Manitou Wisdom Weekend

Rev. Marie-Louise Ternier of All Saints Anglican Parish and Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church shared some photos of the Wisdom Weekend currently going on at Manitou Beach, in which Bishop Chris is participating. See the poster below for description; this event is part of the Centennial events of the Village of Manitou Beach in an effort to reconnect the spiritual significance of Little Manitou Lake with our Indigenous sisters and brothers. The photos are all courtesy of Bev Jay Photography – they were posted on Facebook last night and shared on the churches' FB page with the appropriate credit.  Bev posted more photos at the Watrous Manitou Beach Events FB Page:https://www.facebook.com/groups/WMBComingEvents/

All photographs courtesy of Bev Jay Photography

Another article about the weekend is available on the Discover Humboldt website. Click here to access the article.

Good Friday at St. John's Cathedral

Here are a few photographs of preparation for the Good Friday service at St. John’s Cathedral. Photographs courtesy of Sarah Donnelly.

Bishop visits St. John's - Borden / Radisson News

Bishop visits St. John's

Borden / Radisson News

Lorraine Olinyk , Correspondent / Battlefords News-Optimist

APRIL 10, 2019 10:21 PM

Lorraine Huxley waiting to be baptized by Right Rev. Harper on April 7, while his parents, Courtney Gerow and Nathan Dubasof, and godparents, Melissa McIsaac and Kevin Monaslyski, look on. Photos submitted by Lorraine Olinyk

Lorraine Huxley waiting to be baptized by Right Rev. Harper on April 7, while his parents, Courtney Gerow and Nathan Dubasof, and godparents, Melissa McIsaac and Kevin Monaslyski, look on. Photos submitted by Lorraine Olinyk

Ann Brand confirmed by Right Rev. Harper with Rev Carr and Tim Latimer looking on.

Ann Brand confirmed by Right Rev. Harper with Rev Carr and Tim Latimer looking on.

Bishop Harper cutting the special cake with Ann Brand helping.

Bishop Harper cutting the special cake with Ann Brand helping.

Presentations - Ray Latimer with a wooden cross for Bishop Harper, bouquets of flowers to Ann Brand and Mrs. Tracy Harper.

Presentations - Ray Latimer with a wooden cross for Bishop Harper, bouquets of flowers to Ann Brand and Mrs. Tracy Harper.

A special service was held April 7 at St. John’s Anglican Church, when celebrant The Right Reverend Christopher Harper, Bishop of Saskatoon Diocese, baptized Huxley Cain Dubasov Gerow and his great grandmother Ann Brand was confirmed into the Anglican Communion. Rev. Sheldon Carr assisted with the service and with the Celebration of the Eucharist. Organist was Linda Hosegood and assisting Rev Carr was Tim Latimer. Right Reverend Harper also presented a lighted baptismal candle to the godparents who in turn gave it to Huxley’s parents and told them to light it every year on the anniversary of his baptism or on his birthday until he leaves home then give it to him to take with him. The family of Huxley and Ann Brand supplied the luncheon in the lower hall following the service. Presentations were made from St. John’s with large bouquets of flowers going to Ann Brand and Tracy Harper, wife of the bishop. A wooden cross on a chain, crafted by Tom Hrenkiw, was presented to the bishop. A large decorated cake honouring the occasion was then cut by Bishop Harper and Ann Brand and everyone enjoyed cake for dessert.

For Good Friday the United Church will have a joint service with the Anglicans at 11 a.m. with Rev Carr officiating and a light lunch to follow. On Easter Sunday there is a joint service at 1:30 p.m. with Gayle Wensley assisting Rev. Carr with Holy Communion. There is no 10:30 a.m. Anglican service that day. Riverbend Fellowship, who meet in the Borden Seniors Room, will hold a brunch on Good Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by the service and a regular Easter service at 10:50 a.m. on Sunday.

The article above, and the photographs, were published by the The Battleford News Optimist on April 10, 2019.



Bill C-262 rally calls for better recognition of Indigenous rights - from Star Phoenix, March 3, 2019

Kimowan Ahenakew dances onstage at the Francis Morrison Library Theatre during a rally in favour of Bill C-262 on Saturday, March 2 in Saskatoon. Bill C-262 supports a United Nations declaration of Indigenous rights made official in 2007.   MATT OLSON / SASKATOON STARPHOENIX / SASKATOON

Kimowan Ahenakew dances onstage at the Francis Morrison Library Theatre during a rally in favour of Bill C-262 on Saturday, March 2 in Saskatoon. Bill C-262 supports a United Nations declaration of Indigenous rights made official in 2007. MATT OLSON / SASKATOON STARPHOENIX / SASKATOON

"We're hoping that Bill C-262 will be that one step to really make a push, a change within the government itself," Bishop Chris Harper said.

MATT OLSON Updated: March 3, 2019

Representatives and public supporters gathered at the Francis Morrison Library Theatre on Saturday afternoon to rally for Bill C-262 — a federal bill that would be seen as a huge success for the Indigenous peoples of Canada if passed.

“We’re living here in this country together, so we have to learn to walk together,” Valerie Wiebe, one of the event organizers, said. “Bill C-262 is an important step in that process … and acknowledging that Indigenous people have important rights, and we have to respect them.”

Bill C-262 was brought to parliament as “an Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” according to the text of the bill. Referred to more colloquially as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, the aim of the bill is to bring the tenets set out in the declaration adopted by the UN back in 2007 in line with Canadian law.

Supporters of the bill say the legislation could provide a framework for reconciliation to move forward  in Canada. According to Bishop Chris Harper with the Anglican Diocese in Saskatoon, it has the potential to positively impact the official Calls to Action already laid out by the federal government.

“We’re hoping that Bill C-262 will be that one step to really make a push, a change within the government itself for the wider population … for us to again walk with a little respect and dignity for the history of our people and our communities,” Harper said.

The rally at the Francis Morrison Library in downtown Saskatoon brought together delegates from around the city who support the bill, including NDP MP Sheri Benson, Harry Lafond from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Bishop Chris Harper, and Senator Lillian Dyck from Gordon First Nation.

Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Mark Arcand also voiced his support.

“I find it very important that we lobby the senate, we lobby the federal government, we lobby the provincial government, to recognize the rights of Indigenous people,” Arcand said.

Arcand pointed to a number of cases in the city as examples of still-missing equal rights for Indigenous citizens, including the recent debates over creating an Indigenous preschool in the Montgomery Place neighbourhood. Arcand described being in city hall meetings when letters received from neighbourhood residents during the consultation process were overwhelmingly opposed to the school.

“It’s disheartening,” he said.

Bill C-262 is “sitting at the doors of the senate,” according to Harper. As the fate of the bill is set to be decided, Harper said this is a decision at the federal level with the potential to impact how Canada considers both the past and future of Indigenous culture.

“In the best-case scenario, the federal government will have to recognize the (Indigenous) peoples, and their sovereignty, and be in deeper consultation with them,” Harper said. “We were there, we’re still here, and we will be there in the future.”

Another article in the Eagle Feather News is well worth reading. Click here to go to the article.

Commemoration Service for St. Chad in Christ Chapel at the Lutheran Theological Seminary

February 28, 2019

We attended a lovely service of Holy Communion, commemorating St. Chad, Bishop of the Northumbrians and subsequently Bishop of the Mercians and Lindsey People, and the patron saint of the college.

 

Conversation Circles at St. Stephen's

St. Stephen’s vision statement reads: We seek to be a Christ Centred, Holy Spirit led, Caring Community that is Outward Focussed. We try to live this out in our day to day life and ministry, and along with every parish, we are always looking for new ways to share the good news of Jesus with those around us. This past winter, we embarked on a new partnership with Saskatoon Open Door Society and became a host for English Conversation Circles. English Conversation circles provide an opportunity for people who are new to Canada to practice their English in an informal setting. Our church has 15 registered volunteers who sign up to help with this! We have very small groups, (3-5) which is pretty typical throughout the city at this time of year and enables us to be one on one with participants. We have hosted people from Eritrea, Iran, China, and Ethiopia. We simply welcome people here, break out the conversation tools and chat, learning from each other. For us, this is a practical way to reach out to people who need help—English is an invaluable tool for new Canadians, and a gift we have to give. Our motivation as a church is to share God’s love with those around, in whatever way we can. This is one way we are able to do this. The best part is the inevitable laughter that can be heard in these sessions among participants and parishioners. Try explaining crokinole, tobogganing and ice fishing without laughing! We offer this small, mustard seed experience as a way to encourage others as they seek to be caring, outward focussed communities. We would love to hear other experiences from churches.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds -Hebrews 12:24

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National Marriage Canon XXI - Deanery Discussions

To the Clergy and Members of the Diocese of Saskatoon, 

Greetings in Christ our Lord and Saviour, in July 2019 the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada will gather in Vancouver to bring to the vote, changes to the Marriage Canon XXI. Leadership of the church recognizes the divisive nature of change and thus far, we the church have been far from exemplary much less Christian to change. To ensure that all voices are heard and that we the Diocese of Saskatoon and its representatives hear you, and that we who will attend General Synod 2019 vote with the greater voice, other than our own... I ask that we gather at Regional Deanery discussions to address the changes and how we as a family in God and community, will step up and forward as a Diocese in faith. 

As a Diocese, we know that we are diverse in practice and thinking as is every community. We as a church need to recognize and respect each other in the upcoming discussions for the diversity that we are as children of God, in the Family of God, for at the end of the day we will still need to walk with each other in love, respect and faith, and believe that God is leading us to something greater than ourselves. There can be unity in diversity, there can be love and hope in a lost and broken world, and it begins with us and our faith witness, and knowledge that God Almighty has this. 

In the Deanery discussions, we will gather to hear an opening presentation from Rev. Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers and myself, then we will listen to you and your voice, respecting each other and the values that make us who we are in the family of God and a community of faith. We will set as a foundation for the discussions the following passages which will be the center of our dialogue:

1 Corinthians 12:12-20  

 John 17:11-18  

 Links: 

"This Holy Estate" - Commission and report

https://www.anglican.ca/about/ccc/cogs/cmc/

In closing, I do ask that you do your home work and read the passages of scripture, search out the reports in the Link provided and attend the meetings with an open heart, speaking and listening with respect and faith. 

In Christ’s service,

+Chris

Eastern Deanery                         Saturday, March 16, St. Mary’s, Wadena, 10 AM-3PM

City of Saskatoon Deanery        Saturday, March 23, St. Stephen’s, 10 AM-3 PM

Western Deanery                       Thursday, April 4, St. Paul’s, North Battleford, (5:30 potluck) 6:30-9 PM

Bishop Chris' Reconciliation Stole crafted by Cindy Hoppe

The following article was written by Cindy Hoppe, a textile artist, who made the Reconciliation stole for Bishop Chris. Thank you Cindy for sharing this with all of us.

I connected with an old friend from Co-op store days, Brad Wudrich, now an ordained United Church minister, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church In Canada, Saskatchewan Synod, Convention last June. He had told me years ago of his plan to go into ministry after retiring from the Co-op retail system. We reconnected at the Lutheran convention as he is now in a shared ministry, ‘Partners in Worship,’ serving Lutherans and United Church folk in Shell Lake. I had promised him a stole and he told me that Reconciliation was really resonating with him.

To me, Reconciliation and Lent walk the same path, and as a maker of stoles, I like to do a 2 in one, and pair Advent with Lent. I used a Reconciliation symbol from the City of Saskatoon with accompanying explanation for Brad’s stole but also wanted to follow my own idea in another stole. I used the 4 directions, the cross, and a sweet grass braid as my starting point. The threads are tangled and stressed at the outer edges, coming into a braid as they form the cross. I adjusted the traditional colours of the 4 directions a bit by including blue, but some First Nations recognize blue, and because black has been included in all the braids, it is certainly present and has a larger significance for the Lenten season. To me, the braid is a Trinity symbol, and blue brings us back to baptism.

I have been part of a shared ministry, in Biggar, between St. Paul’s Anglican and Redeemer Lutheran, for 20 years. I also had the privilege of serving as a school trustee for a First Nations public school for 5 years. I don’t pretend to know what I am doing on this Reconciliation Road, but Roger and Mary Ann Assailly’s experiences of the Truth and Reconciliation gatherings were related to me and Brad’s wish ignited this response in me. When I heard of Bishop Chris Harper’s election, I knew where I wanted this stole to go.

Bishop Chris was coming to visit Pastor Sarah Mowat in Biggar before Christmas as he was going to preside over a confirmation service on December 23. I had visited Mary Ann with the stole and she guided me in gifting protocol. It turned out that freezing rain messed with my plans to present it personally to Bishop Chris, but I left it with Sarah and she delivered it. It was a joy to see that the Holy Spirit might have been channelling this project from the beginning, as Bishop Chris donned the stole during Communion and it fits him beautifully.

It was a blessing to see Bishop Chris’s Crozier, made for him by his son, with the 4 directions incorporated into it and the beautiful purple heartwood laminated through the centre. The service was a celebration for many of us in different ways and a homecoming for a piece of creative work that I can trace back to friendships, life experience and a new awareness of walking together going forward.

All photographs courtesy of the Reverend Sarah Mowat.  Top two photos show the Advent side and the bottom photos show the Reconciliation side.

All photographs courtesy of the Reverend Sarah Mowat.

Top two photos show the Advent side and the bottom photos show the Reconciliation side.

Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck

Greetings!

 As the church is a living member in the body of Christ, so is our Diocese. Change and movement is inevitable and today we recognize our membership in the clergy is one less, as Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck has by his own will has stepped out of the Diocese and the Anglican Church, to follow his calling to serve in the United Church of Canada. I ask that we, who know him so well, support him in his decision and bless him with our prayers for all his future endeavors. 

Yours in faith and ministry,

+ Chris