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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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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