Council of General Synod - October 9, 2019

News

  • Closer to Jesus of Nazareth: Q&A with Bishop Michael Curry
    Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: "That’s the one thing about authentic, genuine love: it’s unselfish. It’s self-sacrificial. It seeks the good and the welfare of the other, not just the welfare of the self. That kind of love knows no borders."
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  • A Thanksgiving message from Archbishop Anne
    Archbishop Anne Germond (Diocese of Algoma, Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario) has prepared a Thanksgiving message to the Diocese.
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  • A place to gather regardless of situation: Purple Door builds on soup kitchen
    The Purple Door is held on Mondays and Fridays at the St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Hall (Diocese of Saskatoon) for coffee and a visit, no matter their circumstances or denomination. For some, these are extra days where they can get out of the house and go visit friends and meet new people outside of the regular Tuesday evening soup kitchen get-together.
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  • You, too, can write a hymn — no experience necessary
    “Things are changing in society,” explains . “We need hymns for the LGBTQ community. We need hymns about the ecological crisis. Things that we didn’t worry about thirty years ago have become crucial issues, and people need to sing about them in church.”
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  • Residence for Canterbury College unveiled at ceremony
    A new three-story residence was officially blessed and opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony last week.The Anglican Church-affiliated College, part of the University of Windsor community, started construction of the new residence a year ago to help clear its growing wait list.
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Upcoming

  • Sunday, October 20 (Calgary, Alberta): Christ Church Café, offering seasonal presentations connecting with faith and community. The Café is a opportunity to engage current issues through the lens of faith. The history of the Anglican Church and Indigenous people in western Canada will be explored. Click here for more

  • Saturday, October 26 (Hamilton, Ontario): Niagara in Action — Immerse yourself in justice. Choose an issue (urban farming, food security, purging plastic, Doctrine of Discovery, Junior Justice - ages 5-12) and spend the day exploring its impacts and how to partner with people to make a difference. Each small group will be facilitated by a program volunteer and a local issue expert. Click here for more

  • Sunday, November 17 (Toronto, Ontario): What’s old and what’s new — evolution of hymns for worship, presented by the Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society. A workshop to sing new texts to old tunes, new texts with new tunes and worship songs from other countries. Click here for more

Resources

  • Diocese of Niagara: Walking on Water (WOW) grants
    Do you have a dream for a transformational, creative, innovative or inspiring project? One-time grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded in January 2020 for new ministry initiatives or initiatives in the Diocese of Niagara that renew or deepen the scope of current ministry. The application deadline is November 11.
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  • World Day of Prayer coordinator kits
    An FYI from our friends at the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada— information packages will be mailed this month to 2020 World Day of Prayer coordinators. Packages will include a planning checklist and resources order form. Not sure if your name was forwarded to WICC as a coordinator? Please contact Nancy at wicc@wicc.org.

Blog

  • Why theological education is key to the future of the Anglican Communion
    The Director for Theological Education at the Anglican Communion Office, the Rev. Canon Dr Stephen Spencer, reflects on the importance of theological education.
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Council of General Synod - October 7, 2019

News

  • Event honours children who did not return from residential schools
    via Anglican Journal
    Indian residential school survivors, family and friends gathered with dignitaries at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., on Sept. 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, for an emotional ceremony to remember children who did not return from residential schools.
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  • Pastoral letter from Bishop Geoff Peddle
    Bishop Peddle writes a letter to the church on marriage equality, following the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador's special session of synod on September 27 and 28.
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  • Reflections on General Synod 2019
    Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson (Diocese of Calgary, Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land) wrote a letter last week discussing the events of General Synod 2019.
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  • Voting by faith
    As Anglicans discern which candidate will receive their vote, Bishop Bruce Myers (Diocese of Quebec) invites everyone to try doing so through the lens of the baptismal covenant, one of the guideposts for our life in Christ.
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  • The launching of the synod that could change the world
    The Rev. Emilie Smith (Diocese of New Westminster) reports on the first four days of special synod in Rome about climate and the Amazon.
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  • Joint effort puts archives under one roof
    via The Catholic Register
    Two dioceses in eastern Ontario — one Catholic and one Anglican — along with two religious orders are in talks to share one facility for all four entities’ archival records.
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  • Christian witness in Europe: A pilgrimage for the Diocese of Montreal
    Archdeacon Robert Camara announces an upcoming pilgrimage for the spring of 2020, to Portugal and Spain. A brochure with itinerary is available on the diocesan website.
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Upcoming

  • TOMORROW, October 8, 10am ET (online): Muriel Eaton will join Lee-Ann Matthews on Facebook Live, talking about her highly sought after Eucharistic Linens Manual. Join the webcast on the Diocese of Montreal's Facebook page. Click here for more

  • Wednesday, October 16 (Fredericton, New Brunswick): Christian Forum — Exploring a Christian posture on climate change and environmental stewardship, with Dr. Lois Mitchell, Director of International Studies at St. Stephen University. Click here for more

  • Saturday, October 26 (online): What is the place of Christianity in Canada today? Have you ever wished you could gather Canada’s Christian churches and have an in-depth, nuanced conversation about the status of Christianity is our diverse society? The Canadian Council of Churches is making that possible. They will host a cross-Canada conversation that will engage the context of Christianity in (Francophone, Indigenous, Diaspora, and the rest of) Canada. Click here for more

  • Saturday, November 2 (Montreal, Quebec): Messy Cathedral — Bishop Mary Irwin (Diocese of Montreal) invites Anglicans to be a part of this special event. Click here to register

Photos

  • Installation of recipients to the Order of Niagara
    Yesterday at Christ's Church Cathedral (Diocese of Niagara) excellence in lay ministry was celebrated, as Bishop Susan Bell admitted 26 faithful servants into the Order of Niagara.
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Council of General Synod - August 7, 2019

News

  • Kootenay Anglican bishop voices favour for same-gender marriages
    via The Free Press (Fernie, B.C.)
    The Diocese of Kootenary is among 19 out of 30 across the country to voice approval for same-gender marriage.
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  • Need clothes for your infant? This new library can help
    via CBC Newfoundland & Labrador
    The St. John's Baby Clothes Library began a few years ago, as a late-night dream of sleep-deprived new mother and pediatrician Heather Power, who was reading about a new library for baby clothes in the U.K. Now, with the help of the St. John's Tool Library, volunteers at Memorial University's medical school, and the sewing group at the St. Mark's Anglican Church (Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador), it's nearly a reality.
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  • Petition calls for City of Peterborough to take down tent city
    via The Peterborough Examiner
    The encampment — with about 40 tents — went up July 1 after the Warming Room shelter closed for repairs. There are also more than a dozen tents on the property at St. John's Anglican Church (Diocese of Toronto), and a few more at city hall and parks such as Nicholls Oval and Riverside Park.
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  • “For the sake of tradition” – Queer Anglican minister reflects on same-gender marriage vote
    via The Free Press (Fernie, B.C.)
    The Rev. Andrea Brennan stood in front of the Christ Church Anglican Fernie congregation on Sunday, July 21 and announced that despite the failure to amend the marriage canon nationally, the Diocese of Kootenay would be allowing same-gender marriages.
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  • Anglicans on parade: sunshine, signs and smiles
    Christ Church Cathedral (Diocese of New Westminster) provided the springboard for local Anglicans to become involved in the Pride festival on Sunday, and get involved they did!
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  • An Asian outlook on today’s ecumenical challenges
    via World Council of Churches
    When leaders of eight regional ecumenical organizations gathered at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland, last month to further strengthen ecumenical cooperation, they took the opportunity to exchange views on global affairs and discuss how a well-coordinated ecumenical movement can contribute to a better world.
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Resources

  • How can churches benefit from a Facebook business page?
    Is your church community still hesitating about social media? Here are some good reasons for your church to get on board with Facebook.
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Council of General Synod - July 30, 2019

Vancouver-area bishop approves same-sex marriages, despite national vote
via Vancouver Sun
Same-sex couples in the Metro Vancouver region will be able to get married in the Anglican church starting Thursday, after Archbishop Melissa Skelton's approval.
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Upcoming

  • Sunday, August 25 to Friday, August 30 (Ancaster, Ontario): Niagara Youth Conference (ages 13-21); bursaries available for financial support. Click here for more

Video

  • Archbishop Thabo Makgoba shares hopes for the Lambeth Conference
    The Most Rev. Thabo Makgoba - Archbishop of Cape Town - is the Chair of the Design Group for the Lambeth Conference 2020. In this video, Archbishop Makgoba talks about the work of the design group and shares some of his hopes for the conference.
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Resources

  • End Human Trafficking
    Today is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons Day. Human trafficking is happening in our communities. If you are a victim/survivor or if you know of someone in need of support, call the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010.
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Council of General Synod - July 28, 2019

General Synod passes motion to sign, endorse Christian-Muslim dialogue
via Anglican Journal
More than 400 Muslim leaders from around the world have since signed on to the letter, “A Common Word Between Us and You”, which is addressed to Christian leaders and is “an invitation to Christians to dialogue.” The title comes from a line from the Qur’an: “O People of the Book, come to a common word between us and you.”
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  • Diocese of Huron to elect new bishop in October
    The diocesan council of Huron met on Saturday, following the election of Archbishop Linda Nicholls as primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. The council received the formal letter of resignation of Archbishop Nicholls as the bishop of Huron, effective September 30, and set October 26 as the date of the electoral synod for her successor.
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  • Quebecers least likely to believe in God, attend religious services: poll
    via Montreal Gazette
    In Quebec, francophones and those under 35 were the least likely to say they believe in God.
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  • Prayer and communion linked with anniversary of moon landing
    via Anglican Communion News Service
    As people and churches around the world celebrated 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969, facts about the first ever “extra-terrestrial communion” have come to light.
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  • International forum calls for joint church action to end nuclear energy development
    via Anglican Communion News Service
    An international forum set up by the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK) – the Anglican Communion in Japan – has issued a statement this week calling for denuclearisation and for churches to join in the campaign for natural energy.
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Upcoming

  • Tuesday, August 6, 9:30am PDT (Vancouver, British Columbia): Music that Makes Community mini-Workshop. Click here for more

  • September 23-25 (Orford, Quebec): "Do I have to Preach again?" Revitalizing Your Preaching Clergy Conference 2019. Click here for more

  • November 21-23 (Truro, Nova Scotia): Vital Church Maritimes 2019 Conference – “Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Hands”. Click here for more

Video

  • Archbishop Justin at Facebook: Digital
    “Digital enables us to reach out, to communicate, and to have a voice in a way we couldn’t always do. But there’s another part. Social media is part of community. … As someone said really movingly, ‘I can’t get to church without great personal risk, but I can have a Bible study with the Archbishop of Canterbury.’” — Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
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Blog

  • The local option, legislative procedure, and pastoral generosity in the Anglican Church of Canada
    Montreal Dio Principal Jesse Zink reflects on the aftermath of the marriage canon vote which took place earlier this month at General Synod 2019.
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Council of General Synod - July 25, 2019

Diocese of Athabasca: Statement regarding General Synod 2019
Read the statement to the Diocese of Athabasca from Bishop Fraser Lawton regarding General Synod 2019.
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  • Vancouver statement on General Synod 2019 and the Marriage Canon
    via Anglican Communion Alliance & Communion Partners Canada
    Anglican Communion Alliance & Communion Partners Canada have released a statement surrounding General Synod 2019 and the marriage canon.
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  • Anglicans help ensure Bishop of Toronto’s ministry
    Anglicans in the diocese have made a significant investment in the future. Due to a successful campaign that raised $1.5 million for The John Strachan Trust, they’ve helped to ensure that the ministry of the Bishop of Toronto will be funded for generations to come.
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  • Arctic diocese in Canada declares impaired communion
    via The Living Church
    “We are grateful that the vote to change the marriage canon failed but saving the marriage canon did not save the biblical understanding of marriage. We are saddened that so many bishops have defied General Synod and have announced an independent decision to approve same-sex marriage,” the Arctic bishops said, in a letter to the diocese.
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  • Volunteers desperately needed for St. Catharines’ Out of the Heat program
    via St. Catharines' Standard
    Out of the Heat program organizers say they desperately need help in their efforts to provide overnight shelter for homeless people in St. Catharines (Diocese of Niagara).
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  • Christ Church gets heard after almost 200 years
    via Chatham Daily News
    Christ Church (Diocese of Huron) was silent for almost 200 years after bells weren’t installed in its belfry when the original St. Paul’s Church structure was built in the early 1800s. However, the church has been sending the sound of chiming bells across downtown Chatham since it installed an electronic bell system earlier this year.
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Upcoming

  • August 19-24 (McKee's Mills, New Brunswick): St Michael's Youth Conference, ages 13-19. Click here for more
    (link corrected from yesterday)

Video

  • Bishop Jane takes space voyage with St. Michael's VBS
    Bishop Jane Alexander (Diocese of Edmonton) was invited to spend a morning with the children of St. Michael's Vacation Bible School on July 24. Together they took a voyage to Mars and were welcome by the robot EP3-20 who, they learned, has big dreams for showing God's love through acts of kindness.
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  • Peterborough apartment residents fed up with homeless campers next door
    via Global News
    Emotions ran high at a meeting in Peterborough where residents of a high rise took aim at the Rev. Brad Smith of St. John's Anglican Church (Diocese of Toronto) next door.
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Council of General Synod - July 24, 2019

Sudbury churches helping the downtown and its people
via The Sudbury Star
About seven years ago, Dr. Robin Bolton had the idea of forming a Downtown Churches Group to coordinate the outreach ministries of a group of churches in Sudbury’s downtown area.
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  • Much needed work still to be done on Cape Breton’s second oldest Anglican Church
    via Cape Breton Post
    The Christ Church (Diocese of Nova Scotia & P.E.I.) has stood for 173 years in South Head, Nova Scotia. With official heritage status and a grant from the Cape Breton Regional Municipality given in August 2018, volunteers say it will go a long way.
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Marriage Canon

  • Diocese of Central Newfoundland: Concise statement around marriage canon
    From Bishop John Watton: "My initial Pastoral statement following General Synod contained quite a bit of information. I encourage a deep reading of it even as I provide a more concise statement around the Marriage Canon."
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  • No decision yet on same-sex marriage for local Anglicans: Bishop says more consultation needed
    Anglicans in the Sudbury area who belong to the LGBT community and wish to be married in the church will have to wait a bit longer to find out whether or not that's going to happen.
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Upcoming

  • August 19-24 (McKee's Mills, New Brunswick): St Michael's Youth Conference, ages 13-19. Click here for more

  • September 27-29 (Parry Sound, Ontario): Algoma Layreaders' Conference. Click here for more

  • Saturday, October 5 (Diocese of Niagara): Ride for Refuge. Funds raised through the Ride for Refugee will support the Diocese's refugee sponsorship program and enable them to respond generously and compassionately to the global refugee crisis. Click here for more

  • Saturday, October 19 (Toronto, Ontario): Diocese of Toronto Outreach & Advocacy Conference. Workshops on living land acknowledgements, rural and small-town outreach, creative housing initiatives, responding to eco-grief and more. Also includes a youth program (ages 11-18). Click here for more

Video

  • Canadian designer has a bold vision for Notre Dame's future
    via CTV
    Anglican and designer Stephen Rowe has come up with a design for a new roof and spire for Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, including a garden in the sky.
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Council of General Synod - July 23, 2019

General Synod approves Journal, communications changes
via Anglican Journal
The 42nd General Synod approved changes to the organization of the two committees that have overseen the communications and storytelling efforts of The Anglican Church of Canada, unifying two committees into one and adopting changes related to the mandate, governance and editorial policy of the Anglican Journal.
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  • The next Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops begins exactly one year from today
    via Anglican Communion News Service
    Today marks one year to go until more than 1,000 bishops and spouses from around the Anglican Communion join together for the 15th Lambeth Conference.
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  • Mission to Seafarers chaplains welcome strangers to our shores every day
    Ships in the harbour, ships at dock. Every Vancouverite is accustomed to these sights. But very few of us get a glimpse into life aboard those ships, or to visit the docks, most of which are off-limits to the general public.
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  • Pew cards: Four approaches to communicating “Children Welcome”
    Many churches have welcome cards of some sort in their pew racks along with their prayerbooks, Bibles, and hymnals. If you want your welcome to extend to children, here are four approaches to consider.
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  • This year, ride for women in the DRC
    This year, the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund is riding for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Find out how you can get involved.
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Marriage Canon

  • Statement from the Arctic House of Bishops
    A statement from the bishops of the Arctic.
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  • Pastoral Letter: Diocese of Caledonia
    Read the Pastoral Letter to the Diocese from Bishop David concerning General Synod 2019.
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  • Bishop's Statement: Diocese of Ontario
    Read the message from Bishop Michael Oulton to the Diocese of Ontario.
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Blog

  • God’s Gonna Cut You Down — Reflections from General Synod 2019
    Ministry Matters' the Rev. Martha Tatarnic, clergy delegate to General Synod, shares her reflections of GS2019.
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Council of General Synod News - July 22, 2019

General Synod expands full communion recognition
via Anglican Journal
General Synod passed a resolution July 15 to recognize full communion among the Anglican Church of Canada, the U.S.-based Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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  • General Synod approves Jubilee Commission
    via Anglican Journal
    The commission will be “charged with examining historic and current funds made available for Indigenous ministry at various levels of the church’s structure, assessing current funds designated to Indigenous programming, and assessing broader property questions,” according to the resolution.
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  • LISTEN: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
    The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, outgoing Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, preached this sermon at Christ Church Cathedral (Diocese of New Westminster) on the fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
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  • Incense in doubt as loss of Boswellia trees leads to global shortage of frankincense
    via Anglican Communion News Service
    A global shortage of frankincense could threaten the production of church incense which some traditions use during worship as a visible sign of prayers ascending to God.
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  • Archbishop Anne congratulates new primate
    Archbishop Anne Germond (Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario) has sent the following message to Archbishop Linda Nicholls, congratulating her on her election and installation as the Primate of All Canada.
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  • Yukon Anglican Diocese to apologize to Yukon residential school students
    The Anglican Diocese of Yukon [made] a public apology over the weekend to former Chooutla Residential School students at the request of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation.
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    Click here for reflection from Bishop Robertson (Facebook)

Marriage Canon

  • ADC response to General Synod
    A response to the decision at General Synod on the Marriage Canon from the board of the Association of Anglican Deacons in Canada.
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  • Bishop's Statement: Diocese of Brandon
    A statement from Bishop William Cliff.
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  • Pastoral Release: Diocese of Central Newfoundland
    A copy of the Bishop's Pastoral release following General Synod has been sent to each parish.
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  • Bishop's post-General Synod message: Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador
    A reflection from Bishop Geoffrey Peddle.
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  • Same-sex marriages permitted in the Diocese of Huron as of August 1, 2019
    The Bishop of Huron released a statement on July 18 authorizing the availability of marriage to same-sex couples starting August 1, 2019 as a pastoral local option.
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  • Bishop's Letter: Diocese of Kootenay
    Throughout the Diocese of Kootenay, this letter from Bishop Lynne was read out and posted over the weekend. In the letter, the Bishop outlines the position of the Diocese on same-sex marriage.
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  • Pastoral Letter: Diocese of Montreal
    Read the Bishop's Pastoral Letter from Vancouver's General Synod 2019.
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  • Bishop’s Message: Diocese of Yukon
    Personal thoughts from Bishop Larry Robertson regarding the motion to the Marriage Canon at General Synod.
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  • Pastoral letter from Bishop Barbara: Announcement and report from General Synod 2019
    The Pastoral Letter was to be read in all parishes/congregations in the Territory of the People on Sunday, July 21. It marked a significant and inclusive moment in the life of Territory of the People.
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  • Anglican Church in Ottawa to continue performing gay marriages
    via CBC
    The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa will continue to recognize and perform same-sex marriages despite last week's vote at the church's national assembly in Vancouver, its bishop has confirmed.
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  • London-area Anglican bishop to permit same-sex marriages
    via London Free Press
    The Diocese of Huron's departing bishop is giving churches in the region the power to perform same-sex marriages despite a recent vote by the national organization against the move.
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Upcoming

  • Saturday, September 21, 10am (Diocese of Toronto): Scarborough Steeplechase, proceeds to support the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund. Teams will begin the fun, interactive event at Church of the Holy Trinity, Guildwood (85 Livingston Rd.) and travel to 10 churches, before reaching Grace Church (700 Kennedy Rd.) for an awards ceremony reception.
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Video

  • Presiding Bishop issues video message on immigration: ‘Who is my neighbour?’
    via Episcopal News Service
    "It goes without saying that there is a humanitarian crisis at the southern border of the United States. It is a human crisis, a crisis that has deep and complex roots, sources, and origins. But it is a crisis, a crisis of the human children of God."
    — Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, The Episcopal Church
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Blog

  • Reflections on General Synod 2019
    There has been much media coverage of General Synod 2019. In this blog post, Wycliffe College Principal Stephen Andrews offers his reflections, and some implications for Wycliffe College.
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CoGS News - July 18, 2019

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News

  • Council of General Synod 2019-2022
    The Council of General Synod membership list for 2019-2022 has been posted to the General Synod 2019 website.
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  • Faith, Worship, and Ministry resolutions passed at General Synod
    via Anglican Journal
    Faith, Worship and Ministry Coordinating Committee motions sought approval of General Synod for new liturgical texts, statements on ecumenical and interfaith relations and documents from global bodies including the Anglican Communion and the World Council of Churches.
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  • WCC invites all to support Global Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
    The World Council of Churches invites all people of good will to observe a Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula on August 11.
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  • Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Melissa Skelton
    via Diocese of New Westminster
    A pastoral letter from Archbishop Melissa Skelton regarding Marriage in the Diocese of New Westminster is now available.
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  • Abuse survivors await apology from Anglican Church for physical harm: Bennett
    The Anglican Church’s recent apology for doing “spiritual harm” to Indigenous Peoples is a beginning, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett said Wednesday, but victims of sexual abuse at the hands of one priest in the 1970s and ’80s continue to wait for an apology for physical harm they endured from a “man of the cloth.”
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  • Anglican church isn't ready to recognize same-sex marriage: bishop
    via CBC
    The bishop of the Diocese of Niagara says she isn't surprised the Anglican Church of Canada voted against recognizing same-sex marriage.
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CoGS News - July 16, 2019

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General Synod 2019 — #GS2019

  • Prayer for reconciliation with the Jews passes first reading at General Synod
    via Anglican Journal
    An effort to remove a prayer for conversion of the Jews from the Book of Common Prayer and to replace it with one for reconciliation with the Jews has passed its first major hurdle at General Synod.
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  • Church suffers deficit in 2018, dioceses ‘struggling’ to meet financial commitments, General Synod hears
    via Anglican Journal
    A fall in revenues, especially contributions from the dioceses, combined with increased expenses to put the Anglican Church of Canada in a deficit position in 2018, General Synod heard Monday, July 15.
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  • General Synod passes pension plan, CoGS motions
    via Anglican Journal
    General Synod voted July 14 to make changes to the General Synod Pension Plan that would allow groups outside of the Anglican Church of Canada to join the plan. In the same afternoon session, the synod also passed motions to put in place a plan to re-evaluate the purpose and mission of the Council of General Synod (CoGS).
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  • Statement from Bishop Logan McMenamie
    Diocese of British Columbia
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  • Prayers for Archbishop Skelton
    A message from the Society of Catholic Priests (North American province).
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  • Diocesan representatives to General Synod issue statement
    Diocese of British Columbia
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  • L’Église anglicane rejette une motion sur le mariage gai
    via Le Devoir
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  • Opinion: The Anglican Church should follow Jesus’ teachings and welcome equal marriage
    via Michael Cohen, Special to The Globe and Mail
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  • 'We're not welcome': Winnipeg couple feels rejected after Anglican Church of Canada says no to same-sex marriage
    via CTV News Winnipeg
    “It’s blocking our rights as human beings and denying our dignity as full members of the church and of the Anglican communion.”
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  • Anglican priest in St. John's hopes to perform same-sex marriages, despite 'shock' at vote
    via CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
    "I had been through all of the emotions that I half expected to be facing. Profound sadness, some shock, some disappointment, the anger, confusion, all of those sorts of things," said the Rev. Jonathan Rowe, the rector at St. Michael and All Angels (Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador).
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  • Anglicans react with hurt, frustration after same-sex-marriage vote fails to pass
    via Star Vancouver
    Following a divisive vote against formally allowing same-sex marriage in the Anglican Church of Canada, one priest mused whether the church should “get out of marriages” altogether, while others suggested they would consider refusing to perform the ceremony as a form of protest.
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  • Anglican archbishop for N.S., P.E.I., in favour of same-sex marriages
    via CBC Nova Scotia
    The Anglican archbishop for Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island has declared he would perform same-sex marriages and permit other churches in his diocese to do the same.
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  • London-area Anglican bishop takes top job with national church
    via London Free Press
    The bishop of Southwestern Ontario’s Anglican diocese is taking the lead of the Anglican Church of Canada, becoming the first woman to hold the top position in the national organization’s history.
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  • Anglican Bishop on Same Sex Marriage
    via CBC Ottawa Morning
    Bishop Chapman (Diocese of Ottawa) was interviewed about the same-sex Marriage Canon.
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Upcoming

  • Today, 4:30pm PDT / 7:30 EDT (Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, B.C.): Closing Worship and installation of primate-elect Linda Nicholls. Catch the livestream here

Photo

  • Photos from July 13, 2019: The Primatial Election
    Bishop Linda Nicholls (Diocese of Huron) was elected as the first female primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.
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Video

  • General Synod Reflection: Prayer for Reconciliation with the Jews
    “It was such a lovely thing to see that you and others had worked on not just taking out a prayer that was not so comfortable for Jews or the current Anglican understanding of Jews, but replacing it with something very beautiful and powerful and meaningful," Rabbi Adam Stein, associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Vancouver, said of General Synod's passing of a motion that seeks to replace the prayer "For the Conversion of the Jews" with a prayer seeking reconciliation, instead.
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  • General Synod Reflection: Dale Roberts-Keats
    Dale Roberts-Keats, lay delegate to General Synod 2019 from St. Paul's River in the Lower North Shore, offers thanks to retiring Primate Fred Hiltz and her thoughts on the church's new primate-elect: Bishop Linda Nicholls.
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Blog

  • Marriage Canon Redux
    An analysis and history on the Marriage Canon vote by the Diocese of Edmonton's Executive Archdeacon Alan T. Perry.
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  • Interim Report on General Synod, July 13th
    Paul Jennings, seasoned delegate, sees a counter-intuitive story of victory in the Marriage Canon vote.
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  • A message to our Bishops
    In response to an invitation to share thoughts on the outcome of the Marriage Canon vote, the Rev. Dr Jeff Seaton (Diocese of Kootenay) wrote the following note to members of the House of Bishops gathered in Vancouver for GS2019.
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CoGS News - July 15, 2019

General Synod 2019 — #GS2019

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  • Church grapples with pain after marriage canon vote—with new developments possible
    via Anglican Journal
    Anglican Journal staff writer Matt Gardner offers this comprehensive glimpse of the aftermath of General Synod’s failure to pass an amendment to the marriage canon—with an exploration of what might come next and prayers from delegates here in Vancouver.
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  • Reconciliation an ‘ongoing process,’ General Synod hears
    via Anglican Journal
    One of the first steps individuals can take towards reconciliation is getting to know the residential school that once stood nearest you and what communities were affected by it, members of General Synod heard July 11.
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  • General Synod passes justice resolutions, receives apology at July 13 session
    via Anglican Journal
    General Synod passed four resolutions on the evening of July 13, following presentations from Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Anglican Foundation of Canada and the Council of the North. The subject of the previous day’s vote on same-sex marriage also briefly returned to the floor.
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  • A General Synod gospel jamboree: What to expect
    via Anglican Journal
    Among the busy schedule of #GS2019 is an event characterized by spontaneity and connection to the Holy Spirit: a gospel jamboree.
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  • Statement from Bishop Ron Cutler
    Diocese of Nova Scotia & PEI
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  • Anglican Church rejects same-sex marriage amendment; will not add policy to national laws
    via National Post
    The Anglican Church of Canada has voted down a proposal to bless same-sex marriage across the denomination, though branches of the church in each province will still be able to make up their own minds on the matter.
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  • Anglican Church of Canada says no to same-sex marriage
    via CTV News
    Although more than 80 per cent of Anglican laity and more than 70 per cent of clergy voted in favour of permitting same-sex marriage in the church, the total among bishops fell short.
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  • "It was a lament": Anglicans in N.S. react to church decision on same-sex marriage
    via CBC
    Many Nova Scotian Anglicans are reacting with dismay and anger to their national church body's decision not to recognize same-sex marriage.
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  • Anglican Church rejects same-sex marriage in Vancouver vote
    via Vancouver Sun
    The Anglican Church of Canada has defeated a motion allowing for same-sex marriages, despite overwhelming support from both the denomination’s laity and clergy.
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  • A Major Church In Canada Just Voted Against Same-Sex Marriage And Canadians Are Devastated
    via Narcity
    The vote did not pass after less than two-thirds of the bishops voted in favour.
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News

  • Victoria church joins digital age, takes donations by plastic
    via CBC
    Christ Church Cathedral installs kiosk so parishioners can donate with debit and credit cards.
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Video

  • Church packed as community shows support of gay marriage
    via CTV London
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Blog

  • Arduous
    Sisterhood of Saint John the Divine Companion Kelsea shares her feelings about #GS2019 in her blog post from Friday.
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CoGS News - July 12, 2019

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General Synod 2019 — #GS2019

  • “An Apology for Spiritual Harm”
    Responding to a national call, and at the request and with the authority of the Council of General Synod, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, offered the following apology for the cultural and spiritual harm the Anglican Church of Canada inflicted on all Indigenous Peoples.
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  • ‘We were so full of our own self-importance’: Primate apologizes for spiritual harm inflicted on Indigenous peoples
    via Anglican Journal
    “For such shameful behaviors, I am very sorry. We were so full of our own self-importance. To quote the Book of Common Prayer, we followed ‘too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.’ We were ignorant. We were insensitive. We offended you. And I believe we offended God.”
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  • Primate reflects on achievements, ‘serious questions’ about future
    via Anglican Journal
    In a wide-ranging address to General Synod Thursday, July 11, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, outgoing primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, spoke of what he saw as some of the church’s most important recent accomplishments and priorities, as well as the challenges likely to face his successor, who will be elected Saturday, July 13.
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  • ACIP representatives granted membership at General Synod
    via Anglican Journal
    Representatives of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) are now full voting members of General Synod 2019.
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  • General Synod practices respectful talking, listening ahead of same-sex marriage vote
    via Anglican Journal
    To practice respectfully speaking and listening, members of General Synod were asked to discuss the presentations by Bishop McNaughton and Canon Brokenleg. In table groups, members pondered a number of questions, including what they had heard in the presentations; what was at stake for them as they tried to make room for the differences around their table as they spoke with one another; and what they felt was the biggest barrier for them as they tried to make room for these differences.
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  • General Synod hears complex ‘lessons learned’ from Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement
    via Anglican Journal
    On July 11, the 42nd General Synod passed a resolution acknowledging receipt of the report One Step on a Journey: The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the Anglican Church of Canada—Lessons Learned, along with its executive summary.
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  • Video Highlights
    Find a growing selection of video highlights from General Synod 2019 on the GS2019 website.
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News

  • Anglican Journal subscription confirmation deadline extended
    via Anglican Journal
    The deadline to confirm subscriptions with the Anglican Journal has been extended to Oct. 31, 2019.
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Blog

  • Understanding “An Apology for Spiritual Harm”
    Montreal Diocesan Theological College principal Jesse Zink writes about the Apology for Spiritual Harm given by Primate Fred Hiltz at GS2019 in Vancouver. It is an opportunity for the church to move towards the glorious Biblical vision of a multicultural church.
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  • Same-sex marriage: Where do we go from here?
    Bishop Joey Royal (Diocese of the Arctic) writes a concluding essay for the Living Church's series on the marriage covenant, in the lead-up to General Synod 2019.
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CoGS - July 11, 2019

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General Synod 2019 – #GS2019

  • Youth find fellowship in General Synod preparation
    via Anglican Journal
    A full day before the majority of delegates arrived for #GS2019, more than two dozen youth synod members were present at the venue where General Synod would take place. Gathering together on the morning of Tuesday, July 9, they spent the better part of the next two days learning about the rules of General Synod, the issues at stake and the significance of the land Anglicans had gathered on.
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  • ‘We are called to something greater’: Church leaders seek discipleship and renewal as 42nd General Synod opens
    via Anglican Journal
    In a changing world, Anglicans must rise to the challenge and once more become a “community of disciples,” National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald said as the 42nd General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada got underway.
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  • Why is this loom here?
    via Diocese of New Westminster
    As the more than 300 delegates entered the narthex of Christ Church Cathedral for the Opening Eucharist of GS2019 on the evening of Wednesday, July 10 they were greeted by a loom, a request note, a variety of writing implements and strips of coloured construction paper.
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News

  • National office’s communications director to resign
    via Anglican Journal
    The Anglican Church of Canada’s director of communications, Meghan Kilty, will be stepping down July 19 from the role she has filled for more than four years.
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  • Climate Crisis
    via Rupert's Land News
    Bishop Geoffrey Woodcroft (Diocese of Rupert's Land) has sent out a letter on climate change.
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Upcoming

Photos

  • GS2019 Opening Worship
    Photos have been posted from the Opening Worship and Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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  • A Reception for the House of Bishops and Spouses at Nanton Avenue
    As Youth Delegates to GS2019 were beginning their meetings and getting to know one another, and the many volunteers were reporting for their orientations, approximately two dozen members of the Anglican Church of Canada's House of Bishops and spouses gathered in the Trendell Lounge at 1410 Nanton Avenue for a "kick-off" to GS2019 reception.
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Video

  • Greetings from the Diocese of Montreal in Vancouver
    Bishop Mary Irwin and Executive Archdeacon Robert Camara post a quick behind-the-scenes video on the eve of General Synod 2019.
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Blog

  • Grace—and sneakers—abounding: General Synod begins
    Principal of Montreal Diocesan Theological College Dr. Jesse Zink captures a few memories from a first afternoon at General Synod 2019.
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