsel, and his team to better understand what they do and how they deliver their services. While we suggested a list of things that could potentially be improved,
I believe that the Army is very well served by its internal legal department. I’m also assisting Pina Sciarra, another member of the board, who is leading a review of the National Recycling Operations. We’ve been working with John Kershaw, NRO managing director, and his team, looking at the way in which the thrift stores operate. Sciarra has brought in a group of external advisors with extensive retail, finance and marketing experience to assist in the project. What would you identify as the Army’s strengths? Its sense of mission is very clear and well understood by everyone who works in the Army, whether they’re officers or employees. The quality of its people is also high. The history that underlies the Army gives it the momentum and strength to move forward. And its brand is very powerful. Any areas of weakness? It’s natural for an organization with a long history to be slightly inward-looking. As a result, it can be difficult for the Army to always be strategic in dealing with changes to the external environment. Also, if the Army cannot act quickly enough to respond to those changes, it can diminish the impact of the Army’s mission. That’s why a group such as the National Advisory Board can be helpful to the Army, as we can ask, “Have you thought about this issue?” What leadership principles guide you in your professional life? Integrity is the key principle—if you don’t start with integrity, then you have nowhere to end. Leading by example is important. And also transparency. I think a business leader should strive to be transparent unless there’s a truly compelling reason not to be.
The Spirit of Salvationism Every soldier has promised to live this out. But what is it? BY ROB PERRY I will be true to the principles and practices of The Salvation Army, loyal to its leaders, and I will show the spirit of Salvationism whether in times of popularity or persecution.
1. Self-Sacrifice A number of respondents mentioned the concept of self-sacrifice. Salvationists are willing to forgo their own interests, comforts and advantages for the purposes of Jesus Christ. As William Booth said, “Without excuse and self-consideration of health or limb, true soldiers fight, live to fight, love to fight, love the thickest of the fight, and die in the midst of it.” Or, as one of my friends responded, “The spirit of The Salvation Army is running into places and situations that others are fleeing from.” 2. Loving and Caring for One Another Many identified the love we show for one another, specifically fellow Salvationists, family and friends. As one non-Salvationist responded, “The spirit of The Salvation Army is a loving and caring family looking out for one another.” This speaks well to our reputation and echoes the commands of Jesus when he said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples” (John 13:34-35). 3. Message of Salvation As one respondent wrote, “The spirit of the Army is the driving force behind ordinary people bringing Heaven to earth in the name of Jesus.” Serving others is important, but there is an important spiritual and eternal dynamic at work that is at the very core of who The Salvation Army is. Salvation is essential to our identity—it’s even part of our name—so we must continue to proclaim the saving message of Jesus Christ.
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hen they sign their Soldier’s Covenant, Salvation Army soldiers make a vow with God that they “will show the spirit of Salvationism.” What does this mean? What is this spirit of Salvationism? Is it a reference to the military fervour of the early Salvation Army with its street-preaching, soul-saving, evangelistic zeal? Is it an emphasis on mission or worship? Perhaps it is a spirit of reaching out to the poor and the forgotten, showing them the love of Jesus. Perhaps it refers to something completely different. While we can make our own hypothesis based on the wealth of old Salvation Army literature, it is not specifically articulated in the Soldier’s Covenant. To explore this question, I e-mailed a number of people and asked them to define, in two sentences or less, what the spirit of The Salvation Army means to them. The people surveyed come from a variety of experiences, ages and backgrounds; some are Christians and some are not; some grew up in a Salvation Army church and some did not. After reviewing the responses, I discovered that they fit into one or more of four general categories:
4. Caring for the Needy and the Disadvantaged When William Booth was asked to send a telegram to all officers around the world, they told him he could only use one word. This word encompassed his most vital message, and is a reminder that is no less important today. The word? Others. The theme of caring for the needy and disadvantaged was by far the most popular among those who responded to my e-mail. I believe this is for two reasons: 1) Many of my Salvation Army friends also happen to be passionate about this specific area of God’s calling for our Movement; and 2) My non-Salvationist friends are echoing the popular public perception of the Army. This is the image of The Salvation Army displayed in Red Shield campaigns and on TV commercials. The Salvation Army cares for those in need. As another friend of mine wrote: “From the outside, I see The Salvation Army as a Christian organization that works very hard on the ground, in the trenches. It uses its counter-cultural position to raise awareness and make a difference for the poorest of Western society.” One thing that was abundantly clear as I read people’s opinions is that our Movement still has a positive reputation in society, particularly in the eyes of those on the “outside.” However, when you read the eighth promise statement in the Soldier’s Covenant, it’s clear that the early Salvation Army leaders understood that this would not always be the case: “I will show the spirit of Salvationism whether in times of popularity or persecution.” In other parts of the world, and during various points of our history, such persecutions have already been felt. We have not always been popular members of society. However, it is the promise of every soldier in The Salvation Army, no matter how we are perceived, to live out this spirit—a spirit of self-sacrifice, putting others ahead of ourselves, loving one other, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and caring for the needy and disadvantaged. Rob Perry is the ministry co-ordinator at Toronto’s Corps 614. Salvationist I June 2012 I 29
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Is the Major Julie Slous wrote an excellent Church in article exploring the dangers facing Trouble? the Christian Church (Is the Church in Trouble?, April 2012). If we are true to ourselves and look around, we can see that the number of Army congrega- I tions is depleting. Finances can be an issue to maintain large church buildings. With globalization, people are moving around, so a church can have many cultures and interests. We may have had previous success, but if we are still using the tools of yesterday for today’s ministry to meet the needs of the people, then we are going to face trouble. We should tailor our ministry to the needs in the community and remember that these will change as society changes. John Umasanthiram How to navigate our way through the dangers facing the Christian faith BY MAJOR JULIE SLOUS
f you are presently involved in a congregation, you are involved in a church that is in trouble,” challenged Thomas Long, the keynote speaker at the Festival of Homiletics conference I attended last year. He went on to say that regardless of our denominational persuasion, we are all sailing in boats that look the same. Together, we float on a churning sea that batters us with waves of cultural complacency and societal indifference, causing us to redefine how we understand the Church’s place in our world. Some of us are energized and encouraged by this because we sense something new breaking in upon us. Others view the landscape with questioning, fear and skepticism, or perhaps have
lost hope and struggle with a feeling of disillusionment. In Church Next, Eddie Gibbs echoes this theme when he suggests that mainline denominations are facing an avalanche of problems that place question marks over their future. With aging congregations, shrinking numbers, emptying pews, depleting financial resources and the increasing complexity of societal dysfunction, how is the Church to stay afloat? There are many congregations that have not found their lifeline in the midst of their trouble and are aimlessly searching for the familiar beckoning lights of home. Gibbs suggests that it is not enough just to batten down the hatches and pray the storm will pass. The day has come
for the Church to recognize the trouble on its radar.
The Good Old Days While navigating these turbulent times, there are three dangers that confront us. First, we can become solely dependent on memories to shape our perception of what the Church should become. “If we could only get back to the days when ….” “Remember when the youth used to spend every night at the corps?” “Remember when the main social event in town was the corps potluck?” While our history should never be buried, we have to question whether these remembrances enhance or limit our vision of what the Church can become. The challenge is to extract the philosophy that has
informed our history and to use this to propel us forward in relevant mission for today. In some respects, our memories might not take us back far enough to understand the kind of ministry to which we are being called. Gibbs goes on to say that “the Church in a postmodern era must be prepared to witness with vulnerability and humility from the margins of society, much as it did in the first two centuries of its existence.” We will definitely have to reach beyond our own lived memories as we draw insight and energy from the larger story that has defined the Church. Mirror, Mirror … Second, there is a danger that churches in trouble only seek
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In The Hunger Games, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen struggles to retain her humanity while fighting for her survival BY KRISTIN FRYER, STAFF WRITER
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I still can’t understand why The Salvation Army is promoting The Hunger Games, a movie with so much killing in it (War Games, May 2012). As kids growing up in The Salvation Army, the officers put the fear of God in us if we went to the theatre. I will take many of the Army’s teachings to my grave wondering what was so bad then and OK today. Henry Armstrong
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games
ummer blockbuster season started early with the March release of The Hunger Games, one of the most anticipated films of the year. Though directed at a younger audience, the film appeals to both teens and adults. Based on a bestselling novel of the same name, the story follows Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who lives in the country of Panem in post-apocalyptic North America. Most of the people of Panem live in fear of their government, the totalitarian Capitol, which intimidates and oppresses the population. As punishment for rebelling against the Capitol many years ago, each of the 12 districts of Panem must provide one boy and one girl (known as “tributes”) to
participate in the annual Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death where only one person may emerge the victor. Katniss, a competitor in these games, is not always likeable, but she is brave, compassionate and fiercely loyal to her family. After her father dies in a mining accident and her mother sinks into a deep depression, she takes responsibility for the welfare of her family—no easy feat given that she lives in District 12, the smallest and poorest district in Panem. And when her younger sister, Prim, is chosen by lottery to participate in the games, Katniss volunteers to take her place. With 24 tributes fighting in the arena, the Hunger Games are war in miniature, and the story does not shy away from
addressing the dehumanizing realities of combat situations. Prior to the games, Katniss’ friend, Gale, grimly suggests that killing another human being may not be so different from killing an animal, to which Katniss responds, “The awful thing is that if I can forget they’re people, it will be no different at all.” As Katniss battles the other tributes, she also struggles to retain her humanity—and see the humanity in others. And like a soldier returning home from war with post-traumatic stress disorder, Katniss is haunted by her experiences in the arena and filled with anger toward the Capitol for sending the young tributes to their death. While Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, has stated that one of the purposes of the novel is to educate young people about war, the story also has a strong social justice theme. Collins sets up an obvious parallel between the Capitol and our world’s affluent societies which, while benefiting greatly from the cheap labour of people in developing countries, often turn a blind eye to their poverty. While the citizens of the Capitol live a life of luxury, the people of the districts, who produce the goods these citizens enjoy, can barely afford to eat. Many of them live in huts and do not have regular access to electricity. In District 12, where the main industry is coal mining, working conditions are unsafe and accidents are common. Watching The Hunger Games, it’s hard not to be disturbed by the Capitol’s attitude toward the districts and wonder what kind of a society would be OK with this arrangement. The answer, perhaps, hits too close to home. As the film’s PG-13 rating suggests, The Hunger Games is not meant for children. It’s a dark film that explores some murky moral territory, and the level of violence may be a concern for some parents. However, this is no reason to write the film off. The violence portrayed in the film is disturbing because violence is supposed to be disturbing. This is one of the story’s key themes. Rather than glorifying violence, the film demonstrates the importance of kindness and the power of love. This is seen most clearly in the friendships Katniss develops with two of her fellow tributes. Given the popularity of the books, the buzz surrounding the Hunger Games film is not surprising. But with its strong themes and engaging characters, The Hunger Games is a rare blockbuster— one that’s both entertaining and thoughtprovoking.
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Dare we suggest that the mantra of no movies, cards, jewelry, etc., of the past be held firm no matter the changing world? This acceptance of going to movies is an open invitation to folks (young or old) to enter the realm of Satan’s domain. God knows the problem that TV, Twitter and Facebook are having on our young people. Must we endorse it? Ron Anthony When you refuse to engage with culture, you cut yourself off from the very people you’re trying to reach. And at a time when churches are losing young people like crazy, ignoring a popular film/book for teens seems downright irresponsible. Since the very beginning, Christians have used “secular” culture as a stepping stone for reaching out to non-Christians. The reviewer of The Hunger Games is trying to show how the film/book can teach
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about important themes—social justice, love and friendship. I think Christians need to go beyond knee-jerk reactions against “secular” culture and really look at how we can engage culture. Philip Fry My mom grew up in the age when Salvationists did not go to movies and girls were chastised for wearing makeup. She’s been a loyal and dedicated senior soldier for 49 years. She has often said that a lot of her friends were driven out of the corps by people who were not very tolerant and based their religious convictions on legalism rather than on the leading of the Holy Spirit. Please understand that I am definitely not labelling anyone here a legalist, but I often wonder if we tend to romanticize the Army’s past. If our churches are half filled, I doubt it has very much to do with going to the occasional movie. More than likely it is because we have sat back in our halls and expected people to come to us. We have neglected to engage the world for Jesus Christ. Therein lies our real problem. Captain Kirk MacLeod
I could hardly believe Major Fred Waters’ comments about the difference between a soldier’s covenant and an officer’s (Exploring Officership, March 2012). I wonder if he has had second I thoughts about saying, “A soldier’s covenant revolves around behaviour. Much of it has to do with lifestyle issues, so there are the ‘I promise to’ or ‘I promise not to’ statements. With an officer’s covenant, the aspect that keeps me awake at night is the haunting phrase, ‘I will live to win souls.’ Our mission is held in the hands of our officers, not by function but by covenant.” Does he realize how superior it makes him sound? In case he is not aware, the Soldier’s Covenant holds people accountable to a higher authority than The Salvation Army. The soldier makes his covenant to God and is compelled by the love of God and the mandate of our Lord to make disciples. I am confident that many a soldier lies awake at night longing for his family and friends to experience God’s love and forgiveness and experience the new birth. Major Waters, please don’t underestimate the commitment of soldiers and think that your work is above theirs. We are all in this “war” together. Roy Isherwood The Salvation Army still needs officers. But how do we encourage Salvationists to consider this unique call to ministry?
In order to fulfil his purposes for the Army, God needs officers who will maintain and lead us in our mission.
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Kevin Slous: “Salvationists should take an active role in encouraging people to consider officership”
n this round-table discussion on Salvation Army officership, John McAlister, features editor, speaks with Major Fred Waters, candidates’ secretary, Captain Mark Braye, corps officer, Temiskaming Community Church, Ont., Kevin Slous, youth pastor at Mississauga Temple Community Church, Ont., and Megan Smith, a student at the University of Toronto.
JM: What is officership? How would you describe or define it? MB: It’s an avenue of full-time ministry, although in a sense all Christians are called to full-time ministry. It’s giving up secular employment to be a servant. KS: It’s a life surrendered to fulltime service and leadership within The Salvation Army. MS: It’s a calling and purpose that God has for your life. It’s a life-long commitment that is sealed by a covenant. FW: That’s a key difference between employment and officership. I am a covenanted leader in The Salvation Army. I could have done ministry in a variety of
different avenues, but I felt God specifically calling me to this ministry. So, I entered into a covenant with him to be an officer and then allowed The Salvation Army to focus how that calling is worked out.
JM: What is the difference between someone serving as a covenanted soldier or a covenanted officer? FW: A soldier’s covenant revolves around behaviour. Much of it has to do with lifestyle issues, so there are the “I promise to” or “I promise not to” statements. With an officer’s covenant, the aspect that keeps me awake at night is the haunting phrase, “I will live to win souls.” Our mission is held in the hands of our officers, not by function but by covenant. KS: I don’t think you can be a soldier and not give officership serious consideration. The officer’s covenant is different in that officers give their lives wholly in service to the Army. It’s necessary to have officers as leaders who embody the mission of Salvationism. MS: God raised up The Salvation Army, and part of its DNA is the role of officers.
JM: Will the Army always need officers? FW: When General Linda Bond installed Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle as our territorial leaders, she said that we will know when God is finished with us because he will stop sending us leaders. It seems that mission and leadership are always tied together. In The Salvation Army, we view that in terms of officership. As the demographics change, it will be a greater challenge for officer leaders who can help us find our way forward. We’re not only looking for people to answer God’s call, but people who will bring with them the skills and abilities to lead in a complex and everchanging world. We not only need officers; we need many different kinds of officers. We’re starting to see that with our officer training programs, people come to us from around the world with different languages, skills and education. Rather than sending out missionaries, we need people to come and be missionaries here. The challenge for us organizationally is to find a spot where those people have valid ministry. There needs to be an openness to changing the way that officership—and training—looks in the future. KS: Officers must carry the mantle of leadership in the Army. How that looks can change over time. But we still need officers who are willing to offer their lives and serve where they are most needed. We need that mobilization to be an effective Army. FW: That’s the tension of our present generation. As an organization, we’re still looking for people who will say, “Tell me where you need me and I’ll go.” I think that’s a great adventure, but we’re dealing with a generation that wants a greater say in where they serve. MS: Not only that, our education system and societal norms are influencing people’s career choices. More people are
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