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May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
—Psalm 90:17

News

June 21: Resources for the National Indigenous Day of Prayer

Several resources are available to assist congregations with marking the National Indigenous Day of Prayer, happening on the day of the summer solstice, June 21. Download them from the anglican.ca website.

New volume of CCHS Journal focuses on the Mohawk Institute in the 1870s

The Canadian Church Historical Society (CCHS) has published a special edition of its annual Journal, focusing on the Mohawk Institute, the oldest continuously operated residential school in Canada.

Highlights from the meeting of the Council of General Synod

The Council of General Synod (CoGS) serves as the governing and executive body of the Anglican Church of Canada, between national meetings of General Synod. Highlights from the Spring 2024 CoGS meeting, which took place May 31-June 2, are now available online. See related, via the Anglican Journal:

Reminder: Spots available for National Worship Conference in July

It's not too late to register for the National Worship Conference! Taking place from July 18-21 in Regina, Saskatchewan, the conference offers an energy boost for your worship life. Visit the conference website for the schedule, including workshop descriptions and speaker biographies. Don't miss out—register today.
See related, via the Anglican Journal, "Conference to examine inclusivity in liturgy"…

Pray Without Ceasing: Resource for Morning and Evening Prayer available in print, eBook

Pray Without Ceasing is now available in print through the Church eStore, and digitally through Apple Books, Google Play and Kindle. This resource transforms the Daily Office from The Book of Alternative Services by incorporating Anglican, Lutheran and additional ecumenical sources into a more comprehensive format for Morning and Evening Prayer.

Gaza ceasefire pilgrimage calls for ‘just peace’ in Israel and Palestine as universities respond to campus protests

via Anglican Journal
More than 150 congregations across Canada participated in pilgrimages to “prayerfully map Gaza onto their own cities”—traversing all or part of 41 km, the length of the Gaza Strip—said Leah Reesor-Keller, KAIROS Canada interim executive director.

Leaders sign letter urging Prime Minister to support International Criminal Court decisions (PDF)

Primate Linda Nicholls and Bishop Susan Johnson (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada) have added their signatures to an open letter recently sent by a group of Canadian academics, faith and labour movement leaders and former diplomats and parliamentarians, urging the Prime Minister to issue a public statement unequivocally affirming the prosecutorial and judicial independence of the Court as the investigations and proceedings advance in the situation in Palestine.

Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission meets in Strasbourg

Last month, the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) met in Strausbourg, France, for its annual plenary. A large part of the ARCIC’s third phase of work together—ARCIC-III, which began in 2011—has been focused on examining how the Church discerns local, regional and universal right ethical teaching. Archbishop and Primate Linda Nicholls has been a member of ARCIC-III since it began.

Former head of AFC was ‘quintessential Canadian Anglican’

via Anglican Journal
Dean John van Nostrand Wright—who died in May—is remembered for his kindness, dedication to charity and work expanding the scope of the Anglican Foundation of Canada.

'God is saying, “See, this is something beautiful”': Province of Rupert’s Land changes name to Province of the Northern Lights

via Anglican Journal
The change of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land's name, said National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop Chris Harper, was part of a journey “to make it something that is more embracing and welcoming, inclusive to all peoples, all nations.”
See related via Diocese of Edmonton, "Edmonton delegates reflect on historic provincial synod"…

June issue of Anglican Journal online

The June issue of the Anglican Journal is available online, with a sample of recent articles listed below. The next print issue of the Journal will land in subscriber mailboxes in September; the Journal will continue to write and post individual articles to the website over the summer.
Several diocesan newspapers are also available at www.anglicannews.ca…

Richard Reed elected 13th bishop of Saskatchewan

via the Anglican Journal
The Rev. Richard “Rick” Reed was elected the 13th bishop of the Anglican diocese of Saskatchewan after winning the fifth ballot in an episcopal election last month.

A New Honorary President for the PBSC

The Prayer Book Society of Canada (PBSC) recently announced that (retired) Bishop Michael Hawkins was elected as its new Honorary President, in recognition of his long-standing support of the Society.

ELCIC vision statement inspires new logo and tagline

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) announced its new logo and tagline last month, which were inspired by a new vision statement developed through extensive consultation with members across the church.

London's oldest cathedral converted into a recording studio? It's part of the church's new plan

via CBC London
Performing arts venue, recording studio, and content creation space are among the uses being floated as part of a multi-year plan to map out the future of St. Paul's Cathedral in the Diocese of Huron. The diocese looks to reinvent its spaces of worship amid lower religious attendance, and chart a path forward for the city's oldest cathedral as part church, part incubator for London's creative sector.

Thorneloe University appoints new provost

via Sudbury.com
The Very Rev. Dr. Jay Koyle was appointed provost of Thorneloe University, and assumed his role on a part-time basis on June 1.

Proposal would raise mandatory retirement age for Episcopal priests, deacons to 75

via the Episcopal News Service
In the Episcopal Church of the USA (TEC), the canonically mandated retirement age for clergy has historically been 72. A proposed resolution to be considered by TEC's 81st General Convention, gathering later this month and early next, would allow priests and deacons to delay their retirements another three years, until age 75.

WCC presidents share Pentecost message: ‘we need the renewing presence of the Holy Spirit’

via the World Council of Churches (WCC)
In a message for churches and people across the globe, the eight World Council of Churches presidents, representing Christians around the world, shared Pentecost greetings. The feast of Pentecost “is the descent of the Holy Spirit on the church and the empowerment of its missionary outreach”, said the presidents. The message also reflects on the need for the intervention of the Holy Spirit to tear down walls that divide.

Fourth-century Council of Nicaea shaped European history, says Anglican theologian

via the World Council of Churches (WCC)
“Without the Council of Nicaea we might not have had European Christendom and the whole of the European history would have been different,” the Rev. Canon Dr. Charlotte Methuen said in a recent WCC video interview. The year 2025 marks the 1700th anniversary of the first Ecumenical Council of Nicaea.

Opportunities

Mapping exercise facilitators needed to promote truth and reconciliation

via the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)
PWRDF is expanding its group of volunteer facilitators for "Mapping the Ground We Stand On", a resource which is delivered in-person or online as education for reconciliation. Individuals with a passion for presenting, listening and learning are encouraged to apply to become a Mapping Exercise facilitator.

Upcoming

Wednesday, June 5 (online): Launch of the official Celebration Guide for the Season of Creation 2024 

Thursday, June 13, 1pm ET (online): Praying with PWRDF, with guest reflector Dorothy Russell-Patterson, Mohawk Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River, and member of the PWRDF Indigenous Program Advisory Committee 

June 13-16 (Sorrento, B.C.): Beacons of Hope in A Messy World, Anglican Deacons Canada National Conference, in partnership with ELCIC deacons

Friday, June 14, 4pm PT (Vancouver, B.C. and online): The Wall Between: What Jews and Palestinians Don't Want to Know About Each Other, a book talk and conversation with authors Raja Khouri and Jeffrey Wilkinson

Tuesday, July 9, 7pm PT (Vancouver, B.C., and online): Jesus: The Most Interesting Person in the World, public lecture with Prof. Will Willimon, as part of the Vancouver School of Theology's O'Driscoll Forum on Preaching and the Arts

July 18-21 (Regina, Sask.): Stones Cry Out: Praying with the Land, Anglican Lutheran National Worship Conference

Resources

Season of Creation: To hope and act with Creation

Resources are available for the upcoming ecumenical Season of Creation, observed by Christians worldwide from September 1 through October 4. The symbol for 2024 is the firstfruits of hope, guided biblically by Romans 8:19-25.

Thoughts / Reflections

Partnership as Mission: Essays in Memory of Ellie Johnson (book review)

"This timely book speaks to all that we can continue to work towards in partnerships within the Anglican Church of Canada and in all our relationships locally and worldwide," writes reviewer the Rev. Margaret Marquardt (Diocese of New Westminster).

We’re good, right? Rethinking a foundational era and idea

via the Anglican Journal
Some of the biggest problems facing the world today are rooted in the false idea that humans are egoists by nature, writes literary journalist Wade Davies Rowland.

The path of reconciliation continues to beckon us

via Perspective
Bishop Shane Parker (Diocese of Ottawa) writes about Inuit population in the diocese, as well as the unique congregation at Saint Margaret’s Church (Vanier), served by the only Inuit Anglican priest in active ministry south of the Diocese of the Arctic.

Immigration and religion in Canada

via NumbersMatters.ca
General Synod statistics officer Canon Neil Elliott looks at information from Statistics Canada for what it tells us about Canada's Christian immigrant population.

Sing a New Song unto the Lord: The Relationship of Music and Liturgy

via Rupert's Land News
The Rev. Edmund Laldin (Diocese of Rupert's Land) explores the components and relationship between music and liturgy, while also considering accessibility and inclusivity.

Prayer

Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer

Week of Sunday, June 9

  • ACC – The Most Rev. Gregory Kerr-Wilson, Metropolitan, and the clergy and people of the Ecclesiastical Province of The Northern Lights
  • Together – Global partners and companions

Week of Sunday, June 16

  • ACC – The Provincial Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of The Northern Lights
  • Together – The National Indigenous Day of Prayer: for healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples

Anglican Communion Cycle of Prayer

  • Tuesday, June 4: The Diocese of Faisalabad (The Church of Pakistan (United))

  • Wednesday, June 5: The Diocese of False Bay (The Anglican Church of Southern Africa)

  • Thursday, June 6: The Diocese of Fianarantsoa (The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean)

  • Friday, June 7: The Diocese of Florida (The Episcopal Church)

  • Saturday, June 8: The Diocese of Central Florida (The Episcopal Church)

  • Sunday, June 9: Province de L'Eglise Anglicane Du Congo

  • Monday, June 10: The Diocese of Southeast Florida (The Episcopal Church)

  • Tuesday, June 11: The Diocese of Southwest Florida (The Episcopal Church)

  • Wednesday, June 12: The Diocese of Fond du Lac (The Episcopal Church)

  • Thursday, June 13: The Diocese of Fredericton (The Anglican Church of Canada)

  • Friday, June 14: The Diocese of Free State (The Anglican Church of Southern Africa)

  • Saturday, June 15: The Diocese of Freetown (The Church of the Province of West Africa)

  • Sunday, June 16: Iglesia Anglicana de Chile

  • Monday, June 17: The Diocese of Gahini (Eglise Anglicane du Rwanda)

  • Tuesday, June 18: The Diocese of Gambella (The Episcopal / Anglican Province of Alexandria)

  • Wednesday, June 19: The Diocese of Gambia (The Church of the Province of West Africa)

  • Thursday, June 20: The Diocese of Garissa (The Anglican Church of Kenya)

  • Friday, June 21: The Diocese of Gasabo (Eglise Anglicane du Rwanda)

  • Saturday, June 22: The Diocese of Gboko (The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion))

  • Sunday, June 23: The Church of England

  • Monday, June 24: The Diocese of George (The Anglican Church of Southern Africa)

  • Tuesday, June 25: The Diocese of Georgia (The Episcopal Church)

Ecumenical Cycle of Prayer

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