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arold was in his mid 40s and a regular attender of our Sunday morning meetings. Handsome and single, he was always neatly groomed when I saw him. However, a few minutes in his presence and you could tell that Harold had significant challenges. He had considerable difficulty having simple conversations with adults. Those who knew him spoke of how well-read he was. One day I bumped into him downtown and he was carrying a stack of books including works from the Russian authors Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Harold had mental health issues. He suffered from erratic mood swings. At times he was excitable and animated while at others he was quiet and withdrawn. During one Sunday morning holiness meeting, Harold climbed over several pews in order to exit the sanctuary, explaining later that he needed to leave and did not want to disturb the people sitting beside him. His unpredictable behaviours were met with a mixture of bemusement and fear. On pages 11-13, staff writer Kristin Fryer brings into focus some of the challenges of caring for the mind. In her article, we are given insight into Jason’s world as he struggles with mental illness. Jason is a resident of The Haven, a care facility located at the Winnipeg Booth Centre. At
this centre, The Salvation Army provides safe haven for many who face similar afflictions. We also highlight the ministry of the Primary Support Unit (PSU) at Toronto’s Maxwell Meighen Centre. “Our clients are more than just their mental illness,” states James Haggerty, program co-ordinator of the PSU. “Each client is a complex person with many different needs—emotional, spiritual and physical. All of those things are important to being well.”
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Vancouver Harbour Light Hosts Soup Kitchen Gala ANDREW AND STEPHANIE Hungerford, owners of Hungerford Properties, have a strong passion for the work being done at Vancouver Harbour Light. They sponsored the centre’s second annual Hope in the Inner City Soup Kitchen Gala in May. The event raised over $230,000, with global management consulting technology services company Accenture in Canada contributing $100,000. One hundred and thirty-one guests enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Chris Mills, executive chef, Joey Restaurant Group. An invited audience of Harbour Light donors entered the dining hall by collecting their opening soup course in a food line. Clients from the facility then served the main course. The event enabled guests to experience Harbour Light and gain a further appreciation for the many positive stories that come from the centre’s programs. One such program is the Learning Centre, offered in partnership
with Vancouver Community College, where clients improve literacy, math and computer skills, and upgrade highschool courses. “I am coming to the Learning Centre twice a week and hopefully I will be prepared to get my General Education Diploma (GED),” says one client. “I hope to become a counsellor. I have also learned to use a computer and I have been able to reconnect with my daughter, whom I haven’t seen in 15 years.” The gala recognized the Life Changer Award given to client James Gareau, a former resident who is now clean and working at the centre, along with the Life Changer Corporate Partner Award to the Tzu Chi Foundation of Canada for its service in the community.
Standing by one of the trucks purchased from funds raised at last year’s Vancouver Harbour Light Gala are Andrew and Stephanie Hungerford; Wayne Oster, executive director, Vancouver Harbour Light; Mjr Brian Venables, then DSPRD, B.C. Div
Joey Restaurant chef Chris Mills (centre, back) and the Vancouver Harbour Light kitchen team
Singer Urges Army in Victoria: “Keep Holding On” AT THE ANNUAL luncheon held by the Victoria advisory board in May, internationally renowned Canadian singer and entertainer Ken Lavigne spoke to a capacity crowd about the importance of holding on when facing difficult times in life. Lavigne has partnered with The Salvation Army for 10 years. Prior to speaking at the event, he toured the Army’s addictions and rehabilitation centre and the Stan Hagen Centre for Families in Victoria. “I was overwhelmed,” admits Lavigne. “I walked away from that experience changed in a positive way. I saw a group of dedicated volunteers and professionals giving their time to help thousands of individuals and families within the Greater Victoria area.” He wrote and dedicated Keep Holding On to his brother-in-law, who suffered a life-altering accident. The lyrics were a fitting complement to the Army’s message of helping those in need. “Sometimes,
Canadian singer and entertainer Ken Lavigne
when you are at the end of your rope, all you need is for someone to help you tie a knot so you can keep holding on,” said Lavigne. During his performance, a video montage of client stories was played to
illustrate what people need to hold on to: love, faith, recovery, dignity, hope and community. At the event, Major Brian Venables, then divisional secretary for public relations and development, British Columbia Division, spoke about the various ways the Army helps clients discover their inherent dignity as God’s creation. “In the last year, we’ve had 33 different boys enter Hope House, and I’m happy to announce that 19 of them have completed the program and are drug-free,” enthused Major Venables. He added that hundreds of diverse family units come for assistance at the Stan Hagen Centre every day. The Canadian Navy Marine Naden Concert Band, which has partnered with the Army in Victoria for its Christmas concert and toy drive since 1978, provided a string quintet for prelude music at the event. Salvationist I August 2012 I 5
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Catriona Le May Doan Highlights Hope in Halifax CATRIONA LE MAY Doan, Canadian two-time Olympic gold medalist, was guest speaker for The Salvation Army’s inaugural Hope in the City Leadership Breakfast at the Westin Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Ballroom in Halifax. Presented by CIBC and hosted by news anchor Steve Murphy of CTV, the event drew 200 business and community leaders, elected officials and youth for a morning of networking, entertainment and education about the Army’s work throughout Halifax Regional Municipality. Le May Doan stressed the importance of The Salvation Army’s work throughout the year. “It’s so incredible to see people coming together at Christmas, but it’s those other 364 days that we know so many people need our support,” she said. “So thank you for doing this for our community.” The breakfast was sponsored by CIBC, Investors Group, Scotiabank, C100 and Metro Halifax. “We are excited about our first ever Hope in the City Leadership Breakfast,” said Major Doug Hefford, divisional commander, Maritime Division, in thanking the sponsors. “With your sup-
port, you are helping us continue to provide the basic necessities of life—food, shelter and clothing—to the marginalized in our community.”
Catriona Le May Doan speaks at leadership breakfast
Parry Sound Celebrates 125 Years LT-COLONELS SUSAN AND Dirk van Duinen, divisional commander and area commander, Ontario Central-East Division, led the 125th anniversary festivities of Rainbow Country Church in Parry Sound, Ont. Special guests Muskoka-Parry Sound MPP Norm Miller, Parry Sound Mayor Jamie McGarvey and Sheri Cox, representing MP Tony Clement, attended Saturday evening’s celebration dinner. “I’ve seen first-hand the great work this organization does to help those in need, and am very grateful to work alongside organizations like the Parry Sound Salvation Army,” said Miller. Mayor McGarvey noted that “the Army has assumed a lead role in many local initiatives and the benefit to the community is considerable.” Lt-Colonel Susan van Duinen commended Salvationists for their outreach and partnership with others to further the message of God’s love for everyone.
A concert followed the dinner, featuring Toronto’s Yorkminster Citadel Band and Songsters under the leadership of Greg Colley, bandmaster, and Donna Colley, songster leader. The songsters set the tone for the divisional commander’s meditation with Let Me Hide Myself in Thee. Lt-Colonel Susan van Duinen spoke of every believer’s call to shine the light of God’s compassion in the world. The band followed with a stirring presentation of Peter Graham’s Shine As the Light. More than 350 people from all denominations met for a Sunday united service. Lt-Colonel Max Ryan, corps officer in Parry Sound from 1961-1964, offered a litany of thanksgiving for God’s provision, guidance and faithfulness throughout the years. After Lt-Colonel Susan van Duinen’s message, more than 60 people came to the holiness table to light candles, indicating their commitment for Christ to shine in their lives for the sake of others.
MPP Norm Miller; Lt-Cols Dirk and Susan van Duinen; Cpts LeeAnn and Peter van Duinen, COs; Mjr Mark Cummings, CO, Barrie, Ont.; Mayor Jamie McGarvey; Mjr Lynn Cummings, AC, Ont. CE Div
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Castledowns “Goes For Souls” CASTLEDOWNS CHURCH IN Edmonton held its second annual Go for Souls Evangelism Conference during the May long weekend. Major Murray Jaster, corps officer in Medicine Hat, Alta., led worship and Aaron White, leader of Vancouver’s 614 Corps, preached from the Book of Acts to participants from various provinces and countries. “The Holy Spirit is the initiator, enabler and empowerment for evangelism,” stressed White. “Without the Holy Spirit there is no true evangelism and no true Christian life.” Delegates not only learned about but practised different types of evangelism, including conversational, prophetic and door-to-door. Presenters included Major Stephen Court, Major Danielle Strickland and Lieutenant Lorri-Anne Butler, who are corps officers at Castledowns, as well as Aaron White and Nicole Brindle, recruiting sergeant from Vancouver’s 614 Corps. “Two adults were saved through the conference,” says Major Stephen Court. The Go For Souls movement is inspired by General William Booth’s exhortation, “Go for souls and go for the worst.” It was initiated by Lieutenant James Thompson in Australia. The conferences happen in different countries and include online resources at goforsouls.com.
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New Shelter Planned for Fort St. John THE PROVINCE OF British Columbia and The Salvation Army will purchase and redevelop Cedar Lodge Motor Inn in Fort St. John to provide shelter and transitional beds for marginalized and at-risk people. The province will provide approximately
Rich Coleman, minister responsible for housing, B.C.; Mjr Larry Martin, DC, B.C. Div; Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman; MLA Pat Pimm; Cpt Ben Lippers
$3.2 million for the project and the Army will contribute $1 million through donor support. The Army will manage and operate the two-storey building. When completed, the facility will include 10 minimum-barrier transitional beds, 20 shelter beds and 26 transitional beds. Cedar Lodge in Fort St. John will be renovated to provide shelter and “The Salvation transitional beds for at-risk people Army has 130 years of experience giving hope and support to for those at risk, with the care and support vulnerable individuals in Canada,” says they need.” Included in the project will Captain Ben Lippers, former corps officer. be on-site and off-site support, space for “This redevelopment gives us the opporaddictions programming and a drop-in tunity to expand our services and provide meal centre six days a week.
Jens Lindemann Entertains at CSB Festival ON JUNE 2, Toronto’s Scarborough Citadel hosted the Canadian Staff Band’s 43rd anniversary festival. This year’s guest was internationally acclaimed trumpet virtuoso, Jens Lindemann, whose exhilarating playing and entertaining remarks delighted the audience. In his opening comments, Commissioner Brian Peddle, territorial commander, commended the band for its 43 years of ministry in the Canada and Bermuda Territory and around the world. The program included items suitable for varying tastes—from a traditional march to more modern and contemporary works. The guest soloist shone in items such as
Malaguena, Down by the Riverside and Shenandoah Fantasy, as well as Starlight, a more contemplative ballad. A particular highlight was a cornet duet, Synergy, by Jens Lindemann and Steve Brown, staff bandsman. The CSB performed several new pieces, including Martin Cordner’s Fusion, Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s Fire in the Blood and an arrangement of Shine On Us by Jonathan Rowsell, staff bandsman. A focal point in the second half was an emotionally moving presentation of Eric Ball’s classic tone poem Resurgam, followed immediately by Jens Lindemann’s soulful playing of Amazing Grace.
From left, Steve Brown and Jens Lindemann perform Synergy
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to assist 1,400 families who were victims of hurricane Igor … Winnipeg firefighters are supporting youth in their community? In June, they joined with the Salvation Army thrift stores and Scotiabank to collect pennies for the Army’s Weetamah Centre’s Dignity Makes Cents campaign. Weetamah has set a goal to raise 1 million pennies ($10,000) to use for healthy lunches for students in the downtown core … at a recent inter-denominational event called YC Alberta, Mjr Danielle Strickland spoke to 14,000 young people in the Rexall Stadium in Edmonton? Mjr Strickland challenged the youth to follow Jesus,
challenge evil structures and systems and bring justice by their willingness to sacrifice and live for Him … on May 23, Stahl Peterbilt truck dealership donated a new Peterbilt truck to the community and family services program in Edmonton? The vehicle features a hydraulic lift, which makes food service deliveries and pick-ups easier … Halifax radio station Energy 103.5, in partnership with Sportwheels in Lower Sackville, N.S., donated 25 refurbished children’s bicycles to the Army, ensuring that some kids who cannot afford a bicycle will get a new summer ride?
… Gary Mitchell, who leads the product development team of Purdy’s Chocolates, hosted a morning of chocolate education and tasting for residents and clients at the Army’s Belkin House in Vancouver? Residents were able to create their own chocolate bark to enjoy … during its advisory board Red Shield luncheon in St. John’s, N.L., on May 29, the Army presented its prestigious Friends of the Army Award to Steele Communications? The company received the award for the Help for Home Radiothon held September 29, 2010, which raised $1.35 million for the Army
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After 22 months of training, the Friends of Christ are prepared for their first appointments
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his is a time to acknowledge the presence of God in this place and in The Salvation Army,” said Commissioner Brian Peddle, territorial commander, as he welcomed hundreds of Salvationists and friends to the service of ordination and commissioning for the 18 cadets of the Friends of Christ Session. The Saturday evening event took place at Toronto’s Canada Christian College on June 23 as part of a three-day celebration that included officers’ councils, a social justice concert and a Sunday morning worship service. Ordination and Commissioning At the commencement of the service of ordination and commissioning, the cadets of the Friends of Christ Session were called by name from seats among family and 8 I August 2012 I Salvationist
friends around the auditorium to take their places on the platform, symbolizing the call of God on their lives. Colonel Tracey Tidd, territorial secretary for women’s ministries, prayed for the Friends of Christ and their families, asking especially for peace and protection for the children as they move with their parents to their first appointments as officers. In his presentation of the cadets, Major Eric Bond, then principal at Winnipeg’s College for Officer Training (CFOT), acknowledged the common connection between those who were to be commissioned. “God has placed his hand upon them and called them to be Salvation Army officers,” he said. “By their continued dependence on God, all things are possible. They are ready and eager for battle.” A significant part in any ordination
and commissioning service is the cadets’ recitation of the Officer’s Covenant. The Friends of Christ did so through a video presentation that had been filmed onsite at CFOT, providing glimpses of the campus where they had trained for the past 22 months. “You have been called and equipped for sacred service,” Commissioner Peddle said as he ordained the Friends of Christ as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ and commissioned them as Salvation Army officers with the rank of lieutenant. Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, territorial president of women’s ministries, addressed each new lieutenant with a portion of Scripture that had been chosen specifically for them and offered a prayer of dedication for the group as they begin their ministry. “Give them holy wisdom
Mjr Eric Bond presents the Friends of Christ
as they take on this mantle of leadership,” she prayed. As the Canadian Staff Band (CSB) presented Craig Woodland’s arrangement of In Christ Alone, the Friends of Christ left the auditorium. They returned a few moments later amidst cheers and handclapping, resplendent in uniforms bearing the distinctive red trim worn around the world by commissioned Salvation Army officers. Newly commissioned Lieutenant Jennifer Ivany spoke on behalf of her session and encouraged them to remain close to Jesus as they enter full-time service as Salvation Army officers. “Be bold and be strong, for Immanuel is with you,” she said. “Align your footprints in Christ.” In his challenge to the lieutenants, the territorial commander encouraged them to be faithful to the covenant they had made as officers. “You have been authorized to be a Salvation Army officer, to be a leader in the communities in which you have been placed.” He reminded them that they would not be alone in their journey as officers. “The great God we serve goes with you always, as close as the air you breathe,” he said. In response to an invitation from Commissioner Peddle at the conclusion of the service, men and women made their way to the platform to offer themselves for full-time service as Salvation Army officers. The words of the final song, I’ll Go in the Strength of the Lord, affirmed for them, and all present, that God equips us for the tasks he calls us to do. Fighting for Social Justice The previous evening, a social justice concert was held at Canada Christian College. Under the theme “I’ll Fight,” the occasion was both joyous and sobering as Salvationists celebrated the centenary of the promotion to Glory of General William
Cdts Tina and Keesom Phanthaamath kneel in prayer
Booth and were challenged to keep fighting for social justice—a calling as relevant today as it was 100 years ago. Following a prelude by the CSB, Colonel Floyd Tidd, chief secretary, welcomed the congregation and opened the
evening with prayer. The concert featured several musical performances by the Ontario Central-East Divisional Youth Chorus and the CSB, as well as solos by then Cadets Joshua Ivany and Cory Fifield of the Friends of Christ
Bandmaster John Lam conducts the Canadian Staff Band
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Commissioner Brian Peddle speaks to Jackson Dockeray as his parents, Lts Kristen Jackson-Dockeray and Jason Dockeray, receive their first appointments
Session. The congregation was invited to join in singing with the chorus on several occasions. Between these performances were dramas by Peter Koehnen and Kyle Higgins. Drawing from current events and statistics, they painted a heart-breaking picture of the suffering experienced by so many today, and they reminded the congregation that there are no spectators in the Kingdom of God. The evening ended with an appeal from Commissioner Brian Peddle. Reflecting on the life and legacy of General William Booth, he encouraged the congregation to find their fighting spirit—to lift up their voice and claim their place as an advocate for others. Concluding his address, Commissioner Peddle said, “I’ll fight to the very end and I ask you to join me.” Time to Worship On Sunday, a family worship service was held at Toronto’s Scarborough Citadel. With accompanying music by the Scarborough Citadel Band, the Proclaimers of the Resurrection Session entered the
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Lts Laura and Stefan Van Schaick salute Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle
auditorium with recognition of their summer assignments. Following a prayer by Cadet Leonard Heng, Cadet Laura Hickman shared her testimony. Speaking about the value of simply being with people, Cadet Hickman said that she asks God to “break my heart for what breaks yours.” After a time of praise led by the CFOT worship team, Aux-Captain Thomas Yoo spoke about the privilege of serving God through The Salvation Army. “I believe that God sent me to Canada to start a new life with Jesus Christ,” he said. “I have a passion to deliver the gospel to the many multicultural societies in Canada.” Then siblings Lieutenant Bethany Howard and Cadet Joshua Howard sang a vocal duet of I Know a Fount. In his message, Commissioner Brian Peddle said that “The Salvation Army is more than a name, it’s a relationship.” As he thanked Salvationists for being transforming influences in their communities, he challenged them to “rise up and advocate for those in need.” At the Silver Star luncheon later that
day, each of the new lieutenants had the opportunity to recognize two people who had made a positive impact on their lives. In her devotional, Commissioner Rosalie Peddle thanked all of the family members and mentors for helping prepare the new officers for full-time service.
Lt Jennifer Ivany speaks on behalf of her session-mates Below: The territorial commander addresses the new lieutenants with words of challenge and encouragement
Caring for the Mind
Salvation Army programs help individuals manage their mental health and move forward with their lives BY KRISTIN FRYER, STAFF WRITER
imply getting through the day can be a challenge for Jason, who suffers from schizophrenia and struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. Just over a year ago, a nearly lethal combination of alcohol and pills landed Jason in the hospital. As the doctors worked to save his life, the hospital also looked for a more permanent solution to Jason’s problems. They referred him to The Haven at The Salvation Army’s Booth Centre in Winnipeg and, over the past year, his life has taken a positive turn. Safe Haven The Haven is a residential care program that looks after persons with severe mental health problems. As Jamie Watt, program co-ordinator of The Haven, explains, most residents, such as Jason, suffer from schizophrenia, while bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder—a combination of schizophrenia and a mood disorder—are also common.
“I almost died in the hospital before I came to The Haven. Things were really bad, but now I can see my future getting better” When they arrive, the clients generally lack basic life skills, such as keeping an apartment, eating properly and taking their medication. Many of them also suffer from physical health problems. The side effects of psychiatric drugs, in particular, are a major concern. “Many medications cause weight gain, leading to diabetes and other weight-related problems,” says Watt. “Unfortunately, with psychiatric medication, it’s the lesser of
two evils, since the consequences of not being on medication can be much worse.” Such outcomes are well known to Jason who, while experiencing a psychotic episode five years ago, jumped out of a window and broke his foot. He also suffers from a heart condition, which has been exacerbated by his addictions. When he arrived at The Haven in June 2011, his heart was only functioning at 20 percent of its capacity. Today, his heart is functioning properly, and he credits The Haven for this recovery and for helping him overcome his addiction to drugs and alcohol. “The Haven has helped me out a lot,” he says. “I want to stay here because it’s a safe place to be. If I were back in my own apartment or in a hotel, I don’t think I’d be doing near as well.” Road to Recovery Jason isn’t likely to leave The Haven soon. The Haven is a long-term care facility, with clients staying for one to four years, Salvationist I August 2012 I 11
depending on the seriousness of their condition. This timeframe allows the staff to work closely with the clients and their doctors until they are ready to return to life in the community. A key part of this process is getting them to take their medication and ensuring that it works for them. “When a mind is not well, it can do very disturbing things,” says Watt. “But when that mind can get the medication it needs, it has a huge chance of recovery.” The rehabilitation process has many practical components as well. The Haven holds classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, which teach clients skills such as budgeting and cooking, and clients are encouraged to volunteer and to explore educational and vocational training opportunities. Jason volunteers in the kitchen at The Haven every day, helping with dishes and doing other duties as required. For him, volunteering is about giving back: “I made mistakes and they helped me out, so I try to help them out, too. “I almost died in the hospital before I came to The Haven,” he adds. “Things were really bad, but now I can see my future getting better.” Looking ahead, Jason hopes to upgrade his education and eventually get a fulltime job. Crisis Management A transformation like Jason’s is the aim of every Salvation Army mental health program. As with The Haven, the goal of the Primary Support Unit (PSU) at Toronto’s Maxwell Meighen Centre is to enable clients to get the help they need to function well in society. The PSU offers a three-week program that assists homeless men who are experiencing a mental health crisis but do not require hospitalization. The PSU also helps socially isolated individuals who are unable to access needed resources due to mental health problems and individuals who are otherwise in need of assistance to regain control over their lives. Some of these men have been diagnosed with illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, but many do not have a doctor and have not had a psychiatric assessment. While some clients come from hospitals, referrals to the PSU come from various sources, including courts, shelters and lawyers. Given the short-term nature of the program, the PSU has two primary objectives. The first is to provide immediate emotional support. “We recognize that the clients need to 12 I August 2012 I Salvationist
talk about what’s going on in their lives,” says James Haggerty, PSU program coordinator, “so we offer them a receptive ear and a validation of the feelings they are going through.” To that end, the PSU offers 24-hour counselling services and case management services, as well as pastoral care. The second objective is to provide practical assistance and help the men access needed resources. To ensure they get the best assistance possible, each client who comes to the PSU goes through a detailed assessment process. “When our case manager sits down with a client, they discuss all aspects of the client’s life,” explains Haggerty. “We look at their psychiatric history, medical history, personal relationships, spirituality—all of the things they see as an important part of their lives—and then, together, we come up with a plan to help them Mental Illness: What Do Canadians Think? This May, The Salvation Army, in conjunction with Angus Reid Public Opinion, released a report after conducting polling research to better understand societal perceptions surrounding mental illness, addictions and poverty. This research found that most Canadians are extremely empathetic and compassionate toward those struggling with mental illness and substance addictions. Key findings from the report include: • 80 percent of respondents reported that they have a family member or friend with mental illness and/or addiction. •M ost Canadians recognize the linkage between mental health and addiction with 71 percent agreeing that “a lot of people with addictions have mental health problems.” • 97 percent of respondents believe that a person with mental illness deserves dignity and respect, just as much as a person with a physical illness. • 87 percent of respondents believe that mental illness should be a higher priority for the government. • 80 percent of Canadians think that mental illness causes many Canadians to experience poverty.
move forward.” Once a plan is in place, the PSU refers them to relevant support services, such as housing, medical and vocational services. As well, most clients participate in the PSU’s voluntary Wellness Program, which includes a safety plan for clients struggling with addictions, stress management and mental health relapse prevention. When a client finds housing, the program also offers a community resources “tour,” educating clients about what resources—for example, food banks and drop-in centres—are available in their area. “The Wellness Program is very solution-focused,” says Haggerty. “We try to make the post-PSU transition as stress-free as possible for clients.” A Holistic Approach While the programs offered by The Haven and the PSU differ, many of the challenges • 73 percent agree that there would be far fewer homeless people in Canada if there was better care for people with mental health problems. Despite these positive findings, many misconceptions still exist. For example: • 28 percent of respondents don’t think you can really trust people who have had mental illness. • 24 percent of Canadians are afraid when they are around people they know who have mental health problems. Read the full report, Canada Speaks 2012: Mental Health, Addictions and the Roots of Poverty, at www.salvationarmy. ca/canadaspeaks2012.
Canada Speaks 2012
Mental Health, Addictions and the Roots of Poverty
The Haven is part of the Booth Centre in Winnipeg
they encounter are the same. Some of these are systemic, says Watt, as many people with mental illness struggle to access services and resources, often because they do not know how. But even those who are connected to health care providers sometimes fall through the cracks. Simply asking for help can be difficult for people with mental illness, who often blame themselves for being ill. Both Watt and Haggerty find that, despite efforts to educate the general public about mental illness, there is still a stigma attached to having one. As a result, many of their clients admit that they have tried to hide their illness from others, even their own families. “We try to help clients recognize that mental illness is like any other illness,” says Haggerty. “It’s not something that they brought on themselves, and it’s not something they need to feel guilt or shame about. Instead, it’s something they need to understand and learn how to manage.” Helping clients learn to manage their own mental health is part of taking a more holistic approach to client care. According to Haggerty, this approach means asking each client what they think they need in order to stay as healthy as possible. “Our clients are more than just their mental illness,” he says. “Each client is a complex person with many different needs—emotional, spiritual and physical. All of those things are important to being well.”
own in the community. Support at this 74-bed facility includes a nursing team, pastoral care and referrals to community services and resources. The Rivage at the Montreal Booth Centre The goal of The Rivage is to help men with severe and persistent mental health problems remain within the community. The Rivage offers shelter, support and supervision.
Salvation Army Mental Health Programs Mental health care is an important part of many services The Salvation Army offers, from homeless shelters to emergency and disaster relief. But The Salvation Army also recognizes the need to offer programs specifically intended to help those with mental illness. In addition to the two programs featured, here are four other programs: Stepping Stone Supportive Residence (SSSR), Edmonton SSSR provides long-term living accommodations for single men and women who experience difficulty living on their
The Wiseman Centre Supportive Housing Unit, St. John’s, N.L. The Wiseman Centre Supportive Housing Unit consists of 10 individual apartments for men aged 30 to 64 years who have complex mental health and/ or addictions issues. The goal of the unit is to make living as independent as possible for the tenants, while ensuring that it provides a supportive communal living environment. Booth Packaging and Supportive Services, Toronto Booth Packaging and Supportive Services teaches and maintains work skills, while facilitating personal support from a Christian perspective for adults with mental health needs and/or developmental disabilities. Salvationist I August 2012 I 13
Mobilizing Our Army
Here are the territorial priorities for carrying out the General’s vision of One Army, One Mission, One Message
t is my hope by now that Salvationists will sense my personal conviction and passion for the mission and ministry of The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda. I believe that working together with obedient faith and engagement in God’s mission in the world will lead to the extension of his Kingdom. God’s hand of blessing is upon us and therefore, with confidence, we lead, serve and proclaim the gospel from a position of significant strength. General Linda Bond’s vision of One Army, One Mission, One Message provides a framework to centre our thoughts on specific essentials (see International Vision right). This vision brings into focus the essence of the Army’s DNA and calls us to affirm our commitment with confidence. I want each of us to ask, What does it mean to be One Army sharing in One Mission proclaiming TERRITORIAL PRIORITIES One Army We will focus on … • spiritual renewal › prayer initiatives/emphasis › sacramental living › covenant lifestyle › holy living • leadership development › strategy for candidate recruitment › employee recruitment and development › officer and lay leadership › make succession planning a cultural norm › utilization of all resources in increasing our capacity to serve 14 I August 2012 I Salvationist
BY COMMISSIONER BRIAN PEDDLE One Message? As you reflect on this vision for The Salvation Army internationally, I am anxious to provide you with the territorial framework into which leadership across
the territory has given input (see Territorial Priorities below). These priorities will help create broad strokes for planning and clear reference points for discussion. Our hope is that we will have a common language and vision focus for the immediate future. Over the coming months you will see, read and hear more about what it means to share this banner of One Army, One Mission, One Message. I believe there are implications for every Salvationist and that our attention and engagement can unleash the outpouring of the Holy Spirit such as we have not seen in our time. During a recent gathering of the territory’s senior INTERNATIONAL VISION One Army A God-raised, Spirit-filled Army for the 21st century convinced of our calling, moving forward together We will … • deepen our spiritual life • unite in prayer • identify and develop leaders • increase self-support and self-denial
One Mission We will focus on … • social justice • children and youth • integrated mission and ministry (through our corps and social services) One Message We will focus on … • the gospel and transformation • discipleship
One Mission into the world of the hurting, broken, lonely, dispossessed and lost, reaching them in love by all means We will … • emphasize our integrated ministry • reach and involve youth and children • stand for and serve the marginalized • encourage innovation in mission One Message with the transforming message of Jesus, bringing freedom, hope and life We will … • communicate Christ unashamedly • reaffirm our belief in transformation • evangelize and disciple effectively • provide quality teaching resources
leaders, I felt prompted to articulate what I felt this vision plan looks like. As the territorial commander, I see: • a Salvation Army that is spiritually on fire, where each Salvationist engages in God’s mission in the world as a result of an expressed obedient faith in Christ; • God’s Kingdom here on earth flourishing because Kingdom outcomes are the goals of each corps and centre; • an Army mobilized, sharing the central message of salvation for the whole world through living testimonies of discipled men, women and young people; and • the Army, marching forward, as part of the Church of God against which the gates of Hell cannot prevail.
I ask you to join with me in prayer, reflection and action, and to consider the possibilities of an Army fully under God’s command My prayer is that we can all see a Godraised, Spirit-filled Army for the 21st century, convinced of our calling and moving forward together. As the General has written in reference to the worldwide prayer focus: “Imagine Salvationists crying out to God day and night in every country. Imagine officers and soldiers, young and old, living holy lives. Imagine bold and adoptive initiatives flowing out of prayer rooms and holy hearts.” I ask you to join with me in prayer, reflection and action, and to consider the possibilities of an Army fully under God’s command. I ask that you not dismiss yet another logo or set of words but rather identify through obedient faith the hope that it offers. One Army, One Mission, One Message. May this be our goal as we build upon our rich heritage, core values and deep sense of God’s continued calling on the Army. Commissioner Brian Peddle is the territorial commander of the Canada and Bermuda Territory.
Army Magazines Win 10 Awards Publications recognized by Canadian Church Press
t the 2012 Canadian Church Press (CCP) Awards held in Toronto this past May, Salvation Army magazines received 10 awards for excellence. Salvationist garnered three awards, and Faith & Friends seven, a record showing for the magazine. The CCP includes representatives from more than 75 member publications, including mainline, Catholic and evangelical churches. The awards were judged by a panel of accomplished journalists and academics from the secular media. The following are a list of the awards along with descriptions. You can read many of the articles online at salvationist.ca.
Colour Photo—Magazine First Place No Limbs, No Limits (March 2011) Photographers from the Life Without Limbs organization bring inspirational speaker Nick Vujicic to life in a series of remarkable photos, including one of him surfing.
Salvationist Colour Photo Spread—Magazine Second Place The Focal Point (July 2011) Julia Hosking profiles Salvationist and avid photographer Ian McKenzie, who believes that visual arts can deepen our personal and corporate worship.
Personal Experience—First Person Account Second Place Free on the Inside (December 2011) RJ writes about how—imprisoned, alone and depressed—he discovered his faith on Christmas Eve.
Biblical Interpretation Second Place Do Something! (November 2011) While we often feel helpless when faced with great needs such as poverty and injustice, Major Julie Slous argues that God calls us to take a fresh look at what we have to offer. Theological Reflection Third Place Doing Chicken Right (March 2011) Captain Rick Zelinsky offers insights for pastors on how to combat church envy. Faith & Friends Biographical Profile—Magazine First Place No Limbs, No Limits (March 2011) Julia Hosking looks at the life of Nick Vujicic, an inspirational speaker born without arms or legs, who is proof that courage and faith can overcome adversity.
General Excellence—Specialized Magazine Second Place January, February and March 2011 Assistant editor-in-chief Geoff Moulton, editor Ken Ramstead and graphic designer Brandon Laird are acknowledged for excellence in three consecutive issues.
Feature Layout and Design— Magazine Third Place Seed of Hope (June 2011) Vivid photos complement an article by Geoff Moulton on the Terrence Malick movie The Tree of Life. Narrative Third Place The Kids Are All Right (September 2011) Ken Ramstead recounts how a school project changed the way a group of teens looked at the homeless in their midst. Department—Magazine Honourable Mention Every Breath You Take (January 2011), Lost Weekend (April 2011) and Sophie’s Choice (July 2011) Kathryn Mills and Gordon Fedack recount their spiritual journeys, while Ken Ramstead profiles how a Salvation Army summer camp transformed the life of one girl. Salvationist I August 2012 I 15
What does it mean to be wholly sanctified? BY LT-COLONEL DAVID HAMMOND
ver a million Salvationists in 124 countries have signed their names to The Salvation Army’s Soldier’s Covenant, which makes this declaration: “I believe it is the privilege of all believers to be wholly sanctifed.” However, only God knows how many of them can bear witness to the reality of this experience. On April 6, l947, when I was 17, my godly father tapped me on the shoulder and said: “David, I think it is time for you to become a soldier.” I don’t think I read the covenant I was about to sign, and surely didn’t possess an experience 16 I August 2012 I Salvationist
of what it meant to be wholly sanctified. I confess that all too often in my role as a leader in the Army, I fell short of showing enough interest in what my Soldier’s Covenant meant for me or those around me. I was content to consider this fundamental document a ritual empty of meaning and reflection. What is Sanctification? The opportunity to be wholly sanctified is a free gift from God. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith,” we read in Ephesians 2:8. In both the Old and New Testaments, God has clearly made
his will known. “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’ ” (l Peter l:15-16). And as the writer to the Hebrews notes, “without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). These texts are cornerstone truths of biblical revelation. If our kind and loving God has commanded that we be holy, it would be unreasonable for this to be impossible to attain. I am persuaded that what God commands, he makes provision for, as a free gift to every follower of Jesus who seeks him. How Does it Work? But does that mean there is nothing for us to do by way of co-operation with the God who sanctifies? Does everything depend entirely on God? No, everything does not depend on God. Being wholly sanctified is a partnership between God and us: there is something God will do, and there is something we also must do in order to make holiness a dynamic, living power in our lives. As we read in Philippians 2:12, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” We hear a great deal today about action plans, whether for economic growth, financial stability or fitness goals. But what about an action plan for claiming a dynamic and transformational personal holiness experience? We could have an action plan that demonstrates to the world spiritual results for which we might be held accountable to a trusted friend or pastor. As Salvationists, we could start with our Soldier’s Covenant. There are eight practical challenges outlined in this covenant that accompany our doctrines (see salvationist.ca/covenant). Every Salvationist can choose to personalize his own plan, to edit or to add to it, as the Spirit leads. No one can experience a holy life without active participation in a lifestyle that arises in our hearts through following the teaching of the New Testament. As Jesus clearly mandated in the Great Commission, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). Our beloved founder, William Booth, gave us his clear and simple testimony in poetical form: “To all the world, I dare avow That Jesus sanctified me now.”
Signs of Hope
An innovative church sign campaign has people talking in Gander, N.L.
BY CAPTAINS CORY AND PAMELA PINKSEN
ast September, Gander Citadel, N.L., installed a large, illuminated sign in front of the church on the busiest street in town. It had the dual purpose of advertising upcoming events as well as sharing words of hope and encouragement to the community. From the very first phrase posted, “A World of Hope Makes a World of Difference,” it was clear that it would create a positive buzz within the community of 11,000 people. The message coincided with the town’s commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9-11. As we placed the words on the sign, a man walking down the street stopped to read it and remarked, “No truer words could be said.” He was one of the many displaced passengers from the 9-11 flights who had returned to Gander for the memorial service taking place that week. Every week or two, the sign is updated with new captions, such as “God Wants Spiritual Fruit, Not Religious Nuts,” “1 Cross + 3 Nails = 4given,” “Forbidden Fruit Creates Many Jams” and “Can’t Sleep? Don’t Count Sheep, Talk to the Shepherd.” With Gander being the snowbelt of central Newfoundland, we were very concerned about how snow buildup would affect the sign’s visibility. And so at the height of our winter, the sign suggested, “Whoever is Praying for Snow, Please Stop.” This one caused quite a stir
as our town is equally divided among the snow-lovers and the snow-haters. But all appreciated the humour. The sign has become a popular discussion piece in our community. Our corps members are often approached by people who exclaim, “I love your sign,” or who ask, “Who comes up with the phrases?” Young people have even taken pictures of the sign with their cellphones and posted them to Facebook. Under a photo of the sign that read, “Sign Broken—Message Inside,” one commenter wrote, “Those clever Bible thumpers!” Many people intentionally drive by the church to see what the next statement will be. We have recently been interviewed
The Salvation Army Brandon, Manitoba
125th Anniversary October 13-14, 2012
for two separate media interviews, one for the community cable channel and another for CBC Radio. In one of these interviews, a woman called in to share that her agnostic neighbour talks about the signs and looks forward to seeing what will be posted next. It is our hope and prayer that our sign will continue to interrupt people in the busyness of their lives and give them pause for thought. Yes, many times it will bring a smile, but mostly we want them to be challenged to think about God and living for him. It continues to amaze us how a few words on a sign have impacted this community, and we pray that these tidbits of truth will continue to influence others.
The Salvation Army Victoria Citadel 125th Anniversary October 26-28, 2012 Special Guest: Commissioner M. Christine MacMillan
Special Guests: Majors Wayne and Deborah Bungay Musical Guests: Saskatoon Temple Band
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The Real Sacrament Holiness is the outward sign of inner grace
BY LT-COLONEL PHILIP CAIRNS
inking holiness and sacraments would seem to be a contradiction in Salvation Army thinking and practice. The doctrine of holiness is a foundation stone of The Salvation Army’s theology. Sacramental worship, particularly the use of bread, wine and water, are rites carried out in other church traditions. Can the two be brought together in one idea? As a young Salvationist I can remember being taught that The Salvation Army was a non-sacramental church. The emphasis was on an Army that was a practical and pragmatic holiness Movement. The life that was totally and completely committed to God was the focus of its holiness teaching. The constant encouragement to be like Jesus was parallelled with the call to duty and service. The Salvation Army was a mission that was not going to be caught up with the “trappings” of church. Although I still agree with this emphasis, what I couldn’t see then and what I have now come to realize is that The Salvation Army has captured the essence of sacramental worship within the heart of its holiness doctrine. The call to an intimate personal relationship with Jesus Christ is also the call to display outwardly the love and the nature of the one who now dwells within. This is the truth that brings holiness and the sacramental life together. The Sacramental Life The meaning behind the word sacrament as used in most church traditions is that of a rite in which the activity of God is evident and real. Participation in the Eucharist, for example, is meant to indicate the inner grace of God through the visible signs of the bread and wine. When Jesus reclined with his disciples at the meal that is now called the Last Supper, he was meeting with friends. Throughout the three years of being together, Jesus had dramatically affected the lives of the disciples. Now he prepares them for the future by asking them to remember him. “Remember who I am and what I have done” was the challenge of Jesus during this final meal together. 18 I August 2012 I Salvationist
And the disciples did, not by instituting rites or rituals, but by the total commitment of the rest of their lives to Jesus. They proclaimed his gospel to the “ends of the earth” (see Acts 1:8) and all of them were to suffer as a result. But they remembered Jesus in the most profound way possible— by their lives and actions.
This whole-of-life expectation was emphasized during Peter’s encounter with Jesus in the days following his passion and Resurrection (see John 21:15-19). In the first conversation that Jesus had with Peter after Peter’s denial of his Lord (see John 18), Jesus asks, “‘Simon, son of John, do you truly love me more than these?’” Peter’s
answer to this question was immediate, “‘Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.’” But Jesus was not yet finished with Peter. He asks him the same question, not just once more, but twice more. “‘Do you love me more than these?’” Was Jesus repeating the question because Peter had denied him three times or was Jesus emphasizing something very important? For the Jews the repetition of something gave it increased importance. For example, in Isaiah 6:3 and in Revelation 4:8 we read that God was not just “holy” or even “holy, holy”; God was “holy, holy, holy, the Lord God Almighty.” Three times reveals the ultimate importance of the statement. When Jesus asked Peter three times, he was not asking him to be an acquaintance, or even just a friend. He was asking Peter to love him with the absolute unconditional love that we see between a father and a son (see John 1:12-13). And Peter’s response for the third time, “Lord, you know that I love you,” secures a relationship that was to see Peter become the leader of the Early Church. The Power of Relationship We cannot underestimate the power of relationship, especially relationships founded on love. In a recent tragedy in my country a young father jumped from a wharf into rough treacherous water to save his two small boys from drowning. The father ignored the danger and the impossibility of saving his children. He jumped into the water regardless, and both he and his boys were drowned. Why did he do it? At the heart of this father’s instinct was the most powerful experience that the human being knows, the power of a relationship that is founded on love. This love relationship was the power behind the events of the Last Supper; this love relationship was the power that made Jesus’ encounter with Peter so significant. It is nothing less than the power of this
love relationship that is at the heart of holiness and results in the sacramental life—the life lived as the outward evidence of God’s relationship with us. All too often in the Army we have talked about holiness as things we should do or shouldn’t do, or about how we get holiness and what we need to do to stay holy. The same sort of thinking has occurred in other church traditions
All too often in the Army we have talked about holiness as things we should do or shouldn’t do … But the heart of holiness and the sacramental life is a relationship with Jesus Christ that results in our wanting to be like him in every way when rites and rituals have been used to remember Jesus. But the heart of holiness and the sacramental life is a relationship with Jesus Christ that results in our wanting to be like him in every way—in our actions, in our thinking, in our living. Holiness is our relationship with Jesus that is sealed through the indwelling of the Spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and is then evident to all around us. Can there be a more powerful sacrament?
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The Salvation Army as a Sacramental Church Rather than being a non-sacramental church, I believe that The Salvation Army is a fully sacramental church because it takes Jesus’ call to remember him in a literal and pragmatic way. The whole of the Salvationist’s life is sacramental because we ourselves have become the outward sign of the inner grace. Instead of a symbolic ritual, Salvationists are called to be the outward sign of the inner presence of Jesus. “My life must be Christ’s broken bread, my love his outpoured wine,” wrote General Albert Orsborn. This desire, even expectation, for the Salvationist is not an arrogant one, nor does it hint of idealism. It is real because it is the outcome of our personal relationship with Jesus himself and makes holiness a reality in the Christian life. Although I believe that The Salvation Army has rightly put aside the physical elements of sacramental worship (bread, wine and water), we have embraced within our lives of holiness the meaning of sacrament so that we ourselves become the visible sign of the inner grace of God’s presence in our lives. I now believe The Salvation Army to be as sacramental as any church tradition. The transformation that Christ brings about in our lives through his indwelling Spirit shows itself in the actions and attitudes of our holy living. We are the outward sign of his wonderful and miraculous indwelling grace within our lives. Lt-Colonel Philip Cairns is a member of the International Doctrine Council and is the divisional commander of the Australia Capital Territory and South New South Wales Division in the Australia Eastern Territory. This article originally appeared in the March/April 2012 issue of The Officer and is used with permission.
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Salvationists Challenged at I’ll Fight Congress ONE HUNDRED YEARS after William Booth, Founder of The Salvation Army, made his final public appearance at Royal Albert Hall in London, England, the venue hosted another great gathering of Salvationists at the I’ll Fight congress. The event, organized by the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland, included moments of celebration, worship and prayer, and words of challenge from General Linda Bond. The Saturday evening meeting featured performances by a massed youth chorus from across the territory, the International Staff Songsters and the International Staff Band, as well as a drama presentation and remarks from the General. The focal point of the Sunday meetings was a huge, cross-shaped mercy seat. Commissioners André and Silvia Cox, territorial leaders, and members of the massed youth chorus, led the way as scores of people moved to the cross in response to the General’s appeal. That the Sunday of congress was also Pentecost Sunday added a poignancy to the morning meeting as officers, soldiers, children and friends knelt to pray with those who had made their way to the cross in search
of a fresh outpouring of power from the Holy Spirit. The underlying congress theme of fighting for social justice was touched upon by the General during the final meeting of the congress. The General recited sections of the Founder’s “I’ll Fight!” speech, placing it in a modern setting and demonstrating its relevance 100 years later. Addressing the thousands present at the Royal Albert Hall and those around the world watching online, the General said: “Wherever you are … say, ‘Yes, Lord, I will fight. I will fight to the very end!’ ” Her address prompted a huge response as hundreds flocked to the mercy seat in rededication. “I don’t think there is a better sight in the world than The Salvation Army kneeling at the cross of Jesus,” commented the General.
Seekers gather around the cross-shaped mercy seat
Mjrs Andrew and Lori Richards and their daughter, Ele, hold an Olympic torch in Plymouth, England
Salvationists Spread the Light at Olympic Torch Relay AS THE OLYMPIC Torch Relay made its way around the United Kingdom and Ireland ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, The Salvation Army maintained a prominent presence. Salvation Army corps and centres across the territory used the torch relay as a way to remind their local communities of the Army’s existence while demonstrating Christian love and hospitality. Special issues of The War Cry and Kids Alive! were produced and handed out at torch relay events as well as at other outreach opportunities during the Games. Six Salvationists were chosen to carry the torch, including former Olympian Ian Richards, who attends Worthing Corps and is on The Salvation Army’s More than Gold Paralympic Board.
General Leads 75th Anniversary Celebrations in Mexico MORE THAN 1,200 delegates from corps and outposts throughout Mexico joined together for a weekend to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Salvation Army’s work in the country. At the Friday meeting, Commissioners David and Grace Bringans, territorial leaders, donated a new territorial flag and General Linda Bond enrolled 97 new junior soldiers and 94 senior soldiers from throughout the territory. 20 I August 2012 I Salvationist
The Saturday evening Mexico on Parade event featured the presentation of a new territorial Alejandro Guzmán Award. This award was given by the General to Major Angela Tavares and Maria Guerrero for their pioneering service in Mexico. On Sunday, the General ordained and commissioned the Friends of Christ Session of cadets. In all, more than 300 adults and 266 children and young people made lifechanging decisions during the congress.
Eight-year-old Ramsés Beltrán from The Salvation Army’s México City Children’s Home with the General and Comr David Bringans
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Tweeting the Gospel
Through Twitter, we can inspire, challenge and impact others with the message of Christ
BY CAPTAIN MARK BRAYE
reach the gospel at all times. When necessary, use Twitter. Twitter burst onto the global scene in 2006. Created by Jack Dorsey, Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service. It allows users to write, send and read posts of text of up to 140 characters. These messages are known as “tweets.” Photos and links to videos and other websites can be tweeted as well. There are obviously challenges and opportunities with Twitter. It is not face-toface interaction. Body language cannot be communicated through a tweet. A tweet’s 140 character limit can make it challenging to communicate fully. Also, intimacy and privacy are impossible via Twitter. Twitter, along with Facebook and other
websites, was influential in the Middle East uprisings just over a year ago. There are two sides to the debate as to how influential or important Twitter was. What cannot be denied, though, is that it was a communication device that aided the people responsible for the uprising. Generation Freedom by Bruce Feiler explores the issues wonderfully. I believe, though, the opportunities for Twitter outweigh the challenges. Twitter is a wonderful tool of communication; it’s fast, direct and easy. It’s also a great way of sharing and networking. A tweet is sent out into the world immediately. If you want to tell a large group of people something at the same time, a tweet is the way to go. You can tell all your friends about a great movie
or book in mere seconds. Twitter is direct. Your tweets can go directly to your followers. They can read them on their phones, computers or tablets. It’s easy. You type; you tweet. If you can type on a keyboard, you can use Twitter. Twitter is also wonderful for sharing and networking. Commissioner Brian Peddle, our territorial commander, makes use of Twitter. “Twitter provides the opportunity for an expression from a leader like myself to be available immediately,” he wrote to me in an e-mail. Commissioner Peddle also added: “I have followers, which is interesting, but my colleagues at salvationist. ca and salvationarmy.ca will often re-tweet to a significant audience. It is magical when other networks re-tweet something you have said.” Twitter is being used across the Army world. Commissioner James Knaggs, territorial commander in the U.S.A. Western Territory, has 75,000 followers. “I want to use everything at my disposal to communicate the gospel,” he told me. “There’s a new corps in Melbourne, Australia, as a result of a tweet. Every day people send me notes about their faith, hopes and searching for God.” Commissioner Knaggs tweets verses from Psalms as well, several times a day. The New York Times recently published an article by Amy O’Leary, which reports that Christian leaders are some of the most influential people on Twitter. Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher may have more followers, but their impact is less than followers of Jesus Christ. According to O’Leary, “evangelical Christian leaders who share inspirational messages of God’s love perform about 30 times as well as Twitter messages from pop culture powerhouses like Lady Gaga.” Like all things, we need to tweet in moderation. We cannot let Twitter replace face-to-face conversations and in-person relationship building and discipleship. However, we cannot bury our heads in the sands of yesterday. Twitter can be used for building the Kingdom of God. We need to do so carefully, though. If William Booth were alive today he may say, write or tweet something like this: “While there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll tweet, I’ll tweet to the very end.” Captain Mark Braye and his wife, Nancy, are the corps officers of Temiskaming Community Church in New Liskeard, Ont. Salvationist I August 2012 I 21
Are Celebrity Christians a Help or Hindrance? I have to say that I’m on the fence on this one (Hero Worship, June). While I applaud celebrities that are open about their faith, I caution my own children and others to take what they say with a grain of salt. The fact is that celebrities are human, just like us, which means that they will face and potentially succumb to the temptations in their paths. When that happens, their “fall from grace” is a much longer fall … or is it? Society has placed celebrities (no matter who they are) on a pedestal so high that it is impossible for any semblance of normalcy in their lives—especially regarding their faith. They are in the spotlight so much that any human tendency is blown up and the chance for redemption is slim. As Clint Houlbrook mentions, celebrities have a public relations machine that essentially dictates who they are in front of the camera, whether they’re true to that image or not. It wouldn’t be fair to name names, but I’m heartbroken when younger celebrities fall prey to this. Their innocence is taken from them and ultimately, as we’ve seen time and again, their future life course is set on the wrong path. Perhaps our stance on hero worship should be to pray for them rather than to idolize them and enable their demise by funding it. Major Rob Reardon
Partnership and Accountability Colonel Floyd Tidd’s article hits the key issue for leaders today— trust (Leadership Shift, June). Trust is hard to earn, easy to lose and is not automatically endowed with appointment or promotion. Where trust exists, we who lead are given a great deal of latitude, benefit of the doubt and forgiveness by those we serve. Where trust is absent—be it followers who do not trust their leaders or leaders who do not trust their followers—relationships suffer and true partnership is impossible. Partnership requires accountability. The notion that “existing [senior] leaders must be accountable to emerging [junior] leaders” can be problematic in a command-and-control, hierarchical organization like The Salvation Army. How can we operationalize this imperative? What would this upward accountability look like? In addition to the need for openness, transparency, inclusion, consultation and an atmosphere of trust, we need accountability. That requires a climate and culture where fair process is ingrained, where existing, senior leaders actively pursue, value and act on feedback, and where healthy, constructive debate between existing [senior] leaders and emerging [junior] leaders is normative. I am encouraged and appreciative of Colonel Tidd’s willingness to engage in this discussion. Captain Mark Stanley I want so much to be hopeful, but I’m not sure that all of the existing leaders around the Army world will see the idea of openness and sharing the same way. This is a delicate dance. We need our leadership to see openness and vulnerability as a positive and have faith that God will use that openness to lead others to a greater trust in our organization. Perhaps the greater challenge will be to create an atmosphere of trust within the organization between the senior leaders, the officers on the front lines and the people who follow them. This requires open dialogue, more input from corps leaders on the issues of church practices and appointments, less command and control from the top and shared power. A true leader empowers others and doesn’t exert power and control over them. Major Kathie Chiu 22 I August 2012 I Salvationist
This is a great article—wonderful insight and timely. I wonder, however, if the Army as an organization is truly ready for such a shift. Command-and-control hierarchy is part of our very DNA; it has been since our inception. What are some of the implications of such a shift? Do you think the Army could make this shift? Do we need an even bigger shift? Captain Mark Braye
Embracing Diversity? Love must always characterize every aspect of our lives and our attitudes and we must always have open doors for all people. We must, however, be careful how we communicate this. Grouping sexual orientation in a list with gender, ethnicity, age, etc. (Embracing Diversity, May) makes it sound as if The Salvation Army is accepting homosexuality as part of God’s design for humanity. But the Army accepts the Bible’s position that homosexuality is the result of humanity’s fallen state and that same-sex sexual activity is sinful and not acceptable to God. We are called to discriminate in its most positive sense, which is to distinguish between differences—in this case, between truth and error. At the same time, we must not be guilty of bigotry. Bigotry allows us to treat with disrespect (or worse) those people with whom we disagree. That is a violation of the law of love. Captain Royal Senter Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” But the Christian Church’s traditional interpretation of Scripture does not set homosexuals free. Instead, it confines them to a life of loneliness or life with a spouse they are not physically attracted to. The Church offers prayer for gays and lesbians to “turn from their sinful ways.” When that doesn’t work, they send them to therapy where they are mentally abused to the point of depression. Homosexuals as young as 10 have committed suicide because they saw it as a safer option than telling their “good Christian” family and friends about their sexuality. Paul tells us that we are God’s ambassadors. We are a reflection of Christ. We are supposed to show his unconditional love to all people that we come into contact with. It isn’t always easy, especially with people we do not agree with, but as we grow closer to him, loving others unconditionally becomes easier. This article is about breaking down barriers, and yet, when it comes to homosexuals, too often we are happy to leave the present barriers intact. Eric
The Salvation Army Moose Jaw Citadel 125th Anniversary March 2013 We invite former officers, soldiers, adherents or those associated with the corps to submit photos, stories, etc., to be included in a timeline being compiled to celebrate 125 years of service in Saskatchewan. Please forward to: firstname.lastname@example.org. org or email@example.com
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen IT MAY SOUND like a film for fishing enthusiasts, but don’t let the title fool you. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen follows Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor), a British government expert on salmon fisheries, and Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt), a consultant who represents a Yemeni sheik with an impossible dream: to bring flyfishing to his homeland. When Harriet approaches Fred and asks for his assistance with the project, he laughs it off. But when the prime minister’s office catches wind of it, the PM’s press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) jumps on it as a positive Middle Eastern story and, before long, Fred and Harriet find themselves in the desert. The romance that blooms between the pair fits the romantic comedy mould, but the film also explores deeper themes: having (and losing) faith and believing that the impossible may be possible.
Home TONI MORRISON HAS spent her career exploring the AfricanAmerican experience from slavery onwards and, with Home, the Nobel Prize-winner takes readers to the 1950s, before the civil rights movement. Her hero is Frank Money, a Korean War veteran who was one of the first soldiers to serve in the integrated United States Army. Now back in America, he is haunted by his experiences on the front lines—particularly the deaths of his two best friends. He joined the army to escape his hometown of Lotus, Georgia, but he returns to rescue his younger sister, Cee, after he is told that she is dying. The journey home is far from easy. As he makes his way to Lotus, Frank receives help from Pastor Locke who gives him food, shelter and enough money to get to Chicago, but he is also frisked by police officers and attacked by gangsters. Home alternates between the present and the past, as the main narrative is interspersed with memories from Frank’s difficult childhood. Frank struggles to come to terms with the horrors he has witnessed, but in the process, he finds healing and redemption.
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New translation brings Word of God to Canada’s Inuit AS OF JUNE, the Inuit of Canada’s Eastern Arctic region can now read the entire Bible in their native language, Inuktitut. With approximately 30,000 speakers, Inuktitut is the most common aboriginal dialect in the region, which includes Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and northern Quebec. The translation is a joint project of the Canadian Bible Society and the Anglican Church of Canada. The project began in 1978 and a translation of the New Testament was published in 1992, but it took another 20 years to complete the translation of the Old Testament. This project is also significant because it is the first Canadian translation of the whole Bible to be completed entirely by native speakers rather than missionaries. The Inuktitut Bible is available at biblescanada.com.
THERE ARE COUNTLESS Bible apps available for mobile devices, but the YouVersion Bible app stands out among the crowd. This free app offers access to over 200 versions of the Bible, including popular modern English translations such as the NIV, NASB, NLT, ESV, Amplified Bible and The Message. This Bible app also has many features including a handy search function, bookmarks, audio Bibles and over 200 reading plans. The plans come in many formats, from read-the-Bible-in-one-year to shorter studies on topics such as love and marriage. Avid social networkers will appreciate the app’s optional integration with Twitter and Facebook. Users can share verses with their friends and followers, and post notes publicly to other users of this app.
Hate Religion, Love Jesus Since Jefferson Bethke uploaded his spoken word poem to YouTube earlier this year, his “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” video has received over 21 million views. Written to identify the differences Bethke saw between Jesus and false religion, the poem highlights his journey to discover God-centred faith. While some viewers may disagree with his arguments, the video has resonated with people who feel disconnected from the Church yet are still drawn to Jesus. The video can be viewed at http://bit.ly/MRzEdW. Salvationist I August 2012 I 23
ENROLMENTS AND RECOGNITION
BONAVISTA, N.L.—Bonavista recognizes the faithful service of three soldiers. From left, Mjr Terry Feltham, then CO; Albert Lodge, who served 10 years as corps treasurer and 10 years as recruiting sergeant; Ella Hicks, for 31 years as a band member; BM Jeff Faulkner; Clarice Robbins, for eight years as junior soldier sergeant; Mjr Roxann Feltham, then CO.
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MAN.—On June 3, the Prairie Divisional Beaver Creek Camp 412 team took part in Portage la Prairie’s Friday night coffee house, men’s breakfast and Rotary bike-a-thon. They also led a children’s ministry event on Saturday afternoon for 20 children and then led the Sunday morning service. During the Sunday service, four junior soldiers, four senior soldiers and nine adherents were enrolled. From left, Nester Van Den Bussche; Margaret Oldford; Cody Van Den Bussche; Lt Graciela Arkell, then CO; Abe Shapansky; Gabriela Arkell; Josephine Winter; Cheryl McPherson; Lillian Sanderson; Robert McPherson; Valerie Hill; Lt Jeff Arkell, then CO; Annika Hildebrant; Siobhan Peters; Sharmayne Peters.
BONAVISTA, N.L.—Samantha and Charlene Feltham are thrilled to become soldiers. Mjrs Lloyd and Marlene George conducted the enrolment on behalf of the girls’ parents, Mjrs Roxann and Terry Feltham, then COs. SACKVILLE, N.S.—Five new senior soldiers swell the ranks at Sackville. From left, Dave Jackson, holding the flag; Gail Lake; Jean Harvie; Donnie Lake; Lynn Carter; Norma Clarke; Cpt Gerri Durdle, CO; CSM Andrew Wilson; Cpt Wayne Durdle, CO. LINDSAY, ONT.—Cpt Mark Dunstan, DYS, Prairie Div, conducts the dedication ceremony of baby Theodore Gustavo Pedernera-Dunstan. With them are Miguel Pedernera and Jennifer Pedernera-Dunstan.
MOUNT PEARL, N.L.—Four soldiers were enrolled during Mount Pearl’s 58th corps anniversary celebrations. From left, Mjrs Gerald and Doreen Lacey, COs; RS Mjr Melva Elliott; Kent Brett; Kathleen Brett; Elizabeth Cramm; CS Doug Walsh, holding the flag; Leslie Froude; Lt-Cols Audrey and Raymond Rowe, weekend guests.
The Salvation Army Red Deer Church
100th Anniversary October 12-14, 2012 Special Guests:
Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle Musical Guests:
The Canadian Staff Band
MOUNT PEARL, N.L.—Gavin Hull, Evan Wicks, Mya Evans, Jeana Miller, Jenna Ford and Nathan Elliott are excited to become junior soldiers. Supporting them is CS Douglas Walsh, holding the flag. 24 I August 2012 I Salvationist
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DILDO, N.L.—During the 119th anniversary celebrations at Trinity Bay South led by Lt-Cols Raymond and Audrey Rowe, seven senior soldiers were enrolled. From left, Cheyenne Reid; Lt- Col Raymond Rowe; Kathleen Reid; Dean Drover; Lt-Col Audrey Rowe; Samuel Drover; CSM Glen Reid; Brandon Pilgrim; Cpt Chris Pilgrim, CO; Leslie Russel; Cpt Claudette Pilgrim, CO; Mjr Max Barrett, acting RS; William Osbourne.
OTTAWA—Barrhaven Church welcomes Darcy Titcombe as a junior soldier. From left, Cpts Chris and Tina Rideout, COs; Darcy Titcombe; Matthew Timmermans, colour sergeant; Harriet Timmermans; CSM Joan Humphries.
HALIFAX—Judy and Scott Brady are celebrated as soldiers at Spryfield CC and Family Resource Centre. With them are Lts Hannah and Robert Jeffery, assistant CO and CO.
Thrift Store Manager Receives Outstanding Employer Award GUELPH, ONT.—On May 25, the Employment Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of Guelph and Wellington County presente d Deanne Roberts, Guelph thrift store manager, with an outstanding employer award. The Salvation Army thrift store was among the 2012 award recipients who were recognized as this year’s top Guelph employers for demonstrating a will- From left, Barb Poulos; Deanne Roberts; ingness to go above Michelle Black, district manager, Ontario North and beyond in help- NRO thrift stores; Michael Kuzyk, Torchlight ing individuals facing employment difficulties or requiring work experience to gain access to job placements, skills training and competitive employment opportunities. “Deanne has been very patient in implementing a supportive work environment to allow for growth on the job,” says Barb Poulos, a vocational support worker with Torchlight, a community options program in Guelph. “Deanne and The Salvation Army are prime examples of what believing and working together can accomplish.”
WINNIPEG—Winnipeg East CC’s newest junior soldiers proudly display their pledges. From left, Brodie Fenwick, Nathaniel Trickett, Anastasia Cameron, Christian Thiessen, Mark Timmerman. Supporting them are Cpts Steven and Corinne Cameron, COs, and Cdt Peter Hickman.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.—Federal MP Bob Zimmer presents Cpt Ben Lippers, then CO, Fort St. John, with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to Canada and to the community. The medal commemorates the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. The other medals Cpt Lippers is wearing were awarded for his service in the Canadian Armed Forces with NATO.
New SATERN Affiliated Club in Windsor, Ont. WINDSOR, ONT.—At a meeting of the Sun Parlour Retirees Amateur Radio Club in Windsor, Perron Goodyear, divisional emergency disaster services director, Ont. GL Div, made a presentation about The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) and SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network). Agreeing to support the Army’s communications during an emergency, the group became a SATERN affiliated club. Sun Parlour also agreed to allow the Army to utilize their already established radio room in Windsor. “We are very excited about this newly formed partnership,” says Goodyear. “Amateur radio is a valuable asset to The Salvation Army during times of crisis when other forms of communication can be damaged or destroyed.”
Perron Goodyear presents a certificate to the Sun Parlour Retirees Amateur Radio Club in Windsor, recognizing them as a SATERN affiliated club Salvationist I August 2012 I 25
Accepted for Training Indira Albert Montreal Citadel, Quebec Division I grew up in a Christian home and have been serving the Lord in The Salvation Army since I came to Canada. Though involved in various ministries at Montreal Citadel, I have always felt God’s call to full-time ministry. Going to CFOT is my obedient response to God. My family and I trust the Lord and know that whatever the future holds, we are in his hands. “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ ” (Jeremiah 29:11). Juan Chirinos Montreal Citadel, Quebec Division In Venezuela, God revealed his plans for me. After November 11, 2001, he brought me to Canada and to the Army. Though I was involved in Canadian society, learning French, English and working full time, something was missing in my life. One of my prayers has been to know Jesus better. His reply was, “You see me every day.” Millions of people are desperately poor, desolate hearts live in our neighbourhoods, disease claims thousands daily and many young people are going in the wrong direction. “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,” said Jesus in Matthew 25:40. I want to bring hope to the world and infiltrate all its corners with God’s love. Cathy Shears New World Island West, Summerford, Newfoundland and Labrador Division I accepted Jesus as my Saviour as a child at New World Island West. During my teenage years, I felt God’s call, but it was not reaffirmed until congress 2010. After many years doing what I wanted to do, I felt it was time to answer God’s call for full-time ministry. My desire is for God to use me to win precious, lost souls for him. I claim his promise to Jeremiah and his people, “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ ” declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ ” (Jeremiah 29:11). As the chorus says, “I’m in his hands.” Randy Shears New World Island West, Summerford, Newfoundland and Labrador Division
Sarah Braye St. John’s Temple, Newfoundland and Labrador Division I spent so much time living in fear of the adventure God had planned for me that I never realized the joy of giving my life to his will. Hesitant to accept God’s calling, I was reminded of Joshua. I felt the task was impossible. Yet, I remembered my favourite childhood Bible verse: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). Wherever God leads me, I know it will be a great adventure with him by my side. As Catherine Booth said, “I know not what he is about to do with me, but I have given myself entirely into his hands.”
Officer Retirement “It is amazing how God uses each situation as preparation for what lies around the next corner,” says Major Barbara Champ, who was commissioned in 1975. Corps appointments with her husband, Jim, in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Peterborough, England, provided an avenue for service and the development of pastoral skills. Several years in divisional work brought patience and an opportunity for formal education in chaplaincy. For the past 10 years, Barbara has served as a chaplain at Toronto’s Scarborough Hospital. For seven of those years, she has filled the role of director of spiritual and religious care. “Serving in the highly disciplined and multi-faith environment of the hospital has proven both demanding and fulfilling,” acknowledges Barbara. “To minister God’s grace to patients and their families at a time when they are often most vulnerable in life has deepened my dependence upon the Lord.” Barbara anticipates that new opportunities for service will abound in retirement.
Jubilee Brass West Performs in Penticton, B.C. PENTICTON, B.C.—During a two-day trip to Penticton, the Army’s 28-member reservist band, Jubilee Brass West, performed for more than 600 people. Celebrations commenced on Saturday with a concert in the spacious courtyard of the Village by the Station, a Lutheran care facility, and continued with an evening program at the corps. The band also conducted the Sunday morning service at the hall, under the leadership of Bruce Robertson. The band’s visit concluded with a Sunday afternoon hymn sing. Roy Cornick, retired divisional bandmaster, led the band throughout the weekend.
Since childhood, I’ve had a desire to spend my life serving God through serving others. In early adulthood, I worked as a practical nurse in seniors’ homes around my province. Then I joined the Canadian Forces and served as a construction technician. Though life has been fulfilling, I believe that God has more in mind for me. Throughout the years, God’s call to ministry has not diminished. I believe wholeheartedly that I can best respond through full-time service in The Salvation Army. I know that the challenges and experiences of training will help to mould me into a more effective servant of God’s Word.
ADVANCING THE MISSION
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Mjr Ken Kimberley and Danny Lai, members of Jubilee West Brass, perform a duet at a Lutheran care facility in Penticton, B.C.
TRIBUTES CORNER BROOK, N.L.—Major F. Allan Hicks was born in Doting Cove/Musgrave Harbour, N.L., in 1934. Allan sensed God’s call to full-time ministry as a seven-year old and gave his life to the Lord at age 13. His call to officership was confirmed by Romans 10:14: “How can they hear without someone preaching to them?” With his wife, Loretta, Allan served for nearly 41 years. His early years of ministry included being a teacher in Army schools in Newfoundland. He ministered as a corps officer for 24 years in his native province and at Kingston Citadel, Ont. He served in divisional appointments in the Maritime and the then Newfoundland West and Labrador Divisions, and in the personnel department at territorial headquarters, Toronto. His last appointment was principal of the College for Officer Training, St. John’s, N.L. Allan is remembered for his godly living, love for people, dynamic Bible preaching and teaching, humour and wit. He is missed by wife, Loretta; children Catherine Stratton (Bernard), Robert and Allan (Lori); five grandchildren; three sisters, two brothers-in-law and their spouses; nieces, nephews, other family and friends. PETERBOROUGH, ONT.—Mrs. Lt-Colonel Beulah Craig was born in 1924. Commissioned in the 1944 Liberty Session, she married Captain Joseph Craig in 1946. After two corps appointments, their officership was spent primarily in youth work. The Craigs served five years in the Jamaica Division of the then Central America and West Indies Territory. They greatly influenced many young people and over the years kept in touch with some of their converts. An accomplished musician, Beulah played the euphonium and served as songster leader at Montreal Citadel and Toronto’s Scarborough Citadel. In 1986, Beulah retired to Peterborough with her husband and ministered in the corps through community care ministries and the handbell choir. Mourning, yet rejoicing at her promotion to Glory, are daughters Marilyn Allington and Joanne (Murray) Shadgett, their families and extended family members. CAMBRIDGE, ONT.—Brigadier Gordon Nelson Holmes was a soldier at Lisgar St. Corps, Toronto, before his commissioning in 1941 as a member of the Crusaders Session. After marrying Lieutenant Elizabeth (Betty) Godfrey in 1944, they served in Trenton, Ont., and Toronto, and then in India with their two children for more than six years. Returning to Canada, they held corps appointments, served on the staff of the training college in Toronto and then Gordon became principal of the training college in Nairobi, Kenya. Further ministry in Canada included being divisional leaders for the then Western Ontario Division and he served as territorial secretary for education. Following retirement in 1981, he and Betty served as divisional leaders for the then
The Salvation Army Islandview Citadel Mortgage Burning Weekend Celebration September 28-30, 2012 Special Guests: Lt. Col. Wayne & Myra Pritchett
Ontario North Division, and as corps officers in Fort McMurray, Alta., and at Hespeler Community Church in Cambridge, Ont. Gordon continued to be active by playing golf and tennis until his 91st birthday, and attended Hespeler Community Church until his promotion to Glory. He is missed by children David (Joan), Ruth (Bob), Joanna (Larsen) and Philip (Donna); seven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. STRATHROY, ONT.—Major Edward (Eddie) Hayden was born in Halifax in 1954 and attended the Armdale Corps as a child. In 1975, he married Roxzena Brown and they felt called to be officers while participating in the corps in Windsor, N.S. They were commissioned in 1992 as members of the Followers of Jesus Session. They ministered for seven years as corps officers in Strathroy and Wallaceburg, Ont., and were then appointed to full-time community and family services work, serving for 14 years in Fredericton and Strathroy. Edward loved the Lord, loved life and loved to laugh. He enjoyed music and played trombone in the band at the Army’s Hillcrest Community Church in London, Ont. He was serving in Strathroy as community and family services executive director when he was called home to be with the Lord. Edward is greatly missed by Roxzena, his wife of 37 years and golf partner; children Jennifer and Edward (Martha); granddaughters Gwendolyn and Presley; sisters Trena and Crystal; brother, Mark; aunts, uncles, cousins and many wonderful friends. LONDON, ONT.—Lt-Colonel Raymond Homewood was born in 1921 and married Dorothy French in 1948. The Homewoods served in the Western India Territory until Dorothy died following the birth of their first son. Before his marriage to Amy Eacott in 1955, Raymond took up appointments in Canada, after which they ministered in India. They returned to Canada in 1962 and served as divisional youth secretaries before going back to India in 1969. Back in Canada, Raymond served as administrator of the Army’s seniors’ residence in Edmonton and as chaplain in correctional services in Guelph, Ont. Raymond studied to better prepare himself for each new ministry opportunity. In 1975, he was called upon to support the Army’s response to flooding in Bangladesh, and in 1979, became general secretary of the Sri Lanka Command. Raymond completed 44 years of officership in 1986. After retirement, he became an active member of Kiwanis, Probus, the Cambridge Corps Band and Jubilee Brass. True to his sessional name, Raymond remained “Steadfast,” abounding in his work for the Lord. Remembering him as a man of prayer, always ready to share with others his love for Jesus, Raymond is missed by wife, Amy; sons John (Dorothy), Raymond (Diane); daughter, Gillian (Dennis) Brown; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other family members.
TERRITORIAL Appointments Mjr Roxzena Hayden, divisional adult ministries secretary, Ont. GL Div; Mjrs Roland/Lorraine Shea, executive director and assistant executive director, community and family services, Strathroy, Ont. GL Div Promotion to Captain Aux-Cpt Mary Avendano Births Cpts Corvin/Charlene Vincent, daughter, Ava Sofia; Cpts Jean-Curtis Plante/Rachele Lamont, son, Josiah Caeleb Promoted to Glory Mjr Douglas Burry, from Brookfield, N.L., May 28; Mjr Naomi Duke, from Kitchener, Ont., June 1
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Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle Aug 25 welcome meeting, National Music Camp, Jackson’s Point, Ont. Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd Aug 26 National Music Camp, Jackson’s Point, Ont. Canadian Staff Band Aug 26 National Music Camp, Jackson’s Point, Ont. Salvationist I August 2012 I 27
Territorial Prayer Guide WEEK 1 – AUGUST 1-4 Children and Youth • Camp directors and staff to be sensitive to the spiritual needs of children and youth • Young people to be refreshed spiritually, emotionally and physically • Student staff to cultivate a good work ethic • Vigilant adults to protect children in every way WEEK 2 – AUGUST 5-11 The General’s Vision Plan – One Mission – Integrated Mission and Ministry • Clarity and unity of purpose for the Army’s integrated mission and ministry • To be like Jesus, compassionate and relevant to those we serve • Diligence in providing teaching and training resources WEEK 3 – AUGUST 12-18 Personnel on International Service • Col Susan McMillan, territorial commander and territorial president of women’s ministries, South America East Tty • Mjr Beverly Ivany, writer of Words of Life, IHQ program resources • Cpts Colin and Maureen Bain, Coventry Corps, England, UK Tty with the Republic of Ireland • Sgts Eric and Rachael Olson, Barmstedt Corps, Germany and Lithuania Tty WEEK 4 – AUGUST 19-25 Our Partners in Mission • Canada and Bermuda Tty’s commitment to Partners in Mission • The Army’s work in Germany and Lithuania, Latin America North, Zimbabwe and Malawi Territories, and the Liberia Command • Civic leaders in the nations listed above to lead justly • Wisdom for the world missions department’s ministry WEEK 5 – AUGUST 26-31 Global Call to Prayer • Those leading the Global Call to Prayer to stay focused on mission priorities • The Global Call to Prayer to build people’s faith through answered prayer • Thank God for the freedom to pray 28 I August 2012 I Salvationist
Called Up: Pages from the Story of My Life General Erik Wickberg
alled Up is the English language edition of the autobiography of Erik Wickberg, The Salvation Army’s ninth General. This 152-page book describes how after spending his formative years in Sweden, Germany and Switzerland, he subsequently served as an Army officer in those countries and in the United Kingdom. His vast knowledge of languages and different cultures proved invaluable when he was elected to the office of General in 1969. Serving as international leader for five years, he oversaw the Army’s ministry worldwide. This book gives a fascinating account of his life, including his role as liaison officer during the years of the Second World War.
Your life. God’s design. Real change Arnie Cole and Michael Ross In Unstuck, Arnie Cole and Michael Ross, leaders of the television and radio ministry Back to the Bible, reveal the secrets of how to thrive spiritually. After conducting extensive research, including more than 70,000 surveys, Cole and Ross offer solid evidence for the power of Bible engagement. Unstuck gives readers a practical way to encounter Scripture daily, connect with God and revitalize their faith. Using many real-life examples, Unstuck shows readers how to tap into God’s Word to live out the life he desires for us.
Engaging Today’s Prodigal
Clear thinking, new approaches and reasons for hope Carol Barnier How do parents combat the fear and guilt caused when a son or daughter steps away from God’s plan? Many families need to know what might change the cycle of angry words, bitter pronouncements, resentments, rejection and regret that has played itself out over the years. With wisdom and humour, Carol Barnier takes readers through the practical lessons she learned as a former prodigal. She looks at a list of dos and don’ts that will positively change the unproductive patterns we may have fallen into and offers some resources and helps, including what the church can do to assist rather than keep the issue hidden.
Marks of the Messenger
Knowing, living and speaking the gospel J. Mack Stiles In this book, J. Mack Stiles argues that before we begin to share our faith we must ask, “Who does Jesus want me to be?” We need to allow the gospel to change every area of our lives, thus laying the foundation for effective evangelism. Stiles addresses issues such as easy believism, true conversion and gospel boldness. He ends with A Manifesto for Healthy Evangelism, detailing how to daily live the gospel. His advice will help those who feel like they don’t know what to do when it comes to evangelism. Filled with stories from Stiles’ time in the Middle East and other locations, Marks of the Messenger offers a global perspective on sharing our faith.
Unity in Diversity
Salvation Army officer elected president of Canadian Council of Churches Governing Board In June, Major Jim Champ, editor-in-chief and literary secretary, was elected president of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) Governing Board. He will serve a three-year term. As the largest ecumenical body in Canada, the CCC represents 24 church denominations of Anglican, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions, approximately 85 percent of the nation’s Christian community. Founded in 1944, the CCC acts as a major voice of Christians in Canada by working with religious and political leaders, promoting Christian unity, and engaging on issues of interfaith and social justice. Major Champ spoke to John McAlister, features editor, about his new role. You were recently elected as president of the Canadian Council of Churches. How did this come about and what will your role involve? I have been a member of the CCC Governing Board for 10 years, having been appointed as an Army representative by the chief secretary’s office. The CCC board is comprised of representatives from its membership of 24 denominations. Within the board is an elected group that forms the executive committee for a three-year term. Nominations are received from the member denominations and a subsequent vote is held at the end of each triennium. The Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada each nominated me for the office of president. As to my involvement, the president chairs the governing board and executive committee and works closely with the general secretary of council to ensure that the CCC is fulfilling its mandate as outlined in its constitution. Additionally, the president is often called upon to publically represent the CCC. Why is the Army a member of the CCC? What are the benefits? The CCC is the broadest ecumenical body of its kind in the world and represents more than 85 percent of Canada’s Christians. It is a powerful example of
unity when representatives from such a diverse group of Christian churches can sit around the table studying the Scriptures and praying together. This comes from recognizing that what we share in common in Christ is of far greater significance than what differentiates us from each other. Additionally, the CCC brings opportunities for the Christian community to speak with one voice on some of the most pressing issues of the day. Poverty, affordable housing, climate change and human trafficking are a few of the major issues that have been raised with the federal government.
The Rev. Dr. Karen A. Hamilton, general secretary of the CCC, with Mjr Jim Champ, president
Why should ecumenism be a priority for The Salvation Army? Ecumenism is a scriptural imperative. Jesus taught his disciples to love each other. The disciples were a diverse and eclectic bunch, but Jesus told them that the world would be watching how they treated each other. This principle still applies to followers of Christ today. The world is watching how we treat each other as brothers and sisters. The Great Commission applies to the whole of the Christian Church and that calling, I believe, is not to compete but rather complement each other in our Christian mission.
operates on a consensus or forum model, whereby no statement will be made on behalf of the council without full agreement of the members. Mutual respect of each other’s beliefs outweighs the need to issue press releases just for the sake of doing so. Behind the scenes and out of the public eye, the main body of the council’s work is spent in prayerful discussion and debate on a wide range of theological and social justice issues. St. Augustine’s words are still appropriate today: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”
Given the diversity of the CCC, there are bound to be disagreements. How are divisive issues addressed in a positive and unifying manner? The motto of the CCC is “unity in diversity.” What this means is that the CCC is not one big melting pot intended to make all of its members the same. We all have our distinctives—those beliefs and practices within our respective denominations that differentiate us from each other. For example, the Army’s position regarding the practice of the sacraments such as baptism and communion is very different from most of the other denominations. But when explained, there is a deep appreciation and understanding for our position. When it comes to speaking out on matters of public policy and interest, the CCC
What does the future hold for the CCC? How would you like to see the Army participate in this? If ever there was a time for Christian churches to stand together, I believe it is now. There are many competing voices outside the Christian community vying for the hearts and minds of young people. The CCC continues to grow in its membership and influence. The future looks very encouraging for the council and the important role it plays for the Christian community and its witness in today’s society. I would like to see the Army engaged in local ecumenical councils throughout the territory. Opportunities abound for partnering in the gospel with other denominations and I would like to see both laity and officers alike embrace these. Salvationist I August 2012 I 29
Building Bridges With the Gay Community The marginalization of any group of people should disturb The Salvation Army, since one of our core values is to promote the dignity of all persons
BY MAJOR JUAN BURRY
astor Charles L. Worley is a North Carolina minister who caused an uproar in May when a segment from his sermon was caught on video and posted online. Worley, infuriated by U.S. President Barack Obama’s proclamation that he supported gay marriage, called for the entire homosexual population to be gathered in an electrified enclosure until they perished from lack of reproduction. This was a Christian pastor saying this to his 1,200-member congregation. It’s hard to fathom that the sheer contempt and genocidal intimations that spewed from his mouth occurred in North America or a Christian church. It’s easy to distance ourselves from this preacher and pretend that because his comments do not echo the feelings of most Christians, that we have no investment in this news story. In fact, when it hit the news, I noticed that my Christian friends and colleagues (who love talking about how the media represents Christianity) were unusually silent. If this pastor had
said something similar about women or a specific ethnic group, I can guarantee you there would have been more Christians talking about it—in church, coffee shops and on Facebook. People in the church would be up in arms. And so they should be. Murder is diametrically opposed to the kind of lifestyle that Jesus preached about. Jesus not only condemned murder, but declared that anyone who expressed hatred and anger against another person, such as Pastor Worley did, sinned against God (see Matthew 5:22). One would think that we should have pounced on this opportunity to speak about the love and kindness of 30 I August 2012 I Salvationist
Christ and rectify any misconceptions that Pastor Worley created. From my experience, Salvationists often push to the front of the line to tell people just how friendly our churches are and how we would love to see them come visit us on Sunday. So, why didn’t we in this case? The Salvation Army prides itself on its service to the poor and marginalized. But what does it mean to be marginalized? We see that word used in Army publications and articles, but who are we talking about when we speak of the “marginalized”? We are talking about people who have been excluded from significant participation in society and have been consigned to the cultural fringes. They are people who walk into the same places as you and me; the only distinction is that they have the nagging feeling that at least some of the people in those places don’t want them there. In my missional context as the executive director of an addictions and rehabilitation centre, I cannot think of a people group more marginalized than those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The marginalization of any group of people should disturb The Salvation Army, since one of our core values is to promote the dignity of
all persons. Marginalizing people inevitably leads to oppression. Did you know that 30 percent of the suicides in Canada are committed by LGBT people, while most estimates figure that LGBT people make up only five percent of the total population? Did you know that LGBT students in this
country hear on average 26 slurs each day? Or that more than a quarter of the young people who tell their parents that they are LGBT get kicked out of their homes? Recent studies have demonstrated that the number of youths living on the street in Victoria (where I live) is growing and a disproportionate number of them are LGBT. As the Army’s sheltering representative in this city, what do I have to say to my community about this? More importantly, what can I do? I can provide a temporary roof to put over their heads, but shouldn’t I also be concerned about attacking the fundamental causes of this marginalization and not just the symptoms? Which brings me back to my original question after the Pastor Worley video went viral. Why don’t we react as swiftly or significantly when marginalization happens to those in the LGBT community as compared to other groups? Is it because many Christians believe, as the Army’s positional statement says, that gay marriage is not something the Bible supports and, therefore, they’re not sure how to bridge that gap? Or maybe that’s a convenient pretext and the fact is that many of us still hold prejudices towards our LGBT neighbours that we don’t want to confess exist. Or maybe I’m wrong and we really are doing our best to provide dignity to all. But if what I am saying reflects the reality in your own corps or church, I would encourage you to start talking about it. Talk to your corps officer or leadership team. Ask them what can be done. Get the discussion started. Because if The Salvation Army doesn’t extend hope to everyone in our society, then our promises are just words. Major Juan Burry is the executive director of Victoria’s Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre.
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