Cathy Mondor’s Retirement

There was a lovely service of celebration for Cathy Mondor’s retirement from the position of Administrative Assistant for the diocese on Saturday. Folks from across the diocese turned out to wish Cathy well and thank her for her many years of ministry among us.

Hurry Up and Wait: practicing Advent at home

In our churches across the diocese, Advent tends to look pretty predictable. We have set colours, prayers, and practices in use from Portage la Prairie to Atikokan. But while there are only four Sundays in Advent, there are some 21 days we spend at work and home. The practices during

December Magazine

The December paper is out! This month has a special focus on Advent. See the online edition below. If you’d like to be removed from the print mailing and only receive the online version, please be in touch with us. Our apologies, the print edition of this paper is unusually

New Priest at St. George’s

After a year’s interim and an extended search, St George’s, Crescentwood, has announced that they have found a new incumbent. Simon Blaikie, a priest in the diocese, will join the parish in February. Please pray for the parish, for Simon, and for the interim priest, Brent Neuman, as they make this

On the Ground: Youth Ministry Favourites

We asked two youth leaders, one in Winnipeg and one in Ottawa, to give us a sketch of their best and favourite practices in youth ministry. Here’s what the people on the ground are saying. Spontaneous Relationship: Zack’s favourites  It’s all about relationship – This is why many teens go

Trailblazing: a new resource for youth leaders

“I love working with youth in my congregation but sometimes I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing.” “How do I get training as a youth leader?” “I want to put more spiritual content in our youth program in ways that the kids can relate to.” Across the country,

Bishops Dinner

A gathering from across the diocese enjoyed a lovely dinner at the Viscount Gort Hotel last Thursday, an annual event to raise money for the bishop’s discretionary fund. This year’s speaker, Dr. David Barnard, spoke of his journey of faith diversifying and growing over the course of his life. Dr.

A Covenant 20 Years in the Making

Part One: The Birth of the Covenant In the book of Genesis, we read of a covenant between God and God’s people: “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you” (Genesis 9:9). A covenant is a sacred agreement between two parties; in this

Articulating Faith Across Generations

Have you noticed how passionate and articulate teenagers can be about anything except their faith? Eavesdrop on a conversation amongst teenagers and you’ll hear them talking passionately about many things: Friends. Video Games. Relationships. Celebrities. The Environment. School (well, scratch that). But try to engage many young people in a

Pembina Hills Ordination

Congratulations Martin Allen, Chris Lea, and Al Thorleifson! All three were ordained on Friday, November 14 for the collaborative ministry team in the Pembina Hills parishes. Please hold them in prayer as they begin their ministry together as deacons.    

November Issue

Our November issue is out! This month is a special youth ministry edition. See the online version here.

The Feast of All Saints

Who are you remembering this weekend of saints? Tell us about the person in your life or in history who has changed the way you understand the world, your faith, God- who is the saint you’re thinking of this week?

Winnipeg Organ Festival

If you love organ and choral music, then you should mark July 4 to 9, 2015 on your calendars. The Winnipeg Organ Festival (WOF) will bring to Winnipeg organists from across Canada and beyond to enjoy 5 days of concerts, workshops and worship featuring “The King of Instruments”. The general

Physician-Assisted Dying: the right to die or playing God?

The “burning bush” is a new column featured in response to our readers’ concern that our Church engage the most pressing issues of our culture. Positions expressed are those of the writers and not necessarily of Rupert’s Land News or the Diocese. Part I: In Opposition to Euthanasia Physician-assisted suicide

This is Still God’s World

Special letter from the Bishop: The events of this past week, particularly the fatal shooting of a Canadian soldier in Ottawa, and also the hit-and-run incident of two soldiers outside of Montreal earlier in the week, have shaken our Canadian society. It has left not only police and security agencies

Table Talk: Pursuing Discipleship

Lynn Pate has spent her life surrounded by tables. As her husband found himself called to the Eucharistic table some 50 years ago, she was called into a life of ministry at tables of different kinds: board tables, kitchen tables, craft tables, and coffee tables. As she tells the story

Book Challenge

Brent Neumann is happy to announce that the initial goal of collecting 1000 books has been met! He is continuing to collect donations for the Correctional Centre library over the next couple of months. If you or your parish are interested, please be in touch with him.

The Order of Rupert’s Land

Congratulations to Donna Cawker and Cathy Mondor, who were awarded the Order of Rupert’s Land at Synod this year. The Order of Rupert’s Land was established in 1984 by the Bishop of Rupert’s Land.  It is given in recognition of outstanding support and leadership in the Church. The Order of

CURRENT ISSUE

Songs of Praise

In this issue, Edmund Laldin’s article “Sing a New Song unto the Lord: The Relationship of Music and Liturgy” explores the implications of understanding liturgy as the “work of the people.” He asks important questions about how Anglicans must reflect the full diversity of their congregations through liturgical practice.

Next, three interviews with past synod delegates give insight into the experience of attending synod and the relationship between the institutional practices of the Diocese and their experiences of God within it.

Dr. Ebele Felix’s article “Celebrating the Voices of Black Anglicans” offers possible modifications to the Anglican liturgy to celebrate the voices of Black Anglicans. This article places these modified liturgies in context of the longer history of Black Anglican’s contributions to shaping the Church’s musical identity.

Gary Russell follows up on his Synod interview in an article titled “What is the Anglican Franciscan Order?” Russell describes the journey undertaken by members of the order and calls for those interested to reach out and learn more.

Earlier this year, Archbishop Linda Nicholls invited dioceses to create a Refugee Sunday in the leadup to World Refugee Day. In her article “Why Refugee Sunday?” Marlene Smith writes about the work Anglicans have done through the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) to support refugees. She argues that creating a Refugee Day would help uplift the ministries involved in supporting refugees.

Last, a parish profile on St. Thomas Weston discusses the inspiring work of “christiaction” carried out by this community and invites all readers to join St. Thomas for their Pride Barbecue on June 2nd.

I hope you enjoy this month’s articles.

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