Looking at Discipleship

Synod has come and gone for another two years! Some of the highlights: a special musical feature by the Ontario parishes, a motion for parish mental health training and awareness, a guest visit by a bishop from the past, and a beautiful photo display of pictures from the north. See

Growing into Jesus in Portage la Prairie

A few weeks ago, our weekly email announced that there was an EFM graduation at St. Mary’s, la Prairie. Here’s a little more of their story: There was a very happy occasion earlier this spring at St. Mary’s la Prairie Church, Portage la Prairie, when six members of our congregation

Saints’ Stories: Phyllis Keeper

My mom, Phyllis, was born in Big Trout Lake in northern Ontario, and grew up living with her parents, extended family and community.  She came from a long line of chiefs, hunters and spiritual leaders. She went onto reflect this ancestry in every aspect of her life as a wife,

St. Paul’s Baie St. Paul Anniversary

St. Paul’s, Baie St. Paul, (near Poplar Point, Manitoba) had an anniversary service Sept 21. The church has finished rennovations and was ready to share in celebration.  They had 72 people and the parking lot overflowed. Rev. Webster led the service. The weather cleared into the most beautiful sunny day,

Here Endeth the Lessons

It is hard to believe that it has been four years since the St. Matthew’s Education for Ministry (EFM) group shyly and anxiously walked into the upper room for our first EFM class. But regardless of our trepidation, we quickly began to feel that this group had come together at

The Parable of Musical Theatre

Can musical theatre have anything to do with faith development? For some people, the term ‘musical’ recalls entertaining productions such as those created by Noel Coward, the Gershwins and Flo Ziegfeld: light hearted, fanciful, and designed to take people’s mind off the difficulties of the depression and war. They tended

Transitions at St. Michael’s

On September 8, Father Will moved back to his home in Edmonton. He insists that he intends to take at least a month or two off to relax, but considering he retired in 2010 and has had a number of interim roles since, it seems unlikely he will remain idle

Empty Food Cupboard

The food cupboard at St. Matthew’s Maryland Community Ministry is running very low! Below is a list of their most pressing needs, for the people who need them most.

Diane Panting joins the servant team!

Diane Panting was ordained to the diaconate at St. John’s Cathedral on Sunday with a large crowd cheering her on. Scroll through the pictures below and continue to hold Di in prayer as she begins this new kind of ministry at St. Peter’s in Winnipeg.

October Magazine

The October magazine is now available online! Download a PDF of the full issue here.

Moving Toward Synod 2014

The times, they are a-changin’— so goes the old Bob Dylan song.  There is a familiar ring to this phrase as we move toward Synod 2014.  With the arrival of our sisters and brothers from the southern region of Keewatin, now the Kenora St. Alban Archdeaconry, our Synod numbers change and

St. Matthew’s Consecration & Ordination

After many months of dreaming, praying, and waiting amidst drywall dust, St. Matthew’s has a new worship space! Gwen McAllister was ordained to the transitional diaconate on Monday in a ceremony which consecrated the new worship space and confirmed young Natasha Bighetty in the Church. The Primate, Fred Hiltz, was

The Family Expands

  It’s official! Rupert’s Land welcomed 12 new parishes located east of Winnipeg on August 1. The largest of these is St. Alban’s Cathedral in Kenora, Ontario, the centre of the former Diocese of Keewatin. The northern part of Keewatin was named “Mishamikoweesh,” the first indigenous diocese in the country,

Pilgrimage: new music from Steve Bell

The September 15, 2014 release of the four CD set Pilgrimage finds Steve Bell celebrating not only the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of his first solo project, Comfort My People, but also marking a brief stopping place along his 25 year personal and spiritual pilgrimage as a musical truth-teller.

September Magazine online

Read the September issue of the new Rupert’s Land New online in a new format that includes links and works well on your computer or mobile device. Download a PDF of the issue here.

Renos finished

At long last! St. Matthews is looking forward to the consecration of their new worship space. The service will be in conjunction with Gwen McAllister’s ordination to the transitional diaconate on Monday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome at 641 St. Matthew’s Avenue.

New Priest at St. Michael’s

The new incumbent at St. Michael & All Angels’, Father Kevin Frankland, will begin his new post on September 1st. His celebration of new ministry will be September 28th at 3:30, 300 Hugo St. He is joined in Rupert’s Land from Nova Scotia by his wife, Mother Melissa Frankland.

St Francis’ changes

St. Francis’ is the amalgamation of three communities in north central  Winnipeg: St. Anne’s, St. Barnabas’ and St. Martin in the Fields’. Together with priests Michael Bruce and Liz Richens, and deacon Val Christopherson, they begin their first year together as a new community. Parishoners gathered for final services of


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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