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Urns for Healing

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on Urns for Healing

Our society no longer knows how to deal with death, grief, and mourning. No more do the grieving shroud themselves in black, indicating to those around them a loss has been suffered. So how, or where, does one hold that brokenness now? I have found that pain, and healing, is held in the deep recesses of my being. Urns for Healing is a collection of vessels that give form to those deep places of mourning and loss. Made from found materials, they invoke the memory of my mother, of her clothes, her presence, of her broken body. The healing process is not a linear path. Nor are the places the body holds grief the same over time. Sometimes overwhelming, other times small and comforting, the body holds what it knows and misses in different ways. Urns for Healing hold...

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February Magazine 2017

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on February Magazine 2017

February’s issue of Rupert’s Land News explores Art as a form of worship and features the work of two artists from the Diocese. Download the pdf here or read it in Issuu...

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To live and pray in Pembina Hills

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on To live and pray in Pembina Hills

Yes, it has been six years since our group of five churches – Clearwater, Pilot Mound, Manitou, Kaleida, and Altamont – which initially made up the parishes of Pembina Hills,have been commissioned as Local Collaborative Ministry (LCM), a form of ministry that involves members of congregations volunteering their time and talents to provide the services normally performed by paid clergy. There was a total of 15 members who were first commissioned in March 2010 and since then a number of team members have either retired or moved away. In 2015, we had a re-commissioning and many new faces joined. There are currently 16 members that make up the team: five ordained priests, one ordained deacon, eight worship leaders, two pastoral care coordinators, and one administrator. We no longer have a stipendiary priest, but currently have a part-time mentor, Norm...

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Why Winnipeg? Being Muslim in Rupert’s Land

Posted on Jan 20, 2017 in Featured | 1 comment

I am often asked why I chose Winnipeg to be my home. My answer is simple. In my 40 years in Winnipeg, I have not once doubted my initial impression of this city as one that has a soul. Winnipeg is my home. I have lived nowhere else this long. My roots here are connected to the fact that my son and my parents are buried here my other son and grandchildren were born here, it is here that my social justice activism was nurtured, and it is here where I discovered not only why I am a Muslim, but why I wanted to live as a Muslim Canadian. My intellectual inquiry into my faith started here and for this I am eternally grateful. The spirituality that my grandmother and parents nurtured in me growing up in Pakistan was...

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Uncovering the truth: land is central

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on Uncovering the truth: land is central

I turned on the radio in time to hear CBC perfectly capture my past year’s journey in one sentence. “The thing about seeking reconciliation with indigenous peoples is that eventually you realize you also have to make reconciliation with the land,” said Caleb Behn, a Salish activist and lawyer. I began studying theology as a way to explore the questions that my friendship with an indigenous community in northern Ontario had raised. After my first year, I was shocked at how central land had become, when reconciliation was my focus. My thesis work has been no different. This past year I began a qualitative research project listening to people in Mishkeegogamang First Nation in northern Ontario reflect on land and identity. All of this has led me to a startling conclusion: I don’t want to talk about reconciliation anymore,...

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Traditions across Canada, for better or worse

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on Traditions across Canada, for better or worse

Here’s a little quiz appropriate for the season. 1. What country invented the department store Santa? 2. What country invented the Santa Claus parade? 3. In what country do young people go door-to-door at Christmas begging, threatening to torture the oldest daughter of the house if a donation is not made? 4. What country has magical gift-bringers such as Father Time, Queen Mab, Aunt Nancy, and Mother Goody? 5. Where can you find janneys, ownshooks, belsnicklers, and fools demanding entrance into a neighbour’s house at Christmas? The answer, of course, is Canada, which has celebrated Christmas for centuries with unique customs. Take, for example, the now-universal presence of Santa Claus figures in department stores and malls around the world. The very first of these appeared in Sampson’s Department Store in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1869 where Santa filled stockings...

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January Magazine 2017

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on January Magazine 2017

January’s issue of Rupert’s Land News explores Canadian traditions around Christmas, reconciliation and land, and an update from our friends in the parishes of Pembina Hills. Download the pdf here or read it in Issuu...

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Christmas tables of many kinds

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Christmas tables of many kinds

Do you eat dinner at the table? With demographics showing nearly 30% of homes to be single occupant residences, and less than half of families reporting eating together up to five times a week, statistically you may not! With Thanksgiving and harvest behind us, and the bounty and abundance of Christmas celebrations ahead, our planning and celebrating centres so often around food. Why is there such emphasis on the dinner table culturally (the highly idealized family dinner), and why is the opulence of the holiday spread so attractive? Isn’t the dinner table just another reminder of our disconnection from the community ideal that we hold in high esteem but so regularly fail to achieve? Decorated with a mound of bills and paperwork, frequently abandoned in favour of take out, in my busy household it more often represents the chaos...

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The Messiah in the time of Trump

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 in Featured | 1 comment

In the warm, spindled foyer where I go to university, there hangs a collection of paintings. On the stairway they are flanked by portraits of nineteenth century university doyens, in anachronistic yet recognizable clothing – principles, deans, emeriti. They are joined in the middle by six bearded and awkwardly collared reformers, gawking pensively at each other past their gold-ribbed picture frames. At the far end, on the wall just adjacent to my first-ever university classroom, dangles Richard Hooker. He is the Anglican of this group. Looking stoic and tranquil, he stands in the foreground of an English meadow split by a lazy stream. Wearing a black cassock topped with a billowed ruff, Hooker’s hands are almost raised in prayer. Only the tips of his fingers are touching, spread apart, in a reversed rabbinic blessing. Surely, it speaks to the...

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Transforming the world one lay vocation at a time

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Transforming the world one lay vocation at a time

At a National Church gathering, a group of men and women settled around a conference table. It was a mixed group, comprised of both clergy and laity. They had come from parishes across the country and were strangers to one other, so they began with introductions. “Hi, my name is George,” said one. “I’m just a lay person.” “I’m Judy,” said another. “I’m nobody, just a lay person.” Yet another began her introduction with “I’m nothing. I’m a lay person.” She went on to assure the group her parish priest was actually present, but attending another workshop. This pattern repeated itself again and again throughout the conference as participants and facilitators alike expressed their inferior status or apologized for their lack of qualification to speak to the gathering solely on the basis that they were lay people, not clergy....

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December 2016 Magazine

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on December 2016 Magazine

The December magazine is available here as an easy PDF that can be printed off or read on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Or, if you prefer the online magazine look, check out the Issuu format...

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“They Come to See Me See Them”: The Aesthetic and Moral Vision of Dolly Parton

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on “They Come to See Me See Them”: The Aesthetic and Moral Vision of Dolly Parton

This week, a warm and gentle southern breeze blew like grace through our (already) chilly northern city: the incomparable Dolly Parton came to Winnipeg as part of her “Pure and Simple Tour.” There are so many ways that she exploded all expectations, as she has been doing all her life — her graciousness was breathtaking, so was her musical versatility, and her infectious energy created an evening that was nothing short of magical. Many commentators have discussed the supposed contradictions of Ms. Parton: of an external appearance that is judged to be at odds with her acumen and serious talent, of the kind of feminine glamour that seemingly jars with her depth as a woman. But those commentators are wrong, because Ms. Parton knows a thing or two about aesthetics. I believe that hers is a deeply (but exceedingly rare) Christian...

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Retirement: the end or just the beginning?

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Retirement: the end or just the beginning?

For some, retirement conjures images of “freedom 55,” complete with travel, golfing, and good wine. For others, it’s a reminder of looming old age and a feeling of worthlessness. I asked four retired Rupert’s Landers — Terry Reilly, Frank Bann, Gail Schnabl, and David Pate — to share their thoughts on entering the “winter years” of their lives. Sometimes, retirement creates the space to get to know one’s self in a way that wasn’t necessary or perhaps possible when days were filled with the busyness of work and family. Although he didn’t miss the long hours, David realized that he actually needed the social activity that his job provided. Some retirees find they miss work and decide to go back, but he has filled that space with things he didn’t have time for in earlier years. He’s learned to...

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Festivals of Lessons and Carols 2016

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Festivals of Lessons and Carols 2016

Are you going to miss the festival of lessons and carols at your church? Or perhaps your community doesn’t have one? Join one of these other congregations for their annual celebration: November 27, 3:00 p.m.: St. John’s College December 2, 7:30 p.m.: St. Peter’s, Dynevor, with the Selkirk Community Choir December 3, 4:30 p.m.: St Peter’s, Dynevor, with the Netley Colony Youth Choir December 4, 2:30 p.m.: St. Peter’s, Dynevor, with the Back Pew Boys December 11, 10:00 a.m.: Pinawa Christian Fellowship December 11, 10:00 a.m.: St. Stephen’s, Winnipeg December 11, 4:00 p.m.: St. James’ Winnipeg, (celebrating 165 years of ministry, with members of the Winnipeg Boys’ Choir and Bishop Mark MacDonald) December 18, 11:00 a.m.: St. Stephen and St. Bede December 18, 4:00 p.m.: St. Luke’s, Winnipeg December 18, 7:00 p.m.: St. George’s, Cresentwood December 18, 7:00 p.m.: St. Peter’s, Winnipeg December...

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The Bible and Feminism(s): Reading the Bible as a Woman

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on The Bible and Feminism(s): Reading the Bible as a Woman

While Christians through the ages have certainly found biblical scriptures that speak to the soul and inspire, there is also a complicated relationship between biblical text and those who name the Bible as sacred. Christian history reveals a long record of countless theological debates, tens of thousands of splits among Christian groups and denominations, struggles over translations — some even to the death — and it continues in our current deliberations over the biblical criteria for such things as marriage and ministry qualifications, stewardship of the land, and justice and equity for our communities. It doesn’t take long to discover evidence of how the Bible has been used as abuse, how scripture has supported oppression, and how biblical text has been abused via interpretations, translations, and claims of authority. I sympathize with the Church in this relationship of struggle....

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Vignettes from Jail

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 in Featured | 1 comment

Norman Collier is the Chaplain at the Agassiz Youth Centre and an Anglican Priest. The following is a set of powerful snapshots of conversations and interactions from his experiences.     Sometimes the things he says are beautiful. He says he can see God in the sky, the snow, the trees. In another age, we might have called him a mystic. But sometimes the things he says are troubling. God is speaking in his head and telling him to do things. He jumps up on chairs and laughs at nothing at all. He is disarmingly intense. There is medication for these mystical outbursts, but the medication saddens him. When he takes the medication, he can no longer hear God. He says when he takes the medication the sun no longer shines on his brain. * * * * *...

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November Magazine 2016

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on November Magazine 2016

  The November magazine is available here as an easy PDF that can be printed off or read on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Or, if you prefer the online magazine look, check out the Issuu format...

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Dedication of Cross at St. George, Wakefield

Posted on Oct 30, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Dedication of Cross at St. George, Wakefield

On September 18, 2016 Bishop Donald Phillips presided at the dedication of the new cross in the church yard at St. George’s, Wakefield. After the service the parishioners celebrated in the parish hall with a potluck lunch.   Submitted by Sally Bullivant/Bob...

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Why #BlackLivesMatter Is a Canadian Struggle, Too

Posted on Oct 21, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Why #BlackLivesMatter Is a Canadian Struggle, Too

Here, in not-Africa, race is uncomfortable and racism is unpalatable, I think as I hear the chuckle of a blue-eyed, muscular, white classmate at the University of Manitoba. He tells me, agitatedly, that he cannot take another immigrant or person of colour whining about racism on his Facebook feed. I look at him, trying to remember why, three years ago — staring at a red field with a white square and a red maple leaf, beautifully printed on my study permit — I had not anticipated agony of this kind. It is just another day at the university. Meanwhile, he proceeds to tell me that the apparently self-proclaimed victims of racism are given the most breaks and those who do not advance up the social and economic ladder; it is because they are not “tough enough.” This is a...

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Order of Rupert’s Land

Posted on Oct 15, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Order of Rupert’s Land

The Order of Rupert’s Land was established in 1984 by the Bishop of the Diocese.  It is given during the opening service of diocesan Synod in recognition of outstanding support and leadership in the Church. This year, the Order will be conferred upon Cathy Campbell, Peter Flynn, and Gail Schnabl. The opening service of Synod took place on Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral. Many were in attendance to celebrate with Cathy, Peter, and Gail. Cathy Campbell‘s vision and leadership were instrumental in the transformation of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church into what is now the WestEnd Commons. Previously, Cathy managed a major renovation of the church basement to create the Neighbourhood Resource Centre, providing a newly restored home to St. Matthew’s Maryland Community Ministry. The WestEnd Commons is a multi-purpose complex comprised of 26 affordable housing units for...

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The Hospitality Way of Life

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 in Featured | 1 comment

For the Maritime Plymouth Brethren, hospitality has always been a way of life. Ever since they became a people in exile, they remembered the feeling of unwelcome and in turn opened their doors to strangers as a sign of abundance. My grandparents, perhaps the 12th generation of such people, remembered their own parents welcoming “hobos” for meals during the Great Depression. Every summer when I went to visit, they had a different person staying with them or another visitor sitting at their table. My grandmother was so generous, in fact, that we would write her name on gifts in permanent marker to prevent her from giving them away to the next person who needed something. To our bewilderment, complete strangers would find her number and call to ask for help of one kind or another. If you had asked...

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The Call of Nathaniel: Sarcasm in John’s Gospel

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 in Featured | 1 comment

The account of Jesus’ meeting with Philip and Nathanael early in John’s Gospel is the first extended affirmation of John the Baptist’s declaration that Jesus is to be understood as the “Lamb of God” (1:29) and “Son of God” (1:34). Andrew’s disclosure to Peter that “We have found the Messiah” (1:41) positions the reader for a similar reaction from Philip and Nathanael. However, Nathanael’s initial response is one of great scepticism and disbelief. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Yet immediately following Jesus’ visionary reply, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you” (1:48), Nathanael says, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” (1:49). This appears to be an exaggerated reply to Jesus’ apparent foreknowledge of Nathanael seated under a fig tree. Such a rapid move from doubt based on...

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Youth Ministry Without a Frame

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Youth Ministry Without a Frame

It was about 7:30 a.m. in the busy L’Enfant Plaza subway station. There among the crowd, a young man in jeans and a baseball cap was playing the violin. His case collected the occasional dollar, tossed in by a rushing passer-by. He played for 43 minutes. The Washington Post reported that 1,097 people passed by, six stopped to listen, and $52.17 was tossed into the case – just another busker in a subway station. No one realized that the young man was playing a 300-year-old Stradivarius, valued at 3.5 million dollars, or that he was playing one of the most difficult pieces ever written for violin (Chaconne by Bach). With the exception of one woman, who tossed him $20, no one recognized that the young man was Joshua Bell, a world-renowned violinist. It was an experiment to see if...

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October Magazine 2016

Posted on Oct 1, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on October Magazine 2016

The October Thanksgiving edition of RLN takes a look at the many faces of hospitality in our lives. You’ll find an update on refugee sponsorship in the Diocese, a feature on youth ministry, and a piece on sarcasm in the Gospel of John. The magazine is available here as an easy PDF that can be printed off or read on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Or, if you prefer the online magazine look, check out the Issuu format...

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Martin Luther King on Sabbath and Sacrifice

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Martin Luther King on Sabbath and Sacrifice

On April 7th, 1968, Nina Simone, one of the most stunning voices and personas in the history of blues music, sang a concert at the Westbury Music Festival in New York. Nina sang the concert broken-hearted, questioning, and on the brink of hopelessness. Three days before, her friend and leader in the civil rights movement in the United States, Martin Luther King Jr., had been murdered in Memphis. The concert was on a Sunday. Simone dedicated the concert to King, and she sang two songs in his honour. The first was an angry elegy, one that would predict the rest of her career. In it, she cried out in full lament of the condition of the black community and she predicted that violence was coming; the “King of Love”, as she called him, was dead. It is an achingly...

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Anglicans and Lutherans in God’s Neighbourhoods

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Anglicans and Lutherans in God’s Neighbourhoods

Missional theologian and leadership writer Alan Roxburgh was in Rupert’s Land this September, leading Anglicans and Lutherans in planning a lay-led, neighbourhood-based discernment project. “Anglicans and Lutherans in God’s Neighbourhoods” is a new initiative to explore the ways God is at work in our neighbourhoods and join in what God is doing. It is rooted in the idea that God is at work everywhere, and all we need to do is pay attention and take part. Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few.” The pilot project, beginning this fall, will select five neighbourhoods where there are five to nine people interested in meeting together for a period of eighteen months. Over that time, they will gather in public spaces — “loitering with intent” — to discern how God wants them to be the face of...

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Chasing After 1JustCity

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Chasing After 1JustCity

You’ve heard the term “together is better” and you’ve likely read Ecclesiastes: “a three-strand chord cannot be broken”. Over the past two years, a group of ecumenical non-profits here in Rupert’s Land has taken these community-building concepts and created 1JustCity, an innovative development project. 1JustCity began with four Anglican and United Church inner city ministries realizing that they were doubling up on many resources they could be sharing: four volunteer administrative assistants, four tax returns, and most critically, four donation requests from the same donor bank. In 2014, West Broadway Community Ministry, St. Matthew’s Maryland Community Ministry, Oak Table, and North End Stella Community Ministry decided to take the first step toward better stewardship of their resources in a changing ecclesial landscape. The 1JustCity board then hired Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud as a fund developer. Blaikie Whitecloud’s work began with...

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RLN is Hiring a New Editor

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 in News | Comments Off on RLN is Hiring a New Editor

The Diocese of Rupert’s Land is looking for a creative individual with exceptional written communication skills to take on the role of Editor and Social Media Coordinator. The Editor will produce the monthly magazine in conjunction with the designer and contributing writers, as well as the RLN Weekly and regular updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This position is 15 hours a week. The ideal candidate will have experience with the following software: WordPress, Photoshop or Pixelmator, Mailchimp, Basecamp, and Mail Designer Pro. He or she, while not necessarily ordained, will be biblically and theologically literate, able to bring together a diversity of ideas and create dialogue among Anglicans in Rupert’s Land. He or she will also possess a vision for the mission of Rupert’s Land News: to “connect Church and community.” Inquiries about the position may be directed...

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Farming God’s Way in Kenya

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Farming God’s Way in Kenya

When we arrived at Jane Manjiku’s farm in Kambiti, Kenya, she invited us to take a bit of soil in our hands and join her in prayer, giving thanks for God’s goodness on her land. Since 2014, Jane has seen dramatic changes on her three-quarter-of-an-acre farm. Her yields have increased enough that her family went from being hungry for about three months of the year to eating their fill, as well as selling enough food to pay for school fees and finance a small business. Jane believes this is a result of a vision God gave members of her community about a new way of farming called “farming God’s way.” The group listened to staff from Anglican Development Service, a partner of Canadian Foodgrains Bank member World Renew, talk about the method and decided together to try this new...

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Complex Trauma in the Inner City

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Complex Trauma in the Inner City

Grief, loss, and trauma have a major impact on our life journeys. The effects of violence and  chronic poverty contribute to the complex traumas often experienced by the people who access our inner city community ministries, such as West Broadway, St. Matthew’s Maryland, and Agape Table. In these spaces, the common experience of having lived through complex trauma walks like a dark pall over the people, and at times, the community. Addictions that are often in response to trauma provide a deflection and a way of self-regulating that, while ultimately unhelpful, are understandable. This is the reality of living with complex trauma for many people. Complex trauma occurs when individuals have experienced developmental trauma from poverty, parental addictions, experience of violence, abuse, personal addictions, and systematic oppression. Dr. Amy Bombay, who examines the concept of historical trauma at the...

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September Magazine 2016

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 in Featured | 1 comment

It’s September and RLN is back, with a particular focus on community outreach and development. This month, read about the effects of complex trauma on some of Rupert’s Land’s most vulnerable, who access our inner city ministries. Explore a small Kenyan farm, flourishing through new farming techniques, thanks to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Or, learn about how our inner city ministries are working together to better steward their resources through 1JustCity. The magazine is available here as an easy PDF that can be printed off or read on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Or, if you prefer the online magazine look, check out the Issuu format...

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East Beaches Priest Retires

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 in News | Comments Off on East Beaches Priest Retires

For the past decade, two parishes in the East Beaches region have had the opportunity to experience a parish priest like no other. Judy Whitmore’s inevitable retirement announcement came with mixed emotions for both her and the parishioners. 14 years ago, Judy was challenged to work with four rural churches: St. Michael’s, Victoria Beach; St. Jude’s, Grand Marais; St. Philip’s, Scanterbury; and St Luke’s, Balsam Bay. She found a diverse collection of cultures and backgrounds within each of the four communities. She saw this as a chance to mould each parish individually, developing leaders for ministry within both the Church and the community. Judy also honed her own skills, not only as a priest, but also as a person, negotiator, and teacher. Judy is a compassionate listener who comforts those living with grief or anguish. This community has been...

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Rupert’s Land at General Synod 2016

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Rupert’s Land at General Synod 2016

Nine Rupert’s Landers had the opportunity to join Anglicans from across the country at the 2016 General Synod in Toronto over the past week. Our lay representatives were Tannis Webster of St. Mary Magdalene; June James of St. Paul’s, Fort Garry; and Matthew Terlinski of St. Matthew’s, Weston. The clergy delegates were Paul Johnson of St. John’s Cathedral, Vincent Solomon of the Urban Indigenous Ministry, and Allison Courey, of St. John’s College. Connor Blaikie, of St. George’s, Crescentwood, was the youth delegate; Don Phillips was bishop; and Barbara Schoomski attended as a (non voting) member of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP). The week opened in worship with a wide variety of visitors from other Christian traditions and a couple of leaders from other faiths. A major highlight of that service was a performance done by a local...

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Bishop’s Letter Concerning the Marriage Canon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in News | 2 comments

Wednesday July 13, 2016. Bishop’s Initial Statement on General Synod resolution (A 051) regarding the Marriage Canon (21) The 2016 General Synod, meeting in Richmond Hill (Toronto), ON, from July 7 – 12, held several structured conversations in mixed groups on the Marriage Canon resolution – spread over Friday, Saturday and Monday morning.   On Monday afternoon and evening, the formal debate on resolution A 051 took place – which included adopting two amendments.  Other than altering references to man/woman or husband/wife in the current Canon, the only other significant change that the revised A 051 would make to the existing Canon 21 was the addition of this statement (which replaced the original “opt-out” phrasing in the conscience clause of the original motion): e) A minister may only solemnize a marriage between persons of the same sex if authorized...

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Into the Silence: a look at Quaker worship

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Into the Silence: a look at Quaker worship

“Worship is our response to an awareness of God. We can worship alone, but when we join with others in expectant waiting we may discover a deeper sense of God’s presence. We seek a gathered stillness in our meetings for worship so that all may feel the power of God’s love drawing us together and leading us.” Quaker advices and queries I am a Quaker, but not like the picture of the old chap on the porridge box! Most Quaker worship is grounded in silence because there is no plan other than that those present sit together, gathering into silence. But the silence is not the worship. The silence, like garden soil, is seeded by the light of God. Worship grows in ways familiar to those who have come before, yet it is still unknown. We wait in expectancy, seeking to listen...

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St. James’ Celebrates 165 Years with Primate Fred Hiltz

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 in News | 1 comment

The parish of St. James, Winnipeg, celebrated its anniversary in style on Sunday, with dozens of parishioners and guests decked out in period costume at the old church building. Primate Fred Hiltz preached an excellent sermon and was a friendly and welcome face in the Diocese throughout the weekend. Primate Fred met with about 60 parishioners in the Kenora – St. Alban archdeaconry on Friday to discuss the upcoming national synod. He also met with about 70 parishioners in Winnipeg on Saturday, focusing in particular on the conversation about indigenous self-determination on the table for Synod. Asked by one parishioner if voting down the proposed changes to the marriage canon would put away the conversation for good, the Primate responded, “No. It will be back at the 2019 Synod either way.”          ...

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EFM on the horizon

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 in News | Comments Off on EFM on the horizon

Registrations are now being accepted for the next Education for Ministry (EFM) course, beginning in September. EFM is followed by Anglicans in the UK, Australia, USA, and Canada. It comes from The University of the South. Groups must be 6-12 people. There are four years and all years meet together. There is a richness and depth to this method. People who have completed the course say things like: “My understanding has deepened and I enjoy the Scripture lessons in service more.” “My confidence to express my faith is greater.” ”The transformation from a beginner (just Sunday school lessons) to a mature Christian has been a rich thing to experience.” “The framework to discuss issues expanded belief and understanding.” “My sense of vocation has been affirmed.” ”I have a language to express my faith and spiritual life.” The first year...

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Will Heaven be Boring?

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 in Featured | 1 comment

In a Gary Larson Far Side cartoon, a man in heaven sits on a cloud wishing he brought a magazine. The heaven of pop-culture cliché — white robes, angel wings, pearly gates, harps — tends to assume a complete break with present experience, with no sign of the material world remaining. No more mud, flowers, rocks, birds, and trees. Sounds dull. There’s not much to do on a cloud. I wish I brought a magazine. C. S. Lewis suggests “The hills and valleys of heaven will be to those you now experience not as a copy is to an original, nor as a substitute to the genuine article, but as the flower to the root, or the diamond to the coal” (Letters to Malcolm). If correct, the implications are startling. It means this world — and its human and...

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Bishop’s Response to Orlando Shootings

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Bishop’s Response to Orlando Shootings

Reflection on the Orlando Massacre Early Sunday morning, June 12, a lone gunman murdered 49 persons and injured many others at a nightclub in Orlando.  For America, it marked the worst mass shooting the country has ever experienced.  Besides the family and friends of those killed and wounded, who are obviously dealing with overwhelming grief, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) communities in North America and beyond who have been singled out and traumatized by this act, it immediately reminded me of Canada’s “Montreal Massacre.” On December 6, 1989, a lone gunman shot and killed 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.  Those of female gender were singled out and targeted simply for who they are.  It was a chilling reminder to Canadian society of the extreme misogyny that still exists among some in our country.  And...

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The Jesus Way and Basic Income

Posted on Jun 10, 2016 in Featured | 2 comments

Christ taught in a community struggling to live a renewed set of values rooted in an old gospel. He stood for a culture of loving engagement and mutual support, living within but rising above the profanity of power and brutality that was ancient Jerusalem. It was a community where brother and sister living in Christ looked after each other in a hostile environment, with a sense of calling and mission, while starting to build a new society of love and compassion. But the average new Christian was caught in the middle, surviving in the secular culture where everyone strives to seek satisfaction of one’s needs and wants wherever one can get it — yet also believing in their Christian culture of compassion and service to others, especially the lowly. Every one of them except Christ was a mix of the...

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