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Anglican video depicts a united, faithful church

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9542
Date
2008 December 15
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2008 December 15
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
[TORONTO] Dec. 15, 2008 -- What started as an orientation exercise for a national communications committee has turned into an unprecedented display of unity and generosity by thousands of members of the Anglican Church of Canada in congregations right across the country.
More than 500 of about 2,000 congregations that make up the Anglican Church of Canada responded to a request to come together in song on Sunday, Nov. 23, by singing the hymn Amazing Grace. As requested, participants videotaped themselves singing the beloved hymn and then deluged the church's General Synod offices in Toronto with the videos.
Since then, more than 500 of these contributions have been posted to YouTube and today, a 10-minute compilation video that includes segments from every contribution received before Dec. 1 will be posted to the Anglican national website.
Canadian Anglican participants involved in the project were also invited to contribute a toonie to support the Anglican Church's Council of the North, a group of dioceses involved in work and ministry in Canada's North. They responded to that request with donations that total more than $30,000 to date.
The project ended up requiring an unexpected tour de force from Lisa Barry, senior producer of Anglican Video which produced the compilation released today—Amazing Together and from website staff who worked virtually around the clock on the YouTube postings.
Amazing Together provides a never-before-seen glimpse of a church united in a simple exercise of worship and faith. And although organizers had no idea of what the response would be when they issued the challenge, that was exactly what it was supposed to do.
A year ago, the Anglican church's communications committee was invited to puzzle over how Canadian Anglicans could come together is a "statement of faith." What form should such a statement take?
The idea of asking all church members to sing Amazing Grace on the same Sunday emerged from that. "From the beginning, several of us—committee members and staff—felt that the idea could be made to happen," says Ms Barry. "We took it from there and the response was overwhelming."
Amazing Together shows Anglicans in song in churches across the country, on beaches in the Maritimes, in small groups in the North, around a fireplace, on a Newfoundland wharf, in a prison—and there is even a contribution put together from Kandahar in Afghanistan. Anglican bishops at last summer's Lambeth conference sang Amazing Grace as did workers in an AIDS hospice in South Africa.
There are bagpipe versions, a kettledrum version, full-accompaniment versions, a cappella versions and even a rap rendition. Amazing Together stands as a strong example of what Canadian Anglicans can do when something captures their imagination, said Archdeacon Michael Pollesel, the General Secretary of General Synod. "We often hear church unity described as a fragile thing," he said. "This demonstrates conclusively that in the hearts and minds of Anglicans from coast to coast to coast, the church is strong and it is united."
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For more information, please contact: Lisa Barry, senior producer, Anglican Video: lbarry@national.anglican.ca , (416) 924-9199 ext. 295; or Vianney (Sam) Carriere, director of communications, (416) 924-9199 ext. 306
Subjects
Amazing Grace Project
Amazing Together [Video recording]
Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of the North - Finance
Fund raising - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Video
Barry, Lisa
Video recordings in religion - Anglican Church of Canada
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Anglicans and Lutherans act against homelessness

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9453
Date
2008 March 3
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2008 March 3
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
March 3, 2008 -- The Anglican Primate and the Evangelical Lutheran National Bishop call on the members of their respective churches to advocate for affordable housing solutions for the homeless with letters and visits to their Members of Parliament.
In a letter sent to the Minister of Human Resources and Development Canada, Monte Solberg, on Feb 27, 2008, the leaders urged the government "to address homelessness in Canada as part of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy."
The letter follows the tabling of the federal budget which left the estimated 150,000 to 300,000 homeless people in Canada out in the cold, and another 1.5 million Canadians in desperate housing need without relief.
The joint Anglican-Lutheran initiative takes inspiration from the prophet Isaiah who asks what true religious observance is: "Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house?" (Isaiah 58:7).
"Our vision," the leaders' letter concludes, "is to go beyond the prophet's call, to create a society where the hungry are able to eat their own bread, and the homeless poor are brought into their own house."
"Being in full communion means more than worshipping together," says Archbishop Fred Hiltz, the Anglican Primate. "Members of both our churches give generously of their time and money to help people who are homeless. They run thrift shops, food banks, overnight shelters, and hospitality programs. But they know that charity isn't enough. Advocating together for justice is also part of being in full communion."
"I'm so excited by this initiative," says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson. "It demonstrates how working together in full communion we can make a much larger impact and a stronger witness, hopefully inspiring our government to address the realities of homelessness in Canada."
The joint initiative is modelled after a campaign of the diocese of Toronto encouraging Anglicans to visit their local MPs to express concerns about housing and poverty.
Hiltz and Johnson are inviting Lutherans and Anglicans to write or visit their federal MP, and where possible, to do this jointly. The purpose is to ask the Government of Canada to:
- Renew and increase the affordable housing funding which is set to expire at the end of 2008
- Join with the provinces to develop a comprehensive housing strategy as part of an overall national poverty reduction strategy
On line resources are available to help people participate in this initiative: [http://www.accnotes.org/ecojustice/reports_policy_documents/bring_the_homeless_poor_into_t/ ]
- "Bringing people who are homeless into their own house" - a resource that explains this initiative and gives tips for writing and visiting with your MP.
- A bulletin insert for use in church bulletins, encouraging congregations and parishes to become involved.
- A copy of the joint letter from The Most Reverend Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and The Reverend Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, Monte Solberg.
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For more information contact: Trina Gallop, Manager of Communications, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, 888-786-6707 ext. 172, tgallop@elcic.ca [or] Maylanne Maybee, Coordinator of Ecojustice Networks, The Anglican Church of Canada, 416-924-9199 ext. 219 mmaybee@national.anglican.ca
Subjects
Homelessness - Canada
Homelessness - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Homelessness - Religious aspects - Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Relations - Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Poverty - Canada
Poverty - Canada - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Poverty - Canada - Religious aspects - Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Housing - Canada
Housing - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Housing - Religious aspects - Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Church and social problems - Anglican Church of Canada
Social justice - Anglican Church of Canada
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Anglicans prepare to gather in Winnipeg for crucial General Synod

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9374
Date
2007 June 14
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2007 June 14
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
TORONTO, June 14 2007
More than 400 people including delegates, partners and staff will gather in Winnipeg next week for the Anglican Church of Canada's 38th General Synod -- a crucial assembly that will elect a new national leader or Primate and once again tackle the difficult and divisive issue of the blessing of same-gender relationships.
The General Synod meets every three years and consists of bishops, clergy and lay people elected as delegates locally in each of the church's 30 dioceses. It is the Anglican church's chief governing body, dealing with everything from changes to church laws and practices to finances and the membership of committees that oversee church programs in years when General Synod does not meet.
The synod is being held at the Marlborough Hotel in downtown Winnipeg, with the diocese of Rupert's Land acting as host.
The seven-day synod will be chaired by Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, the current Primate, who has announced his retirement, effective June 22 [2007]. On that day, clergy and lay delegates will elect a new primate. Church practice is that Canadian Anglican Bishops nominate candidates for the primacy but do not participate in the actual election.
At their spring meeting, the bishops nominated bishops George Bruce of Huron, Fred Hiltz of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, George Bruce of Ontario and Victoria Matthews of Edmonton as candidates for the primacy. It is possible for electors to ask the bishops for more nominees after the electoral process has begun.
The new Primate will be formally installed in office at a special service the evening of Monday, June 25 [2007].
General Synod delegates will also be dealing with the issue of the blessing of same-gender relationships, which has deeply divided the Canadian Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. When the synod last met in St. Catharines, Ont., in 2004, a decision on same-gender blessings was deferredd until 2007.
One full day of the General Synod -- Thursday, 21 June -- will be spent in a joint gathering with the National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. In 2001, Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans signed a declaration in which they proclaimed themselves to be in full communion with each other. The Winnipeg event is a celebration of this close partnership.
In other business, the General Synod will deal with a host of resolutions on a wide range of church and social issues and with reports from the committees and councils which normally oversee church programs and activities. Among these reports is one from a special task force that has been reviewing how the church is governed.
Also scheduled are a number of "conversations" during which General Synod members will get detailed presentations on different aspects of church life and activities.
Synod members will also receive detailed information on church finances. The Anglican Church has been in a precarious financial position for several years, as a result of declining church membership and the church's involvement in litigation concerning Indian Residential Schools.
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Note to Media Representation
Media representatives wishing to cover some or all of General Synod are advised that there will be a Newsroom at the Marlborough Hotel reserved for accredited journalists. All journalists wishing access to General Synod facilities will have tor register and obtain identification at the Newsroom. Key media contacts on site are Ms. Josie De Lucia and Rev. Keith Nethery.
All documents available to General Synod delegates, including the General Synod Agenda (called the Convening Circular) are available online at http://www.anglican.ca/gs2007/rr/index.htm
For more information, contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, 416-924-9199 ext. 306; scarriere@national.anglican.ca OR Josie De Lucia, Assistant to the Director, 416-924-0199 ext. 294; jdelucia@national.anglican.ca
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (38th : 2007 : Winnipeg, Man.)
Anglican Church of Canada. Primate - Election
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Anglican bishops nominate four candidates for primatial election

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9336
Date
2007 April 19
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2007 April 19
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
Niagara Falls, Ont., April 19, 2007
Canadian Anglican bishops have nominated four from among their number to be candidates in the election of a successor to Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Archbishop Hutchison, who was elected 12th Primate in 2004, has announced that he will retire after the Anglican General Synod in June [2007]. The synod, the Anglican church's chief governing body, will choose the next primate on June 22 [2007] in Winnipeg.
The procedure to elect a Primate, or national leader, is that bishops nominate no more than five candidates at their last meeting before a General Synod. The bishops, however, do not vote in the actual election. Primates are elected by clergy and lay members of the synod.
Bishops nominated for the election of the 13th Primate are:
- Bishop George Bruce of the diocese of Ontario
- Bishop Fred Hiltz of the diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
- Bishop Bruce Howe of the diocese of Huron
- Bishop Victoria Matthews of the diocese of Edmonton
Earlier, the bishops considered two motions on the future of the primacy from a task force they previously established. The bishops defeated a motion that would have suspended part of the Canon on the primacy requiring a newly elected bishop to resign his or her diocese. They approved a second motion asking June's General Synod to establish a task force to undertake a "detailed and comprehensive study of the nature, role, duties and authority of the Primate."
The Anglican General Synod, which convenes at the Marlborough Hotel in downtown Winnipeg on June 19, is the church's chief legislative and governing body. It is made up of more than 300 delegates, including lay people, deacons, priests and bishops elected from each of the church's 30 dioceses. General Synod meets every three years.
The primatial election will he held at a nearby church on June 22. The new Primate will be officially installed in office the evening of June 25 [2007].
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For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, 416-924-9199 ext. 306; scarriere@national.anglican.ca OR Josie De Lucia, Assistant to the Director, 416-924-0199 ext. 294; jdelucia@national.anglican.ca
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (38th : 2007 : Winnipeg, Man.)
Anglican Church of Canada. Primate - Election
Bruce, George (George Lindsey Russell), 1942-
Howe, Bruce (Bruce Herbert Warren), 1947-
Hiltz, Fred (Frederick James), 1953-
Matthews, Victoria, 1954-
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Media Advisory: News conference with Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9335
Date
2007 April 11
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2007 April 11
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
[TORONTO], Apr. 11, 2007 -- Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams will answer questions from accredited Canadian news media at a news conference at 10:45 a.m., Monday, April 16 [2007], at the Anglican Church of Canada's National Office, 80 Hayden Street, Toronto.
Archbishop Williams is on a short visit to Canada during which he will deliver this year's Larkin-Stuart Lecture at the MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto on April 16 [2007.
On April 17, Archbishop Williams will be in Niagara Falls, Ont., where he will lead a one-day retreat at the spring meeting of the Anglican House of Bishops. This event is closed to the media.
Monday's news conference will begin promptly at 10:45 a.m. and last approximately half an hour. This will be Archbishop Williams' only encounter with the Canadian media during this visit.
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For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, Anglican Church of Canada, 416-924-9199 ext. 306; scarriere@national.anglican.ca OR Josie De Lucia, Assistant to the Director, 416-924-0199 ext. 294; jdelucia@national.anglican.ca
Subjects
Williams, Rowan D. (Rowan Douglas), 1950-
Church and the press - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops - Meetings
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Anglicans gather in Winnipeg in June for historic General Synod : Release and Media Advisory

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9334
Date
2007 April 4
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2007 April 4
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
TORONTO, April 4, 2007
About 400 Anglican delegates, staff and national and international partners will gather in Winnipeg in June [2007] with an agenda that includes the election and installation of a new national leader and resolutions on the same-sex blessings controversy that could affect the Anglican Church of Canada's future status in the worldwide Communion.
The gathering of the Anglican General Synod, the church's highest governing body, occurs every three years and brings together bishops, priests and lay people chosen from every Anglican community in the country. Hosting the event this time is the diocese of Rupert's Land, based in Winnipeg. Anglicans are taking over two downtown hotels and parts of a third for the synod, which runs from June 19 to 25 [2007].
The General Synod meets to deal with specific issues of the day as well as to care for the housekeeping affairs of the church.
On the agenda of the Winnipeg meeting -- the 38th General Synod -- are the following key matters:
- The election of a new Primate or national leader to succeed Archbishop Andrew Hutchison who was elected at the last General Synod in St. Catharines, Ont., in 2004 and is retiring;
- Votes on resolutions dealing with the issue of same-sex blessings. Among other things, the Synod will have to decide whether or not same-sex blessings are a matter of doctrine;
- Responding to the Windsor Report on the state of the worldwide Anglican Communion;
- Acting on a report on governance which examines the structure of the national church and makes recommendations in the context of declining numbers;
- The introduction of a National Indigenous Bishop appointed by the Primate earlier this year;
- Status reports on church finances and the Indian Residential Schools agreeement with the federal government.
In addition to the regular agenda, a day of General Synod will be spent with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada which is having its convention in Winnipeg at the same time. The Anglican and Lutheran churches have a close partnership which was formalized in 2001 when they signed an agreement to enter full communion.
The theme of the 38th General Synod is 'Draw the circle wide - draw it wider still' -- from an Anglican hymn. The reference is to promoting a church that is inclusive.
Media Advisory
General Synod is open to news media.
In advance of the June meeting, a number of news releases will be issued, of which this the first. A newsroom for accredited journalists will be maintained and staffed and news releases issued at regular intervals throughout the synod. However, space if limited, both on the General Synod floor of the plenary gathering, and in the newsroom. Journalists planning to cover all or most of the proceedings are therefore urged to register in advance. This will allow us to reserve space in the newsroom for you and to ensure that we have an adequate number of documents. A media information kit will be available at the start of synod for registered journalists.
The plenary hall is generally open to photographers, but they are limited in where on the floor of General Synod they can go. All photographers will be expected to comply with these limitations which are aimed at minimizing the disruptions for General Synod members.
Journalists may apply for registration at: http://www.anglican.ca/gs2007/media/registration.htm
The newsroom will be staffed by the following people, for whom telephone numbers will be made available closer to Synod:
Josie De Lucia, Newsroom Manager, Media Relations
Keith Nethery, Media Relations
Brian Sarjeant, Writer, Media Relations
Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director, Communications and Information Resources
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For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, 416-924-9199 ext. 306; scarriere@national.anglican.ca OR Josie De Lucia, 416-924-0199 ext. 294; jdelucia@national.anglican.ca
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (38th : 2007 : Winnipeg, Man.)
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (38th : 2007 : Winnipeg, Man.) - Agenda
Church and the press - Anglican Church of Canada
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Anglican Theological Commission clarifies provenance of same-sex blessings resolutions

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9327
Date
2007 March 28
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2007 March 28
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
[TORONTO, Ont.] Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The Primate's Theological Commission, a group appointed by the Anglican Primate to consult on theological matters, has released a clarification concerning resolutions on the blessing of same-sex unions approved earlier this month by the church's governing council.
The resolutions, approved by the Council of General Synod for the consideration of the church's General Synod this summer, have been described as dealing with The St. Michael Report. But in fact only one of them does, the commission says in its statement.
The St. Michael Report was produced by the theological commission as a result of the Anglican Primate. on direction from the General Synod, seeking its opinion on whether or not the blessing of same-sex unions is a matter of doctrine. The commission, chaired by Bishop Victoria Matthews of Edmonton, concluded in its report released in 2005, "that the blessing of same-sex unions is a matter of doctrine but is not core doctrine in the sense of being credal".
(One of the reasons why the question of whether or not same-sex blessings is a matter of doctrine is important is that matters of doctrine require a more complex and lengthy process to change.)
The St. Michael Report has been widely studied across the church in advance of the General Synod next June [2007].
The text of the Theological Commission's statement follows:
A Statement to the Anglican Church of Canada
From the Primate's Theological Commission
The Council of General Synod, meeting in Mississauga, Ontario March 7-11, 2007, decided to forward to General Synod in June a number of resolutions relating to the blessing of same sex unions. These resolutions have been publicly identified with the St. Michael Report. The Commission would like to clarify that with the exception of the first resolution ('That this General Synod accept the conclusion of the Primate's Theological Commission's St. Michael Report that the blessing of same-sex unions is a matter of doctrine, but is not core doctrine in the sense of being credal.'), these resolutions are not directly related to the St. Michael Report. In the interests of clarity, we respectfully request that in the future only resolution #1 quoted above be named as relating to the St. Michael Report.
The St. Michael Report highlights two crucial matters for the Anglican Church of Canada. The Commissioners continue to judge that these matters are of sufficient importance to bear re-emphasis. The first is cited in the last sentence of the Report and succinctly states the doctrinal issue before the Anglican Church of Canada:
- "It is now for the Church to decided whether or not the blessing of same-sex unions is a faithful, Spirit-led development of Christian doctrine".
In its report the Commission has drawn attention to a range of theological and biblical matters relating to how the Church determines whether such a matter is "a faithful Spirit led development of Christian doctrine".
The second is a pair of questions from paragraph 16 of the Report. These questions are of similar theological significance to the life of the Anglican Church of Canada as the doctrinal issue itself:
- "Is it theologically and doctrinally responsible for one member church of the Communion to approve a course of action which it has reason to believe may be destructive of the unity of the Communion ?
- Is it theologically and doctrinally responsible to accept unity as the value which transcends all others, and therefore for a member church of the Communion to refrain from making a decision when it believes it has an urgent gospel mandate to proceed ?"
The commissioners believe these questions should be considered by the church, most certainly by delegates to General Synod prior to General Synod's discernment and determination on these matters.
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For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, 416-924-9199 ext. 306
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Primate's Theological Commission
Anglican Church of Canada - Doctrines
Same sex unions - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (38th : 2007 : Winnipeg, Man.)
St. Michael Report
Anglican Church of Canada. Council of General Synod - Resolutions
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Date
2007 January 2
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2007 January 2
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
TORONTO, January 2, 2007
Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, will present the church's new National Indigenous Bishop at a news conference in Toronto on Thursday, Jan. 4 [2007].
The news conference, to which media representatives are invited will be held at the church's national office at 80 Hayden Street in Toronto at 10:30 a.m.
The appointment of an Anglican National Indigenous Bishops was requested by a national gathering of indigenous Anglicans held in Pinawa, Man., in 2005. Archbishop Hutchison, who attended that gathering, said at the time that he would do everything he could to fulfil the request, and since then, the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples has conducted an international search for an appropriate candidate.
The National Indigenous Bishop will play a unique role in the Canadian church by providing pastoral ministry to all native Anglicans across the country, regardless of where they live.
The new National Indigenous Bishop will attend Thursday's news conference and be available for interviews in the afternoon.
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For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, 416-924-9199 ext. 306; scarriere@national.anglican.ca OR Josie De Lucia, Assistant to the Director, 416-924-0199 ext. 294; jdelucia@national.anglican.ca
Subjects
MacDonald, Mark L. (Mark Lawrence), 1954-
Anglican Church of Canada. National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Indigenous bishops - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
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Primate presents Bishop of Alaska as new National Indigenous Bishop for Canadian Anglican Church

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9274
Date
2007 January 2
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2007 January 2
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
TORONTO, January 4 2007
Mark L. MacDonald, the Episcopal Bishop of Alaska is to become the first National Indigenous Bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada, with pastoral oversight over all of Canada's indigenous Anglicans no matter where they live.
The announcement of his appointment was made today by Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, at a news conference at the Anglican national office in Toronto.
The announcement is the culmination of a process that began in August 2005, when indigenous Anglicans in Canada meeting in a gathering called the Sacred Circle, expressed the desire to have their own bishop. Archbishop Hutchison, who was at the Sacred Circle in Pinawa, Man., welcomed the suggestion and said at the time that he would do all he could to make the request a reality.
Bishop MacDonald, 54, becomes a rarity in Anglican tradition -- a bishop who is pastor to a group of people irrespective of where they live, rather than to residents of a geographic diocese. In Canada, only the Bishop Ordinary to the Armed Forces, is in an analogous position.
As well as crossing Canadian diocesan jurisdictions, Bishop MacDonald, in his new position, will straddle national boundaries as well. Although he has resigned as Bishop of the U.S. diocese of Alaska, he is also assisting Bishop of Navajoland Area Mission with the U.S. Episcopal Church, a position he will maintain as he serves as Canadian National Bishop.
"It's important to remember that we elect bishops for the church", Archbishop Hutchison said. "We don't elect bishops for national jurisdictions".
Since Canadian indigenous Anglicans gathered at Pinawa and decided to ask for a National Bishop, the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples has reflected in depth about how to make the concept a reality. Among the requirements for the position was that the successful candidate must be a native person and already a bishop.
A number of possible candidates were interviewed before Bishop MacDonald's name was presented to the Canadian Primate for confirmation.
Bishop MacDonald is sensitive to the challenges inherent in being pastor to indigenous people across the country but also to the importance of the task.
"I see this as one of the most important positions in the church," he said. "This is a transformational step not only for aboriginal Anglicans but also for the whole church. I can see lots of headaches, but also tremendous potential for the whole church in Canada and abroad.
Bishop MacDonald, who is married with three children, will initially set up his office at the Anglican Church of Canada's national office in Toronto, with the possibility of relocation later on.
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For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, 416-924-9199 ext. 306; scarriere@national.anglican.ca OR Josie De Lucia, Assistant to the Director, 416-924-0199 ext. 294; jdelucia@national.anglican.ca
Subjects
MacDonald, Mark L. (Mark Lawrence), 1954-
Anglican Church of Canada. National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Sacred Circle
Anglican Church of Canada. Native Convocation (5th : 2005 : Pinawa, Man.)
Indigenous bishops - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous peoples - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
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Bishop Mark L. MacDonald

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9275
Date
2007 January 2
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2007 January 2
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
TORONTO, January 4, 2007
The Rt. Rev. Mark L. MacDonald will assume office as the Anglican Church of Canada's first National Indigenous Bishop after serving 10 years as Bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Diocese of Alaska where he was consecrated bishop on Sept. 13, 1997.
He is far from unfamiliar with Canada, having attended Wycliffe College in Toronto and served as a priest in Mississauga, Ont.
Bishop MacDonald was born on Jan. 15, 1954, the son of Blake and Sue Nell MacDonald. His formal education includes a B.A. in religious studies and psychology at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, an MA in Divinity from Wycliffe, and post-graduate work at Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary in Minneapolis.
Bishop MacDonald has a long and varied ministry, holding positions in Mississauga. Ont., Duluth, MN; Tomah, WI and Mauston, WI; Portland, OR; and the Southeast Regional mission of the diocese of Navajoland. Immediately prior to his ordination to the episcopate, Bishop MacDonald was Canon Missioner for Training in the Diocese on MN [Minnesota] and vicar of St. Antipas' Church, Redby, and St. John-in-the-Wilderness Church, Red Lake, Red Lake Nation.
He has served on the board of The Indigenous Theological Training Institute; the faculty of Leadership Academy for New Directions (Land XXVIII); and, a trustee of the Charles Cook Theological School in Tempe, AZ; and is the Board Chair for Church Innovations, Inc., member of the Episcopal Council of Indian Ministries, Member of the Governor's Council on Suicide Prevention (AK), President of Alaska Christian Conference. He is also a Third Order Franciscan.
Among his published works are "Native American Youth Ministries," co-authored with Dr. Carol Hampton and published in Resource Book for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults, the Episcopal Church Center, New York, NY, 1995: "It's in the Font: Sacramental Strategy for Growth for the Episcopal Church: Joining Multiculturalism and Evangelism, Inter-Cultural Ministry Development, San Jose, CA, 1994. He co-edited "Liturgical Studies" IV, just released [2003] by the Church Publishing Company.
Married on Nov. 11, 1989, Mark and his wife, Virginia Sha Lynn, have three children: daughters Rose May Li (born November 15, 1991) and Brenna Li (born October 23, 1993), and one son, Adrian Blake (born May 21, 2000).
(Adapted from Bishop Mark MacDonald's official biographical sketch as prepared by the Diocese of Alaska.)
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For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, 416-924-9199 ext. 306; scarriere@national.anglican.ca
Subjects
MacDonald, Mark L. (Mark Lawrence), 1954-
Anglican Church of Canada. National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
Indigenous bishops - Episcopal Church
Indigenous bishops - Anglican Church of Canada
Indigenous peoples - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
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