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St. Saviour’s Youth Planning Build Trip to Mexico

Posted on Oct 11, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Nine youth from St. Saviour’s Anglican, in the company of family and friends, are headed to Vicente Guerra, Baja California, Mexico from July 16–25, 2020 to take part in a humanitarian experience. The group will be going to build a home along side a family living in poverty. Many of the families living in this small agricultural area do not have warm or safe housing. Dirt floors combined with tarps and cardboard for shelter creates health issues and many challenges that affect all parts of peoples lives. The youth will build the home with the family, which creates the opportunity to foster a new relationship, learn a new language, and participate in a new culture. Edmund Laldin, Incumbent at St. Saviour’s, stated: “The young people at St. Saviour’s and our church leadership are very excited to be going to Mexico to help...

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Thinking about the National Inquiry’s Report on MMIWG

Posted on Oct 11, 2019 in Featured | 0 comments

How do we approach this document as the Church? Photo: Jen Castro Over the course of the summer, a group of 10–15 people from a variety of denominations met at Saint Paul’s, Fort Garry to discuss the recently published, 1,200-page document, Reclaiming Power and Place, the Report of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. It was not easy. We often buckled under the sheer magnitude of the issue, which by conservative estimates involves the murder and disappearance of over 1,100 women, girls, and LGBTQ2 Indigenous persons. We asked ourselves: What is our (i.e., the Church’s) complicity in this problem? What is our responsibility? The Church’s complicity in the suffering of Indigenous persons in our country is less apparent than in the case of residential schools, but it is no less real. As the document...

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October Magazine 2019

Posted on Oct 5, 2019 in Featured | 0 comments

In October’s issue, we’re not only exploring the harvest, but what we do with it. In a spread about the Agricultural Church Year, Suzanne Rumsey from PWRDF details the Rogation service she attended at St. Luke’s, Pembina Crossing in June and Chris Lea explains what Rogation means to him. Micheal Gilmour follows up with three reasons why going vegan is his form of Christian protest. There have also been several position changes in the diocese over the last few months, so we’ll hear from those who are retiring and those who are coming on board. And, in via media, Jane Barter explores the importance of Reclaiming Power and Place, the Report of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which she and 15 others grappled with over the summer. Download the pdf here, or read...

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Diversity is a Strength: An Interview with Gail Schnabl

Posted on Sep 30, 2019 in Featured | 1 comment

Gail Schnabl is the Diocesan Refugee Coordinator. I had the chance to sit down with her and ask some questions about refugee work in Rupert’s Land. – KN Can you tell me about the refugee work of the diocese? How long have you been involved and what is your role? Each constituent group, which is the various churches, have committees that work on sponsorship and settlement. My position as the Refugee Coordinator is essentially to manage all of these different groups, to promote refugee work in the diocese, and to consult with and educate the various groups about the requirements on them when they undertake the sponsorship and settlement of newcomers. I also communicate with and manage the documentation required by Immigration. I’ve been involved in refugee work for about 26 years, but I’ve been the Coordinator for the...

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Raise the Roof at St. Thomas, Morden

Posted on Sep 25, 2019 in News | 1 comment

Good news! In February, St. Thomas, Morden was faced with having to re-shingle our roof with not a lot of money in our fund. We are grateful for help from the Diocese of Rupert’s Land Mission Fund, the Anglican Foundation, diocesan leaders, and for our church family that worked very hard and had fun as we rallied support from the community and beyond through the “Raise the Roof” campaign and events. We even put a float in the Corn & Apple Parade with Sunday School and adults promoting our Strawberry Haven Ice Cream. The roof is now finished and paid in full! Plus an anonymous donor offered to give $5,000 towards painting the outside and all of that is also complete and paid for. God has indeed blessed us through the spirit within St. Thomas, and the very generous...

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Expressions of Hope

Posted on Sep 20, 2019 in Featured | 2 comments

Congregation Shaarey Zedek has been spreading Christmas cheer to its neighbours since the year 2000. At one of the darkest times of the year, in and around the winter solstice, Jewish tradition celebrates the miracle of light during the holiday of Chanukah, which falls on the 25th of the Hebrew month of Kislev and coincides with Christmas Day approximately every 18 years. For the past 20 years, however, Congregation Shaarey Zedek has found a way for the celebration of holiday spirit to coincide on an annual basis. Since 2000, the synagogue has added a new Chanukah tradition, which brings light into the lives of many underprivileged guests who are welcomed at the West Broadway Ministries Annual Christmas Lunch. Lynda Trono, Community Minister, notes that, “Many people in Winnipeg’s inner city do not have the means to provide a holiday...

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People of Faith Doing Stuff Together

Posted on Sep 13, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on People of Faith Doing Stuff Together

A story is told about a leading liturgical scholar, who was asked about “peace liturgies” during the heyday of the peace movement. This individual responded with something along the lines of “Aren’t all liturgies peace liturgies?” The story may be as much legend as fact, but the insight remains. Is not the hoped-for end for any liturgy the arrival of a reign of peace and harmony between all of God’s children, even all of God’s creation? Similarly, is not the calling for each of us to be people of faith doing stuff together? Millenia upon millennia have demonstrated that it’s not quite so simple… or is it? Communities across Canada, in recent years, have seen the rise and removal of “tent cities.” Recently, after a visit to his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario, our Manitoba Multifaith Council Treasurer came back...

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Hope for the Future at Synod

Posted on Sep 6, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Hope for the Future at Synod

Although much of Synod was seen under the dark media cloud of the defeat of the Marriage Canon amendment, so much good work was done as well. I left with a sense of hope for the future, and I believe that the Spirit of God was working to make a much better outcome than any of us could have hoped for. The Indigenous Self-Determination rationale was very well thought out, well presented, and well received. Successfully being voted in, this now means that conversations will begin within the Indigenous community to determine the structures, polity, and procedures for a self-governing Indigenous church, one that reflects the practices of an Indigenous way of life. Archbishop Mark McDonald is now the spiritual head for all Indigenous expressions of the Anglican Church in Canada. This very historic moment represented a move towards...

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So Where is God in all of This?

Posted on Sep 6, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on So Where is God in all of This?

In July, lay, clerical, and episcopal members from across our entire Canadian Anglican Church gathered in downtown Vancouver, B.C., for seven days to worship, share in Christian community, listen and learn about our common ministry and mission, and make decisions about the future work and priorities of our Church. Much has been spoken, written, tweeted and put on Facebook about the experience since then. And while the hugely important steps taken to support our self-determining Indigenous Church have received accolades from all corners, the outcomes (yes – plural – the debates, vote, and various follow up statements all factor in) of the proposed change to Canon 21 on Marriage seem to have generated the greatest interest and analysis. Much has been reported (and needed to be) about the pain, disappointment, and finger-pointing that emerged in the immediate aftermath of...

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September Magazine 2019

Posted on Sep 4, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on September Magazine 2019

In September’s issue on People of Faith, We’re looking at examples of people of different faiths working together to achieve a common goal of peace. The Manitoba Mulitfaith Council explores the importance of interfaith relationships. The Jewish Congregation of Shaarey Zedek synagogue explains the reasons behind the annual Christmas dinner they hold for guests of West Broadway Community Ministry. And, Gail Schnabl, our Diocesan Refugee Coordinator, talks about refugee work in the diocese. This issue also has two reflections about General Synod from Helen Kennedy and Don Phillips, as well as a look at this year’s Urban Retreats Garden Tour held through St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry. Download the pdf here, or read it in...

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Season of Creation 2019

Posted on Aug 21, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Season of Creation 2019

During the Season of Creation, Christians work towards protecting the earth. General Synod 2019 passed Resolution A202 re. Climate Crisis to adopt the Season of Creation as a time of prayer, education, and action and encouraging dioceses and parishes to participate. If your parish is celebrating the “Season of Creation” anywhere in our Manitoba community, please register the event, and the location will show up on the map with others around the globe. The Anglican Church of Canada has many resources available. We are also recommending this resource written by Rev. Chris Brouillard-Coyle from the Diocese of Huron: “This program is designed to incorporate lectionary readings during the Season of Creation. To inspire reflection on the upcoming readings, sessions can be held in the week prior. The dates indicated here identify when the associated reading(s) will appear in Sunday worship....

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It Gets You to Think: Experience in Education for Ministry

Posted on Jul 2, 2019 in News | Comments Off on It Gets You to Think: Experience in Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry is a four-year program of Theological Education by Extension, provided and administered by the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, for lay people, because all baptized people are called to ministry. You do not have to feel called to be ordained deacon or priest at some point in the future. You don’t have to be Anglican. While you will get continuing education credits for your efforts, there are no tests whatsoever, and you can take each year as interest and circumstances permit. For each year, a thoughtfully laid-out “Reading and Reflection Guide” is provided, showing assignments for participants in year one, two, three, or four and what is read by all together. For anyone starting new in EfM in year one, the primary reading is a book about the Hebrew Scriptures. Year two continues with...

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The Gospel According to Scruffy: Or, Contemplating the Name of Dog

Posted on Jun 28, 2019 in Featured | 4 comments

I discovered his name in 2008. I wish I could say that it came to me in a dream or vision, but in fact it came to me in one of those terrible mothering moments you probably should not admit to in public. I was dying to have a dog. I have been a dog person for as long as I can remember and I waited until my children were of the age which I could be assured that they had sufficient conscience that they would not ride him like a horse or maul him like a UFC fighter. Canon Law says that seven is the age of reason. I prudently waited one more year until my youngest was eight (just in case Canon Law was wrong) and then I went full-blown dog wild. So the bad mothering bit...

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How Many Loaves Have You? Go and See

Posted on Jun 21, 2019 in Featured | 1 comment

We were invited to share a little of what we have learned about healthcare programs between developed and developing nations. The invitation included a few questions to peak our interest. How do these programs work? How do they raise up local communities? How do we avoid the danger of the White Saviour Complex? However, these questions led us to question the fundamental premise behind the idea of “developed” countries offering healthcare programs for, or even with, “developing” countries. That is, are countries that we define as developed really that healthy? The Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island have given much testimony to the unhealthy reality (past and present) of North American development. Medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical services are not accessible in many areas of Canada, and others don’t have safe drinking water. Poisoned water is a consequence of development; living...

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Mama Bears Child Loss Retreat

Posted on Jun 21, 2019 in News | 6 comments

The loss of a child is devastating. It’s as simple as that. I know. I’ve personally had five miscarriages, and three years ago, our son Daniel David was born prematurely, going home to God only a short while after his birth. It’s a loss you don’t know how to navigate through. What’s worse, the people around you don’t know how to react either. Rediscovering my relationship with God was difficult. My husband too had some very pointed responses to people offering encouragement. When planning Daniel’s memorial, he point blank told our minister that if it was suggested in the homily this was God’s plan, he might very well walk out. Being as considerate as Reverend Donald is, he took this to heart. Donald’s homily has stayed with me to this day. His message was simple. “We need to be...

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Improving Global Health, One Organization at a Time

Posted on Jun 14, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Improving Global Health, One Organization at a Time

According to the UNHCR (the United Nations Refugee Agency), 68.5 million people around the world are currently in a situation where they have been forced from their homes. Some are internally displaced, living in their home country; others have had to flee conflict or violence by crossing a border, becoming refugees. Last year alone, almost half of those displacements were related to disasters in 143 countries. UNHCR says “nearly one person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution.” As climate change worsens, experts predict that the numbers of wildfires, floods, hurricanes, cyclones, and famines will only increase, putting more pressures on strained and vulnerable communities. Relief and development work aims to reduce those factors that push or pull people out of their homes: Poverty, which makes them vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking;...

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Conference for Anglicans in Spiritual Care: The First of its Kind

Posted on Jun 11, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Conference for Anglicans in Spiritual Care: The First of its Kind

On May 30, 2019, 35 people from across the country descended upon the Diocese of Toronto for what is hoped to be the inaugural Annual Conference for Anglicans in Spiritual care. Six Rupert’s Landers attended, including Bishop Geoff. It was a weekend of learning, covering such topics as self-care and MAID [Medical Assistance in Dying], but it was also a time to begin the development of a network that has not truly been present in recent years. Historically, hospital chaplaincy has been run by the Catholic Church, but over the years, the link between the Church and chaplains has been broken. Changing names over time from chaplain to spiritual care associate, among a few others, the relationship with the Church has been strained as the department moves from a Catholic-based service to a multi-faith one. However, from the discussions...

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Abundant Food for All

Posted on Jun 7, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Abundant Food for All

This past month, I’ve been getting ready to plant my garden. Seeds have been started, and the garden beds have been cleaned up. I’ve been dreaming about all the delicious, fresh veggies that will feed me all summer long. My spouse and I have also signed up for a CSA, a community supported agriculture box. We’ll receive a box of fresh, local veggies every week for the duration of the growing season. What we don’t grow ourselves, or get from our CSA box, we will easily be able to pick up at either of the two grocery stores that are walking distance from our home in central Winnipeg. For us, food is available, accessible, and affordable. We have the time and money to procure the foods we need and want in order to live well. In other words, we...

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June Magazine 2019

Posted on Jun 5, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on June Magazine 2019

In June’s issue on Global Health, Zoe Matties from A Rocha takes a look at the problem of food insecurity here in Canada; Janice Biehn, the Communications Coordinator for PWRDF, writes about how relief and development work has changed over the last few decades; and Krista Waring and Pierre Plourde, both of whom work closely with Hand in Hand with Haiti, ask the question, “Are developed nations really healthy?” Lastly, in via media, Jane Barter reflects on the nature of names through the story of her dog, Scruffy. Download the pdf here or read it in Issuu...

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Humans and Humus: In Search of a Christian Ecology

Posted on May 24, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Humans and Humus: In Search of a Christian Ecology

The history of humanity is the history of the adam. God took good dirt (adamah), and from it, fashioned very good humans (adam), Adam and Eve. These humans were free to eat and enjoy God’s creation but were given limits. This history is the history of a creature that could not abide by the given limits of God’s creation, the consequences of which are spelled out in Genesis 3. There was enmity between humans and other creatures, and the ground refused to yield its bounty. The humans’ efforts to overcome this curse by force of will or technological prowess did not prevail. Eventually, some of the humans of Genesis were known as the Children of Israel. The covenant relationship between God and Israel, far from being an abstract legal arrangement, was to be the restoration of humanity in a...

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Prairie and Pasture

Posted on May 17, 2019 in Featured | 2 comments

Neither one of us grew up on the farm. Both of us, growing up in cities thousands of miles away – Lydia in Winnipeg and Wian in Pretoria South Africa – dabbled as children in urban agriculture ventures. We could have hardly imagined that we were going to end up ranching on the Canadian Prairies. Wian emigrated to Canada from South Africa at the age of 15. From a young age, he knew he wanted to farm and so pursued farm employment and land rental arrangements where he could raise pastured poultry shortly after he graduated from high school. We met in 2009 in Winnipeg while I was just starting my graduate studies at the University of Manitoba. We had mutual interests and were both drawn to farming/ranching by a desire to manage a working landscapes. We were both...

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From Tree to Tree: An Interview with Elder Velma Orvis

Posted on May 10, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on From Tree to Tree: An Interview with Elder Velma Orvis

I had the chance to sit down with Elder Velma Orvis and ask her about harvesting medicines. Below is our conversation. – Kyla Neufeld What plants do you harvest for medicines? On the Medicine Wheel we acknowledge four plants. We start in the East with the tobacco. At one time it was just wild tobacco, but now we make our own. And then sage in the South and cedar in the West, and sweetgrass in the North. So we can use those for smudging. Usually when we are working with women, we just use sage because that’s mother’s medicine. And women that are on their time, when we have the full moon, they can smudge. So, with women we don’t really use the other three too much. Those four main medicines are what we smudge with. When I worked...

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Community Gardens Remove Fences

Posted on May 6, 2019 in Featured | 1 comment

God has left fingerprints on every inch of the garden. Anywhere I put my foot, the Creator has already been. He touches me with warm sunshine; I can smell him in the glorious mingled scent of soil, plants, and water; and he inhabits the expanded light feeling in my chest that comes from gazing at plants that are growing. At times, I am sure I can see God peek out from the flash of colour as the butterfly passes by. Children are often the first to spot him there. They are less distracted than adults and much more observant to their surroundings. Their keen eyes see, and their sharp ears are attuned to the music of His voice on the breeze. One of my earliest memories is sitting in the dirt beside a tomato plant and tasting the sun-warmed...

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Theo Robinson’s Ordination

Posted on May 6, 2019 in News | 1 comment

Theo Robinson was ordained to the Diaconate on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at St. Luke’s Anglican. In September 2018, RLN ran a story about Theo’s journey as a transgender man, training to become a priest: “Honouring Your Authentic Self.” Congratulations, Theo! Photos: Joe Barnes from J. Barnes Photography Rev. Theo Robinson and Bishop Geoff Woodcroft. Cass Smith and Theo Robinson and their kids: Kathleen Smith (left) and Elly Gibson...

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May Magazine 2019

Posted on May 2, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on May Magazine 2019

In this issue on God in the Garden, we’re getting our hands dirty and exploring encounters with our Creator, our communities, our neighbours, and our land. Nora Hogman writes about tending the community gardens at St. Margaret’s, and how they have impacted the neighbourhood. Lydia Carpenter and Wian Prinsloo, from Luna Field Farm, explain how pasture based farming practices benefit both land and animals. In an interview, Elder Velma Orvis talks about the significance of harvesting medicines. And, in via media, Ryan Turnbull challenges the Church to adopt an integral ecology: a relationship that interconnects humans with nature, rather than separating them. Download the pdf or read it in Issuu...

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The Work of Mourning

Posted on Apr 26, 2019 in Featured | 1 comment

Pastoral Reflections on Jacques Derrida’s The Work of Mourning. In his beautiful series of reflections on the deaths of his friends and contemporaries (figures such as Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Sarah Kofman), Jacques Derrida writes of the work of mourning. It is work of sorts because we must bring to it the judgment and the skills that we have acquired in the course of a life of preparing for our own and our loved ones’ deaths. In another sense it is not a work, because the more we try to control or define mourning, the more elusive it becomes. Derrida castigates his own tendency within his eulogies for his friends to remake them in his own image – to offer a final trompe-l’oeil to foreground his own work. As he writes, he finds within himself a tendency “still...

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20th Anniversary Urban Retreats Garden Tour: Volunteers Needed

Posted on Apr 22, 2019 in News | Comments Off on 20th Anniversary Urban Retreats Garden Tour: Volunteers Needed

The 20th Anniversary Urban Retreats Garden Tour, Tea and Craft Sale will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Organizers are currently looking for volunteers. Available positions are below: Garden Hosts: 4 garden hosts for each of the 14 gardens (28 morning hosts 9:45-1:00 and 28 afternoon hosts 12:45 to 4:00). It is always more difficult to fill the afternoon shift. Paired at each garden, the hosts fill the reception function: greet visitors, check tickets, answer questions but gardening knowledge not required. Hosts sit. Plant Set Up and Sale: 2 volunteers to assist at each shift (9:00-10:30, 10:30-12:30, 12:30-2:30). An active job, moving pots of plants. Some knowledge of plants is an asset but not required. Tea Ticket Sales: 2 volunteers to assist at each shift (10:30-12:00 and 12:00-2:00). Paired sellers greet customers, sell tickets and distribute door prize tickets...

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Practising the Sixth Promise

Posted on Apr 22, 2019 in Featured | 2 comments

Will you strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the Earth? I will, with God’s help. –The sixth promise of The Baptismal Covenant By far, the most frequent creation care question asked by Anglicans is “What can I do to care for creation at home and in my parish?” In the face of environmental degradation and rapid climate change, there is tremendous desire to take action, but a lack of direction as to where to begin. Over time, scribbled notes and references in my Creation Matters file have evolved into a growing list of things we can do. Possible actions seem to fall into into six general areas of concern. Within each of these categories, I have loosely arranged suggestions according to perceived difficulty and/or cost. A good way to...

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Holy Disruption

Posted on Apr 15, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Holy Disruption

Abid Munir is an active member of our congregation, serving on vestry and representing the parish of St. Mary Magdalene at PWRDF meetings in the diocese. On a recent visit to our church, Bishop Geoff asked him to share his story and he agreed. Abid was born in Peshawar, a city in Northern Pakistan with a population of two million people. It is an ancient city close to the border of Afghanistan. Abid’s parents are Christian and value education, working hard to see that all their children would go to school. His early education was in Christian schools. When he reached Grade 10, he was able to earn money to help himself and his family. Later, he became a “homework teacher” at an elite school, where the remuneration was good. As a member of a minority group, he was...

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We Carry On

Posted on Apr 5, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on We Carry On

When many people think of a church, they think of people on a Sunday morning and a full-time priest leading worship. Yet for over 60 percent of the congregations in Rupert’s Land, that isn’t the reality. I asked some people from some of these churches what difference it makes in worship when there is no full-time priest in the parish. A retired priest travels to All Saints’, Whytewold from Winnipeg twice a month to lead Holy Eucharist. On the other Sundays, Lay Readers lead Morning Prayer services, including preparing and preaching the sermon. The Lay Readers have learned to adapt some services in the Book of Alternative Services that assume a priest will be present, like Ash Wednesday or Good Friday, so that they can lead. “All Saints just seems to adapt to changing preachers and circumstances!” says Lay...

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April Magazine 2019

Posted on Apr 4, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on April Magazine 2019

April’s issue on Creative Disruptions has four articles that offer their own takes on breaking away from the norm. Heather McCance writes about how parishes that don’t have a full-time incumbent worship. Heather Birtles shares the story of a parishioner from St. Mary Magdalene whose life has seen many upheavals. Beverley Eert offers concrete actions Rupert’s Landers can take to reduce our impact on the environment. And, in via media, Jane Barter reflects on The Work of Mourning by Jaques Derrida and her own work as a “professional mourner.” Download the pdf, or read it in Issuu...

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Grow Hope Second Annual Project

Posted on Apr 1, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Grow Hope Second Annual Project

Grow Hope Second Annual Project for PWRDF Rupert’s Land and Canadian Foodgrains Bank You can’t miss the excitement in the voices of the Anglican Grow Hope committee for Rupert’s Land Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. “We are planting 15 acres again this year, with canola, and the crop will once again be sold to raise funds for the PWRDF account through Canadian Foodgrains Bank,” says Chris Lea. The Lea family donated 15 acres, plus their time, equipment, and talent, to raise a crop of wheat for last year’s Grow Hope project. This year, they look forward to continuing to grow the rural-urban connection with parishes. All are invited to come to St. Luke’s Pembina Crossing south of Manitou for a Rogation Service and blessing of crops on Sunday June 9 – watch the PWRDF Rupert’s Land Facebook page for...

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Why Our Loneliness Points to Truth: How Alone-ness can Show Us Our True Home

Posted on Mar 29, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Why Our Loneliness Points to Truth: How Alone-ness can Show Us Our True Home

This piece concludes Kirsten Pinto Gfroerer’s explorations of the monastic traditions. Her first piece, “Reading the Great Spiritual Writers of the Past,” appeared in January 2019’s issue, and her second, “Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience: Re-learning How to Give,” appeared in February 2019. No matter what the conditions of our life, all of us feel lonely. There are moments in most days where we feel an abyss open between us and the person sitting across the table. Be it a stranger, parent, spouse, friend, child, or colleague, something happens and we cannot reach each other anymore. Being lonely is not cured by marriage, by friendships, or by meaningful work; it is not cured by riches or poverty. We all find ourselves, in the silence of these moments very, very alone. This lonely silence can make us afraid. And so, we...

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Alone, but at Home

Posted on Mar 25, 2019 in Featured | 3 comments

When I moved to Winnipeg in the summer of 2017, my furniture took quite a few days to catch up with me. A friend had accompanied me on the road trip here from southern Ontario, but she flew back before the moving truck arrived. Since I didn’t start working at the Centre for Christian Studies for another week or two (thank goodness, as all my work clothes were on the road somewhere!), I was left in an empty apartment in a new city. Alone. This is the first time I have ever lived by myself. After moving from my parents’ house in the small town where I grew up, I lived with roommates, and then with my daughter and eventually my (now ex) husband and a second child. I have lived with parents and partners and kids and friends...

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Being Alone Shouldn’t be Lonely: the Church and Singles

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 in Featured | 1 comment

There’s an old cartoon that shows a minister walking into the church office. He is on crutches with bandages, bruises, and braces all over his body. In the foreground the parish administrator is asking him: “So how did the singles group take your suggestion that they start calling themselves The Leftovers?” Leftovers. That’s a pretty accurate way to describe what it’s like living as a single. When I say leftovers, I’m not talking leftovers in the wonderful, tasty, beef-stew-reheated-from-the-day-before sense of the word. I mean the odd sock, assorted mismatched screws, and not-sure-where-it-came from computer cord sense of the word. Essentially, as singles, particularly as we get older, we find that the world and the Church just don’t know what to do with us. This is especially true in the Church where we like to create affinity groups. We...

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Alone Again, Naturally

Posted on Mar 8, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Alone Again, Naturally

Though this letter is published with permission, the author has requested to remain anonymous. One Sunday, my priest gave a sermon on Job. He focused on being lonely and being alone, and kept referring to words from an old song by that title. I tried to find the message, but he continued on, telling tales of people suffering loss. I was gripped with an overwhelming sense that I had been grappling with my loss and alone-ness by putting a new face on a new life in an old place. I don’t want to stay here anymore. It hurts. I can’t run fast enough to get out of the way of this kind of loneliness, the kind that occurs when you feel surrounded by people and they are not feeling what you are feeling. When I started to cry in...

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March Magazine 2019

Posted on Mar 6, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on March Magazine 2019

March’s issue on Alone-ness explores being alone and being lonely. We’ll hear from a parishioner (who’s asked to remain anonymous), who talks about the loneliness she’s dealt with since the passing of her husband. Michelle Owens writes about being alone versus being lonely. And Donald McKenzie shares his thoughts on being single in the Church. In via media, Kirsten Pinto Gfroerer finishes her exploration of spiritual texts with a piece about monastic alone-ness. Download the pdf here or read it in Issuu...

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Less Plastic for Lent

Posted on Mar 5, 2019 in News | 2 comments

The Anglican Communion Environmental Network and Anglican Greens have put out a “Less Plastic for Lent” calendar. Download a pdf copy here....

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Living Abundantly with Less

Posted on Mar 1, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off on Living Abundantly with Less

You might think Living with Less lines up well with Stewardship – if you reduce your consumption, you can give more money to the Church. But that flows from a hopelessly narrow concept of stewardship, one that completely misses the mark. Stewardship is an expansive concept, and its larger meaning is living our faith to the full. It’s a whole lifestyle – a broad commitment to changing the way we live in the world according to the vision of Christ. That lifestyle is one of being faithful stewards, commissioned by God to nurture the garden bequeathed to us and to honour all its inhabitants with our loving care. It takes all our gifts – our time, talents, and treasures – packaged in a lifestyle of generous living, to fully reflect God’s grace. Give more and take less, because a simple life...

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Rupert’s Land PWRDF Reps Meet to Connect, Learn, and Grow Together

Posted on Feb 27, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Rupert’s Land PWRDF Reps Meet to Connect, Learn, and Grow Together

Snow and wind gusts did not dissuade 30 people from attending a gathering of Rupert’s Land Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund parish representatives this past Saturday, February 23. We met at St. Peter’s Anglican Church hall in Winnipeg, with Bishop Geoff Woodcroft opening the morning with song and prayer. Bishop Geoff reminded us that PWRDF work involves compassion and empathy, and from that stems passion and joy in the work we do to support it. Lynne Spiring Whitten, chair of the diocesan PWRDF committee, emceed the day and introduced the rest of the committee to the representatives present. Mike Ziemerink, Communications representative for PWRDF at the national office in Toronto, shared many valuable resources that our reps can use to promote the work of PWRDF and provide ideas for fundraising. Chris Lea shared how he and his wife...

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