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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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Rupert’s Land response to the Winnipeg Free Press

Posted on May 3, 2016 in News, Uncategorized | 1 comment

The apology came in 1993, some 12 years before the government’s apology and 16 years before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was launched. But repentance is not just about being sorry; it means doing things differently. For the Anglican Church of Canada, the call to repentance for our role in the Indian Residential Schools (IRS) has been a priority for decades and, as our National Archbishop and Primate, Fred Hiltz, recently explained while visiting Opaskwayak Cree Nation, “I can never tire of apologizing for the wrong done.” Yet the recent article “Churches should heed the better angels” has implied that the Anglican Church, in addition to the Roman Catholic and United Churches, has forsaken its financial commitment to the work of the Settlement and Healing Funds, noting the recent refunds by the IRS Settlement Agreement to all three churches....

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Orphaned Somali Refugees Arrive at Last

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 in News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Orphaned Somali Refugees Arrive at Last

17-year-old Fathi was no doubt overjoyed to receive his ten younger siblings and little niece at the Winnipeg airport on Thursday. Fathi, who is ethnically Somali but has grown up in Saudi Arabia, was orphaned when his father, who worked for the Somalian consulate in Saudi, died. After learning that his siblings and he were stripped of their legal status and to be deported back to Somalia, the oldest made a daring journey across the world, walking to Winnipeg from the Emerson boarder crossing. After being accepted in Winnipeg as a refugee in October of 2014, Fathi spent the next year fighting to bring his siblings to Canada as well. The children do not speak Somali and had they been sent back to Somalia, where they do not have citizenship, their future in the tumultuous state would have been...

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Reading the Magazine Online: a tutorial

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reading the Magazine Online: a tutorial

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Attention: Updates Mistake

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Attention: Updates Mistake

If you are seeing this post, you have mistakenly signed up to receive an update every time there’s a new post on This would have only happened if you were leaving a comment on one of the pages. This was not intended to be an option, since the pertinent information on the site is sent out once a week in an email. If you are getting this, please click the button below which says, “Manage my subscription” or something similar and UNSUBSCRIBE from blog posting updates. This list is completely unrelated to our weekly email list (RLN Weekly). The option to sign up for website updates when posting a comment has now been removed so the mistake won’t happen again. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused- and thank you for supporting RLN!...

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The Theological Education Commission Final Report

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Theological Education Commission Final Report

The Theological Education Commission was inaugurated as a response to the suspension of the Faculty of Theology at our diocesan college, St. John’s College at the University of Manitoba. Below are the elements of the Commission’s report as submitted on March 2, 2015, after one year of research. Cover letter Executive Summary Final Report Appendix A: Draft Job Description: Formation Program Coordinator/Mentor for the Diocese of Rupert’s Land Appendix B: Working Document: The Council for Theological Education Appendix C: Additional Research and Resources...

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Via Media: the radical gather to worship

Posted on Jan 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Via Media: the radical gather to worship

In some Christian circles, it is current to talk about practicing “radical faith.” Oftentimes, the underlying narrative of this label has something to do with pursuing justice, living in community, or addressing social ills and issues. As we see in this issue of RLN, fighting poverty and homelessness is essential to our Christian identity.  But equally necessary for practicing radical faith in our cultural climate is the act of gathering for worship. At first glance, the act of gathering together for worship might not seem to be all that radical.  Some of us have done it for all of our lives! But people coming together for worship is actually an incredibly subversive act.  As we gather together in our places of worship, we are engaging in an act that challenges the outer world, our inner world, and the spiritual...

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Appendix C to the final report from the Commission on Theological Education

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Appendix C to the final report from the Commission on Theological Education

I. Resources for Theological Education and Development Rupert’s Land theologians and educators Options for theological education Local (for ordination) Distance (for ordination) Local (for lay education) Local discernment bodies for ordination Alternative diocesan models for local formation Qu’Appelle School of Mission & Ministry Kootenay School of Ministry Episcopal Church in Minnesota School for Formation   II. Resources from the wider Church on theological education Competencies for the priesthood in Canada Competencies for the priesthood in the Anglican Communion (grid) Full Communion competencies document Competencies for the priesthood in the Diocese of Toronto National Indigenous Catechist training manual A typical Master of Divinity degree, currently and historically   III. Background Documents for the Theological Education Commission Bishop Donald Phillips on defining a theologically robust climate Rupert’s Land clergy response to the Commission Summary of Commission’s focus group with recent ordinands...

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